Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 30 May 2015 06:00:00 EST California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market. Audi boss focuses on SUVs to win consumers' hearts Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, 52, is particularly bullish about the automaker's fast-growing SUV lineup. UAW's rich health care wears a bull's-eye Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The UAW may be forced to compromise on the rich health care benefits paid its members to secure other gains in the upcoming Detroit 3 contract talks. Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say Fri, 29 May 2015 11:55:35 EST Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. GM recalls 375,000 heavy-duty trucks with Takata airbags Fri, 29 May 2015 17:23:50 EST GM is recalling about 375,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata. And Subaru will expand a recall of Impreza compact cars with Takata airbags to about 80,000 from 20,000. Harman acquires Bang and Olufsen Automotive Fri, 29 May 2015 16:13:52 EST Harman Industrial Industries, a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said today it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang and Olufsen Automotive, a supplier of audio products to luxury automakers. North America production downtime overtime - 06/01/15 Fri, 29 May 2015 16:04:12 EST AutoNews Now: F-150 supply snags reported Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST F-150 supply snags reported; FCA chair confirms: Merger email sent to GM; Hyundai-Kia on FIFA corruption probe; Stein: Cool tech ... just make sure it works. Customer Incentives Fri, 29 May 2015 15:16:27 EST American Axle may land tenants for Detroit site Fri, 29 May 2015 14:15:52 EST American Axle and Manufacturing is in talks with prospective manufacturing tenants to be located at its former manufacturing grounds near the company's Detroit headquarters. Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says Fri, 29 May 2015 06:43:38 EST The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. Tesla's Texas push runs out of juice Fri, 29 May 2015 14:34:48 EST Elon Musk has been shut out of the Lone Star state again. Fiat Chrysler merger email sent to GM and rivals Fri, 29 May 2015 08:45:03 EST Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann confirmed that CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email to GM about a possible tie-up. Elkann said discussions had taken place with other players as well. 2 car salesmen rescue trucker from fiery crash in Minn. Fri, 29 May 2015 13:13:43 EST Two car salesmen from neighboring dealerships in suburban Minneapolis teamed up Wednesday afternoon to save a life. Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries Fri, 29 May 2015 12:24:38 EST Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses. German automakers fear possible UK exit from EU Fri, 29 May 2015 04:42:51 EST As the UK prepares to make a decision on its future within the EU, German companies are beginning to count the cost of a possible exit, with automakers such as BMW possibly having the most to lose. First Shift: A cyber threat on wheels? Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Seeking answers on cybersecurity in cars; TrueCar is sued again; Takata-hearing witnesses; Rebuilding Volvo sales; Green cars, bad roads?; Don't try this at home. Audi targets volume brands to keep China luxury lead Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi expects to offset softening demand for large luxury cars in China by winning sales from volume brands. Younger consumers are switching from midsize models to compact premium cars such as the A3 Sportback, according to company executives. Skoda fined 1.77 million euros for margin fixing Fri, 29 May 2015 06:01:54 EST Skoda has been fined 1.77 million euros for margin fixing with distributors in 2011 and 2012. Volvo plans rapid growth in U.S. with new factory Fri, 29 May 2015 05:05:27 EST Volvo aims to boost the brand's annual U.S. sales to 100,000 vehicles "as soon as possible" with help from a factory the company will open in 2018. The plant could one day build a Geely car, officials said. ANE's June e-magazine goes live Monday Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, June 1. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is not expected to provide an equally large boost to profits. Automotive News Europe salutes Francesco Ciancia Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Fiat Chrysler's Francesco Ciancia. Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies Thu, 28 May 2015 17:21:49 EST As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection. Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production Thu, 28 May 2015 16:10:46 EST Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December. Honda expands airbag recall in Japan Thu, 28 May 2015 04:32:46 EST The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators. BMW recalls vehicles with Takata airbags Thu, 28 May 2015 15:31:27 EST BMW is recalling 420,661 vehicles in the U.S. due to issues involving Takata airbags. The automaker is recalling 20 models to replace driver-side front airbag inflators. May U.S. sales rate forecast to rise to 17.3M Thu, 28 May 2015 11:08:16 EST May is expected to produce the U.S. auto industry's best sales pace since last summer. Forecasts call for a seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate of about 17. J.D. Power to buy NADA Used Car Guide Thu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell an 82-year-old institution, its Used Car Guide business, to J.D. Power. The deal is expected to yield shared cost savings and lead to more comprehensive data and new products. UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia Thu, 28 May 2015 05:03:06 EST UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia. Apple exec adds to chatter that tech company is working on a car Thu, 28 May 2015 05:29:25 EST Apple has increased speculation that it will use its massive cash reserves to work on a car after a senior company executive said a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference. FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls Thu, 28 May 2015 14:17:48 EST Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.8 million vehicles vehicles to its Takata recalls while Ford will add more than 950,000 to its campaigns. Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles. TrueCar faces shareholder suit Thu, 28 May 2015 15:13:03 EST TrueCar's legal woes mounted Wednesday as the online car-buying service was hit with a shareholder lawsuit alleging that it misled its investors about how it does business. AutoNews Now: Cash to crank out Camaros Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST GM pumps cash into Camaro site, Volvo signs S.C. deal; J.D. Power buying NADA Used Car Guide; Sergio's 'gut feeling'; Big hint from Apple?; FCA, BMW, Honda airbag recalls; Step up in Ford trucks? Opel CEO rules out deal with Fiat Thu, 28 May 2015 06:52:19 EST Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has ruled out a deal with Fiat after its CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested carmakers need to consolidate to cut costs. Ford plots dual course as driverless future nears Thu, 28 May 2015 14:30:00 EST Selling cars and trucks won't be enough to keep Ford rolling for a second century, so the company is operating on parallel paths to prepare for self-driving cars and shared vehicles, according to Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Sponsors Hyundai-Kia closely watching FIFA scandal Thu, 28 May 2015 13:57:52 EST In the wake of a U.S. federal investigation of several officials and executives with soccer governing board FIFA, major corporate sponsor Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are keeping a close eye on the matter. Volvo inks plant deal with S.C. Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:46 EST Volvo Cars of North America signed an agreement today with the state of South Carolina, where it will build its first U.S. factory. Sergio's merger talk could mean more heartburn for FCA workers Thu, 28 May 2015 13:29:04 EST Reaction to Sergio Marchionne's campaign to spur mergers has focused on other automakers, who seem notably unenthused, at least in public. But I wonder about the reaction in Marchionne's own house, Fiat Chrysler. GM to invest $175M in Michigan plant to gear up for 2016 Camaro Thu, 28 May 2015 09:30:00 EST General Motors said today that it will invest $175 million in new tooling and equipment to bring production of the Chevrolet Camaro to its assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. GM ignition-switch suits put on ice by U.S. judge, for now Thu, 28 May 2015 06:22:53 EST A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred. Marchionne sees industry merger by 2018 Thu, 28 May 2015 07:10:42 EST FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is convinced a merger in the auto industry will happen before 2018, he said during a visit to the carmaker's Melfi plant in southern Italy. First Shift: Ford: Use our EV patents Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford follows Tesla in offering EV patents to rivals; FCA reduces powertrain warranty; Latest Honda airbag recall; Key figure in GM crisis to face deposition; Stars shine for Kia, Lincoln. Opel will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Thu, 28 May 2015 05:24:34 EST Opel will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity. Automotive News Europe salutes Thomas M. Mueller Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Volvo's Thomas M. Mueller. Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit Wed, 27 May 2015 15:58:23 EST Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty ignition switches now linked to 107 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed today. Toyota keeps title as the most valuable car brand despite airbag recalls denting its worth Wed, 27 May 2015 04:25:12 EST Toyota kept its title as the most valuable car brand in 2015 despite recent airbag recalls denting its worth, according to a study that ranks the top 100 global brands. BMW remained No. 2, while Mercedes was third. Will CFPB's use of disparate impact be altered by Supreme Court housing ruling? Wed, 27 May 2015 12:15:00 EST Will a Supreme Court ruling in a Texas civil rights case alleging the state's housing practices resulted in a disparate impact on African-Americans set a precedent that could affect the CFPB's crackdown on auto lending? Dealership attorneys say the... Ford recalls 423,000 vehicles for power-steering issue Wed, 27 May 2015 10:55:34 EST Ford today said it is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating since last fall. It also issued a smaller recall for a different issue in some 2015 Ford Mustangs. Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a similar change in March by General Motors. %]