Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST A split heard round the industry Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The United Kingdom's stunning decision to abandon the European Union could slash automakers' profits by billions of dollars and cut new-vehicle sales by nearly a million units over the next three years, analysts warned. VW should pay Europeans same compensation as U.S. drivers, EU commissioner says Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:24:47 EST VW Group should offer European drivers similar compensation to what the German carmaker is expected to pay U.S. customers, Europe's Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska told a newspaper on Sunday. VW may pick China for first battery plant Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST China may be the first country where Volkswagen Group could invest billions in one or more plants to manufacture battery cells and packs, a source close to senior management said, citing the Chinese government's determined push towards... Toyota's idea factory ramps up Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Six months on the job, Toyota Motor Corp.' BMW workers don 'Iron Man' suit Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW experiments with an exoskeletal device to fight U.S. worker fatigue. BMW's Mexican plant will be group's most resource efficient factory Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW says its Mexico factory will solely rely on renewable energy in the form of wind and solar power to build its 3-series sedan and will set a new benchmark for resource conservation. Mercedes: Google doesn't scare us Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz executives say they're well-positioned to capitalize on technological and demographic changes that will transform the industry over the next 10 years. Nissan's to-do list: Range, autonomy Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan will introduce two new technologies this year to move the needle on CEO Carlo Ghosn's goal of making Nissan a leader in electric vehicles and self-driving cars. Bentley: Yes, we still build sedans Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite the popularity of the Bentayga crossover, Bentley says the Mulsanne sedan will remain king of its lineup. Mercedes looks to become the top choice of female premium-car buyers Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes wants to become the leading choice among premium car brands for women by 2020, at which time it wants at least 30 percent of its customers to be female. Penske Automotive, Group 1 shares plunge after Brexit vote Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:41:34 EST Shares of Penske Automotive Group and Group 1 Automotive, two of the three largest U.S. dealership groups, fell Friday to their lowest levels since February on concerns over the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. GM plans $290 million upgrade for Corvette plant as rumors swirl Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:30:06 EST General Motors plans to spend $290 million on its Corvette plant in Kentucky, just as rumors about GM's plans for the next generation of its iconic sports car heat up. Norway's wealth fund files complaint against VW over emissions scandal Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:08:29 EST Norway's $850 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has filed a complaint against Volkswagen as part of a joint legal action over the automaker's emissions scandal. Musk&'s SolarCity bid a rare time investors don't buy his vision Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:09:17 EST Elon Musk is accustomed to shareholders snapping up whatever his Tesla Motors Inc. has to sell. Now his plan to merge the electric-car maker with struggling SolarCity has him confronting a rare case of investor unrest. Nissan sues South Korea over accusations of emissions cheating Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:33:22 EST Nissan's South Korean unit said it has filed a lawsuit over claims by the government that the automaker had cheated on emissions with its Qashqai diesel SUV. PSA looking at UK price changes in response to Brexit vote Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:57:57 EST PSA Group said it was looking at changes to its UK pricing as markets react to Brexit, with the pound falling to new lows. VW Korea exec arrested over emissions manipulation Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:55:59 EST South Korea prosecutors arrested an executive at Volkswagen's local unit as part of investigations into whether the automaker violated the country's environmental laws after it admitted to rigging diesel vehicles to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the first time in one of its models sold in Europe. Audi bets on experience in EV challenge with Tesla Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:09:29 EST Audi is preparing to challenge Tesla in making electric cars, betting that its decades of experience in designing traditional automobiles will help it trump the Silicon Valley startup. Renault cuts its Nissan stake by 1% to 42% Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:39:28 EST Renault trimmed its stake in alliance partner Nissan by 1 percentage point to 42.4 percent according to a regulatory filing. The filing did not specify a reason for Renault's sale of the stock. VW to fit filters to clean up gasoline engines Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen plans to fit particle filters in up to 7 million turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines starting mid-2017 to help meet future tailpipe emission targets. FCA accused of concealing defect in Jeep Grand Cherokee Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:45:00 EST Jeep Grand Cherokee owners filed suit in California against Fiat Chrysler, accusing the company of concealing and failing to fix a shifter design defect linked to driverless rollaway accidents, including the death this week of "Star Trek" actor... VW drops Jetta Hybrid from U.S. lineup Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:35:18 EST Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid for the 2017 model year, eliminating the lone hybrid in its U.S. lineup. Fiat Chrysler, GM, Toyota near deals to resume Venezuela output Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:37:41 EST Fiat Chrysler, GM and Toyota are close to agreeing to resume car production in Venezuela after the government allowed them to sell output in dollars, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the talks. Jeep Compass, Patriot replacement due early next year Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:20:46 EST The single vehicle replacing the Jeep Compass and Patriot will debut in late September in Brazil and will retain one of the two names, Jeep brand head Mike Manley said Thursday. VW to pay diesel owners up to $7,000, report says Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:00:00 EST Volkswagen will pay owners of its polluting diesel cars up to $7,000, and agree to fund a grant program to offset air