Automotive News Breaking News Feed News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:00 EST Two-tone cars return, creating complexity in the paint shop Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. Battery suppliers face capacity crunch Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. Mitsubishi plans for U.S. don't involve Nissan alliance yet Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. Ford stamping plant worker fatally shoots himself Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:24:29 EST A Ford employee shot and killed himself at the company's stamping plant in Woodhaven, Mich., on Friday. BMW boycott sought by Jesse Jackson Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:25:50 EST Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is calling for a boycott of BMW products because of a lack of diversity among its dealer body. Tesla misunderstands 'positive' Model 3 rating, Consumer Reports says Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:23:40 EST Consumer Reports said Tesla apparently misunderstood the "average" reliability rating the magazine assigned to the Model 3 sedan this week, calling it generally "positive" for an all-new vehicle. Gentex net income slips 2% for Q3 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:16:05 EST Gentex said its third-quarter net income slipped 2 percent to $90.2 million from last year. Wells Fargo faulted by U.S. regulator for auto insurance abuses, report says Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:43:49 EST Wells Fargo wrongly pushed auto insurance on customers who did not need it and took too long to halt the abuse, the New York Times reported, citing a confidential report. Bentley to replace CEO, 3 board members in overhaul Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:31:15 EST Wolfgang Durheimer will step down as CEO of Bentley effective February 1 and be succeeded by Adrian Hallmark, former global strategy director at Jaguar Land Rover. Internet billionaires swap ride-hailing bets Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:13:12 EST The future of the ride-hailing industry depends on the capricious largesse of two internet billionaires on opposite sides of the globe. Mexico auto group rejects U.S. proposal on NAFTA rules of origin Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:26:51 EST The Mexican Auto Industry Association rejected U.S. proposals to increase North American content for light vehicles produced in the region. Death of Australian car output leaves chasm Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:00:00 EST GM closed its Holden factory in Australia on Friday, ending more than a century of car manufacturing in the country. NADA Data shows dealer profits eroding Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:22:59 EST New-vehicle dealerships sold about the same number of new vehicles through June this year as they did a year earlier, but dealers are making less money on them, an NADA midyear report says. NXP plans for future while waiting for Qualcomm deal approval Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:57:59 EST Combined operations between Qualcomm and NXP will open up broad self-driving car uses. Toyota dominates CR reliability survey again; lots of shifts seen among other brands Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:45:00 EST For the fifth year in a row, Toyota and Lexus rank as the top two brands for reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. The rankings of the remaining 25 brands reflect a game of musical chairs, however. Despite startup hurdles, Tesla Model 3 wins early praise Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:23:24 EST Tesla may be behind on internal production targets for the new Model 3, but that doesn't mean Consumer Reports hasn't predicted its reliability. Chief Economist Szakaly will leave NADA for health system Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:38:40 EST Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, is leaving the group early next month to run data analytics and consumer insights for a major health system. Google parent company leads $1 billion investment in Lyft Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:59:34 EST Google parent company Alphabet's investment arm, CapitalG, led a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the ride-sharing startup at $11 billion, the ride-sharing startup said. GM to settle state ignition-switch litigation claims for $120 million Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:20:19 EST General Motors agreed to pay $120 million to resolve claims from 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia over faulty ignition switches, state attorneys general said. IIHS beefs up crash testing for top pick designation Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:14:08 EST Automakers looking to land top safety accolades should give the same level of attention to both front-passenger safety and the driver's safety, a leading automotive safety organization said. Chinese-funded EV startup buys tech firm headed by former Tesla exec Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:58:19 EST SF Motors, a California-based electric vehicle unit of China's Chongqing Sokon Industry Group, acquired an EV and battery tech firm headed by former Tesla executive Martin Eberhard for $33 million. GM, in battle over stock split, outmaneuvered hedge fund, Einhorn concedes Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:04:20 EST Hedge fund manager David Einhorn said he bungled his campaign to get GM to split its stock and conceded he was outmaneuvered by the auto giant. Ford's $28 billion cash pile doesn't buy love on Wall Street Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:29:46 EST Ford may be both flush with cash and struggling with its stock price, but new CEO Jim Hackett is in no rush to buy Wall Street's love. Illinois scratched from Toyota-Mazda factory sweepstakes Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:04:09 EST A lack of shovel-ready sites in Illinois and the state's failure to adopt a right-to-work law have helped to sideline the state's bid to land a $1.3 billion assembly plant planned by Toyota and Mazda, a top economic development official says. Ford says recall of F-150, Super Duty pickups to cost $267 million in Q4 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:08:10 EST Ford recalled 1.3 million 2015-17 