Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 28 May 2017 06:00:00 EST New Odyssey Honda engineers sought to preserve a sense of community http://www.autonews.com/article/20170528/OEM03/170529828/when-the-minivan-gets-too-quiet Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:00 EST If a central challenge of autonomous vehicles is easing the tedium of driving, it's the same challenge facing the developers of the modern minivan. Self-driving vehicles make inroads in factories http://www.autonews.com/article/20170528/OEM06/170529829/turning-auto-plants-into-wall-e-worlds Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:00 EST While Elon Musk has laid out a futuristic vision of car factories staffed by robots, the legacy auto industry is quietly putting a version of that vision into motion. Bill Ford to serve as the voice of Ford in Washington and on Wall Street http://www.autonews.com/article/20170528/OEM02/170529821/bill-ford-hackett-wall-street Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The executive shuffle gives the great-grandson of Henry Ford his first operational responsibilities outside of his board position since 2006. GM gets more support against Greenlight share plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/OEM02/170529789/gm-gets-more-support-against-greenlight-share-plan Sat, 27 May 2017 20:57:25 EST GM said proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that shareholders reject Greenlight's plan to divide GM shares into two classes. Gestamp opens randd center near Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/OEM10/170529791/gestamp-opens-rd-center-near-detroit Sat, 27 May 2017 08:52:35 EST Spanish-owned Gestamp North America, a metal parts supplier, opened its first randd facility in the US in suburban Detroit. Valeo bets on 48-volt mild hybrid tech for growth http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170527/ANE/170529942/valeo-bets-on-48-volt-mild-hybrid-tech-for-growth Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Valeo is making a big bet on 48-volt "mild hybrid" technology, which the supplier sees as a cost-effective way for automakers to meet tightening emissions standards and to deliver power to new energy-consuming components such as electric... Volvo loads midsize crossover with tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/RETAIL01/170529833/volvo-loads-midsize-crossover-with-tech Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo expects strong demand for the XC60's optional air suspension, which lets the driver raise the vehicle for off-roading Online dealer delivers for mail carriers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/RETAIL04/170529854/online-dealer-delivers-for-mail-carriers Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST An online used-vehicle retailer specializes in an obscure but profitable niche #8212; right-hand-drive Jeep Cherokees from Japan. Dealer Bellavia rasing money for prostate cancer research http://www.autonews.com/article/20170527/RETAIL07/170529843/len-bellavias-new-lease-on-life Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A year ago, noted dealer lawyer Len Bellavia was told that he had terminal cancer and would soon be dead. That's not the way things turned out. GM gets support in opposition to Greenlight stock proposal http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM/170529859/gm-gets-support-in-opposition-to-greenlight-stock-proposal Fri, 26 May 2017 12:06:46 EST GM said proxy adviser Glass Lewis recommended shareholders to vote for GM's board nominees and against Greenlight Capital's proposal at the company's shareholder meeting in June. Trump blasts German automakers' U.S. sales and threatens barriers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529880/trump-blasts-german-automakers-u-s-sales-and-threatens-barriers Fri, 26 May 2017 05:37:05 EST President Trump criticized German automakers for selling too many vehicles in the U.S. in a meeting with EU officials, Der Spiegel said. "We're going to stop that," he was quoted as saying by the magazine. Waymo hunt for smoking gun turns to Uber acquisition report http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/MOBILITY/170529838/waymo-hunt-for-smoking-gun-turns-to-uber-acquisition-report Fri, 26 May 2017 14:41:52 EST Waymo's legal battle with Uber ratcheted up this week over a confidential report commissioned by the ride-hailing company. BMW recalls older 7-series cars for doors that could fly open http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529853/bmw-recalls-older-7-series-cars-for-doors-that-could-fly-open Fri, 26 May 2017 13:24:45 EST BMW is recalling 45,484 7-series sedans from the 2005-08 model years because doors may open inadvertently while the vehicle is being driven. AutoNews Now: May U.S. sales may snap losing streak http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/VIDEO/305269965/autonews-now-may-u-s-sales-may-snap-losing-streak Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:00 EST May U.S. sales may snap losing streak; Toyota, GM market share bump?; Bosch under suspicion; Volvo's record-breaking ride; Better economy, more driver deaths #8211; report. GM still fine-tuning Trump's next presidential limo http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM/170529871/gm-still-fine-tuning-trumps-next-presidential-limo Fri, 26 May 2017 10:17:12 EST Another batch of spy photographs taken near GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich., show Cadillac One, the latest presidential limousine, undergoing development tests. Bosch tied to diesel-cheating claims against fourth carmaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529872/bosch-tied-to-diesel-cheating-claims-against-fourth-carmaker Fri, 26 May 2017 09:17:29 EST Bosch was linked to emissions-cheating allegations against a fourth automaker, raising questions about the supplier's role in the scandal gripping the car industry. New litigation digs deeper grave for U.S. diesels as dirty accusations mount http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529861/new-litigation-digs-deeper-grave-for-u-s-diesels-as-dirty Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:17 EST It's