Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST 2017 Mini Countryman S: A step up from frogmarches in concrete boots http://www.autonews.com/article/20170926/CRITICS_CORNER/170929872/2017-mini-countryman-s-a-step-up-from-frogmarches-in-concrete-boots Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The 2017 Mini Countryman is the largest model in the brand's lineup. In fact, the redesigned 2017 Countryman is 8.1 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider and has an additional 5. Opel marketing boss Mueller to become CEO of German cosmetics company http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/ANE/170929866/opel-marketing-boss-mueller-to-become-ceo-of-german-cosmetics-company Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:46:59 EST Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. Mueller is the second leading executive to quit Opel since PSA acquired the automaker from GM. Striking GM Canada workers struggle with NAFTA realities http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929878/striking-gm-canada-workers-struggle-with-nafta-realties Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:11:11 EST A lot has changed for Canada's auto workers since 1996. They say the timing is right to take a stand. Chevy dealers brace for Unifor strike impact http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929863/unifor-strike-us-chevy-dealers Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:15:26 EST U.S. dealers are hopeful a strike at a Canadian plant that produces the Chevrolet Equinox can be resolved before low inventories of the top-selling crossover impact business. Top-end BMWs to get new black-and-white logos http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM03/170929908/bmw-logo Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST As BMW rolls out new models, the company will reposition the top of its lineup with a new logo and marketing efforts. Volvo adds XC90 to first U.S. plant, will boost investment to $1.1 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929871/volvo-xc90-built-charleston-south-carolina-plant Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:39:54 EST Volvo Cars will double down its bet on its upcoming U.S. factory by adding production of its next-generation XC90 crossover and boosting investment to a total of $1.1 billion. AutoNews Now: Continental sparks sales of other Lincolns http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/VIDEO/309259978/autonews-now-continental-sparks-sales-of-other-lincolns Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:45:00 EST Continental sparks sales of other Lincolns; Ford responds to NFL flap with free-speech statement; Volvo to build XC90 in S.C.; JLR on the prowl?; Subaru Viziv Performance concept. Opel marketing chief to leave automaker, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/ANE/170929881/opel-marketing-chief-to-leave-automaker-report-says Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:11:18 EST Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, is leaving the automaker, Handelsblatt reported. Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/BLOG15/170929870/opels-loss-of-key-executives-makes-turnaround-much-harder Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:02:50 EST Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who is joining German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO. Mini hires new ad agency team, plots personalized ads http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/RETAIL03/170929867/mini-hires-new-ad-agency-team-plots-personalized-ads Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:29:40 EST Mini has hired a new advertising agency team as it takes a more personalized marketing approach to pump up its small cars in today's SUV world. GM cutting third shift in Tennessee, investing $294M for Cadillac crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929868/gm-spring-hill-third-shift-investment Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:36:35 EST GM will lay off a shift at its plant in Tennessee to address slowing sales and rising inventories. It also confirmed it will invest $294 million in Spring Hill for a future Cadillac crossover. Ford CEO Jim Hackett to lay out his vision http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM02/170929891/hackett-ce-lay-out-vision-ford Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST After quietly evaluating Ford's operations since taking over as CEO in May, Jim Hackett is expected to start laying out his plan for the automaker during a meeting with Wall Street next week. Ford, an NFL sponsor, emphasizes free speech while Trump pushes fan boycott http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/RETAIL03/170929869/ford-an-nfl-sponsor-emphasizes-free-speech-while-trump-pushes-fan Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:12:55 EST Ford Motor, a major sponsor of the National Football League, issued a statement in support of free speech after player protests and President Donald Trump's call for a fan boycott. Subaru to show performance sedan concept in Tokyo http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929877/subaru-viziv-performance-concept-to-be-shown-at-tokyo-motor-show Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:36:14 EST Subaru goes emotional and dynamic with a new semiautonomous performance concept sedan to be unveiled at next month's Tokyo Motor Show. Why are automakers investing in factories now? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929888/automaker-investment-factory-capacity Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories #8212; is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S. production capacity? Whatever, several manufacturers have decided to seize the moment. Ukrainians use workaround to avoid high taxes on car imports http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/ANE/170929874/ukrainians-use-workaround-to-avoid-high-taxes-on-car-imports Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:13:55 EST The traffic on Kiev's streets includes a lot of cars that aren't registered in the Ukraine. Automakers may suffer if Greens join German coalition http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/ANE/170929876/automakers-may-suffer-if-greens-join-german-coalition Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:03:26 EST The Green party's emergence as likely powerbrokers in a future German government coalition could be bad news for the country's car industry because the party wants to ban the sale of new combustion-engine cars in 2030, a decade earlier than... GM's IT overhaul transforms dealerships, too http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/RETAIL07/170929947/gm-it-transformation-dealers Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST A myriad of dealership initiatives have been spawned from GM's "IT transformation" that started in 2012 and is now in its second phase of "next-generation innovation." Why Dan Akerson reversed GM's course on IT http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM02/170929946/akerson-gm-it-transformation Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Former CEO Dan Akerson says GM's operations were in such disarray when he arrived in 2010 that he recommended delaying its public stock offering. Cadillac's Project Pinnacle loosens up http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM02/170929889/cadillac-adjusting-project-pinnacle-guidelines Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac has modified standards to allow a smoother transition into the long-term retailer network strategy, which has been a point of contention between some dealers and Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. Jaguar Land Rover said to scout for luxury brand, tech company deals http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/ANE/170929875/jaguar-land-rover-said-to-scout-for-luxury-brand-tech-company-deals Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:53:58 EST Jaguar Land Rover is scouting to buy rival luxury brands to diversify the range of vehicles it sells, and tech companies to help it boost its move into EVs and autonomous driving systems, Bloomberg reported. First Shift: Talks at one GM plant, layoffs at another http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/VIDEO/309259977/first-shift-talks-at-one-gm-plant-layoffs-at-another Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:00 EST As talks resume at Equinox plant, layoffs loom at GM Tenn. factory; Cadillac modifies Project Pinnacle; Uber apologizes to London; Peek at next Sprinter; A playbook for Genesis. Keep an eye on Blockchain http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929948/blockchain-auto-industry-uses Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The digital payment platform could become a key part of future mobility services. Kia sees Russia market growing 12% this year http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170925/ANE/170929880/kia-sees-russia-market-growing-12-this-year Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:25:35 EST Russia's car market could grow by up to 12 percent this year, recovering faster than previously expected thanks to the improving economy, said Alexander Moynov, the head of Kia's Russia unit. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/an2348716424IHBFN_v2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/FEATURES/309259997/http-www-nxtbook-com-nxtbooks-crain-an2348716424ihbfn_v2 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Let consumers decide on EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM05/170929937/let-consumers-decide-on-evs Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/an2348716424IHBFN http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/FEATURES/309259999/http-www-nxtbook-com-nxtbooks-crain-an2348716424ihbfn Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST an2348716424IHBFN Panamera wagon orders please Porsche execs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM03/170929898/panamera-wagon-orders-please-porsche-execs Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The U.S. order book for the redesigned Porsche Panamera includes a strong 10 percent take rate for the Sport Turismo wagon coming early next year. The next marketing challenge: Targeting http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/RETAIL03/170929893/the-next-marketing-challenge-targeting Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Targeting which consumers to pitch, via which media and with which message is the step in marketing, speakers at the Automotive News Marketing 360 conference said. New execs, different worlds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM02/170929895/new-execs-different-worlds Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Both Henio Arcangeli Jr. and Kyung Soo "Kenny" Lee are new U.S. chiefs of two Asian brands and the third person in less than a year to fill his respective role. And neither one ever has run the U.S. arm of an automaker before. Margo Oge calls for Bill Ford to lead on emissions standards http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM11/170929899/margo-oge-bill-ford-cafe-greenhouse-gas Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Former EPA official Margo Oge says manufacturers "would do much better if they walk the talk that they are building cool, clean and smart cars." Football, furniture and Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM02/170929900/football-furniture-and-ford Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Here are 10 facts about Ford's top executive