Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Canadian GM workers ratify 4-year labor contract http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM01/160929893/canadian-gm-workers-ratify-4-year-labor-contract Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors workers represented by Canadian union Unifor today ratified a four-year contract with the automaker that includes $421 million (C$554 million) in investments and a key change to pension plans for new hires. At GM: 'An engineer in a designer's body' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM03/309269978/at-gm-an-engineer-in-a-designers-body Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At a time when technology is transforming the automobile, newly promoted GM gearhead Mike Simcoe may be the industry's prototypical design chief. Paris Motor Show: It's electric http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM03/309269996/paris-motor-show-its-electric Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla. Automakers tap new partners to bridge tech gap http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160925/ANE/160929958/automakers-tap-new-partners-to-bridge-tech-gap Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are increasingly turning to non-traditional suppliers to bridge the knowledge gap they face as they try to keep pace with rising demand for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving. Automotive News Europe recognizes Mouna Sepehri http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160925/ANE/309259999/automotive-news-europe-recognizes-mouna-sepehri Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Mouna Sepehri of Renault. Autonomous policy will strengthen regulators http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM06/309269991/autonomous-policy-will-strengthen-regulators Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST For the first time, the auto industry has a clear path ahead of it for the development and deployment of self-driving cars. But federal regulators will be right with them, just one lane over. Infiniti still believes in feats of clay http://www.autonews.com/article/20160924/OEM03/309269989/infiniti-still-believes-in-feats-of-clay Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST In a world of digital design, old-school clay models may seem an anachronism that will someday fade away. But Infiniti's top designer says the iconic modeling medium is here to stay. Female execs make big gains in Europe's auto sector http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160924/ANE/160909991/female-execs-make-big-gains-in-europes-auto-sector Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The European automotive industry has also undergone big changes since 2008, especially when it comes to the rise of female executives. Austria brothers aim to help BMW, VW, others tackle Tesla http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160924/ANE/160929929/austria-brothers-aim-to-help-bmw-vw-others-tackle-tesla Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Auto executives from BMW, VW and McLaren are seeking advice from three Austrian brothers who are designing electric cars they say can go faster and further than anything made by Tesla. 2016 Eurostar winner Christoph Grote http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160924/ANE/309249997/2016-eurostar-winner-christoph-grote Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The executives chosen as 2016 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Christoph Grote, who is BMW Group's senior vice president of electronics, is this year's Eurostar winner for Connected Car.  Automotive News Europe honors Barb Samardzich http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160924/ANE/309249998/automotive-news-europe-honors-barb-samardzich Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Barb Samardzich from Ford of Europe. Lincoln's lines fall into place http://www.autonews.com/article/20160924/OEM03/309269977/lincolns-lines-fall-into-place Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Since taking over as Lincoln's design director nearly three years ago, David Woodhouse has launched a design language signified by a unique grille look and classic proportions. McLaren and Apple: Perfect together? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160924/OEM06/309269952/mclaren-and-apple-perfect-together Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST McLaren may be the only carmaker that makes sense for Apple to purchase since it has the benefit of being nimble, focused on high-tech and tuned in to the art of aerodynamics. Cadillac offering buyouts to 400 smaller U.S. dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/RETAIL/160929906/cadillac-offering-buyouts-to-400-smaller-u-s-dealers Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST Cadillac is offering its 400 smallest U.S. dealers as much as $180,000 if they would rather give up their franchise than make the investment necessary to meet a host of new standards being imposed by the brand. Takata failed to report 2003 airbag rupture to NHTSA http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/OEM11/160929900/takata-failed-to-report-2003-airbag-rupture-to-nhtsa Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:06:12 EST Japanese airbag supplier Takata said it failed to inform the U.S. auto safety agency of a 2003 rupture of one of its airbag inflators in Switzerland, according to an internal Takata report released by U.S. regulators on Friday. Eric Peterson, GM's diversity VP, will retire Oct. 1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/OEM02/160929897/eric-peterson-gms-diversity-vp-will-retire-oct-1 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:09:43 EST Eric Peterson, General Motors' vice president of U.S. diversity dealer relations, will retire effective Oct. 1. A successor for the 40-year GM veteran has not been named, a GM spokesman said. AutoNews Now: A way out for