easy to imagine diesel will die in America. The troubles that started almost two years ago with the emissions scandal at Volkswagen just keep rolling on and on. Senate bill aims to align NHTSA, EPA emissions programs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM11/170529863/senate-bill-aims-to-align-nhtsa-epa-emissions-programs Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:26 EST A half dozen U.S. senators sponsored legislation to address technical discrepancies between separate federal programs that automakers say make it difficult to comply with carbon and fuel efficiency mandates. Prosecutors confirm Bosch is under suspicion in Daimler emissions probe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529877/prosecutors-confirm-bosch-is-under-suspicion-in-daimler-emissions Fri, 26 May 2017 07:17:25 EST German prosecutors confirmed they are investigating whether Bosch employees were involved in an alleged fraud at Daimler to manipulate emission tests on diesel cars. Mahle will build air conditioner compressors in Changshu http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529873/mahle-will-build-air-conditioner-compressors-in-changshu Fri, 26 May 2017 08:32:12 EST Germany's Mahle Group has invested 24 million euros in a plant in the east China city of Changshu to produce compressors for automotive air conditioners. Continental supplies control system for Great Wall gearbox http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529874/continental-supplies-control-system-for-great-wall-gearbox Fri, 26 May 2017 08:22:27 EST Continental has started supplying a transmission control system to China's Great Wall Motor Co. for its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. First Shift: Trump versus 'bad' German carmakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/VIDEO/305269977/first-shift-trump-versus-bad-german-carmakers Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Trump said to blast 'bad' German automakers over trade gap; Calif. finds shortcomings in VW plan; Path to cheaper EVs; Why Uber dropped Otto name?; Linking jobs, clean-car tech GSR nears $1 billion deal for Nissan battery venture, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529876/gsr-nears-1-billion-deal-for-nissan-battery-venture-report-says Fri, 26 May 2017 07:32:02 EST GSR Capital, a Chinese private equity firm, is nearing a deal to acquire control of a Nissan's rechargeable battery unit for about $1 billion, Bloomberg reported. The venture makes the lithium ion cells for the automaker's Leaf electric car. Tesla's Model X missing out on America's voracious hunger for SUVs, crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM05/170529875/teslas-model-x-missing-out-on-americas-voracious-hunger-for-suvs Fri, 26 May 2017 07:37:35 EST While Tesla's Model S has been a hit and thousands lined up to order the upcoming Model 3 sedan, the Model X crossover hasn't met the CEO's expectations. Electric cars will become cheaper than gasoline models within a decade http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM05/170529878/electric-cars-will-become-cheaper-than-gasoline-models-within-a Fri, 26 May 2017 06:41:12 EST Battery powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows. EVs seen as cheaper than gasoline models within a decade http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529879/evs-seen-as-cheaper-than-gasoline-models-within-a-decade Fri, 26 May 2017 06:12:30 EST Electric cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, new research shows. Batteries currently account for about half the cost of EVs, and their prices will fall by about 77 percent between 2016 and 2030, a Bloomberg study says. VW faces emissions-cheating damages claim in Italy http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529882/vw-faces-emissions-cheating-damages-claim-in-italy Fri, 26 May 2017 04:09:09 EST An Italian court will hear a class action suit for damages against VW Group over its diesel-emissions cheating. The suit was filed on behalf of consumers from all of the group's affected brands, including Audi, Skoda, Seat and the core VW unit. Ford's new Europe boss says region is 'in good shape' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529881/fords-new-europe-boss-says-region-is-in-good-shape Fri, 26 May 2017 04:36:36 EST Ford of Europe's new president, Steven Armstrong, believes the automaker is in great shape and has the right products for the region after undergoing major restructuring. The automaker posted a record $1.2 billion pre-tax profit in Europe last year. Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170526/ANE/170529883/renault-names-new-boss-for-india-africa-and-middle-east Fri, 26 May 2017 03:34:17 EST Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and India, replacing Bernard Cambier, who has held the post since 2014. VW's clean vehicle push has shortcomings, Calif. says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170526/OEM/170529884/vws-clean-vehicle-push-has-shortcomings-calif-says Fri, 26 May 2017 01:17:33 EST California regulators say VW's spending plan on clean vehicle infrastructure has shortcomings and lacks details on how the program, Electrify America, will help disadvantaged communities as well as promote hydrogen fuel cells. Off-lease vehicles could send U.S. sales tumbling, analyst warns http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL01/170529886/off-lease-vehicles-could-send-u-s-sales-tumbling-analyst-warns Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 EST An incoming "tsunami" of off-lease vehicles could send annual U.S. new-vehicle sales tumbling as low as 13 million by 2021, according to one Wall Street analyst. GM accused in lawsuit of using VW-like defeat devices http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM11/170529895/gm-accused-in-lawsuit-of-using-vw-like-defeat-devices Thu, 25 May 2017 11:32:28 EST GM was accused of putting defeat devices in its trucks to beat emissions tests, the sixth carmaker linked to diesel cheating since 2015, when VW admitted to installing software to bypass pollution rules. Cox, Holman team up on subscription sales model