Automotive News Breaking News Feed News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 19 Nov 2018 06:00:00 EST 40 Automotive News is the leading source of news about the global automotive industry Dodge Challenger powers on while novelty wears off other retro-styled cars Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Everything old may be new again, but eventually, everything that's new again grows old. Except, perhaps, for the Dodge Challenger. Carlos Ghosn, head of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, detained by Japanese authorities, will be fired as Nissan chairman Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:01:02 EST Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan, and the Japanese carmaker he once saved from the brink of bankruptcy now plans to fire the high-flying executive for allegedly being the 'master mind' behind 'significant'... Ghosn's arrest creates a world of trouble for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's alliance Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:38:14 EST With a generation of big-name carmaker CEOs nearing retirement age, the issue of succession has been front and center of industry minds in recent months. Nobody expected it to be settled like this. Why Nissan's Carlos Ghosn scandal looks like a palace coup Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:43:12 EST The downfall of kings is bloody and swift. That certainly looks to be the experience of Carlos Ghosn. Elon Musk tweets about partnering with Daimler on electric vans Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:58:32 EST Elon Musk floated the idea of working with a familiar ally on electric work vans after being guilt-tripped on Twitter for using fuel-burning vehicles to service Tesla models. Carlos Ghosn's scandal raises questions about the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:45:25 EST Carlos Ghosn's potential ouster as chairman of Nissan after his arrest for alleged violations of Japan's financial laws raises the question: Can the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance survive without him? 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will be unveiled at Los Angeles auto show with Toyota system Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:00:00 EST Subaru seeks to electrify at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the brand's first plug-in hybrid, a gasoline-electric version of the Crosstrek that arrives in U.S. dealerships by year end. Carlos Ghosn's legacy at risk following massive scandal at Nissan Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:42:15 EST Carlos Ghosn was set to end his career in a few years as a towering industry figure. But it seems that will no longer happen after his arrest in Japan on charges of financial misconduct. Colorado adopts California clean-car standard Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:04:44 EST Colorado has become the 13th state, along with the District of Columbia, to adopt low-emission vehicle standards based on those of California. The state's dealer group criticized the decision as a misguided interference in the free market. France's Macron vows to maintain Renault-Nissan stability Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:18:10 EST France will work to preserve the stability of Renault and its alliance with Nissan, President Emmanuel Macron said after the Japanese automaker took steps to oust Chairman Carlos Ghosn over alleged financial irregularities. Why it's a bad time for Renault-Nissan to lose Carlos Ghosn Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:14:00 EST Carlos Ghosn's shocking arrest in Japan over financial improprieties threatens to remove the leader of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in the midst of unprecedented changes in the auto industry. GM says ignore the mpg label on 4-cylinder Silverado pickup engine Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST GM argues that EPA fuel economy ratings for its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine don't tell the whole story. Ford's consolidation of side-mirror configurations on its Explorer is an example of the automaker's move to simplify Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Reducing the number of side-mirror configurations on the Explorer is a small change but a telling example of how Ford let itself fall back out of shape after tiptoeing around bankruptcy -- and the sort of bloat CEO Jim Hackett sees as a threat to... As automakers move more vehicles via ship, investments pour into North American ports Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Finished-vehicle logistics tends to go unnoticed in the automotive sector compared with manufacturing and marketing #8212; until a shipping delay creates a shortage at dealerships. Penske, LIthia to workers: Get a physical, save money Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group Inc. and other public retailers are offering financial rewards to employees and their spouses for things like getting a physical or completing biometric screenings. Zotye USA wants to start selling a Chinese-made crossover in the U.S. in 2020 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Chinese automaker Zotye has begun signing up U.S. retailers and plans to "really shake things up" when it comes to factory-dealer norms. Dealers need to innovate with used-vehicles Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST The need for traditional dealers to get innovative in the pre-owned space was apparent at the 2018 Used Car Week annual event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Online auctions key to wholesalers' future Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Online auctions and the digital tools that accompany them are key to vehicle wholesalers' futures. What JCI sale isn't: Prelude to a leap into EV batteries Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST JCI's big battery unit just sold for billions -- and believe it or not, electric vehicles are not where the future action is. Industry on edge with trade pact signing near Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Provisional agreement on a new North American trade pact was supposed to reduce economic uncertainty for the industry after months of acrimonious negotiations. But less than two weeks before the official signing of the U.S. Toyota looks to quieter 2020 Corolla to make some noise Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST The redesigned Corolla must prove it can deliver more stability and power to Toyota's U.S. car