Jim Hackett. Jaguar's F-Type replacement is a go, and it will be electrified http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929901/jaguars-f-type-replacement-is-a-go-and-it-will-be-electrified Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST In the era of SUVS, Jaguar isn't giving up on sports cars. Under Geely, Lotus could expand range http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929904/under-geely-lotus-could-expand-range Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Lotus' new Chinese owner has a vision for the U.K. sports car brand -- Porsche-like range expansion. XC40: Volvo's platform for ideas http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM03/170929905/xc40-volvos-platform-for-ideas Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST With its new XC40 small crossover, Volvo is taking aim at Lexus, BMW and Audi. Mercedes: U.S. will get complete EQ lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM03/170929907/mercedes-u-s-will-get-complete-eq-lineup Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST EVs are coming for every Mercedes segment in the U.S. Hyundai's Genesis has its own brand bible http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM03/170929909/genesis-book-hyundai-luxury-fitzgerald Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Chapter and verse illuminate the origins and philosophy of the world's newest luxury contender with inspirational meditations and artsy photos. Nissan turns over new Leaf, hits 150 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM01/170929911/nissan-turns-over-new-leaf-hits-150-million Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST A futuristic second-generation Leaf electric vehicle that rolled off the line was also the 150 millionth vehicle produced by Nissan automaker since the company's start in 1933. Work in car sales? Not that, anything but that http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/RETAIL07/170929912/work-in-car-sales-not-that-anything-but-that Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Job seekers are willing to work at dealerships #8212; but not selling cars. Ford, now with poker face protection http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM03/170929913/ford-now-with-poker-face-protection Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. has patented a retractable table with an airbag inside of it for use in self-driving cars. Chris Bangle at the edge of the world http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM02/170929914/chris-bangle-at-the-edge-of-the-world Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Former BMW design chief Chris Bangle is an explainer extraordinaire and a wildly creative allegorist. Maserati product updates move in slow lane http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929933/maserati-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Maserati enthusiasts are accustomed to waiting for new models #8212; which is good, because the brand's product plans are running into delays. Exotics grow greener and taller http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929931/aston-martin-bentley-ferrari-porsche-lamborghini-tesla-rolls-royce Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Once confined to the mundane world of Priuses and Volts, electrification is bringing sexy back, seeping into the highest echelons of the automotive stratosphere. Porsche sees an electrified future http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929932/porsche-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST After the production version of the Mission E electric sedan arrives at the end of this decade, an electric Macan may be next. Tesla adjusting to mass market http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929936/tesla-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Though physical changes are few and far between, Tesla is continually updating its vehicle software to improve vehicle functions and enhance driver assistance features. Lamborghini's crossover moment arrives with Urus due soon http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929938/lamborghini-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Lamborghini will keep churning out variants to sustain interest in its two main nameplates, while the addition of a utility vehicle will introduce a new look to the brand's profile. Phantom starts Rolls-Royce shift to new platform http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929943/rolls-royce-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The redesigned Phantom arriving next year will usher in a new platform that will underpin Rolls-Royce's entire lineup, which is expected to include a "high-bodied" utility vehicle and an electric vehicle that borrows technology from parent company... Can Ferrari resist crossover wave? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929944/ferrari-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Ferrari will incorporate more hybrids into its core lineup while it considers whether to follow other luxury makes into the utility vehicle market and whether to launch an entry-level subbrand. Bentley goes all-in on plug-in hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929950/bentley-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Bentley's Bentayga crossover will be the brand's first vehicle to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain as part of a commitment to offer plug-in variants of all its models. Aston Martin expands its range http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM04/170929952/aston-martin-future-product Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin's Second Century plan issued in 2015 called for it to redesign four models and add seven new ones by 2022, with shorter spans between each generation.