Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Ghosn says Nissan alliance will lean on suppliers for growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM10/171129969/ghosn-ace-growth-suppliers Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before. Accord and Camry midsize sedans draw full-size marketing push http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/RETAIL01/171129972/midsize-sedans-draw-full-size-marketing Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The marketing efforts underway at Toyota and Honda aren't just about the horse race or bragging rights. A true challenger to the king of cool http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM03/171129967/volvo-turns-up-heat-on-tesla Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo may be the one brand that can usurp Tesla's reign as the king of cool electric cars. Ford dropping C-Max in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/RETAIL01/171129977/ford-dropping-cmax-u-s Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims. At NAFTA table, 'no fireworks' but few signs of progress http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/OEM01/171119783/at-nafta-table-no-fireworks-but-few-signs-of-progress Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:12:00 EST Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough American demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, a well-placed source said Saturday. Honda recalls 900,000 minivans to inspect, repair tip-prone seats http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/RETAIL05/171119784/honda-recalls-900000-minivans-to-inspect-repair-tip-prone-seats Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:44:38 EST Honda is recalling about 900,000 minivans because second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched after being adjusted. Waymo gives clues to its business plan for tomorrow http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/OEM06/171129973/waymo-gives-clues-business-plan Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it. How factory can help turn browsers into buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/RETAIL07/171129987/how-factory-can-help-turn-browsers-into-buyers Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST A study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts. Wall Street ponders impact of Tesla Semi, Roadster http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM05/311179913/wall-street-ponders-impact-of-tesla-semi-roadster Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:04:20 EST The features of Tesla's new Semi truck steamrolled Wall Street expectations, with an estimated 500-mile driving range that was almost double what analysts had modeled. Tesla revives Roadster with a range of 620 miles http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM04/171119807/tesla-revives-roadster-with-a-range-of-620-miles Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:46:14 EST Refundable deposits of $50,000 are being taken now for the supercar, Tesla says, with output slated to begin in 2020. The full price of the base model: $200,000. Michigan retail chain in shadow of Detroit 3, others bet early on Tesla Semi http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM05/311179952/michigan-retail-chain-in-shadow-of-detroit-3-others-bet-early-on Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:19:20 EST Customers are starting to place orders for Tesla's new all-electric Semi, including Walmart and a grocery chain in the Detroit 3 automakers' backyard. Jay Amestoy, retired head of PR for Mazda, dies after lengthy illness http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM02/171119795/jay-amestoy-retired-head-of-pr-for-mazda-dies-after-lengthy-illness Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:03:31 EST Jay Amestoy, who spent more than two decades at the public relations helm at Mazda North America and previously worked in public relations for Volkswagen Group of America, died late Thursday. He was 69. Musk reopens fundraising playbook to launch Semi, Roadster http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM02/311179899/musk-reopens-fundraising-playbook-to-launch-semi-roadster Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:34:20 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk is turning to a tried-and-true source of financing for his unprofitable car company -- paying customers willing to wait years for delivery of shiny new wheels. U.S. chamber warns Trump of political pain over NAFTA's demise http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM01/311179904/u-s-chamber-warns-trump-of-political-pain-over-naftas-demise Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:04:20 EST The lead negotiators for the three NAFTA countries joined the latest round of talks as the Chamber of Commerce warned that an American pullout would hit hardest some key swing states that President Trump captured on his road to office. U.S. rejects Ford, Mazda petitions to delay recall of Takata airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/RETAIL05/171119793/u-s-rejects-ford-mazda-petitions-to-delay-recall-of-takata-airbags Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:15:40 EST NHTSA turned down a petition by Ford and Mazda to delay -- for additional testing -- the recall of about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata. Nissan will send U.S.-built Titans to China http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM/171119789/nissan-will-send-u-s-built-titans-to-china Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:29:53 EST Nissan will ship the U.S.-built Titan pickup to China as the company and its Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance explore more commercial opportunities around the world. Should Tesla stop building cars? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/BLOG06/171119792/should-tesla-stop-building-cars Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:15 EST Could Tesla have avoided "manufacturing hell" by sticking with what it's good at like Apple and not producing its own products? Wells Fargo dismisses head of consumer lending http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171119794/wells-fargo-dismisses-head-of-consumer-lending Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:12:16 EST Franklin Codel, the head of consumer lending at Wells Fargo, was fired over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said, the latest upheaval at a lender roiled by scandal for more than a year. VW to spend over $40B on EVs, autonomy push http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM/311179939/vw-to-spend-over-40b-on-evs-autonomy-push Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:34:20 EST Volkswagen approved an unprecedented five-year spending plan that aims to further the company's goal of transforming itself into a leading force in electric vehicles and autonomous transportation. Toyota plots return to EVs, this time in Asia http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM05/171119797/toyota-plots-return-to-evs-this-time-in-asia Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:09:28 EST Selling EVs in China and India will mark the return of Toyota into the battery-powered market after halting production of the electric RAV4 in 2014. U.S. probes 415,000 VW vehicles for airbag problems http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM11/171119799/u-s-probes-415000-vw-vehicles-for-airbag-problems Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:15:13 EST NHTSA opened an investigation into potential airbag failures in 415,000 Volkswagen vehicles after the company issued a recall for the same issue in 2015. Porsche mulls a hybrid variant of 911 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM05/311179947/porsche-mulls-a-hybrid-variant-of-911 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:34:20 EST Porsche is considering adding battery power to the 911, making the top variant of the iconic sports car a hybrid, according to people familiar with the matter. Nissan cites staff shortage for improper plant tests http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM01/171119801/nissan-cites-staff-shortage-for-improper-plant-tests Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:43:12 EST Nissan blamed a lack of trained staff for improper inspections at Japan factories and will increase the number of inspectors to improve compliance. Tesla aims to upend commercial trucking with electric Semi http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM/171119808/tesla-aims-to-upend-commercial-trucking-with-electric-semi Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:51:34 EST The EV maker says the Semi formally unveiled Thursday will provide "a far better experience" for long-haul truck operators, while enhancing safety and slicing cargo transport costs. Kia prices Stinger sport sedan from $32,800 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/RETAIL/171119811/kia-prices-stinger-sport-sedan-from-32800 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:41:48 EST Kia is adopting competitive pricing on the rwd Stinger to help establish a foothold in the competitive compact luxury sport sedan market. NAFTA bargainers zero in on light-vehicle content rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM01/311169925/nafta-bargainers-zero-in-on-light-vehicle-content-rules Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:19:20 EST NAFTA negotiators are set to give the most attention to rules for regional content, including light vehicles, in the latest round of trade talks, according to an agenda obtained by Bloomberg. Canada open to Mexico's 5-year NAFTA review proposal http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM01/171119809/canada-open-to-mexicos-5-year-nafta-review-proposal Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:00:37 EST Canada is open to a Mexican proposal to review NAFTA every five years instead of terminating the deal automatically if it is not renegotiated, as the United States has demanded. 8 things to watch as Tesla unwraps big rig http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM05/311169929/8-things-to-watch-as-tesla-unwraps-big-rig Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:34:20 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised a truck that will 'out-torque any diesel semi' and drive 'like a sports car.' Infiniti rolls out industry-first variable compression engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM/171119828/nissan-engine-infiniti-qx50-turbo Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:30:00 EST The next-generation Infiniti QX50 crossover will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine introducing a technology never seen before in a regular production vehicle: variable compression. Toyota preps another small crossover concept http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM03/171119813/toyota-preps-another-small-crossover-concept Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:24:21 EST Toyota will unwrap a small crossover concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show geared toward outdoor enthusiasts and urban dwellers. It will be the third crossover concept introduced this year based on the company's new modular platform. Facebook updates ad features to convert mobile shoppers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/RETAIL/171119817/facebook-automotive-advertising-update-marketing Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:00 EST Facebook has updated two of the platform's ad tools to better serve the auto industry in its quest to reach mobile shoppers. Lear CEO Simoncini resigns; seating boss Ray Scott is successor http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM02/171119820/lear-ceo-simoncini-resigns Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:03:26 EST Lear CEO Matt Simoncini is stepping down, effective Feb. 28, ending a six-year run in the company's top job. Ray Scott, president of the supplier's seating unit, will replace Simoncini. Subaru sees $177 million in costs linked to Japan inspection scandal http://www.autonews.com/article/20171116/OEM01/171119822/subaru-losses-inspection-scandal-recall Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:23:34 EST Subaru said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and that it expected to incur about $177 million in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at domestic plants. FCA to offer split, dual-function tailgate on Ram 1500, spy photos reveal http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM04/171119829/fca-to-offer-split-dual-function-tailgate-on-ram-1500-spy-photos Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:21:40 EST Spy photographers have caught confirmation that at least some versions of the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup will have a