Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Ford may exit some S. American markets, analyst says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM/311219933/ford-may-exit-some-s-american-markets-analyst-says Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:04:20 EST Ford is on the verge of taking dramatic action to turn around its money-losing business in South America, including possibly exiting some markets, an analyst said after meeting with two company executives. Apple scientists share rare peek at autonomous vehicle research http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/MOBILITY/171129871/apple-scientists-share-rare-peek-at-autonomous-vehicle-research Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:56:50 EST Apple's internal research on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians with fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles. Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM01/171129918/toyota-mazda-plant-north-carolina-alabama Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:40 EST Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings. Subaru readies special editions to mark 50 years in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129883/subaru-readies-special-editions-to-mark-50-years-in-u-s Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:00:00 EST Subaru of America's entire vehicle lineup will have a role in celebrating the company's 50th anniversary in the U.S. Average wholesale used-vehicle prices, Oct. and YTD http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/DATACENTER/171129893/average-wholesale-used-vehicle-prices-oct-ytd Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:24:18 EST NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/RETAIL07/171129894/nada-floorplan-interest-deduction-senate-tax-bill Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:35 EST NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories. Customer Experience http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/WEBINAR/311219934/aligning-sales-with-the-customer-s-natural-path-to-the-purchase Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Discover ways to reduce customer discontent and eliminate margin erosion. FREE NAFTA nations lock horns on U.S. auto demands as fifth round ends http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM01/171129941/nafta-talks-round-5 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:42:20 EST Negotiators square off on Tuesday for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework NAFTA, with a stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos. Clear strikes and sporty notes: What people are saying about the Tesla Roadster http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129929/clear-strikes-and-sporty-notes-what-people-are-saying-about-the Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:29:19 EST Tesla's second-generation Roadster, unveiled unexpectedly last week in prototype form, boasts impressive performance stats: 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a top speed of over 250 mph and a 620-mile range. North America production downtime overtime - 11/27/17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/DATACENTER/171129907/north-america-production-downtime-overtime-11-27-17 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:44:40 EST AutoNews Now: Key Safety signs final deal to buy Takata http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/VIDEO/311219999/autonews-now-key-safety-signs-final-deal-to-buy-takata Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:30:00 EST Key Safety signs final deal to buy Takata; Sign of progress for Tesla reservation holders?; Aston Vantage undergoes radical redesign; Subaru Ascent spied; Infiniti teases new model. Customer Incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/DATACENTER/171129916/customer-incentives Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:27:43 EST FCC to vote to repeal 'net neutrality' rules that threatened connected car development http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/MOBILITY/171129921/fcc-netneutrality-rescind-regulation Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:53:32 EST The chairman of the FCC plans to repeal a 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. It appears to be a victory for automakers. Certified used-vehicle sales, Oct. and YTD http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/DATACENTER/171129923/certified-used-vehicle-sales-oct-ytd Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:43:51 EST Renault will tap Pakistan market to boost growth http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129935/renault-will-tap-pakistan-market-to-boost-growth Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:50:28 EST Renault has signed an agreement to assemble and sell passenger vehicles in the fast-growing Pakistan market by 2019, as the automaker seeks to expand its presence in developing countries. Aston Martin reshapes Vantage to appeal to younger buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129939/aston-martin-reshapes-vantage-to-appeal-to-younger-buyers Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:05:36 EST Aston Martin is pitching the new-generation Vantage to a younger customer group, helped by a radical redesign that gives the coupe greater differentiation compared with current models. Tesla invites Model 3 reservation holders to design their cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM04/171129928/tesla-model3-reservations-design Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:03:51 EST Tesla started summoning non-employee Model 3 reservation holders to configure their cars, a sign of progress for the