Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:53:11 EST Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers. VW plans $1 billion investment in Mexico to support Tiguan output, report says Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:31:13 EST VW plans an investment worth around $1 billion in Mexico to expand its Puebla assembly plant, Reuters reported Thursday. GM sued by 2 workers for not allowing unpaid religious days Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:27:45 EST Two GM workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the company and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off. Snow crimps output at GM, Ford, Toyota plants in Kentucky Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:43:17 EST GM, Ford and Toyota canceled shifts at assembly plants in Kentucky on Thursday after more than two feet of snow pounded parts of the state overnight, prompting some government officials to declare an emergency. Supplier Chassix buys times with debt holders Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:32:56 EST Chassix, the auto-parts maker owned by billionaire Tom Gores' Platinum Equity LLC, said its bondholders agreed to refrain for a month from pursuing a default after the company missed an interest payment. Lotus CEO leans towards SUV launch as sales pick up Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:53:13 EST Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, focused on the British sports car maker's survival, says the next all-new Lotus vehicle is likely to be a crossover SUV. GM hires new media-strategy director Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:33:41 EST General Motors has hired Jonathan Halvorson as director of global media strategy and branded entertainment. The appointment is effective April 1. Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:54:46 EST Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz. AutoNews Now: Putting spotlight back on cars Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi R8 steals show as product, not economics, takes center stage in Geneva; VW's cheaper EV; Tesla saving energy. Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car Thu, 5 Mar 2015 05:50:35 EST Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said. VW's German workers get 3% wage increase Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:56:05 EST Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs. BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:23:39 EST BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report. Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles. Lower oil prices to boost global auto sales 1.5%, forecast says Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:53:34 EST Falling oil prices will boost global auto sales 1.5 percent through 2019, with the biggest windfalls coming in North America, IHS Automotive said in a new forecast. First Shift: Mercedes midsize van debuts Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Metris hits U.S. roads in Oct.; restyled Fiat 500?; Audi Wi-Fi push; impact of IIHS; Ford brings classic toy to life. Record-breaking Rolls-Royce expects further gains from growing lineup Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Rolls-Royce set a new sales record in 2014 and looks likely to keep raising deliveries in the future following the announcement last month that it would develop an ultraluxury SUV. Fiat Chrysler's Polish plant will build restyled Fiat 500, Lancia Ypsilon, reports say Thu, 5 Mar 2015 05:09:08 EST Fiat Chrysler will start producing restyled versions of its Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon models this year at its Tychy plant in Poland, reports said. The plant already builds the current versions of the two models alongside Ford's Ka minicar. No German-driven 'rat race' for Volvo Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo randd boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. 'They are in a rat race. We are not going to follow them,' he said. AutoNews Now: A cool take on Feb. sales Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Snyder on snow, luxury war and road to 17M; Malibu tease; 124 Spider comeback; Audi spoofs 'Birds'; another CNG Ram. Next Malibu tackles weight, space challenges Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:49:19 EST The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will have more interior space and weigh 300 pounds less than the current car, General Motors said today. First Shift: February winners, losers Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan advances in weather-beaten month; Toyota diversifies leadership; Sprinter van plan?; watching Apple, Google. Ford warns on UK leaving EU Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:23:40 EST Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley said the UK needs to stay in the EU to keep its manufacturers at the forefront of global production. "We really believe that the UK being part of the EU is critical for business," Farley said in a radio interview. Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:12:01 EST German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles. Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:24:26 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5. BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:46:33 EST The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert... Fiat brand will never again be a mass-market player in Europe, Marchionne says Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:42:24 EST The Fiat brand will never again be a mass-market marque in Europe, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. The change reflects Fiat's increasing strategic emphasis on profit and brand discipline. Loan amounts, payments reach new highs Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST The average amount financed for a new vehicle reached a record $28,381 in the fourth quarter of 2014, Experian Automotive said today. That was an increase of $950, or 3.5 percent, from the year-earlier quarter and a rise of $582, or 2. U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:47:22 EST The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0. NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:37:15 EST The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. AutoNation's 8% sales gain beats market for Feb. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:14:47 EST AutoNation said its new-vehicle retail sales jumped 8 percent in February compared to a year earlier, reaching 23,780 new units. Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:11:55 EST Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. Jeep ramps up dealers in China as production commences Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:14:52 EST Jeep will increase its dealerships in China by about a third this year and will start local production of its Cherokee SUV in November followed by the smaller Renegade model in 2016, CEO Mike Manley said. ZF-TRW deal to be approved by EU regulators, report says Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:48:22 EST EU antitrust regulators are expected to clear German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for US peer TRW Automotive Holdings with conditions, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today. Chevy Bolt EV variant may be sold as an Opel in Europe, sources say Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:08:15 EST General Motors may sell a version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall model, company sources said. BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:04:30 EST Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market? America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos? Online retail tools are changing FandI jobs, work force analyst says Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST The neat organization of dealership FandI departments isn't so neat anymore. And industry researchers believe online retail is the reason why. The auto fallout from tax refund delays Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:45:00 EST Tax refund season is typically the high point of the year for subprime auto lenders, but so far the early tax refund statistics are down slightly from a year ago. Millennials coming on stream in auto loans, leases Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST Millennials get a bum rap as being less interested in driving and cars -- and in auto finance -- than previous generations, TransUnion says in a new study. Toyota Financial explores how to improve e-commerce Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST As more shoppers turn to e-commerce as part of buying a car, Toyota Financial Services is turning to its U.S. dealers to find ways to improve its digital offerings. Santander Consumer USA to pay $9.35 million settlement over military repos Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Santander Consumer USA will pay at least $9.35 million to resolve charges that it improperly repossessed the cars of members of the military, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Allow customers time to ponder Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:08:56 EST Customers sometimes need to go home and think, and that's OK, says Brandon Wood, finance manager at Van Bortel Ford in East Rochester, N.Y. Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role Wed, 4 Mar 2015 03:55:55 EST Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief. Audi spreads wireless connectivity to nearly all 2016 models Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:53:01 EST Audi said it plans to equip nearly all of its 2016 model-year vehicles with 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to give drivers Wi-Fi access from the road. AvtoVAZ raises Lada prices again on weak ruble Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:21:57 EST Russian automaker AvtoVAZ has raised the prices of its Lada cars for the second time this year because of the weaker ruble. The automaker said prices rose by 4.8 percent on average after an increase of around 9 percent in January this year. Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:34:41 EST When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems' poaching suit Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:59:12 EST Apple said it's exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it's accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it's trying to develop an electric car. Lamborghini CEO takes aim at another sales record Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:30:00 EST Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann is bullish about the supercar maker's future after setting a new sales record last year and entering 2015 with a "solid order book." PSA may expand sales of Citroen C4 Cactus to China Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA may expand sales of its Citroen C4 Cactus to China in a sign that a repositioning of the brand is bearing fruit. Sales of the hatchback have topped 50,000, beating expectations. U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. %]