Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Hyundai Veloster, featured in 'Ant-Man,' proves to be a tiny superhero http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL03/180619787/hyundai-veloster-ant-man Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Hyundai executives hope the 2019 Veloster will serve not only as an attention-grabber, but also as a steppingstone to other Hyundai models as the lifestyles of its buyers change. Honda homes in on target market for 2019 Insight hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM03/180619767/honda-2019-insight-hybrid Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia. Musk says Tesla hit with 'extensive' sabotage by employee http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM05/180619735/musk-tesla-manufacturing-sabotage-litigation-technology Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:24:55 EST A disgruntled Tesla employee broke into the company's manufacturing operating system and sent highly sensitive data to unknown third parties, according to an email Elon Musk sent to staff. China EV startup Byton readies sedan, eyes U.S. launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM03/180619773/byton-ev-startup-china-sedan Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Byton, the Chinese EV startup that wants to start selling cars stateside from 2020, previewed its first sedan in a futuristic concept car. GM deal with Liebherr gets fuel cells ready for takeoff http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM06/180619766/gm-fuel-cell-aerospace-liebherr Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST GM has entered an exclusive deal with Liebherr-Aerospace to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-powered auxiliary power unit for aircraft applications. GM investing $175M to build next-gen Cadillac sedans http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619741/gm-cadillac-manufacturing-lansing Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:30:08 EST General Motors is investing $175 million in a mid-Michigan plant to build two of Cadillac's next-generation sedans. Canada mulls auto firms aid in response to U.S. tariffs threat http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619737/trump-tariffs-canada-politics-trudeau Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:16:41 EST Canada is considering all options, including providing financial aid to the auto industry, to cope up with possible tariffs from the United States. Potential IPO for GM's self-driving unit signals progress http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/MOBILITY/180619738/gm-cruise-ipo-ford-autonomous Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:40:10 EST General Motors is going the distance with autonomous cars. Audi CEO Stadler arrested; Bram Schot to be named interim chief, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/COPY01/306189972/vw-audi-stadler-executive-scandal-emissions Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Volkswagen is preparing to name Bram Schot as interim leader of its Audi unit, Bloomberg reported, following the arrest of the luxury brand's longtime chief Rupert Stadler over his role in VW's diesel-emissions cheating. AutoCanada launches strategic review after request by activist investor http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/COPY01/306189935/autocanada-launches-strategic-review-after-request-by-activist Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:23:59 EST AutoCanada said its board has appointed a special committee of independent directors to review strategic alternatives following a request by an activist shareholder, the Canadian Press reported. Tesla car fire examination to be observed by NTSB http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM05/180619739/tesla-fire-ntsb-investigation-hollywood Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:27:33 EST The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a technical specialist to observe Tesla's examination of a Model S that caught fire in California on Friday, the agency said in a statement Monday. VW executive tally in diesel scandal grows with Stadler arrest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM02/180619742/vw-executive-scandal-conspiracy Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:09:07 EST Rupert Stadler's arrest adds to the list of German and American executives at Volkswagen AG that have been held, charged, or both over their alleged involvement in the emissions-testing scandal. Small used-car prices rise unexpectedly http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL/180619765/small-used-car-prices Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Prices for small used cars are climbing to unexpected levels- a sign that demand is growing as price-sensitive consumers face dwindling options in the new-car market. Tesla severance offer draws the line on worker-safety concerns http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM05/180619744/tesla-severance-safety-whistleblower Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:40:04 EST Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla is using is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, employment law experts said. Adient scraps plan for downtown Detroit headquarters http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619746/adient-headquarters-detroit-ceo-henderson Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:22:27 EST Seating supplier Adient confirmed it will no longer move its headquarters to downtown Detroit. Adient will remain in its current headquarters in a suburb west of Detroit, a spokeswoman said Monday. Lincoln's next-gen MKC to be called Corsair http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619771/lincoln-corsair-mkc Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Dealers were shown the Lincoln Corsair, along with the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 battery-electric crossover, a small off-road SUV and a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors late last month at a meeting in Orlando, according to... Cadillac CT5 sedan, with Escala cues, takes shape http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619772/cadillac-ct5-escala-design Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST It may resemble a Dodge Charger or Dart but look closely and you'll see styling cues from the Escala concept in what is expected to be the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, a replacement for the ATS and CTS sedans. Automakers burned as U.S.