Ford plans $1.3 billion upgrade of Kentucky truck plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Ford today plans to announce a $1.3 billion investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup. Ford said the plans, including a new body shop, will create 2,000 jobs at the plant.... Read More »

Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St. Angelo honored the top 10 of some 400 best practices that resulted.... Read More »

Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. CEO Osamu Masuko wants to channel limited resources into areas where the carmaker is strongest.... Read More »

GM may boot vans to boost pickup output at Mo. plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

GM is considering a contract with AM General to offload some commercial van production, which would free up capacity for GM's hot-selling Colorado and Canyon pickups.... Read More »

Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015

Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter. Instead, Acura needs to play to its own strengths in the crossover market while squarely addressing its weaknesses in sedans, says American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel.... Read More »


Audi suspends 2 engineers following U.S. emissions stumble

Nov. 26, 2015 12:45 CET

Audi has suspended two engineers after its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were found to have evaded emissions limits in the U.S., Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, was quoted as saying in a newspaper report.... Read More »

Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

The California Air Resources Board today ordered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to recall and repair “illegal” emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the state since 2009, the regulator said in a statement.... Read More »

GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups

11:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

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.... Read More »

FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

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.... Read More »

Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley.... Read More »

Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

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.... Read More »

Used prices forecast to soften, not dive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not “fall from a cliff,” predicts an analyst. This year, the supply of used vehicles up to eight years old is forecast to edge up for the first time since the recession.... Read More »

Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. sales increase in three years, expects to top 100,000 vehicles as soon as 2017, an achievement that would help more dealers become profitable and legitimize the brand's comeback efforts, CEO Lex Kerssemakers said.... Read More »

CARB chair says VW likely will buy back some diesels

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The chief of the California Air Resources Board says Volkswagen “likely” will buy back at least some of the roughly 325,000 VW vehicles using the first generation of its 2.0-liter diesel with emissions-masking software.... Read More »

N.A. auto production will remain strong in 2016, analyst says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

North American auto production rose 1 percent in October and “should remain strong” through the next 12 to 18 months thanks to strong truck demand, healthy inventories and a strengthening economy, Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst David Leiker wrote in a note today.... Read More »


VW takes apology tour to L.A. show, readies U.S. repair plan

Nov. 19, 2015 09:05 CET

VW made even more public acts of contrition at the Los Angeles auto show. VW of America CEO Michael Horn apologized again to customers and dealers for its diesel emissions deception. He said that the company will soon have a remedy for cars sold in the U.S. involved in the scandal.... Read More »

UAW, German auto worker union to announce joint efforts

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The UAW and Germany's largest autoworker union will join forces in an effort to address labor representation in the United States, the unions said in a joint statement today.... Read More »

UAW says it has been approved for labor vote at VW in Tennessee

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen skilled trades workers at the company's lone U.S. auto assembly plant will vote on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 whether to be represented by the UAW, the union said on Wednesday.... Read More »

New DARCARS CEO starts shopping

10:55 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group is in talks with several U.S. dealerships about possible acquisitions after completing its first store purchase since John Darvish Jr., son of the founder, took over as CEO last year.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz touts fun-to-drive 'California car' 2017 SL roadster

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled a new 2017 SL roadster -- a pure fun-to-drive car that the company expects to sell for more than $100,000 and hold strong appeal to upscale customers on the west coast.... Read More »

Penske buys N.J.-based dealership group

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Penske Automotive Group Inc. has bought the Schneider Nelson Auto Group in a deal expected to generate annual revenue of about $175 million.... Read More »

VW, Audi to meet U.S. regulators on emissions this week, report says

10:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Volkswagen and Audi executives will meet with U.S. environmental regulators this week, ahead of a Nov. 20 California deadline to submit a plan to fix nearly 500,000 diesel cars that violate pollution emission rules, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

BMW will build X3 in South Africa to ease pressure on U.S. plant

Nov. 16, 2015 12:48 CET

BMW will build its X3 in South Africa to ease pressure on its U.S. factory that specializes in SUV output. The automaker will invest $417 million in its South African operations to start production of the X3, replacing 3-series production locally.... Read More »

Fiat 500X: Where's the halo?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Fiat's 500X, the perky subcompact crossover that arrived in U.S. dealerships six months ago, has been selling well but has done little to help the beleaguered brand overall -- as it was counted on to do.... Read More »

GM powertrain boss will campaign for emissions harmonization

Nov. 13, 2015 07:13 CET

General Motors' powertrain chief, Dan Nicholson, intends to campaign for global harmonization of emissions standards, particularly between the U.S and Europe during his presidency of the automotive engineers' society, Fisita.... Read More »