Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 EST We don&'t need mechanics anymore http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL05/302279996/we-don-t-need-mechanics-anymore Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As automotive systems get more and more complex, it will become even more important to have service techs who are really good at using diagnostic tools and making sure that they know what really needs replacing, writes Keith Crain. Peugeot concept highlights self-driving, connectivity advances http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170227/ANE/170229873/peugeot-concept-highlights-self-driving-connectivity-advances Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Peugeot will highlight its autonomous technology at the upcoming Geneva auto show with a self-driving shooting-brake concept called the Instinct. Six daring products that Ghosn championed http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279955/six-daring-products-that-ghosn-championed Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Since Carlos Ghosn's 1999 arrival at Nissan, he has signed off on some daring product initiatives Carlos Ghosn, in his own words http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279954/carlos-ghosn-in-his-own-words Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Comments from Carlos Ghosn for interviews with Automotive News over the years How to get kids to care about the future of cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/PODCAST/170229878/how-to-get-kids-to-care-about-the-future-of-cars Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Start children on the path to becoming the next great automotive inventor -- with advice from Tony Fadell, a co-creator of some of Apple's biggest products. Mercedes may join U.S. midsize-pickup party http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279973/mercedes-may-join-u-s-midsize-pickup-party Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The U.S. midsize pickup segment is undergoing a sales resurgence and an accompanying product blitz. It may get even more crowded as German executives last week hinted that the Mercedes-Benz X class might come to the U.S. Wanted man: Jobs he might have had http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279956/wanted-man-jobs-he-might-have-had Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The partnership that Carlos Ghosn orchestrated turned him into a superstar who nearly became General Motors' savior a decade ago and who was courted twice by Ford Motor Co. Millennials won't compromise on technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL/302279966/millennials-wont-compromise-on-technology Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Millennials are at ease with digital technology. That makes the 18- to 34-year-olds less willing to compromise on the features they want, experts say. PSA takes 1st step back into N.A. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279976/psa-takes-1st-step-back-into-n-a Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA Group, with plans on re-entering the North American market, will be a partner in a ride-sharing service set to begin in April at airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles. MOBILITY REPORT: How to sell mobility services http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279978/mobility-report-how-to-sell-mobility-services Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers are going all in on mobility, but it will take more than big investments to get new services off the ground. New GM is real, but hasn't shed some old habits http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM/302279951/new-gm-is-real-but-hasnt-shed-some-old-habits Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST There's a new General Motors today aggressively reshaping itself to compete in the emerging connectivity-car sharing-autonomous space. But sometimes it's difficult to see New GM. Old GM gets in the way. Innovative automotive suppliers vie for PACE Awards http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM10/302279993/innovative-automotive-suppliers-vie-for-pace-awards Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The Automotive News PACE Awards this year spotlight 34 product and process innovations from suppliers. Honda settles for an 80-mile EV http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM05/302279968/honda-settles-for-an-80-mile-ev Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda's Clarity all-electric model debuting this spring will have only about 80 miles of range on a single charge, Automotive News has learned. Ghosn's 18 years of epic battles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279957/ghosns-18-years-of-epic-battles Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST In the course of running Nissan Motor Co. for 18 years, Carlos Ghosn has racked up a long list of battles and dramas, many of them at his own instigation. Errant email lands Uber in court http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279952/errant-email-lands-uber-in-court Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Waymo said an inadvertent email sent its way gave it enough evidence to sue Uber for intellectual property theft Can Toyota stave off CarPlay, Android Auto? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM06/302279971/can-toyota-stave-off-carplay-android-auto Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST What makes Toyota's new infotainment system stand out from the rest of the industry? It still doesn't accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Forward thinker http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279969/forward-thinker Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares said buying Opel would quickly create significant savings for both companies and lift their combined annual sales to as many as 5 million. Mendel's exit at Honda elevates U.S. newcomer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279967/mendels-exit-at-honda-elevates-u-s-newcomer Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Tucked beneath the headlines last week about John Mendel's retirement from Honda were other several other key personnel changes that will shape the company's path moving forward. You didn't build that. But you helped. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM01/302279948/you-didnt-build-that-but-you-helped Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST People end up paying a lot just for the badge on a luxury vehicle or sports car. Using their noggins to avoid Noggles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM03/302279949/using-their-noggins-to-avoid-noggles Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The chief engineer of the 2018 GMC Terrain challenged interior designers to step up their efforts in keeping with the new exterior design. Mendel's next move: Spirited retirement http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279950/mendels-next-move-spirited-retirement Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST John Mendel approached American Honda CEO Toshiaki Mikoshiba nine months ago to put his departure in motion. Uber confronts dark side of Silicon Valley culture http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279975/uber-confronts-dark-side-of-silicon-valley-culture Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Maybe it was some hard-earned experience that led Uber's CEO to respond quickly to the company's latest PR setback: a former engineer's claims of sexist treatment from company managers. To reduce distractions, bring back knobs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM11/302279997/to-reduce-distractions-bring-back-knobs Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S. traffic deaths rose again in 2016 to an estimated 40,200, the highest number in a decade, according to figures compiled by the National Safety Council. XC40 strongly resembles Volvo family members http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279953/xc40-strongly-resembles-volvo-family-members Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's XC40 baby crossover won't be all that different from its larger siblings. A major face-lift for Buick Enclave http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279958/a-major-face-lift-for-buick-enclave Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The next-generation Enclave is expected to debut in April at the New York auto show and arrive in showrooms around midyear. EPA boosts VW e-Golf mpg, range ratings for '17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM06/302279972/epa-boosts-vw-e-golf-mpg-range-ratings-for-17 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor helped boost the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf's mpg and range ratings. Land Rover's Velar to take on Porsche's Macan http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM03/302279960/land-rovers-velar-to-take-on-porsches-macan Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Land Rover will challenge the Porsche Macan with a new crossover to be called the Velar. Cadillac revamps CUE infotainment in response to customer complaints http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM06/302279988/cadillac-revamps-cue-infotainment-in-response-to-customer-complaints Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys. Credit union liable for unpaid judgment against dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/LEGALFILE/302279980/credit-union-liable-for-unpaid-judgment-against-dealership Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A credit union is on the hook for a large chunk of an unpaid trial award a closed Buick-GMC store owed the buyer of a 2006 Nissan Altima. How to keep patent trolls at bay http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM/170229889/how-to-keep-patent-trolls-at-bay Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Patent trolls seek out automotive patents because they're lucrative. There are ways to deal with them. Ghosn's successor will have work to do http://www.autonews.com/article/20170226/OEM02/302279970/ghosns-successor-will-have-work-to-do Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn is handing the CEO reins for a vastly improved Nissan. Despite nearly two decades of gains, Nissan still has much to work on. BMW may build Mini EV in Germany instead of UK, paper says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170226/ANE/170229867/bmw-may-build-mini-ev-in-germany-instead-of-uk-paper-says Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:08:27 EST BMW may build a Mini EV in Germany instead of the UK in response to plans by Britain to leave the EU's single market, a German paper reported. Takata's guilty plea to be considered Monday by U.S. judge http://www.autonews.com/article/20170226/OEM10/170229865/takatas-guilty-plea-to-be-considered-monday-by-u-s-judge Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:24:59 EST A federal judge will consider Takata's proposed $1 billion settlement over deadly automotive airbags that have claimed at least 17 lives around the world. Trump administration re-evaluating self-driving car guidance http://www.autonews.com/article/20170226/MOBILITY/170229866/trump-administration-re-evaluating-self-driving-car-guidance Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:11:58 EST Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said she was reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public. FTC checks lenders' use of 'kill switches' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170226/MOBILITY/302279979/ftc-checks-lenders-use-of-kill-switches Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the practice of installing GPS trackers and "kill switches" on vehicles to disable them if the owner fails to make timely payments. SUV? Electric car? They'll kill 2 birds with 1 Bentley http://www.autonews.com/article/20170226/OEM04/302279974/suv-electric-car-theyll-kill-2-birds-with-1-bentley Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Bentley Motors is eyeing a new strategy for both its SUV lineup and its electrification plans: combining them. Subaru sees Impreza as gateway to young buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170225/RETAIL03/302279981/subaru-sees-impreza-as-gateway-to-young-buyers Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST How is Subaru reaching out to millennials? With a puppy, of course. It's one of the images Subaru of America is using to reach millennials in its national ad campaign for the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza. Can Continental score big with 48-volt hybrids? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170225/OEM06/302279995/can-continental-score-big-with-48-volt-hybrids Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Continental's previous hybrid solutions failed to win over automakers because they were too "exotic," the supplier's powertrain boss, Jose Avila, said. VW's diesel damages approach $24 billion, clouding 2016 profit http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170224/ANE/170229884/vws-diesel-damages-approach-24-billion-clouding-2016-profit Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:58:57 EST VW Group's provisions for the diesel-cheating scandal rose to 22.6 billion euros ($23.9 billion). The cost overshadowed improving business as VW's operating profit rose to 14.6 billion euros, helped by record sales of Audi and Porsche cars. GM, PSA haggle over $9 billion pension gap, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170224/ANE/170229896/gm-psa-haggle-over-9-billion-pension-gap-report-says Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:31:56 EST As GM tries to sell its European business to PSA, one issue looms large: how the companies will manage an underfunded pension plan. GM's pension plan for Opel and Vauxhall is underfunded by about $9 billion, according to Bloomberg. VW's refusal to compensate diesel owners leaves EU consumer chief 'desperate' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170224/ANE/170229890/vws-refusal-to-compensate-diesel-owners-leaves-eu-consumer-chief Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:50:38 EST The EU's consumer affairs chief said VW Group's failure to compensate European customers hit by the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal has made her feel "desperate." Tavares offers reassuring words on Vauxhall plants http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170224/ANE/170229897/tavares-offers-reassuring-words-on-vauxhall-plants Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:08:03 EST PSA CEO Carlos Tavares played down the threat to British plants as he discussed his potential takeover of General Motors' European operations during a visit to London. GM said to demand non-compete clauses in return for Opel patents http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170224/ANE/170229895/gm-said-to-demand-non-compete-clauses-in-return-for-opel-patents Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:45:23 EST GM has told PSA it would only sell licenses for the manufacture of Opel cars to the French company if it agreed not to sell them in North America, Russia or China, a German magazine reported. Musk disputes claims Tesla's Calif. factory workers are overworked, underpaid http://www.autonews.com/article/20170224/OEM01/170229875/musk-disputes-claims-teslas-calif-factory-workers-are-overworked Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:30:00 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot back against claims that workers at the company's California factory are overworked and underpaid, calling them 'disingenuous and outright false.' New Audi S5 Coupe campaign pits man against beast http://www.autonews.com/article/20170224/RETAIL03/170229880/new-audi-s5-coupe-campaign-pits-man-against-beast Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:32:09 EST Audi is launching a new ad campaign for the 2018 S5 Coupe, slated to hit dealerships this spring. The ad, titled 'Monster,' was released Friday, targeting thrill-seeking drivers. AutoNews Now: Flat sales, fat spiffs in Feb. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170224/VIDEO/302249972/autonews-now-flat-sales-fat-spiffs-in-feb Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:45:00 EST Forecasters see flat Feb. sales, fat spiffs; Peek at VW Arteon; Tesla's cash-burning ways; Pensions hang over Opel talks; Cadillac takes on 'nation divided' in Oscars ad. Magna Q4 report warns about 'protectionist sentiments' in North America http://www.autonews.com/article/20170224/OEM10/170229898/magna-q4-report-warns-about-protectionist-sentiments-in-north-america Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:46:38 EST Diversified Canadian auto supplier Magna International said increased protectionist measures in North America could pose a substantial risk to the supplier achieving 'desired results' in the future. Key Safety, Takata aim to reach deal by end of March, source says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170224/OEM10/170229888/key-safety-takata-aim-to-reach-deal-by-end-of-march-source-says Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:37:21 EST Key Safety Systems is expected to sign a definitive agreement to acquire troubled Japanese auto supplier Takata by the end of March, according to a person close to the negotiations. Acura lands jersey sponsorship deal with Columbus Crew soccer club http://www.autonews.com/article/20170224/RETAIL03/170229910/acura-lands-jersey-sponsorship-deal-with-columbus-crew-soccer-club Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST Acura will be the official jersey sponsor and automotive partner for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. The deal calls for the Acura logo to appear on the front of Crew jerseys for the next three seasons. PSA has 'track record' to turn around Opel/Vauxhall, Tavares says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170224/ANE/170229917/psa-has-track-record-to-turn-around-opel-vauxhall-tavares-says Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA CEO Carlos Tavares offered a robust justification for a potential deal to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall business, saying his company has the track record and expertise to turn around GM's European operations, which has continued to lose hundreds of...