Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe's compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year, according to predictions. Marchionne's successor will come from within Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Besides Sergio Marchionne, there are 17 men on the FCA group executive council, but realistically, only a handful are likely candidates for CEO. Mercedes diesel probe in U.S. finds possible 'defeat' software, paper says Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:06:14 EST U.S. investigators have found potentially illegal software modifications in Mercedes-Benz diesel cars to help the vehicles pass emissions tests, a German paper said. Toyota's new execs see a crisis Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval. Changes grip embattled GKN Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST GKN has changed CEOs, embarked on a two-year profit drive and now is battling a hostile takeover -- all while launching its advanced eDrive technology. Takata's U.S. bankruptcy plan approved by judge Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:48:18 EST Takata received court approval for its bankruptcy exit plan in the United States, clearing the way for the sale of Takata's assets and providing compensation for those injured by its deadly airbags. Italdesign will unveil $2.4 million targa Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Italdesign will debut the Zerouno targa at the Geneva auto show. The design and engineering company, which is part of VW Group, will build just five units of the $2.4 million two-seater. Lyft shops for drivers on used-car lots Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles. GM's Korea retrenchment gets an early start Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST General Motors is already scaling back operations in South Korea ahead of an announced plant closure there in May. Phantom Auto tests remote control for driverless cars Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck. Canada, cars and coffee Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST What plateau? Canada's auto sales are booming. Protecting 'Silicon Valley north' talent. Why some Canadian dealers set up shop in the U.S. One Hyundai exec's poor stickhandling skills. Plus, a controversy is brewing. Everything you didn't know about Canada Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST What plateau? Canada's auto sales are booming. Protecting 'Silicon Valley north' talent. Why some Canadian dealers set up shop in the U.S. One Hyundai exec's poor stickhandling skills. Plus, a controversy is brewing. Brexit shock begins to hit the UK car industry Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Brexit shock has begun to hit the UK's car industry as Vauxhall starts to cut its workforce and Jaguar Land Rover readies production curbs. But for some industry observers, there is worse to come. AutoNews Now: Magna CEO's worry: A 'socialist' Canada Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST VIDEO: Magna CEO's worry: A 'socialist' Canada; Vacuum-maker Dyson plans 3 electric vehicles; Ghosn on making EVs at profit; Late-model Ram pickups recalled; Global sales on track to rise. Tesla delays, tax credit concerns spur sales of Chevy Bolts Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:08 EST Some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 are concerned that they will miss out on federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives such as the Chevy Bolt. First Shift: Ghosn vows to make alliance 'irreversible' Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:30:00 EST VIDEO: Ghosn vows to make Renault-Nissan-Mitsu alliance 'irreversible'; Mueller denies plan to oust Audi CEO; End near for Focus RS; From AN Canada Congress: Buy-sells without borders. UAW sells training center building in Detroit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:11:21 EST Princeton Enterprises has purchased the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center building in Detroit for an undisclosed sum. Commerce Department recommends import tariffs on aluminum, steel Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:08:24 EST The Commerce Department recommended that President Donald Trump impose a significant range of tariffs and quotas on imported aluminum and steel. Waymo wins Arizona's approval for first driverless ride-hailing service Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:48:38 EST The first commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved in the United States. Google affiliate Waymo won a permit in January from the Arizona Department of Transportation. American Axle posts more gains in Q4 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:23:06 EST American Axle posted record sales driven by strong light-truck production, as it continues to absorb the benefits of its Metaldyne acquisition. FCA to recall 228,508 trucks to fix shifter issue Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:23:21 EST FCA said it would recall about 228,508 trucks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other markets to prevent drivers from unintentionally shifting their vehicles out of "park." Record New Car Sales vs. Stagnant Service Sales Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Build a foundation for a record year in their service and parts operations. FREE Improved Vehicle Sourcing Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Reduce your costs to find and acquire profitable auction inventory FREE Ivanka Trump talks about lending issue with Pa. auto dealer Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:37:05 EST Do auto retailers befuddled by the Military Lending Act clarification now have the ear of the White House? Pennsylvania dealer Corina Straub Diehl thinks so. Audi denies CEO Stadler will be replaced by former Skoda boss Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:50:55 EST Audi Chairman Matthias Mueller said reports of an ouster of CEO Rupert Stadler are false. A German newspaper said Stadler will be replaced in April, with former Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland seen as his most likely successor. VW surges in mixed Q4 for European auto sector Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST VW, Norwegian parts supplier Kongsberg and UK car retailer Vertu Motors were the best performers in terms of delivering value to their shareholders during the final quarter of 2017. The automotive