Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST U.S. seeks to expedite Takata airbag replacements http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM11/161209828/u-s-seeks-to-expedite-takata-airbag-replacements Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:28:19 EST The U.S. Department of Transportation today said it will press the auto industry to accelerate the pace of replacements for defective Takata airbag inflators and signaled a likely widening of the industry's largest ever recall. Volkswagen Group leads automotive spending on advertising http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/RETAIL03/161209824/volkswagen-group-leads-automotive-spending-on-advertising Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:56:02 EST Volkswagen Group led automotive spending on Advertising Age's 2016 list of the top 100 advertisement spenders worldwide. Detroit wants to maintain control of technological advances http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM06/161209825/detroit-wants-to-maintain-control-of-technological-advances Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:42:48 EST Detroit is willing to let Silicon Valley into the car, but it's not ready to hand over the keys. AutoNews Now: Mulally on Trump's short list for secretary of state http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/VIDEO/312099997/autonews-now-mulally-on-trumps-short-list-for-secretary-of-state Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:15:00 EST Title: (always in sentence case): Certified used-vehicle sales, Nov. & YTD http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/DATACENTER/161209826/certified-used-vehicle-sales-nov-ytd Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:11:12 EST Average U.S. fuel economy holds steady in November http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM05/161209827/average-u-s-fuel-economy-holds-steady-in-november Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:56:00 EST The average fuel economy for new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. remained unchanged in November as an increasing number of light trucks were sold in comparison to cars, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said today. Fiat Chrysler plans to reveal full electric Pacifica at CES, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM04/161209830/fiat-chrysler-plans-to-reveal-full-electric-pacifica-at-ces-report Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:14:09 EST Fiat Chrysler plans to reveal a fully electric vehicle based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan at CES in Las Vegas next month as the carmaker moves to get in step with the industry's shift toward electric vehicles, people familiar with the... Former Mitsubishi plant in Ill. may house startup automaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM01/161209831/former-mitsubishi-plant-in-ill-may-house-startup-automaker Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:20:45 EST The former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Ill., soon could be purchased by little-known startup automotive firm Rivian Automotive. Michigan governor signs bill allowing self-driving cars on public roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM06/161209833/michigan-governor-signs-bill-allowing-self-driving-cars-on-public Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST Automakers and tech companies will be able to develop, test and sell autonomous vehicles in Michigan, per legislation Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law today. Customer Incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/DATACENTER/161209832/customer-incentives Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:30:09 EST Ex-Ford boss Mulally in mix for secretary of state, Trump adviser says http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM02/161209836/ex-ford-boss-mulally-in-mix-for-secretary-of-state-trump-adviser-says Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:07:45 EST President-elect Donald Trump's short list for secretary of state has grown, with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally now under consideration for the job as the nation's top diplomat, a top adviser said today. Ford leads automakers in patents for first time http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM01/161209844/ford-leads-automakers-in-patents-for-first-time Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford received more patents this year than any other automaker, a first for the Blue Oval as it increases the technology in vehicles and dabbles in alternative forms of transportation. Land Rover sets sail on epic quest http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/BLOG06/312099920/land-rover-sets-sail-on-epic-quest Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a $138 million bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy. First Shift: Lost VW phones are a 'red flag,' FTC warns http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/VIDEO/312099996/first-shift-lost-vw-phones-are-a-red-flag-ftc-warns Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:30:00 EST Lost, destroyed VW phones are a 'red flag,' FTC warns; Mercedes to be No. 1 in '16, Zetsche says; FCA's quiet Detroit stand; Mulally, Trump meet; Auto industry tops in ad spending. VW's lost, destroyed phones justify more scrutiny, U.S. consumer protection agency says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209843/vws-lost-destroyed-phones-justify-more-scrutiny-u-s-consumer Fri, 9 Dec 2016 02:29:56 EST The Federal Trade Commission has more questions for VW Group's U.S. officials related to the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal. Mercedes will become 2016's biggest luxury automaker, Zetsche says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209842/mercedes-will-become-2016s-biggest-luxury-automaker-zetsche-says Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:06:04 EST Mercedes will become the biggest and most profitable luxury carmaker this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Achieving the target would put the brand back on top for the first time since 2005 when it lost the sales crown to BMW. PSA scouts for startups to counter Silicon Valley threat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209840/psa-scouts-for-startups-to-counter-silicon-valley-threat Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:12:07 EST PSA is ramping up its venture-capital investments to compete against tech companies such as Apple and Uber as it seeks to gain access to technologies for next-generation cars, from ride-sharing apps to batteries and cloud computing. Land Rover sets sail on epic quest http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/BLOG15/161209893/land-rover-sets-sail-on-epic-quest Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a 110-million-pound bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy. Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209841/aston-martin-recruits-former-ferrari-maserati-exec-as-chief Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:16:18 EST Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief technical officer. He succeeds Ian Minards, who moved to consumer electronics manufacturer Dyson. Plan to build Audi cars in second China joint venture sparks dealer protests http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209929/plan-to-build-audi-cars-in-second-china-joint-venture-sparks-dealer Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST China's SAIC is sticking with its plan to jointly build Audi vehicles with VW Group despite protests from Audi's dealers in China, according to a media report. Mulally met with Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM02/161209852/mulally-met-with-trump Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:17:01 EST President-elect Donald Trump met with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesman for Trump's transition team. Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209860/russia-sales-rise-nearly-1-first-increase-in-2-years Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:53:19 EST New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market since December 2014, helped by government incentives. Adjusted for selling days, volume fell 4 percent. Citroen CEO explains why French brand will offer an 'SUV with a twist' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209890/citroen-ceo-explains-why-french-brand-will-offer-an-suv-with-a-twist Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Linda Jackson has pushed to reinvent Citroen since taking the brand's helm two years ago. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia priced in U.S. starting at $38,990 http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM04/161209845/2017-alfa-romeo-giulia-priced-in-u-s-starting-at-38990 Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:07:16 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said pricing for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan will start at $38,990, including shipping. BMW selects Magna to replace Lear for X5, X6 seating business in S.C. http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM10/161209848/bmw-selects-magna-to-replace-lear-for-x5-x6-seating-business-in-s-c Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:04:54 EST Magna International will replace Lear as the seat supplier to the BMW X5 and X6 with seats manufactured in its new Spartanburg, S.C., seating plant. U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Dec. 1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/DATACENTER/161209847/u-s-car-and-light-truck-inventories-on-dec-1 Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:39:32 EST AutoNews Now: Mulally meeting with Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/VIDEO/312089947/autonews-now-mulally-meeting-with-trump Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST Mulally meeting with Trump; Audi gets connected in Vegas; Ford tech remembers to put car in 'park'; Germany probes Porsche; BMW-Magna deal. FCA picks CES over Detroit show for press reveal http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM04/161209849/fca-picks-ces-over-detroit-show-for-press-reveal Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:54:01 EST Fiat Chrysler will not hold a press reveal of a new or refreshed vehicle at the Detroit auto show in January for the first time since 2010, choosing instead to hold a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas six days earlier. How VW is being reshaped by a former GM Europe boss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209863/how-vw-is-being-reshaped-by-a-former-gm-europe-boss Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:48:12 EST When Matthias Mueller took over the top job at VW Group, he inherited a company in turmoil over its emissions-cheating scandal. Mueller turned to industry veteran Thomas Sedran, who restructured GM's European operations. Behind the wheel of the Lexus LC http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/BLOG06/161209850/behind-the-wheel-of-the-lexus-lc Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:13:40 EST Before we dine on the main course of what it's like to drive the 2018 Lexus LC coupe, let's set the table: The LC is not the LFA. 2016 Market Data: North America Sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/DATACENTER/161209854/2016-market-data-north-america-sales Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:10:44 EST German emissions probe widens to Porsche http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209858/german-emissions-probe-widens-to-porsche Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:58:52 EST German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal. Trump picks foe of Obama climate agenda to run 'out-of-control' EPA http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM02/161209855/trump-picks-foe-of-obama-climate-agenda-to-run-out-of-control-epa Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:23:39 EST President-elect Donald Trump officially announced his intent to tap Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, saying Pruitt will 'reverse' the