Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:00:00 EST http://www.autonews.com/assets/png/AN-LOGO-breaking-news.png autonews.com http://www.autonews.com/section/news 40 Automotive News is the leading source of news about the global automotive industry Feds launch criminal probe into Musk's tweets, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/OEM02/180919713/justice-criminal-probe-elon-musk Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:06:03 EST Tesla Inc. is under investigation by the Justice Department over public statements made by the company and CEO Elon Musk, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/180919708/cadillac-dealers-steve-carlisle Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:17:10 EST Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. He doesn't want or command attention but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac. Sunshine belies ongoing flood threat in Florence's wake http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/RETAIL07/180919709/hurricane-florence-dealers-damage-carolina Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:36:42 EST As dealers assess damage, the threat of flooding is expected to continue in the Carolinas all week. Flood damage has been worse than expected, the head of the North Carolina Dealers Association said. Ferrari plans to launch Monza retro-styled supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/COPY01/309189952/ferrari-plans-to-launch-monza-retro-styled-supercar Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:20:33 EST Ferrari's latest special edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's offering of limited models that typically earn higher margins. Ferrari's plan through 2022 includes 15 new models, more hybrids, retail price growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/OEM01/180919722/ferrari-ceo-launch-plan Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:49:33 EST Ferrari plans to launch 15 new models by 2022, and the company expects the average retail price for its vehicles to increase "significantly." Ferrari's SUV will be called Purosangue http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/COPY01/309189905/ferraris-suv-will-be-called-purosangue Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:52:13 EST Ferrari will launch the Purosangue, its much anticipated four-door utility vehicle, in 2022. The name means "thoroughbred" in Italian. FCA working on a new inline-six engine, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/309189996/what-is-audi-signaling-with-supercar-concept-coming-to-moneterey Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The V-8 engine hasn't been the default choice for family vehicles for ages and it seems like it will be increasingly relegated to performance machinery for dedicated gearheads. Why the entry-level Mercedes-Benz A class is loaded with new technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/OEM04/180919715/daimler-mercedes-benz-a-class-technology-millennials Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:20:22 EST The Mercedes-Benz A-class compact sedan, expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year, is the brand's new "gateway" vehicle -- designed to draw the next generation of customers. Trump's trade war with China escalates http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/OEM01/180919717/china-escalates-trump-trade-war Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:50:42 EST China announced retaliatory tariffs against $60 billion of U.S. goods, sharply escalating their trade conflict as the Trump administration considers imposing duties on almost all Chinese imports. Will automakers bear disproportionate burden for tackling climate change? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/180919720/eric-kulisch-blog-climate-change Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:30:16 EST It's unclear how much automakers will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies. Hyundai Capital moves to foreclose on stores owned by ex-NFL players http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/RETAIL07/180919724/hyundai-foreclose-nfl-players Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:05:31 EST Hyundai Capital America has launched foreclosure proceedings against the owners -- auto industry veteran Michael Saporito and ex-NFL linebackers Jessie Armstead and Antonio Pierce -- of Hyundai and Kia dealerships in Pennsylvania accused of failing... Audi's 2019 e-tron crossover to start at $75,795 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/OEM04/180919728/audi-e-tron-debuts Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST When it arrives in U.S. With turnaround complete, Pininfarina bets on engineering, design http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/COPY01/309189947/with-turnaround-complete-pininfarina-bets-on-engineering-design Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:30:00 EST The Italian coachbuilding and design company has a new strategy based on two business areas -- engineering and design -- that have been split into separate legal entities. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi lets Google's Android into its dashboards http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/COPY01/309189948/renault-nissan-mitsubishi-lets-googles-android-into-its-dashboards Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:15:00 EST Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashboards to control navigation, infotainment and apps directly installed in... VW, BMW, Daimler face EU probe over collusion on emissions tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/COPY01/309189950/vw-bmw-daimler-face-eu-probe-over-collusion-on-emissions-tech Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:00:00 EST The EU has opened a formal investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW Group colluded to avoid competition in the development of emissions technology, including allegedly limiting the rollout of systems to reduce NOx and particulate pollution. Kia debuts eco-friendly Niro crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM03/180919776/kia-niro-crossover-electric Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Kia will bring its second full-electric global nameplate, the Niro EV crossover, to the