Automotive News Automakers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST 'Good return' expected for dealers with Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD http://www.autonews.com/article/20180121/RETAIL07/180129980/gm-chevy-silverado-hd Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST General Motors plans to expand its dealer network for medium-duty commercial vehicles this year from 240 to about 400 with the introduction of Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD trucks. Jim Hackett is urging Ford to think, act in new ways http://www.autonews.com/article/20180121/OEM09/180129966/ford-ceo-jim-hackett-teaching-new-ways Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Jim Hackett, the former furniture company CEO who expected to be spending his 60s enjoying retirement, is instead teaching a course on survival to a century-old automaker. Nissan's ePower tech coming to U.S. vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180121/OEM05/180129955/nissan-epower-us-popular-in-japan Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan's ePower technology has been something of a sensation in Japan. Now the automaker wants to bring it to the United States. PETA auto show protest, aimed at FCA, is misdirected http://www.autonews.com/article/20180120/BLOG06/180129949/peta-auto-show-protest-aimed-at-fca-is-misdirected Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to protest FCA at the Detroit auto show for something one of its dealers is doing: sponsoring a long-time dog-sled race in Alaska. Renault strives to keep Zoe competitive in growing EV market http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180120/ANE/180119692/renault-strives-to-keep-zoe-competitive-in-growing-ev-market Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Renault's Zoe has been Europe's top-selling EV for three years in a row, but the automaker is anticipating that the competition will get much tougher, and quickly. With AI digital assistant, drivers talk to their cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180120/OEM06/180129987/ces-car-voice-technology-mobility Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST The auto industry is in the early days in utilizing smart digital assistants to create unique, in-car user experiences. Here's what CES attendees see in the future. Paint pro gives high marks to automakers' Detroit palettes http://www.autonews.com/article/20180120/OEM03/180129981/paint-color-automotive-ppg-detroit Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Part of the glitz of the Detroit auto show is the palette of colors selected and created for the occasion. Subaru aims to get serious about micro sales in world's biggest market http://www.autonews.com/article/20180120/GLOBAL03/180129973/subaru-confronts-sales-quandary-in-china Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru has a growing sense of urgency to get serious about China, where the brand is barely treading water. Hyundai Motor America poised to get more say on production http://www.autonews.com/article/20180120/RETAIL07/180129982/hyundai-motor-america-poised-to-get-more-say Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor Group is going through a restructuring that will shift more decision-making power to regional markets such as North America. AutoNews Now: PSA to put regional HQ in Atlanta http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/VIDEO/301199981/autonews-now-psa-to-put-regional-hq-in-atlanta Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:45:00 EST Southern charm? PSA to put regional HQ in Atlanta, plus, Alabama's auto appeal; NAFTA woes; Lexus 'Panther' placement; A limited Land Rover; GM exec's CarPlay critique; Bullitt benefit. Thyssenkrupp to refine strategy amid investor concerns http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119661/thyssenkrupp-to-refine-strategy-amid-investor-concerns Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:21:31 EST Thyssenkrupp will adapt its strategy following a planned steel tie-up with Tata Steel, CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said, responding to investor criticism that the group is too unwieldy. Toyota will build new model at French plant, paper says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119652/toyota-will-build-new-model-at-french-plant-paper-says Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:45:03 EST Toyota will announce a second model for its factory in Valenciennes, France, on Monday, a paper said. Toyota builds the Yaris at the plant. PSA increases van production in Portugal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119666/psa-increases-van-production-in-portugal Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:49:19 EST PSA will add a third production team at its plant in Mangualde, Portugal, in response to increased demand for the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans. In China, outside contractors give GM a big hand on the plant floor http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/OEM01/180119644/in-china-outside-contractors-give-gm-a-big-hand-on-the-plant-floor Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:38:45 EST GM has deployed third-party logistics contractors inside all 17 of its joint-venture assembly plants in China to transport materials, manage nearby parts warehouses and deliver components to the shop floor. Ohio to develop smart mobility center, Kasich says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/MOBILITY/180119643/kasich-ohio-autonomous-mobility-center Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:11:22 EST Ohio is planning to develop a smart mobility center to prioritize connected technologies and pave the road for autonomous vehicles in the state. PSA bringing N.A. headquarters to Atlanta http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/OEM02/180119645/psa-headquarters-atlanta-north-america Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:00 EST PSA Group, steaming toward a return to the U.S. auto market, is poised to put its North American headquarters in the greater Atlanta area, Automotive News has learned. Why Jim Hackett is wrong about Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/BLOG06/180119651/why-jim-hackett-is-wrong-about-volvo-jaguar-and-land-rover Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:46:44 EST Ford CEO Jim Hackett candidly admitted that he wishes the automaker still owned Volvo and JLR. It's important to remember why this didn't work out for Ford. A floating car is born after Japan's tsunami