Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Chevy store fined $40,000 for selling recalled new vehicles without repairs Tue, 31 May 2016 17:45:00 EST Federal regulators fined a suburban Phoenix Chevrolet dealership $40,000 for selling recalled new vehicles without the proper repairs. Sands Chevrolet of Surprise, Ariz. Jaguar sees salvation in F-Pace Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:00 EST The template for how Jaguar created the F-Pace, a midsize, five-passenger, high-performance utility, comes straight out of Porsche's playbook. Think of the F-Pace as Jaguar's take on the Porsche Cayenne and Macan. GM names Nissan's Rainey to lead dealer diversity efforts Tue, 31 May 2016 15:18:43 EST Mark Rainey, a 20-year veteran of Nissan, today was tasked with expanding the number of General Motors dealerships owned by minorities and females. Auto executives cooling toward acquisitions, study says Tue, 31 May 2016 16:37:08 EST Automotive industry executives are less interested in pursuing acquisitions than they were a year ago and are favoring deals that minimize political or technology risks, according to a new survey by Ernst and Young. VW's European recall takes longer as only 50,000 cars fixed Tue, 31 May 2016 10:39:48 EST VW Group has only fixed 50,000 of the 8.5 million cars in Europe affected by the company's diesel emissions scandal, sales chief Fred Kappler said. Ford to buy nearly 2 city blocks near headquarters Tue, 31 May 2016 09:53:04 EST Ford is purchasing nearly two blocks of prime property near its world headquarters, including a historic former hotel and a pair of well-known restaurant sites. Kia hamsters return in Soul ad showing in movie theaters Tue, 31 May 2016 14:49:37 EST Kia Motors' hamsters made their return to the advertising scene this past weekend in over 34,000 U.S. movie theaters. AutoNews Now: Toyota makes progress in Plano Tue, 31 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Early look at Toyota's new Texas HQ; Can minivans help keep FCA's win streak going?; Cadillacs, coffee and culture in NYC; More range for VW e-Golf; Nissan plans 'massive' ad push. Toyota idles output on some lines in Japan after blast at supplier plant Tue, 31 May 2016 08:45:34 EST Toyota said today it suspended output at some Japan plants and stoppages would be expanded on Wednesday after the automaker was unable to secure parts following an explosion at a plant of one of its suppliers. Hyundai offers free Apple CarPlay, Android Auto updates Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:00 EST Hyundai is offering free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrades for current customers. The software can be downloaded to a flash drive and uploaded to owners' 2015 Sonata with navigation or the Genesis with the 8-inch touch screen. 2017 Acura NSX: A slick supercar that rips without turbo lag Tue, 31 May 2016 09:37:49 EST After what seems like an eternity, Acura's second-generation NSX is finally on its way to dealerships -- and no, Jerry Seinfeld did not get the very first car. That was auctioned off for a cool $1. First Shift: Industry having car trouble Tue, 31 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Snyder: Industry having car trouble; Profits up at VW Group, down at VW brand; Floods in Germany halt Audi production; Blast at Toyota supplier plant; France shedding PSA stake? Suzuki blames lack of resources for using wrong mileage tests Tue, 31 May 2016 05:19:58 EST Suzuki said 14 of its branded models were affected by incorrect fuel tests, down from the 16 it initially reported. Toyota brake supplier Advics reports Japan plant explosion Tue, 31 May 2016 07:02:54 EST Advics, a supplier of braking components to Toyota, reported an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan's Aichi prefecture. VW Group profit rises 3.4% despite steep plunge in core brand result Tue, 31 May 2016 03:09:02 EST VW Group's profit rose 3.4 percent in the first quarter, although profit at the core VW brand plunged 86 percent, highlighting the challenge the carmaker faces in emerging from the nearly nine-month-old emissions cheating scandal. All the single ladies get credit for booming SUV demand Tue, 31 May 2016 06:38:26 EST Increasing income and education as well as a general delay in marriage and child-bearing combine to create a growing number of single women buying cars. UK group 3i buys German supplier Schlemmer, report says Tue, 31 May 2016 06:15:34 EST British buyout group 3i has bought German cable equipment maker Schlemmer in a deal valuing the company at more than $446 million, Reuters reported Nissan, with roots in castings, takes shape Tue, 31 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On June 1, 1934, Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha (Automobile Manufacturing Co. in English) acquires a new name: Nissan Motor Co. Bentley close to compact decision Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley is working on a compact model line previewed by last year's EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Peugeot family may be interested in higher PSA stake, report says Mon, 30 May 2016 13:32:08 EST The Peugeot family may be interested in raising its shareholding in PSA, Reuters reported. The French government is weighing the possible sale of part or all of its 14 percent shareholding in PSA. Strong Jaguar Land Rover helps to triple Tata Motors Q4 profit Mon, 30 May 2016 10:58:23 EST Tata Motors posted a threefold rise in quarterly net profit, lifted by strong sales at its Jaguar Land Rover unit and higher demand for its trucks in India. Range of Ford Fusion Energi plug-in gets boosted to 610 miles Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Minor tweaks yield big results as Fusion Energi range increases to 610 miles on a single tank of fuel 2016 Mazda CX-9 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST After years of talking about moving into a semipremium space, Mazda has finally done it with the 2016 CX-9 crossover. The three-row family hauler is the best example yet of Mazda's quest for a more discerning customer and higher profits. Recall battle shifts to states Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST State dealer associations are going to their legislatures seeking -- and getting -- new protections they say dealers need to cope with the burden of unrepaired vehicles on their lots, especially as the Takata airbag recalls expand. Blast