Automotive News Table of Contents

September 24, 2018

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As Mercedes plans to ship GLC to U.S., India gains traction as exporter
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

While the U.S. industry is transfixed on the rise of China as a critical market and manufacturing base, another Asian country is stepping onto the stage: India.

Lincoln rethinks subscription experiment
Author: Michael Martinez

While Lincoln has no plans to discontinue its subscription pilot, officials say they'll have to alter the service — including getting dealerships more involved — if it's ever to grow beyond the test phase.

Who can replace Jackson as voice of the industry?
Author: Amy Wilson

The transition to a new CEO could make for a real tone shift at AutoNation. It's one thing to find a smart business leader who can run the country's largest new-vehicle retailer; it's another to replace someone who has effectively served as the voice for an industry.

For new e-tron, Audi will take reservations, not inventory
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

With its reservation model, Audi aims to ensure that its e-tron electric vehicle is profitable for both dealers and the factory.

Reagor Dykes bankruptcy sale approved for November
Author: David Muller

Groups handling the dealership group's assets are supposed to resolve automakers' objections by next month.

Retail innovator O'Neil retiring from Cox
Author: David Muller

Cox Automotive COO Mark O'Neil, who helped start CarMax and Dealertrack, will step down Feb. 1 after three decades in auto retailing.

When a 'likable' salesman goes 'rogue'
Author: Melissa Burden and Urvaksh Karkaria

The nation's highest-volume Porsche dealership is trying to extricate itself from a scandal involving a former employee who is accused of pocketing more than $2 million in customer deposits on nonexistent vehicles before he disappeared last month.

BorgWarner CEO: Bring on the electrics
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

BorgWarner is reaching an enviable position for a traditional engine parts supplier -- it won't care what kind of a propulsion system a customer wants.

How Kia's new Telluride rumbled onto the runway
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The surprise sneak peek at New York Fashion Week was another example of Kia showing up in unexpected places, such as the luxury sports sedan segment and the top tier of the industry's quality rankings.

Refreshed Chevy Volt sings a new tune to warn pedestrians
Author: Michael Wayland

The 2019 Chevy Volt includes a new version of an external sound feature designed to meet coming federal regulations for EVs and hybird vehicles that run quietly at low speeds.

Audi plans to revive Horch name on version of the A8
Author: Jens Meiners

Mercedes-Benz resurrected Maybach a while back. Now sources say Audi will do the same with Horch.

How Aston Martin will make its EV growl
Author: Nick Gibbs

Aston Martin plans to convert the Rapide to a limited-edition electric vehicle so the company can learn how to deliver EVs to customers addicted to its trademark gasoline growl.

Nissan orange is the new orange
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nicole Fonseca, a 39-year-old Detroiter who studied fashion design at Central Michigan University, was tasked with color and interior design on the redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima.

Caddy dealers cheered by product preview
Author: Michael Wayland

Dealers gathered in Las Vegas last week for a conference that included looks at the new XT6 three-row crossover, CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the next-generation Escalade.

Florence damage less than Harvey, still significant
Author: Danielle Szatkowski

The damage caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas is still significant, despite looking minimal compared with previous hurricanes that hit more densely populated areas of the United States.

Mazda turns to more virtual engineering to cut costs
Author: Hans Greimel

Managing Executive Officer Mitsuo Hitomi says the move will help Mazda juggle the massive complexity of new technologies on a shoestring budget.

Changing federal pollution standards will create confusion
Author: Eric Kulisch

It's unclear how much auto business will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies that will be able to sell more oil and gasoline.

Great Recession proved to be auto retailing's innovation lab

No category of entrepreneur in American business was better equipped than auto retailers for the tangled mess of the Great Recession ten years ago, which proved to be an innovation lab.

Hybrid elegance for Cadillac?

Cadillac would do well to return to its brand roots of elegance as it plans for the hybrid future.

Thanks for sharing survival stories

Dealer survivor stories in Crain's Automotive News about the recession a decade ago help today's dealers, writes one reader.

What we'll learn as Tesla faces real competition
Author: Keith Crain

Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are all launching production vehicles that will create some real competition for Tesla, and we are going to learn a few things as these new entries arrive.

Time to scale up Industry 4.0
Author: Richard Kelly

Industry 4.0 has similarities to lean manufacturing in the 1990s. The application of digital connectivity and collaboration offers that next level of performance potential.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include Nate Tansky and Judy Tansky, owners of Tansky Sawmill Toyota in Dublin, Ohio; Chris Baughman and George Peterson, owners of Sunset Honda in San Luis Obispo, Calif.,; and Bud Payne, dealer principal of Payne Weslaco Ford in Weslaco, Texas.

