Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST GM economist predicts new U.S. sales records http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/RETAIL01/150809944/gm-economist-predicts-new-u-s-sales-records Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:05:25 EST U.S. auto sales could set a new historic record this year or at least during the current upward business cycle, General Motors' chief economist predicted today. VW plans new 4-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection on '16 Jetta http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM04/150809941/vw-plans-new-4-cylinder-turbo-engine-with-direct-injection-on-16 Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:00:00 EST A new downsized, turbocharged engine will replace a more than 20-year-old four-cylinder motor currently powering entry-level Volkswagen Jetta compact cars, Volkswagen of America said today. The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/308059990/the-race-to-find-the-perfect-aluminum-alloy Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal. Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM01/308059999/steelmakers-prep-ala-plant-to-battle-aluminum Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry. Jaguar F-Pace undergoes final tests ahead of Frankfurt debut http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM04/150809943/jaguar-f-pace-undergoes-final-tests-ahead-of-frankfurt-debut Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:30:44 EST Jaguar's first crossover, the midsize F-Pace, is going through final tests ahead of its sales launch next year. Is a 400-hp, quad-turbo diesel engine in BMW's future? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/308059989/is-a-400-hp-quad-turbo-diesel-engine-in-bmws-future Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:15:00 EST Tri-turbos are so last season. Aiming to keep up with fashion BMW is reportedly working on quad-turbo engines. Chevy Colorado lineup grows with all-terrain, 'Midnight' variants http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM04/150809950/chevy-colorado-lineup-grows-with-all-terrain-midnight-8217-variants Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST Chevrolet is looking to maintain sales momentum for the Colorado midsize pickup with two new special editions, including an all-terrain model. German car industry criticized by environment agency over emissions http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150804/ANE/150809946/german-car-industry-criticized-by-environment-agency-over-emissions Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:11:50 EST The German transport sector needs to step up efforts to combat climate change, the country's environment agency said. A trend towards more powerful, heavier cars is helping to increase greenhouse gas emissions, the agency said. Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809945/why-standard-batteries-are-a-tough-sell-for-automakers Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:23:47 EST There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it's a tough sell for automakers. How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM05/150809949/how-gm-makes-a-business-case-for-its-electrified-vehicles Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:49:16 EST GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief engineer for electrified vehicles said today. Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809947/hondas-formula-for-recruiting-assembly-workers Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:46:08 EST Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM03/308059994/sports-cars-launch-em-and-leave-em-no-way Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota. Survey: Raw material costs are declining http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM01/308059995/survey-raw-material-costs-are-declining Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners. Acquisitions make Mahle a major player http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM10/308059996/acquisitions-make-mahle-a-major-player Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Just two years after German powertrain systems supplier Mahle GmbH acquired a majority stake in climate control specialist Behr Group, Mahle has agreed to acquire Delphi Automotive's thermal division. Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM06/308059997/digital-images-may-turn-mirrors-into-museum-pieces Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors. GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM06/308059998/gm-honda-join-forces-for-one-fuel-cell-design Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM01/150809948/gm-plans-877-million-modernization-for-michigan-plant Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. From hotel basement to global stage http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM/308049989/from-hotel-basement-to-global-stage Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Management Briefings Seminars launched 50 years ago in the basement of the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809952/dodge-challenger-needs-more-internet-horsepower Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:44:46 EST We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger's performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system. Why Fiat brand chief Francois says next compact will be like Ikea http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150804/ANE/150729900/why-fiat-brand-chief-francois-says-next-compact-will-be-like-ikea Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Olivier Francois, Fiat brand's CEO, told Automotive News Europe that the Italian automaker's upcoming Aegea compact hatchback and station wagon for Europe will be 'like Ikea, affordable but smart.' Continental raises margin target as European recovery boosts profit http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150804/ANE/150809956/continental-raises-margin-target-as-european-recovery-boosts-profit Tue, 4 Aug 2015 03:35:58 EST Continental raised its full-year profit outlook after second-quarter earnings jumped more than expected on a strengthening European car market. Toyota profit jumps 10% to quarterly record on cost cuts, currency gains http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM/150809957/toyota-profit-jumps-10-to-quarterly-record-on-cost-cuts-currency Tue, 4 Aug 2015 03:04:08 EST Toyota posted a third straight year of record profit for its first quarter as cost cuts and currency gains made up for weaker vehicle sales. Net profit jumped 10 percent to $5.22 billion. BMW's second-quarter earnings fall 3% on China slowdown http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150804/ANE/150809958/bmws-second-quarter-earnings-fall-3-on-china-slowdown Tue, 4 Aug 2015 02:05:24 EST BMW's second-quarter operating profit fell 3 percent to 2.53 billion euros ($2.77 billion) as a recovery in European car demand failed to offset a sales slowdown in China. Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM05/150809960/chevy-volts-electric-range-hits-53-mile-epa-rating-for-2016 Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model. Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/150809998/sales-rise-5-3-on-hardy-crossover-truck-volume Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:30:00 EST U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. Luxury titans: A case of too much variety? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM/308039934/luxury-titans-a-case-of-too-much-variety Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable. VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM06/308039951/vw-to-roll-out-high-end-safety-tech-across-lineup Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. A V-series version of Cadillac's coming crossover? Don't count on it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM04/308039943/a-v-series-version-of-cadillacs-coming-crossover-dont-count-on-it Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen isn't interested in affixing a V badge to a crossover any time soon. Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM04/308039942/lotus-wont-bring-elise-back-to-u-s-before-20 Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said. HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/150809974/here-acquisition-shows-maps-are-the-new-oil Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:31:28 EST High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil. New steels, execs say, save weight http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM01/150809962/new-steels-execs-say-save-weight Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:42:07 EST Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight. JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM02/150809983/jci-exec-says-seating-and-interiors-business-is-healthy Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:05:44 EST The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes. Suppliers to the Cadillac CT6 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/CUTAWAY/150809963/suppliers-to-the-cadillac-ct6 Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:39:45 EST The brand-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 premium luxury sedan is assembled in Hamtramck, Mich., on General Motors' OMEGA platform. The program code is O1SL. Suppliers to the CT6 include HELLA, Inalfa, Nemak and Roechling. Suppliers to the Acura ILX http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/CUTAWAY/150809961/suppliers-to-the-acura-ilx Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:51:33 EST The Acura ILX received a face-lift for the 2016 model year. The compact luxury sedan is assembled in Marysville, Ohio, on Honda's C-5 platform. The program code is 2TA. Suppliers to the ILX include American Mitsuba, Nissan Brake, Pancon and Weastec. Storm hits automated driving car; human grabs the wheel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM06/150809971/storm-hits-automated-driving-car-human-grabs-the-wheel Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:07:21 EST Many people drove their cars to the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, but few traveled in the same style as Ibro Muharemovic, head of advanced engineering for supplier Continental in North America. How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM01/150809968/how-bmw-slimmed-down-its-redesigned-2016-7-series Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:28:27 EST BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. Nissan wants you to know that size matters http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/150809986/nissan-wants-you-to-know-that-size-matters Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:26:02 EST Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs. Nissan, Honda outpace the market on crossovers, sedans http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/308039978/nissan-honda-outpace-the-market-on-crossovers-sedans Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:30:00 EST American Honda Motor Co. and Nissan North America both showed solid sales growth in July, thanks to brisk sales of small crossovers, midsize sedans and luxury cars, data released today show. Weak car, Scion results offset strong truck deliveries at Toyota http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/308039973/weak-car-scion-results-offset-strong-truck-deliveries-at-toyota Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:30:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. reported flat sales in July as a big win for its Lexus brand and strong truck sales were offset by weak performances by its top sellers on the car side, the Camry and Corolla, and at Scion. Why Conti has the inside track on automated maps http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/150809982/why-conti-has-the-inside-track-on-automated-maps Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:46:26 EST Now that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are buying Nokia's HERE navigation map unit for $3.1 billion, the big winner could be Continental AG. July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/308049990/julys-secret-sauce-nothing-bad-happening Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:45:00 EST Why did auto sales flourish in July? 'Nothing bad happening,' which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month. Mazda slips 7.1% as little minivan is phased out http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/150729846/mazda-slips-7-1-as-little-minivan-is-phased-out Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:30:00 EST Mazda's U.S. sales fell 7.1 percent last month to 27,157 units, largely because of a phase-out of the six-seat Mazda5. Subaru jumps 11%, sets monthly record http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/150809981/subaru-jumps-11-sets-monthly-record Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:15:00 EST Subaru of America set a new monthly sales record in July with sales of 50,517 vehicles, an increase of 11 percent. Ford rises 5% on crossovers, higher F-150 spiffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/308039928/ford-rises-5-on-crossovers-higher-f-150-spiffs Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:00:00 EST The Ford F-series pickup achieved its first year-over-year sales increase since January as Ford Motor Co. posted an overall U.S. sales gain of 5 percent last month, to 222,014 vehicles, figures released today show. For GM, Clemson creates a party car http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM01/150809988/for-gm-clemson-creates-a-party-car Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:47:51 EST The Deep Orange 5 concept, shown here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout. Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM01/150809980/subarus-non-automotive-engine-a-big-hit-at-cars-event Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:33:56 EST It wasn't a turbo. And it didn't sport the company's trademark 'boxer' opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here. Audi's crossovers and Golf family boost VW group http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/308039977/audis-crossovers-and-golf-family-boost-vw-group Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:00:00 EST Surging crossover demand propelled Audi to another monthly U.S. sales record while the Golf lineup continued to stoke demand at the Volkswagen brand in July. Pickups, retail sales power GM's 6.4% gain http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/308039975/pickups-retail-sales-power-gms-6-4-gain Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:45:00 EST General Motors' U.S. July sales rose 6.4 percent on strong retail volume, including a 28 percent surge in deliveries of its profitable full-size pickups. How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM/308039944/how-the-vw-suzuki-alliance-went-wrong Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded. FCA advances 6.2% as Jeep juggernaut rolls on http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL01/308039929/fca-advances-6-2-as-jeep-juggernaut-rolls-on Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:15:00 EST Jeep's 23 percent sales increase in July powered Fiat Chrysler to a 6.2 percent gain in the U.S. Deliveries at Chrysler and Ram were also up for the month, but Dodge and Fiat volume fell. %]