Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:00:00 EST Continental defends software caught up in VW emissions crisis Mon, 5 Oct 2015 05:53:20 EST German parts supplier Continental said software it supplied to VW Group cannot be used to manipulate emissions test results. Pacific trade negotiators reach landmark deal, fight for approval to follow Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:26:25 EST Pacific trade ministers have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation that will cut trade barriers and set common standards for 12 countries, an official familiar with the talks said today. Mitsubishi gives Lancer a new face for 2016 Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi aims to breathe some life into its slow-selling Lancer compact sedan with a freshening for 2016 that includes a revamped front fascia, new wheels and new colors. Fiat, Ford offer incentives to win VW owners in Italy Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:14:59 EST Fiat Chrysler and Ford are offering incentives in Italy to encourage owners of Volkswagen Group models that may be affected by the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal to buy new models from their brands -- but some dealers are skeptical... First Shift: A threat to Volkswagen's existence? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A threat to Volkswagen's existence?; Maserati ad whiz Chehab resigns; Strike averted at F-150 plant; Next steps for UAW, FCA; Ford's design plan VW rivals risk bigger blow as emissions scandal hits diesel Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:36:18 EST VW Group's cheating on emissions tests has soured the European car industry's heavy bet on diesel, with Renault, PSA and Fiat Chrysler potentially facing bigger long-term setbacks than the company that sparked the crisis. VW's Horn must use his candor wisely Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST VW of America CEO Michael Horn's candor could be his best asset or his Achilles' heel as he assumes the burden of being Volkswagen's public face in the U.S., a key pillar in its hopes for a recovery from the diesel emissions scandal. Volvo takes bold next step in self-driving push Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:33:04 EST Volvo has made another strong move that shows how serious it is about being No. 1 in autonomous driving. Tennessee reviews provisions to recoup investment from VW Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:33:56 EST Tennessee lawmakers will review the state's investment of hundreds of millions in incentives for Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant and provisions for recouping money if the company's emissions-cheating scandal threatens jobs. Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation Mon, 5 Oct 2015 01:00:00 EST Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is laminated with touch screen displays. Why Marchionne and his rivals disagree on the need for mass consolidation Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:15:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the global auto industry will face 'disastrous consequences' if it ignores his call for more large-scale consolidation. But General Motors, his No. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:15:00 EST Turn the pages of the latest E-Magazine of Automotive News Europe on your computer Check out the ANE e-magazine for October Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. Iowa dealership group spots talent, teaches leadership Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The McGrath Family of Dealerships' Emerging Leaders Program teaches talented non-management employees leadership skills, while assessing if they are capable of being part of management someday. Who's hot, who's not in 2015 Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Strong third-quarter demand for light vehicles benefited some brands more than others. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST 18 million selling rate comes with rising transaction prices Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The U.S. auto industry's sizzling summer appears not to have quenched demand -- a sign that today's sales numbers are being achieved without many of the sins of the past. Cox, Dealertrack seek to reassure on prices Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz has heard dealers fret that, following Cox's $4 billion purchase of Dealertrack Technologies, the new entity will start jacking up prices. Don't worry, he says. Honda will show fuel cell car in Tokyo Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda will unveil a near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show late this month, throwing down a challenge to the Toyota's Mirai fuel cell vehicle released this year. Volkswagen in no rush to name names Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen executives know they need to quickly placate customers and stakeholders demanding to know who is responsible for diesel emissions cheating that could cost the company tens of billions of euros. New VW boss in N.A. was a hit in China Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Winfried Vahland, Volkswagen's new North American chief, is a former General Motors executive who won his spurs reviving VW's business in China and later boosting its Skoda subsidiary in the Czech Republic. Amid scandal, VW sales flat Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST In a broadly stronger market, Volkswagen of America saw roughly flat U.S. sales in September. Still, that was viewed as an accomplishment following a mid-month halt to its diesel vehicle sales and the resulting black eye to its brand image. Porsche boosts U.S. Macan supply Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST After buyers were kept waiting for six months or more during the Porsche Macan's first year on the market, the wait times are finally easing. Increased allocations to the U.S have cut the wait time to less than two months. New Americas chief likes where Aston is going Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer's bold plans for the British sports car maker have turned heads in the industry, including Laura Schwab's. Execs offer vision of TrueCar post Painter Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST As the Scott Painter era slowly fades, TrueCar is sketching a new vision of the online car-buying portal, one that's guided by a team of executives who admit TrueCar made mistakes in its quest for growth and who are keen to bridge the wide trust... GM's Ammann to speak at World Congress Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors President Dan Ammann, who has been a key player in sharpening GM's global focus, will speak at the 2016 Automotive News World Congress. A clash of styles for Cadillac Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen and General Motors product development boss Mark Reuss are having a running debate over Cadillac's edgy styling, according to a Bloomberg report last week. 