Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Tesla, BMW in talks over batteries, light-weight parts, Musk says Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:32:21 EST Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and light-weight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German weekly magazine. Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations. ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer. Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they? Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. Honda in talks with other suppliers for Takata airbag fix, report says Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:45:27 EST Honda is in talks with two airbag suppliers to help it stock replacement parts for defective Takata Corp. airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people aware of the planning. Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. Mercedes-Benz's first refusal right upheld Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA has beaten all claims but one in a lawsuit challenging its use of the right of first refusal to block a dealership buy/sell deal in Fresno, Calif. Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29% Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:35:16 EST Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model. Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:26:36 EST In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:46:47 EST An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough. Chrysler says it will speed up recall repairs for Jeep SUVs Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:30:34 EST Chrysler Group said on Friday it was not satisfied with the speed of repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk and will enhance dealer communication and owner contact to accelerate the process. Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers. Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work. Toyota to recall 422,000 Lexus vehicles in U.S. due to fuel leak Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:42:12 EST Toyota will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, federal regulators said today. Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:14:58 EST Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC's board chairman to take a senior position at the Bank of Cyprus. Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:28:27 EST Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:46:47 EST Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier's science and technology committee, the company said Thursday. Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:41:54 EST Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience. Hertz hires airline veteran Tague to revive company Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:12:14 EST Hertz Global Holdings named John Tague as its new CEO, appointing the manager credited with boosting sales at United Airlines to restore investors' confidence in the car-rental company plagued by an aging fleet and sloppy accounting. Volkswagen raises the stakes in China http://www.autonews.com Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:22:39 EST Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly #8211; the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world's number one carmaker. VW will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota for global car sales lead http://www.autonews.com Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:10 EST Volkswagen will invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker. Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:56:59 EST Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff? BMW explores hike in i8 output to reduce wait time Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said. VW says it will invest $106 billion chasing Toyota for global sales lead Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:10 EST Volkswagen said it will invest $106 billion (85.6 billion euros) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker. German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit http://www.autonews.com Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade. Opel names new engineering chief http://www.autonews.com Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:25:03 EST Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles. U.S. to be main market for Mercedes-AMG GT http://www.autonews.com Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The United States will be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT and is expected to account for 25 percent of the car's worldwide volume. Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says http://www.autonews.com Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said. Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:36:33 EST It's ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports. Alfa Romeo midsize sedan will be unveiled next June http://www.autonews.com Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:04:04 EST Alfa Romeo's new midsized sedan will be unveiled next June, according to sources. The sedan will be positioned in the market between the BMW 3 series and 5 series, sources said. Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:36:13 EST A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. Schaeffler posts 36% jump in Q3 profit on car demand rebound in Europe http://www.autonews.com Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:12:11 EST Schaeffler said profit rose 36 percent in the third quarter because of recovering car demand in Europe and growth in China. The supplier has lowered debt to 5.77 billion euros from more than 10 billion euros when its bid for Continental backfired. BMW may need to increase i8 production to cut waiting lists http://www.autonews.com Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:26:01 EST BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said. Volkswagen won't advertise during 2015 Super Bowl Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:41:22 EST Volkswagen, which made a huge splash with its 'The Force' Super Bowl spot in 2011, will be sitting out the big game this year, the company confirmed. GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain http://www.autonews.com Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:14:11 EST GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. Lieblein, currently head of purchasing, will be replaced by powertrain chief Steve Kiefer. GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:30:00 EST GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. NHTSA tells Marchionne to speed up Jeep recall fix Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:58:09 EST Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne was sent a stern letter Thursday from federal regulators to speed up repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk. Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:55:49 EST Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too. Ferrari names Edwin Fenech head of N.A. unit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:11:32 EST Ferrari has named 14-year employee Edwin Fenech as CEO of the premium sports car maker's North American unit. Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:37:33 EST The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the grilled industry executives today for their handling of the crisis. GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:59:18 EST Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls. Arizona was seeking an estimated $3 billion from GM, the New York Times reported. GM names Stephen Carlisle to head Canada unit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:51:12 EST General Motors today named Stephen Carlisle the new president and managing director for GM Canada as the company's current chief for Canada, Kevin Williams, prepares for retirement at year's end. U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:25:40 EST Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said. NHTSA's decision to decline Takata documents spurs criticism Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:53:44 EST Five months after an exploding airbag killed a Virginia woman on Christmas Eve of 2009, the manufacturer offered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration additional documents, but the agency said it was unnecessary because it has just... Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:07:40 EST Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. Mobileye, maker of collision-avoidance tech, reports 70% revenue hike for Q3 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:06:39 EST Mobileye, which produces collision-avoidance technology, reported a 70 percent rise in revenue but posted a net loss for the third quarter. Nissan Juke gets a little Jukier, adds features Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:30:00 EST Nissan, surprised that one of its most polarizing cars has become one of its most successful, is turning up the Juke-iness of its Juke subcompact for 2015. 500X will help Fiat in U.S. where it snows Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover shows up in North American dealerships next year, it will give the brand its first all-wheel-drive offering for areas that get wintry weather. Toyota Sienna fares well in new crash test; 3 other minivans perform poorly Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:09:57 EST In a front overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States, only the latest model of the Toyota Sienna scored well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today. Acura retools ILX with more power, 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:45:00 EST Acura is taking another shot at the small premium sedan segment by retooling the entry-level ILX. The Honda Civic-based compact has been re-engineered with a more powerful engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. %]