Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST '18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic, FCA filing shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM04/311249969/18-wrangler-to-get-8-speed-automatic-fca-filing-shows Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy. Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM11/311249954/airbag-inflator-shortage-plagues-industry Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM02/311249960/ghosn-nissan-will-fill-gaps-with-japanese-imports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL03/141129940/audi-tests-car-sharing-for-the-wealthy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin. https://home.autonews.com/clickshare/extAPI1AuthRedirect.do?CSTargetURL=http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/an8744590824FRPTS http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/FEATURES/311249978/https-home-autonews-com-clickshare-extapi1authredirect-do Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM03/311249955/shelby-gt350-mustang-taps-into-supercar-tech Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif., garage last week, Ford is harkening back to the Mustang's performance roots. GM's savvy new face to suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM02/311249974/gms-savvy-new-face-to-suppliers Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle. As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249975/as-ford-spends-big-gm-joins-aluminum-with-simple-welds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal. Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249976/toyotas-fuel-cell-goal-big-cost-cutting Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system. Fuel cell cars steal spotlight http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249973/fuel-cell-cars-steal-spotlight Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation. '15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM03/311249965/15-chrysler-300-gets-electric-steering-wi-fi Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform' http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM/311249971/m-b-exec-s-class-is-now-our-flagship-platform Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars. Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL/141129943/ford-f-150-rivals-lets-rumble Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/GLOBAL03/311249968/ford-to-build-longer-3-row-edge-for-china Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China. Chevy will sit out Super Bowl http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL03/311249959/chevy-will-sit-out-super-bowl Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST After two big plays in the last Super Bowl, Chevrolet may watch from the couch. Chevy Trax marketing will be heavy on digital http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL03/311249957/chevy-trax-marketing-will-be-heavy-on-digital Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet will use a heavy dose of digital ads for the Trax when the subcompact crossover's marketing begins early next year. Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM/311249958/ford-moves-2016-explorer-upscale Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport. Family celebration http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM02/311249964/family-celebration Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California. Dealer's vintage car auction packs 'em in http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL07/311249956/dealers-vintage-car-auction-packs-em-in Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST We reported last month on Dallas-area Ford dealer Sam Pack's plans to auction off 131of his 473 vintage automobiles in Dallas on Nov. 15. So how did things turn out? The event certainly attracted a crowd. Now that's what I call a comeback http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL01/311249961/now-thats-what-i-call-a-comeback Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST It's official. The comeback that has followed the bottoming out of auto sales in 2009 has some serious legs. In fact, it's the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history. South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/GLOBAL02/311249962/south-korea-embraces-european-imports-yes-south-korea Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports. Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249952/toyota-fuel-cell-water-safe-to-drink-but-dont-try-it Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. Popping the subprime bubble myth http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/311249963/popping-the-subprime-bubble-myth Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear at session after session devoted to subprime lending during the Used Car Week Conferences sponsored by Auto Remarketing magazine this month in Las Vegas. Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM/311249972/audi-tests-car-sharing-for-the-wealthy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249970/jlr-speaks-up-for-voice-recognition-with-startups-tech Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive. Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM08/311249992/subaru-boss-strong-growth-brings-new-challenges Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM/311249981/wheres-hq-its-like-musical-chairs Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive. How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM11/311249980/how-sprinter-dodges-the-chicken-tax Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. More time for victims http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM11/141129957/more-time-for-victims Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31. Global companies should abide by the same rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM10/311249983/global-companies-should-abide-by-the-same-rules Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict. Grand Cherokee, Durango plant will be idled for paint shop redo http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM01/311249982/grand-cherokee-durango-plant-will-be-idled-for-paint-shop-redo Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Chrysler Group will stop production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for three weeks starting in December to upgrade the paint shop at the vehicles' assembly plant in Detroit. Ghosn: 'We're going to continue the offensive' in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM08/311249979/ghosn-were-going-to-continue-the-offensive-in-u-s Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, 60, is one of the auto industry's longest-serving chief executives. He is pressing the Japanese automaker to reach an 8 percent global market share by the end of March 2017 -- up from 6 percent on Sept. ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM10/311249991/zf-expects-surging-sales-of-driver-assist-systems Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow 15 to 25 percent a year. Cardinale group makeover flexes digital muscle http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL07/311249996/cardinale-group-makeover-flexes-digital-muscle Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST In 2008, the recession was raging, and dealer Joe Cardinale decided to make some changes. Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM08/311249993/masuko-aims-to-build-on-mitsubishis-momentum Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM08/311249994/fields-forges-ahead-as-ford-faces-new-competition Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Structural damage or fender bender? http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL04/311249988/structural-damage-or-fender-bender Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST TrueFrame will inspect any vehicle, at a dealership's request, that has an accident on its history report. TrueFrame issues its own report if the vehicle passes its cosmetic and structural standards. Next phase of multiplatform sales? Hold your horses http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL04/311249989/next-phase-of-multiplatform-sales-hold-your-horses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Remarketers, auto dealers and others had hoped to hear at a remarketing conference this month about when the next stage in online multiplatform auction selling would arrive. Subaru boss on strong sales growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/VIDEO/311249997/subaru-boss-on-strong-sales-growth Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Talk From the Top With Fuji Heavy Industries President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga Mitsubishi CEO promises new products http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/VIDEO/311249999/mitsubishi-ceo-promises-new-products Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Talk From the Top With Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko Chrysler blitzes American Music Awards with Fergie, Imagine Dragons, others http://www.autonews.com/article/20141123/RETAIL03/141129932/chrysler-blitzes-american-music-awards-with-fergie-imagine-dragons Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:00:00 EST Chrysler on Sunday night launched an ad blitz during the American Music Awards that linked five of its brands to A-list recording artists in spots that co-promoted both the vehicles and Interscope singles. How the stars aligned with Chrysler brands http://www.autonews.com/article/20141123/RETAIL03/141129931/how-the-stars-aligned-with-chrysler-brands Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:00:00 EST How did Chrysler decide which star fit best with which auto brand? Marissa Hunter, director of global brand advertising and head of Ram Truck brand advertising, laid it out like this. VW on track to reach 2018 margin goal, report says http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20141123/ANE/141129935/vw-on-track-to-reach-2018-margin-goal-report-says Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:41:18 EST VW Group, which is cutting costs and overhauling its development and production, is on track to reach its goal of a pretax profit of 8 percent of sales by 2018, a German magazine reported. Tesla, BMW discuss batteries and lightweigh parts, Musk says http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20141123/COPY/311249951/tesla-bmw-discuss-batteries-and-lightweigh-parts-musk-says Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:32:21 EST Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and lightweight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German magazine. Continental mulls German factory closure http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20141123/ANE/141129934/continental-mulls-german-factory-closure Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:58:47 EST Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant. BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20141123/ANE/311169998/bmw-mercedes-gain-in-once-impregnable-korea Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once impregnable market. SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20141123/ANE/141129936/sgl-sees-rising-interest-in-carbon-fiber-parts Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:25:36 EST SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said. Tesla, BMW in talks over batteries, light-weight parts, Musk says http://www.autonews.com/article/20141123/OEM05/141129937/tesla-bmw-in-talks-over-batteries-light-weight-parts-musk-says Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:32:21 EST Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and light-weight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German weekly magazine. Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation http://www.autonews.com/article/20141123/OEM11/311249953/frustrated-senators-blast-takata-signal-more-safety-legislation Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations. Study slams CFPB's proxy methodology http://www.autonews.com/article/20141123/OEM11/311249966/study-slams-cfpbs-proxy-methodology Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The statistical method the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses to identify which consumers belong to minority groups correctly identified African-American borrowers only 24 percent of the time. %]