'Imported' could have been Ford's Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Chrysler's tag line 'Imported from Detroit' became immortal when Eminem prowled the streets of Detroit in a Chrysler 200, in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial. But in 1964, the same line was in consideration to market the Ford Mustang. Fiat pins hopes to pope: Nope Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST When Pope Francis climbed into the back seat of a black Fiat 500L on his first visit to the United States, interest in the diminutive, five-door family car appeared to surge. Germany wants your Bimmer Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A Cox Automotive unit ships more used BMWs to Germany than any other overseas market. Here's a look at some of the peculiarities of the used-vehicle export business. Who gets the good review? Better bet on the salesperson Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers who believe auto-retailing is a people business shouldn't be surprised to learn that when customers happy with their vehicle purchase pass along a good word, they're more likely to recommend the salesperson than the store. Smart ForTwo EV to arrive in U.S. late next year Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The next-generation electric Smart ForTwo will arrive in the U.S. at the end of 2016. Government incentives likely will determine whether demand will outpace the 25 percent take rate seen for the electric version of the ForTwo last year. G class gets downsized V-8, new AMG version for 2016 Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA chief Steve Cannon says the brand will sell more G-class SUVs in 2016 than even. Cannon is counting on changes such as a smaller but more powerful V-8, plus a new $218,000 AMG version, to drive sales higher. Does Mazda concept for Tokyo point to RX sports car's return? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mazda plans to unveil a sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that is sure to stoke speculation about a possible successor to the RX-8. 'Fiata' ready for its close-up Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST An unmasked 2016 Fiat 124 Spider captured on a photo shoot in Southern California looks far more like its Mazda MX-5 Miata twin than the 124 Spider from back in the day. Dealerships and their impact on the states Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST California leads other states in jobs related to new-vehicle dealerships and the income taxes paid by those workers. Tesla prepped its crossover for tight parking spots, apocalypse Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla delivered the first few units of the Model X to a select group of investors and showed off features that include falcon-wing doors, a sky-view windshield and an enormous air filter with a maxed-out option that CEO Elon Musk dubbed "bioweapon... Making conventional vehicles more electrified Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mahle, one of the world's top producers of engine components, is figuring out how to electrify the vehicle. With QNX, BlackBerry finds more room in the car Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST This year, QNX notched a huge victory by delivering the underlying software for the latest version of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync system. Postal Service books big Ram ProMaster order Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The U.S. Postal Service's order for 9,133 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans represents the biggest single customer purchase of the front-wheel-drive ProMaster since U.S. sales of the commercial van began in 2013. Mazda marketer slams autonomous cars, protects 'Zoom-Zoom' Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Russell Wager says he has a 'real problem' with self-driving cars because they could erase popular tag lines and even brands. Lesson not learned will cost VW Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price. How to do an automotive hookup Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The low-key cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan offers a low-key counterpoint to Sergio Marchionne's assertion that mergers are critical to industry survival. As times change, it's time to do better Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business. Clarity on recalls Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. AutoNation shouldn't have to hold a recalled vehicle that just needs its owner's manual updated. Off the phone, shops stay on the job Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A Connecticut dealership group aims to improve its customer handling by tapping a dedicated service department call center run by an outside contractor. Mercedes aims to add dealerships judiciously Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz plans to add more dealerships to address unmet demand in growing markets. But it will stop in a couple of years once it gets to around 390 stores, up from 370 now. M-B seeks Apple experience in service drive Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon wants the brand's dealerships to provide service customers an experience closer to that of an Apple Store, through a digital initiative in the service drive. He expects it to be in all U.S. Autoliv expanding into crash prevention tech Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Autoliv Inc., the world's top producer of airbags and seat belts, is trying to muscle its way into the small fraternity of mega-suppliers that design collision-avoidance systems for autonomous cars. Dealers Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers featured this week include the Chicago Automobile Trade Association; Bo Scott, dealer principal at Regal Nissan in Roswell, Ga.; and Mitchell Hall of Lawrence Hall Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Anson, Texas. %]