Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST Yanfeng to invest in new HQ, tech center near Detroit Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:43:25 EST Yanfeng Automotive Interiors plans to invest $8.45 million in a new technical center and headquarters, which the supplier is moving to the Detroit suburb of Novi. AutoNews Now: Trump takes aim at U.S. trade deals Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:00 EST Trump takes aim at U.S. trade deals; Ford's $3 billion pension loss; CEO: Volvo IPO an option; Feds pick driverless-car test sites; RAV4's odd-couple ads; VW embeds Alexa tech. Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:31:44 EST Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis Kalanick and help grow the company's self-driving car program. Toyota built 6.6% of North American vehicles in Mexico last year Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:55:58 EST Toyota, scolded by President Donald Trump over a planned plant in Mexico, relied on the country for less than 7 percent of its record North American output last year. Engineering firm ABB to build $90 million r&d operation in Montreal Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:59:59 EST Swiss engineering firm ABB plans to build a $90-million randd center in Montréal, where Canadians will help develop some of the next-generation technologies for electric vehicles. Ford, London partner to test plug-in hybrid commercial vans Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST Ford, aiming to reduce emissions and operating costs, is teaming up with city officials in London to launch a year-long test of 20 Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans. Ford expects $2 billion hit to 2016 net income over pension accounting change Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:47:47 EST Ford Motor said Friday that a change in how it accounts for pensions will result in a $2 billion hit to its 2016 net income, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. BMW design boss Habib is quitting automaker Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:56:33 EST BMW's design boss, Karim Habib, is leaving the automaker, a company source said. Habib's departure follows the exit of two other key designers, exacerbating a period of upheaval in BMW's design department. Nissan is the only automaker to receive Brexit letter, UK minister says Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:05:06 EST Nissan is the only automaker to be sent a letter about the UK's policies toward the auto industry after the country quits the EU, Britain's Industry Minister, Nick Hurd said. Ghosn says Nissan will review UK investment once Brexit terms clear Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:02:02 EST Nissan will review the case for future investment in the UK when the terms of the country's departure from the European Union finally become clear, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. 'Sigh of relief' for self-driving cars after Tesla cleared Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:14:35 EST The push to bring self-driving cars to American roads got a significant boost on Thursday when the nation's chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla's Autopilot system of fault in a fatal 2016 crash. Daimler will begin building Russia plant in 2018, report says Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:23:59 EST Daimler will begin building a Mercedes car plant in Russia next year, the country's trade and industry minister told a business publication. The automaker confirmed last year that it was in talks with authorities to build cars in the country. First Shift: Trump, trade, confidence and CARB Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST Autos and Trump: Ghosn talks consumer confidence, Germany insists on trade compliance, Calif. digs in on EVs; BMW design chief leaving?; 13 automakers issue Takata inflator recalls. BMW said to plan more purchasing with Daimler Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:18:10 EST BMW plans to expand its cooperation with Daimler in purchasing components, the automaker's new head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, told a German newspaper. Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe http://www.autonews.com Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2015. Output is expected to peak at more than 80,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive. VW joins Ford, BMW to offer Amazon's 'Alexa' voice service Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen will offer the first embedded application of Amazon's Alexa voice service in a vehicle, as the growing focus on network-connected appliances and other home devices inspires collaborations between automakers and technical service providers. UK looks to ensure best EU market access for 'key' auto industry Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:47:52 EST Britain's car industry is a key part of the economy and the government is looking to ensure the best possible EU market access after the country quits the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said. Bollore's EV venture hits investors Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:47:05 EST French billionaire Vincent Bollore's push into electric vehicles has been a huge success, at least in terms of publicity and eye-catching contracts. For investors, it hasn't worked out so well. Robot cars to descend on 10 sites U.S. names as proving grounds Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:15:06 EST Robot cars will be put through their paces by researchers and federal regulators at 10 test tracks designated by the U.S. as official sites for validating the technology. Another round of Takata airbag recalls filed by 13 automakers Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:53 EST More than a dozen automakers this week recalled another 652,000 vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in the U.S. French state will keep stake in PSA Group Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:43:37 EST The French government will keep its stake in PSA Group, the office of president Francois Hollande tweeted. AutoNews Now: Fatality probe finds no Tesla defects Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:15:00 EST Fatality probe finds no Tesla defects; More Mexico output predicted; Toyota, Nissan undeterred in UK; Maserati salesman dies after Facebook Live video; Dodge 'Demon' tease. U.S. regulator closes Tesla death probe; no evidence of defects Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:58:05 EST U.S. F-150 Raptor, rally driver Ken Block drive Ford Twitter engagement Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST After a bit of back-and-forth between the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, in December, the F-150 reclaimed its spot as the winner of the Twitter engagement race among pickups in December, according to ListenFirst Media. Icahn to gain full control of Federal-Mogul with $300 million deal Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:10:33 EST Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, after nearly a year of posturing with Federal-Mogul's shareholders, will take full ownership of the diversified auto parts