Lexus to offer direct line to dealer service

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2015

All 2016 Lexus vehicles will have a new subscription-based telematics system called Enform Service Connect, which will allow dealers to look up error codes in a customer's vehicle remotely.... Read More »

UAW's last Tier 1 auto hire watches talks closely

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2015

As the UAW fights to eliminate the lower-paying Tier 2 wage system, Nick Thielen, the Detroit 3's last Tier 1 hire, counts his blessings.... Read More »

AutoNation to launch $16M ad campaign for cancer research, bowl game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2015

AutoNation plans to launch a $16 million advertising campaign this month designed to raise money for breast cancer research and promote the retailer's sponsorship of a college football bowl game.... Read More »

VW, Ford open engine plants in Russia amid car market plunge

Sept. 4, 2015 11:02 CET

Volkswagen and Ford are sticking with long-planned investments in Russian engine factories even as car sales there head toward a six-year low... Read More »

FCA to recall 7,810 SUVs to prevent hacking

5:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it would recall 7,810 SUVs in the United States to update software for radios to prevent hacking.... Read More »

Dodge joins the Star Wars promotional blitz with Stormtrooper Chargers

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Dodge provided eight Chargers, including a Hellcat, for a Hot Wheels promotion with Uber today in New York that coincides with the toy car maker's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.... Read More »

China auto sales will stagnate for two years, firm predicts

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Investment research firm Morningstar is forecasting the Chinese auto industry will stagnate for the next two years before returning to growth. In a Thursday report on European automakers, Morningstar predicted new-vehicle sales in China will fall this year and again in 2016, as a result of the country's economic turmoil and declines in its stock market.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Seeking the next Sergio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking the next Sergio; Nissan Versa recall; Ford, VW Russia plans; Labor of Corvette love; Marathons and Priuses.... Read More »

Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars.... Read More »

Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking.... Read More »

Bentley says its new Bentayga will be the world’s fastest SUV

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Bentley says its first SUV won’t just be the most expensive in an increasingly crowded market, it’ll also be the fastest.... Read More »

Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts

11:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 18% in August on China surge

Sept. 4, 2015 15:28 CET

Mercedes' brand sales increased 18 percent in August, marking the 30th consecutive month of record sales at the automaker. Demand was particularly robust in China, where sales rose 53 percent. Eight-month brand sales were up 15 percent to 1.18 million.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor

5:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former VW patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing Winterkorn from succeeding him as chairman. Now Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, will take Piech's former role.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Detroit 3 embracing health co-op?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Detroit 3 embracing health co-op?; Sam's Club, TrueCar team up; Vette museum milestone; Land Rover's 'transparent' trailer; BMW as Instagram star.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Marchionne's Fiat-GM merger plan may wait for Ferrari spinoff

8:18 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't known for his patience, he's likely to wait until next year before making a bid for General Motors after months of talk about the potential of a deal. The spinoff of Ferrari SpA, which is slated for early 2016, could be the catalyst for Marchionne to make an offer for the U.S. automaker.... Read More »

Western Europe car sales rise 10% in August, boosted by Germany, UK, Spain

Sept. 4, 2015 13:58 CET

Western European car sales jumped 9.6 percent in August, boosted by buoyant demand in Germany, the UK and southern Europe, data from analysts LMC Automotive showed.... Read More »

VW's unassuming CFO emerges from boardroom wars as chairman

Sept. 4, 2015 08:22 CET

Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, faces a massive task in his future role as chairman of the automaker to maintain the support of the often-divided stakeholders while improving the carmaker's profitability. Analysts and observers wonder whether his likely consensus-oriented approach is what VW needs right now.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor

5:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former VW patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing Winterkorn from succeeding him as chairman. Now Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, will take Piech's former role.... Read More »

Jaguar F-Pace teaser picture shows SUV's shape

Sept. 4, 2015 11:34 CET

Jaguar's latest teaser picture of its F-Pace shows that the SUV/crossover has stayed faithful to the 2013 C-X17 concept.... Read More »

Detroit 3 show interest in UAW health care overhaul idea

7:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

The Detroit 3 automakers are showing increased interest in the UAW's proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues.... Read More »

UAW negotiators pledge they’ll prevail in Ford contract talks

6:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

UAW negotiators said they will prevail in their contract talks with Ford as a deadline to strike a deal approaches. "We believe now is our time," Mark Payne, president of UAW Local 1250, which represents workers at a Ford engine plant near Cleveland, said in a YouTube video.... Read More »

Continental's finance chief calls China stock effect an 'overreaction'

Sept. 4, 2015 12:31 CET

Continental's finance chief, Wolfgang Schaefer, called last week's China-related global stock slide an "overreaction" and said he still sees growth in the nation's auto industry next year.... Read More »

UK new-car sales rise 10%, helped by cheap financing deals

Sept. 4, 2015 11:58 CET

UK car sales jumped by nearly 10 percent in August as consumers took advantage of attractive financing deals that helped drive the 42nd consecutive month of sales increases.... Read More »

Ford, GM, JLR, China's Lifan make big changes to European car assembly footprint

Sept. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford, GM, JLR and China's Lifan have made the biggest moves affecting European production in the past year. Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants features data on more than 140 plants.... Read More »

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