Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EST Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170724/BLOG15/170729998/audi-copies-silicon-valley-risk-taking-culture-with-self-driving-a8 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's new A8 self-driving flagship sedan, he is putting into practice what he has learned. Toyota's hydrogen holdup means East Coasters miss out on Mirai http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM05/170729887/toyotas-hydrogen-holdup-means-east-coasters-miss-out-on-mirai Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:30:54 EST Toyota, off to a slow start selling its car of the future on one U.S. coast, is struggling even to get started on the other. Henrik Fisker taking 'lessons learned' from Karma to new EMotion EV http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM02/170729910/henrik-fisker-lessons-learned-emotion Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The $129,000 EMotion EV -- due out in 2019 -- is touted as having a top speed of 161 mph, a more than 400-mile electric range and rapid-charging capabilities of 125 miles in 9 minutes. Chevy Impala at risk as large sedans shrink into oblivion http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729905/gm-chevrolet-impala-sedan Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The Chevy Impala #8212; one of GM's longest-running and most-recognized names, a car that logged more than 1 million U.S. sales in 1965 #8212; appears unlikely to survive much longer. First Shift: Amid EU cartel probe, a denial from BMW http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/VIDEO/307249975/first-shift-amid-eu-cartel-probe-a-denial-from-bmw Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:15:00 EST BMW denies emissions cheating as EU probes alleged cartel; Infiniti dropping QX70; Chevy product pipeline; A warning for Audi's Stadler?; GM axes plan to build giant LED wall. VW calls crisis meeting to discuss EU cartel probe, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170724/ANE/170729889/vw-calls-crisis-meeting-to-discuss-eu-cartel-probe-report-says Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:41:44 EST VW Group will hold a supervisory board meeting to discuss allegations that German automakers operated a cartel, Reuters reported. VW, Daimler workers step up pressure to come clean on collusion http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170724/ANE/170729888/vw-daimler-workers-step-up-pressure-to-come-clean-on-collusion Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:10:33 EST Germany's automakers are coming under pressure from their employees to come clean on allegations that they colluded on technology for decades, as investors continued to sell the stocks on concern the industry faces another major scandal following... Infiniti drops midsize QX70 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729923/infiniti-drops-midsize-qx70 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Infiniti has killed its QX70 midsize crossover, effective immediately, as it prepares to shift more attention to other crossovers. Longtime BMW temp files racism, sexism complaint with EEOC: 'Enough was enough' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM/170729903/eeoc-complaint-launches-inquiry-bmw Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW of North America says it is investigating claims of racism and sexism in its Mini division after a decadelong temporary worker lodged a federal complaint. Fiat, unions agree on wage rise at 500L plant in Serbia http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170724/ANE/170729890/fiat-unions-agree-on-wage-rise-at-500l-plant-in-serbia Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:08:56 EST Fiat Chrysler's Serbian unit has reached an agreement to increase wages following a strike that hit production of Fiat 500L models. Trump's NAFTA rhetoric yields to reality ahead of talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/GLOBAL/170729899/trump-nafta-rhetoric-yields-reality Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The reality of NAFTA after 23 years of integration is that no single country can dictate new terms for the deal, because all have much to lose, from manufacturing in Mexico and agricultural exports in the U.S. Ford transforms design leadership http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729901/ford-transforms-design-leadership Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. has overhauled its design team amid new CEO Jim Hackett's quest to transform the automaker into a leaner, quicker-thinking organization. Blaze in the bays http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729906/blaze-in-the-bays Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST About 30 vehicles belonging to service customers were destroyed in a blaze at a Michigan dealership. Officials said the fire was caused by spilled cleaning supplies. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/an3459826451MSITB http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/FEATURES/307249999/http-www-nxtbook-com-nxtbooks-crain-an3459826451msitb Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST an3459826451MSITB Buick leaves its legacy of large sedans behind http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729908/buick-leaves-legacy-large-cars Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST More than three quarters of Buick's U.S. sales now come from the Encore and two larger crossovers. The changes have helped Buick double its global sales volume since 2010. Search is on for better lidar http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/MOBILITY/170729936/search-is-on-for-better-lidar Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Though lidar technology solves many problems of current sensor technology, it still hasn't met the requirements for mass production for vehicles #8212; even after decades of development. Crossovers and SUVs fatten profit margins http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL01/170729911/crossovers-suvs-fatten-profit-margins Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Across segments from subcompact to full-size, average transaction prices for SUVs and crossovers in the first half of 2017 ran well higher than similar-size sedans and hatchbacks, an analysis of Kelley Blue Book data shows. This Ford F-150 will be in hot pursuit#8203; http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729917/this-ford-f-150-will-be-in-hot-pursuit Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford's F-150 police responder is the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup Mercedes unveils its take on classic pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729921/mercedes-unveils-its-take-on-classic-pickup Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The X class, Mercedes' first pickup, will hit dealerships in Germany starting in November and will then be rolled out to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and Latin America the following year. There are no plans for the U.S. JLR's Project 8: It's all about aerodynamics http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729918/jlrs-project-8-its-all-about-aerodynamics Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The link between Jaguar's battery-powered I-Pace crossover and its V-8-powered, 200 mph Project 8 performance sedan is aerodynamics.#8203; Autonomous vehicle legislation set in motion http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/MOBILITY/170729916/self-driving-legislation-set-in-motion Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The legislation borrows heavily from the wish list of automakers and tech companies that want leeway to operate on highways without being tied too closely to rules designed for vehicles controlled by humans. What's the best city for driving a car? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729920/whats-the-best-city-for-driving-a-car Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST A recent study ranked 100 U.S. markets in terms of best and worst cities to drive a car New York in '64 was no good for a car, except that Mustang http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM02/170729913/new-york-in-64-was-no-good-for-a-car-except-that-mustang Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Here's a classic view of New York automobile ownership from 1964, when Ford was rolling out the first Mustang to raves. Toyota's V-6 faces Honda's turbo http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM06/170729922/toyotas-v-6-faces-hondas-turbo Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota Camry's chief engineer sings the virtues of V-6 power as rival Honda switches to a downsized turbo. Ready to cross over? Never say never http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729924/ready-to-cross-over-never-say-never Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne's protestations aside, Ferrari may be working on a crossover. Jaguar starts its own Easter egg hunt on E-Pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729926/jaguar-starts-its-own-easter-egg-hunt-on-e-pace Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST You can tell Ian Callum's design crew at Jaguar is having fun these days by looking at the Easter eggs on its new crossover. Aluminum pioneer takes steel path http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729928/aluminum-pioneer-takes-steel-path Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi has sharply reduced the amount of aluminum in the bodyshell of its new A8. Sonata owners: Here comes the sun, and it's not all right http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM03/170729929/sonata-owners-here-comes-the-sun-and-its-not-all-right Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Hyundai learned a lesson on its outgoing Sonata having to do with too much of a good thing. Buick product overhaul steers lineup toward crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729957/buick-future-product-crossovers Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The nearly complete transformation of Buick's lineup has created a brand that gets more than three quarters of its U.S. sales from a trio of crossovers. Cadillac product blitz to begin in mid-2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729954/cadillac-future-product Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST For now, the brand must get by with one crossover, one SUV and a bunch of sedans that are all nearly the same size. GM product cycle rolls into a high-profit phase http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729953/gm-future-product Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Redesigned versions of four GM crossovers are hitting dealerships this year, giving dealers plenty of fresh product in several of the industry's hottest and most profitable segments. Chevy and GMC will hit market's sweet spots http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM04/170729952/chevy-gmc-future-product Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Nearly a decade after the last industry downturn forced General Motors to delay development work on its next-generation crossovers, they're finally reaching dealerships. Dealers are still missing from mobility conversation http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729938/dealers-still-missing-mobility-conversation Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Data management and consumer behavior tracking companies will gather tons of user and vehicle information in the emerging ecosystem of mobility options. Missing from the forecasts is what role, if any, franchised dealerships will have. Who cares about floor? Show off cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729948/who-cares-about-floor-show-off-cars Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST I am updating my dealership. I agree with certain aspects of the manufacturer's plan, but I find it