pollution, under a $10 billion settlement being negotiated for submission to a federal judge next week, Bloomberg reported, citing... A Tesla bull, citing risk from SolarCity deal, cuts outlook on EV maker Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:34:20 EST Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas, one of the most bullish analysts on Tesla Motors, joined the ranks of those who have panned Elon Musk's $2.86 billion proposal to combine the automaker with solar-panel provider SolarCity. Automakers on board for new Detroit auto show mobility exhibit Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:53:31 EST GM, Nissan and Toyota will have a presence at the Detroit auto show's new mobility-themed exhibit in 2017. The auto show is also adding an outdoor driving experience on a 1. German investor group to push for independent VW emissions probe Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:46:30 EST German investors' association DSW will go to court to push for an independent investigation of the diesel emissions test-rigging scandal at Volkswagen after its motion for a probe was voted down at VW's annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday. IIHS may broaden small-overlap rating Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said it may add passenger-side evaluations to its influential crashworthiness ratings program after it found that several small crossovers showed disparities in driver- and passenger-side protection in the... FCA recalls 13,092 Maserati cars for rollaway risk Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:15:03 EST Fiat Chrysler's Maserati unit is recalling 13,092 Quattroporte and Ghibli luxury cars from the 2014 model year because they may roll away after drivers mistakenly believe they have engaged the vehicles in 'park' mode. Chinese automaker JAC mulls EV factory in Bulgaria Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:33:49 EST China's JAC Motors is considering opening a factory in Bulgaria as an entry point to Europe for its electric cars. The company would be the second Chinese automaker to build cars in the EU's poorest country after Great Wall. MG aims first SUV at budget buyers Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budget vehicle. Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche during the final lap of the race. I was with Toyota's executive team members when their elation was transformed into complete deflation last weekend. VW shareholder Lower Saxony declines to back Winterkorn, Diess Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:06:30 EST The German state of Lower Saxony, Volkswagen Group's second-largest shareholder, refused to sign off on the actions last year of former CEO Martin Winterkorn and current VW brand chief Herbert Diess in an unusual public split among the automaker's... Leoni wins order from PSA for wiring systems for Peugeot, DS models Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:14:13 EST German supplier Leoni said PSA awarded it a contract worth 500 million euros ($566.95 million) to equip a new DS model as well as the future Peugeot 208 and 2008 with its wiring systems. Tesla's luxury branding clashes with SolarCity's thrifty pitch Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:00:00 EST Elon Musk is betting that luxury electric car buyers and rooftop solar customers are a single market. The marketing messages of Tesla and SolarCity tell a different tale. FCA dealers get software to prevent rollaways of recalled Jeep Grand Cherokees Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler sent dealers new software allowing them to install a software-based 'Auto Park' feature in 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees intended to prevent the vehicles from moving when the driver's side door is open and the shifter is not... PSA finalizes Iran deal in bid to rebuild sales Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:40:59 EST PSA finalized a joint-venture production deal with state-owned Iran Khodro as it prepares its return to the Middle East's biggest auto market. VW chairman under fire from investors for dual role in crisis Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:55:37 EST VW Group Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch bore the brunt of investor dissatisfaction over the automaker's handling of its emissions cheating scandal during the company's annual shareholder meeting today, with some even trying to remove him as host of... Nissan promotes communications execs Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:45:36 EST Nissan has promoted its two senior U.S. corporate communications executives, David Reuter and Kristina Adamski. UAW says VW reneged on deal to recognize union at Tenn. plant Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:45:00 EST A top UAW official said Volkswagen walked back on a promise to recognize the union at the automaker's Chattanooga plant -- and the union says it has a document to prove it. Kia leads industry in J.D. Power quality study Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:00:00 EST Kia overtook Porsche to lead the industry in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality, marking the first time in 27 years that a nonpremium brand has topped the list. Tesla, Toyota cited by MIT Tech Review for smart initiatives Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:00:00 EST Two automakers -- Tesla and Toyota -- made the cut in MIT Technology Review's list of the '50 Smartest Companies' in 2016. Mercedes cleared to sell 2017 E class in U.S. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:05:57 EST The redesigned 2017 E-class sedan is on its way to U.S. dealerships after Mercedes-Benz received its final necessary certification approvals earlier this week. UAW set to strike Monday at Sakthi Automotive in Detroit Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:51:26 EST Union employees plan to strike at aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group Inc. USA in Detroit for what they say are unfair labor practices. Better, but still behind Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST Automakers trail lenders in the number of women in leadership positions, a study shows. Musk buys Musk -- Tesla's SolarCity deal by the numbers Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:37:51 EST Tesla's offer to buy SolarCity for as much as $2.86 billion in stock boggles the mind. There's basically two ways to look at why Musk is behind the deal. VW's long day as shareholders quiz management Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:40:23 EST As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting patiently to get into the hall at what promises to be an extraordinary and very lengthy gathering, during which the automaker is expected to face... Nissan CEO Ghosn's pay tops $9 million for second year Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:52:49 EST Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn received a 3.5 percent pay rise to take his total compensation to more than $9.58 million for the second straight year after the automaker's profit climbed to a record.