Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST Ford open to deals with Trump to keep jobs in U.S., Fields says Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:50:49 EST Ford is willing to work with Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. if he puts the right policies in place, CEO Mark Fields said. Ford CEO sees &'pressure&' on business without softer mpg rules Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:44:46 EST Ford plans to lobby President-elect Donald Trump to soften U.S. and state fuel-economy rules that hurt profits by forcing automakers to build more electric cars and hybrids than are warranted by customer demand. Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid output begins in Ontario Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:46:51 EST FCA launched output of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the auto industry's first hybrid minivan. Rolls-Royce previews its first SUV as road tests start Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:19:36 EST Rolls-Royce released pictures of the prototype that will be used to develop the brand's first SUV-styled vehicle due to launch in 2018. The prototype will now be tested under winter and desert conditions. German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:23:48 EST German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their strongest growth in six years, the VDA industry association said. In China, Honda passes Toyota, setting up photo finish for 2016 Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:49:42 EST Honda's sales in China surpassed those of Toyota in the first 11 months of 2016 as new models lured consumers and set the Japanese rivals up for a photo finish in their rankings for full-year sales in the world's top market. Ford recalls 650,000 Fusions, Lincoln MKZs in N.A. to fix seat belts Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:39:02 EST Ford Motor Co. today recalled approximately 650,000 vehicles in North America with faulty seat belt anchor pretensioners associated with at least two accidents and two injuries. VW's penance for cheating takes shape with California wish list Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:36:30 EST California's regulator that played a key role in busting Volkswagen for cheating on emissions tests laid out a detailed list of options for how the automaker will have to spend $800 million toward advancing cars that don't pollute the air. ANE's December issue goes live Monday Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 5. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures. CANADA: Nov. sales rise 10% behind GM, Ford gains Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST Canada light-vehicle sales rose 10 percent in November behind strong double-digit gains at General Motors and Ford Motor Co. -- two of the country's three biggest automakers ranked by volume. Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:33:50 EST Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley executive from McDonald's, where he built the fast food giant's digital unit from scratch. Rafiq, who starts Jan. 2, will succeed Klas Bendrik. Porsche CEO expects annual sales of 20,000 for brand's first EV Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche expects its Mission E electric car to account for about 10 percent of its vehicle sales after the car is launched in 2019. Hyundai from inside Seoul headquarters Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST For anyone with even a remote interest in the inner workings of Hyundai Motor at its Seoul headquarters, Frank Ahrens' recently published book, Seoul Man, is truly an essential read. Can trucks haul industry to victory lane? Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:45:00 EST The U.S. auto industry is on the cusp of a historic accomplishment. We might yet wring growth out of 2016. Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail' Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:21:21 EST Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. LUXURY: Mercedes all but locks down U.S. title Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST Mercedes-Benz sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the Daimler AG brand will take the full-year title from BMW. China slaps 10% tax on Ferrari, Bentley cars to curb luxury Thu, 1 Dec 2016 03:54:17 EST China is introducing a 10 percent tax on cars such as Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DB9 in a bid to combat conspicuous consumption and promote more fuel-efficient vehicles. FORD: 5.1% gain spurred by incentives, SUVs Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST Aggressive incentive spending and strong demand for pricier trim levels of its newest vehicles helped Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rise 5.1 percent in November, ending a four-month skid. VW: Losing streak ends; Audi rolls on Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:30:00 EST Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales, breaking a yearlong streak of falling sales and signaling that the worst retail effects of its diesel emissions scandal may be over. HYUNDAI-KIA: Fatter deals, small cars, crossovers drive Nov. records Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:45:00 EST Hyundai and Kia set sales records for November, reporting a combined 9 percent gain for the month, bolstered by fatter discounts and higher demand for compact cars and crossovers. Denso to help study car-sharing technologies in Mich. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:54:02 EST Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso and the University of Michigan-Dearborn said Thursday a car-sharing technology study would take place on the university's campus. TOYOTA: Record truck sales drive 4.3% increase Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:45:00 EST Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s November sales rose 4.3 percent to 197,645 vehicles compared with a year ago, propelled by record light-truck sales. NISSAN: Trucks star at Nissan brand, Infiniti Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:00:00 EST Record November sales of light trucks gave the Nissan brand an 8 percent boost for the month. The same market trend lifted the Infiniti brand 3.6 percent, compared with a year earlier. HONDA: New November record posted with 6.5% boost Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST American Honda reported record November sales, surpassing its 2014 mark as volume rose 6.5 percent to 122,924. GM: All four brands deliver as sales rise 10% Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST General Motors posted its largest year-over-year U.S. sales increase of 2016, as all four brands achieved retail gains but fleet deliveries rose for the first time in more than a year. FCA: Sales slip 14% despite strong