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June 18, 2018

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Ford plots future in a relic of Detroit's past
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford plans a one-of-a-kind research and engineering campus in Detroit, including 2,500 employees working in a grandiose former train depot to develop the vehicles of the future.

GM's new CFO embodies change
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

GM's pick for its next CFO is a 39-year-old native of India who has been in the thick of change at the automaker.

How aerospace could be a key to GM's future in fuel cells
Author: Michael Wayland

GM has entered an exclusive deal with Liebherr-Aerospace to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-powered auxiliary power unit for aircraft applications.

Auto News, Hireology partner on job listing

Automotive News has partnered with Hireology, an integrated hiring platform for dealerships, to expand the number of available jobs posted on its online Jobs Board.

Has the Jeep Grand Wagoneer missed its moment?
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair.

Honda sharpens its aim for redesigned Insight
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia.

Small used-car prices rise unexpectedly
Author: Jackie Charniga

Prices for small used cars are climbing to unexpected levels- a sign that demand is growing as price-sensitive consumers face dwindling options in the new-car market.

As Adient stumbles, a familiar face reappears
Author: Kurt Nagl

Adient is struggling to find profitability as it navigates between new-world ambitions and old-world operating challenges.

Automakers burned as U.S.-China spat flares
Author: Eric Kulisch

Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality last week as the United States delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports,

Hyundai's tiny little superhero
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Hyundai executives hope the 2019 Veloster will serve not only as an attention-grabber, but also as a steppingstone to other Hyundai models as the lifestyles of its buyers change.

Cadillac's CT5 takes cues from Escala
Author: Michael Wayland

It may resemble a Dodge Charger or Dart but look closely and you'll see styling cues from the Escala concept in what is expected to be the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, a replacement for the ATS and CTS sedans.

China EV startup Byton readies sedan, eyes U.S. launch
Author: Hans Greimel

Byton, the Chinese EV startup that wants to start selling cars stateside from 2020, previewed its first sedan in a futuristic concept car.

Lincoln's next-gen MKC to be called Corsair
Author: Michael Martinez

Dealers were shown the Lincoln Corsair, along with the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 battery-electric crossover, a small off-road SUV and a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors late last month at a meeting in Orlando, according to those in the room.

Hackett vows closer ties with Ford dealers
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford CEO Jim Hackett has promised to be more visible and accessible to dealers after spending much of his first year consumed with getting the automaker in better shape.

New UAW leaders have full plate
Author: Alexa St. John

The UAW's 37th constitutional convention last week produced a new slate of leaders who will be responsible for moving the union past a major corruption scandal and reaching a new labor agreement with the Detroit 3 next year.

What's more important than profits? A dealer explains
Author: Ursula Zerilli

In this wide-ranging Q&A, dealer George Girjel talks about turning around underperforming dealerships and why automakers should favor individuals as store buyers.

BMW makes X4 sportier, roomier for 2019
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive.

Just arrived: 2019 BMW X4
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

A look at the newly-arrived 2019 BMW X4

Autonomous vehicle conference needed

Each of the OEMs has at least one private proving ground, and each of the major Tier 1 suppliers has or has access to a proving ground. These proving grounds are secure and have road conditions and driving scenarios that can be safely used and provide reproducible test data.

Enjoy the performance, while you can
Author: Keith Crain

Whether governments like it or not, customers still have an obsession with performance.

EV mandates are unfair to dealers

In a perfect world, I would agree with Keith Crain's May 28 column, “We need to slow way down.” But we live in a world where EV mandates have existed for over a decade.

It's time for Scott Pruitt to go

A serious industry deserves a serious regulator, a person of good faith and proven integrity who embodies the responsibilities of public service and lives by at least a baseline standard of propriety.

Moving too fast carries human cost

Keith Crain's thoughtful commentary “We need to slow way down” (May 28) really struck a chord with me.

Why the used-car biz remains a fount of innovation

At auctions and in the used-vehicle side of a dealership, if a dealer wants to try something that might work better, there are no factory constraints.

Being prepared for when consumers change their minds
Author: Andrew Chien Jennifer Wong

The move away from cars creates another level of uncertainty in a highly uncertain automotive landscape, one that places a premium on product agility and the ability to shift product portfolios quickly.

Nissan's e-Pedal gives Leaf EV some street cred
Author: Hans Greimel

One of the Nissan Leaf's newest features, the go-cartlike e-Pedal, began life as a performance-enhancing technology prototyped for sporty driving in the Maxima sedan.

How drones could open up new windows for drivers
Author: Jack Walsworth

By integrating drone technology into the vehicle's infotainment system , Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America is taking to the skies.

Japan Inc. teams up on transmission technologies
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others are partnering with the country's biggest transmission suppliers to jointly develop next-generation transmission technologies that can be shared among the members.

Superior to take EV wheels for stylish spin
Author: Jim Henry

Superior Industries wants to see small cars and EVs get their share of wheel fashion.

What's five seconds worth to a paint supplier?
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Coatings supplier Durr Industries recently was named a top supplier of FCA US, recognizing Durr for its assistance in launching the Jeep Compass at FCA's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant.

Visteon CEO battle: 'Vendetta' or get-tough stance?
Author: Dustin Walsh

Visteon, in disclosing the online porn and prostitution pursuits of former CEO Tim Leuliette, appears to have joined a movement among corporations to air executive indiscretions rather than sweep them under the rug.

Hyundai design continues shift away from 'family look'
Author: Hans Greimel

Continuing a break with the family look that the South Korean brand cultivated in previous generations of vehicles, Hyundai will soon start rolling out a new design language that gives each model and each segment its own independent aesthetic.

ADESA's bold bid to revamp auto auctions
Author: James B. Treece

ADESA is aggressively enhancing its online auctions -- through technology, analytics and machine learning -- in an effort to maintain its lead in private-label sales.

Auto auction app uses machine learning to aid inspections
Author: James B. Treece

TradeRev-H, an enhanced version of the TradeRev app for one-hour online auctions, can change how vehicle inspections are done.

For dealer loyalists, shop knowledge beats price
Author: James B. Treece

In a survey, 85 percent of respondents said they expect to go to the dealership for service after their warranty expires, mainly because “they know my vehicle.”

Dealer anniversaries

The dealers featured this week is John Klein, president, and Jason Klein, vice president of Klein Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Clintonville, Wis.

Porsche throws a 70th birthday bash
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

On June 8, the automaker marked its 70th birthday with celebrations around the United States, with Porsche Cars North America and its U.S. dealers hosting Sportscar Together Day events for owners and the public.

From Cork to Corktown: Depot builds on Ford's Irish roots
Author: Alexa St. John

Ford's purchase of a blighted former train station in Detroit as the centerpiece of an urban technology campus carries symbolism that factored into the decision to undertake such an ambitious rehabilitation project.

A hive of activity at Ford headquarters

There's a buzz around Ford headquarters lately that has nothing to do with last week's high-profile purchase of the Michigan Central Station.

Cadillac House caught in campaign crossfire

Cadillac and General Motors are catching some flak in a tabloid-fueled feud between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro.

Self-driving study: Benefits outweigh drawbacks

A study by a leading energy-security think tank says the economic benefits of autonomous vehicles will far outweigh predicted drawbacks such as job displacement.

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