Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Acura targets millennials in musical social campaign for ILX http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/RETAIL03/150329880/acura-targets-millennials-in-musical-social-campaign-for-ilx Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Acura is appealing to the musical tastes of millennials in a new social media campaign that expresses the energy of the sporty ILX sedan through sound. This is a test headline http://www.autonews.com/article/20150327/HOLD/150329938/this-is-a-test-headline Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Marshmallow I love wafer carrot cake croissant soufflé sweet. Liquorice tootsie roll jelly beans carrot cake. Jelly icing lollipop candy sweet roll chocolate cake donut tiramisu I love. Dessert gummi bears dessert. Marshmallow pudding pudding. Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM03/150329878/aston-martin-claims-henrik-fiskers-thunderbolt-is-unauthorized-copy Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:59:16 EST Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker's 'Thunderbolt' prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years. Acura targets millennials in musical social campaign for ILX http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL03/150329879/acura-targets-millennials-in-musical-social-campaign-for-ilx Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:29:56 EST Acura is appealing to the musical tastes of millennials in a new social media campaign that expresses the energy of the sporty ILX sedan through sound. Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL/150329882/tesla-advances-in-effort-to-expand-in-ga-fails-to-gain-entry-to-w-va Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:00 EST A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state. Georgia trial renews demand by safety advocates for recall of older Jeeps http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM11/303269914/georgia-trial-renews-demand-by-safety-advocates-for-recall-of-older Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:34:20 EST The Georgia trial over the death of 4-year old Remington Walden in 2012 is renewing demand by safety advocates for a massive recall of older Jeeps. Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM11/150329891/feds-broaden-crackdown-on-dealership-fraud Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:15:00 EST The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its enforcement of car dealerships to crack down on deception and fraud in operations that go beyond advertising. Dodge monkeys around with CGI in new ads http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL03/150329881/dodge-monkeys-around-with-cgi-in-new-ads Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:06:52 EST Enforcing Dodge Law is serious business. So the brand turned to muscle car enthusiast Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's 'Fast N' Loud' to restore order in an ad campaign that launched this month. U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL01/150329887/u-s-auto-sales-poised-for-rare-monthly-decline Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:45:00 EST March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. AutoNews Now: Feds target 'add-on' fraud http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/VIDEO/303269959/autonews-now-feds-target-add-on-fraud Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Payment network, dealership group to settle with FTC; Silverado ad shakeup; sales drop forecast; plug-in Benz SUV. Barra advises women to accept challenging work assignments http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM02/303269920/barra-advises-women-to-accept-challenging-work-assignments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:04:20 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra encouraged women to take on new challenges from studying science and math to accepting jobs that are outside of their area of expertise. Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM05/150329888/toyota-adding-hybrid-to-2016-rav4-lineup Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:45:00 EST Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show. Denso, NGK fined by S. Korea for price-fixing http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM10/150329884/denso-ngk-fined-by-s-korea-for-price-fixing Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:46:59 EST South Korea's antitrust regulator will fine five auto parts firms, including Japan's Denso, NGK Spark Plug and their local units, a total of $3.2 million for fixing prices and rigging bids for engine parts. New Chevy Malibu tasked with meeting GM's aggressive sales goals http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM04/150329886/new-chevy-malibu-tasked-with-meeting-gms-aggressive-sales-goals Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:01:46 EST The Chevrolet Malibu has been a symbol of GM's competitive woes for nearly 20 years because of designs that critics often lambasted as boring. Now, the No. 1 U.S. Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM11/303269930/automakers-exceed-u-s-fuel-economy-rules-for-2nd-straight-year-epa Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:04:21 EST Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24. German court dismisses hedge funds' suit against Porsche holding company http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150326/ANE/150329892/german-court-dismisses-hedge-funds-suit-against-porsche-holding Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:21:10 EST A German court has dismissed claims brought against Porsche SE by hedge funds seeking $1.3 billion in damages over its botched attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008. GM switches ad agencies for Silverado http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/RETAIL03/150329893/gm-switches-ad-agencies-for-silverado Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:11:00 EST General Motors said it has moved its Chevrolet Silverado ad account from Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett to Interpublic's Commonwealth. Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM10/150329905/alcoa-receives-committment-for-259-million-u-s-loan-to-expand Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. Ford aims to triple exports from India with new plant http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150326/ANE/150329900/ford-aims-to-triple-exports-from-india-with-new-plant Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:09:54 EST Ford has invested $1 billion in a new plant in India that will help the automaker triple exports from the country. The factory will build the EcoSport subcompact SUV, which Ford exports to Europe. Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/OEM/150329901/toyota-targets-big-savings-in-factory-product-development-spending Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:30:00 EST Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. First Shift: A more efficient Toyota? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150326/VIDEO/303269958/first-shift-a-more-efficient-toyota Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Company reveals goal to slash costs, teases hybrid RAV4; UAW 'pattern' problem; better hybrid tech; teen dangers. McLaren aims 570S at high-end Porsche 911, Audi R8 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150326/ANE/150329896/mclaren-aims-570s-at-high-end-porsche-911-audi-r8 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:50:29 EST McLaren has named the first of its entry-level supercars the 570S. The V-8 powered coupe will compete against high-end versions of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. Tesla sued in UK in fight over charging stations rollout http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150326/ANE/150329899/tesla-sued-in-uk-in-fight-over-charging-stations-rollout Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:06:03 EST Tesla was sued in London in a dispute over whether the company interfered with a competitor's plan to rollout electric-car chargers at UK highway rest stops. Pininfarina investor confirms Mahindra's interest in acquisition http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150326/ANE/150329898/-pininfarina-investor-confirms-mahindras-interest-in-acquisition Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:39:23 EST Pininfarina's controlling shareholder, Pincar, confirmed that India's Mahindra and Mahindra has expressed interest in buying the Italian car designer. Mahindra is one of heavily indebted Pininfarina's most important customers. Schaeffler's 2014 profit rises by more than half http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150326/ANE/150329895/schaefflers-2014-profit-rises-by-more-than-half Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:09:53 EST German part supplier Schaeffler said its operating profit jumped by more than 50 percent to 1.52 billion euros ($1.67 billion) in 2014 because of robust demand for cars in U.S. and China. Its operating margin climbed to 12.6 percent in 2014 from 9. Mercedes adds plug-in hybrid to retooled GLE crossover line http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM04/150329904/mercedes-adds-plug-in-hybrid-to-retooled-gle-crossover-line Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:00:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a new plug-in hybrid with the debut of the revamped GLE midsize crossover. The 2016 crossover family will be the first product line to feature Mercedes' new nomenclature. Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM04/150329926/texas-ranger-ram-concept-honors-lawmen Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:30:00 EST Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the Texas Rangers -- the historic law-enforcement agency that once brought order to the Lone Star state's rough-and-tumble frontier. Delphi employees killed in France plane crash http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150325/ANE/150329927/delphi-employees-killed-in-france-plane-crash Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:26:24 EST Two Spain-based Delphi employees were among the 150 victims of a plane crash in a remote part of the French Alps. The employees were traveling to a meeting in Germany. UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM01/150329903/uaw-to-press-for-pattern-labor-deals-in-detroit-3-talks-williams-says Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:51:56 EST UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because each automaker has different labor costs largely as a result of a lower-cost,... New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM05/303259948/new-generation-of-cheaper-batteries-adds-power-to-hybrids-cut-fuel Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. First Shift: Crash claims 2 Delphi workers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/VIDEO/303259976/first-shift-crash-claims-2-delphi-workers Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Employees took doomed flight from Spain; Sergio defends Jeeps; Jaguar high-wire stunt; Cadillac with a twist. Chevy revives Malibu hybrid with 2016 redesign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM05/150329931/chevy-revives-malibu-hybrid-with-2016-redesign Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:00 EST Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, marking GM's first full-hybrid passenger car after finding little success in recent years with light... Automakers in race to double range of affordable EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM05/150329913/automakers-in-race-to-double-range-of-affordable-evs Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:52:57 EST Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla. Kia to build Forte compact and a small car at Mexico plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM01/150329902/kia-to-build-forte-compact-and-a-small-car-at-mexico-plant Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:53:48 EST Kia Motors plans to make its Forte compact and an unidentified small car targeted at the local market at its planned factory in Mexico. 