Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:00:00 EST Japan's automakers look beyond scandals to future Tue, 24 Oct 2017 03:29:51 EST Japan's automakers will present their futuristic visions for electric and autonomous vehicles at the Tokyo auto show this week as the the industry continues to reel from scandals that have hit automakers including Nissan and suppliers such as Kobe... Daimler, VW raided by EU in widening cartel probe Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:38:55 EST EU antitrust officials widened a probe into an alleged cartel among German automakers, with both Daimler and VW becoming the latest targets of searches. Kobe Steel plant under inspection by Japan ministry, report says Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:35:13 EST One of the Kobe Steel plants at the heart of a product data cheating scandal is being inspected by Japan's transport ministry, Kyodo News reported U.S., Calif. regulators approve fix for VW 3.0-liter diesel crossovers Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:40:22 EST U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for about 38,000 Volkswagen Group 3.0-liter diesel crossovers with potential excess emissions, a decision that could save the automaker more than $1 billion according to a letter reviewed by Reuters. Transparency key to self-driving regulation, NHTSA leader says Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:39:00 EST Regulation of autonomous vehicles requires more collaboration, information sharing and flexibility than previous top-down approaches, the top U.S. auto safety regulator says. Subaru completes two new test tracks in Japan Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:24:31 EST Subaru, looking to further strengthen its safety chops, has finished construction of two new test tracks in Japan. Fiat Chrysler sues shippers over alleged price fixing Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:56:31 EST FCA has lodged a complaint with a federal regulator seeking "reparations" from a group of shipping companies from Asia, Europe and South America that admitted to fixing prices for shipping vehicles. BMW unit, Penske Automotive invest in Scott Painter's Fair Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:36:17 EST Fair, whose app lets consumers secure vehicles online without a specific time commitment, has secured funding from BMW i Venture, Penske Automotive Group and others. Fiat Chrysler accused of obstructing diesel inquiry Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:20:33 EST Fiat Chrysler is the subject of a French judicial inquiry into suspected obstruction of an investigation into diesel emissions cheating, reports said. Mercedes: 'Huge' trucks in U.S. scare off X class Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes hasn't thrown out the idea of launching the X class pickup in the U.S. entirely but will take its time to make a decision. 6-figure pickup? It's nothing new Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Turns out, there's already a healthy market for six-figure pickups. London introduces charge on most polluting vehicles Mon, 23 Oct 2017 03:51:14 EST London introduced a charge on diesel and gasoline vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 emissions limits. The measure is part of an effort to reduce air pollution. Auto supplier stocks jump on report Tesla to fully own plant in China Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:59:16 EST Suppliers' shares jumped after the Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla reached an agreement with Shanghai's government to build a plant in the city's free-trade zone. Tesla could play role in modernizing Puerto Rico's battered electric grid Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:37:59 EST A Puerto Rican official who has been in talks with Tesla said the island is serious about transforming its energy infrastructure after it was leveled by Hurricane Maria. Land Rover dealer's suit says his territory is too big Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Land Rover Orlando claims the area it is responsible for is so large, it can't meet sales targets. Ford rolls out more upgrades as freshened Mustang nears dealers Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:00:00 EST Ford is working to generate buzz about the freshened 2018 Mustang, which goes on sale this month, with a variety of upgrades. GKN considers listing auto unit as separate company, report says Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:17:55 EST British engineering group GKN is considering splitting into two listed companies comprising its aerospace and auto component divisions, a UK newspaper reported. UK pushes EVs with requirement for charging points Mon, 23 Oct 2017 03:20:22 EST The UK government is boosting its push to promote EVs with a draft law requiring fuel retailers across the country to install more charging points. Old Chrysler hand Tom Pappert still seethes over 2009 dealer cuts Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Almost 20 years after he retired as Chrysler's top sales guy, Tom Pappert hasn't gotten over what happened to dealers in 2009. Toyota to showcase vehicles driven by emotion Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota will add two more models to its Concept-i mobility portfolio, with an accent on learning what mood a driver is in. GM supply numbers still show some trouble spots Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST General Motors has aggressively cut inventory and production levels this year amid plateauing U.S. sales and pressure from Wall Street to align production with demand. But it may not be done downsizing its operations just yet. Bangle's back, will speak at World Congress Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Chris Bangle is back in the auto biz -- and will speak at the Automotive News World Congress. Audi unveils redesigned A7 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi's latest A7 Sportback is the new "dynamic, sporty face" of the brand, design chief Marc Lichte said at the car's unveiling last week. Nissan halts Japan-market output Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan has suspended production of Japan-market vehicles for two weeks after it concedes uncertified workers kept inspecting cars after earlier recall. Daimler prepares for EV shift with a shift of its own Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Daimler is firming up plans for its biggest corporate overhaul in a decade, granting its car and truck operations more independence in a move that could pave the way for spinoffs and other deals as the automaker confronts the disruptive shift to... A good look at the next-gen Silverado Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Spy photographers snapped the next generation of General Motors' full-size Chevrolet Silverado during testing last week. McLaren's P15 supercar will be 'brutal' Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST McLaren will debut a supercar next spring, codenamed P15, that will be its most extreme track-focused road car yet, with a "brutal" design and a driver experience entirely focused on getting around a track as quickly as possible. 