sales, which are down 11 percent this year. VW: $50 billion for EVs, mobility Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen plans to spend about #8364;44 billion ($50 billion) over the next five years on a comprehensive electrified mobility strategy that includes making at least 15 million battery-powered autos and further research into autonomous driving Honda manager tackles new terrain as Insight manufacturing lead Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST In a rare move, Honda chose someone from its powersports division to lead manufacturing for a car, the third-generation Insight. AutoNation and Scott Painter patch things up Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST After a public feud over customer-data access led to a severed contract, AutoNation and TrueCar made amends. Now, the dealership group is giving ex-TrueCar CEO Scott Painter a second chance. Lamborghini's Stefano Domenicali: Challenges ahead Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali is wrestling with how to shape the company's fourth product PSA Group on track with U.S. plans Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST The French automaker, PSA group, is on track with its plans to return to the U.S. through its newly created PSA North America. Onboard cameras a Pandora's Box? Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Onboard cameras are beginning to watch drivers to make sure they have their eyes on the road. Is this a Pandora's box of privacy issues? Mulally preaches routine in times of disruption Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, speaking at the National Auto Auction Association's annual convention, knocked tax credits and mandates for EVs as ineffective policy tools. Ford, Toyota recognized by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push for commitment to diversity Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Rainbow Coalition President Jesse Jackson said Toyota "seems to have the idea that doing business with us is good for business, not the cost of doing business." With help from AutoNation and Ford, a battered Florida car dealership's managers and employees look ahead Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST The community surrounding AutoNation Ford Panama City looks like a war zone after Hurricane Michael. Still, dealership employees have found a sense of normalcy and routine in returning to the battered store. Nissan's U.S. profit push bogs down as sales slow Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan says its push to improve profitability in the crucial U.S. market is taking more time and money than expected. Crash tests show growing safety of new-gen pickups Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have violently demonstrated just how safe the latest generation of pickups has become, even compared with models from only a few years ago. Porsche sees dealer gold in classic cars Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Porsche is looking to expand its Porsche Classic operations to build its lucrative vehicle service business through its U.S. dealerships. Maserati profit slide, lack of new products is a headache for Fiat Chrysler CEO Manley Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST FCA's slumping Maserati business is a headache for new CEO Mike Manley after the brand's profitability and vehicle sales went into a steep slide. Mopar show builds brand recognition Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Pennsylvania dealerships' annual car show builds brand recognition while raising money for a heartwarming charitable cause. Why Trump wants Andrew Wheeler to be the EPA's permanent chief Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:21:51 EST President Donald Trump said he would nominate the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to take on the position permanently. Toyota, Mazda break ground on Alabama assembly plant Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:07:14 EST The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing joint venture said it planned to begin construction next month of its giant $1.6 billion assembly plant in Alabama, with hopes of launching production in 2021. VW to spend $50.2 billion on electric, autonomous vehicles by 2023 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:01:30 EST Volkswagen Group said it will spend 44 billion euros ($50.2 billion) on electric vehicles, digitalization, autonomous driving and new mobility services by 2023. The 44 billion euro plan is 10 billion euros ($11. Trump signals optimism for a China trade deal Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:41:01 EST President Trump said he is optimistic about resolving the trade dispute with China after receiving a response to his demands from Beijing, ahead of a meeting this month with China's Xi Jinping. Ex-Bosch engineers aim to strengthen self-driving car software Fri, 16 Nov 2018 04:16:16 EST A company formed by two veteran Bosch engineers is seeking to make the open-source software that powers many experimental self-driving cars safe and reliable. Elon Musk's infamous tweet creates legal morass for Tesla Fri, 16 Nov 2018 07:29:51 EST Elon Musk's infamous tweet saying he'd secured funding to take Tesla private did so much damage to so many different kinds of investors that he should have multiple class-action suits, lawyers said. Tesla launches vehicle reservations in China Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:25:34 EST Tesla has started taking orders for its Model 3 sedan in China for a deposit of 8,000 yuan ($1,153), according to the electric carmaker's China website. VW corrects its EV commitment plans Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:11:42 EST Volkswagen Group corrected a key figure used by CEO Herbert Diess in an interview with Automotive News to describe the extent of the automaker's plans for electric vehicles. VW CEO Diess will succeed Jochem Heizmann as China chief next year Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:01:33 EST Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess will take on responsibility for the automaker's business in China in addition to his other duties. VW invests in electrification, seeks to strengthen alliances with battery makers and rival automakers Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:32:57 EST VW's top board is due to vote on a multibillion-euro investment plan, including steps to retool three German plants to mass produce EVs and to explore alliances with battery partners and competitors. Elon Musk will be back on Tesla's