Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Chevy Blazer resurrected as tech-savvy, sporty crossover for 2019 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM04/180629938/2019-chevy-blazer-crossover-unveiled Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:00:00 EST General Motors, aiming for more gains in the booming American market for utility vehicles, is resurrecting the venerable Chevrolet Blazer nameplate as a tech-savvy, yet sporty, crossover. Customer Incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/DATACENTER/180629939/customer-incentives Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:08:33 EST Wilbur Ross-owned supplier IAC names new CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY01/306219948/iac-ross-magna-ceo-gingl Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:36:29 EST International Automotive Components Group named former Magna International executive Manfred Gingl as CEO following the retirement of former chief Steve Miller this month. Audi, Germany sign deal allowing flying car testing http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/MOBILITY/180629960/audi-germany-flying-cars-testing-airbus Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:39:20 EST Germany, land of the no-holds-barred autobahn, is pushing the next level of transportation: flying cars. Ford plans major new building near train station in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM02/180629943/ford-detroit-revitalization-corktown Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:51:29 EST Ford's development arm plans to tear down an old brass factory in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood and redevelop the site with a large new building near its recently purchased train station project. Mexico light-vehicle sales by make, May and YTD http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/DATACENTER/180629941/mexico-light-vehicle-sales-by-make-may-ytd Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:51:51 EST Mexico light-vehicle sales by nameplate, May and YTD http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/DATACENTER/180629942/mexico-light-vehicle-sales-by-nameplate-may-ytd Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:50:24 EST AutoNews Now: Reuss lands Cadillac, Ammann aligns with AVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/VIDEO/306219999/autonews-now-reuss-lands-cadillac-ammann-aligns-with-avs Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:15:00 EST Reuss lands Cadillac, Ammann aligns with AVs in GM management shift; Chevy Corvette ZR1 recall; Audi stops selling A6, A7; Intel ousts CEO; Try to catch this taxi. Ally to pay $19.7 million to settle class-action suit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629948/ally-class-action-case-settled-leasing Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:32:49 EST Ally Financial has agreed to pay nearly $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the lender of charging customers fees outside their lease-to-own agreements. Volvo CEO says auto tariffs threaten jobs at U.S. plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY01/306219972/trump-volvo-tariffs-jobs-south-carolina-samuelsson Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:37:34 EST If the Trump administration imposes tariffs on foreign cars, and trading partners retaliate, that could chill Volvo'splans to add jobs at its South Carolina plant, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. This buddy is not your friend http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/MOBILITY01/180629949/this-buddy-is-not-your-friend Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:31:39 EST As long as humans continue to progress and innovate and create cool things, somebody, somewhere, will find a way to ruin it for everybody. Intel ousts CEO Krzanich after relationship with employee http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM02/180629954/intel-krzanich-sex-scandal-ouster Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:36:14 EST Intel removed Brian Krzanich as CEO after the chipmaker learned he previously had a consensual relationship with an employee, a violation of the company's policies. Audi stops sales, recalls A6, A7 for seat sensor glitch in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629951/audi-a6-a7-recall-seat-sensor-airbags Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:11:07 EST Audi issued a stop sale and recall for 2012-18 A6 and A7 sedans equipped with certain seats after determining that a sensor designed to detect whether the passenger seat is occupied can malfunction. GM adjusts executive roles for Dan Ammann, Mark Reuss http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM02/180629955/general-motors-mark-reuss-dan-ammann Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:13:41 EST General Motors is realigning responsibilities of two of its top executives, allowing GM President Dan Ammann to better concentrate on the automaker's development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. IAC names former Magna exec Manfred Gingl as CEO http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629950/iac-names-former-magna-exec-manfred-gingl-as-ceo Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:36:29 EST International Automotive Components Group (IAC) named former Magna International executive Manfred Gingl to the post of CEO. Nearly 500 Corvette ZR1s recalled over airbag issues, GM says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629952/corvette-zr1-recall-airbag-nhtsa-chevrolet Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:52:55 EST Nearly 500 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1s from the 2019 model year are being recalled because of airbag deployment issues "under certain conditions." Aston Martin will open Silverstone test center http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629957/aston-martin-will-open-silverstone-test-center Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:41:58 EST Aston Martin will open a test and development center at Silverstone, the home of British Formula One racing, as the automaker continues to expand ahead of a possible stock market flotation. BASF's color palette for 2022 combines technical utility, visual aesthetics http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM04/180629971/2022-model-year-color-scheme-basf-supplier Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 EST Gray, blue, white and black surfaced as 2022 model year color predictions from automotive paint supplier BASF as the need to "keep it real" with technological advancements such as autonomous vehicles becomes a reality. Fiat Chrysler slams EU regulators over $35 million tax bill http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629959/fiat-chrysler-slams-eu-regulators-over-35-million-tax-bill Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:12:56 EST Fiat Chrysler accused EU competition regulators of over-reaching their powers and acting as a supranational tax authority when they ruled against its tax deal with Luxembourg. Audi will test air taxis in its German home city http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629961/audi-will-test-air-taxis-in-its-german-home-city Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:35:23 EST Audi and partner Airbus have signed a letter of intent with the German government to test air taxis in and around the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt. First Shift: How U.S.