Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 30 May 2017 06:00:00 EST Porsche SE denies misleading investors as legal claims mount http://www.autonews.com/article/20170530/OEM/170539991/porsche-se-denies-misleading-investors-as-legal-claims-mount Tue, 30 May 2017 07:41:31 EST Porsche Automobil Holding denied it misled investors about emissions cheating at Volkswagen as the holding company's board members battle lawsuits and investigations tied to the carmaker's diesel scandal. Failed Google deal left Fields in the lurch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM/170529795/google-ford-deal-mark-fields Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A look back at the timeline of the failed Ford-Google talks reveals a moment that became a turning point in Mark Fields' career at Ford. Will Facebook be the next big thing in online used-car ads? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL01/170529792/will-facebook-be-the-next-big-thing-in-online-used-car-ads Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Facebook has the potential to be a major force in used-car sales with a new feature called Marketplace, which eases concerns about dealing with strangers. 911 version caps rise of Porsche's GTS sub-brand http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM06/170529814/911-version-caps-rise-of-porsches-gts-sub-brand Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The 2018 911 GTS embodies Porsche's racing heritage #8212; and shows that the GTS designation has built enthusiast credibility. Mazda's road to premium http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529862/mazda-premium-branding-masahiro-moro Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda North American chief Masahiro Moro's "Mazda Premium" strategy aims at turning the company's roughly 2 percent U.S. market share into a "good" 2 percent. Subaru 'pretty confident' of another U.S. sales record http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529864/subaru-tom-doll-sales-forecast-qa Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru of America President Tom Doll wants Subaru's younger employees to realize that one day setting sales records might not be this easy. Nissan's Jose Munoz says there is money in fleet sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529867/nissans-jose-munoz-pushing-forward-on-all-fronts Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Jose Munoz says there is money to be made for Nissan in fleet sales -- if it is done correctly. Automakers wary of Trump's focus on trade deficits http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM/170529815/trump-trade-deficit Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers and other stakeholders in the coming trade debates are urging Trump administration negotiators to look beyond the size of bilateral trade deficits in determining where and how to attack the nation's export gap. Embattled FCA denies it cheated on diesel testing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM11/170529810/fiat-chrysler-diesel-cheating-accusation Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The government's civil suit over diesel compliance could cost cash-poor FCA more than $1 billion. Good communication can ease a DMS switch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL07/170529858/good-communication-can-ease-a-dms-switch Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A top CDK official explains the process of installing a new dealership management system and the importance of good communication between vendor and dealer. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda reaffirms U.S. commitment ahead of Camry launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL07/170529812/toyota-rallies-the-troops-waves-the-flag Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota's CEO sought to give U.S. dealers an extra dose of motivation ahead of the critical launch of the redesigned, eighth-generation Camry. Gentex hires robots as production moves stateside http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM10/170529794/a-savvy-plan-for-the-trump-era Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mirror supplier Gentex ended production at foreign plants in favor of American ones. But to do that, Gentex needed robots. Toyota's Leroy to speak next month at Europe congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529816/toyotas-leroy-to-speak-next-month-at-europe-congress Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Didier Leroy, Toyota's highest ranking non-Japanese executive, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 21 in Barcelona, Spain. Dealership buy-sells fell in Q1, but advisers predict rebound http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL07/170529817/slowing-buy-sell-market-expected-to-rebound Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Buy-sell deals tumbled in the first quarter from robust year-earlier levels. But buy-sell advisers expect deals to rebound in 2017. CDK buys Auto/Mate, access to smaller dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL07/170529830/cdk-buys-auto-mate-access-to-smaller-dealerships Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST CDK's purchase of Auto/Mate gives the dealer management system giant the offering for smaller dealerships at a lower price point that CDK CEO MacDonald sought. Trade anxiety rising among suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/GLOBAL/170529834/trade-anxiety-rising-among-suppliers Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Supplier executives say uncertainty about trade policy is making it difficult to make decisions about their manufacturing needs. A $256 million court victory, but 'I still lost' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL07/170529848/a-256-million-court-victory-but-i-still-lost Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ex-Nissan dealer Mike Kahn won big in his case against his lender, but says he's still out "the eight years I spent fighting for my reputation and my