Fatal Tesla crash spurs criticism of on-the-road beta testing

Tesla says the self-driving feature suspected of being involved in a May 7 fatal crash is experimental, yet it's been installed on all 70,000 of its cars since October 2014. For groups that have

AutoNews Now: FCA, Ford, Nissan gain in June; Toyota, GM slip

FCA, Ford, Nissan gain in June; Toyota, GM slip; Traffic deaths surge; BMW's fully autonomous strategy, partners; Viper fans seize snakes; Faraday goes racing.

BMW to develop driverless car tech with Intel, Mobileye

BMW is teaming up with Intel and Mobileye to develop new technology for the auto industry that could put self-driving cars on the road by around 2021. They said their new platform would be made

Cerberus buys Canadian auto supplier ABC Group

Cerberus Capital Management has boosted its stake in plastic automotive components by acquiring Canada's ABC Group Inc.

Tight supplies dent Toyota's truck tally as volume falls 5.6%

Toyota Motor Sales USA's June sales fell 5.6 percent to 198,257 units, dragged down by a slide in Toyota brand's sales of both cars and light trucks. Truck sales were hurt by availability issues,

First Shift: Feds probe fatal Tesla 'Autopilot' crash

Feds probe fatal Tesla 'Autopilot' crash; VW 3.0-liter diesel fix?;Toyota workers say no to union; Elio ready to test; Iron Man inspires automakers.

Fewer rental shipments lead GM to 1.6% drop

General Motors' June sales slipped 1.6 percent amid a continued reduction in shipments to daily rental operators. GM said it sold 255,210 light vehicles last month, which included 5,690 fewer rental

Hertz signs deals with Uber, Lyft to supply cars to drivers

Hertz reached agreements with Uber Technologies and Lyft, the two largest U.S. ride-hailing startups, to supply drivers with vehicles the rental-car company rotates out of its fleet.

No Brexit effect in U.S. (well, maybe a hint)

It looks like the industrywide race to establish a new U.S. sales record in 2016, topping 2015's tally, will come right down to the wire.

Jeep, Ram drive another gain for FCA as cars collapse

Continued strong pickup and SUV sales boosted Fiat Chrysler's sales 6.5 percent in June, despite a collapse in the automaker's car sales.

Trucks drive Nissan, FCA, Ford, Honda as industry rebounds with 2.4% gain; GM, Toyota fall

Nissan, Ford, FCA and Honda, riding strong truck demand, posted solid sales gains in June as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a May slump. But the SAAR came in at 16.68 million, well below May's

Hyundai, Kia post small gains and large; records for both

Both Kia and Hyundai set June sales records with help from crossovers. Kia sales rose 16 percent last month, while Hyundai sold nine more vehicles than in the year-earlier period.

CR-V, Ridgeline help generate Honda's record light-truck volume; Acura slumps

American Honda's U.S. sales rose 3.2 percent in June as the strength of light trucks at the Honda brand helped counter a 27 percent drop at Acura.

BMW outsells Mercedes, Lexus as luxury race tightens

BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz and Lexus last month in the U.S. as all three of the market's largest sellers of luxury autos ended the first half behind their year-earlier totals.

Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. That's why the global seating leader created 15 new typologies such as Young Climbers, Beauty Enthusiasts and

VW brand pain continues, another record for Audi

Volkswagen of America posted its lowest June sales since 2010 while luxury sibling Audi notched another monthly record on surging crossover sales last month.

Mid-engine Corvette -- What we know; what we expect

Rumors of a mid-engined Corvette date back to the early years of the American sports-car legend, but several recent developments suggest that we're closer than ever to a 'Vette with this layout.

Inventory, ads, incentives propel Nissan to 13% gain

Nissan Division sales rose 13 percent to a June sales record of 129,495 units, thanks to an effort to improve the way Nissan dealers stock inventories.

DVD player found in Tesla car in Florida crash, authorities say

A digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when it crashed and killed the driver in Florida in May, Florida Highway Patrol officials said on Friday.

U.S. traffic deaths jump 7.7% in 2015 to 35,200

U.S. traffic deaths rose 7.7 percent in 2015 over the previous year to 35,200, the highest number of people killed on U.S. roads since 2008, the government's preliminary estimate reviewed by Reuters

JLR chief Speth 'regrets' Brexit process

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth says he “regrets” the political process that lead to the UK's exit from the EU, indicating that the British people weren't properly informed about the

Aston CEO sees short-term Brexit gain

Aston Martin will see a short-term financial gain from the crash in the pound's value following the UK's decision to leave the European Union, CEO Andy Palmer said. “A weak pound obviously

Ford's F-series overcomes GM ad blitz

Sales of the Ford F series surged 29 percent last month in the face of a bitter Chevrolet ad campaign attacking the F-150's aluminum body as too fragile. The rest of Ford Motor Co.'s lineup posted a

Industry's sales record streak to end in 2016?

A newly released report from AlixPartners forecasts U.S. light-vehicle sales of 17.5 million in 2017 -- down slightly from this year's 17.8 million forecast. The consulting firm expects U.S. sales to

NHTSA investigates fatal crash of Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode

NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla cars after a fatal crash in Florida involving a Model S with the "Autopilot" feature engaged, putting new scrutiny on emerging autonomous

BMW teams up with Intel, Mobileye on self-driving tech, report says

BMW is working on a development partnership for self-driving technology with Israeli collision detection software maker Mobileye and U.S. chipmaker Intel, people familiar with the matter said today.