U.S. next year. Nissan executive Denis Le Vot says sees sedans rebounding as Altima launches http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919761/nissan-denis-levot-altima Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan sees a decent future ahead for cars. Its European operations aren't so sure about that. Oregon dealer Charlie Brown charged into recession with used-car strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL07/180919804/charlie-brown-lithia-eugene-chrysler Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST When new-car sales slumped, Charlie Brown led his Oregon dealership on a used-car sales surge to keep the store going. After Florence, retailers assess flood and wind damage; Mercedes, Volvo resume operations http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL07/180919736/hurricane-florence-aftermath-dealers-volvo-mercedes Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:29:24 EST Dealerships in North Carolina have been reporting wind damage and flooding at their stores after Florence, now a tropical depression, blew through over the weekend. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo resumed operations at their South Carolina plants. Porsche store sues ex-salesman for taking $2.5M in deposits for nonexistent cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL07/180919738/florida-porsche-store-sues-ex-salesman-for-taking-2-5m-in-deposits Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:54:31 EST The largest Porsche dealership in the U.S. has sued a former employee for allegedly defrauding customers of more than $2.5 million in deposits on special-order 911 GT3 and GT2 RS models that did not exist. Longtime Ford designer J Mays lands at Whirlpool http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM02/180919732/ford-j-mays-lands-at-whirlpool Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:00:52 EST Longtime automotive designer J Mays is going from Ford Mustangs and F-150s to washing machines and refrigerators. Ferrari will present supercar at strategy meeting, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/COPY01/309179958/ferrari-will-present-supercar-at-strategy-meeting-report-says Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:45:00 EST The "Icona" project will broaden Ferrari's offering of limited-edition supercars, a range aimed at boosting profit margins, Bloomberg reported. Bosch, Denso resume production at plants in S.C., N.C http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM10/180919730/bosch-denso-resume-production-at-plants-in-s-c-n-c Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:24:00 EST Automotive suppliers Bosch and Denso resumed production at their plants in the Carolinas over the weekend, following the deadly hurricane that chewed its way through the coastal states. Saudi's PIF plans to invest $1 billion in EV maker Lucid Motors http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM05/180919741/why-the-saudis-are-investing-1-billion-into-electric-vehicles Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:46:57 EST Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund agreed to invest more than $1 billion in Lucid Motors, adding to the emerging competition facing Tesla. Tesla's Elon Musk sued for defamation by Thai cave rescuer over 'pedo' tweet http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM02/180919735/elon-musk-tesla-lawsuit-defamation Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:47:14 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk was sued for defamation for allegedly suggesting that one of the rescuers of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July was a pedophile. Volkswagen Group plans to build 10 million electric vehicles in 'first wave' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM05/180919740/volkswagen-10-million-electric-vehicles Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:13:48 EST Volkswagen plans to build 10 million electric cars based on its new modular MEB platform as it targets the launch of worldwide mass production toward the end of 2022. Jaguar Land Rover cuts production at UK plant on slow demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/COPY01/309179953/jlr-cuts-production-at-u-k-plant-amid-slow-demand Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:04:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover is cutting production to three days at one of its key U.K. plants, as it deals with the fallout with the Brexit vote and the drop in diesel demand. Ferrari investors want assurance on targets and SUV plans http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/COPY01/309179955/ferrari-investors-want-assurance-on-targets-and-suv-plans Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:40:17 EST Ferrari's new boss, Louis Camilleri, must convince investors that the automaker can live up to his predecessor Sergio Marchionne's goals of doubling core earnings by 2022 and introducing an SUV to the traditional supercar lineup. Ram midsize pickup to emerge from Jeep plant, won't be Fiat-based http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM04/180919760/ram-midsize-pickup-dakota-jeep Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Ram's new midsize pickup will be a body-on-frame truck built in the same plant as Jeep's upcoming Wrangler-based pickup. Elon Musk says Tesla has gone from 'production hell' to 'delivery logistics hell' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM05/180919748/elon-musk-delivery-logistics-hell Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:51:41 EST "We're making rapid progress. Should be solved shortly," Musk said in a tweet. FCA said to seek other suitors for Magneti Marelli after low KKR bid http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/COPY01/309179972/fca-said-to-seek-other-suitors-for-magneti-marelli-after-low-kkr-bid Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:30:00 EST KKR offered less than the $6.98 billion minimum valuation Fiat Chrysler sought for Magneti Marelli, which ended the exclusivity of the talks, Bloomberg reported. Michigan dealer Jay Feldman grows sales with partner Mark Wahlberg http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919826/dealer-jay-feldman-sales-mark-wahlberg Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Three years ago, Jay Feldman rebranded his auto group and has continued to grow sales. This summer he partnered with celebrity Mark Wahlberg to buy a Chevy store in Ohio. EPA, NHTSA hearing schedule on CAFE draws protest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM11/180919784/cafe-hearing-rulemaking-fuel-economy Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Critics are accusing the Trump administration of trying to hasten the review of proposed fuel economy rules toward a predetermined outcome. Porsche offering short-term rental programs to drive interest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919785/porsche-subscription-service-dealers-rental Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Porsche has rolled out two short-rental programs to get more consumers exposed to driving its cars. Lithia invests $54 million in used-car startup Shift http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL04/180919759/lithia-shift-used-investment Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The partnership will provide the capital Shift needs to expand beyond California and across the country. Cadillac's Carlisle ready to lead brand 'on the offensive' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919767/cadillac-carlisle-xt4 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST This week's dealer meeting will be a coming-out party for Steve Carlisle, who replaced the outspoken Johan de Nysschen in April. Mercedes' 2020 GLE gains space. Can it gain ground? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919762/mercedes-gle-redesigned-2020 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The redesigned crossover boasts a bigger interior with a third-row option, a range of engines and a suite of semi-autonomous technologies. Adient's incoming CEO Dough DelGrosso gets a head start on turnaround http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM02/180919766/doug-delgrosso-fritz-henderson-adient Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST When Doug DelGrosso becomes Adient's CEO on Oct. 1, he won't have to start his turnaround of the struggling seat maker from scratch. Audi tests $1,395-a-month subscription service linked to Silvercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919770/audi-select-silvercar-subscription Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Subscribers can change vehicles up to twice a month and hold any vehicle for up to six months. Smart lighting brightens Varroc's prospects http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM10/180919805/varroc-smart-lighting-visteon Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The lighting segment is hot in part because it is going through a smart technology revolution. U.S. auto inventory is down from 2017, up from August http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919813/u-s-auto-inventory-september Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Across the industry, automakers and dealers had an estimated 3,809,000 unsold vehicles on hand on Sept. 1, a 69-day supply -- slightly up from a month earlier Subaru Ascent marketing stresses third row http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/RETAIL03/180919783/subaru-ascent-marketing-three-row Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru is not going to let people forget that its new Ascent has three rows of seating. BMW joins VW in calling for AV standards http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/MOBILITY/180919756/bmw-vw-autonomous-rd Sun, 16 Sep 2018 08:27:33 EST BMW plans more deals with mining companies to secure electric vehicle battery materials, and is open to forming alliances to share the costs of developing AV systems, the automaker's randd chief said. Volkswagen's big move into 3D printing http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/COPY01/309169996/volkswagen-3d-printing-parts-gkn Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST VW is working with GKN to integrate the mass production of 3D metal parts into its vehicle manufacturing, using a new "Metal Jet" printer from HP, the world's largest maker of personal computers. East Coast auto ports plan for stormy future http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/RETAIL/180919774/hurricane-florence-southeast-port-logistics Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST As the frequency and intensity of storms increase, automakers and transport providers are taking extra precautions to ensure continuity of operations and prevent damage to finished vehicles. As recession hit Columbus area, Haydocy took on neigborhood rescue mission http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/RETAIL07/180919806/gm-haydocy-columbus-ohio-recession Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST After the closure of two dealerships and a local auto plant pummeled the local economy, the dealer said, giving up wasn't an option. BMW's iNext concept previews futuristic technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20180915/OEM04/180919764/bmw-inext-concept Sat, 15 Sep 2018 18:15:00 EST The all-electric Vision iNext, a semi-autonomous crossover, is more of an "incubator" than an early glimpse of a production-ready car. But the vehicle reveals the technologies being developed by BMW. Cadillac turns to electric, puts diesel on hold http://www.autonews.com/article/20180915/OEM01/180919773/cadillac-diesel-electric-technology Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Cadillac has halted its light-vehicle diesel engine program and is re-evaluating the technology, amid the industry's rapid shift to electric vehicles. Auto supply chain more environmentally friendly since recession http://www.autonews.com/article/20180915/OEM01/180919808/supply-chain-environmental Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Amid political uncertainties, suppliers across the industry say they're determined to keep up their push to greener vehicles. Dealer rescued by swift boat as Hurricane Florence thrashes North Carolina http://www.autonews.com/article/20180914/RETAIL07/180919794/hurricane-florence-hits-north-carolina-dealers Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:22:26 EST With Florence downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm and its winds calming, the concern for residents of the Carolinas and surrounding areas is now the rain.