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October 16, 2017

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Cadillac holds off on virtual showrooms
Author: Michael Wayland

Cadillac plans to hold off on a key pillar of its Project Pinnacle dealer incentive program and shift its strategy for virtual reality technology in showrooms to larger dealers.

Industry resigned to life without NAFTA
Author: Eric Kulisch

Automakers and suppliers are starting to envision a world without the North American Free Trade Agreement. Signs are growing that the Trump administration is determined to gut the 23-year-old deal.

Once a tech leader, Japan's auto industry plays catch-up
Author: Hans Greimel

Mazda's coming technology blitz epitomizes the rush by the Japanese carmakers to keep pace in an era of rapid change.

Dealer Don Flow: We must retool retail
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Dealers can reshape auto retailing by embracing new business models and developing value propositions that meet the needs of today's consumers, says Don Flow, CEO of Flow Automotive Cos.

Mazda's Moro will speak at congress

Masahiro Moro, who has helped drive higher brand loyalty since taking over as CEO of Mazda North American Operations last year, will speak Jan. 17 at the Automotive News World Congress.

Why is Tesla struggling with the Model 3?
Author: Katie Burke

What's behind Tesla's manufacturing woes? It could be something as simple as steel.

A lean winter for Infiniti lineup
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Infiniti has stocked up on QX50 and QX70 inventories to make it through the winter after halting production in preparation for new models to come.

Hyundai borrows from 2009 marketing playbook
Author: David Undercoffler

Hyundai Motor America CMO Dean Evans predicts that with new vehicles luring first-time Hyundai shoppers and the Shopper Assurance program promoting loyalty, Hyundai could post a 10 percent sales gain over 2017.

Mexico’s crossover production adds to trade tensions
Author: Laurence Iliff

A new generation of light trucks is being built and sold in Mexico, upending traditional notions of the country's place in the North American auto industry.

Range Rover to show pair of plug-ins in L.A.
Author: Nick Gibbs

Plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover sport are coming to the U.S. market next summer.

Porsche tests subscription service
Author: Amy Wilson

An experimental subscription service in Atlanta lets customers switch among up to 22 models for $3,000 a month.

Two-tone cars are back in vogue
Author: Peter Sigal psigal@crain.com

It could be the first inkling of a trend -- or a strictly European phenomenon. But two-tone cars are increasingly showing up in automakers' lineups there, mostly in upper trim levels.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include Richard Lalonde of Summit Place Kia in Auburn Hills, Mich.; Mike Knowlton, president of Knowlton Ford in Woodsfield, Ohio; and David Hobbs of David Hobbs Honda in Glendale, Wis.

How a dealer's tire program avoids potholes
Author: Katie Burke

Mastria Nissan, of Raynham, Mass., carefully manages its Tires for Life program so as to avoid hurting its bottom line while raising its service retention rate.

Audi tech strategy: Add EVs, cut big engines
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Audi is rethinking its whole engine lineup as it embraces electrification and works with Porsche to co-develop vehicle architecture.

Mitsubishi plans for U.S. growth -- alone, for now
Author: Hans Greimel

Mitsubishi's new three-year business plan identifies a U.S. resurgence as a key target. But lingering U.S. antitrust concerns under Nissan's new control will mean doing it alone.

Best Dealerships put their workers, customers first

The 100 Best Dealerships To Work For stand out from their rivals. That is an enormous advantage in a market where dealerships are too often portrayed as all alike.

Factory, dealers can work better together

My sons, Mark and Franklin, and I are standing on my father's and grandfather's shoulders, not only in terms of the business, but the values we try to bring to our work and our relationships.

Ford could stand to
 cut salaried workers

It has been a constant running joke in my 23 years working for Ford Motor Co. in regards to the ratio of salaried workers compared to hourly.

If gas taxes vanish, 
there will be others

As a California resident, I have no problem believing that tax-and-spend legislators and governors will have no problem developing replacement tax schemes.

The ultimate test for a dealership
Author: Keith Crain

In today's world, every dealership is under great pressure to take care of the customer. There are several effective strategies for winning new customers and keeping the old ones.

Unifor is fighting 
for the future of jobs

For the past nine years, we at CAMI Assembly have worked mandatory overtime, six days a week, 24 hours per day.

Auto industry should defend the Clean Power Plan
Author: Krishnan M. Anantharaman

The auto industry should join the opposition to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap the agency's Clean Power Plan.

Change bearing down on rearview mirrors
Author: David Sedgwick

IHS Markit predicts a surge in global production of panoramic rearview display cameras -- even though safety regulators are still undecided about them.

New store, new attitude
Author: Cameron La Fontaine

A new building did more than expand Anchor Subaru. It changed dealer Bob Benoit's outlook and his connection with his customers. Here's his story.

BMW stays committed to fuel cells
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

Matthias Klietz, head of BMW's alternative powertrain group, talks to Automotive News about where BMW is in its hydrogen efforts and what hurdles it still faces.

With strong sales, low inventory
Author: Jesse Snyder

Automakers reduced auto stocks during September, starting October with stocks only a bit higher than normal for this time of year.

Delphi sees gold in over-air service
Author: Jim Henry

Delphi Automotive's newly named electronics business — Aptiv — has its eye on a completely new kind of supplier prize: service work.

India's Motherson climbs out of obscurity
Author: Jackie Charniga

Motherson Sumi is India's largest auto parts supplier. It's rapidly becoming one of North America's.

Samsung vies for $20 billion in auto business
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Samsung probably wouldn't have paid much attention to automotive -- until suddenly the industry started talking about real technology.

Speedy tech deals may crash and burn later
Author: Katie Burke and Shiraz Ahmed

Suppliers are trying to move fast, but experts say they may be getting involved in messy deals that could hurt later.

Valeo: Tech changes will affect 100% of products
Author: Olive Keogh autonews@crain.com

Valeo's director of innovation has sized up how many of the supplier's products will be affected new technologies. The answer? All of them.

Industry braces for Kobe Steel scandal fallout
Author: Hans Greimel and Naoto Okamura

Global automakers and suppliers are scrambling to learn how much trouble they face after the revelation that Kobe Steel falsified inspection data on metals they used.

An auto show's lingering impact

An auto show's influence on new-vehicle purchase decisions lasts for nearly a year after the show ends, a study found.

Compacts outselling midsize cars in 2017

Compact cars are outselling midsize cars this year because five compacts are actually doing well.

Megadealer Hecker isn't out of jail yet

Automotive News and other news organizations noted last week that imprisoned Minnesota megadealer Denny Hecker was moved to a halfway house. He wasn't.

Nissan CEO hands off to Toyota CEO

In decorum-obsessed Japan, the auto industry is cooperating to keep Nissan's recent factory inspection scandal from dimming the glitz at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Not much stock in UK joining NAFTA
Author: Nick Gibbs

Could the post-Brexit UK join NAFTA? There's talk about it across the pond, but don't count on it.

High-tech taxi for old-school Japan
Author: Hans Greimel

In the era of Uber and ride-hailing, Toyota is turning its attention to building a better taxi that could give Tokyo's streetscape its biggest makeover in two decades.

Battery suppliers face capacity crunch
Author: Michael Martinez

Concerns are growing that battery suppliers such as LG Chem and Samsung won't be able to keep up as automakers promise dozens of new electric vehicles in the coming years.