Toyota adds child models to virtual crash test software

Toyota said it is including child-size models for the first time in the latest update of its virtual crash test dummy software, which is sold globally to automakers, suppliers and researchers.

VW believes it can fix 85,000 polluting 3.0-liter U.S. vehicles

A lawyer for Volkswagen AG said the German automaker believes it can fix 85,000 polluting 3.0-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel cars and SUVs, a move that could help the company avoid a second pricey

First Shift: Why U.S. sales streak may be near end

Why U.S. sales streak may be near end; BMW, Intel and Mobileye to team on autonomous tech?; Brexit's impact on GM, U.S. interest rates; Snyder on a reachable record; Letting go of the wheel.

Elio Motors shows off three-wheel test vehicle

Elio Motors provided a look at its first test vehicle, in what the company calls one of its “most important milestones” before the planned 2017 launch of its three-wheeled vehicles.

U.S. tells certain 2001-03 Honda owners to stop driving

U.S. officials warned owners of certain 2001-03 Honda and Acura vehicles to stop driving the cars, citing new data showing the vehicles' Takata airbag inflators have as much as a 50 percent chance of

Unifor loses organizing vote at 2 Toyota plants in Ontario

Maintenance workers at two Toyota assembly plants in Ontario voted against unionization, in a recruiting setback for Unifor, one of Canada's biggest unions. The secret-ballot voting took place last

Dealers should play a role in auto safety education, NTSB official says

Auto dealers should have a role in educating consumers on properly using potentially life-saving vehicle technology, a National Transportation Safety Board member said.

AutoNews Now: 'Grave' airbag warning for some Honda, Acura owners

'Grave' airbag warning for some Honda, Acura owners; Dealers as tech teachers; Hertz rents to Uber, Lyft; Diesels to disappear in Europe?; Car affordability.

Japan automakers recall 1.3 million cars at home over Takata airbags

Japanese automakers recalled about 1.3 million cars at home as part of an expanded recall of potentially faulty airbags from Takata, with some planning more recalls overseas that could affect more

GM economist sees little Brexit impact for automaker in U.S.

GM's chief economist, Mustafa Mohataram, says it is too soon to measure the impact of the UK vote to leave the EU on the automaker, but the outcome will likely have little effect in the U.S.

Robert Cox, ad man behind Ford's 'Quality is Job 1' pitch, dies

Robert Cox, an outspoken New York advertising executive who helped Ford embrace the slogan “Quality is Job 1” in the 1980s and later crafted ad campaigns for Honda and Saturn, has died.

Vroom will make cash offers to private sellers on eBay

Online veteran eBay and online upstart Vroom have teamed up to pilot a program that will give eBay customers another option to sell their vehicles for cash and Vroom another way to source vehicles

First Shift: Toyota recalls 3.37M cars for emissions units, airbags

Toyota recalls 3.37M cars for emissions units, airbags; Brexit to blitz sales?; Bentley still likes sedans; U.S. lowballs green costs, group says; Another Suzuki leads Suzuki.

GM economist sees negligible impact of Brexit on U.S. autos, for now

It is too soon to measure the impact of the British vote to leave the EU on General Motors, but the decision will likely not have much effect on the company in its home market, GM's chief economist

For one VW owner, satisfaction won't come easy

Under Volkswagen's proposed $14.7 billion make-good for skirting U.S. diesel emissions rules, there won't be a quick and tidy resolution to the mess for many VW owners.

AutoNews Now: VW chair says core business is 'robust'

VW chair says core business is 'robust' despite $15B U.S. hit; Porsche Panamera's 20K goal; Smart's low-price droptop; Chevy cuts data prices; Three Ford recalls.

Why VW owners get $10,000 in U.S., but a bit of pipe in the EU

If you own a Volkswagen with a diesel engine in the U.S., the company will buy back your car and give you as much as $10,000. If you drive one in Europe, you may only get a piece of pipe. The reasons

Porsche CEO expects boost from retooled Panamera

Porsche expects the retooled, second-generation Panamera to give a boost to the weakest performing model in its portfolio. Porsche is targeting luxury car buyers with a sportier, sleeker version of

Kudos to Ford Credit for trying something new

Piecing together the car sharing and profitability puzzle for the auto industry is exciting, but it's also a time to experiment.

Former N.Y. Nissan dealer to repay customers nearly $102,000 for illegal fees, fraud

A former New York dealer has agreed to pay $101,986 in restitution to 119 consumers for charging them illegal fees and employing deceptive sales and advertising tactics, New York Attorney General

GM slashes 4G broadband data-plan pricing

General Motors is cutting rates in half on its OnStar 4G LTE data plans, a bid to drive greater use of in-vehicle Internet service and plug what the company sees as a key differentiator.

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio priced at $19,650

The 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio will be the cheapest convertible on the market at $19,650, with shipping, when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall, Mercedes-Benz USA said.

Suzuki Motor appoints scion as CEO to rebuild after testing scandal

Suzuki Motor Corp. tapped the son of the company patriarch to become CEO, keeping management of Japan's fourth-largest automaker with the founding family as it tries to recover from a testing scandal.

Brexit may cost carmakers 2.8 million global sales, IHS says

The UK's vote to leave the EU may cost automakers about 2.8 million light-vehicle sales worldwide through 2018, researcher IHS Automotive said. The UK is expected to be hit hardest. Instead of