Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST Tesla adds more powerful battery option http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM05/160829956/tesla-adds-more-powerful-battery-option Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:33:08 EST Tesla is giving its fans another thing to get charged up about with the introduction of a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack for both the Model S sedan and Model X crossover. GM's mid-trial bid to toss ignition-switch case denied by judge http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM11/160829955/gms-mid-trial-bid-to-toss-ignition-switch-case-denied-by-judge Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:42:01 EST General Motors said a Texas judge denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key. Detroit Manufacturing Systems to open plant in Toledo http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM10/160829959/detroit-manufacturing-systems-to-open-plant-in-toledo Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:35:14 EST Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to announce Wednesday the groundbreaking of a new plant in Toledo to serve the nearby Jeep assembly operations. VW, U.S. states to hold settlement talks over excess emissions http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM11/160829960/vw-u-s-states-to-hold-settlement-talks-over-excess-emissions Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:13:14 EST Volkswagen has agreed to hold settlement talks with several U.S. states that sued the German automaker for hundreds of millions of dollars over environmental law violations, the automaker said in a court filing today. AutoNews Now: Lincoln stands out in satisfaction http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/VIDEO/308239957/autonews-now-lincoln-stands-out-in-satisfaction Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Lincoln stands out in satisfaction survey; Nine Chevy nameplates get teen-safety tech; Automakers fail to extend comment period on MPG report; More Korean cars in U.S.? Delphi, Mobileye to partner on autonomous driving system http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM06/160829963/delphi-mobileye-to-partner-on-autonomous-driving-system Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:20:07 EST Suppliers Delphi Automotive and Mobileye have partnered to produce systems for autonomous vehicles that could be put into production as soon as 2019. Chevy Cruze hatchback spied in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM04/160829968/chevy-cruze-hatchback-spied-in-detroit Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:07:38 EST Chevrolet is close to adding a hatchback model to the Cruze lineup. This captured fleet test vehicle was spotted last week in the Detroit area What people are saying about the Cadillac Escala concept http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM04/160829984/what-people-are-saying-about-the-cadillac-escala-concept Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Cadillac took to Monterey Car Week to unveil its latest concept, the Escala. The concept is a radical departure from Cadillac's current design language but consumers could see Cadillacs with this look in 2019. Subaru Forester: Still a player in fiercely competitive segment http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/CRITICS_CORNER/160829991/subaru-forester-still-a-player-in-fiercely-competitive-segment Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST The utilitarian Forester, one of the original small SUVs, remains one of Subaru's best sellers, despite fierce competition. The 2016 model received some updates to the infotainment and safety systems. Here are a few snippets from recent reviews. VW says production will resume after deal agreed with suppliers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160823/ANE/160829978/vw-says-production-will-resume-after-deal-agreed-with-suppliers Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:08:20 EST VW said the two suppliers with which it has been at loggerheads over a contract dispute had agreed to start delivering parts again and that plants hit by production stoppages would gradually resume output. Chevy expands Teen Driver tech to 9 nameplates http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM06/160829979/chevy-expands-teen-driver-tech-to-9-nameplates Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:00 EST Chevrolet today said it is expanding its Teen Driver technology this fall to nine nameplates, covering 64 percent of the brand's sales. First Shift: VW supplier crisis ends http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/VIDEO/308239956/first-shift-vw-supplier-crisis-ends Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST VW supplier crisis ends; Bosch disputes legal accusations; Mobileye, Delphi join forces; Fake key in GM case?; Nissan's Rogue 'Star Wars' deal; Bentley's big hopes for Bentayga. VW production stoppages caused by defiant Bosnian supplier http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160823/ANE/160829977/vw-production-stoppages-caused-by-defiant-bosnian-supplier Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:50:09 EST In a year of almost non-stop crises following revelations of cheating on emissions tests, the force that brought VW factories to a halt wasn't regulators or a court ruling, but a defiant parts supplier from Bosnia-Herzegovina protesting at the... Ssangyong considers U.S., China as Brexit hits U.K. sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM01/160829972/ssangyong-considers-u-s-china-as-brexit-hits-u-k-sales Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:52:09 EST South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor Co. will look to markets such as the U.S. and China to make up for an expected decline in shipments to the U.K. following the Brexit referendum. Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20160823/CUTAWAY01/160819910/suppliers-to-the-new-vw-tiguan Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 250,000 units in 2017. Bosch calls VW owners' diesel-cheating claims in U.S. 