month for Ram Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST FCA's November U.S. sales dropped 14 percent, despite stronger volume from the Ram brand. European auto sector surges in Q3 Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:35:43 EST Europe's automakers, suppliers and retailers rebounded in the third quarter after a dismal six-month stretch for their shareholder values, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value... PSA will open Tunisia factory to build new pickup Thu, 1 Dec 2016 04:58:26 EST PSA will open a factory in Tunisia in 2018 to build a Peugeot-badged pickup. The automaker joins Renault and VW Group in boosting North Africa production to meeting rising demand. BMW begins 7 series production in Indonesia Thu, 1 Dec 2016 03:34:20 EST BMW will begin assembling its flagship 7-series sedan in Indonesia as the automaker seeks to tap into the long-term demand for luxury vehicles in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Next-gen Toyota Camry to debut in January at Detroit auto show Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:49:32 EST The next-generation Toyota Camry will debut in January at the Detroit auto show, Toyota confirmed today. Toyota released a teaser image of the 2018 Camry that shows a sedan with sportier styling than the current generation. GKN Driveline sees big gains for awd business on global success of SUVs Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:10:48 EST The automotive arm of British engineering firm GKN is in an enviable position as profits rise and growing global sales of SUVs boost demand for its all-wheel-drive systems. Peugeot lobbied to replace Audi in Le Mans series, source says Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Peugeot is being asked to re-join the World Endurance Championship to fill the hole left by Audi's departure from the race series, whose showcase event is the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans. ZF to sell 20% Haldex stake to Knorr-Bremse Thu, 1 Dec 2016 04:35:41 EST ZF said it had agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Swedish brake systems firm Haldex to rival German bidder Knorr-Bremse. Ford will expand Active crossover trim across lineup Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:50:30 EST Ford will roll out SUV-styled variants of its cars under the label Active to attract customers looking for high-riding vehicles. Tesla cleared to open store in Virginia capital Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:30:00 EST In a decision released Wednesday, the commissioner of Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles reversed a September ruling denying Tesla a dealership license to operate a store in Richmond. Ford seeks level terms with Nissan over Brexit Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:58:03 EST Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley will call for a level playing field for automakers when he meets with the British chancellor this week to discuss the financial implications of the UK's exit from the EU. Trump plans to nominate Wilbur Ross to head U.S. Commerce Department Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:55:53 EST President-elect Donald Trump said today he plans to nominate billionaire investor and auto supplier executive Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary and Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, as deputy Commerce secretary. BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that is calling it an "electric hot hatch." AutoNews Now: EPA holds firm on emissions target Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:15:00 EST PA holds firm on mileage, emissions goals; Groups sue NHTSA, seek automatic-braking mandate; Ross tapped for Commerce post; Honda sets CR-V pricing; EV startup to build in Ariz. Adient to spend $75 million to buy, renovate new headquarters in Detroit Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:13:52 EST Adient said today it has acquired the Marquette Building in downtown Detroit -- walking distance from Cobo Center, the home of the Detroit auto show -- for its new global headquarters. All-American pickups aimed at China's wealthy Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:27:57 EST Ford Motor Co. and General Motors are aiming the pickup, a staple in the United States, at upmarket buyers in China, where most associate trucks with farmers and construction workers. Takata shares slump after influential day trader tweets he sold shares Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:39:49 EST Takata, finalizing a buyer after spurring record auto industry recalls, fell in Tokyo trading after a Japanese day trader told his more than 103,000 Twitter followers he sold shares in the airbag maker. First Shift: Toyota boss takes charge of EV push Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:30:00 EST Toyota boss takes charge of EV push; Chao nomination praised, Ross expected to get Commerce nod; Ford reveals Fiesta; VW hearing delayed; Snyder: The price of sales ambition. Toyota President Akio Toyoda will head EV division Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:41:31 EST Toyota appointed its president, Akio Toyoda, to lead the automaker's newly formed electric car division, underlining its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace. Brexit tariffs could lift UK car prices by 1,500 pounds, trade group says Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:27:35 EST Brexit could lift the average price of imported cars in the UK by as much as 1,500 pounds (1,762 euros) if the country loses tariff-free access to the EU, an industry group said. BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that is calling it an "electric hot hatch." Ford packs new Fiesta with advanced tech; adds Vignale, crossover variants Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford is adding upscale and crossover versions of its new Fiesta, along with advanced safety technologies, to boost the car's competitiveness in the tough subcompact segment. Honda prices retooled 2017 CR-V from $24,925 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda's redesigned 2017 CR-V will go on sale next month with a price tag remarkably similar to the outgoing model. Electric car startup Lucid plans $700 million plant in Ariz. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:42:13 EST Electric car startup Lucid Motors plans to invest $700 million to build a new production facility in Casa Grande, Ariz., the automaker said today. Ford, BMW, Daimler, VW Group plan fast-charging EV network Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:48:28 EST Ford, VW Group, BMW and Daimler plan to set up charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. The move will be an important step toward facilitating the mass-market adoption of EVs, the companies said in a joint statement.