Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Range of Ford Fusion Energi plug-in gets boosted to 610 miles Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Minor tweaks yield big results as Fusion Energi range increases to 610 miles on a single tank of fuel 2016 Mazda CX-9 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST After years of talking about moving into a semipremium space, Mazda has finally done it with the 2016 CX-9 crossover. The three-row family hauler is the best example yet of Mazda's quest for a more discerning customer and higher profits. Peugeot family to meet French government over stake, report says Mon, 30 May 2016 13:32:08 EST The Peugeot family plans to hold talks with the French government to discuss the future of its stake in PSA, Reuters reported. The family may be interested in raising its shareholding, a source said. Strong Jaguar Land Rover helps to triple Tata Motors profit Mon, 30 May 2016 10:58:23 EST Tata Motors posted a threefold rise in quarterly net profit, lifted by strong sales at its Jaguar Land Rover unit and higher demand for its trucks in India. Recall battle shifts to states Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST State dealer associations are going to their legislatures seeking -- and getting -- new protections they say dealers need to cope with the burden of unrepaired vehicles on their lots, especially as the Takata airbag recalls expand. Blast hits Japan plant operated by Toyota brake supplier Mon, 30 May 2016 08:19:20 EST Advics, a supplier of braking components to Toyota, reported an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan's Aichi prefecture. Audi production in Germany hit by flooding Mon, 30 May 2016 05:31:29 EST Production at Audi's factory in Neckarsulm, in southwestern Germany, was hit after severe flooding affected the region. Bentley close to compact decision Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley may decide soon on a compact model line previewed by EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. A production model would come as a two-door coupe and a roadster is possible, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. Automotive News Europe salutes Michael-Robert Buechsner Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is ZF TRW Automotive's Michael-Robert Buechsner. More carmakers race into ride-sharing Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are staking their claims in the ride-sharing world -- and fast. Last week, Toyota invested in ride-share giant Uber, Volkswagen Group in Gett, a ride-hailing company popular in Europe, and BMW in the company behind a carpooling app. Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Recruiting college grads to the dealership Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Ray Skillman Auto Group revamped its recruiting process to target college graduates with retail experience, part of its switch to a product-specialist model to replace traditional sales staffers. Toyota's Texas headquarters begins to rise Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota's Plano, Texas, plot is beginning to look like a world-class corporate campus as it emerges from the dusty construction site just north of Dallas in anticipation of a migration of employees from the old headquarters in Southern California and... How Bill Ford lured Flex-N-Gate to Detroit Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Flex-N-Gate, owned by low-profile magnate Shahid Khan, will build a new plant in Detroit, a move Bill Ford advocated for. Here come the hydrogen stations Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hydrogen fuel cell cars are beginning to trickle onto California's roads. And thanks to a push from regulators, automakers and startup FirstElement, more filling stations are arriving, too. Rembrandts help refine the art of the sale Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Robert Hoehn is a 21st century American car dealer who became obsessed with collecting prints made by a 17th century Dutch master who conjured dark, magical images using copper plates, acid, an etching tool and a press. Q auto's smaller stores yield bigger results Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Asbury will add two smaller stand-alone used-vehicle stores in the Tampa area this summer, bringing its total there to four, after having closed its only large-format store in Jacksonville, Fla., in February. Toyota, Nissan seek battery breakthroughs Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota and Nissan are working on advanced battery technologies they hope will give new-generation electrified vehicles greater driving range. VW's e-Golf to close the gap with i3 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen says it will substantially expand the range of its e-Golf when a face-lifted version of the battery electric hatchback goes into production in December. Nissan sees ads transcending borders Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan will launch a new U.S. advertising campaign this week, but other significant marketing changes are coming. Are Japan's automakers too U.S.-dependent? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's automakers are beginning to position themselves for a slowdown in their cash-cow market - the United States. FCA's 'sales carnivore' adds more to his plate Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Reid Bigland's added assignment running FCA's struggling Italian luxury brands, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, is about more than bolstering brands and boosting sales. Inside Toyota's new digs Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Check out photos of Toyota's new North American HQ and temporary offices. Ford to hire adults with autism in pilot program Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is launching a pilot program this week to hire adults with autism. Next-gen Dodge Charger could cut weight, offer twin-turbo I-4 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The next generation Dodge Charger is expected to shed nearly 500 pounds from its base curb weight, and could come with a 300-hp, twin-turbo inline-four engine in development for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, according