Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:34:29 EST Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests. Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:40:40 EST Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday. Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:09:59 EST The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:17:26 EST Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports. Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38:06 EST Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea's Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics. Acura boss sees rise in leasing in 2015 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:15:00 EST Acura should see a 'steady lift,' rather than a big jump, in leases as a portion of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, the brand's general manager says. Acura to unwrap NSX at Detroit auto show Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Acura will reveal a production version of the NSX supercar -- the luxury brand's long-awaited halo car -- in Detroit next month. VW will oust head product strategist, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:22:33 EST Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. PSA may move Paris headquarters, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:01:34 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering shifting its headquarters away from the center of Paris as a cost-cutting push impacts executive ranks, Bloomberg reported. Asian carmakers' Russia ambitions hit by ruble collapse Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:28:04 EST Asian carmakers, which have been gaining market share in Russia at the expense of European and U.S. rivals, have been hit as the ruble plunges and auto sales skid. In-store kiosks put FandI right in front of customers Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations. Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:21:50 EST Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs. GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:56:56 EST Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law. Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more. Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:55:33 EST Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. Toyota-PSA Czech joint venture plant cuts 2015 production target Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:47:52 EST Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles. U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:33:56 EST U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn't comply with a request to expand a recall. Handicapping the finalists for North American Car, Truck of Year Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Automakers love winning awards for best in show. Most would dispatch an executive to Nome, Alaska, in February to pick up some shiny hardware for the company's trophy case. Nissan Titan goes big rig Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show. Autoweek names Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon as 2015 Best of the Best Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:50:24 EST Autoweek, the auto enthusiast sister publication of Automotive News, today named the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon truck as its Best of the Best car and truck for 2015. TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:49:21 EST TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities. Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:49:01 EST Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan. Volvo plans 3-cylinder engines for 60-series cars Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover. Jaguar Land Rover's virtual windshield makes blind spots vanish Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:15:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new 360-degree virtual urban windshield which gives drivers a full view of the environment around the car and eliminates blind spots that often lead to accidents. Cadillac styling won't take sharp turn with flagship CT6 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Cadillac's forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. But don't expect a radical new design direction. Toyota Camry, after nip and tuck, shows a pulse Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:44:32 EST Toyota Motor Corp. has taken the scalpel to the Camry, America's best-selling family sedan, just three years after its last redesign. Chrysler and Fiat names dropped from corporate titles Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:20:57 EST Chrysler is Chrysler no more. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of what was Chrysler Group LLC, said today that it has changed the name of its United States affiliate from Chrysler Group to FCA US LLC. Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:15:00 EST Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX. UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:51:21 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers. Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars. End of the road for midsize sedans? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Talk about an epoch-making event: The midsize sedan's long, long (as in forever) run as the largest vehicle segment in the U.S. may be coming to an end. Fiat Chrysler exports from Brazil to Mexico after more than 3 years Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:36:13 EST Fiat Chrysler has resumed exports from Brazil to Mexico after a more than three-year hiatus due to weak Brazilian demand and a more favorable exchange rate, Cledorvino Belini, chief executive officer in Latin America, said. Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:49:29 EST Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru. Mercedes prices new Maybach S class at 134,100 euros Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:45:55 EST Mercedes set the starting price of the Maybach S-class sedan at 134,100 euros ($166,700) and began taking orders for the would-be challenger to Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:45 EST Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies. GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:21:42 EST Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today. Sneak peek at the new BMW 7-series Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Early look at the BMW 7-series doesn't show a major shift in design. Mercedes shows X6-fighter Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz's all-new GLE Coupe is aimed at buyers looking for a nimble, sporty crossover. Volvo to skip most auto shows; focus will be on Detroit, Geneva, China Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:39:37 EST Volvo is shifting its focus from auto shows to market more directly to buyers as part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts that will place more focus on digital outreach. Poached from BMW, Diess in position for VW CEO job Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's decision to poach BMW product development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in the pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of what could soon be the world's largest automaker. Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:12:52 EST Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said. Volvo will launch online car sales, skip some major auto shows Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:39:37 EST Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said. Smart says China will be its top market Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:29:55 EST China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year. VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds' Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:30:00 EST Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the 'best of both worlds' -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine. How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate. BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals. Daimler's new CEO contender Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Hyundai moves money to regain mojo Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea. Panelists to focus on retail trends Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Three experts with rich backgrounds in auto retailing will discuss the convergence of trends and what they mean for the future during next month's Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. %]