name." Lithia Hyundai of Reno scrutinizes ad traffic for bots http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL07/170529856/breaking-bots-grip-on-digital-ad-traffic Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST When a dealership pays vendors to generate clicks on its advertising, every dollar spent on a click that came from a bot and not a human is a wasted dollar. Mini offers dealers bonuses for more used-car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL04/170529857/mini-seeks-higher-used-car-sales Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mini executives want the brand's U.S. dealerships to pursue used-car sales with more vigor, so they're offering bonuses to dealerships that hit used-volume targets. New Odyssey Honda engineers sought to preserve a sense of community http://www.autonews.com/article/20170528/OEM03/170529828/when-the-minivan-gets-too-quiet Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:00 EST If a central challenge of autonomous vehicles is easing the tedium of driving, it's the same challenge facing the developers of the modern minivan. Self-driving vehicles make inroads in factories http://www.autonews.com/article/20170528/OEM06/170529829/turning-auto-plants-into-wall-e-worlds Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:00 EST While Elon Musk has laid out a futuristic vision of car factories staffed by robots, the legacy auto industry is quietly putting a version of that vision into motion. Bill Ford to serve as the voice of Ford in Washington and on Wall Street http://www.autonews.com/article/20170528/OEM02/170529821/bill-ford-hackett-wall-street Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The executive shuffle gives the great-grandson of Henry Ford his first operational responsibilities outside of his board position since 2006. GM gets more support against Greenlight share plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/OEM02/170529789/gm-gets-more-support-against-greenlight-share-plan Sat, 27 May 2017 20:57:25 EST GM said proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that shareholders reject Greenlight's plan to divide GM shares into two classes. Gestamp opens randd center near Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/OEM10/170529791/gestamp-opens-rd-center-near-detroit Sat, 27 May 2017 08:52:35 EST Spanish-owned Gestamp North America, a metal parts supplier, opened its first randd facility in the US in suburban Detroit. Volvo loads midsize crossover with tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/RETAIL01/170529833/volvo-loads-midsize-crossover-with-tech Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo expects strong demand for the XC60's optional air suspension, which lets the driver raise the vehicle for off-roading Online dealer delivers for mail carriers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/RETAIL04/170529854/online-dealer-delivers-for-mail-carriers Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST An online used-vehicle retailer specializes in an obscure but profitable niche #8212; right-hand-drive Jeep Cherokees from Japan. Dealer Bellavia rasing money for prostate cancer research http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/RETAIL07/170529843/len-bellavias-new-lease-on-life Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A year ago, noted dealer lawyer Len Bellavia was told that he had terminal cancer and would soon be dead. That's not the way things turned out. Tesla's Model X missing out on America's voracious hunger for SUVs, crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM05/170529875/teslas-model-x-missing-out-on-americas-voracious-hunger-for-suvs Fri, 26 May 2017 07:37:35 EST Tesla's Model S has been a hit and thousands pre-ordered the upcoming Model 3, but the Model X crossover hasn't met Elon Musk's expectations. Senate bill aims to align NHTSA, EPA emissions programs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529863/senate-bill-aims-to-align-nhtsa-epa-emissions-programs Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:26 EST A half dozen US senators sponsored legislation to address technical discrepancies between separate federal programs that automakers say make it difficult to comply with carbon and fuel efficiency mandates. GM gets support in opposition to Greenlight stock proposal http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM/170529859/gm-gets-support-in-opposition-to-greenlight-stock-proposal Fri, 26 May 2017 12:06:46 EST GM said proxy adviser Glass Lewis recommended shareholders to vote for GM's board nominees and against Greenlight Capital's proposal at the company's shareholder meeting in June. Waymo hunt for smoking gun turns to Uber acquisition report http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/MOBILITY/170529838/waymo-hunt-for-smoking-gun-turns-to-uber-acquisition-report Fri, 26 May 2017 14:41:52 EST Waymo's legal battle with Uber ratcheted up this week over a confidential report commissioned by the ride-hailing company. BMW recalls older 7-series cars for doors that could fly open http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529853/bmw-recalls-older-7-series-cars-for-doors-that-could-fly-open Fri, 26 May 2017 13:24:45 EST BMW is recalling 45,484 7-series sedans from the 2005-08 model years because doors may open inadvertently while the vehicle is being driven. GM still fine-tuning Trump's next presidential limo http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM/170529871/gm-still-fine-tuning-trumps-next-presidential-limo Fri, 26 May 2017 10:17:12 EST Another batch of spy photographs taken near GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich., show Cadillac One, the latest presidential limousine, undergoing development tests. Bosch tied to diesel-cheating claims against fourth carmaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529872/bosch-tied-to-diesel-cheating-claims-against-fourth-carmaker Fri, 26 May 2017 09:17:29 EST Bosch was linked to emissions-cheating allegations against a fourth automaker, raising questions about