agency's 'out-of-control anti-energy agenda.' Nissan to focus on cost, technology with emphasis on what it can control http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM01/161209853/nissan-to-focus-on-cost-technology-with-emphasis-on-what-it-can Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:31:32 EST Nissan, the Japanese automaker that's become symbolic of what it means to be a truly global manufacturer, has a simple plan to navigate an unprecedented level of uncertainty around policy and regulation: focus on what's in its control. New headlight criteria mean fewer vehicles get highest IIHS safety rating http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM11/161209864/new-headlight-criteria-mean-fewer-vehicles-get-highest-iihs-safety Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Headlights that failed to measure up led to fewer new vehicles earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top accolades in the latest batch of group's coveted safety evaluations. First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/VIDEO/312089946/first-shift-safest-vehicles-on-u-s-roads Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:30:00 EST Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger. VW's Porsche focus of widened German car emissions probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM11/161209859/vws-porsche-focus-of-widened-german-car-emissions-probe Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:56:57 EST German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal. Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/BLOG06/312089920/volvo-and-microsoft-make-the-unreal-real Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR). Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/BLOG15/161209991/volvo-and-microsoft-make-the-unreal-real Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR). German supplier Brose breaks ground on China plant to supply VW, Volvo, JLR http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209926/german-supplier-brose-breaks-ground-on-china-plant-to-supply-vw Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, Volvo and Geely. UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209885/uk-market-may-fall-8-next-year-on-brexit-germanys-vda-says Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand will swing to an 8 percent drop from a modest gain this year as Britain's decision to quit the EU starts to impact the economy. Incentives, excess new-car inventory, put a drag on used vehicle values http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/RETAIL04/161209871/incentives-excess-new-car-inventory-put-a-drag-on-used-vehicle-values Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:13:42 EST An increase in new-car incentives and 'channel stuffing' -- excess new-vehicle inventory on dealers' lots -- caused used-vehicle prices to slip 1 percent in November, according to one closely watched used-vehicle price index released... Automaker groups seek to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM11/161209865/automaker-groups-seek-to-block-epa-from-finalizing-mpg-rules Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:44:10 EST Trade groups representing nearly all automakers in the U.S. market have now asked the EPA to refrain from finalizing a rule to slash tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions through 2025 until after President Barack Obama leaves office. EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over VW scandal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161207/ANE/161209866/eu-takes-legal-action-against-germany-uk-over-vw-scandal Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:15:02 EST The EU began legal action against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions cheating by automakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM02/161209869/trump-to-pick-foe-of-obama-climate-agenda-to-run-epa-report-says Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:29:45 EST President-elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source told Reuters today. 'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/RETAIL04/161209877/mystery-device-helps-thieves-steal-cars-with-push-button-ignitions Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:27:52 EST The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called 'mystery device' that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the traditional pieces of evidence such as broken glass. Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/RETAIL/161209867/beepi-merges-with-mobile-car-buying-platform-co-founded-by-scott Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:10:23 EST Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with Fair.com, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans. Nissan leads Twitter engagement among auto brands for second consecutive month http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/RETAIL03/161209868/nissan-leads-twitter-engagement-among-auto-brands-for-second Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:32:38 EST For the second month in a row, Nissan took first place in the Twitter engagement race for automotive brands, wielding the power of the GTR in its most popular November tweet, according to ListenFirst Media. AutoNews Now: Opening the door to car theft http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/VIDEO/312079976/autonews-now-opening-the-door-to-car-theft Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST 'Mystery' device opens door to car theft; Dodge plans AWD Challenger; BMW's 'Valley of Tears'; More tests for '17 F-150; Extended-cab Nissan Titan spied; 'Cars 3' at car show. Dodge adds all-wheel-drive Challenger GT http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM04/161209873/dodge-adds-all-wheel-drive-challenger-gt Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:36:04 EST An all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger is now reality -- just in time for winter. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday that Dodge will add the awd 2017 Challenger GT to the muscle car's already vast portfolio.