Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EST Accuride agrees to acquire German wheel supplier Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:17:13 EST Automotive wheel and related parts supplier Accuride agreed to acquire German competitor Mefro Wheels in its second acquisition this quarter. FCA backs new public education campaign on auto recalls Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:00 EST The National Safety Council launched Check To Protect, a national campaign -- backed by Fiat Chrysler -- to encourage drivers to check for and quickly resolve open recalls on their vehicles. Dodge Grand Caravan output idled to meet U.S. airbag safety rule Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:09:15 EST Dodge Grand Caravan output will continue this fall -- but not for U.S. customers, according to a union official at the Canada plant where Fiat Chrysler builds the minivan, as the company races to meet a new airbag safety rule. Ford sees LCVs as key to European profit despite Brexit headwinds Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:28:22 EST A strong sales performance in light commercial vehicles will help Ford be profitable in Europe this year, the automaker's regional boss, Steve Armstrong, said. First Shift: Takata bankruptcy days away, report says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:30:00 EST Takata bankruptcy days away, report says; No hurry on NAFTA talks; EU fines lighting suppliers; Relief for truck-strapped Mercedes dealers; Musk, Barra make Top 100 CEOs list. Automakers can overcome industry disruptors, Seat president says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:12:44 EST Tech companies may have an advantage as innovators in the battle for leadership of the future market for mobility but only automakers have the industrial scale to make new developments a reality for the masses, Seat President Luca de Meo says. UK seeks to be world leader in autonomous and electric vehicles Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:23:28 EST The UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emissions vehicle technology as it seeks to become a leader in the field, which it believes may be worth 28 billion pounds to the economy by 2035. Renault-Nissan plans driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:45:48 EST Renault-Nissan plans to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services as the alliance looks beyond making and selling cars. The alliance is testing a system with a Japanese software company and French public transport operator. Ex-Uber CEO Kalanick knew of engineer's Google info, Waymo says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:05:51 EST A court filing says Uber's ousted CEO learned in early 2016 that the engineer who oversaw the company's driverless car project possessed discs from Google. Hard Brexit will put 18,000 German jobs at risk, study says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:18:21 EST Slumping new-car sales in the UK after a hard Brexit could put 18,000 German auto industry jobs at risk, a Deloitte study said. BMW exec says brands need to take more risks Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:19:40 EST Automakers must be prepared to take more risks to reach digital natives and not shy away from edgy subject matter, BMW marketing executive Hildegard Wortmann said. Millennials want brands that behave "like human beings," she said. Lamborghini boss uses F1 experience to push brand further Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali is trying to instill a sense of urgency in the supercar maker that he says helped keep him sharp when he was head of Ferrari's Formula One team. Takata will file for bankruptcy on Monday, report says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:55:49 EST Takata will seek bankruptcy protection from creditors on Monday, Reuters reported. The supplier faces billions of dollars in liabilities stemming from the biggest recall in automotive history. Toyota knows it needs partners to meet mobility services challenge Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:23:21 EST Toyota is open to partnerships to counter the challenges posed by new mobility companies such as Uber, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy said. 2017 J.D. Power initial quality rankings Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:00:00 EST Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year. The annual industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals. Lynk and CO boss says 'brutal' simplicity is key to brand's future Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:19:49 EST Lynk and CO's boss believes the key for the upstart brand's future success is to be 'brutally simple.' The Zhejiang Geely subsidiary plans to limit model variations and harmonize prices across the euro area, Alain Visser said. EVs are 'clearly' the future despite slow start, Renault's Normand says Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:36:04 EST The global market for electric cars has not grown as fast as Renault expected but EVs are "clearly" the future, the automaker's EV boss, Gilles Normand, told attendees of the 2017 Automotive News Europe Congress. Tesla snubs J.D. Power for Initial Quality Study data Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:48:32 EST How do the quality ratings for the 2017 Tesla Model S and Model X compare to competitors? They don't, based off J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study. Volvo eyes even tougher sales target Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:41:54 EST Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the automaker has the potential to exceed its goal of selling 800,000 vehicles annually by 2020. Aston Martin recalls Vantage cars over transmission software problem Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:50:35 EST Aston Martin is recalling 1,658 Vantage cars after problems with a transmission software update led to incidents in China in which some cars stalled and lost power. Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. So far the results have been mixed. Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. So far the results have been mixed. For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn comes fast Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:03:24 EST After seven straight years of U.S. sales gains, the days when auto assembly and parts plants throughout the Midwest were running flat-out because of high demand for nearly every type of vehicle are over. Cooperation, customer focus key to mobility services success Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:05:37 EST Cooperation, customer focus and profitability should be priorities as traditional car companies expand into future mobility services such as car-sharing, industry experts said at the Automotive News Europe Congress. EU fines Automotive Lighting and Hella over cartel but Valeo escapes punishment Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:12:50 EST The EU has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella 27 million euros ($30.1 million) for operating a cartel. Valeo escaped a fine because it revealed the cartel's existence. First Shift: Uber CEO resigns under pressure Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:15:00 EST Uber CEO's exit follows string of controversies; Tesla, Autopilot chief part ways; Volvo spins out Polestar unit to make high-performance EVs; Jaguar plans E-Pace; The value of tech. Volvo will challenge Tesla, BMW i with stand-alone Polestar brand Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:40:17 EST Volvo will challenge Tesla and BMW's i subbrand by turning its Polestar unit into a stand-alone brand for high-performance electrified models. The Swedish automaker has picked design chief Thomas Ingenlath to be CEO at Polestar. Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:44:22 EST Tesla said the head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, left the company within six months of joining the electric carmaker. Honda halts Japan plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:26:58 EST Honda halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network. Toyota bumps up price, power and mpg on 2018 Camry Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 EST The re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry gets a modest increase to its sticker price, but a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower. Uber CEO Kalanick quits under pressure from investors Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:32:40 EST Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-hailing service, ceding to investors' wishes that he step aside. Uber has been hit by scandals including allegations of sexual harassment and the use of "Greyball" software to bypass regulators. Kia says Stonic will be key conquest model Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:05:25 EST Kia said its new Stonic will be a key conquest model for the brand in the booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment. Dodge Demon allocation method to fight dealer mark-ups Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:49:27 EST Dodge, as it prepares to allocate 3,000 of its 840-hp Challenger SRT Demons, is determined not to repeat bad dealer behavior that marred the 2014 launch of the Hellcats. Daimler begins construction of Mercedes plant in Russia Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:45:58 EST Daimler has begun construction of a Mercedes plant in Russia. The factory will produce more than 20,000 Mercedes cars and SUVs a year. Jaguar's compact E-Pace crossover coming in '18 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:00:00 EST The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year, after the F-Pace. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year. Automotive News Europe honors the 2017 Rising Stars winners Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:30:00 EST Sixteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. ZF, Hella form partnership to boost self-driving sensors business Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:09:51 EST ZF said it is collaborating with fellow German component supplier Hella to develop radar and camera technology in a bid to bolster its autonomous system portfolio. VW waves green flag for Microbus-styled electric MPV Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:19:52 EST Volkswagen's long-awaited Microbus-styled MPV will see production as an electric vehicle, Auto Express reported. Honda Fit debuts in Tokyo Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 EST Honda Motor introduced a new subcompact car, the Fit, in Japan on June 21, 2001. Why the Mercedes A class is coming after a 20-year wait Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:03:17 EST The Mercedes-Benz A class has been different things at different times during its relatively short life span. The nameplate is 20 years old, and for all 20 of those years, Mercedes has declined to offer it in America. Until now. AutoNews Now: Ford's Focus strategy to save $1B Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:30:00 EST Ford's Focus strategy to save $1B; Ghosn goes for gold; GM Canada shutdowns; Demon allocation: The devil is in the details; Uber backtracks, OKs in-app tipping. Uber to allow tipping for drivers, reversing long-standing policy Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:38:17 EST Uber will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app -- part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers. Audi to star in new Spider-Man movie Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:03:35 EST Audi is giving moviegoers an exclusive first look at the 2018 Audi A8 on July 7 as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters. Audi also plans to show off two other vehicles in the movie. At Honda, tease after tease for a franchise Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:34:10 EST The American family sedan isn't going the way of the American family wagon any time soon, but Honda, like many rivals, is determined to make it fun again and keep its edge in a waning but still key segment. Ford to import U.S. Focus from China instead of Mexico Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Ford plans to import its next-generation Focus sedan from China, abandoning plans to build the small car in Mexico. Production will begin in the second half of 2019. What people are saying about the Hyundai Kona Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:44:42 EST The Kona, Hyundai's late entry into the growing subcompact crossover segment, introduces a design language that departs from that of Hyundai cars and will spread throughout Hyundai's crossover lineup. Lincoln unwraps extended-length Navigator SUV Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Lincoln's new extended-length Navigator will be nearly a foot longer than the redesigned 2018 Navigator and include more cargo space than the regular version. Ghosn sees Renault-Nissan passing VW, Toyota as global No. 1 this year Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:56:08 EST Carlos Ghosn says the Renault-Nissan alliance, which added Mitsubishi last year, could soon pass VW Group and Toyota to become the best-selling global car company. UK car industry warns hard Brexit could permanently damage sector Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:23:03 EST The UK's car industry has set out a list of Brexit demands to the British government, warning that a return to World Trade Organization rules following a possible departure from the single market could permanently damage the sector. Honda exec warns loss of EU customs union access could hit UK supply chains Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:06:40 EST Honda's senior vice president in Europe, Ian Howells, says the UK's departure from the EU's customs union after Brexit would raise costs for small and medium-sized suppliers to such an extent that supply chains could seize up. %]