Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

Automakers looking to earn top safety ratings are peering around the corner to prepare for the next directive from the industry’s de facto safety standard setter. This time, it will involve headlights. The Insurance Institute for Highway ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway'

Self-driving cars are a bad move, says consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Today, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, Unsafe at Any Speed, Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving. "It's leading ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

In 1975, BMW introduced the 3 series, a sporty sedan that became synonymous with the brand's performance image. Forty years later, despite intensifying competition and changing customer tastes, the 3 series still dominates its segment. Competitors ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered regulatory listening post in Washington, D.C., and a new advanced technology office in Silicon Valley opening in ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

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

TOKYO -- With Latin America's economy imploding around him, Toyota Motor Corp.'s regional CEO had two choices. "We could wring our hands about the things we can't control or we get creative and rise to the challenge," recalled Steve St. Angelo, the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers

LOS ANGELES -- Cadillac is drafting a retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in their stores, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience. Cadillac President Johan de ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

TOKYO -- Long after a much-ballyhooed Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the ill will lingers. Toyota Motor Corp.'s powertrain chief says Ford Motor Co. didn't exactly steal Toyota's hallmark technology. But he insists his counterparts ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

BMW concept shown in China previews 1-series sedan

BMW unveiled a compact sedan concept at China's Guangzhou auto show that previews a small sedan expected to be badged as a 1 series. The concept envisions a four-door positioned below the 3 series that could be developed on an existing platform and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Kia's redesigned Cadenza gets a more angular look

Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market. The styling changes are especially prominent in the dip in Kia's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover. Mercedes had confirmed plans for a diesel-powered GLC coming late next year, and an AMG Sport performance variant for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Mini wind tunnel fine-tunes GM designs

General Motors is counting on four core strategies to meet rising fuel-economy standards: weight reduction, advanced powertrain technologies, more efficient integration of vehicle components and subsystems, and better aerodynamics. Of those methods, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

New CEO says TrueCar must change

TrueCar finally has a high-profile executive walking in the door. And he harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers. Chip Perry, a veteran digital-marketing executive who built ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model

The Dave Smith dealership brand is expanding, and so is its operating model. RFJ Auto Partners Inc., the fast-growing dealership group that bought Dave Smith Auto Group in April, acquired a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 30 and renamed it ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation

LOS ANGELES -- In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it doesn't look a lot like a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan. It looks more like -- well, frankly it looks ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30