Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 4 May 2016 06:00:00 EST First Shift: April U.S. sales winners, losers Wed, 4 May 2016 00:01:00 EST April U.S. sales winners, losers; Takata recall to widen?; Volvo swings to a profit; Ford's portable wind tunnel; Nissan shifting marketing focus toward safety. Daimler plans Mercedes engine factory in Poland Wed, 4 May 2016 04:30:33 EST Daimler said it plans to invest about 500 million euros ($575 million) in a new engine factory in Poland to broaden its production footprint outside its German home market. Takata's fight for survival gets even harder as airbag recall widens Wed, 4 May 2016 07:01:14 EST The world's largest automotive safety recall is about to get even bigger, adding to the hurdles that Japanese airbag supplier Takata is battling to survive the crisis. EV-charging network ChargePoint gets $50 million in funding Wed, 4 May 2016 06:35:14 EST Electric vehicle-charging network ChargePoint said on Tuesday it had received an additional $50 million in funding to allow the Silicon Valley company to expand beyond its current 27,000 public charging stations. Continental expects no major hit from carmakers' price cuts Wed, 4 May 2016 06:01:16 EST Continental is bracing for tough talks with Volkswagen and other carmakers over prices, though it does not expect to take a major hit on its results, finance chief Wolfgang Schaefer said. Volvo swings to profit in first quarter Wed, 4 May 2016 01:50:48 EST Volvo swung to a profit in the first quarter as its new XC90 helped to drive growth. Operating earnings rose to $392 million from a year-ago loss. Ford develops mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel Wed, 4 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford is taking wind-tunnel testing on the road, so that its engineers and the vehicles they test can spend less time traveling around the country. Sales advance 3.5% on fatter deals, truck volume; SAAR rebounds to 17.42M Tue, 3 May 2016 08:30:00 EST Led by gains at Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Ford, U.S. light-vehicle sales increased 3.5 percent to 1.506 million in April, a record for the month. Next-generation Jeep Wrangler breaks cover Tue, 3 May 2016 15:59:30 EST Spy photographers have captured their first shots of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler driving about near Fiat Chrysler's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Volvo sales rise 11% in April as U.S., Europe growth offsets China slowdown Tue, 3 May 2016 15:33:12 EST Volvo's vehicle sales grew 11.3 percent in April as gains in the U.S. and Europe offset lower demand in China. Renault pressed by French gov't to cut Ghosn's pay after investor revolt Tue, 3 May 2016 11:38:20 EST France will maintain pressure on Renault to rein in Carlos Ghosn's pay, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said, after shareholders voted against the CEO's $8.3 million payout for 2015. BMW i brand sales fall 23% as key execs join Chinese EV startup Tue, 3 May 2016 10:18:04 EST BMW's i subbrand of electric and plug-in hybrid cars saw sales plunge in the first quarter while it also suffered the defections of key executives to a Chinese startup. Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company Tue, 3 May 2016 09:22:11 EST Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emissions scandal. His successor is Michael Steiner, the brand's head of quality management. FCA, Google confirm plan for self-driving prototypes based on hybrid Chrysler Pacifica Tue, 3 May 2016 07:40:03 EST Google has agreed to buy 100 plug-in hybrid minivans from Fiat Chrysler to expand its self-driving vehicle testing program, the two companies said today in the most advanced partnership to date between Silicon Valley and a carmaker. Takata poised to recall another 35-40 million U.S. airbag inflators, reports say Tue, 3 May 2016 17:54:14 EST Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is expected to announce as early as Wednesday that it is recalling 35 million to 40 million additional inflators in U.S. vehicles, according to several media reports today. Toyota gets another boost from light trucks Tue, 3 May 2016 18:00:00 EST Toyota Motor Sales posted a 3.8 percent sales increase in April, moving 211,125 vehicles for the month. Sales at the Toyota