the supplier's role in the scandal gripping the car industry. New litigation digs deeper grave for U.S. diesels as dirty accusations mount http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529861/new-litigation-digs-deeper-grave-for-u-s-diesels-as-dirty Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:17 EST It's easy to imagine diesel will die in America. The troubles that started almost two years ago with the emissions scandal at Volkswagen just keep rolling on and on. Electric cars will become cheaper than gasoline models within a decade http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM05/170529878/electric-cars-will-become-cheaper-than-gasoline-models-within-a Fri, 26 May 2017 06:41:12 EST Battery powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows. VW's clean vehicle push has shortcomings, Calif. says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM/170529884/vws-clean-vehicle-push-has-shortcomings-calif-says Fri, 26 May 2017 01:17:33 EST California regulators say VW's spending plan on clean vehicle infrastructure has shortcomings and lacks details on how the program, Electrify America, will help disadvantaged communities as well as promote hydrogen fuel cells. Off-lease vehicles could send U.S. sales tumbling, analyst warns http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL01/170529886/off-lease-vehicles-could-send-u-s-sales-tumbling-analyst-warns Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 EST An incoming "tsunami" of off-lease vehicles could send annual U.S. new-vehicle sales tumbling as low as 13 million by 2021, according to one Wall Street analyst. GM accused in lawsuit of using VW-like defeat devices http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM11/170529895/gm-accused-in-lawsuit-of-using-vw-like-defeat-devices Thu, 25 May 2017 11:32:28 EST GM was accused of putting defeat devices in its trucks to beat emissions tests, the sixth carmaker linked to diesel cheating since 2015, when VW admitted to installing software to bypass pollution rules. Cox, Holman team up on subscription sales model http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL07/170529909/cox-holman-team-up-on-subscription-sales-model Thu, 25 May 2017 00:15:00 EST Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises are teaming up to#8203; expand a retail vehicle-subscription service dubbed Flexdrive. May U.S. auto sales projected to rise -- slightly http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL01/170529894/may-u-s-auto-sales-projected-to-rise-slightly Thu, 25 May 2017 11:49:26 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines. BMW eyes global luxury crown again with 8-series concept http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM04/170529892/bmw-eyes-global-luxury-crown-again-with-8-series-concept Thu, 25 May 2017 13:30:00 EST BMW unveiled a concept of its revived 8 series that will become a new flagship coupe and try to help it supplant German rival Mercedes-Benz for leadership in luxury vehicle sales worldwide. Ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp working as adviser to PR firm http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM02/170529887/julie-hamp-pr-finsbury Thu, 25 May 2017 13:58:40 EST Julie Hamp, who left Toyota following an arrest for suspicion of violating Japan's drug laws, is working for global public relations firm Finsbury. Tesla split pits tech analysts vs. car analysts http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM/170529903/tesla-split-pits-tech-analysts-vs-car-analysts Thu, 25 May 2017 07:27:40 EST The Wall Street split on Tesla boils down to analysts who see the next Apple and those who perceive a lot more similarity with Studebaker. Faraday Future aims to raise $1 billion in new funds as chief backer struggles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM/305259956/faraday-future-aims-to-raise-1-billion-in-new-funds-as-chief-backer Thu, 25 May 2017 08:04:20 EST Faraday Future plans to raise $1 billion in new funding as it seeks to protect itself from the financial woes of its main backer, China's LeEco. Prosecutors investigate Bosch employees in Daimler probe, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM11/170529904/prosecutors-investigate-bosch-employees-in-daimler-probe-report-says Thu, 25 May 2017 06:55:55 EST German prosecutors who searched Daimler's offices this week as part of a probe into diesel pollution are also investigating employees at Bosch, a report said. Chevy extends marketing deal with Detroit Red Wings at new arena http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL03/170529898/chevy-extends-marketing-deal-with-detroit-red-wings-at-new-arena Thu, 25 May 2017 10:06:56 EST Chevrolet extended its sponsorship contract with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, becoming the official vehicle of Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena. Tesla names new HR head amid worker allegations http://www.autonews.com/article/20170524/MOBILITY/170529913/gaby-toledano-tesla-chief-people-officer Wed, 24 May 2017 16:46:42 EST Tesla replaced Arnnon Geshuri, vice president of human resources, with Gaby Toledano, a former executive at video game company Electronic Arts, amid employee claims of a harsh work environment at the EV maker's California plant. Fields could walk away from Ford with $57.5 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20170524/OEM02/170529908/fields-could-walk-away-from-ford-with-57-5-million Wed, 24 May 2017 21:26:31 EST Former Ford CEO Mark Fields, ousted by the board after the automaker's stock declined 37 percent on his watch, could walk away with about $57.5 million in compensation. Software update can fix diesel emissions, FCA lawyer says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170524/OEM/170529910/software-update-can-fix-diesel-emissions-fca-lawyer-says Wed, 24 May 2017 18:19:07 EST FCA believes a software update can address US regulators' contention that its diesel vehicles are producing excess emissions, a lawyer for the company said at a court hearing. %]