Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST Republican tax bill retains EV tax credit http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM05/171219770/republican-tax-bill-retains-ev-tax-credit Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:23:26 EST In a major victory for several automakers, the compromise Republican tax bill released late Friday does not eliminate a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had previously proposed. NAFTA on track for an unhappy New Year as talks languish http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM01/312159942/nafta-on-track-for-an-unhappy-new-year-as-talks-languish Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:49:20 EST The U.S., Mexico and Canada are heading into 2018 with no clear plan for saving the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lidar a hot investment #8212; even for Bill Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM10/171219784/lidar-a-hot-investment-even-for-bill-ford Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:10:07 EST Bill Ford's investment company just took a stake in lidar supplier Ouster as industry interest heats up for the technology. Probe underway into death of Ford worker at Ky. plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM01/171219776/probe-underway-into-death-of-ford-worker-at-ky-plant Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:28:31 EST The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a probe to determine the cause of death of a worker at Ford Motor Co.'s Louisville, Ky., truck assembly plant. Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's threats http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM01/171219788/mexico-plots-open-trade-course-to-escape-trumps-threats Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:17:27 EST President Donald Trump's "America First" brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement. BorgWarner appoints new COO http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM02/171219793/borgwarner-appoints-new-coo Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:58:38 EST BorgWarner promoted Frederic Lissalde to chief operating officer, filling a post that has been vacant since James Verrier was named CEO in 2013. GM parts with former labor exec charged in training fund probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM02/171219803/gm-parts-with-former-labor-exec-charged-in-training-fund-probe Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST Alphons Iacobelli, a former labor relations executive facing several criminal charges for the alleged misuse of funds to retrain workers, is no longer employed by General Motors. Tesla's push beyond cars now on display http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM/312159990/teslas-push-beyond-cars-now-on-display Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST If there's any doubt Tesla isn't just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. Breakthrough claimed in remote, electronic signature on auto finance contract http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219817/breakthrough-claimed-in-remote-electronic-signature-on-auto-finance Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:54:02 EST Technology provider RouteOne, in a venture with Toyota Financial Services, says it has successfully processed the industry's first remotely captured, electronic customer signature on a finance contract arranged through a dealership. TrueCar, California Dealers Association settle lawsuit http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL07/171219814/truecar-california-dealers-association-settle-lawsuit Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:00:11 EST TrueCar agreed to change parts of its business model, including its billing, to settle litigation brought by the California New Car Dealers Association. Ford to move autonomous, EV business units to Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/MOBILITY/171219815/ford-to-move-autonomous-ev-business-units-to-detroit Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:41:43 EST Ford is relocating its autonomous and electric vehicle units to Detroit from nearby Dearborn, Mich., with the new operation slated to be up and running early next year. Alabama dealership cited for safety violations after 3 employee deaths http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL07/171219819/alabama-dealership-fire-employee-deaths Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:19:42 EST U.S. federal safety regulators proposed penalizing an Alabama dealership $152,099 following an investigation into a flash fire that killed three employees and critically injured two more. Hyundai ad firm buys Kia's longtime U.S. agency http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL03/312159994/hyundai-ad-firm-buys-kias-longtime-u-s-agency Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Seoul-based advertising agency group Innocean has bought independent creative agency David and Goliath, a deal that unites two companies known for their work with South Korean automakers. Mini goes minimalist with retooled logo http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL03/171219828/mini-goes-minimalist-with-retooled-logo Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:00 EST The new design, by Berlin ad agency KKLD, will be visible on all Mini models as of March 2018. A look to the past, to see the future without personal car ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/BLOG06/171219840/human-experience-car-ownership-ends-lareau Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:20 EST The dawn of ride-hailing and autonomous driving signals the end of a time when owning a car was part of the human experience. Ontario to introduce rebates to boost electric truck demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/OEM05/171219841/ontario-to-introduce-rebates-to-boost-electric-truck-demand Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:56:32 EST Canada's biggest province, Ontario, will introduce a new rebate program worth up to C$75,000 for buyers of electric trucks, in a move that could boost purchases of models by Tesla and rivals like China's BYD. EV credit survives