hits Japan plant operated by Toyota brake supplier Mon, 30 May 2016 08:19:20 EST Advics, a supplier of braking components to Toyota, reported an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan's Aichi prefecture. Audi production in Germany hit by flooding Mon, 30 May 2016 05:31:29 EST Production at Audi's factory in Neckarsulm, in southwestern Germany, was hit after severe flooding affected the region. Bentley close to compact decision Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley may decide soon on a compact model line previewed by EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. A production model would come as a two-door coupe and a roadster is possible, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. More carmakers race into ride-sharing Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are staking their claims in the ride-sharing world -- and fast. Last week, Toyota invested in ride-share giant Uber, Volkswagen Group in Gett, a ride-hailing company popular in Europe, and BMW in the company behind a carpooling app. Toyota's Texas headquarters begins to rise Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota's Plano, Texas, plot is beginning to look like a world-class corporate campus as it emerges from the dusty construction site just north of Dallas in anticipation of a migration of employees from the old headquarters in Southern California and... How Bill Ford lured Flex-N-Gate to Detroit Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Flex-N-Gate, owned by low-profile magnate Shahid Khan, will build a new plant in Detroit, a move Bill Ford advocated for. Here come the hydrogen stations Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hydrogen fuel cell cars are beginning to trickle onto California's roads. And thanks to a push from regulators, automakers and startup FirstElement, more filling stations are arriving, too. Toyota, Nissan seek battery breakthroughs Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota and Nissan are working on advanced battery technologies they hope will give new-generation electrified vehicles greater driving range. VW's e-Golf to close the gap with i3 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen says it will substantially expand the range of its e-Golf when a face-lifted version of the battery electric hatchback goes into production in December. Are Japan's automakers too U.S.-dependent? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's automakers are beginning to position themselves for a slowdown in their cash-cow market - the United States. FCA's 'sales carnivore' adds more to his plate Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Reid Bigland's added assignment running FCA's struggling Italian luxury brands, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, is about more than bolstering brands and boosting sales. Inside Toyota's new digs Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Check out photos of Toyota's new North American HQ and temporary offices. Ford to hire adults with autism in pilot program Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is launching a pilot program this week to hire adults with autism. Next-gen Dodge Charger could cut weight, offer twin-turbo I-4 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The next generation Dodge Charger is expected to shed nearly 500 pounds from its base curb weight, and could come with a 300-hp, twin-turbo inline-four engine in development for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, according to sources. High-performance Nissan Sentra to get sporty looks, more power Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's compact Sentra sedan looks ready to get the Nismo treatment. Recent spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end. Single-cab, full-size Titan breaks cover Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan has made clear that it intends to modify the redesigned Titan pickup for several market niches over the coming year. U.S. Buick Verano output to wind down in October Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. Challenger outmuscled in crash tests Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Ford puts the focus on supplier engineer for RS success Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It's rare for suppliers to be publicly outed, but Ford is so impressed with GKN's active torque vectoring system on the Focus RS rear axle that it handed GKN's engineer on the project an award usually only given internally. BMW concept pays Hommage to the 2002 coupe Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW has come up with a design study to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 2002 coupe, one of the most significant models in its history. F-Pace's tag line has some miles on it Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar's F-Pace is busting into a new market segment for the British automaker, performance utilities. But the slogan being rolled out along with the F-Pace is certified used. Mercedes puts up fight in China Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST China is starting to look like a barroom brawl for the German luxury brands. And Mercedes is landing some punches. You thought cars were big polluters? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal may be bad, but the pollution from diesel automobiles is a breath of fresh mountain air compared with what spews out of the smokestacks of some huge cruise ships. CarGurus validates used-car prices on dealership sites Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST CarGurus has become the latest third-party shopping site to allow dealers to place its rating of used-vehicle prices - such as 'good deal' or 'great deal' - directly on a dealership website's inventory pages. Essentially, store investor was a dealer, judge says Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST When does a prospective dealer meet the legal definition of 'dealer' and thus become entitled to protection from manufacturers under federal and Arizona law? There's no precise formula to answer that question, a federal judge in Phoenix... VW has lost a lot more than money Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It's hard to measure exactly how much Volkswagen's enormous diesel emissions cheating will cost the company. Volkswagen has put the 2015 financial toll at about $18 billion. The real damage to VW is just starting.