'We've got too many damn tiers,' UAW head tells cheering delegates http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM01/150329919/weve-got-too-many-damn-tiers-uaw-head-tells-cheering-delegates Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:50:24 EST In a fiery address to hundreds of UAW delegates, union President Dennis Williams said auto workers sacrificed during the recession and now must get that compensation back. Customer Incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/DATACENTER/150329910/customer-incentives Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:13:21 EST AutoNews Now: MPG edge for Malibu hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/VIDEO/303259977/autonews-now-mpg-edge-for-malibu-hybrid Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Rating expected to top those of Fusion, Camry, Sonata hybrids; UAW head: 'Too many damn tiers'; Texas Rangers Ram. Detroit Diesel to invest $208 million in Mich. plant upgrades, create 245 jobs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM10/150329921/detroit-diesel-to-invest-208-million-in-mich-plant-upgrades-create Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:04:38 EST Detroit Diesel Corp. plans to upgrade its nearly 75-year-old manufacturing plant in suburban Detroit. If dealers don't weigh in, they can't gripe http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/BLOG13/303259993/if-dealers-dont-weigh-in-they-cant-gripe Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST Dealers have a chance right now to weigh in on what they like and donandrsquo;t like about their lenders, and they shouldnandrsquo;t miss the opportunity. Certified used-vehicle sales, Feb. and YTD http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/DATACENTER/150329914/certified-used-vehicle-sales-feb-ytd Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:45:30 EST Average U.S. gasoline usage lowest in 3 decades, study says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM06/150329911/average-u-s-gasoline-usage-lowest-in-3-decades-study-says Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:09:10 EST With improvements in vehicle fuel economy, U.S. drivers' average gasoline consumption is the lowest it's been in at least 30 years, according to research by the University of Michigan released today. 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson fired by BBC http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/RETAIL03/150329915/top-gear-host-jeremy-clarkson-fired-by-bbc Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:19:00 EST The BBC today dropped British "Top Gear" motoring show host Jeremy Clarkson, who built a global fan base while repeatedly causing offence with strongly worded views, after finding he had physically attacked a producer. Dealer groups charge CFPB is unresponsive http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/303259996/dealer-groups-charge-cfpb-is-unresponsive Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Dealer trade groups are asking members to seek help from their elected representatives to prod the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into responding to a lender study released last fall that was highly critical of its method of determining... Lenders raise red flags over CFPB plan to publish consumer complaints http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150329930/lenders-raise-red-flags-over-cfpb-plan-to-publish-consumer-complaints Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Auto lenders are lining up to oppose the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plan to publish consumer complaints with financial services providers on its website. Credit union pilot targeting subprime borrowers shows promise http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/303259997/credit-union-pilot-targeting-subprime-borrowers-shows-promise Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST A small pilot program to encourage credit unions to do more subprime auto lending has helped participants gain some business but is still several steps away from providing a model for a larger effort. Tata plans to raise $1.2 billion to help fund Jaguar Land Rover expansion http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150325/ANE/150329918/tata-plans-to-raise-1-2-billion-to-help-fund-jaguar-land-rover Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:52:33 EST Tata Motors plans to raise as much as $1.2 billion in a rights offer to help fund investments at its Tata and Jaguar Land Rover brands. Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150325/ANE/150329928/automakers-race-to-double-the-driving-range-of-affordable-electric Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:06:57 EST Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that breakthroughs by battery suppliers will increase demand and help them compete better with Tesla. TRW in talks with India's Amtek to sell suspension business, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM10/150329920/trw-in-talks-with-india-s-amtek-to-sell-suspension-business-reports Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:29:24 EST Amtek Auto, an Indian car parts maker, is among companies in talks to acquire TRW's suspension business, people familiar with the matter said. Take advantage of those pesky potholes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150329922/take-advantage-of-those-pesky-potholes Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:33:44 EST It's spring, time for roads to thaw and FandI managers to stockpile news items on the giant potholes lying in wait. Ford recalls 220,000 vehicles in N.A. for 3 issues http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/OEM11/150329923/ford-recalls-220000-vehicles-in-n-a-for-3-issues Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:25:30 EST Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. %]