Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/BLOG06/309279903/bye-bye-bentley-hello-dyson Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. Vacuum maker Dyson will be at the event amid reports that the company is developing an electric car. U.S. said to ponder what size diesel penalty VW can withstand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM11/160929854/u-s-said-to-ponder-what-size-diesel-penalty-vw-can-withstand Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:46:39 EST The U.S. Justice Department is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen over emissions-cheating without putting the German carmaker out of business, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Golf icon Arnold Palmer also was an auto industry player http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM02/160929839/golf-icon-arnold-palmer-also-was-an-auto-industry-player Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:42 EST Golf legend Arnold Palmer took many of his business endeavors into the automotive industry, endorsing his beloved Cadillac and longtime partner Hertz as well as owning six General Motors and Ford dealerships in five states. Design&'s next frontier http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/BLOG06/309279996/design-s-next-frontier Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Design is about to get way more complex and difficult as new technologies transform the automobile. Merit, gutsy diesels and denim fabric: Chevy's retooled Equinox and what people think http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM04/160929862/merit-gutsy-diesels-and-denim-fabric-chevys-retooled-equinox-and Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Chevrolet, after a slew of redesigned car launches, is turning to the core of the hot crossover market with plans to retool the Equinox for the 2018 model year. Here's what people are saying about the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. AutoNews Now: Turning the corner at Volvo http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/VIDEO/309279974/autonews-now-turning-the-corner-at-volvo Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:30:00 EST Turning the corner at Volvo; VW offers financial reassurance amid report; Audi, BMW, Daimler tech alliance; Self-driving startup seeks funds; Jeep, Audi ads take political twist. FCA awarded $4.6 million grant to hire 700 employees at Sterling Heights plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM01/160929846/fca-awarded-4-6-million-grant-to-hire-700-employees-at-sterling Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:10:40 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won a $4.6 million grant to hire 700 employees at its Sterling Heights Assembly plant as it prepares to build the next generation of the Ram 1500 pickup. Chevrolet Bolt: Refreshingly normal but setting a high bar http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/CRITICS_CORNER/160929850/chevrolet-bolt-refreshingly-normal-but-setting-a-high-bar Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:36:49 EST General Motors let a few journalists test drive the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt electric car, due in showrooms before year end. GM still hasn't clarified some details, such as when the car will be available in all 50 states. The car-emissions sleuth who's costing Fiat Chrysler $5 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM11/160929847/the-car-emissions-sleuth-whos-costing-fiat-chrysler-5-billion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:52:39 EST As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air-quality and transportation office, Chris Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than $100 billion in randd money each year. U.S. said to ponder what size diesel penalty VW can withstand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/160929855/u-s-said-to-ponder-what-size-diesel-penalty-vw-can-withstand Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:42:05 EST The U.S. Justice Department is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen Group over its emissions-cheating scandal without putting the automaker out of business, Bloomberg reported. VW scandal spreading to Audi risks hitting automaker's top profit generator http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/160929860/vw-scandal-spreading-to-audi-risks-hitting-automakers-top-profit Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:35:24 EST Volkswagen Group's attempts to contain the fallout from the emissions-cheating scandal suffered setbacks after Audi, the group's biggest profit generator, lost a key engineer tainted by the scandal and a media report suggested its CEO, Rupert... Renault targets 3.5% market share in China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/160929851/renault-targets-3-5-market-share-in-china Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:45:36 EST Renault says it is targeting a 3.5 percent market share in China through its partnership with Dongfeng. First Shift: Ford's debate-ready defense http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/VIDEO/309279973/first-shift-fords-debate-ready-defense Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:30:00 EST Ford's debate-ready defense; Tesla settles suit over Model X door tech; Sources: NBA star's supply firm buying Takata unit; 'Whirlwind of work' ahead for new GM design chief. BMW, Audi, Mercedes, tech firms form 5G alliance to accelerate self-driving cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/160929857/bmw-audi-mercedes-tech-firms-form-5g-alliance-to-accelerate-self Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:15:43 EST BMW, Audi and Mercedes launched a 5G alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars. Self-driving car startup NuTonomy in talks to raise new funds http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM06/160929853/self-driving-car-startup-nutonomy-in-talks-to-raise-new-funds Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:34:13 EST NuTonomy, a self-driving car startup backed by Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford and Singapore's government, is in discussions with potential investors for a new round of funding as it works toward a full commercial launch in 2018. Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/BLOG15/160929869/bye-bye-bentley-hello-dyson Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. Vacuum maker Dyson will be at the event amid reports that the company is developing an electric car. S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/160909919/s90-v90-are-key-to-volvos-continued-revival Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. It will be difficult to fulfill orders for the new cars while keeping pace with demand for the XC90. U.S. official says inadequate EU emissions testing was widely known http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/160929859/u-s-official-says-inadequate-eu-emissions-testing-was-widely-known Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:07:21 EST Europe's car-emissions tests have been seen as inadequate for decades, a top U.S. regulator told EU lawmakers. Much stronger enforcement will be needed to stop cheating by automakers such as Volkswagen Group, the European parliament was told. Automotive News Europe salutes Annette Winkler http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160927/ANE/309279999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-annette-winkler Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Annette Winkler of Daimler. For Cadillac dealers, no push, but a way out http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL07/309269946/for-cadillac-dealers-no-push-but-a-way-out Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac says it isn't trying to push small dealers out. It's just giving them a simpler alternative to what brand boss Johan de Nysschen warns will be a 'long, arduous and challenging journey.' 54 bits of brilliance on today's cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/160929895/54-bits-of-brilliance-on-todays-cars Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST To understand the genius of the modern car business, have a look at modern cars. Here is a sampling of design elements and wildly imaginative features found in cars and concepts unveiled in the past year or so. Why Cadillac's head-turners don't turn up on the road http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/309269956/why-cadillacs-head-turners-dont-turn-up-on-the-road Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The Cadillac Escala Concept - star attraction at Monterey Car Week in California last month - suggests the future of Cadillac styling, says Mike Simcoe, General Motors new head of global design. Jeep uses Cat Stevens song in unifying debate ad http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL03/160929865/jeep-uses-cat-stevens-song-in-unifying-debate-ad Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:04:40 EST Just about the time Republicans and Democrats were yelling over who won Monday's presidential debate, Jeep released an ad that, perhaps impossibly, seeks to unite the country. Audi seizes on Clinton-Trump debate with new ad http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL03/160929872/audi-seizes-on-clinton-trump-debate-with-new-ad Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:53:33 EST Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won't be the only man and woman dueling on TV on Monday night. Tesla, Hoerbiger settle in court over falcon wing doors http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM10/160929864/tesla-hoerbiger-settle-in-court-over-falcon-wing-doors Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:18:27 EST Tesla and the U.S. subsidiary of Swiss auto supplier Hoerbiger agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the EV maker over problems with a proposed hydraulics system for the luxury Model X's "falcon wing" doors, court records show. 'Autonomous is one everyone's mind' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/309269986/autonomous-is-one-everyones-mind Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Adient, emerging as an independent company as Johnson Controls spins off its seat-making operations, plans to make a big play in the autonomous vehicle space. Try to fit a pickup truck in a box http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM01/309269980/try-to-fit-a-pickup-truck-in-a-box Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Legendary Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray, who also created the first McLaren road car, has turned to a new project, a truck for emerging markets that comes pre-packaged in a box, like IKEA furniture. Marc Lichte on the new shape of Audi http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM02/309269981/marc-lichte-on-the-new-shape-of-audi Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST When Marc Lichte took over Audi's design department in February 2014, a sense of stability returned to an operation that had suffered from considerable friction -- and a new styling direction. BMW designers work inside out http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/309269982/bmw-designers-work-inside-out Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST When the creative minds behind BMW's Vision Next 100 sat down to conceive an autonomous driving car of the future, their approach was something of a revolution for the century-old company. VW answers Subaru with Alltrack http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM04/309269987/vw-answers-subaru-with-alltrack Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's family of Golfs gets a taller and more rugged sibling with the October arrival of the Golf Alltrack. VW considers small crossovers for U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM04/309269966/vw-considers-small-crossovers-for-u-s Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen is pondering a growth plan for North America that includes expansion of its portfolio to lower segments, particularly small crossovers. Volkswagen, Bosch oppose request for diesel documents http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM11/160929866/volkswagen-bosch-oppose-request-for-diesel-documents Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:07:30 EST Volkswagen AG and auto supplier Robert Bosch have asked a U.S. federal judge to reject requests from European investors and vehicle owners to access more than 20 million pages of records turned over in VW's emissions cheating scandal. AutoNews Now: Ford dealer's $2 million nightmare http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/VIDEO/309269921/autonews-now-ford-dealers-2-million-nightmare Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:15:00 EST Ford dealer's $2 million nightmare; Audi exec out; Renault-Nissan Microsoft deal; Jeep Compass, Subaru 7-seater spied; Focus EV to go further, faster; Arnold Palmer's car ties. Pininfarina hits reset under Mahindra http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/309269979/pininfarina-hits-reset-under-mahindra Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The last decade has been unkind to the Pininfarina; previous excellence pays only so many bills. How do you pick buy-sell targets? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/BLOG06/160929870/how-do-you-pick-buy-sell-targets Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:07:11 EST In today's buy-sell market, which franchises would you buy? Adviser Erin Kerrigan's choices might surprise you. Audi's r&d boss leaves amid emissions scandal inquiry http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM02/160929884/audis-rd-boss-leaves-amid-emissions-scandal-inquiry Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:21:45 EST Audi's head of technical development, Stefan Knirsch, is leaving the carmaker, as investigations continue into parent Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal. A dealer's nightmare: $2 million embezzled http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL/309269961/a-dealers-nightmare-2-million-embezzled Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford dealer O.C. Welch was stunned a year ago to find out his assistant comptroller was embezzling from him. On Sept. 15, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing nearly $2 million from Welch's South Carolina dealership. Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160926/ANE/160929888/infiniti-names-picello-new-europe-boss Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:45:47 EST Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. He will move over from Infiniti's sister brand, Nissan, where he was vice president of sales for Europe. Magna to acquire German automotive closures manufacturer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM10/160929873/magna-to-acquire-german-automotive-closures-manufacturer Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:38:53 EST Magna International's closures unit agreed to acquire the BÍCO Group of Companies, the Canadian supplier said today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, Magna said. Canada 'working closely' with auto industry to bring investment, minister says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM01/160929874/canada-working-closely-with-auto-industry-to-bring-investment Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:05:44 EST Canada is working closely with automakers to increase investment in the industry, the nation's top economic development minister said today, welcoming the agreement reached between Canada's Unifor union and General Motors. Renault, Nissan partner with Microsoft for connected car technology http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160926/ANE/160929877/renault-nissan-partner-with-microsoft-for-connected-car-technology Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:40:26 EST Renault and Nissan are partnering with Microsoft to develop cloud-based services for cars, a step toward the automakers' plans to build self-driving automobiles by 2020. Renault-Nissan will allow Microsoft to plug cars into the cloud http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM06/160929878/renault-nissan-will-allow-microsoft-to-plug-cars-into-the-cloud Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:39:24 EST Microsoft agreed to provide cloud-computing services for cars made by Nissan and Renault as the manufacturers push ahead with developing connected vehicles. Big auto shows forced to share the spotlight http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL03/309269947/big-auto-shows-forced-to-share-the-spotlight Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's effort to grab headlines with a solo launch event in Miami shows how automakers increasingly are weighing alternatives to the major international auto shows. Takata's search for a savior could drag into next year http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM10/160929887/takatas-search-for-a-savior-could-drag-into-next-year Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:46:54 EST The plan to sell beleaguered Takata to a rescuer, slated by year-end, is likely to extend into next year as some bidders want to drag the airbag maker through bankruptcy to wipe out most of its debt, people with knowledge of the matter said. First Shift: Strikes cripple Hyundai production http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/VIDEO/309269920/first-shift-strikes-cripple-hyundai-production Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:30:00 EST Strikes cripple Hyundai output; Unifor ratifies GM pact; Report: VW's Winterkorn withheld details from U.S.; Traffic tech; For some dealers, sales plateau means time to get out. Hyundai union stages first full strike in 12 years http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM01/160929885/hyundai-union-stages-first-full-strike-in-12-years Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:11:21 EST Hyundai Motor's South Korean labor union staged its first full nationwide strike in 12 years today over stalled wage talks, putting the automaker's earnings and sales targets at risk. Hundreds of recalled Takata airbag parts ruptured in testing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM10/160929886/hundreds-of-recalled-takata-airbag-parts-ruptured-in-testing Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:53:21 EST Hundreds of Takata airbag inflators pulled from cars in the auto industry's biggest recall later ruptured in testing, showing the potential risks to drivers. Skoda eyes South Korea entry in 2017 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160926/ANE/160929907/skoda-eyes-south-korea-entry-in-2017 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Skoda will "most likely" start sales in South Korea next year. VW Group's Czech subsidiary wants to expand its global footprint as it launches the new Kodiaq large SUV. Here, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditions http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160926/ANE/160929889/here-automakers-team-up-to-share-data-on-traffic-conditions Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:32:25 EST Digital map maker Here will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. Winterkorn more closely involved with VW's cheating, paper says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160926/ANE/160929890/winterkorn-more-closely-involved-with-vws-cheating-paper-says Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:56:23 EST Volkswagen Group's former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, approved a plan to disclose only partial information on the automaker's software rigging to U.S. authorities, a German newspaper reported, citing newly uncovered documents.