4-door Wrangler, pickup get diesel #8212; eventually Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Leaked documents include some interesting details about the redesigned Jeep Wrangler's powertrain offerings and weight. Ex-NBA star Vinnie Johnson's parts company transitions to the big league Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Ex-NBA star Vinnie Johnson's acquisition of Irvin Automotive Products could transform his privately held Piston Group into a major league auto industry supplier with a shot at supporting vehicle programs globally. Mitsubishi to boost marketing spending Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi is planning its biggest marketing campaign in a decade, one that will include the brand's biggest digital push ever and an emphasis on Hispanic consumers. Comparing the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST After several years of delays related to battery supply and regulatory certification, Mitsubishi is bringing its Outlander plug-in hybrid to the U.S. Toyota marks milestone on autonomous vehicle testing Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S.-based Toyota Research Institute demonstrates its autonomous vehicle platform, and declares it's very much in the race to build advanced safety systems and robot cars. Let's talk about sexism in the auto industry Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Industry leaders can't expect to bring enough women into the work force if they don't act now to address the small, draining problems that affect women every day. What about the factory workers? Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST What about those of us who work in the factories and are on our feet for 10 to 12 or more hours at a time? Nissan's Diaz takes Mitsubishi role Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Fred Diaz has moved below the radar screen to Nissan's new partner Mitsubishi where he will be in charge of performance optimization. Ex-Saturn exec takes over sales at Nissan Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Christian Meunier takes a global No. 2 post at Infiniti, while a former Saturn executive steps in to lead Nissan's U.S. sales and marketing. Mazda's Robert Davis talks about dealership service Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST A Mazda executive talks about challenges of replacing defective Takata airbags, maintaining service retention rate and improving satisfaction scores. GM says new collision certification program will increase body shop standards Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Often the vehicle brand pays the price for improper repairs after collisions. GM wants to avoid this with a collision certification program for dealerships and independent shops. Managing parts inventory gets tougher Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Factory parts-stocking programs such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Automatic Replenishment Order system greatly affect -- and can complicate -- dealerships' efforts to manage their parts inventories. OEM getting more involved in dealers' service business Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association chairman says automakers are improperly muscling into service departments. Mazda races ahead as Japan's auto industry plays catch-up Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda's coming technology blitz epitomizes the rush by Japanese carmakers to keep pace in an era of rapid change. High-tech taxi for old-school Japan Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST In the era of Uber and ride-hailing, Toyota is turning its attention to building a better taxi that could give Tokyo's streetscape its biggest makeover in two decades. Hyundai is close to naming Toyota veteran Brian Smith COO Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:00:00 EST Hyundai Motor America on Monday named longtime Toyota and Lexus executive Brian Smith as its COO. Smith will report to Hyundai Motor America's new CEO, Kenny Lee. They will have a lot on their plate. Toyota resumes Japan production after typhoon Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:58:06 EST Toyota said it was operating second shifts as normal at its Japanese plants, after suspending first shifts as a typhoon precaution. Four people were reported killed in the wake of Typhoon Lan. Intel poised to roll out first batch of self-driving cars Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:27:39 EST Computer chipmaker Intel, which announced plans in August to build a fleet of 100 self-driving cars, is preparing to roll out its first batch of 25 units this year in California and Phoenix. Tesla reaffirms effort to build cars in China; mum on deal report Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:49:26 EST Tesla said it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year. BMW, Nissan, others set aside rivalry to promote EVs in multibrand showroom Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers have set aside marketplace rivalries to open a multi-brand electric car showroom where staff don't sell vehicles but instead explain EV technology to visitors. Camera-fed video displays expected to surge globally Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST IHS Markit predicts a surge in global production of panoramic rearview display cameras -- even though safety regulators are still undecided about them. Speedy tech deals may crash and burn later Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers are trying to move fast, but experts say they may be getting involved in messy deals that could hurt later. Mitsubishi plans for U.S. don't involve Nissan alliance yet Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi's new three-year business plan identifies a United States resurgence as a key target. But lingering antitrust concerns under Nissan's new control will mean doing it alone.