sector as a whole, however, had mixed results. Ghosn pledges 'irreversible' Renault alliance with Nissan Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:29:41 EST Carlos Ghosn pledged to cement Renault's partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi, saying the companies will come up with a plan in the next few weeks to make the alliance "irreversible." VW staff are unconvinced of culture change Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:55:23 EST Almost two thirds of VW employees in Germany see no improvement in the automaker's corporate culture nearly two and a half years after its diesel-emissions fraud was revealed. Kia will partially electrify Ceed lineup Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:24:31 EST Kia will partially electrify its Ceed lineup with a 48-volt mild hybrid but has no plans to add a full-electric version. Faurecia profit rises 34% in 2017 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:30:34 EST Faurecia's net income in 2017 climbed 34 percent to 714.5 million euros ($896.4 million), as the supplier saw strong growth across all its main markets. Dyson wants to build 3 EV models, report says Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Dyson aims to bring three electric cars to market with the first launching in 2021, the Financial Times reported. Renault posts record earnings, strengthening Ghosn's hand Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:35:23 EST Renault posted record sales and profit for 2017, bolstering CEO Carlos Ghosn's position in the face of government demands for a clearer succession plan and deeper integration with alliance partner Nissan. Global auto sales poised to set record in 2018 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:49:20 EST Light-vehicle sales are on track to rise to a record of more than 97 million units globally this year, despite a second straight annual decline in North America, according to an LMC forecast. Subaru prices 3-row 2019 Ascent from $32,970 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:25:47 EST When the new Subaru Ascent reaches dealers this summer, it will be priced well below its competition in the three-row, all-wheel-drive crossover segment, while becoming the brand's most expensive crossover or wagon. Ford to end Focus RS production Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:32:32 EST Ford said it will end production of the popular Focus RS hot hatch on April 6 after a limited run of 50 "Heritage Edition" cars to be sold in the United Kingdom. Renault board asks Ghosn to stay, pursue closer Nissan integration Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:04:53 EST Renault's board proposed the renewal of Carlos Ghosn's CEO position for another four years and appointed Thierry Bollore as chief operating officer. Pininfarina will design cars for Vietnam's first domestic automaker Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Pininfarina will help to develop a sedan and SUV for VinFast, which aims to be Vietnam's first domestic automaker. VW looks at Apple for electric-car design guidance Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:44:44 EST Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said. Toyota design chief sees future without mass-market cars Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:21:20 EST Toyota's new design chief believes that vehicles will shift towards either generic boxes on wheels for everyday use or ultra-luxury cars, wiping out the need for mass-market models. Plastic Omnium growth driven by SUV boom Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:20:57 EST Plastic Omnium reported stronger earnings in 2017, helped by global growth in crossovers and SUVs, which have a higher plastic body content than sedans and hatchbacks. Ballooning costs of parts drive car thefts Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:22:57 EST When it comes to making a buck on the black market, a car in pieces -- not intact -- may yield bigger gains for car thieves nationwide. In-vehicle cameras desirable across marketplaces, Google report says Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:07:39 EST Based on what they Google, Americans are looking for a variety of ways to secure their pets in transit while Germans focus on their audio and Japanese want more comfort. AutoNews Now: How Subaru found the key to U.S. market Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST How Subaru found the key to U.S. market; Wrestler John Cena moves to quash Ford lawsuit; NHTSA stretched too thin?; Trump's GM Korea boast; Jeep ad riles fish fans. The dull work of tomorrow's cars Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:42:00 EST At a lazy Sunday brunch recently, I was thrown into one of the common debates rollicking the future of transportation: Are self-driving cars imminent, or is the industry and media attention just a bunch of hoopla? European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:44:41 EST Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automakers posted gains, helped by booming sales of SUVs. Quick Shift: Daily mobility news for 2.15.18 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:41:27 EST Today, President Donald Trump breaks with Republicans, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi feels really, really sorry for all that trouble his company caused. Toyota's only high-ranking female executive Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:07 EST Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. Last month, she was promoted to the second-highest job at the luxury Lexus division, becoming the only woman among the automaker's top 53 managers. AvtoVAZ cuts loss to $171 million as Russia recovers Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:55:24 EST Russia's biggest automaker, AvtoVAZ, said its annual net loss narrowed to 9.7 billion rubles ($171 million) last year from a loss of 44.8 billion rubles in 2016, helped by cost cuts and the recovery of the Russian car market. Citroen adds comfort features to new Berlingo Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:21:52 EST Citroen says its third-generation Berlingo compact passenger van will be available in two lengths for the first time. Toyota recalls Camry, Lexus models on fire risk Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:48:04 EST Toyota Motor North America is recalling 21,700 vehicles in the United States after discovering two defects that could lead to fires.