assembly line this month Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:50:38 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will walk the entire Model 3 production line on Nov. 27 and 28. He said all assembly areas need to be able to support making 1,000 cars per day. Why Toyota is slowing down Camry production Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:26:54 EST Toyota is slowing down production of the Camry, the top-selling car in the U.S. for 16 years running, underscoring the ongoing slump besetting sedans. VW to create Europe's largest electric-car production network Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST VW will convert two more plants in Germany to build electric vehicles, creating what the automaker said will be Europe's largest EV production network. VW tools German plant for Tesla-fighting electric cars Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen will invest $1.4 billion to revamp a plant in eastern Germany into Europe's largest electric-car factory, giving chase to a global move into affordable zero-emission vehicles. 2020 Toyota Corolla gets more pizazz, faces systemic market headwinds Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:00:00 EST The revamped 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will hit the streets on a new platform and with a more powerful engine option and edgier design that gives off a more athletic look. The Corolla, consistently among the top-selling light vehicles in the U.S. Ford Motor's blueprint for autonomous vehicle profits Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:00:00 EST Just because Ford doesn't have plans to launch a commercial business with autonomous vehicles until 2021 does not necessarily mean the company is behind, argues Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles. Ford open to investors in autonomous vehicles but cautious on VW, Hackett says Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:06:52 EST Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the automaker is open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG is a "delicate dance." Why Elon Musk is tweeting about more trucks at Tesla Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:58:22 EST Elon Musk is apparently charting his way out of what he's referred to as 'delivery logistics hell' by making acquisitions and lining up more contracts with car haulers. Daimler Financial chairman's retirement spurs leadership changes at Mercedes-Benz captive Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:40:02 EST Peter Zieringer, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, will leave his post to lead Daimler Financial Services' European operations. Peter Henn will replace him. Honda Passport to debut at L.A. auto show Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:00:00 EST The Honda Passport, being revived as a two-row crossover slotted between the CR-V and Pilot, will compete next year with the Ford Edge, Chevrolet's new Blazer, Hyundai's Santa Fe and Nissan's Murano. Michigan auto supplier Dayco could sell for $1 billion, report says Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:08:48 EST Dayco, a maker of engine parts for vehicles and industrial equipment, has received offers from bidders including Apollo Global and Gores Group, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Industry groups say steel and auto tariffs undermine USMCA Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:09:16 EST Auto industry groups used a trade commission hearing to warn about the ill effects from U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, and potential new tariffs on autos and auto parts. Another Uber competitor plans push into Mexico City Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:34:06 EST China' Didi Chuxing says it will butt heads with Uber in Mexico City, Latin America's biggest metropolis, starting as soon as next month. And a startup owned by Daimler also is coming to town. Jeep Gladiator pickup photos leaked Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:45:39 EST Fiat Chrysler accidentally -- or maybe on purpose -- leaked pictures and specs of the new Jeep pickup that goes on sale next year. WLTP testing hits VW Fiat Chrysler sale sin Europe Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:31:16 EST VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fell 7 percent following the introduction of a new testing regime in September. Why AutoNation is teaming up with Fair Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:30:00 EST AutoNation is partnering with Fair, a used-vehicle leasing subscription service, to offer customers a flexible lease option. Analytics firms uses data to help make roads safer near schools Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:57:11 EST A leading traffic analytics company has compiled a detailed portrait of driver behavior on roads surrounding more than 125,000 schools across the country. Walmart partners with Ford on autonomous vehicles Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:00:00 EST Ford and Walmart have started a joint pilot to explore how the companies can use self-driving vehicles to deliver groceries and other consumer goods. E.U. would strike back at U.S. car tariffs, trade chief warns Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:16:17 EST The European Union would retaliate against any U.S. decision to impose tariffs on car imports, though the bloc hopes it can avoid such a confrontation, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said. Why Ford will stop selling Explorers in smaller overseas markets Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:11:12 EST The automaker is adjusting where it sells certain models and is reducing the number of available parts on a number of vehicles as it looks to maximize profits amid a global restructuring. Ford 'will figure it out,' retired CEO Mulally says Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:14:11 EST Despite the headwinds it faces today, including new mobility services that are disrupting the status quo in the auto industry, Ford Motor Co. Ford dealership in S. Calif. faces backlash over 'smoking hot' sales promotion Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:40:09 EST A Southern California Ford dealership is facing heavy criticism for "smoking hot" promotions on new vehicles launched during what have become the Uber revenue slows as quarterly loss surges to $1.1 billion Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:48:37 EST Uber's sales are dramatically slowing even as the ride-hailing company is spending more to fuel global growth, particularly in its food delivery business. Car buyers like texting with their dealerships, study shows Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:24:31 EST Porsche tops the luxury segment, while the Mini brand ranked highest in the mass-market segment in J.D. Power's latest sales satisfaction study. Key House Democrat demands changes to new NAFTA deal Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:39:13 EST President Donald Trump's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico needs changes to win support from Democrats, according to a senior House Democrat in line to influence trade policy in the new Congress. Why the EPA is giving auto dealerships a break on airbag disposal rules Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:55:42 EST The EPA will waive some hazardous waste regulations for auto dealerships and other businesses disposing of airbags in hopes of ensuring proper disposal of potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. Aston Martin confirms DBX name for crossover Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin could create "beautiful dimensions" for the DBX crossover because designers were not limited by using a shared platform when building the car, CEO Andy Palmer said. Karma partners with online car-shopping platform Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:52:03 EST Karma Automotive, formerly Fisker Automotive, has partnered with Drive Motors, an online car-shopping and financing platform, in an effort to expand its scope despite its small dealership count. Can Lime make car-sharing work like its scooters? Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:38:54 EST Lime, the scooter startup company that has spread bikes and scooters around the country over the last year, will start spreading around Lime-branded cars, too. Redesigned 2020 Kia Soul stays funky for Los Angeles Auto Show Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:00:00 EST Kia keeps its boxy Soul urban runabout true to its funky inner spirit with the unveiling of the third generation at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show. Why Daimler is opening a second randd center in China Wed, 14 Nov 2018 05:24:40 EST Daimler plans to invest 1.1 billion yuan ($158.23 million) in a second randd center in Beijing to help accelerate localization of Mercedes vehicles in China. Elon Musk's 'Teslaquila' prompts sobering opposition from the tequila industry Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:16:01 EST Elon Musk and Mexico's tequila producers could be headed for a collision after the drink's industry group opposed the Tesla CEO's efforts to trademark an alcoholic drink dubbed "Teslaquila." Henry Stanford, co-founder of Michigan's Varsity Automotive Group, dies at 70 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:25:05 EST Henry Stanford, who co-founded Michigan's Varsity Automotive Group, died on Friday. He was 70. BMW expands M3 sedan lineup for 2020 with semi-automated driving features Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:39:30 EST The 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans offer an array of sensors and technologies to lighten the load of driving, including a semi-automated driving system that allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving. U.S. holds off on car tariffs -- for now Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:26:24 EST The Trump administration will hold off for now on imposing new tariffs on automobile imports as top officials weigh revisions to a report on the national security implications, Bloomberg reported. BMW may sell U.S. credit-card business, report says Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:05:46 EST BMW is one of the last major consumer companies to still own and manage its card portfolio. The automaker has held talks with banks about selling its credit-card portfolio, sources told Bloomberg. Chinese automaker Zotye begins recruiting U.S. dealers, plans to sell budget crossover Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:15:00 EST China's Zotye Automobile International has begun recruiting U.S. dealers and has charged two import-industry veterans with the task of bringing a budget crossover to America in 2020. California counters Trump administration on emissions regulations Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:03:26 EST California has countered President Donald Trump's proposed rollback of fuel economy and greenhouse gas requirements for cars and trucks, the acting head of the EPA said. Why Tesla, GM and Nissan are working together Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:09:08 EST The EV Drive Coalition, which counts Tesla, General Motors and Nissan among its members, formally launched with the goal of getting Congress to extend the $7,500 per-vehicle consumer tax credit. Ford Ranger will offer aftermarket parts through Yakima partnership Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:00:00 EST Ford is partnering with Yakima and working through its dealers to offer 150 parts and accessories for its new midsize pickup, including bed racks, tow hooks and paddleboard carriers. All parts come with a 3-year/36,000-mile Ford warranty. Ford's 2020 baby Bronco off-roader emerges in photos from dealer meeting Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:38:04 EST Photos leaked from Ford's annual dealer meeting last month in Las Vegas provide the first public look at the so-called baby Bronco, an upcoming off-road compact crossover. Toyota exec touts ethanol hybrids, laments Brazil economy Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:36:38 EST Toyota's new ethanol hybrid vehicle being developed in Brazil is exceeding all the manufacturer's expectations, a top executive said. Johnson Controls reaches $13.2 billion deal to sell its auto battery unit Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:06:16 EST Johnson Controls said it would sell its power solutions business, which makes car batteries, to a Canadian investment firm in a cash deal valued at $13.2 billion. Tesla lawyer leaves following SEC settlement Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:33:14 EST An experienced securities lawyer has left Tesla just as the company needs one under its fraud settlement with U.S. regulators. Waymo's next big move into robotaxis will launch next month Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:52:05 EST Waymo is planning to launch the world's first commercial robotaxi service in early December in Phoenix., Bloomberg reported.