F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty pickups to fix faulty side door latches. The action will cost the automaker $267 million in the fourth quarter. How a move to N.Y. is reshaping Cadillac Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:53:30 EST In the three years that Johan de Nysschen has been running Cadillac, he has moved the global headquarters to New York's SoHo and has pushed sales to their highest levels in three decades. Why there's a need for protocol on self-driving car accidents Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:32 EST As fleets of robo-taxis start mixing on public roads with cars, motorcycles and pedestrians, accidents will be inevitable -- and so will be the need for a process to deal with them. Toyota recalls 310,000 Sienna minivans to fix shift lever problem Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:20:56 EST Toyota is recalling 310,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. to fix potential problems with shift levers that could cause the vehicle to roll away. Consumer group wants set pricing for FandI products Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:23:10 EST A consumer advocacy group wants the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies to regulate pricing of FandI products, such as extended service contracts, based in part on data that allegedly show dealerships have charged Hispanic... Nissan comes to the rescue Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST When a fellow pickup driver gets stuck in the mud, a Nissan Titan owner lends a hand. Nissan used uncertified inspectors in Japan even after misconduct found Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:08:08 EST Nissan said it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories. NAFTA talks take acrimonious turn Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:59:43 EST Efforts to renegotiate NAFTA have bogged down over controversial U.S. proposals, with Canada and Mexico blaming the U.S. for trying to protect its market at the expense of the region's economy and the U.S. Former Ford CEO Mark Fields named senior adviser at TPG Capital Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:00:00 EST Former Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields has been named a senior adviser at private equity firm TPG Capital, where he will be tasked with helping reinvent companies in the way that he attempted to transform Ford. Lexus re-evaluating partnership with Weinstein Co. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:05:33 EST Toyota's Lexus brand is evaluating its partnership with film and TV production firm The Weinstein Company after allegations that co-founder Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women for decades. Mexico, Canada reject U.S. NAFTA demands as talks wrap up Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:47:00 EST The ministers leading NAFTA negotiations wrapped up the latest round of high-level talks after Canada and Mexico rejected what they see as hardline proposals by the U.S. GM clutches tech units despite hype of $30 billion spinoff Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:43 EST GM will keep its business units working on self-driving vehicles and car-sharing despite analysts suggesting they could be spun off and valued at as much as $30 billion, according to a top executive. GM donating $5 million to Henry Ford museum Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:17:48 EST With the "game-changing" gift, GM will sponsor the museum's rotating exhibits to help promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. GM to begin testing autonomous vehicles in N.Y. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:35:29 EST The planned tests by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Polestar debuts with performance coupe, subscription sales model Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:00 EST Volvo and its parent, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, are initially investing about $752 million in the stand-alone electrified vehicle brand, mostly for a China assembly plant. Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:35:09 EST The next Defender is the most important vehicle in Land Rover's 70-year history. U.S. authorities seeking Kobe Steel documents related to data scandal Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:58:28 EST U.S. authorities are seeking Kobe Steel documents related to the company's data cheating scandal, the Japanese steelmaker said. Nissan gets new U.S. sales boss; Meunier takes Infiniti role Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:16:35 EST Nissan has promoted former Saturn executive Dan Mohnke to lead sales and marketing for the brand in the United States; he succeeds Christian Meunier, who becomes a global vice president for Infiniti. 2019 Ram Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:12:56 EST Fiat Chrysler plans major styling changes to the Ram pickup for 2019 as evidenced by new spy photos of the truck at the company's technical center near Detroit. Dealers must retool retail Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. Hyundai Shopper Assurance retail plan borrows from '09 playbook Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. How a dealer's Tires for Life program avoids potholes Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. Toyota expands mobility, AI reach with 2 concepts Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:42:15 EST Toyota plans to broaden its vision of future mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show with two tiny electric runabouts that predict the driver's emotions and guide them away from danger. A lean winter for Infiniti lineup Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST 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. Ford faces 'significant work' before autonomous vehicles become reality, Argo AI exec says Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:53:46 EST Argo AI, a Pittsburgh artificial intelligence company backed by Ford, has grown aggressively, but its CEO says much work remains to help Ford bring an autonomous car to market in 2021. Unifor ratifies contract at GM's Equinox plant in Canada; 86% of workers approve Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:33:47 EST Union workers at a GM plant in Ingersoll, Ont., have ratified a new contract, ending a four-week strike that threatened to pinch sales of the Chevrolet Equinox.