Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:00:00 EST Volkswagen is now under scrutiny of former leading U.S. law official Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson has started his role as Volkswagen Group's independent monitor, working from offices at the automaker's headquarters in Wolfsburg. Why Webasto wants to become key battery systems firm Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST German roof specialist Webasto is aiming to become a leader in battery systems in order to capitalize on the forthcoming wave of EVs from automakers. Chairman Holger Engelmann discussed this and other subjects with Automotive News Europe. Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel: wood. Can U.S. follow through on tough NAFTA talk? Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST To deliver on its promises, the administration will need the cooperation of the U.S. business community and key members of Congress. Both groups sought to distance themselves from the president last week. China eclipses U.S. in Honda's world view Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda's rapidly expanding footprint in China spotlights how the world's biggest auto market is pulling focus and resources away from the United States. The Japanese automaker is setting priorities in everything from production to product development. Mercedes-Maybach goes green with Vision 6 Cabriolet Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:30:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is giving its ultraluxe Mercedes-Maybach lineup some green cred with the Vision 6 Cabriolet powered by an electric motor with output of 750 hp and a range of more than 200 miles. U.S. charges retired UAW official in ongoing corruption probe Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:06:20 EST Virdell King, a retired UAW official, was charged with using a credit card from a training center for Chrysler employees to buy more than $40,000 worth of personal items. Diesel Porsche Cayenne registrations banned by Swiss Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:18:47 EST Switzerland's road agency imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of 3.0-liter Porsche Cayenne SUVs equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software. GM cybersecurity chief to head global vehicle safety Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:12:29 EST Jeffrey Boyer, GM's global safety chief who helped shape the company's safety operations following its ignition-switch crisis, is retiring and will be replaced by Jeffrey Massimilla, the company's chief cybersecurity officer. Aston Martin readies a sport wagon Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:36:59 EST Aston Martin, seeking to put a bespoke exclamation point on its aging Vanquish supercar lineup, will build a run of limited-edition Zagato-bodied cars that includes a speedster and shooting brake version. U.S. prosecutors recommend 3 years in prison for VW engineer Liang Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:09:58 EST Federal prosecutors recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen engineer James Liang for his role in widespread diesel emissions violations that have cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion. AutoNews Now: U.S. seeks to extradite Audi exec Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:15:00 EST U.S. seeks to extradite Audi exec; Carbon-fiber wheeled Porsche; Ferrari tops FCA; When quality glitch can't be fixed; Volvo moonroofs to Nissan lawn art: Awaiting big eclipse. Audi manager held in Germany being sought by U.S. for extradition, report says Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:59 EST American authorities asked Germany to keep an Audi executive in custody to prepare for his extradition while offering him a guilty-plea deal, Bloomberg reported Ford considering removable steering wheel, pedals for autonomous cars Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:50 EST A patent application from Ford reveals plans for a removable steering wheel and pedals, allowing drivers to either manually steer or clear the dash during autonomous modes. Delphi invests in Israeli lidar-maker Innoviz Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:53:15 EST Delphi is partnering with and taking a minority stake in Israeli lidar-maker Innoviz Technologies as it seeks to further develop Level 3 autonomous driving technology. Porsche forges carbon fiber in the wheel Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:03:50 EST Porsche has developed an all-carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic wheel and says it will be the first global automaker to offer the wheel when it debuts in early 2018 as an option on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive series. Toyota's safe-driving app plays parents' uncool music when teenagers speed Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:05:55 EST How can terrified parents of newly qualified teen drivers persuade them to drive safely? Toyota has come up with what could be an ingenious method -- embarrassing them. First Shift: Shotgun, purses and a widening scandal Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:30:00 EST UAW exec, and his shotgun, entangled in growing scandal, report says; Ford's Hackett on robot reality; Toyota car-sharing test; Wood chips for parts, supervolcanoes for batteries. Top fund investors pumped brakes on fast-rising Tesla stock Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:01:37 EST Top Tesla investors Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price cut their holdings in the second quarter and indicated they were taking profits from the electric car maker stock. China's Great Wall to show Wey premium brand in Frankfurt Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:11:42 EST China's Great Wall will display products from its newly created Wey premium brand at the Frankfurt auto show next month. The brand's first vehicle, the VV7 crossover, went on sale at the Shanghai auto show in April. China's Guangzhou joins rivals in denying plans to buy Fiat Chrysler Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:52:16 EST Chinese carmaker Guangzhou has joined domestic rivals Geely and Dongfeng in saying it has no plans to acquire Fiat Chrysler. Belgian buyers push gasoline cars past diesels Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:47:37 EST For the first time in 20 years, the sale of gasoline-powered cars topped diesels in Belgium in the first half, industry federation Febiac said. New cars with gasoline engines accounted for 48. BMW remaps the roadster with Concept Z4 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:45:00 EST BMW is returning to the roadster market and previews the styling with the Concept Z4 -- the automaker's vision of a modern, small and sporty car. The next Z4, due in 2019, features a new lightweight platform and is expected to grow in size. ZF exec looks for help to reduce traffic deaths Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Torsten Gollewski, ZF's head of advanced engineering and a former Audi manager, is determined to reduce the 1.25 million traffic deaths that occur globally each year. BMW, Daimler discuss car-sharing pact, Sixt CEO hints Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:15:45 EST Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, hinted Erich Sixt, the CEO