Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 5 Sep 2015 06:00:00 EST Lexus to offer direct line to dealer service Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST All 2016 Lexus vehicles will have a new subscription-based telematics system called Enform Service Connect, which will allow dealers to look up error codes in a customer's vehicle remotely. UAW's last Tier 1 auto hire watches talks closely Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST As the UAW fights to eliminate the lower-paying Tier 2 wage system, Nick Thielen, the Detroit 3's last Tier 1 hire, counts his blessings. AutoNation to launch $16M ad campaign for cancer research, bowl game Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation plans to launch a $16 million advertising campaign this month designed to raise money for breast cancer research and promote the retailer's sponsorship of a college football bowl game. Customer Incentives Fri, 4 Sep 2015 17:45:56 EST FCA to recall 7,810 SUVs to prevent hacking Fri, 4 Sep 2015 17:08:24 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it would recall 7,810 SUVs in the United States to update software for radios to prevent hacking. Dodge joins the Star Wars promotional blitz with Stormtrooper Chargers Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:54:29 EST Dodge provided eight Chargers, including a Hellcat, for a Hot Wheels promotion with Uber today in New York that coincides with the toy car maker's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. China auto sales will stagnate for two years, firm predicts Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:42:30 EST Investment research firm Morningstar is forecasting the Chinese auto industry will stagnate for the next two years before returning to growth. AutoNews Now: Seeking the next Sergio Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Seeking the next Sergio; Nissan Versa recall; Ford, VW Russia plans; Labor of Corvette love; Marathons and Priuses. Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EST Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:06:55 EST Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking. Bentley says its new Bentayga will be the world's fastest SUV Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:08:22 EST Bentley says its first SUV won't just be the most expensive in an increasingly crowded market, it'll also be the fastest. Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:55:37 EST Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported. Mercedes sales rise 18% in August on China surge Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:28:08 EST Mercedes' brand sales increased 18 percent in August, marking the 30th consecutive month of record sales at the automaker. Demand was particularly robust in China, where sales rose 53 percent. Eight-month brand sales were up 15 percent to 1. Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:25:42 EST Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former VW patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing Winterkorn from succeeding him as chairman. First Shift: Detroit 3 embracing health co-op? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Detroit 3 embracing health co-op?; Sam's Club, TrueCar team up; Vette museum milestone; Land Rover's 'transparent' trailer; BMW as Instagram star. Marchionne's Fiat-GM merger plan may wait for Ferrari spinoff Fri, 4 Sep 2015 08:18:35 EST While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't known for his patience, he's likely to wait until next year before making a bid for General Motors after months of talk about the potential of a deal. Western Europe car sales rise 10% in August, boosted by Germany, UK, Spain Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:58:06 EST Western European car sales jumped 9.6 percent in August, boosted by buoyant demand in Germany, the UK and southern Europe, data from analysts LMC Automotive showed. VW's unassuming CFO emerges from boardroom wars as chairman Fri, 4 Sep 2015 02:22:51 EST Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, faces a massive task in his future role as chairman of the automaker to maintain the support of the often-divided stakeholders while improving the carmaker's profitability. Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:25:42 EST Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former VW patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing Winterkorn from succeeding him as chairman. Jaguar F-Pace teaser picture shows SUV's shape Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:34:49 EST Jaguar's latest teaser picture of its F-Pace shows that the SUV/crossover has stayed faithful to the 2013 C-X17 concept. Detroit 3 show interest in UAW health care overhaul idea Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:01:59 EST The Detroit 3 automakers are showing increased interest in the UAW's proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues. Ford opens engine plant in Russia to reduce dependency on imports Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:02:28 EST Ford opened its first Russian engine plant, which will help to make its locally produced vehicles less dependent on imported components and currency fluctuations. UAW negotiators pledge they'll prevail in Ford contract talks Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:46:41 EST UAW negotiators said they will prevail in their contract talks with Ford as a deadline to strike a deal approaches. Continental's finance chief calls China stock effect an 'overreaction' Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:31:20 EST Continental's finance chief, Wolfgang Schaefer, called last week's China-related global stock slide an "overreaction" and said he still sees growth in the nation's auto industry next year. UK new-car sales rise 10%, helped by cheap financing deals Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:58:40 EST UK car sales jumped by nearly 10 percent in August as consumers took advantage of attractive financing deals that helped drive the 42nd consecutive month of sales increases. Ford, GM, JLR, China's Lifan make big changes to European car assembly footprint Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, GM, JLR and China's Lifan have made the biggest moves affecting European production in the past year. Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants features data on more than 140 plants. ANE's September e-magazine goes live Monday Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 7. U.S. Fleet Sales, Aug. and YTD Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:40:52 EST Fleet:Aug. 2015 fleet sales2015 % fleet shareAug. 2014 fleet salesAug. Jaguar offers free maintenance, cuts prices in U.S. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:30:00 EST Jaguar is lowering its prices and rolling out free scheduled maintenance in the United States to remove what customers cite as key reasons consumers reject the British brand: high purchase and maintenance costs. VW finance chief Poetsch proposed as next chairman Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:54:20 EST Volkswagen Group's controlling parent company, Porsche Automobil Holding, said it has proposed Hans Dieter Poetsch as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board, a post that Ferdinand Piech quit earlier this year. NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 million U.S. fine for price-fixing, obstruction Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:11:58 EST Japanese auto supplier NGK Insulators has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $65.3 million fine for fixing prices of automotive parts and attempting to obstruct the ongoing global investigation into auto parts bid rigging, the U.S. Ex-Tesla engineer charged with illegally accessing employee evaluations Thu, 3 Sep 2015 16:17:47 EST A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web. TrueCar inks partner deal with Sam's Club Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:01:56 EST TrueCar gained a key ally today with the announcement that it will partner with Sam's Club to offer members access to a new-car buying program. AutoNews Now: Bringing Jaguars within reach? Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar tries lower prices, free maintenance; Benz takes aim at Tesla, Debut set for Model 3; The next VW chairman?; Labor Day bargain buys. Takata settles U.S. patent infringement case for airbag sensors Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:48:36 EST Two units of Japanese auto supplier Takata are settling a six-year patent infringement dispute with International Electronics and Engineering and its Detroit area subsidiary for $1.1 million. Alcoa plans new randd center for advanced 3D printing processes Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:45:44 EST Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its randd center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors. Lear buys downtown Detroit office building Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:16:18 EST Seating and electronics suppler Lear has purchased a 50,000-square-foot building in downtown Detroit for an undisclosed price. First Shift: Tesla Model X coming Sept. 29 Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla Model X coming Sept. 29; Dealer sues Maserati; BMW, Audi, Benz clear hurdle in 'Here' buy; Honda recalls '15 Fit; VW's mini Darth Vader, 4 years later; Safest driving cities. Mercedes is working on Tesla Model S fighter, randd chief tells paper Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:08:34 EST Mercedes is working on an electric car to compete with the Tesla Model S and the vehicle will be launched "soon," the automaker's development chief, Thomas Weber, told a German auto magazine. Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari Thu, 3 Sep 2015 05:18:14 EST Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand's iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus. Turkish auto sales rise 37% in August Thu, 3 Sep 2015 05:44:15 EST Turkish sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles jumped 37 percent in August, helping eight-month registrations rise by 47 percent. Tesla will begin deliveries of Model X on Sept. 29 Thu, 3 Sep 2015 05:17:48 EST Tesla will begin delivering its Model X electric crossover at the end of the month. The Model X will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature series that will cost between $132,000 and $144,000. Average U.S. new-vehicle mpg falls in August Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:13:22 EST The average stated fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States fell in August and is down nearly 2 percent from the record high set a year ago, a University of Michigan report released today said. Nissan marketing exec Mohnke adds U.S. sales duties Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:50:33 EST Nissan North America's chief marketing officer Dan Mohnke will add U.S. sales to his responsibilities beginning today, the automaker said in a news release. Former Saab CEO charged with giving false testimony Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:44:59 EST Former Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson was charged with giving false testimony when the aftermath of the Swedish automaker's bankruptcy played out in court. PSA's DS upscale brand to launch crossover-styled DS 4 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:18:26 EST DS Automobiles will launch a crossover-styled version of its DS 4 compact car. The DS 4 Crossback will help fill a new product gap until DS adds all-new models to its lineup. Maserati dealer sues factory, alleging padded sales Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:04:59 EST A Maserati dealer has sued Maserati North America, saying the auto company insisted the dealership misrepresent sales, reporting 2014 vehicle sales as much as quadruple what they actually were, and discriminated against dealers who refused to... AutoNews Now: From Hellcats to Heavy Duty Rams Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Hellcats to Heavy Duty Rams: FCA's 2016 lineup; Ford open to health-care pool; L-R's U.S. diesel debut; Model X decision time; Official Prius teaser. AutoNation August sales drop 5% on calendar quirk Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:38:43 EST AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle retail sales fell by 5 percent from a year prior to 31,032 vehicles in August, a decline driven largely by a drop in import sales and the Labor Day weekend falling completely in September this year. Navistar reports a surprise Q3 loss amid U.S. investigation Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:52:15 EST Navistar International, the truck- and engine-maker that counts Carl Icahn as its biggest investor, posted a slight third-quarter loss when analysts had projected a profit. %]