supplier in a roughly $300 million deal. VW plans to build first EVs with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:54:36 EST VW Group plans to build its first cars with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year. VW and JAC signed a preliminary deal to explore making electric vehicles in September. Winterkorn denies early knowledge of VW diesel emissions cheating Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:10:37 EST Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told German lawmakers he did not know about the company's systematic emissions cheating earlier than VW has officially admitted. How Toyota used artificial intelligence for RAV4 campaign Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:03:13 EST IBM's Watson has struck again. The machine learning program, which has emerged as a popular tool for agencies and marketers, is powering a new highly targeted digital campaign for Toyota that uses an algorithm to generate ad scripts. First Shift: Winterkorn apologizes, defends tenure Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST Winterkorn apologizes, defends VW tenure; Report: Takata bidders seek restructuring in Japan; EPA nominee pledges to review ruling; Hyundai's on-the-fly ad; Future role of brands. Kia Stinger aims for halo effect in Europe Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:58:52 EST Kia will launch its Stinger four-door fastback model in Europe in the fourth quarter. The brand hopes the rwd Stinger will serve as a halo model and will offer the car with a 3.3-liter engine variant that will be Kia's fastest production car to date. Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:32:30 EST Panasonic aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business. Germany's Merkel seen putting EU values ahead of car lobby in Brexit talks Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:34:21 EST Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to put EU principles ahead of the German car industry's interests in her dealings with the UK over Brexit, the head of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce said. VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to an electric version of the model that closely resembles the original T1 that began life in 1950. Takata's remaining two bidders to seek court-led turnaround in Japan, report says Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:24:46 EST Takata's two remaining bidders plan to propose a court-mediated turnaround for the Japanese operations of the troubled airbag supplier, the Nikkei business daily reported. Renault-Nissan's Ghosn intent on staying ahead in electric cars Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:03:45 EST Renault-Nissan has sold more than 400,000 electric cars globally and is planning further investment to maintain its market lead, the alliance's CEO Carlos Ghosn. Nissan, Toyota back UK plants despite 'hard Brexit' plan Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:09:47 EST Toyota and Nissan say they will continue to build cars in the UK despite Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU's single market, which could make exporting from British factories less lucrative. Opel will unveil Crossland X next month Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:59:04 EST Opel/Vauxhall will debut the Crossland X, a small crossover that replaces its Meriva minivan, in Berlin on Feb. 1 as part of the General Motors unit's latest product offensive. Maserati salesman killed in crash after filming self on Facebook going 111 mph Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:08:50 EST An employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colo., died in a car crash last weekend after he uploaded a Facebook Live video of himself accelerating from 0 to 111 mph in one of the store's cars. AutoNews Now: Supplying jobs by shifting into park Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:15:00 EST How GM creates supply jobs by shifting into park; SEC fines GM; Amazon patents tech for autonomous commutes; Jag E-Pace spied; Mini Countryman gets the Works; Loyalty awards. Tesla to build motors, gearboxes in Gigafactory Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:44:56 EST Tesla will manufacture the electric motors and gearboxes for the upcoming Model 3 at its Gigafactory in Nevada. GM settles ignition-switch disclosure case with SEC Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:47:44 EST General Motors today said it will pay a $1 million fine to settle an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its 2014 ignition-switch recalls. Hyundai will shoot its Super Bowl ad live during the game Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:25:52 EST Most Super Bowl advertisers spend months on their ads. Hyundai this year will condense the process into roughly three hours by filming its spot during the game. Shoppers will pay more for the right tech, study finds Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:45:00 EST Car shoppers, especially millennials, are willing to pay more for the technology they want in a vehicle, a study found. And those who plan to finance their vehicle are willing to pay slightly more than cash buyers. Store not liable for unauthorized credit pull, but dealers should take heed Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST What should a dealership do about a customer who comes into the showroom, authorizes a credit check, doesn't buy a vehicle at that time but starts shopping again months later? Consider getting another written authorization before pulling an updated... U.S. to remain Germany's top export destination despite Trump Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:41:39 EST German industry expects the United States to remain its most important export destination this year despite protectionist threats from President-elect Donald Trump, Germany's Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Wednesday. GM's $1 billion investment plan to take toll on American Axle Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:36:02 EST General Motors' plan to invest $1 billion into U.S. factories and add thousands of jobs comes at the expense of one Detroit supplier. VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to an electric version of the model that closely resembles the original T1 that began life in 1950. First Shift: 5 automakers unite to boost hydrogen Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST Toyota, four rivals unite to boost hydrogen; NAFTA exit would cost jobs, CAR warns; Ex-GM exec joins Trump team; More products for Tesla plant; Visteon keeps it simple; New Ram ads. VW delays bid to boost Audi's China sales with SAIC deal Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:22:50 EST VW Group says it will not produce or sell any Audi cars with SAIC in China until at least 2018, seeking first to strengthen ties with existing Audi partner FAW. 5 automakers form hydrogen alliance with energy, transport giants Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:29:22 EST Toyota, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai are joining oil and gas giants including Royal Dutch Shell and Total with plans to invest a combined $10.7 billion in hydrogen-related products within five years.