Automotive News Breaking News Feed News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 19 Aug 2018 06:00:00 EST 40 Automotive News is the leading source of news about the global automotive industry Startup supplier Tula Technology worries about CAFE rollback Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Tula Technology CEO Scott Bailey is convinced the CAFE rules played a major role in GM's 2012 decision to invest in Tula, become a development partner and license its technology. Cox Automotive seeks tighter integration of brands Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST So far, CEO Sandy Schwartz grades the company's integration of more than a dozen unique brands as a B-minus. Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrians Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Some autonomous car technologists say the problem isn't that self-driving cars don't work, it's that people act unpredictably. How to build a McLaren supercar Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST McLaren Automotive builds its high-dollar supercars in an unusual, 371,354-square-foot partially underground building in bucolic southern England. VW's Diess learned about emissions software months before scandal, report says Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:32:00 EST VW CEO Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a multi-billion exhaust emissions scandal, a German magazine said. Tesla struggles with too much reliance on troubled CEO Elon Musk Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla's story has been such a soap opera that it's hard to know which twists and turns are worth heeding. Tariffs hit toolmakers in supply chain Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Supplier consultant Laurie Harbour says tariffs are raising tool costs for auto suppliers. Lear CEO Mathew Simoncini tops Automotive News list of highest paid auto executives Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Matthew Simoncini, who retired after guiding Lear to record sales and profits, was the highest-paid CEO at publicly traded U.S. automotive companies last year, according to the Automotive News/Equilar CEO Compensation study. Toyota ordered to pay family $242 million for Lexus seat defect Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:52:03 EST A Texas jury on Friday hit Toyota with a $242 million verdict after finding that defects in the front seats of a 2002 Lexus ES300 caused serious injuries to a Dallas family's two young children. Tearful Elon Musk tells NYT nobody reviewed Tesla funding tweet; SpaceX may help bankroll going-private transaction Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:27:50 EST Elon Musk said nobody reviewed his tweet about the plan to take Tesla private before he posted it, the New York Times reported, citing an interview in which Musk frequently teared up. Why Chicago cops are worried about fraudulent car purchases Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:13:46 EST A flood of vehicles obtained fraudulently and shipped to metro Chicago has prompted police to warn dealers nationwide to exercise extra diligence in verifying the identity of online customers. Former Key Safety CFO joins Busche Performance Group as CEO Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:42:54 EST The executive who led Key Safety Systems' push to acquire Takata in a $1.6 billion deal has left the supplier to become the CEO of Busch Performance Group. Detroit preps for annual automotive Mardi Gras Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:52:34 EST Detroit's traffic jam/party of the year known as the Woodward Dream Cruise is back for a 24th year with 1.3 million people expected to jam the three-day event. Is there a 'peak car' era ahead for the auto industry? Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:40:42 EST The auto industry is accelerating toward a shift that is being dubbed "peak car" -- a time when sales of private vehicles across the West will plateau before making a swift descent. Why some VW diesel owners in Germany could face de-registration Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Germany's federal motor vehicle authority has warned that owners of some VW diesel vehicles who fail to have manipulated emissions software fixed could have their cars taken off the road. Former Autoliv boss outlines new goals at spinoff Veoneer Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST As CEO of Autoliv, Jan Carlson spearheaded the spinoff of the Swedish supplier's active-safety business into a new publicly traded company, Veoneer, which he now heads. Why Toyota is expanding in China Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:52:07 EST Toyota will expand capacity at its auto plant in China's Guangzhou, a company source told Reuters, in addition to beefing up production at a factory in Tianjin city by 120,000 vehicles a year. How did Elon Musk come up with the $420 buyout figure? Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:20:30 EST As some Tesla watchers suspected, CEO Elon Musk had a hidden meaning behind the $420-per-share figure he announced last week for taking Tesla private. Aretha Franklin, touchstone voice of the Motor City, dies at 76 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:28:18 EST Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul whose voice and music became a touchstone of the Motor City's car culture and Detroit 3 marketing efforts, died Thursday. The Memphis-born singer and longtime resident of the Detroit area was 76. 2019 Subaru Forester to start at $25,270 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:09:17 EST The redesigned Subaru Forester, which moves to the brand's global platform, comes with a slight price increase to go along with its bigger size and added standard safety technology. SEC turns up the heat on Tesla, Musk over disclosures Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:13:46 EST U.S. regulators are pressing Tesla's directors for details on how much information CEO Elon Musk shared with them before he tweeted about a plan to take the company private, a newspaper reported. Did Elon Musk order the company to spy on employees at the Gigafactory? Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:03 EST An employee fired from Tesla's Nevada battery factory filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the company of spying on employees. Why Tesla is suing Ontario Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:41:58 EST Tesla is taking the Ontario government to court over its decision last month to cancel incentives for purchases of electric vehicles. How Ford is adding three nameplates while cutting sedans Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:07:23 EST Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's product development chief, said the Ford brand will have 23 nameplates five years from now, up from 20 today. 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to cost $130,000 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:02:19 EST Ford is reviving the drag racing Cobra Jet for the vehicle's 50th anniversary. Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrians Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:35:57 EST Some autonomous car technologists say the problem isn't that self-driving cars don't work, it's that people act unpredictably. Marchionne failed to report gift to Holiefield, report says Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:45:47 EST The late Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in 2016 denied to investigators that he gave a top UAW official an expensive watch years before, a Detroit newspaper reported. IIHS side crash tests for minivans; Sienna rated 'marginal' while Odyssey rated 'good' Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:15:00 EST The 2018 Toyota Sienna rated marginal in the IIHS' latest passenger-side small-overlap front crash tests, while the 2018 Honda Odyssey received a good rating. Why NAFTA talks are dragging along a year later Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:31:07 EST President Donald Trump has made no secret that he wanted NAFTA gone. A year of on-again-off-again negotiations without a clear view of an endgame has demonstrated the pact's staying power. Why apprehension is growing for autonomous vehicles Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EST Increasing awareness of self-driving vehicles is fueling apprehension about the safety of the technology, a new survey reveals. Ford reveals autonomous vehicle philosophies, priorities Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EST Ford became the latest company to disclose the values and practices that shape its autonomous vehicle development program in a voluntary safety self-assessment report. More evidence suggests Elon Musk tweeted too soon Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:45:18 EST A week after Elon Musk shocked the markets by proclaiming Tesla may become a private company, evidence has piled up that the mercurial CEO was tweeting too soon. Musk may face national security review in a Tesla-Saudi deal Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:21:46 EST Elon Musk will likely need clearance from U.S. national security officials for any proposal to take Tesla private with financing from Saudi Arabia, just as the Trump administration steps up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology. Mercedes, Porsche models banned by Swiss over emissions Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:02:56 EST Swiss authorities have halted registrations of some new Mercedes-Benz Vito and Porsche Macan and Cayenne vehicles which had diesel engines that disguised emissions levels. U.S. auto tariffs could doom Trump's Korea trade deal Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:17:02 EST The trade pact that the Trump administration renegotiated with South Korea this year is in jeopardy as the U.S. considers imposing tariffs on light-vehicle imports. Ford's blue sky CEO has investors treading water Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:47:19 EST Two more potential problems at Ford -- leadership and liquidity (namely, Ford's capacity to pay dividends) -- have come into sharp focus recently. Neither will be addressed in a hurry. Porsche teams with video game maker Epic Games in design tools breakthrough Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Porsche has partnered with video game maker Epic Games and Nvidia, a leader in graphic processing hardware, to demonstrate what they tout as a breakthrough in computer design rendering. Expect Elon Musk vs. SEC to take time to resolve Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:37:07 EST As the Tesla go-private saga enters its ninth day, many are wondering when regulators will decide whether Elon Musk broke the rules by dripping out details so haphazardly. Mitsubishi plugs in Outlander PHEV Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST In the latest new video to join our viral video charts, a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV owner notes that the future is already in his garage. Ford's grand vision for Detroit train station to cost $740 million Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:07:35 EST Ford disclosed how much it will spend on a project to revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit's historic, dilapidated former rail station, as well as other neighborhood sites. 2019 Chevy Silverado excels in engineering; lacks flare for nontraditional truck buyers Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:22:40 EST The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride, but it does little to attract nontraditional truck and luxury buyers. EPA staff disputed claim fuel efficiency plan would save lives Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:50:29 EST As the Trump administration moves to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards, some regulatory officials have disputed the Transportation Department rationale that the plan would significantly cut traffic deaths, internal documents made public show. A look inside the Chevy Silverado's techy 4-cylinder engine Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:38:31 EST In the auto industry, imitation is a very high form of flattery, and many automakers copy each other's technologies, adding just enough of their own proprietary design and unique features to keep the patent attorneys from sending the... GMC's small crossover spied Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:35:31 EST Spy photographers have caught a heavily camouflaged entry-level crossover planned for GMC -- it is smaller than the compact Terrain -- testing for the first time in Arizona. Tesla forms special board committee to evaluate bid to go private Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:46:29 EST Tesla's board formed a special committee to evaluate Elon Musk's proposal to take the company private, a day after the CEO revealed more on who will advise him and help fund the potential deal. South Korea to ban 20,000 BMWs following engine fires Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:57:48 EST South Korea's transport ministry said it will ban about 20,000 BMW vehicles from the streets amid mounting public fears about engine fires after 27 cars went up in flames this year. GM's diesel center in Italy has a role post-Opel Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:15:00 EST GM has decided to keep its diesel development center in Turin even though selling Opel last year meant leaving diesel's global stronghold of Europe. Elon Musk taps Goldman Sachs, Silver Lake to advise on Tesla plan Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:30:56 EST Elon Musk continued to drip feed details of his plan to take Tesla private. Why Musk the Big Oil hater may seek billions from the Saudis Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:19:20 EST Elon Musk has always hated the fossil-fuel industry. But now, in his bid to take Tesla private, Musk is courting billions of oil dollars. Ford prices 2019 Ranger from $25,395 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:00:00 EST Ford is pricing the revived Ford Ranger about the same as the segment-leading Toyota Tacoma as it prepares to re-enter the midsize pickup market for the first time in about eight years.