In Columbus, a showdown over shuttles
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

The controversy pits the Transport Workers Union of America and its 850 Columbus members against an array of public and private transportation groups.

Aging used cars ripen on lots
Author: James B. Treece

Used-car lots still have too many units that have sat for 60 days or longer, or even more than 45 days, says used-car guru Dale Pollak.

Pollak: Days are numbered for 'days on the lot' pricing

Days on the lot is as up to date a metric as a sundial, says Dale Pollak, who proposes evaluating a vehicle's investment quality instead.

How America's auto retail giants transformed and navigated the recession
Author: Hannah Lutz , Jackie Charniga and Melissa Burden

In two tumultuous days in September 2008, Lehman Brothers and mega-insurer AIG collapsed, and Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch, which was on the verge of sinking. The Wall Street panic and credit crunch that ensued devastated the U.S. auto industry. Apocalypse loomed.

The Great Recession sped up practices already in place
Author: James B. Treece

The Great Recession magnified trends in auto retailing that were already in place, remaking the industry in ways that continue to play out.

40 ways to cope with a crisis

At the height of the Great Recession, every new-car dealership in America had its own set of problems and own set of solutions. But some tactics, we found, were fairly ubiquitous.

California dealer Dan Roseland survived the recession, but the ordeal took its toll
Author: David Muller

Dan Roseland would ultimately pull Sonoma Chevrolet from bleak days, but not without deep cuts and 80-hour weeks taking a toll on him.

How Subaru of America defied the odds
Author: Jack Walsworth

During the depths of the Great Recession, Subaru of America was the only mainstream automaker to post sales increases year after year. CEO Tom Doll credits staying calm and fresh product.

Electrics, crossovers, SUVs captivate exotic realm
Author: Jack Walsworth

A common trend is engulfing ultraluxury and exotic automakers: electrification, crossovers and SUVs.

Aston Martin preps for SUV, electrification
Author: Jack Walsworth

Aston Martin has an influx of redesigns and fresh product on the horizon, ranging from a hypercar to the brand's first SUV.

Bentayga Hybrid charts new course for Bentley
Author: Jack Walsworth

Bentley plans to have electrified variants of each model by 2025, starting with the Bentayga Hybrid in 2019.

Camilleri era begins at Ferrari
Author: Jack Walsworth

Ferrari will likely be one of the last major exotic automakers to jump into the crossover/SUV pool.

Lamborghini awaits Urus surge
Author: Jack Walsworth

Lamborghini's product portfolio saw a seismic shift in 2018 with the addition of the long-awaited SUV, the Urus.

McLaren speeds forward, plans 18 launches by '25
Author: Jack Walsworth

If it seems that there has been a rush of new McLaren product over the last 12 months or so, well, buckle up. More product is coming.

New Maseratis will mostly have plugs
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Maserati wants to grow its business in North America and believes electric vehicles are the way to make it happen.

Porsche embraces wagons and crossovers
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Porsche continues to venture beyond its two-door sports car portfolio.

Electric jolt

The e-tron, arriving mid-2019, is Audi's first full-electric vehicle. It will feature awd and a 95-kWh battery, capable of achieving 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

Rolls' SUV moment arrives
Author: Jack Walsworth

Rolls-Royce's lineup in 2018 saw the addition of a new face and the redesign of an icon.

Tesla has full pipeline after slow ramp-up of Model 3
Author: Edward Niedermeyer

Tesla Inc's challenging Model 3 production ramp-up has pushed back output of the $35,000 base-price Standard Range version, but the company still has a full plate of updates and new products planned.

Kia's K900 gets fine-tuning from Biermann
Author: Hans Greimel

Kia's next K900 is banking on the influence of German master tuner Albert Biermann.

Tesla fighters, utility vehicles are a la mode in Paris
Author: Paul McVeigh

The Paris auto show marks the start of the fight back by German premium automakers against Tesla's dominance of the market for full-electric luxury vehicles.

Former Ford exec's pet project

Former Ford Motor Co. executive MaryAnn Wright led drive for new $5 million dollar animal shelter in Dearborn that bears her name.

Giving appliance design a whirl

Retired Ford Motor Co. chief designer J. Mays will join Whirlpool in October as a vice president and chief design officer.

Oh, what might have been for Hummer
Author: Richard Truett

If General Motors' Hummer was still in production, it would be a bonanza for the automaker in this SUV-crazed market.

Will China take world lead with electric cars?

California Governor Jerry Brown predicts China will take the world lead in electric car manufacturing, if U.S. President Donald Trump wins re-election.

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