Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST Chevy Malibu sheds weight, gains room with sculpted 2016 makeover http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/OEM03/150339948/chevy-malibu-sheds-weight-gains-room-with-sculpted-2016-makeover Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will be larger, lighter, packed with new safety gear and wrapped in sheet metal that signals Chevy's ambition to turn the heads of midsize sedan buyers. Mazda plans online orders to smooth Miata launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20150401/RETAIL/150339960/mazda-plans-online-orders-to-smooth-miata-launch Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Before the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives on U.S. shores this summer, fans of the diminutive Japanese sports car will be able to preorder a car in any color they like -- as long as that color is red. Cadillac touts big CT6 as driver's car, answer to Germans http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM03/150339952/cadillac-touts-big-ct6-as-drivers-car-answer-to-germans Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:30:00 EST Cadillac continued its comeback quest by introducing the CT6, a rear-wheel-drive sedan rivaling the Mercedes S class in size while being touted for the driving performance of a smaller car. Cox's Schwartz urges 3 dealer changes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/304019999/coxs-schwartz-urges-3-dealer-changes Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:15:00 EST Sandy Schwartz has been campaigning this year with a stump speech that drives home a simple message: Dealers have to change the way they do business, and today's good times represent an opening to do so. Did Lincoln Continental rip off Bentley? Design chiefs clash online http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM03/150339944/did-lincoln-continental-rip-off-bentley-design-chiefs-clash-online Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:30:00 EST A row between Bentley and Lincoln's design chiefs erupted late Monday after Ford showed the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept ahead of the New York auto show. Scion packs new iM, iA with advanced electronics, safety gear http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM03/150339941/scion-packs-new-im-ia-with-advanced-electronics-safety-gear Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:00:00 EST Toyota is banking on new technology to give momentum to its struggling Scion brand. Jaguar XF redesign boasts more aluminum, interior room http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM03/150339951/jaguar-xf-redesign-boasts-more-aluminum-interior-room Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:00:00 EST Jaguar is stepping up its game with the redesigned 2016 XF sedan, which features aluminum-intensive technology and boasts increased interior room and a host of high-technology safety and entertainment. GMC Terrain undergoes facelift for 2016 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM03/150339966/gmc-terrain-undergoes-facelift-for-2016 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:30:00 EST GMC, riding a hot streak in sales of utility vehicles, introduced a face-lifted version of the midsize Terrain today ahead of its debut at this week's New York auto show. Berkshire Hathaway Automotive targets growth, possibly abroad http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM02/150339953/berkshire-hathaway-automotive-targets-growth-possibly-abroad Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:55 EST Berkshire Hathaway Automotive already is on the prowl to acquire more dealerships. And, top executives hinted today, that might include looking outside the US. Berkshire Hathaway closed on its purchase of Van Tuyl Group on March 9 Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM02/150339942/cadillac-mulls-lower-priced-entry-level-vehicle-de-nysschen-says Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:57:41 EST Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German automakers, the brand's chief, Johan de Nysschen, said today. Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM04/150339950/ford-grappling-with-premature-demands-for-400k-gt-supercar Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:40:26 EST Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/303319997/mini-pulls-the-pranks-and-n-y-stand-for-now Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:45:00 EST Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002. But don't look for the British marque this year. UAW says it gained more than 12,000 members in 2014 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM01/150339945/uaw-says-it-gained-more-than-12000-members-in-2014 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:20:52 EST Membership in the UAW rose by more than 12,000 people to 403,466 in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of small gains for the American union, according to an annual filing with the U.S. Department of Labor. Ally to relocate its headquarters in downtown Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150339946/ally-to-relocate-its-headquarters-in-downtown-detroit Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:52:24 EST Ally Financial, along with Detroit political and business leaders, said today it plans to move its headquarters and 1,300 employees to a signature office building in downtown Detroit. How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/150339986/how-ford-is-stealing-the-show-again-this-time-with-continental Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:30:00 EST Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days. Ally touts dealership camaraderie in new ad campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/RETAIL03/150339954/ally-touts-dealership-camaraderie-in-new-ad-campaign Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:44:46 EST Ally Financial is touting the camaraderie it has with dealerships in a new ad campaign that puts an emphasis on