Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Base 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to start at $25,735 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/150339993/base-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-to-start-at-25735 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:07:17 EST The new Mazda MX-5 Miata will start at $25,735. That's a price bump of $1,125 over the outgoing 2014 model. Prices include $820 shipping. Magna negotiating to sell interiors business to Grupo Antolin, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM10/150339992/magna-negotiating-to-sell-interiors-business-to-grupo-antolin-report Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:25:30 EST Canada's Magna International is in talks to sell its car-interior business to Spain's Grupo Antolin, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Toyota CEO feared losing job over recalls; instead gained sense of purpose http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM02/150339996/toyota-ceo-feared-losing-job-over-recalls-instead-gained-sense-of Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:21:47 EST In a rare moment of public reflection, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda marked the company's unintended-acceleration crisis as the turning point in his career, even as he fretted about being fired. Toyota's low-price safety tech coming to U.S. this year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM06/150339997/toyotas-low-price-safety-tech-coming-to-u-s-this-year Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:09:33 EST Toyota said today it will begin offering automatic braking, lane departure alert technology and other safety electronics later this year in a package priced at about $300 in its compact cars. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309973/automotive-news-wins-grand-neal-award-for-gm-recall-reports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/150339999/volvo-plans-500-million-u-s-assembly-plant Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:30:55 EST Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the United States as part of an ambitious effort to jump-start lagging sales. New Chevy ads elevate 'focus groups' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309975/new-chevy-ads-elevate-focus-groups Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet this week will roll out a major advertising campaign, doubling down on the spoofy "focus group" imagery it has used in its rollout of the Colorado pickup. Lincoln to bring back Continental name http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM04/303309964/lincoln-to-bring-back-continental-name Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. ChemChina hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy; says counterbid will hurt investors http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150330/ANE/150339998/chemchina-hopes-to-re-list-pirelli-in-italy-says-counterbid-will Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:14:19 EST The chairman of China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina), Ren Jianxin, said he hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange. A counterbid for Pirelli would hurt the Italian firm's investors and long-term strategy, he warned. While others stand up, Italy stands aside http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150330/BLOG15/303309936/while-others-stand-up-italy-stands-aside Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner, while Ferrari styling house Pininfarina could be acquired by an Indian company. Ducati, Lamborghini and Italdesign Giugiaro are already in German hands. Hunt for Easter Jeep parts leads to a surprise spot http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309979/hunt-for-easter-jeep-parts-leads-to-a-surprise-spot Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Jeep designers and engineers spend countless hours every year developing a series of one-off working concepts for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The buzz about the Benz pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309968/the-buzz-about-the-benz-pickup Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division. How the SUV drove luxury kings to power http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309974/how-the-suv-drove-luxury-kings-to-power Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks. FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309967/fca-dealers-strain-to-deliver-5-year-winning-streak Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains #8212; if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. Back to 2007 market share, but with one big difference http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309963/back-to-2007-market-share-but-with-one-big-difference Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When its string of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains began in April 2010, what is now Fiat Chrysler was, literally, a different company. Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309965/big-year-shapes-up-for-jeeps-global-expansion Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China. Caddy previews top-down strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM04/303309970/caddy-previews-top-down-strategy Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal? Toyota's better cars get better plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/303309971/toyotas-better-cars-get-better-plants Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. UAW delegates demand higher pay http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309966/uaw-delegates-demand-higher-pay Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. Aston Martin tells Porsche: Fine, we will lose GT3 name http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309980/aston-martin-tells-porsche-fine-we-will-lose-gt3-name Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche has wiped some of the shine off Aston Martin's Geneva auto show unveil of the track-focused, limited-edition Vantage GT3 by claiming trademark ownership of the GT3 name, which it uses for hard-core versions of its 911 sports car. Porsche's Mueller: 'Not too old' for CEO job http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM02/150329849/porsche-s-mueller-8216-not-too-old-8217-for-ceo-job Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Open campaigning for CEO jobs at automakers rarely occurs, but Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he's young and fit enough to be a candidate to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of Volkswagen Group. While others stand up, Italy stands aside http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/303309982/while-others-stand-up-italy-stands-aside Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner. Delphi's driverless cross-country adventure http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM06/303309981/delphis-driverless-cross-country-adventure Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In 1903, a 31-year-old physician named Horatio Nelson Jackson journeyed from San Francisco to New York in a Winton touring car, the first motor car to traverse the U.S. Winterkorn: Complacency cost VW in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM02/303309978/winterkorn-complacency-cost-vw-in-u-s Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Speaking to a German car magazine, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn acknowledged his team became complacent after the initial success of VW's Chattanooga-built Passat. Tesla's Model X hits the streets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM05/150329857/tesla-s-model-x-hits-the-streets Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla's Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company's Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters. Chevy, supplier tweak Volt battery pack for more range http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM05/303309983/chevy-supplier-tweak-volt-battery-pack-for-more-range Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST To boost the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's electric-only driving range to 50 miles from 38 on the outgoing first-generation car, engineers reduced the number of cells in the battery pack by about a third, to 192 from 288. Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309986/spy-photos-hint-at-dodge-minivan Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge. Chevy plans hybrid version of '16 Malibu http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM05/303309985/chevy-plans-hybrid-version-of-16-malibu Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet will offer a full-hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu that debuts this week at the New York auto show. Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309984/mercedes-glc-crossover-sheds-glk-box Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The Mercedes-Benz GLC that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be roomier and more rounded than the GLK it replaces. 2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309991/2-tier-wages-have-outlived-their-usefulness Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. SIA was a success from the start http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/150329863/sia-was-a-success-from-the-start Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews. Cadillac needs to change its tone http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/150329864/cadillac-needs-to-change-its-tone Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM10/303309992/lg-chem-exec-teslas-gigafactory-to-cut-ev-costs Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. Revamp of CPO program pays off for Fiat Chrysler http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL04/303309993/revamp-of-cpo-program-pays-off-for-fiat-chrysler Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's retooled certified used-vehicle program is paying off, said Eric Swanson, FCA US senior manager of certified pre-owned vehicle sales. Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/303309995/nissans-on-site-suppliers-free-to-serve-competitors Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads. Tesla reboots in China as range anxiety, customs crimp sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150329/OEM05/303299992/tesla-reboots-in-china-as-range-anxiety-customs-crimp-sales Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:34:21 EST Tesla is rushing to expand its network of charging stations across China to assuage range anxiety, add luxury features that suit local tastes and retrain a sales force that CEO Elon Musk previously described as "brain-dead." Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150329/OEM03/150329845/honda-launches-s660-minicar-roadster-heir-to-beats-looks Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:00:00 EST Honda is going small and sporty with the release of the S660 mini roadster, a new open-top minicar that will be sold only in Japan, at least for now. How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun http://www.autonews.com/article/20150329/OEM02/303309998/how-a-frenchman-is-bringing-back-datsun Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. Panoz street car advances despite suit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/OEM/303309972/panoz-street-car-advances-despite-suit Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design. Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/OEM05/303309999/calif-considers-a-plea-for-plug-in-hybrids Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they'll need to offer large incentives to meet California's mandate for zero-emission vehicles. Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/OEM10/303289998/valeos-self-driving-systems-learn-from-military-drones Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. Buick Enclave upgrade gets Tuscan treatment http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/OEM04/150329846/buick-enclave-upgrade-gets-tuscan-treatment Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover. Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150327/ANE/150329866/mercedes-plans-to-launch-its-first-pickup-by-2020 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:40:14 EST Daimler's Mercedes unit plans to launch its first pickup truck by 2020, targeting sales at the European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150327/ANE/150329859/valeos-self-driving-systems-learn-from-military-drones Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:55:59 EST Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. Scion iA sedan uncovered http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/OEM04/150329858/scion-ia-sedan-uncovered Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut next week, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille. Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150327/ANE/150329885/renault-increases-zoe-evs-range-by-30km Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall coverage http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/OEM/150329847/automotive-news-wins-grand-neal-award-for-gm-recall-coverage Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:40:31 EST Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis. GM shield in doubt as judge mulls ending bar on ignition suits http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/OEM11/150329869/gm-shield-in-doubt-as-judge-mulls-ending-bar-on-ignition-suits Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:19:37 EST A bankruptcy judge told GM six years ago it didn't have to worry about lawsuits over cars made before its $49.5 billion government bailout. Last month, the same judge said he wasn't so sure anymore. Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/OEM04/150329851/cadillac-ct6-to-pack-34-speaker-bose-sound-system Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:20:52 EST Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin. UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/BLOG06/150329853/uaw-troops-air-demands-at-convention-rather-than-cast-blame Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:54:15 EST The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention. %]