Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EST Detroit auto show to open mobility showcase to public Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:09:24 EST The North American International Auto Show plans to expand its mobility and technology showcase, Automobili-D, to the public next year with a focus on talent recruitment. European ride service Gett buys U.S. rival Juno for $200 million Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:05:10 EST European ride service Gett has bought U.S. rival Juno for $200 million in a deal that further consolidated the ride-hailing industry and that some said short-changed Juno drivers. U.S. auto sales forecast to slip in April as retail demand slumps Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 EST It's becoming increasingly clear that U.S. new-vehicle sales have passed their peak, with April expected to mark the industry's fourth consecutive monthly decline. Superior Industries Q1 net income falls 79% Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:04:17 EST Superior Industries posted a 79 percent plunge in first-quarter net income to $3.1 million, saying it experienced higher costs and lower unit sales in the quarter. VW's charging station plan for Calif. faces objections from competitors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:48:21 EST Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way VW wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of VW's atonement for emissions cheating. Fiat Chrysler Q1 profit rises on Europe rebound, Maserati surge Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:38:28 EST Fiat Chrysler earnings rose 11 percent in the first quarter as the automaker shifted to building more profitable SUVs. In Europe, profit at the group's once-struggling operations almost doubled to 178 million euros. Tesla dinged by Consumer Reports for not implementing safety feature Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EST Tesla vehicles have dropped in Consumer Reports' ratings because the automaker failed to implement a safety feature that was expected to come standard. Tesla offers more sweeteners to try quell unrest at key German supplier Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:35:09 EST Tesla has offered more sweeteners to try to quell unrest at German supplier Grohmann Engineering, a maker of automated manufacturing systems which Tesla agreed to buy in November Grohmann is key Tesla's bid to succeed in the mass market by massively... VW mulls possible sale of motorbike brand Ducati, report says Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:20:35 EST VW Group is considering a possible sale of Italian motorcycle maker Ducati as the automaker seeks to streamline operations to fund an strategic overhaul after its emissions-cheating scandal, Reuters reported. Canadian supplier Linamar at center of Trump-NAFTA clash Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:55:12 EST Going global has paid off handsomely for Linamar. Enter Donald Trump. The U.S. president's election is the latest in a string of populist, anti-globalization events. Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz is undaunted. Hyundai's Q1 profit slides on China tension, U.S. recall Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:43:18 EST Hyundai posted a 21 percent fall in quarterly net profit, dragged down by a U.S. recall and sales declines in China stemming from political tensions. Daimler says U.S. diesel probes could result in penalties Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:32:21 EST Daimler reiterated that recent steps by U.S. authorities to investigate diesel-emissions pollution and so-called auxiliary emission control devices could lead to significant penalties and vehicle recalls. Daimler raises earnings forecast on Mercedes profit Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:20:34 EST Daimler raised its outlook for 2017 on surging profit from its Mercedes cars unit and improving commercial-vehicle operations. The return on sales for Mercedes rose to 9.8 percent in the first quarter. BMW uses fear factor to rally staff in move to EVs Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:16:51 EST BMW has started putting staff through day-long events in Germany intended to warn them of the perils of not taking the electric-car revolution seriously. Grammer sees way clear to getting new strategic partner in China's Ningbo Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:28:06 EST German supplier Grammer said a court had lifted the enforcement of a temporary injunction on the exercise of a convertible bond, allowing it to issue shares to strategic partner China's Ningbo Jifeng. First Shift: Consumer Reports cuts Tesla ratings Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:15:00 EST Consumer Reports cuts Tesla ratings over missing safety feature; Uber steps up flying-car efforts; Hyundai earnings fall, Daimler raises outlook; Why Cadillac delayed Super Cruise. Oil powerhouse Total predicts a boom in EV sales Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:40:45 EST Electric cars are coming fast -- and that's not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total, one of the world's biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade. GM investors will 'vote with their wallets,' says Greenlight Capital Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:22:28 EST Greenlight Capital, which has been pressuring General Motors to restructure its share class, said it believed the automaker's shareholders will vote in their best financial interests and support the hedge fund's two-class stock proposal and nominees... Automakers ask California to ease rules for self-driving car tests Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:59:56 EST Automakers urged California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. PSA first-quarter revenue rose 5% on new models, higher pricing Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:53:50 EST PSA's first-quarter revenue rose nearly 5 percent, boosted by new models such as the Citroen C3 and Peugeot 3008. The company said its joint vehicle programs with Opel would help to lift its second-half revenue. Germany opposes EU vehicle testing reforms Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:13:52 EST Germany opposes key elements of an EU proposal to overhaul how vehicles are licensed and tested following the VW emissions scandal, Reuters reported. AutoNews Now: Mustang vs. Camaro: The China battle Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:15:00 EST Mustang vs. Camaro: The China battle; Benz convertible gets AWD; Jag teases XF wagon; Hyundai fixes app bug; Lyft drivers sue Uber; From NASA to Apple?; Tesla target slashed. Jaguar expands XF lineup with Sportbrake wagon Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:15:00 EST Jaguar said the XF Sportbrake, a four-door wagon with a large, sloping glass roof, will join its U.S. lineup this year. It will be the first Jaguar wagon to be offered in the U.S. since the short-lived X-Type. Self-driving testing center gets $15 million from Michigan Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:47:05 EST A Michigan state government fund approved an additional $15 million for the construction of the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township, Mich. Audi, inspired by a young boy versed in Latin, becomes an official brand Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:30:00 EST The name Audi is officially adopted for a new car company on April 25, 1910, by August Horch, an engineer who first went to work for Karl Benz, first in an engine assembly department and later as head of motor vehicle construction. Tesla workers file charges with NLRB Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:09:35 EST Workers at the Tesla assembly plant in California have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the company of illegally surveilling and coercing workers seeking unionization. For many, Honda's Clarity is too good a deal to pass up Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:30:00 EST For $369 a month and $2,868 at signing, residents in the fair state of California get a large, comfortable, quiet sedan that has all the luxury trappings of an Acura and seats five adults comfortably. Is the world ready for an electric MG? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:15:00 EST MG, the former British automaker once known in the U.S. for its affordable sports cars, is not only alive and well, it's reportedly about to introduce something far more advanced than the last car it's remembered for in the States. 2017 BMW 5 series: A fine tune-up missing some agility Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:00:00 EST The redesigned 2017 BMW 5 series is beginning to trickle onto dealership lots, and some U.S. stores already want more of the sedans. Nissan, Mobileye agree to create maps for self-driving cars Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:17:25 EST Israeli autonomous vehicle technology firm Mobileye said it forged an agreement with Nissan to create next generation maps to enable safe self-driving cars. Hyundai mobile app exposed cars to high-tech thieves, researchers say Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:54:09 EST Software vulnerabilities in a Hyundai app that lets a car be started remotely made the company's vehicles susceptible to theft for three months before the company fixed the bug in March. China to loosen JV ownership restrictions for foreign automakers Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:00:22 EST China plans to lift the cap on how much foreign automakers can own of their local joint ventures, opening the prospect of companies such as VW Group and GM owning all of their operations in the country. France's Bollore backs away from EV ambitions Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:03:19 EST Vincent Bollore, the French billionaire who helped build Paris's auto-sharing network, is backing off on ambitions for his electric cars to compete with models from VW Group and Renault. First Shift: Public to test self-driving Pacificas Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:30:00 EST Phoenix residents to test Waymo's self-driving Pacificas; AutoNation profit rises; Ghosn: Not merging Nissan, Mitsubishi; Tesla doubling charger network; CarMax's closest rival? Lyft drivers claim Uber illegally unleashed Hell spyware to gain edge Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:11:00 EST Lyft drivers accused Uber in a lawsuit of illegally tracking their whereabouts using spyware code-named Hell to gain a competitive edge in the ride-hailing market. Continental will increase investment in EV technology Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:28:33 EST Continental will invest an additional $326 million in electric-car technology as customers including VW Group and Ford raise their investment in electric and ultimately self-driving vehicles. China targets 35 million vehicle sales by 2025, NEVs to make up one-fifth Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:36:55 EST China is targeting 35 million vehicle sales by 2025 and wants new energy vehicles (NEVs) to make up at least one-fifth of the total. Automakers in the country are pushing into electric and plug-in hybrid cars to meet stringent new government quotas. Ghosn wants Mitsubishi to reform, rules out Nissan merger Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:08:39 EST Nissan and Mitsubishi CEO Carlos Ghosn ruled out a full merger of the two automakers, but said he wants changes at the smaller company. Keep the Dodge Demon off our roads Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from Fiat Chrysler is so inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists that its registration as a road-worthy automobile should be banned. Toyota concept's got the look Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota's FT-4X concept, a compact crossover introduced at the New York auto show this month, is packed with funky features and daring design cues aimed at millennials with a taste for the great outdoors Land Rover hits Landwind headwind Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Land Rover is having no luck quashing the brazen - and successful - Chinese copy of its Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said at the Shanghai auto show last week. VW betting on I.D. CROZZ to boost EV volume Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen believes its new I.D. CROZZ crossover will deliver a sizeable share of the 1 million electric vehicles a year it hopes to sell. Lexus updates 2018 NX to keep pace with German rivals Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The 2018 NX will have a more aerodynamic look, with handling tweaks to deliver sharper performance and a smoother ride, among other changes. Mini's 5th 'superhero' to be an EV Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Mini's promised fifth volume nameplate will be an EV. It's coming in 2019 and could help the brand's sales levels rebound. Mercedes E-class convertible offers awd for the first time Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST When it goes on sale late this year, the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-class convertible will have available all-wheel-drive for the first time in the U.S. E-class convertible sales could rival those of the coupe. Porsche dealers want more than a Panamera wagon Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The 5-seat Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon will go on sale in the U.S. at the end of 2017. But dealers still want a five-seat Panamera sedan. Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:34:28 EST Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first round of the presidential vote, was met with relief by German's auto industry. French prosecutors open formal probe into PSA emissions Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:32:45 EST French prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into suspected emissions test-cheating by PSA. Three judges have been assigned to lead the investigation into alleged consumer fraud offenses. PSA strongly denied any wrongdoing. Mustang-Camaro rivalry takes root in China Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The all-American vibe of Mustangs and Camaros is beginning to resonate in China -- even at twice the price. GM bid to block ignition-switch suits rejected by Supreme Court Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:15:46 EST GM's efforts to block hundreds of lawsuits over its ignition-switch defects broke down when the Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal claiming the suits were barred by the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy. %]