http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL07/170529909/cox-holman-team-up-on-subscription-sales-model Thu, 25 May 2017 00:15:00 EST Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises are teaming up to#8203; expand a retail vehicle-subscription service dubbed Flexdrive. BMW 8-series concept stakes claim for luxury leadership http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170525/ANE/170529897/bmw-8-series-concept-stakes-claim-for-luxury-leadership Thu, 25 May 2017 10:40:20 EST BMW say its new 8-series flagship will raise the benchmark for luxury coupes. The automaker unveiled a concept for the car, which will rival the Mercedes S-class coupe and convertible models. BMW brand management boss Wortmann will speak at Europe congress http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170525/ANE/170529905/bmw-brand-management-boss-wortmann-will-speak-at-europe-congress Thu, 25 May 2017 04:02:07 EST BMW's head of brand and product management, Hildegard Wortmann, will be among the speakers at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Barcelona on June 21. Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170525/ANE/170529902/ford-appoints-armstrong-head-of-europe-operations Thu, 25 May 2017 07:35:30 EST Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. In other changes Raj Nair will be president of Ford North America and Peter Fleet will take charge of the Asia Pacific region. AutoNews Now: GM accused of rigging diesel pickup emissions http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/VIDEO/305259988/autonews-now-gm-accused-of-rigging-diesel-pickup-emissions Thu, 25 May 2017 15:15:00 EST GM accused of rigging diesel pickup emissions; Ford's Hackett builds team; BMW unveils 8-series concept; Tesla's new 'people' boss; Toyota's integrated marketer. May U.S. auto sales projected to rise -- slightly http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL01/170529894/may-u-s-auto-sales-projected-to-rise-slightly Thu, 25 May 2017 11:49:26 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines. BMW eyes global luxury crown again with 8-series concept http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM04/170529892/bmw-eyes-global-luxury-crown-again-with-8-series-concept Thu, 25 May 2017 13:30:00 EST BMW unveiled a concept of its revived 8 series that will become a new flagship coupe and try to help it supplant German rival Mercedes-Benz for leadership in luxury vehicle sales worldwide. Ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp working as adviser to PR firm http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM02/170529887/julie-hamp-pr-finsbury Thu, 25 May 2017 13:58:40 EST Julie Hamp, who left Toyota following an arrest for suspicion of violating Japan's drug laws, is working for global public relations firm Finsbury. New way to measure success http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/MOBILITY01/170529889/new-way-to-measure-success Thu, 25 May 2017 13:29:35 EST One of former Ford CEO Mark Fieldsandrsquo; common refrains regarding the future came from fears that the automaker would devalue itself by focusing too much on hardware. Customer Incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/DATACENTER/170529890/customer-incentives Thu, 25 May 2017 13:06:59 EST North America production downtime overtime - 05/29/17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/DATACENTER/170529891/north-america-production-downtime-overtime-05-29-17 Thu, 25 May 2017 13:05:13 EST Tesla split pits tech analysts vs. car analysts http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM/170529903/tesla-split-pits-tech-analysts-vs-car-analysts Thu, 25 May 2017 07:27:40 EST The Wall Street split on Tesla boils down to analysts who see the next Apple and those who perceive a lot more similarity with Studebaker. Faraday Future aims to raise $1 billion in new funds as chief backer struggles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM/305259956/faraday-future-aims-to-raise-1-billion-in-new-funds-as-chief-backer Thu, 25 May 2017 08:04:20 EST Faraday Future plans to raise $1 billion in new funding as it seeks to protect itself from the financial woes of its main backer, China's LeEco. Prosecutors investigate Bosch employees in Daimler probe, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/OEM11/170529904/prosecutors-investigate-bosch-employees-in-daimler-probe-report-says Thu, 25 May 2017 06:55:55 EST German prosecutors who searched Daimler's offices this week as part of a probe into diesel pollution are also investigating employees at Bosch, a report said. Chevy extends marketing deal with Detroit Red Wings at new arena http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/RETAIL03/170529898/chevy-extends-marketing-deal-with-detroit-red-wings-at-new-arena Thu, 25 May 2017 10:06:56 EST Chevrolet extended its sponsorship contract with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, becoming the official vehicle of Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena. First Shift: Cox, Holman team up on car subscriptions http://www.autonews.com/article/20170525/VIDEO/305259987/first-shift-cox-holman-team-up-on-car-subscriptions Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:00 EST Cox, Holman team up on car subscriptions; $13.4M for Ford's Hackett, a reported $57.5M for Fields; GM cuts in Singapore; Toyota hires VW marketer; Lexus 'no-haggle' grows slowly; AutoNation freebie. Renault sees wireless charging as answer to EV range anxiety http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170525/ANE/170529941/renault-sees-wireless-charging-as-answer-to-ev-range-anxiety Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers and governments work to add more charging stations to ease electric vehicle range anxiety, Renault is touting dynamic wireless charging as a technology that could eliminate that fear. Bosnian activists fail to secure seats on Grammer board http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170525/ANE/170529906/bosnian-activists-fail-to-secure-seats-on-grammer-board Thu, 25 May 2017 03:46:08 EST Bosnia's Hastor family failed in a bid to get three representatives onto the supervisory board of German supplier Grammer at the annual shareholder meeting. %]