Automotive News Table of Contents

July 9, 2018

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Toyota's triangle strategy to ease Tacoma, Tundra shortages
Author: Laurence Iliff

The Guanajuato factory being built in Mexico is the final piece in a three-plant, two-country triangle that will boost production of the segment-leading Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickups. It will also pave the way for new products and economies of scale, Toyota executives said.

U.S. sales outlook: What goes up...
Author: Michael Wayland

Rising interest rates, higher gasoline prices and the threat of a tariff-fueled trade war haven't slowed auto sales in 2018. But headwinds are increasing. Some industry experts see a saturated market pumped up by incentives.

NEWS ANALYSIS
Winner in Mexico leans into NAFTA
Author: Laurence Iliff

Since his landslide victory, Lopez Obrador has wasted no time in showing his more pragmatic side by reaching out to his enemies in the business community and taking a half-hour phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump.

GM leads in adding minority dealerships
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

GM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region.

GM's commitment to cars faces test as sales plummet
Author: Michael Wayland

GM's first-half results provide the clearest sign yet of how badly GM is faring in the car market this year, and how much heavy lifting is being done by its trucks.

Suppliers invited to apply for 2019 PACE Awards

Suppliers have until Sept. 5 to apply for the 2019 Automotive News PACE Awards, which identify and honor game-changing and commercialized innovations in technology and processes.

Nissan's EV battery deal blows up
Author: Hans Greimel

The collapse of Nissan's planned sale of its battery business to a Chinese investor is a setback for Nissan. But it also highlights important changes in China.

Polishing the diamonds: Mazda, Mitsubishi push for store upgrades
Author: Hans Greimel

Mazda and Mitsubishi are banking on ritzier dealerships to help them move upmarket as they struggle to elevate their brand images.

Subscriptions dismissed as a 'rich person's toy'
Author: Jackie Charniga

Several automakers are experimenting with subscription services, but Edmunds says the math doesn't work out for consumers.

Trump puts BMW at center of political battle
Author: Jim Henry

How did BMW, whose Spartanburg, S.C., plant has been acclaimed as a symbol of America's resurgence as an auto manufacturer and exporter, become a symbol of the threat to America's manufacturing base instead? BMW is wondering the same thing.

Infiniti halts work on car with Daimler, paper says
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan says it is still committed to cooperating with Daimler after a report it has suspended joint development of a luxury compact car amid an uncertain U.S. market outlook.

McLaren's 600LT isn't your boulevard cruiser
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

The 600LT, billed as the lightest, most powerful and quickest road-legal Sports Series McLaren, debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England.

Nissan flips part of Altima engine
Author: Lindsay Chappell

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Pininfarina shows some PDA for PF0
Author: Jack Walsworth

Automobili Pininfarina is stoking the fires of its first vehicle, the PF0. The brand revealed new teaser photos of its full-electric hypercar's exterior last week.

VW Beetle EV awaits approval, report says

Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has completed sketches for a four-door, Beetle-style electric vehicle.

Adding scents to prevent carsickness
Author: Jack Walsworth

International Automotive Components Group is researching adding scents that would serve a purpose to the vehicle occupants: preventing motion sickness.

BEST PRACTICES
Home of the two-wheel loaner vehicle
Author: Laurence Iliff

Steven Mitchell's passions as a lifelong cyclist and third-generation auto retailer came together when his dealership group gave up a slice of its employee parking lot for a bike trail.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Fuel cells a solution for drivers' needs

As society continues to push for greater vehicle electrification, it becomes even more important to remember that individual consumers' vehicular needs can vary significantly depending on where they live and how they use their vehicles.

EDITORIAL
Tesla's production milestone is no badge of honor

What are we to make of reports that Tesla scrambled to reassemble mothballed factory equipment, overworked its staff, took out 300 welds and stopped a standard brake test as it raced to meet its goal?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Think ahead for EV infrastructure

The Transportation Electrification Accord should have been created 20 years ago, but those who couldn't understand the future kept citing erroneous, obsolete or irrelevant economics -- and wasted valuable time.

KEITH CRAIN
We need some common sense
Author: Keith Crain

Instead of punishing companies that have invested billions in this country over the years, perhaps the United States should offer credits to automakers that export from the U.S.

F&I products for used cars can boost profits
Author: Nancy Dunham

As new-vehicle sales slow, and many finance and insurance managers likely sell to a larger pool of used-vehicle buyers, wise dealers will look to F&I products for a profit boost.

In F&I, creating a workspace for top performers is key
Author: Jackie Charniga

In the F&I office, where mistakes can cost dealerships far more than a sale, hiring the right people matters, auto retail experts say.

Lexus dealers push online retailing
Author: Hannah Lutz

A closing rate boost pushed Lexus to name Roadster one of its four approved digital retail partners.

60 years of Autoweek: EV1, Yugo and more

What do the Yugo, Toyota Carina, Dodge Caravan and General Motors EV1 have in common? They're all part of a special feature inside Autoweek magazine's 60th anniversary issue.

Toyota Tacoma demand squeezes Baja plant
Author: Laurence Iliff

Baja's "little engine that could," in the words of Toyota de Mexico's president, has taken on an increasingly important role for the automaker after gaining capacity and adding about 1,000 workers.

Carvana helps pay way to visit its vending machines

Carvana Co., now offers travel subsidies to help buyers get to its automated vehicle dispensers.

Honda retires its robotic stunt performer Asimo

Honda is retiring Asimo, its humanoid robot research program, the Nikkei Asian Review reports. Asimo's 18-year career included many dazzling public demonstrations of its dexterity and balance.

Hyundai's Evans leads auto CMOs on Forbes "most influential" list

Hyundai Motor America marketing chief leads automotive CMOs on Forbes Most Influential CMOs list this year. Dean Evans ranked eighth, the highest of any auto exec on the list this year.


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