Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:00:00 EST GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:57:29 EST GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise. Hyundai global sales fall for third straight month Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:41:50 EST Hyundai's sales fell for a third straight month, dragged down by a slump in overseas deliveries as unfavorable currency exchange rates undermine its ability to compete against Japanese automakers. Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:25:59 EST Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells. Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:34:24 EST Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Jaguar Land Rover said to move China head to lead European unit Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:45:24 EST Jaguar Land Rover will move Bob Grace, its China chief, to lead its European unit, a source said. Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in China. Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:50:37 EST Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu Suzuki will keep his positions as chairman and CEO. Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:45 EST Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports. The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:15:00 EST GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs. Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:18 EST Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S. Bain Capital completes buyout of TI Automotive Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:15:44 EST TI Automotive said its sale to private equity firm Bain Capital LLC has been completed. Terms of the sale were not disclosed in a statement today. GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:54:54 EST General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths. Germany's Getrag getting interest from Magna, Dana, China, report says Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:36:51 EST Getrag, one of the biggest independent makers of transmissions, has attracted interest from automotive suppliers including Canada's Magna International Inc., people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. Mexican supplier Nemak to launch $750 million IPO Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:38:54 EST Nemak SAB's expected $750 million initial public stock offering today marks the first stock offering of a Mexican auto supplier since at least 2000. Toyota's new shares are popular in Japan Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:17:03 EST Japanese retail investors are flooding stock brokers with orders for a new class of Toyota shares, indicating the carmaker can fetch a good price for the issue and secure a new group of long-term investors. Volvo XC90: The un-German crossover Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The redesigned and re-engineered 2016 Volvo XC90 is crucial to the Swedish automaker's revival plans. The big 7-seat crossover sports not just new styling and technology, but also Volvo's first new engine in years. New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. Spanish supplier Ficosa opens third China plant Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:32:15 EST Spanish supplier Ficosa has opened its third Chinese plant in the city of Shenyang to supply automakers in the north of the country, including BMW. Camo-free Cadillac XT5 crossover spied in Manhattan Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:20:41 EST Cadillac's new XT5 -- the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover -- will get a bolder front end but keep many of the same proportions of its predecessor, based on recent spy photographs. Hyundai ad agency swaps CEOs; top marketer leaves Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:45:00 EST Hyundai's ad agency, Innocean, has executed a changing of the guard that sources described as an attempt to strengthen ties with Hyundai. VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:34:40 EST VW Group Spanish subsidiary Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its effort to be sustainably profitable, a company source said. Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:23:24 EST Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:50:59 EST BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model. Car-sharing plan cuts owner costs Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers' vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars. The pilot program, Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, invites 26,000 select Ford Motor Credit Co. Philip Benton, former Ford president, dies at 86 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:51:25 EST Philip Benton Jr., former president of Ford, died at his home in Massachusetts on June 14. He was 86. A role for dealers in lease transfers Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST I read with great interest about James B. Treece's experience in assuming the short-term lease of a Chevy Volt ("Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt," June 8). I agree with him. Dealers should have a role in the lease-transfer process. How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:28:29 EST Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one's surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned. Leaf to get a big boost in driving range Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said. GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel coming this fall in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized trucks. Alfa's high-power reboot Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan. Bill Ford to receive award from Steven Spielberg Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:15:00 EST Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will receive the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation at the organization's gala on Sept. 10. Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg will present Ford with the award. BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:58:20 EST BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013. GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:32:06 EST General Motors' defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said. After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. Hyundai snags NFL sponsorship, replacing GM Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST Hyundai and the NFL jointly announced a four-year sponsorship deal today as the Korean automaker continued its push into sports marketing. Toyota uses geography-targeted Snapchat ads Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:33:11 EST Toyota is driving "Let's Go Places" to some new digital venues that are decidedly local. FCA recalls small number of SUVs over suspension complaint Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:28:34 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a small number of new SUVs that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components. Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:12:55 EST Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said. NYC dealership must provide documents for non-English speakers Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST As part of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office, a New York City dealership group must begin providing translations of sales documents to customers who negotiate their vehicle purchases in languages other than English. Fiat Chrysler's Jeep delay highlights challenges to a potential merger Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:50:13 EST The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne faces in his quest for a partner. Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reason why the idea keeps resurfacing. Bosch positions for electrification growth Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are 'on a good path' toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said. Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end. How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market. Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. Car guy Lutz still has the vision for flying high Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Bob Lutz, the former General Motors product development chief who turned 83 in February and is getting married this summer, is still involved with sports car startup VL Automotive - and is still flying jet airplanes. Dodge to build more Hellcat engines Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. %]