-China trade spat could hurt Daimler, BMW, Volvo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/VIDEO/306219998/first-shift-how-u-s-china-trade-spat-could-hurt-daimler-bmw-volvo Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 EST How U.S.-China trade spat could hurt Daimler, BMW, Volvo; Trudeau doubts Trump's tariff threat; Toyota's spending shift?; Audi's Stadler questioned; The color of AVs. Toyota bets on Camry hybrid to boost fleet sales in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629963/toyota-bets-on-camry-hybrid-to-boost-fleet-sales-in-europe Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:43:39 EST Toyota will launch sales of its Camry midsize sedan in Europe early next year to replace the discontinued Avensis as it seeks to boost its fleet volume in Europe. VW truck and bus unit to be renamed Traton http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629964/vw-truck-bus-unit-to-be-renamed-traton Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:32:26 EST Volkswagen Group will rename its truck and bus division Traton Group as it prepares to raise funds for global expansion in commercial vehicles. Daimler cuts 2018 profit outlook as tariffs strike U.S.-made SUVs http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY/306219983/china-u-s-trade-war-hits-daimler-profit-may-sweep-sector Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Daimler became the first prominent company to cut its profit outlook due to escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Analysts said other automakers may also reduce guidance on earnings. Toyota cuts marketing costs to fund randd http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY/306219979/toyota-cuts-marketing-costs-to-fund-rd Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota wants to follow the example of Tesla and Google, which rely heavily on cheaper, non-traditional marketing. Savings will be invested in emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles. ANE's 2018 Rising Stars at forefront of industry change http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180619947/ane-s-2018-rising-stars-at-forefront-of-industry-change Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Seventeen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars in the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. Volvo CEO says auto tariffs threaten jobs at U.S. plant http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180621/ANE/180629965/volvo-ceo-says-auto-tariffs-threaten-jobs-at-u-s-plant Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:37:34 EST If the U.S. imposes tariffs on foreign cars, and trading partners retaliate, that could chill Volvo Cars' plans to add jobs at its new U.S. plant, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. Study questions massive investments in AVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/MOBILITY/180629977/autonomous-investments-consumers-automakers-alix Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:17:17 EST Billions of dollars will be lost by many automakers that continue to invest in autonomous and electric vehicles while consumer buy-in remains low, a study from consulting firm AlixPartners says. Daimler cuts 2018 profit outlook as tariffs strike U.S.-made SUVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM/180629970/daimler-mercedes-profit-forecast-cut Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:59:37 EST Daimler said profit would fall in 2018 as new import tariffs on light vehicles exported from the United States to China would hurt sales of high-margin Mercedes-Benz SUVs. Toyota, pressed to innovate, cuts marketing outlays to fuel randd http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL03/180629968/toyota-pressed-to-innovate-cuts-marketing-outlays-to-fuel-rd Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:16:13 EST Toyota has begun slashing costs, starting with sales and marketing, and shifting resources into research that will help it keep up with new competitors, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. GM Financial follows the rules but consumers feel the pain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/BLOG13/180629982/gm-financial-follows-the-rules-but-consumers-feel-the-pain Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:01:37 EST GM Financial stopped reporting customer payment information to the credit bureaus after problems following a systemwide technology upgrade, and legally, that was the lender's only choice. Commerce secretary faces heat from GOP senators over auto, steel tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM01/180629975/trump-ross-tariffs-senate-steel Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:19:53 EST Senators criticized Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for investigating possible trade action on auto imports along with the Trump administration's metals tariffs. Canada's Trudeau doubts Trump wants to impose auto tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM/180629969/canadas-trudeau-doubts-trump-wants-to-impose-auto-tariffs Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:03:46 EST Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he doubted whether U.S. President Donald Trump would carry out a threat to impose tariffs on light vehicles, given the economic damage such a move would cause. Volvo extends global footprint with U.S. factory http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/ANE/180619702/volvo-extends-global-footprint-with-u-s-factory Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Volvo will extend its global manufacturing footprint with the inauguration of its U.S. plant, where it is investing about $1.1 billion to start production