Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 23 May 2015 06:00:00 EST Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life Sat, 23 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing Sat, 23 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot is a chance for a major course correction after the previous generation's design and timing set it off in the wrong direction. GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief Sat, 23 May 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars. Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says Fri, 22 May 2015 20:56:58 EST The Justice Department has determined that General Motors' failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the automaker's former employees, The New... How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media Fri, 22 May 2015 12:02:41 EST The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card. Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says Fri, 22 May 2015 15:33:31 EST Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a factory in eastern Europe, the Financial Times reported. The automaker has shortlisted Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as potential countries for the plant, the paper said. Audi will add Q8 in 2019, electric SUV in 2018 Fri, 22 May 2015 05:35:06 EST Audi today said it will begin sales of the Q8 SUV in 2019 and launch an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment in 2018. The company will also add the subcompact Q1 crossover next year. Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV Fri, 22 May 2015 14:01:18 EST Hyundai said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States. Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show Fri, 22 May 2015 06:25:30 EST For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October. Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says Fri, 22 May 2015 13:02:07 EST Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study. Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk Fri, 22 May 2015 12:05:55 EST Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked. VW will evaluate ad agency work, report says Fri, 22 May 2015 11:40:28 EST Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show Fri, 22 May 2015 10:41:46 EST Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs. Winterkorn says it will take time to replace Piech on Audi board Fri, 22 May 2015 10:10:05 EST Audi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said finding a board replacement for Ferdinand Piech will take time. Piech quit his Audi board role along with other VW Group posts last month after a public showdown with Winterkorn. Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models Fri, 22 May 2015 09:10:15 EST Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models. Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit Fri, 22 May 2015 09:34:52 EST Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu Fri, 22 May 2015 06:32:55 EST Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance... Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall Fri, 22 May 2015 05:04:52 EST Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata. Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants Fri, 22 May 2015 04:31:51 EST Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. GM to invest $439 million in paint shop expansion at Corvette plant Thu, 21 May 2015 06:34:33 EST General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades. GM to stay under strict U.S. oversight Thu, 21 May 2015 16:07:47 EST Federal safety regulators have extended for at least a year a consent order that subjects General Motors to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition placed on GM in the wake of last year's ignition switch recall. Fiat unveils new model for key compact segment Thu, 21 May 2015 07:31:55 EST Fiat unveiled the first model in its new compact car family - the Aegea sedan. The car will go on sale in Turkey starting in November followed by a rollout in 40 countries in the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall Thu, 21 May 2015 11:54:45 EST Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds Thu, 21 May 2015 14:22:11 EST Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford's Asia Pacific region said today. U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case Thu, 21 May 2015 10:50:09 EST US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally. Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strike Thu, 21 May 2015 09:02:14 EST Renault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week. PSA, Dongfeng plan to start production in Vietnam Thu, 21 May 2015 05:12:43 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group will open an assembly plant in Vietnam and have already begun production in Malaysia. U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing Thu, 21 May 2015 13:39:13 EST One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice... Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority Thu, 21 May 2015 14:30:50 EST The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. PSA plans factory in low-cost Morocco, report says Thu, 21 May 2015 11:05:16 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to build a car factory in Morocco to help increase sales in Africa, a report said. German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says Thu, 21 May 2015 10:48:23 EST Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters' Thu, 21 May 2015 03:00:00 EST Mazda is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tagline: "Driving Matters." VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board Thu, 21 May 2015 09:40:26 EST The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman. Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EU Thu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 EST A UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall? Thu, 21 May 2015 06:53:41 EST Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test. Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website Thu, 21 May 2015 07:29:50 EST Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible. Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro Thu, 21 May 2015 05:41:51 EST German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro. Citroen creates Trip Advisor-style Web forum Thu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Citroen has launched a website where customers can rate their experiences at dealerships and workshops in France, the UK and Germany. JLR sees big potential in tapping into drivers' subconscious Thu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover may change the way it engineers its models as data from connected cars gives the automaker an insight into drivers' subconscious actions. Citroen names former BMW exec as China director Wed, 20 May 2015 07:06:33 EST Former BMW executive Sabine Scheunert is the new head of Citroen in China. Scheunert is the first woman to become director of a European brand in China and is responsible for Citroen's largest single market. Timeline of Takata airbag recalls Wed, 20 May 2015 07:05:42 EST Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata. Uber, credit-challenged drivers walk the subprime tightrope Wed, 20 May 2015 12:00:00 EST Uber offers its credit-challenged drivers a finance program to help them buy their vehicles. But the program can put some drivers in trouble, according to a report. Autoliv ready to pump up capacity to meet Takata replacement inflator demand Wed, 20 May 2015 06:30:43 EST Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said today that it is ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata acknowledged its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective. Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall Wed, 20 May 2015 05:10:52 EST Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators. Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix Wed, 20 May 2015 06:48:32 EST Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles. Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says Wed, 20 May 2015 06:32:06 EST Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says Wed, 20 May 2015 13:25:25 EST Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards. Updated Pilot to become Honda's priciest U.S. vehicle Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 EST When the third-generation Pilot crossover goes on sale in June, its fully loaded Elite trim level will carry a sticker price of $47,300, including shipping. Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing Wed, 20 May 2015 13:49:42 EST Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive Wed, 20 May 2015 16:12:08 EST A tried-and-true method of getting union-sympathizing mechanics to quit is assign them electrical fixes and other tough jobs that end up taking longer than their allotted time. %]