wasteful to replace 5,900 square feet of showroom tile. Respect is key to avoid blame game http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729950/respect-is-key-to-avoid-blame-game Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST One can feel the stress inherent in the franchise system -- stress that is certainly felt by manufacturers but especially by dealers. Facilities should match the market http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729951/facilities-should-match-the-market Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The mistake manufacturers make is they don't allow market-appropriate facilities. What makes sense in a major market can be a financial death sentence in flyover country. Facilities not the redo stores need http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729949/facilities-not-the-redo-stores-need Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST I do believe we need a redo in our industry, but I also think the manufacturers have it wrong. No fury like a bureaucrat scorned http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM11/170729955/no-fury-like-a-bureaucrat-scorned Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Governments get mad when you fail to comply with their rules and regulations, doubly so when you intentionally break them. One-size-fits-all dealer performance ratings must go http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729958/dealer-effectiveness-ratings-must-go Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers' being attuned to their local conditions and needs is one of the fundamental benefits of the franchised dealership system. Carmakers never should have forgotten that. Mercedes dealer devotes service center to vans http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729976/mercedes-dealer-service-center-vans Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST When vans come in for service, they typically require more attention than noncommercial vehicles because they generally perform more demanding work with heavier loads. BMW denies diesel cheating as EU probes emissions cartel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170723/ANE/170729892/bmw-denies-diesel-cheating-as-eu-probes-emissions-cartel Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:36:36 EST BMW rejected claims that it colluded with VW and Daimler over emissions treatment systems after the EU said it would launch an investigation into the allegations in a move that could result in hefty fines for the companies. EU investigates possible German emissions treatment systems cartel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170723/ANE/170729896/eu-investigates-possible-german-emissions-treatment-systems-cartel Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:01:16 EST EU antitrust regulators are investigating allegations of a cartel among German automakers, a measure that could result in hefty fines for the companies. Private-equity firm GPB Capital thrives under the radar http://www.autonews.com/article/20170723/RETAIL07/170729907/gpb-capital-thrives-under-the-radar Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST GPB Capital, a private-equity group, has quietly grown to 66 dealerships. Now they're ready to start talking about who they are and how they operate. Opel defends inclusion of employee leases in sales data http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170723/ANE/170729895/opel-defends-inclusion-of-employee-leases-in-sales-data Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:23:10 EST Opel defended the inclusion in its sales data of cars pre-registered by the company and leased by company workers, retirees and their families. Some Dodge dealers give in to Demon temptation http://www.autonews.com/article/20170723/RETAIL07/170729904/dodge-dealers-give-in-to-demon-temptation Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Some, but not all, Dodge dealers are seeking market adjustments that would nearly double the price for the limited-edition drag racer. FCA's restated sales show some big swings http://www.autonews.com/article/20170723/RETAIL01/170729902/fca-restated-sales-show-some-big-swings Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST A review of the data points to a company that either didn't accurately know what it was selling month to month or was playing fast and loose with its fleet sales. Who will order car subscriptions? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170722/MOBILITY/170729935/who-will-order-car-subscriptions Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Vehicle subscription services are emerging as a new slice of the car-sharing market, and industry leaders are still trying to figure out which model will work best. Brembo's Bombassei inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame http://www.autonews.com/article/20170722/OEM02/170729900/brembo-bombassei-automotive-hall-of-fame Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Alberto Bombassei, the man behind those bright red and yellow Brembo brake calipers, joined three other legends into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Australian man likely 18th death from faulty Takata airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20170722/OEM11/170729898/australian-man-likely-18th-death-from-faulty-takata-airbags Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:39:01 EST An Australian man who died in a Sydney car crash may be the 18th death linked to faulty Takata airbags, after police said he was killed when hit in the neck by shrapnel from an airbag. Four Audi board members face dismissal, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170721/ANE/170729939/four-audi-board-members-face-dismissal-report-says Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:30:17 EST Audi is considering dismissing four top executives including its sales and production chiefs as it wrestles with an emissions-cheating crisis, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported. %]