Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:33 EST This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds. U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:54:33 EST U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing. Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:46:46 EST The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous. FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:24:08 EST Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today. Rivian Automotive to build randd center for high-tech vehicles in Mich. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:26:09 EST Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn randd center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley. GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:42:52 EST General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and... EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:59:23 EST Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests --... Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:24:32 EST Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today. Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:59:37 EST Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:27:59 EST GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups. 2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:49:55 EST Kia Motors unveiled today the exterior of the redesigned, sportier 2017 Cadenza luxury car, which will go on sale next year. The new Cadenza, known as the K7 in Korea, has a sharper, more angular look than the 2016 version. VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:48:16 EST German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified. Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 EST Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January. VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:14:13 EST The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:16:01 EST Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels. EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:54:18 EST The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group. Audi to revise emissions control software in U.S. vehicles with 3.0-liter engines Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:09:59 EST Audi said today that it will revise emissions control software used on more than 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that U.S regulators said earlier this month violated U.S. clean air laws. Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST When it goes on sale in late 2016 or early 2017, Scion's C-HR will tap into the global thirst for all things crossover. Technology upgrades zoom into small cars Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation. PSA, TandE to co-publish real-world fuel-use data Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:45:18 EST PSA will cooperate with Brussels-based green lobby group Transport and Environment to measure and publish the real-world fuel consumption of its vehicles, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Tesla offers less powerful Model X for $80,000 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 EST Tesla plans 90D and 70D variants of the Model X crossover, the latter of which will include a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a sticker price of $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge. JLR won't attend Detroit auto show Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover of North America says it will skip next year's Detroit auto show in January to concentrate on other international shows. 7 years' worth of VW diesels now under scrutiny Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week was supposed to bring some measure of clarity to Volkswagen's emissions fiasco. Audi seeks charging network allies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi AG, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range in 2018, has initiated talks with U.S. and German automakers about a shared network of 150-kilowatt fast chargers to rival the Superchargers that Tesla Motors Inc. Chronicler of VW slave labor dies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich. Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said. Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said. VW CEO says diesel engine refits 'manageable' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:36:48 EST The steps needed to fix about 8.5 million Volkswagen cars in Europe fitted with illegal emissions-control software are technically and financially manageable, the German automaker's CEO said today. Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:37:17 EST Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisory firms' reports released last week. Ford recalls 451,865 Fusions, Mercury Milans for potential fuel tank problem Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:22:54 EST Ford is recalling 451,865 Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years to fix a potential fuel tank problem that could lead to a fire. Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Los Angeles' hits and mehs Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology. Haunting memories of another Paris attack Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The recent wave of terrorism in Europe was a reminder of a violent period in the mid-1980s when Renault's president was assassinated and a bomb was set off near Peugeot's Paris headquarters. Nissan accuses store owned by ex-dealer council chair of fraud Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan is suing a California dealership and several of its employees, alleging that they filed 3.74 million in improper warranty claims. How Toyota channeled Lady Gaga in primping the Prius Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a frumpy, fuel-efficiency play. Give it emotion, make it sexy. GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book's website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers. U.S. escapes unscathed in this round of VW cuts Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Scandal-plagued Volkswagen Group has cut its global spending plan next year by more than $1 billion, but it spared the ax at its U.S. operations. Dahl takes FCA's safety post Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance. Bolder Beetle Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The production version of the Dune, unveiled last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is inspired by the Baja Bugs of the 1970s. UAW, IG Metall push for U.S. 'works councils' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A new partnership between the UAW and Germany's giant IG Metall autoworker union plans to advocate for German-style works councils or similar arrangements in the United States. Penske sticks with luxury with N.J. buy Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group has made another strategic acquisition, staying with premium luxury franchises, by buying New Jersey's Schneider Nelson Auto Group. The purchase covers stores selling Audi, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover. Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system. Chevy vehicles rack up the awards Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet's trophy case got quite a bit of new hardware last week -- a dozen awards, possibly the most the division has ever won in a week. Now hiring: FCA needs hackers Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler seeks cybergeeks to, among other things, 'identify gaps, recommend solutions' and work with suppliers to plug any security holes in vehicle software. Haunting memories of another attack Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST There had been a wave of terrorism in Europe, much like today. Just a week before the assassination, a bomb set off by the same group that killed Besse shattered windows at Peugeot's headquarters in Paris. Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever. Can GM build on OnStar advantage? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Phil Abram is leading GM's effort to stake a leadership position in connected cars that GM execs believe is critical to its future. Kia aims Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' at U.S. consumers Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week, Kia released the first design sketches of the Niro, which shares a name with a concept Kia unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt auto show. %]