http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/OEM04/180119656/floating-cars-startup-japan-future-prototype Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:08:34 EST A former employee of a Toyota subsidiary started to build a watertight EV that can float in floods, or even cruise at low speeds. His startup has notable backers and a functioning prototype. Lithium makers for EV batteries get a dedicated hedge fund http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/OEM05/180119658/lithium-makers-for-ev-batteries-get-a-dedicated-hedge-fund Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:19:41 EST Will Smith, a former partner at Michael Hintze's investment firm CQS UK, is starting a hedge fund that will bet on companies that could gain from the expected boom in electric cars. Quick Shift: Daily mobility news for 1.19.2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/MOBILITY/180119657/quick-shift-daily-mobility-news-for-1-19-2018 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:16:54 EST It's almost the weekend, so go ahead and spike your coffee and grab a drone #8212; unless you live in New Jersey #8212; and let's jump right into the news. First Shift: GM gets a $1 billion legal reprieve http://www.autonews.com/article/20180119/VIDEO/301199980/first-shift-gm-gets-a-1-billion-legal-reprieve Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:30:00 EST GM gets a $1 billion legal reprieve; Ford's 'do not drive' directive raises questions; Audi still ahead in China; New way to send cars Down Under; Blackberry's cybersecurity tips. BASF aims to be major player in EV battery materials http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119664/basf-aims-to-be-major-player-in-ev-battery-materials Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:31:40 EST BASF is prepared to dig deep, pouring money and expertise into developing materials for electric-vehicle batteries to catch up with rivals like Tesla supplier Sumitomo. Ford may export to Europe from Russia http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119688/ford-may-export-to-europe-from-russia Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford's Russian factories are busy now that the market is recovering but the company may still export vehicles to Europe from its local joint venture. Bosch to meet French gov't over diesel injectors plant http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119663/bosch-to-meet-french-govt-over-diesel-injectors-plant Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:51:33 EST French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will hold talks with Bosch to address concerns about the future of the supplier's diesel injectors factory in Rodez, which is heavily exposed to a downturn in diesel sales. Lexus, Infiniti test ways to fight BMW, Mercedes, Audi http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/ANE/180119667/lexus-infiniti-test-ways-to-fight-bmw-mercedes-audi Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:17:34 EST Lexus and Infiniti are testing ways to regain momentum against German luxury automakers with concepts that present connectivity and self-driving technologies. Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/CUTAWAY01/180119665/suppliers-to-the-new-toyota-c-hr Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:59:03 EST Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turkey. Output peaked at more than 190,000 units in 2017, according to IHS Markit. Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180119/BLOG15/180119691/peugeots-decision-to-give-3008-and-5008-suv-styling-pays-off Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has paid off handsomely. The two models easily outsold their predecessors in 2017, helping the brand's global sales to jump 10 percent last year. Land Rover Defender returns briefly http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180118/ANE/180119730/land-rover-defender-returns-briefly Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Land Rover has taken its utilitarian Defender and turned it into high-performance limited-edition rival to the most expensive versions of the similarly rugged but costly Mercedes G class. VW will build Polo, Passat in Rwanda in sub-Saharan expansion http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180118/ANE/180119687/vw-will-build-polo-passat-in-rwanda-in-sub-saharan-expansion Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:14:25 EST VW will begin assembling the Polo and Passat models at a new plant in Rwanda in May for local sale and use in its new ride-sharing service. PSA to tap GM expertise in return to U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/OEM02/180119675/psa-gm-executives-engineers Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:37:47 EST France's PSA Group has found a bonus benefit in engineers from its newly acquired Opel unit. The former GM employees are helping make PSA products compliant with United States regulations, Judge tosses out $1 billion GM settlement deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/OEM/180119670/gm-bankruptcy-litigation-ignition-switch Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:56:20 EST The trust set up to handle GM's bankruptcy claims acted in bad faith in reaching a $15 million class-action settlement that would have forced the company to contribute as much as $1 billion in new stock, a judge ruled in throwing out the accord. Ford faces questions from U.S. senators over 'do not drive' warning http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/OEM/180119668/ford-faces-questions-from-u-s-senators-over-do-not-drive-warning Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:55:11 EST Two senators asked the Transportation Department to explain why a "do not drive" directive issued last week by Ford is limited to about 2,900 older pickup trucks and if other vehicles are potentially at risk from defective airbag inflators. Audi outsells BMW, Mercedes in China's luxury race http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180118/ANE/180119694/audi-outsells-bmw-mercedes-in-chinas-luxury-race Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:41:55 EST Audi is still China's top luxury vehicle seller after outselling both BMW and Daimler in the world's biggest market. Jeep sees banner year with new products, Manley says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/OEM02/180119677/jeep-ram-manley-sales-product Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:06:09 EST While other mainstream auto brands head for sliding United States demand this year, Jeep is rolling out new models to buck the trend and bring 16 straight months of sales declines to an end. AutoNews Now: VW's struggle to become a U.S. sales leader http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/VIDEO/301189998/autonews-now-vws-struggle-to-become-a-u-s-sales-leader Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 EST AN World Congress: VW's struggle to rise above niche status in U.S., Volvo exec sold on subscriptions; Buick to expand Avenir line; Ghosn proclaims alliance global sales title. Hoeegh Autoliners is offering a new, direct service to New Zealand and Australia with a U.S. automaker as its launch customer. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/OEM10/180119683/u-s-automaker-spurs-new-ocean-service-to-speed-exports-to-australia Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:29:42 EST Automakers will have another shipping option from the United States to Australia and New Zealand when Hoeegh Autoliners in March begins offering a monthly direct service from the Port of Baltimore. Buick's Avenir subbrand expected to grow across lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/RETAIL03/180119680/buick-avenir-subbrand-grows-lineup-detroit-auto-show Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:39:10 EST Buick's Avenir subbrand is poised to grow across the marque's lineup of cars and crossovers. Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, said expanding Avenir is a way for Buick to better compete. Quick Spin: Daily mobility news for 1.18.2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/MOBILITY/180119686/quick-spin-daily-mobility-news-for-1-18-2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:39:21 EST Good morning and welcome back to Quick Spin, where the mobility news is always a-flowin'. Grab some coffee and catch up on what you missed. -- Katie Burke Continental aims for split before year-end, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180118/ANE/180119690/continental-aims-for-split-before-year-end-report-says Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:29:02 EST Continental aims to float part of its business on the stock exchange before the end of the year, a German business publication reported. First Shift: PSA reveals broad electrification plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20180118/VIDEO/301189997/first-shift-psa-reveals-broad-electrification-plan Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST AN World Congress: PSA reveals broad electrification plan, Taking a bite out of CUV sales?, Porsche's plan to stand out in EVs, Supplier talent crunch; GM and Waymo AVs land in Detroit. Schaeffler names former BMW exec as new e-mobility chief http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180118/ANE/180119693/schaeffler-names-former-bmw-exec-as-new-e-mobility-chief Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:01:59 EST Schaeffler has appointed Jochen Schroeder, a former BMW executive, to lead the group's newly established e-mobility business division. Ford will launch 3 EVs in Europe, 'scale back' on passenger cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180117/ANE/180119733/ford-will-launch-3-evs-in-europe-scale-back-on-passenger-cars Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:42:18 EST Ford will scale back its car offerings in Europe and launch three electric cars in the region, the automaker said on Tuesday in a breakout of its investments in the future. Renault-Nissan claims to be biggest global automaker despite rival VW's record sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180117/ANE/180119710/renault-nissan-claims-to-be-biggest-global-automaker-despite-rival Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:57 EST Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn said the alliance is now the world's leading automaker by unit sales despite rival VW Group delivering a record 10.7 million vehicles in 2017. Ford ready to help electric mail vans go global http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180117/ANE/180119731/ford-ready-to-help-electric-mail-vans-go-global Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:55:26 EST Ford, which has been cooperating with Deutsche Post on electric vans, said it's ready to help the German mail operator take its surprise hit vehicle global. VW Group reports record 2017 global sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180117/ANE/180119734/vw-group-reports-record-2017-global-sales Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:22:05 EST VW Group's global deliveries rose 4.3 percent to 10.7 million last year as the recovering markets of Russia and Brazil helped to offset weak demand in western Europe. Barra celebrates Cruise AV, renovated HQ space with employees http://www.autonews.com/article/20180117/MOBILITY/180119704/barra-cruise-av-headquarters-world-congress Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:25:58 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra marked the completion of the latest renovation project at the company's world headquarters in Detroit with employees by publicly showing GM's newest self-driving vehicle. GM faces similar challenges in U.S., China with electric vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180117/OEM/180119698/gm-faces-similar-challenges-in-us-china-with-electric-vehicles Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:47:15 EST GM is expected to face some, but not all, of the same challenges in deploying electric vehicles across China as it does in the United States. PSA to electrify global product lineup by 2025 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180117/OEM09/180119696/psa-to-electrify-global-product-lineup-by-2025 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:38:26 EST French automaker PSA plans to bring electrified options to its full car and light-truck lineup by 2025, joining other automakers in pledging to widely deploy partial or fully electric powertrains to lower emissions, CEO Carlos Tavares said Wednesday. Quick spin: Daily mobility news for 1.17.18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180117/MOBILITY/180119722/quick-spin-daily-mobility-news-for-1-17-18 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:06:21 EST There may be no limit to the oddities of Uber under former CEO Travis Kalanick. GAC's U.S. market drive runs into Washington opposition http://www.autonews.com/article/20180117/OEM/180119701/gacs-u-s-market-drive-runs-into-washington-opposition Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:54:03 EST Chinese automaker GAC Automobiles' plan to sell vehicles in the United States is running afoul of Washington trade politics as the top Senate Democrat and President Trump criticize China's trade practices.