Automotive News Table of Contents

July 16, 2018

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Denny Hecker: A changed man?
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

The onetime Minneapolis car-dealing kingpin, whose over-the-top lifestyle and spectacular fall in the wake of the Great Recession shattered lives and left him with a mountain of debt, is free -- and he's talking.

Ford F series on record sales pace, despite hurdles
Author: Michael Martinez

Thanks to a blistering first-half pace, Ford Motor Co. might sell more big pickups in the U.S. this year than it ever has, shattering a 14-year-old record set at the height of the housing boom.

Tariff threat hangs over Subaru's bullish plan
Author: Hans Greimel

Subaru has big plans for growth in the U.S. market — as long as Trump's tariffs don't get in the way.

Genesis G70 debut nears with retail network still sorting itself out
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Uncertainty has been a common theme around the dapper Genesis G70's U.S. launch — not because of the product itself, but rather the retail infrastructure surrounding it.

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.

Tesla eyes China as U.S. output struggles
Author: Nick Bunkley

Tesla took a big step toward expanding its manufacturing footprint overseas, signing a preliminary agreement to build a plant in China, but it also gave more indications that demand for its most affordable electric vehicle has faded considerably amid its struggles to produce in high volumes.

Wilson named retail editor; Czarnecki joins ANTV

Automotive News has appointed Amy Wilson news editor in charge of retail coverage, replacing James B. Treece, who is retiring; Angelina Czarnecki has joined the staff of Automotive News TV.

BMW, Mercedes boxed in by tariff battles
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Mercedes-Benz and BMW stand to lose most from tit-for-tat import tariffs imposed first by the U.S. on China and then reciprocated. Unfortunately for both, there isn't much they can do to shield themselves from the fallout.

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.

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.

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.

Fusion nameplate will outlive sedan
Author: Michael Martinez

Despite plans to kill the Fusion midsize sedan in the U.S. next year, the automaker will keep the Fusion name alive. Just not as a sedan.

In 6 years, Mignanelli molded Nissan U.S.A.
Author: Dave Versical

Tom Mignanelli spent just six years at Nissan's U.S. operations, but left a mark that has rippled through decades.

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.

Number to watch: $41 billion

A forecast for two aftermarket trade groups predicts aftermarket parts sales will hit $327 billion in 2021, a $41 billion dollar increase over 2017 levels.

Supply chain pain: 'Dude, where's my container?'

Five automakers and their supply chains are linking up with an Ohio analytics company to root out billions in industry logistics inefficiencies.

The challenge of American-made parts

Proposed tariffs cause an $1,800 increase in the price of the American-made Toyota Camry, because of imported materials.

U.S. lights come on for China's Rebo
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Chinese auto supplier Rebo enters the North American market with its purchase of Federal-Mogul's lighting division.

Bring back U.S. steel, parts manufacturing

I'm concerned about the messages portrayed in Automotive News of late. Journalism should look at both sides of an issue and present it so the reader may form their own opinion.

Crash test results can't be denied

Jeep Grand Cherokee crash test results discourage trade-in.

Did it sell any more cars?
Author: Keith Crain

For some reason, factory executives continue to want a whole string of dealership improvements, regardless of whether they add to the dealership's sales numbers.

Fusion's not the problem; it's Ford

Ford Fusion was the right car at the wrong time.

Why so pessimistic? Industry overall remains sound

Caution about the outlook for U.S. new-vehicle sales may be warranted, but overall conditions remain sound. Let's not worry ourselves into a slump.

How this year's trade war is a different battle
Author: Hans Greimel

Superficial similarities abound between the latest trade war with China and earlier, mostly failed campaigns against Japan. But striking differences also suggest Trump's gambit might have better leverage.

Key survey question proves priceless
Author: Ken Wysocky

Manitoba's Birchwood Auto Group believes that extremely pithy customer surveys generate more insight into clients' experiences than longer, traditional ones.

Inventories up slightly, below ’17
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

The industry started July with an estimated 3,961,800 unsold vehicles on-hand in the U.S., a 69-day supply.

An STP treatment for the wheels of justice, perhaps?

Say what you will about the efficiency of the U.S. government and the slow-rolling wheels of justice, but things eventually get worked out.

Chevy underestimated the overachieving Blazer

Chevrolet's owners magazine looks back at the origins of the Blazer with last month's unveiling of a 2019 version as a midsize crossover.

Magna isn't 'de-merging,' says Walker
Author: Staff report

Magna International is bucking a trend. It's CEO, Don Walker says the company isn't separating autonomous vehicles from its mainstream operations.

World's cheapest car too much bang for the buck

Tata Motor's Nano, dubbed the world's cheapest car, has all but died in India, with lessons for automakers on frugal engineering.

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