new dual-function tailgate, capable of dropping down or opening up french door style. Ford's smart mobility team 14,000-15,000 strong http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/MOBILITY/171119832/fords-smart-mobility-team-14000-15000-strong Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:55:32 EST The head of Ford's smart mobility team says all the "Lego pieces" are in place to develop money-making initiatives. Lexus to unwrap 3-row RX crossover at L.A. Auto Show http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM04/171119842/lexus-to-unwrap-3-row-rx-crossover-at-l-a-auto-show Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:22:56 EST Lexus' U.S. dealers have clamored for a family-friendly version of the popular RX crossover for years, but it's unclear whether the third row will accommodate two or three passengers. Cordray to resign from CFPB, may run for Ohio governor http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171119839/cordray-resigns-cfpb-executive-politics Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:59:49 EST Richard Cordray plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the controversial consumer watchdog created by President Obama following the 2008-09 financial crisis, amid growing speculation that he will run for governor of... Dealers crucial for vehicle purchase, J.D. Power study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/RETAIL01/171119837/dealers-crucial-for-vehicle-purchase-j-d-power-study-finds Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:44:56 EST Online tools may make it easier for consumers to shop for vehicles and products at home, but interacting with a salesperson is a key component of high customer sales satisfaction, a J.D. Power study finds. Buffett-backed BYD to open electric-truck plant in Canada http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM01/171119859/buffett-byd-electric-bus-ontario-manufacturing Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:57:21 EST BYD, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Canada, anticipating a surge in demand for electric trucks. GM aims to sell 1M EVs annually by 2026; next-gen vehicles start in 2021 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM05/171119845/gm-new-ev-platform-cost-reduction Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:07:14 EST GM expects its electrified vehicle business to be profitable with the launch of the next-generation EV platform in 2021 and with annual global EV sales of 1 million by 2026, CEO Mary Barra says. Dyson sues ex-CEO for sharing secrets on electric car http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM02/311159930/dyson-sues-ex-ceo-for-sharing-secrets-on-electric-car Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:04:20 EST Dyson is suing former CEO Max Conze for allegedly revealing confidential information, including details of the British company's plan to expand into the EV market. U.S. House members oppose Trump administration auto trade rules proposal http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM01/171119834/trump-nafta-politics-congress-automakers Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:23:03 EST A bipartisan group of more than 70 House members urged the Trump administration not to boost current production requirements on vehicle content for autos produced in the region under NAFTA Ford seeks patent on system for autonomous off-road vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/MOBILITY/171119836/ford-autonomous-offroad-patent-technology Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:00:20 EST Ford has applied for a patent on an autonomous system for off-road vehicles that would allow the vehicles to traverse dirt, gravel, mud, sand and other tricky terrain. Tesla to challenge suit claiming racial discrimination http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM/171119856/tesla-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-response Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:27:16 EST Tesla said it would fight a class-action lawsuit filed against it earlier this week claiming the electric automaker's California production plant was a "hotbed for racist behavior." Kia highlights access to Malaria treatment http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/VIRALVIDEO/311159954/hyundai-celebrates-the-drivers-of-tomorrow Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 EST In the latest video to join our viral video chart, Hyundai brings out the big guns: Kids. Hyundai plans several new crossovers, including diesel http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/OEM04/171119840/hyundai-crossover-rd-future-michigan Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:49:54 EST Hyundai said its plan for an expanded crossover lineup for the U.S. will include a battery-electric vehicle, a fuel cell offering, a diesel utility and an A-segment vehicle. Why there might be hope for millennials renting cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/BLOG06/171119846/millennial-rental-cars-future-blog Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:39 EST I rented a car for the first time and it wasn't bad, perhaps signaling hope that millennials will use rental cars. VW says chairman, CFO, HR chief offices raided by tax authorities, prosecutors http://www.autonews.com/article/20171114/OEM02/171119866/vw-says-chairman-cfo-hr-chief-offices-raided-by-tax-authorities Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:16:59 EST The Tuesday raid was related to suspicions of overpayments and tax evasion for VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh, a company spokesman said. Ford signals cost-cutting will avoid layoffs, plant closures http://www.autonews.com/article/20171114/OEM02/171119878/ford-hinrichs-no-layoffs-closings Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:28:19 EST Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said the company's latest effort to become more financially efficient won't involve major layoffs or plant closures. VW agrees to pay $69 million to settle New Jersey emissions suits http://www.autonews.com/article/20171114/OEM11/171119879/vw-emissions-scandal-settlement-newjersey Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:50:48 EST Volkswagen confirmed it has agreed to pay $69 million to settle New Jersey state diesel emissions claims, one of the last major outstanding diesel legal issues the German automaker faces in the U.S.