compromise tax bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/312139935/ev-credit-survives-compromise-tax-bill Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:49:20 EST House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spare the electric-vehicle tax credit as part of a compromise package on tax reform, according to a Republican familiar with process, Bloomberg reported. Former UAW official resigns from GM board http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM/171219852/former-uaw-official-resigns-from-gm-board Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:00 EST Joe Ashton, a former UAW vice president, has resigned from GM's board of directors amid a widening federal probe into joint training centers overseen by representatives of the union and Detroit automakers. Hyundai returns to roster of Super Bowl advertisers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/RETAIL03/171219853/hyundai-returns-to-roster-of-super-bowl-advertisers Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:29:35 EST Hyundai, which ran a post-game Super Bowl ad last season, has secured ad time during the 2018 game. Ford said to be planning end of N.A. Fusion output http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM01/171219856/ford-fusion-production-us-china-mexico Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 EST Ford plans to end North American production of the Fusion midsize sedan at the end of the decade, casting doubt about the future of the nameplate in the U.S. as consumers shun cars for crossovers and SUVs. Mercedes preps 2 instrument panels for next G-class SUV http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM03/171219854/mercedes-preps-2-instrument-panels-for-next-g-class-suv Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:16 EST The redesigned Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV will be roomier and more luxurious when it goes on sale in the U.S. in late 2018. Jeep reshapes iconic Wrangler with slippery brick styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM04/171219880/jeep-wrangler-design-changes-fiatchrysler Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:50:53 EST At first glance, the styling of the next-generation Wrangler doesn't appear to have changed much. But a bend here and a curve there improved aerodynamics by 9 percent, a top FCA executive says. Toyota, Visteon begin using new $135 million autonomous vehicle testing center in Mich. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/MOBILITY/171219857/toyota-visteon-av-testing-center-michigan Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:22:20 EST Michigan's autonomous and connected vehicle testing site, the American Center for Mobility, officially opened this week near Ann Arbor, Mich., with Toyota and Visteon beginning testing. Mercedes-Benz Financial launches expansion of Texas operations http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219861/mercedes-benz-financial-launches-expansion-of-texas-operations Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:46:05 EST Mercedes-Benz Financial Services said it will shift business operations into a new facility at its AllianceTexas operation in Fort Worth. Continental to showcase 2 battery charging systems at CES http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/171219863/contintental-ev-charging-ces-technology Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:21 EST Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology. Hyundai bolsters electric car lineup to narrow gap with rivals http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/171219877/hyundai-kia-electric-future-product-fuelcell Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:15:27 EST Hyundai Motor Group, lagging behind rivals in the introduction of electric vehicles, is stepping up plans for battery-powered cars as world governments crack down on polluting fossil fuels. Lamborghini's raging bull tops our viral list http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/VIRALVIDEO/312139998/lamborghinis-raging-bull-tops-our-viral-list Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST The commercial introducing Lamborghini's second-ever SUV jumped to the No. 2 spot in our list of top viral videos this week. VW Jetta gets new look, platform in quest to win sedan shoppers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/OEM03/171219893/volkswagen-jetta-redesign Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:41:24 EST VW believes that much-improved driving dynamics, more technology and a more fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain in a redesigned Jetta that is moving onto the brand's global MQB platform will draw sedan customers to U.S. showrooms. Penske buys more U.K. used-only stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/RETAIL07/171219900/penske-buys-more-uk-used-only-stores Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:55:46 EST Penske Automotive Group will buy The Car People, a used-only retailer in the UK, nearly doubling its used-only operations in that market. Aptiv preps new tech center in Boston http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/MOBILITY/171219890/aptiv-preps-new-tech-center-in-boston Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:21:02 EST Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, will open a technology center in Boston next year to expand engineering efforts and advance autonomous-vehicle programs. 100 Tesla Semi trucks preordered by PepsiCo http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/MOBILITY/171219912/100-tesla-semi-trucks-preordered-by-pepsico Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:19:52 EST PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions. Ferrari plans production boost as supercar sales jump, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/OEM01/171219894/ferrari-production-boost-italy Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:15:07 EST Ferrari plans to boost production by doubling assembly shifts to two a day in 2018 as deliveries are on pace to reach its 9,000-vehicle target a year earlier than scheduled, a source told Bloomberg. Automakers question Calif. zero-emission mandate as feds reassess mpg rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/OEM11/171219895/automakers-question-california-zev-mandate Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:57:51 EST Automakers are again challenging California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, saying it undermines the goal of a single national standard for fuel economy. 