storytelling. AutoNews Now: Battle over Sunday car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/VIDEO/303319956/autonews-now-battle-over-sunday-car-sales Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Illinois lawmaker wants to end ban, dealers opposed; state of U.S. market; Bosch to plead guilty; Subaru on Indiana. Bidding goodbye to Black Book's Beggs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/150339955/bidding-goodbye-to-black-books-beggs Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:34:01 EST After 34 years at Black Book, Ricky Beggs is retiring on April 1. That such a fixture of the used-car world would retire seems like an April Fools' joke. But it's not; he's really retiring. Nooses found at FCA minivan plant subject of investigation http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM01/150339962/nooses-found-at-fca-minivan-plant-subject-of-investigation Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:01:02 EST A pair of nooses were found late last week on the truck and near the workstation of a black laborer working on the retooling of Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, the Windsor Star reported today. Bosch will plead guilty to price-fixing, pay $57.8 million U.S. fine http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM10/150339961/bosch-will-plead-guilty-to-price-fixing-pay-57-8-million-u-s-fine Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:22:39 EST German auto parts giant Robert Bosch GmbH has agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57.8 million fine for its role in conspiring to rig bids for spark plugs, oxygen sensors and starter motors sold to the Detroit 3 automakers, the U.S. First Shift: GMC freshens Terrain for '16 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/VIDEO/303319955/first-shift-gmc-freshens-terrain-for-16 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST SUV gets new grille, fascia; Feds seek OK to stop sales for 'imminent hazard'; Magna interiors sale? Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM05/150339982/honda-like-mercedes-to-test-self-driving-cars-at-calif-military-base Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Honda said today it plans to join Mercedes-Benz in testing its self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base northeast of San Francisco. Hyundai names sales veteran Schmid as No. 2 in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339980/hyundai-names-sales-veteran-schmid-as-no-2-in-europe Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:21:06 EST Hyundai has promoted Thomas Schmid to chief operating officer in Europe. He succeeds Allan Rushforth, who quit the automaker last October to become Nissan's global sales chief. Low oil prices drive bullish forecasts for U.S. sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/RETAIL01/150339964/low-oil-prices-drive-bullish-forecasts-for-u-s-sales Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:42:24 EST The US auto industry appears to be firmly in the fast lane, at least for the next two years. Hyundai aims to have autonomous driving tech on the road in 2020 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339974/hyundai-aims-to-have-autonomous-driving-tech-on-the-road-in-2020 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:33:22 EST Hyundai said it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the automaker plays catch-up with carmakers such as Mercedes and General Motors in the increasingly competitive technology. U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM01/150339965/u-s-japan-have-significant-gaps-on-auto-market-access-trade-official Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:25:18 EST Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market. Why Jeep should have its own performance division http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/303319995/why-jeep-should-have-its-own-performance-division Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:30:00 EST Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profitable? PSA's Slovakia unit expects to boost output with new model http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339973/psas-slovakia-unit-expects-to-boost-output-with-new-model Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:29:15 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. 2016 Chevy Camaro slims down http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/150339983/2016-chevy-camaro-slims-down Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST The 2016 Chevy Camaro will weigh in at 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation model, which will put curb weight for the SS versions at about 3,700 pounds and LS and LT models at about 3,500 pounds. The 26-year-old design prodigy behind Honda's new S660 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM02/303319996/the-26-year-old-design-prodigy-behind-hondas-new-s660 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST Honda will soon learn whether giving a designer with no engineering experience five years to develop a sports car is pure genius or plain madness. Audi picks Delphi for technology bundling self-driving functions http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM06/150339967/audi-picks-delphi-for-technology-bundling-self-driving-functions Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:44:05 EST Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing. Can these cars fuel brand comebacks? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/BLOG06/150339988/can-these-cars-fuel-brand-comebacks Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:15:00 EST Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work. But some vehicles have even more riding on them. Renegade: Jeep's Italian makeover http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/CRITICS_CORNER/150339971/renegade-jeeps-italian-makeover Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:59:16 EST The new baby Jeep, the Italian-built Renegade, which is based on the bones of the upcoming Fiat 500X, has just gone on sale. The early reviews give the subcompact SUV good grades and the smallest Jeep should be a big hit. Auto-parts exec Tilton, 'turnaround queen,' faces fraud charges http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM02/150339972/auto-parts-exec-tilton-turnaround-queen-faces-fraud-charges Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:44:47 EST Federal regulators accused financier and auto-parts executive Lynn Tilton and her advisory business of defrauding investors by hiding poor performance of assets underlying three collateralized loan obligation funds. Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339995/mercedes-pickup-will-be-built-by-nissan-report-says Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker. Bang and Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM10/150339975/bang-olufsen-to-sell-car-audio-unit-to-harman Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:31:05 EST Bang and Olufsen A/S plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries Inc., the US maker of JBL audio equipment, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics. Hyundai plans to have autonomous tech on road by 2020 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/OEM06/150339976/hyundai-plans-to-have-autonomous-tech-on-road-by-2020 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:59:52 EST Hyundai said today it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology. NADA expects interest rates to hold through summer, boosting sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/RETAIL01/150339977/nada-expects-interest-rates-to-hold-through-summer-boosting-sales Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:21:37 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association predicts the Federal Reserve will hold off on raising interest rates through the summer, giving vehicle sales a boost that can offset slow economic growth in the start of the year. PSA CEO Tavares dampens talk of Fiat Chrysler merger http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339978/psa-ceo-tavares-dampens-talk-of-fiat-chrysler-merger Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:48:10 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will only be ready for a possible merger after it has completed its recovery plan, CEO Carlos Tavares told a newspaper, dampening speculation of a potential tie-up with Fiat Chrysler. Honda will upgrade UK plant, move CR-V production to Canada http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339981/honda-will-upgrade-uk-plant-move-cr-v-production-to-canada Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:30:34 EST Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada. Faurecia forms joint venture with China's Dongfeng http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150331/ANE/150339979/faurecia-forms-joint-venture-with-chinas-dongfeng Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:26:12 EST Faurecia has agreed to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to help increase its presence in the world's biggest car market. Faurecia is majority-owned by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. Dongfeng has a 14 percent stake in PSA. Mini's new-ish ad push http://www.autonews.com/article/20150331/VIRALVIDEO/303319998/minis-new-ish-ad-push Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST While Mini's campaign is new, we've seen variations of it before. The buzz about the Benz pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309968/the-buzz-about-the-benz-pickup Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division. Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/150339999/volvo-plans-500-million-u-s-assembly-plant Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:30:55 EST Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the United States as part of an ambitious effort to jump-start lagging sales. VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150330/ANE/150339990/vw-halts-output-for-3-weeks-at-brazil-plant-union-says Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:14:16 EST Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. Consumers cry out for better dealership experience http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/150339985/consumers-cry-out-for-better-dealership-experience Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:00 EST Nearly nine in 10 consumers say they wouldn't buy a car without test driving it first. NHTSA would get stop-sale power under U.S. bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM11/150339989/nhtsa-would-get-stop-sale-power-under-u-s-bill Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:59:16 EST The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be able to order automakers to cease the sale of vehicles with dangerous safety defects under the Obama administration's multiyear surface transportation funding bill sent to congress today. Key Safety to use Mobileye vision tech to aid drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM10/150339987/key-safety-to-use-mobileye-vision-tech-to-aid-drivers Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:08:59 EST Supplier Key Safety Systems said it has signed an agreement with Mobileye NV to use the software developer's vision processing chip for new types of driver assist technologies. Magna negotiating to sell interiors business to Grupo Antolin, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM10/150339992/magna-negotiating-to-sell-interiors-business-to-grupo-antolin-report Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:25:30 EST Canada's Magna International is in talks to sell its car-interior business to Spain's Grupo Antolin, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. AutoNews Now: Toyoda's moment of crisis http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/VIDEO/303309926/autonews-now-toyodas-moment-of-crisis Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Why Toyota CEO feared losing job; Tesla plant could aid rivals; Chevy's big ad push; Mazda sets MX-5 pricing. %]