'wild and unfounded' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160823/ANE/160829976/bosch-calls-vw-owners-diesel-cheating-claims-in-u-s-wild-and Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:24:33 EST Bosch rejected as "wild and unfounded" car owners' claims in the U.S. that 38 of its employees conspired with VW Group to develop technology that enabled diesel vehicles to evade pollution-control tests. PSA-Dongfeng's China sales plunge 17% through July http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160823/ANE/160829975/psa-dongfengs-china-sales-plunge-17-through-july Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:59:41 EST Sales of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles built by PSA Group's China joint venture, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co., slumped 17 percent in the first seven months, a report said. GM asks judge to throw out ignition switch case over 'fabricated' key http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM11/160829982/gm-asks-judge-to-throw-out-ignition-switch-case-over-fabricated-key Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:38:08 EST General Motors asked a Texas judge to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, accusing plaintiffs and their lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key during the ongoing trial. EV startups are the hot investment in China -- no actual EV needed http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/GLOBAL03/308229985/ev-startups-are-the-hot-investment-in-china-no-actual-ev-needed Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST How much money is chasing electric vehicle startups in China? Just ask Freeman Shen, Volvo Car Corp.'s former China president. Gestamp to open r&d center near Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM10/160829981/gestamp-to-open-rd-center-near-detroit Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:30:24 EST Spanish metal stamper Gestamp's North American unit plans to open a new randd center north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich., later this year. AutoNews Now: VW dealers' new worry: Poachers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/VIDEO/308229919/autonews-now-vw-dealers-new-worry-poachers Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen dealers' new worry: Poachers; When muscle-car sales lose strength; Mitsu future product; Clapton's old cabriolet captivates at Concours; Germany to VW: Settle dispute. Nissan goes Rogue with Star Wars promotion http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL03/160829986/nissan-goes-rogue-with-star-wars-promotion Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:54:34 EST Nissan has gone Rogue. The automaker is partnering with Lucasfilm in a promotional campaign supporting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters Dec. 16. VW dealers battle staff poaching http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229980/vw-dealers-battle-staff-poaching Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen dealers are fighting to keep sales staff intact as U.S. sales continue to fall and the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal drags into a 12th month. Smart cars collaboration could raise risk of patent litigation, experts say http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM06/160829985/smart-cars-collaboration-could-raise-risk-of-patent-litigation Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:29:20 EST As the West Coast's largest technology companies jump deeper into the automotive landscape, fears of increased litigation are bubbling in Michigan. Daimler fights $45M compensation claim from supplier in VW dispute http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160822/ANE/160829989/daimler-fights-45m-compensation-claim-from-supplier-in-vw-dispute Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:22 EST Daimler is fighting a $45 million compensation claim from the supplier Prevent Group, which is also seeking damages from Volkswagen Group. Mitsubishi recalls 82,436 vehicles for transmission problems http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM11/160829987/mitsubishi-recalls-82436-vehicles-for-transmission-problems Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:23:53 EST Mitsubishi Motors is recalling 82,436 vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years because a transmission problem could delay acceleration. Hyundai recalls '13 Elantras for deteriorating brake pads http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM11/160829988/hyundai-recalls-13-elantras-for-deteriorating-brake-pads Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:53:49 EST Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,500 Elantra sedans from the 2013 model year because the brake pedal stopper pads can deteriorate over time. Army develops autonomous vehicles for use on bases first, battlefields next http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM06/308229999/army-develops-autonomous-vehicles-for-use-on-bases-first Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A pilot program at Fort Bragg will use autonomous vehicles to transport wounded soldiers to the hospital for treatment. The technology is expected to be used as building blocks for driverless vehicles on the battlefield. Cadillac Escala concept shows hints of the future http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229983/cadillac-escala-concept-shows-hints-of-the-future Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST After teasing the public with dramatic and unlikely concept cars in two previous years, Cadillac used this year's Monterey Car Week to glimpse into a future that will actually happen. Mercedes-Maybach concept is really, really long http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229973/mercedes-maybach-concept-is-really-really-long Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes revealed a Maybach-branded two-plus-two concept that is heavily influenced by the "aero coupes" of yesteryear, but with a modern electric engine and high-tech interior. Mercedes says China H2 sales may slow as new E-class output is raised http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160822/ANE/160829992/mercedes-says-china-h2-sales-may-slow-as-new-e-class-output-is-raised Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:35:38 EST Mercedes says sales in China may slow in the second half of 2016 while the company ramps up production of its new E-class long-wheelbase model. Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/BLOG06/308229909/ghosns-life-changing-post-christmas-offer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:37:47 EST Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life. First Shift: Supplier rift hits six VW plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/VIDEO/308229918/first-shift-supplier-rift-hits-six-vw-plants Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Supplier rift hits six VW plants, 27,700 workers; Toyota restarts Venezuela factory; Experts: Luxury dealerships taking buy-sell bite; Subaru's product pipeline; A presidential spin. Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160822/BLOG15/160829994/ghosns-life-changing-post-christmas-offer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:37:47 EST Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life. Dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/160819838/dealers Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers celebrate anniversaries with Chevrolet, Toyota and Honda. 2017 Bentley Bentayga http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229960/2017-bentley-bentayga Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The 2017 Bentley Bentayga has an all-new 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W-12 engine and ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Uber's point man on automated driving came from Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM06/308229964/ubers-point-man-on-automated-driving-came-from-ford Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST If Sherif Marakby is successful managing the transformation of a fleet of 100 Volvo XC90s into self-driving vehicles, it could put Uber in the lead in the race to commercialize autonomous driving. Honda hatches new Civic model http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM04/308229978/honda-hatches-new-civic-model Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda's first five-door Civic hatchback for the U.S. will go on sale as a 2017 model. Volkswagen's 3-row crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM04/308229971/volkswagens-3-row-crossover Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The midsize crossover is due in the first quarter of 2017. Obituary http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM02/308229961/obituary Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Ernie Lofton, former head of the UAW's Ford department, died Aug. 4. He was 84. As sales sputter, are muscle cars the canaries in the industry coal mine? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL01/308229984/as-sales-sputter-are-muscle-cars-the-canaries-in-the-industry-coal Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST After hitting a five-year peak in 2015, combined sales of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger have declined 8.4 percent this year. So is it time to worry about America's fabled muscle-car troika? OESA becomes 2nd title sponsor of PACE Awards http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM10/308229974/oesa-becomes-2nd-title-sponsor-of-pace-awards Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The Original Equipment Suppliers Association is joining EY as the second title sponsor for the Automotive News PACE Awards. Tiny Kia crossover likely to join the fray in 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM04/308229975/tiny-kia-crossover-likely-to-join-the-fray-in-2017 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Spy photos of Kia's upcoming subcompact crossover indicate a longish hood, stubby tail and limited cargo space -- a profile similar to the previous-generation Sportage. Margins, costs threaten luxury-store values http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229989/margins-costs-threaten-luxury-store-values Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership acquisitions were down in the first half of 2016, though multistore deals were up. Camaro celebrates 50 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229988/camaro-celebrates-50 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet is celebrating a milestone birthday for the Camaro, the first iteration of which debuted in the summer of 1966. Chevrolet created several special events last week for the muscle car's 50th birthday. Akerson: Trump can't be our CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/GLOBAL/160819811/akerson-trump-cant-be-our-ceo Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Former GM CEO Dan Akerson endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president and sharply criticized Donald Trump. Jeep descends on downtown Toledo to celebrate its 75th anniversary http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/160819817/jeep-descends-on-downtown-toledo-to-celebrate-its-75th-anniversary Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST An estimated 30,000 or more Jeep enthusiasts jammed into downtown Toledo, Ohio, on Aug. 13 for a parade and Jeep-only show to mark the 75th anniversary of the hot-selling brand. Updates, incentives help VW dealer retain staff http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229970/updates-incentives-help-vw-dealer-retain-staff Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealer Matthew Welch got creative to keep his staff on board and make new hires amid VW's scandal and declining new car sales. Amid VW scandal, salespeople bolt for rival http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229981/amid-vw-scandal-salespeople-bolt-for-rival Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealer Danny McKenna has seen staff walk out or refuse hire because of the VW diesel emission scandal. Here's how he's combat it. Mitsubishi pivots to crossovers and plug-ins http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM04/160819849/mitsubishi-pivots-to-crossovers-and-plug-ins Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi is hoping to ride recent momentum #8212; and consumers' unending appetite for trucks #8212; to new growth in the near future.