2018 Ford Expedition: A beast gets tamed http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/CRITICS_CORNER/171219901/2018-ford-expedition-a-beast-gets-tamed Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:17:12 EST Ford's Expedition, an SUV family hauler, has undergone a long overdue redesign for the 2018 model year. The latest Expedition features a new aluminum body, a 10-speed transmission and a host of technology features. It's powered by the same 3. Uber poised to hire media agency, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/MOBILITY/171219908/uber-prepares-hiring-media-agency Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:22:56 EST MediaCom is poised to win media duties for Uber in North America, people with knowledge of the matter told Advertising Age. A century of forward thinking gave rise to FandI office, products of today http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171219968/finance-insurance-dealers-history Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST In this special section, Automotive News sheds light on a few of the countless people and companies that helped shape the modern dealership FandI office. Cox sues CDK, cites anti-competitive practices http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL07/171219922/cox-sues-cdk-cites-anti-competitive-practices Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:41:35 EST In a battle between two dealership vendor giants, Cox Automotive is suing CDK Global for anti-competitive business practices. GM's crystal ball includes owner-driver model, Barra says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM/171219920/gms-crystal-ball-includes-owner-driver-model-barra-says Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:33:43 EST GM is investing heavily in ride-sharing, electric vehicles, autonomy and other mobility services in order to put customers and consumers first, and dealers will have to adjust, CEO Mary Barra says. GM-Lyft relationship gets complicated http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/MOBILITY/171219939/gm-lyft-relationship-its-complicated Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain. Bilingual dealershp staff just the start to success http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL07/171219977/bilingual-dealership-spanish-success Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Spanish advertising, a bilingual staff and a refined sales strategy have helped Downey Nissan lead the brand in new-vehicle sales to Hispanic customers so far in 2017. After split, Delphi looks to the future http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM10/171219924/delphi-executives-spinoff-qa Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:23:43 EST Last week, storied auto supplier Delphi split into two separate public entities -- one focused on the headline-grabbing autonomous vehicle phenomenon, the other on the century-old powertrain. Lear to acquire GPS technology company EXO Technologies http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/MOBILITY/171219927/lear-to-acquire-gps-technology-company-exo-technologies Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:06:06 EST Lear said it agreed to acquire EXO Technologies, a GPS technology firm based in Israel, to boost its connected vehicle systems. Terms were not disclosed. GM will lighten next-gen pickups with carbon fiber http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM01/171219944/gm-carbon-bed-pickups Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fiber, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars. Nissan dangles factory-to-salesperson incentive http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL01/171219950/nissan-dangles-factory-to-salesperson-incentive Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan is steering cash spiffs to dealership sales personnel this month in a bid to sell off 2017 models. Hybrids are better for autonomy, Ford says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM06/171219941/ford-hybrid-autonomous-technology Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford countered GM's vision for a large-scale self-driving car deployment in 2019 by detailing plans to launch an autonomous hybrid in 2021 for more diverse commercial uses. Genesis aiming for 85 to 90 stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL07/171219940/genesis-aiming-for-85-90-stores Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America plans to tell dealers by year end which markets it has designated for stand-alone Genesis stores, said Brian Smith, who joined the automaker from Toyota in October. On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM11/171219942/on-recalls-honda-goes-the-extra-mile Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs. Toyota Olympic marketing will help explain mobility vision http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL03/171219972/toyota-olympics-mobilty-marketing Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Heeding a call to action from President Akio Toyoda, Toyota marketers are leveraging an eight-year Olympic sponsorship deal and its first global campaign to lay out its vision of mobility for the world. Cox survey finds dealer optimism strongest in South http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL07/171219947/cox-dealer-survey-region-optimism Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers are positive about the next quarter, but that optimism varies widely by region, a Cox Automotive survey found. GM's new Marketplace app showcases its remote update capability http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM06/171219948/gm-marketplace-ota Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Over-the-air updates are seen as a key part of connected and autonomous vehicles, as they allow companies to refine their systems over time and provide real-time updates when needed.