to sources. Bentley close to compact decision Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley is working on a compact model line previewed by last year's EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. High-performance Nissan Sentra to get sporty looks, more power Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's compact Sentra sedan looks ready to get the Nismo treatment. Recent spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end. Single-cab, full-size Titan breaks cover Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan has made clear that it intends to modify the redesigned Titan pickup for several market niches over the coming year. U.S. Buick Verano output to wind down in October Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. Challenger outmuscled in crash tests Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Ford puts the focus on supplier engineer for RS success Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It's rare for suppliers to be publicly outed, but Ford is so impressed with GKN's active torque vectoring system on the Focus RS rear axle that it handed GKN's engineer on the project an award usually only given internally. BMW concept pays Hommage to the 2002 coupe Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW has come up with a design study to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 2002 coupe, one of the most significant models in its history. F-Pace's tag line has some miles on it Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar's F-Pace is busting into a new market segment for the British automaker, performance utilities. But the slogan being rolled out along with the F-Pace is certified used. Will Google's idea stick? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Google has been granted a patent for an adhesive coating on the car hood, so that any pedestrian who gets hit by accident would stick to the vehicle until the motorist stops. Mercedes puts up fight in China Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST China is starting to look like a barroom brawl for the German luxury brands. And Mercedes is landing some punches. You thought cars were big polluters? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal may be bad, but the pollution from diesel automobiles is a breath of fresh mountain air compared with what spews out of the smokestacks of some huge cruise ships. CarGurus validates used-car prices on dealership sites Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST CarGurus has become the latest third-party shopping site to allow dealers to place its rating of used-vehicle prices - such as 'good deal' or 'great deal' - directly on a dealership website's inventory pages. App helps dealers make fast bids for consumers' vehicles Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST and Pearl Technology have partnered to help dealers buy consumer-owned used vehicles. But dealers have to be quick to win the deal. Essentially, store investor was a dealer, judge says Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST When does a prospective dealer meet the legal definition of 'dealer' and thus become entitled to protection from manufacturers under federal and Arizona law? There's no precise formula to answer that question, a federal judge in Phoenix... VW has lost a lot more than money Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It's hard to measure exactly how much Volkswagen's enormous diesel emissions cheating will cost the company. Volkswagen has put the 2015 financial toll at about $18 billion. The real damage to VW is just starting. Who wants an autonomous vehicle? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Has anyone stopped to ask: Who wants a driverless vehicle? It would be sad if the industry were chasing a technology that no one wanted or was willing to pay for. Auto industry must earn trust for its own sake Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The auto industry faces skepticism and distrust from regulators and the public on safety, fuel economy and emissions standards. It must work to reverse this alarming trend. Dealers Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST James Sinclair, John Willett and Mike Detwiler celebrated 50 years with Ford at Dave Sinclair Ford in St. Louis. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford Motor Co.' Signs of a buy-sell slowdown Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership buy-sell activity could plateau this year after several years of big growth. And buyers' lust for luxury brands is cooling somewhat, experts say. EU emissions inquiry chief seeks rules revamp Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Kathleen Van Brempt, the head of an EU investigation panel set up after the VW scandal, says emissions loopholes need to be closed and enforcement established at a European level. Peugeot expects China boost from new 3008 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Peugeot expects to get a sales boost in China from the new 3008, which has been redesigned to look more like an SUV to capitalize on booming demand in the market for crossovers. Can Volvo play small ball? Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo's first entry into the compact crossover segment, the XC40 arriving late next year, is meant to capitalize on the market's seeming unquenchable thirst for these vehicles. FCA's sales streak rides on minivans Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST If Fiat Chrysler ekes out its 74th consecutive year-over-year sales increase in May, as expected, it will likely do so with a big assist from a segment often dismissed as a has-been -- minivans. Race cars are laps ahead on connectivity Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Although some might think the fuss about connected cars is a relatively recent phenomenon, it's not. Race cars -- including those at today's Indianapolis 500 -- have been transmitting fuel and performance data to pit crews for decades. VW goal: 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group expects it will have to sell about 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a year worldwide by 2025 to fulfill increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits in major markets.