of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt. Ford CEO doesn't see robot army on roads anytime soon Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:09:39 EST Ford's newly minted CEO doesn't foresee a robot takeover when it comes to the advent of autonomous vehicles. Detroit 3 to tout performance and vintage cars at Woodward Dream Cruise Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:25:33 EST Ford, Chevy and Dodge will turn to the Woodward Dream Cruise, a classic-car celebration in suburban Detroit, on Saturday to generate some marketing buzz on their offerings. BMW and Daimler may consider merging car-sharing units Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:03:02 EST German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the CEO of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted. AutoNews Now: A peek at the posh products of Pebble Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:00 EST From BMW Z4 to a $20M Aston: A peek at the posh products of Pebble; GM thwarts settlement; Charlottesville: Reactions from GM, Dana, Ford; Nissan Leaf road show. Tesla responds to D.C. businessman's complaints Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:13:36 EST Tesla has responded to comments made in a Tuesday guest blog on the Automotive News website by Washington, D.C., businessman Alain Cohen. Ford settles racial, sexual harassment probe for $10.1 million Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:24:38 EST Ford agreed to pay $10 million to settle sexual and racial harassment allegations by workers at two Chicago plants, resolving an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. GM thwarts plaintiffs' $1 billion accord with Old GM trust fund Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:46:45 EST GM thwarted a $15 million settlement between the company's bankruptcy trust and plaintiffs that would have forced the automaker to contribute $1 billion in stock, prompting claims of a secret plot. Hyundai plans long-range premium EV in strategic shift Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:19:45 EST Hyundai is placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy -- one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car. First Shift: Ford settles bias, harassment charges Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:30:00 EST Ford to settle bias, harassment charges for up to $10.1M; Hyundai EV push; Nissan dealer to pay defrauded buyers; Dongfeng: No plans to buy FCA; Jaguar Land Rover future product. Aston Martin loses another exec to Dyson Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:24 EST Aston Martin has lost its second executive to Dyson in a year as the carmaker's director of purchasing, David Wyer, will become Dyson's head of procurement. Fiat Chrysler is not an acquisition target, Dongfeng says Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:19:19 EST Dongfeng has no current plans to acquire all or part of Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reported. The company was one of several cited in an Automotive News report that said "a well-known Chinese automaker" had made an offer this month for FCA. Roy Lunn, father of the Ford GT40, modern SUV, dies at 92 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:16:31 EST A mechanical and aeronautical engineer who led development of the first Jeep Cherokee and Ford's original GT40, Roy Lunn helped pioneer unitized bodies for SUVs to help meet fuel-economy requirements. Ford ups capability, convenience on F-150 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST The freshened F-150 pickup enters a market in which the competition is expected to significantly increase, with redesigned pickups from top rivals. Hyundai counts on SUV push to pass Toyota in Europe Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Hyundai will double the number of SUVs it offers in Europe to four by 2019 and is expected to boost its crossover lineup even further by 2021, which is when it aims to pass Toyota and Nissan to become the region's top-selling Asian brand. Germany's Merkel reaffirms her million EV pledge Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to speed up Germany's transition to electric vehicles, saying that efforts would need to be increased if a target of having a million such cars on the roads by 2020 were to be met. #8203; Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:41:58 EST GM suspended Alphons Iacobelli after federal officials accused him of being at the center of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar conspiracy while previously leading labor negotiations at FCA. U.S. judge in Takata bankruptcy halts lawsuits vs. automakers for 90 days Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:20:43 EST A federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Takata's business in the United States halted lawsuits for 90 days against automakers brought by victims of its faulty airbag inflators. M-B Financial, Mini Financial, TD Auto Finance score highest in dealer satisfaction Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mini Financial Services and TD Auto Finance topped their segments in lender services satisfaction among auto dealers, a JD Power report said. VW to reveal more details on EV microbus, source says Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:01:25 EST VW brand CEO Herbert Diess is expected to announce on Saturday more details regarding the production of the battery-powered I.D. Buzz microbus slated to debut in 2022, a company source told Automotive News Europe. Barra's role on Trump forum ends as group disbands Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:19 EST A group of business leaders and President Trump announced the disbandment of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum, which originally included GM CEO Mary Barra and more than a dozen other CEOs from several industries. GM's FandI product unit partners with MaximTrak Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:23:32 EST General Motors' FandI product group will use MaximTrak Technologies as an FandI platform provider for its U.S. dealers. As MaximTrak's capabilities expand, the relationship could extend to other dealership departments. Geely says it has no plan to buy FCA Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:27:07 EST Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings denied that it planned to make a takeover bid for Fiat Chrysler, following an Automotive News report this week that it was a potential suitor for the Italian company. Geely earnings double on cars co-developed with Volvo Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:01:55 EST Geely Automobile Holdings said that first-half profit more than doubled, scoring its fastest earnings growth in eight years as cars designed with Volvo won over domestic consumers. Deutsche Post open to more EV van projects with Ford Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:28:52 EST Deutsche Post said it would consider broadening an EV van alliance with Ford. The two companies have developed the StreetScooter Work XL, for which Ford is supplying vehicle technology based on its Transit model. First Shift: FCA joins BMW-Intel self-driving team Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:00 EST FCA joins BMW-Intel self-driving alliance; Geely exec: No plans to buy FCA; AFL-CIO leaders quit Trump panel; GM said to have suspended Iacobelli; How natural gas fell out of favor.