division, including Scion, rose 5 percent to 186,243 vehicles. Record car sales charge up Nissan in April Tue, 3 May 2016 15:00:00 EST Big gains in Altima, Maxima and Sentra deliveries helped lift the Nissan brand to 113,429 sales in April, a 14 percent increase over April 2015 and a record for the month. American Honda gets lift from core cars, Odyssey to set record Tue, 3 May 2016 14:00:00 EST American Honda posted its best April on record, with U.S. sales rising 14 percent to 148,829 vehicles on strong car and light-truck demand. The Honda division set a monthly record, as well, with volume advancing 15 percent to 132,623 vehicles. Hyundai blames 'softness' in cars for Elantra's spring swoon Tue, 3 May 2016 16:00:00 EST Just three months after Hyundai Motor Co. launched a clean-sheet redesign of the Elantra sedan, its best-selling car in the U.S. Well, isn't this a rational marketplace? Tue, 3 May 2016 17:30:00 EST This far into the U.S. sales expansion, everybody has done the easy, the obvious. But going forward, any growth will require more risk. Ford preps new engine, transmission for '17 F-150 Raptor, 3.5-liter EcoBoost models Tue, 3 May 2016 15:45:00 EST More pieces of the Ford F-150 puzzle are coming together. The redesigned 2015 F-150 received aluminum body panels instead of steel. For 2017, two models will get a new powertrain. AutoNews Now: U.S. sales rise in April Tue, 3 May 2016 00:01:00 EST U.S. sales rise in April: Big gains for Honda, Nissan, Mitsu; GM deliveries fall; FCA, Google said to plan self-driving Pacificas; BMW 'i' team still intact; Startups offer door-to-door gasoline. GM sales drop 3.5% as rental sales slide; retail deliveries rise 12th straight month Tue, 3 May 2016 14:00:00 EST GM's April sales fell 3.5 percent, amid another big drop in deliveries to rental companies. GM sold 259,557 vehicles last month. Its retail sales rose for the 12th straight month, up 3. Ford advances as F-series volume tops 70,000 for 2nd straight month Tue, 3 May 2016 14:00:00 EST Ford sold more than 70,000 F-series pickups in back-to-back months for the first time in a decade, helping the automaker increase its total U.S. sales by 3.6 percent in April. FCA sees 5.6% gain on small Jeeps, pickups, minivans Tue, 3 May 2016 14:30:00 EST Continued strong demand for Jeeps and Ram pickups, as well as rebounding minivan volume, boosted FCA US sales 5.6 percent in April. Mercedes widens lead over Lexus, BMW with SUVs Tue, 3 May 2016 14:00:00 EST Mercedes-Benz led U.S. sales of luxury autos in April, solidifying its top spot ahead of Toyota's Lexus and the BMW brand as demand for SUVs stayed strong. Mercedes-Benz pickup takes shape Tue, 3 May 2016 11:00:00 EST The joint effort between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG that is expected to yield a pickup for Daimler's Mercedes-Benz subsidiary is starting to bear fruit. GMC's redesigned '18 Terrain ditches toaster profile Tue, 3 May 2016 11:00:00 EST The next-generation GMC Terrain will lose its toaster-shaped silhouette, new spy photos indicate. Beyond GM and Ford on gearboxes, a dream list of joint ventures Tue, 3 May 2016 11:00:00 EST If GM and Ford can work together to save time, money and engineering resources on transmissions, then other automakers could do the same thing on a number of important fronts. VW's U.S. slump hits 6-month mark Tue, 3 May 2016 12:30:00 EST Continued weakness in the Volkswagen brand's core lineup of passenger cars dragged down its U.S. sales for the sixth consecutive month in April while Audi continued to roll, notching its 64th-straight monthly record. Porsche picks new randd chief as suspended Hatz quits Tue, 3 May 2016 10:02:25 EST Porsche AG's supervisory board has appointed Michael Steiner as new head of randd, replacing Wolfgang Hatz who will leave the sports-car maker at his own request. 