sedan plagued by production problems. Subaru Ascent takes shape ahead of L.A. intro http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129934/subaru-ascent-takes-shape-ahead-of-l-a-intro Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:04:18 EST The official unveiling of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is just days away but spy photographers have spotted the three-row crossover out testing. Ford kills the Edsel http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/CCHISTORY/171129931/ford-kills-the-edsel Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:09:02 EST On Nov. 19, 1959, Ford discloses plans to end production of the Edsel -- a gadget-filled, medium-priced car developed to rival DeSoto, Studebaker, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Pontiac and Buick. Code-named the E-car, the Edsel had been introduced on Sept. A look inside the Infiniti VC-Turbo engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/BLOG06/171129932/a-look-inside-the-infiniti-vc-turbo-engine Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:47:13 EST The variable compression engine debuting next year in the Infiniti QX50 is a really a big deal -- a major reworking of the basic operating principles of the piston-driven internal combustion engine. 2018 Kia Stinger GT: A chatty chassis that zhooshes http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/CRITICS_CORNER/171129933/2018-kia-stinger-gt-a-chatty-chassis-that-zhooshes Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST The latest addition to Kia's lineup is the 2018 Stinger. The midsize four-door hatchback aims to add more thrill to the brand's car offerings and challenge European luxury automakers for performance and refinement. Lincoln's freshened 2019 MKC gets new mesh grille, tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129947/lincolns-freshened-2019-mkc-gets-new-mesh-grille-tech Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products. Key Safety Systems signs deal to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM10/171129937/key-takata-bankruptcy-acquisition-reorganiztion Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:47:30 EST Key Safety Systems said it signed the long awaited definitive agreement to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion. The announcement comes weeks after the formal deal was submitted in bankruptcy court. VW, Daimler, BMW set for record production on demand from Asia http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129936/vw-daimler-bmw-set-for-record-production-on-demand-from-asia Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:26:11 EST German automakers including VW, Daimler and BMW may increase output in significantly this year from record 2016 levels, powerd by Asian demand, the VDA said. First Shift: Lincoln updates MKC crossover for 2019 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/VIDEO/311219998/first-shift-lincoln-updates-mkc-crossover-for-2019 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:15:00 EST Lincoln updates MKC crossover; Toyota warning in Ky. said to spark union interest; China's GAC seeks deeper ties with FCA; Camry, Accord ads aim to boost struggling segment. Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou look to deepen China tie-up http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129945/fiat-chrysler-and-guangzhou-look-to-deepen-china-tie-up Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:56:41 EST Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile are in talks to deepen their joint venture in China. This comes as officials in the world's largest car market look to relax some regulations and Guangzhou prepares to sell its Trumpchi brand in the U.S. Ford, Mahindra open to teaming up on electric cars in India http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM05/171129938/ford-mahindra-electric-car-india Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:39:57 EST Ford and its Indian partner Mahindra and Mahindra could create their own EV line in India to help battle pollution from the vehicles clogging the nation's roads. Global EV sales jump 63% as China demand surges http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129943/global-ev-sales-jump-63-as-china-demand-surges Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:25:19 EST Global EV sales surged 63 percent in the third quarter, largely driven by strong demand in China. The world's No.1 market accounted for more than half of sales, while Europe was the second-biggest market with 24 percent, followed by North America. ZF's partnerships help it keep pace with megatrends http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171119857/zfs-partnerships-help-it-keep-pace-with-megatrends Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST ZF has spent the year aggressively building up expertise and partnerships to help it capitalize on the move toward autonomous driving. Board member Peter Lake explained to Automotive News Europe how the company has been progressing. China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plant http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129944/chinas-geely-targets-russia-market-with-belarus-plant Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:53:13 EST China's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market. Giugiaro luxury EV concept shuns speed for comfort http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171121/ANE/171129946/giugiaro-luxury-ev-concept-shuns-speed-for-comfort Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:14:10 EST Giorgetto Giugiaro, famous for styling sports cars, is putting comfort before speed for his latest project, an electric four-seat sedan he is developing with a Chinese company. Toyota puts U.S. workers on alert: Made-in-Japan Camrys cheaper http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM01/311209948/toyota-puts-u-s-workers-on-alert-made-in-japan-camrys-cheaper Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:19:20 EST Toyota issued an unsettling warning to Kentucky workers building its top-selling Camry sedan: Cut costs now or face an uncertain future. Dealership's refresher class lures buyers back http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129999/subaru-best-practices-phoenix Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru Superstore of Chandler has found a way for its customers to willingly come back to the store in droves. Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL04/171129964/used-cars-sales Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast. AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129966/mike-jackson-autonation-strategy-dealership-group Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds. James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129951/james-crellin-former-director-of-communications-at-gm-dies Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:10:35 EST James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81. Volvo wins Uber's first robotaxi order http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171120/ANE/171119782/volvo-wins-ubers-first-robotaxi-order Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo has signed a deal to sell Uber up to 24,000 cars that will become part of the ride-sharing giant's first robotaxi fleet. Mahindra prepares 'brand journey' to launch passenger vehicles in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129949/mahindra-prepares-brand-journey-to-launch-passenger-vehicles-in-u-s Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:39 EST India's Mahindra and Mahindra, preparing to launch an off-road vehicle in the US, will take a "thoughtful" approach to marketing on-road passenger vehicles next, company officials said. Volvo CEO credits 'safety and speed' for Uber deal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171120/ANE/171119781/volvo-ceo-credits-safety-and-speed-for-uber-deal Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's deal to supply ride-hailing company Uber with XC90 SUVs that can be become fully autonomous gives the automaker an early leader in the robotaxi sector. It will benefit Volvo on many levels, CEO Hakan Samuelsson says. Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129948/uber-hit-with-8-9-million-fine-in-colorado-over-unqualified-drivers Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:32:25 EST Colorado regulators fined Uber after finding the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive with invalid driver's licenses or other offenses that would have disqualified them. Dealership lobbyist Jonathan Morrison named NHTSA's top lawyer http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM02/171129950/jonathan-morrison-nhtsa-top-lawyer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:35 EST The White House appointed Jonathan Morrison, a former lobbyist with ties to auto dealerships, as chief counsel of NHTSA. Lithia a winner on Wall St. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129998/lithia-stock-growth-wall-st Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors #8212; which prioritized US acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street. Fiat Chrysler under pressure to recall Chrysler Pacifica minivans for potential stalling issue http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129953/fiat-chrysler-pacifica-minivan-recall-nhtsa Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:20:04 EST The Center for Auto Safety is asking NHTSA to open an investigation and recall the Chrysler Pacifica, which the group says represents an "unreasonable risk" because of a stalling problem. AutoNews Now: Uber buying 24,000 self-driving Volvos http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/VIDEO/311209983/autonews-now-uber-buying-24000-self-driving-volvos Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:00:00 EST Uber buying 24,000 Volvos for robotaxi fleet; Mahindra details Detroit factory plans; Safety group urges Pacifica probe; Honda enlists Facebook tech; Ford plans plug-in cop car. Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM08/171129995/ghosn-determined-bring-three-companies-closer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable. Ford to offer plug-in hybrid police sedan http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM04/171129954/ford-to-offer-plug-in-hybrid-police-sedan Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:45:00 EST Starting next summer, Ford will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Fusion-based police sedan that will have an electric range of 21 miles. VW reorganizes German production for EVs http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171120/ANE/171129960/vw-reorganizes-german-production-for-evs Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:56:55 EST VW Group is reorganizing production at its German factories to further its goal of transforming itself into a leading force in EVs. Skoda will build EVs in Czech Republic http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171120/ANE/171129961/skoda-will-build-evs-in-czech-republic Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:36:52 EST Skoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129974/nafta-defense-strategies-face-political-pitfalls Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy. Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129979/dealer-leads-managers-path-to-ownership Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did.