-China spat boils over http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619761/china-tariff-war-imports Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality last week as the United States delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, Hyundai, Kia set up new regional headquarters structure in North America, Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619749/hyundai-kia-regional-headquarters-north-america-europe Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:53:02 EST Hyundai and Kia are setting up new regional headquarters organizations in North America and Europe in an effort to move decision making closer to the markets and react more quickly to changing trends and customer demand. Magna forms JVs to make electric cars in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619751/magna-forms-jvs-to-make-electric-cars-in-china Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:23:07 EST Canadian auto parts supplier Magna said it would set up two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle to build cars in China. 2019 BMW X4 crossover's longer wheelbase offers more comfort http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL01/180619821/2019-bmw-x4-crossover Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive. Deadly Japanese earthquake disrupts auto production http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619752/deadly-japanese-earthquake-disrupts-auto-production Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:46:58 EST A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, killing three people, halting factory lines in an industrial area and bursting water mains, government and company officials said. ADESA's bold bid to revamp auto auctions http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL04/180619824/adesa-kar-auction-upstream Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST ADESA is aggressively enhancing its online auctions -- through technology, analytics and machine learning -- in an effort to maintain its lead in private-label sales. Ford CEO Jim Hackett vows closer ties with dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL07/180619762/ford-auto-dealers Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford CEO Jim Hackett has promised to be more visible and accessible to dealers after spending much of his first year consumed with getting the automaker in better shape. New UAW leaders have to deal with scandal, 2019 labor negotiations http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619763/uaw-leadership-contract-talks Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The UAW's 37th constitutional convention last week produced a new slate of leaders who will be responsible for moving the union past a major corruption scandal and reaching a new labor agreement with the Detroit 3 next year. New GM CFO Dhivya Suryadevara embodies change http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM02/180619768/dhivya-suryadevara-change-gm Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST GM's pick for its next CFO is a 39-year-old native of India who has been in the thick of change at the automaker. Car dealer George Girjel explains why employee satisfaction is more important than profits http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL07/180619835/george-girjel-toyota-cool-springs Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST In this wide-ranging QandA, dealer George Girjel talks about turning around underperforming dealerships and why automakers should favor individuals as store buyers. Auto paint supplier Durr finds efficiency http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619827/auto-paint-supplier-durr-finds-efficiency Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Coatings supplier Durr Industries recently was named a top supplier of FCA US, recognizing Durr for its assistance in launching the Jeep Compass at FCA's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant. Automakers, suppliers team up on transmission technologies http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619828/toyota-nissan-honda-aisin-jatco-transmissions Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others are partnering with the country's biggest transmission suppliers to jointly develop next-generation transmission technologies that can be shared among the members. superior-industries-aluminum-wheels-design http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619829/superior-industries-wheels-go-bigger-but-also-lighter Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Superior Industries wants to see small cars and EVs get their share of wheel fashion. Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV delay worries FCA dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/RETAIL01/180619770/jeep-grand-wagoneer-suv-delay Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair. Bill Ford talks about Ford's future in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/OEM02/180619774/bill-ford-jr-interview-transcript Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Bill Ford Jr. sat down with Automotive News and Crain's Detroit Business to talk about his company's plan for redeveloping the Michigan Central Station. Here is a transcript of that interview, edited for clarity. Ford plots its future in a relic of Detroit's past http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/OEM02/180619775/ford-michigan-central-station-corktown Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford plans a one-of-a-kind research and engineering campus in Detroit, including 2,500 employees working in a grandiose former train depot to develop the vehicles of the future. Nissan e-Pedal electric technology gives Leaf EV some street cred http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/OEM06/180619803/nissan-pedal-leaf-ev Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST One of the Nissan Leaf's newest features, the go-cartlike e-Pedal, began life as a performance-enhancing technology prototyped for sporty driving in the Maxima sedan. White House aide Kraninger is Trump pick to head lending watchdog http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180619757/white-house-aide-kraninger-is-trump-pick-to-head-lending-watchdog Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:29:04 EST If approved by the Senate, Kathy Kraninger, a little-known White House aide, would succeed her boss, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who's led the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection part-time since November. At Hyundai, new cars and trucks shift from family look to sexier design http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/OEM03/180619776/hyundai-design-concept-hdc-grandmaster Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Continuing a break with the family look that the South Korean brand cultivated in previous generations of vehicles, Hyundai will soon start rolling out a new design language that gives each model and each segment its own independent aesthetic. Will Gary Jones reform the UAW? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/BLOG06/180619760/uaw-scandal-reform-jones-trump Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Well, that didn't take long. New UAW President Gary Jones took less than a day at the helm of his troubled union to attack journalists for doing their job. Visteon battle with Tim Leuliette sparks claims of 'vendetta' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/OEM02/180619780/visteon-ceo-tim-leuliette-porn-prostitution Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Visteon, in disclosing the online porn and prostitution pursuits of former CEO Tim Leuliette, appears to have joined a movement among corporations to air executive indiscretions rather than sweep them under the rug. Drones could open up new windows for drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/OEM10/180619826/mitsubishi-electric-infotainment Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST By integrating drone technology into the vehicle's infotainment system , Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America is taking to the skies. 3 states receive high scores for policies promoting EV purchases http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/OEM05/180619777/california-connecticut-maryland-electric-vehicle-commitment Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:37:03 EST California, Connecticut and Maryland have demonstrated the greatest commitment toward developing an electric vehicle market among states that mandate automakers hit sales targets for zero-emission vehicles, according to a stakeholder group. U.S. tariffs target Chinese industrial products, including auto supplies http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/OEM10/180619797/trump-us-tariffs-china-auto-suppliers Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:00:00 EST President Trump pushed ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, including cars and auto parts, and a smoldering trade war between the world's largest economies ignited as Beijing replied with tariffs on 659 American imports,... Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180615/COPY/306159931/apple-poaches-senior-self-driving-engineer-from-waymo Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:40:41 EST Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit in a sign that the iPhone maker maintains ambitions to develop autonomous vehicles. GM exploring strategic options, possible spin-off of Cruise unit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/OEM/180619781/gm-exploring-strategic-options-possible-spin-off-of-cruise-unit Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:07:30 EST GM has begun researching strategic options for Cruise Automation that include a public sale of shares, listing a separate tracking stock, or spinning off the unit, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Ford unit teams with startup developing 'Waze' for self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/MOBILITY/180619804/ford-mapping-software-startup-investment Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:32:34 EST Startup RideOS said it raised $9 million and reached a partnership with a division of Ford. RideOS plans to sell software that gives routes and other dispatching instructions to fleets of autonomous cars. Canadians may find boycott of U.S. goods hard to pull off http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/COPY01/306159949/canadians-may-find-boycott-of-u-s-goods-hard-to-pull-off Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:39:58 EST Canadians outraged by President Trump's attack on their prime minister have called for a consumer boycott targeting the United States, but indignation may be hard to sustain in a nation enamored by U.S. Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/MOBILITY/180619769/apple-poaches-senior-self-driving-engineer-from-waymo Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:40:41 EST Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit, Apple said Friday, in a sign that the iPhone maker maintains ambitions to develop autonomous vehicles. BMW 8 series returns with all-wheel drive http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/OEM04/180619791/bmw-8-series-all-wheel-drive Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:30:00 EST BMW is reintroducing the 8 series coupe, the first new 8 series in 20 years, in the U.S. late this year with the 2019 M850i xDrive all-wheel drive variant. A Buick crossover may cost an extra $8,000 after tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/RETAIL/180619783/china-tariff-buick-trump-general-motors-export-trade Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:52:24 EST Some Buick buyers may be in for some sticker shock after President Donald Trump's tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports. GM's Cruise requires AV trainers to undergo in-vehicle audits, exams and drills http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/MOBILITY/180619792/gm-cruise-autonomous-trainer-testing Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:06:35 EST GM's self-driving unit is taking its procedures a step further in the race to autonomous driving technology. BorgWarner to restate certain financial statements for asbestos charges http://www.autonews.com/article/20180615/OEM10/180619806/borgwarner-financial-restatement-management Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:05:54 EST Auto supplier BorgWarner said it would restate its financial statements for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 to re-evaluate accounting of its asbestos-related charges.