2016 Audi TT: A real step up Tue, 3 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite soft sales in the sports car segment, Audi has rebuilt the TT for 2016, moving it to Volkswagen's configurable MQB platform and giving it an innovative interior, higher performance and more safety features. Porsche turbocharges new Boxster Tue, 3 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine. BMW Q1 profit falls nearly 3% on currency, development spending Tue, 3 May 2016 02:36:41 EST BMW's first-quarter operating profit slid nearly 3 percent due to currency headwinds and higher investment in new technologies such as self-driving cars. First Shift: Key to rev up Jaguar in U.S.? Tue, 3 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar looks to F-Pace crossover to rev U.S. sales; Mexico slaps $1 million fine on Ford; BMW Q1 earnings slip; VW, UAW officials plan meeting, German union issues warning. DaimlerChrysler is hatched and the Crossfire bows Tue, 3 May 2016 08:00:00 EST Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corp. unveiled plans to merge on May 7, 1998. Audi will invest heavily in technology despite emissions scandal costs, development boss Knirsch says Tue, 3 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi will not stop or delay investing in future technology despite being hit by parent VW Group's emissions-cheating scandal, the brand's new development chief Stefan Knirsch said. Porsche speeds ahead with 911 turbo; purists fret Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche's U.S. leader thinks sales of the iconic 911 can go higher. Potential buyers nervous about the nameplate's move to turbocharged engines who test out the cars will be won over by its improvements, he says. 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar is launching sales of the F-Pace compact this month, jumping into the sizzling luxury crossover segment. The F-Pace will be the new face of Jaguar and likely will pave the way for a full range of crossovers for the British brand. Porsche to sell Panamera wagon in U.S. Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche continues to expand its product offering outside traditional sports cars. The brand's U.S. CEO confirms Porsche will begin selling a wagon variant of its Panamera sports sedan in the U.S. Freshening gives Lexus IS sedan a bolder look Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Lexus unveiled a freshened IS compact sedan last week at the Beijing auto show with an aggressive, heavily creased front fascia that echoes those of the RC coupe and upcoming LC 500 sports car. 2017 Porsche 911 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The re-engineered Porsche 911 gets modest styling changes inside and out, and comes with a standard turbocharged engine for the first time as Porsche says goodbye to the naturally aspirated engines for which the 911 is known. FCA's Marchionne adds Ferrari CEO title Mon, 2 May 2016 04:36:59 EST Ferrari appointed Sergio Marchionne as CEO in a move that will accelerate the brand's expansion into non-auto luxury goods. Ferrari raises forecast after Q1 profit jumps 19% Mon, 2 May 2016 10:41:37 EST Ferrari said its net profit rose 19 percent to 78 million euros ($90 million) in the first quarter, its first as an independent company. The 'junk bond king' held court at 4 a.m. Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Former Ford and Chrysler public relations chief Jason Vines is out with a new book - this one co-authored by former American Motors CEO Joe Cappy. De Nysschen takes the long view on profit margin Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told Reuters in at the Beijing auto show last week that he is targeting an 11 percent operating margin in 10 years for the brand. Mazda combats sales damage with redesigned CX-9 flagship Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda executives expect the redesigned CX-9 crossover to reverse the automaker's U.S. market share slump and pull the brand back from the incentives it once vowed to avoid. Subaru aims to sell more Impreza sedans Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Subaru has long leaned on the five-door version of the Impreza for volume in the small-car segment. But with the next-generation arriving this year, Subaru wants the sedan variant to do more heavy lifting. Ford fined $1 million by Mexico's environmental prosecutor Mon, 2 May 2016 15:05:17 EST Mexico's environmental prosecutor Profepa said today that it was fining Ford's local unit for selling vehicles in Mexico without the proper environmental certifications. VW, UAW officials to meet on labor dispute at Tenn. plant Mon, 2 May 2016 14:27:23 EST Volkswagen AG and UAW officials will meet later this month in an effort to overcome a labor dispute at the VW plant in Tennessee.