Automotive News Breaking News Feed News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EST Tesla Model S regains top safety rating with software update, Consumer Reports says Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:11:00 EST Tesla provided an over-the-air update in July to its software on the Model S to include automatic emergency braking at highway speeds. Mary Barra: GM launching over-the-air updates 'before 2020' Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:35:33 EST GM CEO Mary Barra said the company plans to launch a new electrical vehicle architecture and infotainment system capable of over-the-air updates "before 2020." Asbury Automotive exits its used-only operations Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:32:25 EST Asbury Automotive is closing its remaining Q auto stand-alone used-car stores to redirect investments that will deliver better returns. GM Q2 net drops 42% on Europe restructuring Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:30:00 EST The discipline that helped GM beat Wall Street expectations for nine consecutive quarters will be put to the test in the coming months because several of its most profitable plants will temporarily close for retooling. Asbury's Q2 net drops 13% to $32 million Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:54:15 EST Asbury Automotive's second-quarter net income dropped 13 percent to $31.9 million on lower profit margins per new and used vehicles sold. Israeli settles Mobileye insider trading case with U.S. regulators Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:56:32 EST An Israeli professor has agreed to pay more than $850,000 to settle U.S. claims he engaged in insider trading in Jerusalem-based Mobileye before its takeover by Intel. Subaru sets modest price hike for '18 Impreza Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:49:17 EST Subaru's fifth-generation Impreza is off to a strong start in the U.S. after a redesign last year, and the automaker isn't changing the starting price much for the 2018 model. Tesla buyers antsy for Model 3 keys months after $1,000 deposit Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:52:27 EST Thousands of Tesla Model 3 reservation holders are in limbo, with deposits paid but little clarity about the status of their car -- when they'll get it or what they'll pay. Musk says Facebook's Zuckerberg naive about AI Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:33:40 EST Elon Musk insulted rival billionaire Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, escalating a tech wizard war of words over whether robots will become smart enough to kill their human creators. U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards, freeze targets Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:07:39 EST The Transportation Department said it may revise auto fuel efficiency requirements starting with the 2021 model year, a year earlier than previously disclosed, and could adopt lower standards through 2025. BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:37:56 EST After 21 years with BMW, including six in the U.S., Ludwig Willisch will retire as the company's Americas chief as of Aug. 1. The retirement of Willisch, 61, had been expected. VW exec Oliver Schmidt expected to plead guilty in emissions cheating case Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:23:54 EST Oliver Schmidt, one of the eight VW executives charged in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, plans to plead guilty on August 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a court spokesman said. 5 questions with Mercedes' director of randd Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:19:19 EST Ola Kaellenius, head of randd at Mercedes-Benz Cars, sat down with reporters at the launch of the updated S class and covered topics ranging from the return of the Mercedes inline-six to robot taxis to the coming of autonomy to the staying power of... Like it or not, signs signal change for auto retail Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:49:32 EST Car dealers need to prepare for a new way of selling as consumers may not desire car ownership in the future. Mitsubishi quarterly operating profit rebounds following scandal Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:46:24 EST Mitsubishi's operating profit surged nearly fivefold in the latest quarter, rebounding from a year earlier when earnings were broadsided by a fuel economy scandal. Search is on for better lidar Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Though lidar technology solves many problems of current sensor technology, it still hasn't met the requirements for mass production for vehicles #8212; even after decades of development. Ford transforms design leadership Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. has overhauled its design team amid new CEO Jim Hackett's quest to transform the automaker into a leaner, quicker-thinking organization. Consumer group raises alarm about rollback of mpg targets Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:36:17 EST The Consumer Federation of America released data it says show that the value of fuel savings from higher mpg outweighs the added cost of vehicles with fuel-saving technology. Former Chrysler CEO Nardelli named chairman of power storage company Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:38:06 EST Former Chrysler chief Bob Nardelli was named chairman of Ioxus, a company that develops transportation power storage technologies and alternative energy. Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:35:44 EST Former GM purchasing chief Bo Andersson has returned to the auto industry to lead European operations for Japanese auto supplier Yazaki. Longtime BMW temp files racism, sexism complaint with EEOC: 'Enough was enough' Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW of North America says it is investigating claims of racism and sexism in its Mini division after a decadelong temporary worker lodged a federal complaint. FCA recalls 2017 Dodge Challengers for rollaway danger Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:51:28 EST FCA is recalling 7,802 Dodge Challengers in the U.S. because the cars may roll after being parked. FCA will update vehicle software to help ensure the vehicles are in "park." Ford juices up 2018 Mustang with optional 'drag strip' mode Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:00 EST Ford says the freshened 2018 Mustang will be its fastest pony car ever, going from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds with its new optional "drag strip" mode. Henrik Fisker taking 'lessons learned' from Karma to new EMotion EV Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The $129,000 EMotion EV -- due out in 2019 -- is touted as having a top speed of 161 mph, a more than 400-mile electric range and rapid-charging capabilities of 125 miles in 9 minutes. Chevy Impala at risk as large sedans shrink into oblivion Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The Chevy Impala -- one of GM's longest-running and most-recognized names, a car that logged more than 1 million U.S. sales in 1965 -- appears unlikely to survive much longer. Toyota's hydrogen holdup means East Coasters miss out on Mirai Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:30:54 EST Toyota, off to a slow start selling its car of the future on one U.S. coast, is struggling even to get started on the other. Infiniti drops midsize QX70 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Infiniti has killed its QX70 midsize crossover, effective immediately, as it prepares to shift more attention to other crossovers. Trump's NAFTA rhetoric yields to reality ahead of talks Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The reality of NAFTA after 23 years of integration is that no single country can dictate new terms for the deal, because all have much to lose, from manufacturing in Mexico and agricultural exports in the U.S. Buick leaves its legacy of large sedans behind Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST More than three quarters of Buick's U.S. sales now come from the Encore and two larger crossovers. The changes have helped Buick double its global sales volume since 2010. Crossovers and SUVs fatten profit margins Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Across segments from subcompact to full-size, average transaction prices for SUVs and crossovers in the first half of 2017 ran well higher than similar-size sedans and hatchbacks, an analysis of Kelley Blue Book data shows. Autonomous vehicle legislation set in motion Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The legislation borrows heavily from the wish list of automakers and tech companies that want leeway to operate on highways without being tied too closely to rules designed for vehicles controlled by humans. Mercedes dealer devotes service center to vans Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST When vans come in for service, they typically require more attention than noncommercial vehicles because they generally perform more demanding work with heavier loads. Private-equity firm GPB Capital thrives under the radar Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST GPB Capital, a private-equity group, has quietly grown to 66 dealerships. Now they're ready to start talking about who they are and how they operate. Some Dodge dealers give in to Demon temptation Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Some, but not all, Dodge dealers are seeking market adjustments that would nearly double the price for the limited-edition drag racer. FCA's restated sales show some big swings Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST A review of the data points to a company that either didn't accurately know what it was selling month to month or was playing fast and loose with its fleet sales. Who will order car subscriptions? Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Vehicle subscription services are emerging as a new slice of the car-sharing market, and industry leaders are still trying to figure out which model will work best. Brembo's Bombassei inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Alberto Bombassei, the man behind those bright red and yellow Brembo brake calipers, joined three other legends into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Australian man likely 18th death from faulty Takata airbags Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:39:01 EST An Australian man who died in a Sydney car crash may be the 18th death linked to faulty Takata airbags, after police said he was killed when hit in the neck by shrapnel from an airbag. Autos loom large in U.S.-Korea trade talks Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:54:39 EST The Trump administration is attempting to rewrite the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, much as it is doing through other means with NAFTA. Gentex's Q2 profit up slightly with international sales gains Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:24:35 EST Gentex said its net income jumped 2 percent in the second quarter, repelling the U.S. light-vehicle sales slowdown with growth in international auto-dimming mirror shipments. U.S. lawyers suing Volkswagen get $300 million in fees, costs Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:26:24 EST A U.S. judge approved $125 million for lawyers who sued VW on behalf of owners of 88,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles over excess emissions. Lawyers got another $175 million in a previous related case. Autoliv Q2 net income drops 13.5% Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:50:21 EST Autoliv said its net income dropped 13.5 percent during the company's second quarter from a decline in North American and Chinese auto production. Fisker, emerging battery supplier Nanotech end joint venture for EMotion EV Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:36:22 EST A joint venture between Henrik Fisker's new car company and an emerging battery supplier was unplugged before it could ever charge up. Lyft outlines self-driving car plans after earlier partnerships Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:57:55 EST Ride-hailing provider Lyft, emboldened by public stumbles by larger rival Uber, is taking the leap into developing its own fully autonomous vehicles. Ford to petition to avoid U.S. recall of 2.5 million vehicles Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:57:53 EST Ford wants to avoid a U.S. recall of about 2.5 million vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week. GM puts the brakes on portions of headquarters project Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:28:10 EST GM has mothballed plans for one of the more eye-catching portions of its 120,000-square-foot addition and renovation of its world headquarters, the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Ford overhauls design with 2 key teams Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford is shaking up its design staff to shorten product development cycles and better define the group's overarching strategy with the formation of two key staffs: one covering cars and crossovers, and another handling trucks, SUVs and commercial... Ford's F-150 police pickup packs 375 hp Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:53:23 EST Ford, seeking to add to its dominant position in the police vehicle market, has developed the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup, offering 375 hp. UAW, GM 'talking' about impact of slumping car sales on U.S. jobs Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:07:18 EST The president of the UAW expressed concern about the impact of weak U.S. car sales at GM on auto plants and jobs. Williams 'confident' UAW can win vote at Nissan plant Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:57:27 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said he feels "very strongly" that Nissan workers in Canton, Miss., will vote early next month in favor of union representation. %]