Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EST Subaru is burned in attempt to refedine its image http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL03/170629884/subaru-nurburgring-fire Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru wanted to shine at Nurburgring, but its disappointment illustrates a point: Reshaping a brand identity is tough. Tesla expands borrowing capacity as it works to launch Model 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM05/170629827/tesla-expands-borrowing-capacity-as-it-works-to-launch-model-3 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:46:13 EST Tesla boosted its ability to borrow for the second time in about six months, as CEO Elon Musk spends heavily to bring his cheapest electric car yet to market. BMW dealers look to Kuhnt to get brand back on track http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM02/170629841/bmw-bernhard-kuhnt Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW dealers say they need fresh product, more trucks, competitive lease rates and a return to the "Ultimate Driving Machine" days. They're looking at Bernhard Kuhnt for help. Self-driving technology is the next supplier gold rush http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM10/170629839/suppliers-self-driving-autonomous Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST In 2020, automakers are expected to produce nearly 86 million vehicles equipped with collision-avoidance systems. Legends of retail: Rick Hendrick http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL07/170629885/legends-of-retail-rick-hendrick Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The megadealer's triumphs and tragedy inspire a museum devoted to his family. Plenty to see in U.S. sales in last half of 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL01/170629851/us-sales-2017-slow-down Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Several old-fashioned U.S. sales races are shaping up to keep the second half of 2017 lively. Despite losses, used-car seller Carvana notches wins on Wall Street http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL04/170629901/carvana-wall-street-vending-machine Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The used-car retailer, known for its vending machines, says it has a clear path to profitability and a strong brand that's making an impression. Body-on-frame trucks remain popular and profitable http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM03/170629843/body-on-frame-trucks Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Think body-on-frame trucks are relics of the past? Nope. They're wildly popular, and profitable. Mexican auto suppliers strategize for NAFTA talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM10/170629844/mexico-auto-supplier-nafta Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST While President Donald Trump points the finger at automakers making cars south of the border, the Mexican auto parts sector has even more at stake. Ford's shift of Focus shows shrinking role of small cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM01/170629859/ford-focus-china-production Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Starting next year, Ford will go about a year without building a single Focus for North America #8212; and the market may not even notice. Slumping sales have turned the car into an imported afterthought. Manheim chief economist Tom Webb reflects on a four-decade auto career http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL04/170629899/manheim-webb-economist-retire Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST On the eve of his retirement, Tom Webb, Manheim's chief economist, reflects on a four-decade auto industry career. Mercedes gives dealers more leeway in advertising http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL03/170629896/mercedes-dealer-advertising Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers can now focus their local promotions on any business line, not just new-car sales. ZF wants Hella to deal to be 'easy and open' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM10/170629910/zf-hella-partnership Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The deal, which focuses on radar and camera technology critical to self-driving vehicles, is "three sheets of paper," says ZF CEO Stefan Sommer. Lexus Escondido's facility hosts retail, dining, event space http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL07/170629907/lexus-escondido-retail-wedding Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus Escondido in California is the centerpiece of a 326,000-square-foot facility that includes a restaurant, art gallery and event space. Why Manheim, other used pricing indexes diverge http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/RETAIL04/170629911/used-car-pricing-manheim-index Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Manheim's used-vehicle price index suggests that used prices are rising. Why is this key indicator diverging from other important pricing indexes? Japan's automakers say it will be difficult to recoup billions spent recalling Takata airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20170625/OEM11/170629832/japans-automakers-say-it-will-be-difficult-to-recoup-billions-spent Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:39:55 EST Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi said Takata's filing for bankruptcy protection will make it difficult for them to recoup billions of dollars they have spent to recall defective airbag inflators. Takata files for bankruptcy, agrees to be acquired by Key Safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20170625/OEM10/170629834/takata-airbag-recal-bankruptcy-key-safety-systems Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:26:53 EST Takata filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it would sell most of it assets to Key Safety for $1.59 billion. The supplier is at the center of the industry's biggest ever recall for faulty airbags. TIMELINE: Takata's airbag crisis began in 2008 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170625/OEM10/170629833/timeline-takatas-airbag-crisis-began-in-2008 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:18:11 EST Here is a recap of Takata's airbag recall crisis that culminated with the supplier's bankruptcy filings in the U.S. and Japan on Sunday: How Ford turned around its J.D. Power quality ranking http://www.autonews.com/article/20170625/OEM06/170629840/ford-quality-jdpower-ranking Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The Ford brand achieved its highest initial-quality mark since the J.D. Power study started 30 years ago. Joe Hinrichs credits the turnaround to a series of moves begun in early 2013. Can Volvo's Polestar performance unit capture that Tesla magic? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170625/OEM05/170629857/volvo-polestar-performance-ev Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The spinoff of Polestar could help the new performance brand escape Volvo's reputation for practicality. More conventional shape for Nissan Leaf http://www.autonews.com/article/20170625/OEM03/170629852/more-conventional-shape-for-nissan-leaf Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The 2018 Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the five-door battery-powered hatchback, is losing some of the dramatic styling on the original model. Can Amazon talk its way into the auto industry with Alexa? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170624/MOBILITY/170629883/amazon-alexa-auto-industry Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Amazon aims to rapidly expand its presence in the auto industry through Alexa, its voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant. Senators' cybersecurity push may tie up autonomous-car legislation http://www.autonews.com/article/20170624/OEM11/170629894/cybersecurity-autonomous-legislation-sen-markey Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Two senators are pushing for mandatory federal standards to defend vehicles against hackers. Automakers want a more flexible approach. Fiat Chrysler tweaks trim levels on 300, Charger and Cherokee http://www.autonews.com/article/20170624/OEM03/170629913/fiat-chrysler-trim Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The changes come as FCA seeks to keep consumers interested in what is the oldest product lineup of any major automaker. Takata bankruptcy would cloud auto industry's biggest recall http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM11/170629863/takata-bankruptcy-would-cloud-auto-industrys-biggest-recall Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:40:12 EST The expected bankruptcy of troubled airbag maker Takata throws a wild card into one of the biggest and most complicated recalls in automotive history. Tesla, others seek ways to keep drivers' hands on wheel http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/MOBILITY/170629874/tesla-others-seek-ways-to-keep-drivers-hands-on-wheel Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:05:32 EST Automakers are using tiny cameras, sensors to track drooping heads, steering wheel monitors and audible alerts to ensure drivers pay attention when using advanced driver assistance systems. Honda engineer debunks own claim about cause of Takata airbag failures http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM11/170629860/honda-engineer-debunks-own-claim-about-cause-of-takata-airbag Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:19:47 EST Honda said an engineer who once suggested he knew a hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata's defective airbags later indicated he was mistaken. GM settles with 203 plaintiffs over ignition switches http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM11/170629865/gm-settles-with-203-plaintiffs-over-ignition-switches Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:29:20 EST GM agreed to settle federal lawsuits by as many as 203 plaintiffs over defective ignition switches. The accord could also resolve hundreds of state court claims. Tesla rolls through Michigan towing an Airstream http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/RETAIL03/170629868/tesla-rolls-through-michigan-towing-an-airstream Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:16:43 EST Tesla is touring Michigan with an Airstream trailer towed by the new Model X crossover -- a way to showcase its vehicles where they are unable to be sold. Ford's China move casts new cloud on Mexican carmaking http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM01/170629871/fords-china-move-casts-new-cloud-on-mexican-carmaking Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:36:36 EST A second U-turn this year by Ford in Mexico has raised the specter of Chinese competition for local carmaking, adding more economic and political pressure on the industry. Alfa Romeo won't use incentives as brand puts panache over sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/RETAIL01/170629877/alfa-romeo-wont-use-incentives-as-brand-puts-panache-over-sales Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:24:29 EST Alfa Romeo's global brand chief says he won't cut prices to meet lofty U.S. sales goals, because he insists FCA isn't setting such targets. Mitsubishi eyes Renault-Nissan resources to grow in U.S., China http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM/170629879/mitsubishi-eyes-renault-nissan-resources-to-grow-in-u-s-china Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 EST Mitsubishi wants to tap the Renault-Nissan "toolbox" to unlock sales growth in the world's two biggest auto markets: the U.S. and China. Barra meets with Canada's Justin Trudeau http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM02/170629882/barra-meets-with-canadas-justin-trudeau Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:13:08 EST Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with GM CEO Mary Barra in Canada to discuss job creation, but neither the government nor automaker released details about the discussions. Suppliers pick up old-school metal work http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM10/170629886/suppliers-pick-up-old-school-metal-work Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:22:17 EST The industry might be planning a shift to electrification, but American Axle and its competitors are winning more business from traditional powertrains. Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/OEM05/170629887/panasonic-sees-the-future-of-solar-on-car-rooftops Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:31:42 EST Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Japanese electronics giant has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. Waymo hires ex-Tesla engineer to lead self-driving hardware http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/MOBILITY/170629888/waymo-hires-ex-tesla-engineer-to-lead-self-driving-hardware Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:54:27 EST Waymo has hired Satish Jeyachandran, Tesla's former director of hardware engineering. Jeyachandran spent nearly seven years at Tesla before leaving earlier this year. Tesla in talks with labels for music-streaming service, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170623/MOBILITY/170629889/tesla-in-talks-with-labels-for-music-streaming-service-report-says Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:19:06 EST Tesla is in talks with record labels about creating its own music-streaming service, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. U.S. Trade Rep Lighthizer 'troubled' by Ford's China move http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/GLOBAL03/170629922/u-s-trade-rep-lighthizer-troubled-by-fords-china-move Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:47:32 EST Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he was concerned about Ford's announcement that it will move some production of its Focus small car to China and import the vehicles to the U.S. Dodge Grand Caravan output idled to meet U.S. airbag safety rule http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM01/170629926/dodge-grand-caravan-output-idled-to-meet-u-s-airbag-safety-rule Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:09:15 EST Dodge Grand Caravan output will continue this fall -- but not for US customers, according to a union official at the Canada plant where Fiat Chrysler builds the minivan. FCA tries to dodge Demon responsibility http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/BLOG06/170629918/fca-tries-to-dodge-demon-responsibility Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:19:27 EST It seems I have some company when it comes to concern over how the general public will use/misuse the 840-hp Dodge Demon when it arrives later this year. Interpol seeks 5 ex-VW managers over emissions fraud, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM02/170629914/interpol-seeks-5-ex-vw-managers-over-emissions-fraud-report-says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:21:55 EST The United States has issued international arrest warrants for five former VW managers accused of wrongdoing in the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal. GM safety practices no longer under NHTSA oversight; meetings will continue http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM11/170629903/gm-safety-practices-no-longer-under-nhtsa-oversight-meetings-will Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:16:22 EST GM's safety practices are no longer under the oversight of federal regulators, but the automaker said it plans to keep meeting with them at least monthly about potential defects. Accuride agrees to acquire German wheel supplier http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM10/170629923/accuride-agrees-to-acquire-german-wheel-supplier Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:17:13 EST Automotive wheel and related parts supplier Accuride agreed to acquire German competitor Mefro Wheels in its second acquisition this quarter. Ford demonstrates self-driving Fusion at Mcity http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/MOBILITY/170629908/ford-demonstrates-self-driving-fusion-at-mcity Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:13:04 EST Ford aims to have Level 4 autonomous cars ready for commercial use by 2021. Front-end supplier HBPO adding two plants in Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM10/170629916/front-end-supplier-hbpo-adding-two-plants-in-mexico Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:24:29 EST HBPO, which makes front-end modular systems, is expanding its North American presence by adding two new plants in Mexico. FCA backs new public education campaign on auto recalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM11/170629924/fca-backs-new-public-education-campaign-on-auto-recalls Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:00 EST The National Safety Council launched Check To Protect, a national campaign to encourage drivers to check for recalls on their vehicles. The program is backed by Fiat Chrysler under a settlement with NHTSA. Tesla exploring China car plant with Shanghai government http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM01/170629921/tesla-exploring-china-car-plant-with-shanghai-government Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:58 EST Tesla said it is exploring the possibility of establishing a Chinese manufacturing plant with the Shanghai municipal government. Ex-Uber CEO Kalanick knew of engineer's Google info, Waymo says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/MOBILITY/170629929/ex-uber-ceo-kalanick-knew-of-engineers-google-info-waymo-says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:05:51 EST A court filing says Uber's ousted CEO learned in early 2016 that the engineer who oversaw the company's driverless car project possessed discs from Google. For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn comes fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM/170629942/for-thousands-of-u-s-auto-workers-downturn-comes-fast Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:03:24 EST After seven straight years of sales gains, the days when auto plants throughout the Midwest were running flat-out because of high demand for nearly every type of vehicle are over. 2017 J.D. Power initial quality rankings http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM01/170629948/2017-j-d-power-iqs-kia Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:00:00 EST Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year. The annual industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals. %]