this autumn of the S60 for the domestic and global markets. Suzuki keeps Jimny's gritty look for new generation http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/ANE/180629999/suzuki-keeps-jimnys-gritty-look-for-new-generation Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:27:19 EST Suzuki is gearing up to launch the fourth generation of its long-running Jimny small SUV 20 years after the third-generation model went on sale. Audi drops A1 diesel variant due to low demand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/ANE/180629992/audi-drops-a1-diesel-variant-due-to-low-demand Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:38:40 EST Audi's new A1 Sportback subcompact hatchback will launch without a diesel version and will only be available in a five-door format. New Volvo S60 heralds 'dynamic' powertrain changes http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY/306209960/volvo-s60-usa-manufacturing Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:15:42 EST The redesigned Volvo S60 compact sports sedan will be Volvo's first U.S.-manufactured vehicle and its first new-generation model to be sold without a diesel variant. Volvo CEO sees trade war making car shopping more like a bad meal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY/306209927/trump-tariff-trade-war-volvo-samuelsson Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:41:28 EST The Trump administration risks spoiling the experience American auto shoppers have in showrooms by limiting options and making vehicles more expensive, Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. German automakers willing to drop all tariffs with U.S., report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY/306209947/trump-tariff-germany-trade-bmw-mercedes Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:08:01 EST German automakers would abandon car tariffs between the EU and the U.S. in exchange for President Trump dropping a 25 percent tax threat on European auto imports, according to a report. German automakers willing to drop all tariffs with U.S., report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629981/trump-tariff-germany-trade-bmw-mercedes Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:08:01 EST German automakers would abandon car tariffs between the EU and the United States in exchange for President Trump dropping a 25 percent tax threat on European auto imports, according to a report. 2019 Volvo S60 heralds 'dynamic' powertrain changes http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM04/180629984/volvo-s60-usa-manufacturing Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:15:00 EST The redesigned Volvo S60 compact sport sedan will be Volvo's first U.S.-manufactured vehicle and its first new-generation model to be sold without a diesel variant. Volvo CEO sees trade war making car shopping more like a crummy meal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629972/trump-tariff-trade-war-volvo-samuelsson Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:41:28 EST The Trump administration risks spoiling the experience American auto shoppers have in showrooms by limiting options and making vehicles more expensive, Volvo Car Group's chief executive officer said. GM starts work on $65 million parts distribution operation http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629973/gm-delco-parts-distrubution-dealer-service Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:27:02 EST GM is expanding its ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts operations with a $65 million processing center. The project represents GM's largest outlay for a U.S. warehousing and logistics operation in nearly 40 years. Tesla's alleged saboteur sued by carmaker over data theft http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM05/180629979/musk-tesla-lawsuit-employee-hacking Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:10:30 EST Tesla sued a former employee for hacking its confidential and trade secret information, transferring several gigabytes to outsiders along with illicit photos of the production line. GM Financial resumes payment reporting after 5-month hiatus http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180629985/gm-financial-resumes-payment-reporting-after-5-month-hiatus Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:00:00 EST GM Financial customers were thrust into a state of uncertainty from January through May after the lender stopped reporting payment information to credit bureaus because of problems following a systemwide technology upgrade. AutoNews Now: Germany's Big Three want to zap EU-U.S. tariffs, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/VIDEO/306209987/autonews-now-germany-s-big-three-want-to-zap-eu-u-s-tariffs-report Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:30:00 EST Germany's Big Three want to zap EU-U.S. tariffs, report says; Tesla sues ex-employee for hacking; Volvo's trade investment; Why Genesis, Kia and Hyundai dominated quality study. Retailer Prime launches subscription service http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629974/dealer-retail-subscription-massachusetts-prime Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:29:55 EST The subscription service is part of the growth strategy of parent company Prime Automotive Group, which joins a budding trend of retailers and automakers experimenting with such plans. Audi's detained CEO, Stadler, questioned by prosecutors, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306209958/audis-detained-ceo-stadler-questioned-by-prosecutors-report-says Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:18:43 EST Munich prosecutors questioned Audi's arrested CEO, Rupert Stadler, about the automaker's diesel-cheating scandal on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Audi's detained CEO, Stadler, questioned by prosecutors, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180620/ANE/180629983/audis-detained-ceo-stadler-questioned-by-prosecutors-report-says Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:18:43 EST Munich prosecutors questioned Audi's arrested CEO, Rupert Stadler, about the automaker's diesel-cheating scandal on Wednesday, Reuters reported. VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/BLOG06/306209959/vw-board-was-weak-and-indecisive-over-audi-ceo-crisis Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:45:00 EST When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence. After Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested over VW Group's diesel scandal, old loyalties took precedence over damage control.