Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 28 May 2015 06:00:00 EST Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles. Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a similar change in March by General Motors. Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit Wed, 27 May 2015 15:58:23 EST Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty ignition switches now linked to 107 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed today. AutoNews Now: Chevy goes Android - and Apple Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevy goes Android - and Apple; GM's Barra, Bill Ford join forces in Mich. auto-tech push; In China: SUVs as 'rage' defense; Ford issues 2 recalls; New way to see London. GM makes big bet on smartphone integration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:00 EST General Motors will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay on more than a dozen Chevrolet vehicles for the 2016 model year, the industry's biggest bet yet on dashboard displays that mimic smartphones. Apple exec calls car 'ultimate mobile device' Wed, 27 May 2015 14:35:49 EST A senior Apple executive said developing a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference today. Lamborghini to build SUV in Italy; launch planned for 2018 Wed, 27 May 2015 10:35:53 EST Lamborghini will produce its new SUV in Italy, with the model due to enter the market in 2018. The company will hire 500 new employees and almost double the physical size of its plant in Italy's Emilia Romagna region. Auto loans and balances, boosted by millennials, rise in Q1 Wed, 27 May 2015 12:15:00 EST Auto loans and balances grew in volume in the first quarter, with the youngest U.S. consumers leading the way. Despite those increases, auto loan delinquencies remained flat, credit bureau TransUnion reported today. Will CFPB's use of disparate impact be altered by Supreme Court housing ruling? Wed, 27 May 2015 12:15:00 EST Will a Supreme Court ruling in a Texas civil rights case alleging the state's housing practices resulted in a disparate impact on African-Americans set a precedent that could affect the CFPB's crackdown on auto lending? Dealership... Former Suzuki store owner wins right to arbitrate in consumer dispute Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:00 EST The owner of a former Suzuki dealership in Kansas City, Mo., is entitled to arbitrate rather than litigate a customer's claims stemming from an alleged failure to deliver title to the used vehicle she bought, the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled. FandI providers and lenders, here's your chance to fulfill dealers' dreams Wed, 27 May 2015 11:30:00 EST With gross profit margins on new-vehicle sales narrowing, dealers are worried about the future and where the profits on the sales side will come. The FandI office is an obvious place. Finesse the timing of document printouts Wed, 27 May 2015 11:32:50 EST Bill Paschen, finance director for Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, recommends preprinting only the temporary plate and the customer menu before inviting the customer into the FandI office. Larry Miller Group launches Fast Pass to speed auto transactions Wed, 27 May 2015 12:00:00 EST Larry H. Miller Dealerships is pushing to put more of the car buying process online, but the FandI component will stay in the dealership. Renault resumes production in Turkey Wed, 27 May 2015 10:39:04 EST Renault resumed normal production at its plant in Turkey after employees ended a strike. The protest over working conditions also affected output at factories operated by Fiat and Ford. Ford recalls 423,000 vehicles for power-steering issue Wed, 27 May 2015 10:55:34 EST Ford today said it is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating since last fall. It also issued a smaller recall for a different issue in some 2015 Ford Mustangs. How suppliers can seize new opportunities in Mexico Wed, 27 May 2015 10:10:03 EST Major automakers from around the globe are establishing or expanding operations in Mexico, and that means new challenges -- and opportunities -- for automotive suppliers. Android Auto proves to be luxuriously simple Wed, 27 May 2015 09:47:45 EST The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend the usual "the more you pay, the more you get" rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai a better computer interface than most... GM sees growth for diesels in U.S. and China Wed, 27 May 2015 08:36:31 EST General Motors sees growth opportunities for diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. and China as it expands its diesel development center in Turin, Italy. The center provides global GM brands with diesel technology. First Shift: Toyota still brand-value king Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota keeps 'most valuable car brand' title, BMW ranks 2nd; Takata hearing set; GM's Barra a global power; Ford's top-of-the-line Explorer; Ram releases longer Lambert video. Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said. New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley Wed, 27 May 2015 07:01:06 EST Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians. Ford gives EVs a boost in UK car-sharing program Wed, 27 May 2015 06:38:11 EST Ford has joined automakers including BMW and Daimler in offering electric cars for short-term hire as it expands its car-sharing projects to the UK. Valeo expects higher sales, profits this year Wed, 27 May 2015 06:05:17 EST Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich reiterated that the supplier's sales in 2015 will outpace growth in global markets. Aschenbroich expects an operating margin slightly higher than the 7.2 percent margin in 2014. Toyota remains most valuable car brand despite airbag recalls Wed, 27 May 2015 04:25:12 EST Toyota kept its title as the most valuable car brand in 2015 despite recent airbag recalls denting its worth, according to a study that ranks the top 100 global brands. BMW remained No. 2, while Mercedes was third. Porsche extends contract of production boss Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche has extended the contract of its production and logistics boss, Oliver Blume, by five years. Blume is a former head of global production planning at VW who started his career at Audi. Automotive News Europe salutes Heli Hassinen-Biberger Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Heli Hassinen-Biberger of Nissan. Connected Vehicles: Gearing Up for Security Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Connected cars are on the top of consumer wish lists. As quickly as the automakers are adding features, security researchers are finding and exploiting flaws. House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls Tue, 26 May 2015 15:19:24 EST A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles. GM unveils $1.2 billion investment plan for Indiana pickup plant Tue, 26 May 2015 13:15:00 EST GM will invest $1.2 billion to improve the Indiana plant where it makes full-size pickups. The investment, part of the $5. Supplier EFI Automotive opens N.A. headquarters in Alabama Tue, 26 May 2015 17:05:58 EST French supplier EFI Automotive opened its first North American headquarters, in Elkmont, Ala., after spending $2.5 million to expand the site of its plant there. NGK says 2 execs retired before price-fixing indictments Tue, 26 May 2015 14:38:47 EST Two former executives with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug had retired before they were indicted Thursday on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold to some automakers in the US... Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EST Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. GM president rebuffs Marchionne's merger talk Tue, 26 May 2015 11:10:12 EST General Motors sees no need to merge with another automaker to maintain profitability, the company's president, Dan Ammann, said. Jaguar Land Rover profit declines most in two years on China Tue, 26 May 2015 09:13:34 EST Jaguar Land Rover became the latest casualty of a slowdown in Chinese auto demand, reporting its steepest drop in quarterly profit in two years after retail deliveries slumped in the world's largest vehicle market. With sports cars, hit reset (often) for success Tue, 26 May 2015 11:00:00 EST Sporty cars won't live past one generation if car companies don't keep them fresh with new models and features. Constant investment or a slow, agonizing death. AutoNews Now: GM's $1.2B Indiana investment Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST GM to spend $1.2 billion on Fort Wayne plant that makes highly profitable pickups; consolidation chatter; FCA minivan 'choices'; Audi values technology. First Shift: Sonata gets Android Auto Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST At Hyundai, Android Auto arrives in Sonata, pickup appears headed for production; General Motors criminal charges?; Report: Sergio emailed GM about mega-merger; Mazda's new MX-5 Miata. Audi expects in-car electronics to become as valuable as horsepower Tue, 26 May 2015 06:29:04 EST Audi expects that electronics and digital features will become just as important as sheer horsepower for global automakers as they brace for a fundamental industry shift and new competitors and potential allies emerge. Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the... Mercedes-Benz cars may not be dinosaur-proof Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Does the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe standard warranty cover dinosaur attacks? Ford dips toe into London car-sharing market with GoDrive Tue, 26 May 2015 09:46:49 EST Ford will start offering Londoners a network of cars to share, rather than buy, in an effort to tap the growing market for on-demand driving. Audi's smallest entry quick, clean, comfortable (and a little boring) Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi has rebuilt its smallest entry, the A3. Now available in sedan and convertible -- there's no hatchback -- the new A3 moves to Volkswagen Group's acclaimed MQB platform. Here are a few snippets of recent reviews: Former Detroit-area Ford dealer Tarik Daoud dies at 78 Tue, 26 May 2015 08:21:12 EST Tarik Daoud, the longtime CEO of the former Al Long Ford in Warren, Mich., died Sunday. He was 78. Ford's Turkish unit halts output as labor dispute resumes Tue, 26 May 2015 02:56:23 EST The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again. Volvo begins shipping Chinese-built S60 sedans to U.S. Tue, 26 May 2015 05:16:18 EST Volvo started exporting S60 sedans to the United States from its plant in Chengdu, China. Volvo says the exports will help to boost annual worldwide sales to 800,000 vehicles. Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture Tue, 26 May 2015 06:24:37 EST Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales Tue, 26 May 2015 04:51:20 EST Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and Skoda vehicles a year. Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin Martin Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain. Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affluent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability. Nissan's Munoz: 'You grow or you go' Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan N.A. boss Jose Munoz continues to push U.S. dealers for a big jump in market share while deflecting complaints that his stair-step sales targets are too hard to achieve. %]