Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Chrysler pressed by NHTSA to move faster on Takata airbag recall Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:50:32 EST U.S. regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators linked to at least five deaths. NHTSA said in a letter Tuesday to the company that it should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec. Cars and concepts that glowed in the L.A. spotlight Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST These four concepts and one production model are ready for their close-ups. U.S. auto loan originations at highest level in 9 years, N.Y. Fed says Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:14:59 EST Americans took out the most auto loans in nine years during the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report. Visteon confirms discussions to sell stake in climate control joint venture Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:16:06 EST Visteon Corp. confirmed this morning that it's in discussions with a private equity firm to sell its stake in South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico http://www.autonews.com Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:40:57 EST Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories. Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:53:50 EST Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that broke cover at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China late last week. Japanese regulators to oversee Takata recalls, investigate Honda's recall errors in U.S. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:30:47 EST Japan's transport ministry will form groups to oversee airbag recalls tied to Takata Corp. and probe Honda Motor Co. for underreporting faults in the U.S., adding to regulatory scrutiny of the two companies. Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:30:00 EST The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest level ever for a second consecutive month. Canada helped bail out GM, Chrysler with incomplete information, auditor finds Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:19:22 EST Canada had limited information about the restructuring plans of GM and Chrysler Group when the government approved a $12.1 billion bailout for the automakers in 2009, federal auditors said. AutoNews Now: Can 'Tony' fix Fiat's image? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Embracing old joke, despite quality woes; Takata, Honda face new hearing; Visteon may exit venture; GM's global soft spots. Ford's payoff from aluminum bet still years away Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:15:00 EST Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. NHTSA closes probes into 600,000 Ford, GM vehicles Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:41:43 EST Safety regulators have closed investigations into about 500,000 Ford Motor and about 100,000 General Motors vehicles without calling for recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today. Lincoln MKC: Engineering grace notes finished with high-five luxury Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Lincoln's new Ford Escape-based MKC luxury crossover is off to a strong start and could be the brand's first legitimate hit of the century. Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says http://www.autonews.com Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:15:00 EST Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany. 5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:50:25 EST Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I never got tired looking at the car, from any angle. Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:45:24 EST Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine. PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV http://www.autonews.com Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:48:24 EST PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6. 100,000 Mazda6 sedans recalled for tire-monitoring systems Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:17:53 EST Mazda is recalling about 100,000 of its Mazda6 sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years because the tire monitoring system may not alert drivers to low tire pressure, U.S. regulators said today. First Shift: Honda may face $35M fine Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Company under-reported U.S. injury, death claims; Saturn driver cleared; Explorer goes platinum; Lexus makes 'risky' move. Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board http://www.autonews.com Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker. GM's savvy new face to suppliers http://www.autonews.com Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST New GM global purchasing boss Steve Kiefer takes over at a critical time. Suppliers complain that GM's executives and its buyers often aren't aligned. One of Kiefer's challenges is to drive the supplier-relations message from top to bottom. Ford Mustang goes to Dubai Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford is rolling out all the stops for the international debut of its pony car. Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:00:00 EST Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a crash. Honda admits under-reporting serious U.S. accidents since 2003 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:00:00 EST American Honda failed to tell federal safety regulators about more than 1,700 claims of deaths or injuries linked to possible safety defects in its vehicles since 2003, when the law requiring the reports took effect, the automaker said today. GM executives help scour social media to spot vehicle flaws Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:15:00 EST GM executives and other staff members have taken to social media to find customer complaints and identify quality issues long before they become a crisis. '18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy. Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif., garage last week, Ford is harkening back to the Mustang's performance roots. First Shift: Tesla, BMW discuss deal Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST May collaborate on lightweight components, technology; Hyundai, Kia sales goal; Chrysler rocks AMAs; Subaru's rise. Hyundai-Kia to sell record 8 million vehicles in 2014 http://www.autonews.com Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:22:43 EST Hyundai and Kia said better-than-expected sales in Brazil, China and India will help them sell a record 8 million vehicles this year. In Europe, Hyundai expects to see a sales recovery driven by its new i20. Continental's electronics, Korea units to plead guilty to price fixing Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:16:59 EST South Korean suppliers Continental Automotive Electronics and Continental Automotive Korea will plead guilty to rigging the prices of instrument panel clusters and pay a criminal fine of $4 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Ford to keep base price stable on Explorer, but raises top trim level Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:58:56 EST Ford has held the line on prices for the refreshed 2016 Explorer crossover, but a new top-of-the-line Platinum trim raises the ceiling on what a customer can spend for the hot-selling full-size crossover to well above $50,000. AutoNews Now: Ram's edge over F-150 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST A matter of gasoline versus diesel; Lexus beating sales goal; German luxury booms in Mexico; 8-speed Wrangler planned. Buffalo dealers dig out while Ford restarts stamping plant Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:44:28 EST Auto dealers in the Buffalo are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas. Fiat takes on 'Fix It Again, Tony' in spot for the 500X Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:30:03 EST Fiat global brand head Olivier Francois calls Tony 'the elephant in the room.' And for more than five years, Fiat has tried to run away from him, even though Tony does not exist, but no more. Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:35:41 EST Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. 'We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units,' Bracken told Automotive News. 'Now 300,000 is within our grasp. Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:00:13 EST A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ignition switch -- crashed, her lawyer said. Fuel cell cars steal spotlight Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation. Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system. Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. '15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport. SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said. BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once impregnable market. Korean buyout fund considers buying Halla Visteon Climate Control stake Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:43:07 EST South Korean buyout fund Hahn and Co. is considering purchasing shares in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. from Visteon Corp., a person familiar with the matter said. Hyundai-Kia says it will sell record 8 million vehicles globally in 2014 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:22:43 EST Hyundai and Kia said better-than-expected sales in Brazil, China and India will help them sell a record 8 million vehicles this year, even as a stronger won erodes profitability. Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning http://www.autonews.com Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST %]