Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:00:00 EST Nissan vehicles to use common visible parts Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's modular platform saves money by using common components. But owners rarely notice; most of the shared parts are unseen under the hood. Fiat Chrysler to abandon sub-$25,000 minivans Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler plans to abandon the bottom end of its minivan lineup next year as the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town and Country replaces the existing model and the Dodge Grand Caravan. One vehicle that deserved a Super Bowl ad Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Back in January 2009, GM didn't have money for a Super Bowl commercial, but if it could have scraped together the funds, it had a golden opportunity to introduce the masses to the Chevy Volt. Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million vehicles in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output. Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:15:00 EST Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:24:35 EST The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:52:43 EST Honda sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata. GM ignition-switch victims accepting offers, Feinberg says Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:13 EST General Motors' compensation program for victims of ignition-switch accidents is meeting its goal of sidelining many potential lawsuits, according to the lawyer handling the payments. Volvo and the 'sweet hereafter' Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:59:56 EST Excruciatingly long product lead times have always challenged automakers, who have to figure out what will sell four or five years hence. Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:16:41 EST Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors naturally are looking for weaknesses. And they found a few this week. Denso to expand Tenn. plant, add 400 jobs Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:24:55 EST Denso, the world's second-largest automotive supplier, is set to expand a plant and add about 400 employees in Athens, Tenn. Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:43:14 EST Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by models such as the A4 sedan, the flagship Q7 SUV and the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said. BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars found vulnerable to being unlocked by hackers Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:14:43 EST BMW brand, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles equipped with BMW Group's ConnectedDrive service can be vulnerable to hackers who can tap into a security flaw in a digital-service system to wirelessly open cars, Germany's ADAC auto club said. BMW, Toyota may cooperate on entry-level Mini, report says Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW and Toyota may cooperate on a small, decontented entry model for the Mini lineup that would be called the Minor, a German media report said. Toyota could sell its own version of the car, which may be called the Starlet, the report added. Bosch says automotive sales rose 9% in 2014 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:30:42 EST Bosch said revenue at its automotive division rose 9 percent to 33.3 billion euros ($37.7 billion) last year, boosted by growth in sales of car safety, fuel-saving technology and infotainment systems. German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:53:56 EST The January killings of journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris have brought home to Germany the difficult issue of Jihadi attacks, with the debate now reaching the economic pride of the country, its carmakers. Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover and showcases the brand's bolder design language. Renault will increase dealer rebates in China as market demand slows Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:32:46 EST Renault will give its China dealers more rebates and moderate sales targets as demand cools. Sales growth of passenger vehicles in China will probably slow to 8 percent this year from 10 percent in 2014, according to an industry association. European suppliers poised for boost from self-driving cars, lower emissions Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST European suppliers such as Faurecia and Valeo have a five- to 10-year window for above-average organic growth because of trends such as the race to produce vehicles that can drive themselves and to build cars that are more fuel efficient, according... ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 2. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start. Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:21:28 EST American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas. GM will suspend output at Russian plant Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:01:31 EST General Motors will suspend production at its plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, from mid-March until mid-May and is raising prices for its products because of the weak and volatile Russian ruble. U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:10:40 EST Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge 'of possible defects or any wrongdoing' by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries. Fiat Chrysler to air 3 Super Bowl ads Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:21:48 EST Fiat Chrysler says it will air three Super Bowl commercials during Sunday's game. The first ad is slated to air as the first commercial after the two-minute warning in the second quarter. Ford's 2014 profit fell 56 percent amid new-product blitz Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:00:00 EST Ford posted a drop in fourth-quarter profit and said earnings fell 56 percent in 2014 as it introduced 24 vehicles worldwide while US market share declined. CFO Bob Shanks predicted "a lot of strong growth numbers from Ford in 2015." Kia to unveil off-roader concept at Chicago show Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:34:01 EST Kia Motors will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker said today as it released a teaser image. VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:09:33 EST VW Group ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said. GM's lease incentive move to captive unit surprised, angered Ally's chief Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:40:10 EST General Motors' recent move to steer 100 percent of its Buick, Cadillac and GMC lease incentives in the US to captive finance company GM Financial took Ally Financial by surprise, Ally CEO Michael Carpenter said during a conference call today. Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:13:38 EST Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire. Autoliv sees 2015 growth, better margins as Q4 beats forecast Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:25:53 EST Auto safety products supplier Autoliv today said it saw slightly higher margins in 2015 as it posted fourth quarter earnings above market expectations, helped by strong sales in Europe and lower costs for raw materials. Volvo's interception not likely to win the game Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:43:03 EST Volvo wants some of the attention the big boys with fat wallets will get during the Super Bowl. Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:45:32 EST Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis. Daimler, Schaeffler hit by German strikes Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:21:58 EST Daimler and parts supplier Schaeffler were among the companies affected when thousands of engineering workers on the night shift across Germany walked out over a wage dispute early on Thursday. Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:33:22 EST Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for... GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:05:32 EST General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensation. Fiat Chrysler's $4.1 billion operating profit in 2014 fueled by N.A. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:51:14 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles met its full-year guidance as strong results from North America and improving operations in Europe managed to offset persistent weakness in Latin America. Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:28:33 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Renault expects to make 3,000 Alpine cars a year Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:36:35 EST A Renault executive has revealed the output expectations for the automaker's Alpine-badged sports car. Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:41:36 EST The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal. Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:01:45 EST Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and marketing for Bentley's global organization. Gentex Q4 sales gains lag forecasts; stock drops Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:53:40 EST Gentex, a mirror, camera and electronic component supplier, said its fourth quarter net income rose a disappointing 2 percent while overall revenue jumped 7 percent from a year earlier. Gentex shares fell 6 percent. Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:47:40 EST Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment. Nissan teases Super Bowl ad; full reveal will wait until big game Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:23:36 EST Nissan is using a dreary Harry Chapin song as the backdrop for its Super Bowl ad, but the overall message won't be seen until the game on Sunday. The automaker unveiled a 10-second teaser today featuring Chapin's song 'Cat's in the Cradle. Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:57:55 EST Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls. Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:40:43 EST Nissan is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and federal regulators said today. Cost-cutting VW baffles experts with Phaeton plans Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:05:20 EST With VW having embarked on a big cost-cutting drive, industry experts are baffled why the "people's car" maker plans to spend millions of euros upgrading the money-losing Phaeton premium sedan. Analysts say the costly car should be axed. Auto industry drives comeback in aluminum prices Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:44:22 EST At a time when other commodities are slumping, aluminum is making a comeback as automakers under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars increase their use of the lightweight metal. Automakers' push for fuel-efficiency boosts aluminum Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:02:03 EST Automakers, under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars, are driving demand for aluminum, even at a time when other commodities are slumping. Zetsche done taking beating for Daimler double duty Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Dieter Zetsche has been the whipping boy of the German premium auto industry for years, but that should soon change. Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EST General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market? %]