Cadillac, dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/VIDEO/309239941/autonews-now-a-way-out-for-cadillac-dealers Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:30:00 EST A way out for Cadillac, and its smallest dealers; Audi chief in the clear?; Subaru global recall; More self-driving taxis; High-tech mail trucks ... and deliveries by drone. Kia sees new Rio as its potential No. 1-seller in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929990/kia-sees-new-rio-as-its-potential-no-1-seller-in-europe Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Kia expects its new Rio subcompact hatchback to become one of its best-selling models in Europe after it goes on sale next year. VW should reduce bosses' pay, activist investor says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929917/vw-should-reduce-bosses-pay-activist-investor-says Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:27:02 EST VW Group should reduce the "huge sums of money" paid to executives and any bonuses should be given in shares, activist investor TCI Fund Management said in a letter to the car company seen by Reuters. PSA, Renault, Suzuki eye stake in Malaysia's Proton http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929918/psa-renault-suzuki-eye-stake-in-malaysias-proton Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:57:38 EST PSA, Renault and Suzuki have signaled interest in a deal with ailing Malaysian automaker Proton, Reuters reported. The brand's owner is seeking to sell a stake in a company that once commanded a 74 percent market share in the country. UAW support for Trump less than recent GOP candidates, Williams says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/OEM01/160929902/uaw-support-for-trump-less-than-recent-gop-candidates-williams-says Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:48:11 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said that about one in four of the union's members favor Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a lower level of support than the UAW gave his 2012 and 2008 predecessors, Mitt Romney and John McCain. Nissan returns to Japan's most exclusive address http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/RETAIL03/160929901/nissan-returns-to-japans-most-exclusive-address Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:36:45 EST Nissan's flagship showroom has returned to Japan's most exclusive, priciest address -- Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, flush with department stores and geisha clubs. Anti-UAW worker group at VW Tennessee plant loses representation http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/OEM01/160929903/anti-uaw-worker-group-at-vw-tennessee-plant-loses-representation Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:01:38 EST A worker group created as an alternative to the UAW at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum membership requirements under the German automaker's labor policy, VW said on Thursday. MG will stop UK production http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929905/mg-will-stop-uk-production Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:19:09 EST MG will stop making cars in the UK this year after its owner, SAIC Motor, decided to move final assembly of the MG3 from Longbridge, central England, to China. The company estimates 25 jobs will be lost. AvtoVAZ's new CEO takes softer line on job cuts http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929911/avtovazs-new-ceo-takes-softer-line-on-job-cuts Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:14:03 EST AvtoVAZ has a civic responsibility to preserve Russian jobs, the company's new CEO, Nicolas Maure, told Reuters, rowing back on a politically sensitive policy of redundancies in the face of plummeting sales and record losses. VW emissions inquiry has found no evidence against Audi CEO, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929909/vw-emissions-inquiry-has-found-no-evidence-against-audi-ceo-report Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:36:17 EST Investigators looking into Volkswagen Group's diesel-emissions scandal have found no suspicious facts against Rupert Stadler, the head of Audi, Reuters reported. Toyota's Japan ad agency Dentsu to repay advertising overcharges http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/RETAIL03/160929912/toyotas-japan-ad-agency-dentsu-to-repay-advertising-overcharges Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:52:40 EST Ad agency Dentsu will pay an estimated 230 million yen ($2.3 million) back to customers, including Toyota, that it overcharged for Internet advertisements in a case likely to stoke concern that digital media transactions have lacked transparency. Honda projects declining U.S. auto sales to 'good industry' pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/RETAIL01/160929913/honda-projects-declining-u-s-auto-sales-to-good-industry-pace Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:39:33 EST Auto sales in the U.S. may not set a record this year and will probably decline from 2015's record in the coming years, said Honda's top American sales executive. Tesla cranks up pressure to end ban on direct auto sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/RETAIL/160929914/tesla-cranks-up-pressure-to-end-ban-on-direct-auto-sales Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:17:04 EST Tesla Motors is cranking up the pressure to sell electric cars directly to customers, after filing its first federal lawsuit over the practice on the home turf of General Motors and Ford. First Shift: A sedate outlook on U.S. sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20160923/VIDEO/309239940/first-shift-a-sedate-outlook-on-u-s-sales Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda exec offers sedate outlook on U.S. sales; Setback for VW worker group in Tenn.; Latest Golf production glitch; Equinox goes diesel; Smart EVs; Age of never-ending recall? Knorr-Bremse raises Haldex stake to nearly 15% http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929915/knorr-bremse-raises-haldex-stake-to-nearly-15 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:09:38 EST German braking systems firm Knorr-Bremse says it has raised its stake in competitor Haldex to 14.9 percent, further intensifying an on-going bidding war over the Swedish firm with Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen. ZF owns a 21.2 percent stake in Haldex. Bentley's first diesel to debut in early 2017 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929930/bentleys-first-diesel-to-debut-in-early-2017 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley's first diesel-powered car #8211; which arrives in early 2017 #8211; will also be the most affordable and most economical version of its new Bentayga SUV. Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929960/audi-bmw-jaguar-give-midsize-premium-segment-a-lift Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models from Audi, Jaguar and BMW. The sector is likely to remain hot for years to come, according to a top analyst. Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/160929986/volvo-names-new-electrics-electronics-boss Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the automaker embarks on ambitious plans to add self-driving and full-electric vehicles to its lineup. 2016 Eurostar winner Phil Swash http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/309169998/2016-eurostar-winner-phil-swash Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The executives chosen as 2016 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Phil Swash, who is CEO of GKN Driveline, is this year's Eurostar winner for Supplier Division CEO. Automotive News Europe salutes Judith Richardson http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160923/ANE/309239999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-judith-richardson Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Judith Richardson of Nissan Europe. Chevy will equip next Equinox with diesel engine in global push http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM04/160929920/chevy-will-equip-next-equinox-with-diesel-engine-in-global-push Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:00:00 EST The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be shorter and lighter than the model it replaces and will be the first compact crossover offered in the U.S. with a diesel engine, General Motors said late Thursday. VW vows to fix all diesels with defeat device in Europe by '17 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160922/ANE/160929933/vw-vows-to-fix-all-diesels-with-defeat-device-in-europe-by-17 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:46:56 EST VW Group pledged to fix all diesel cars equipped with illicit engine software in Europe by autumn 2017, the European Commission said after talks with the carmaker. VW has repaired less than 10 percent of the 8. FCA is next target for Unifor labor talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM01/160929924/fca-is-next-target-for-unifor-labor-talks Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:30:19 EST Canadian union Unifor today selected Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as its next target in negotiations with the Detroit 3. Negotiations will begin if the union's tentative deal with General Motors is ratified when workers vote on Sunday. Postal Service names six finalists to design next delivery vehicle http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM01/160929921/postal-service-names-six-finalists-to-design-next-delivery-vehicle Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:10:46 EST The U.S. Postal Service has named six companies as finalists in a competition to design its delivery vehicle of the future. A total of $37.4 million will be divided among the six companies, which will produce about 50 prototypes. Smart to offer EVs and traditional engines across the lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM04/160929923/smart-to-offer-evs-and-traditional-engines-across-the-lineup Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:00 EST Smart will become the only major auto brand to offer its entire model lineup with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive, Mercedes-Benz said today. Tesla sues Michigan in U.S. court over direct sales ban http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM05/160929927/tesla-sues-michigan-in-u-s-court-over-direct-sales-ban Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:22:49 EST Tesla Motors is suing the State of Michigan in federal court over its law banning the direct sales of vehicles to consumers. Expert sees $5 billion opportunity for in-car autonomous car content http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM06/160929922/expert-sees-5-billion-opportunity-for-in-car-autonomous-car-content Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:59:33 EST The autonomous vehicle content delivery industry could be worth up to $5 billion, said Elliot Garbus, general manager of the transportation solutions division at Intel, at an event hosted by SAE International in suburban Detroit earlier this week. AutoNews Now: Bolt offers chance to redeem EV1 missteps http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/VIDEO/309229977/autonews-now-bolt-offers-chance-to-redeem-ev1-missteps Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:45:00 EST Chevy Bolt offers chance to redeem EV1 missteps; Unifor's next target: FCA; In D.C., debating the costs, benefits of MPG boost; Tesla sues Mich.; Vacuum cleaners, fans and EVs? Toyota says ad agency Dentsu disclosed 'irregularities' around transactions in Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/RETAIL03/160929926/toyota-says-ad-agency-dentsu-disclosed-irregularities-around Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:05:05 EST Toyota says its longtime advertising partner, Japanese agency giant Dentsu, has informed it of "irregularities" related to some digital media business transactions. How Jerry Dias convinced GM to invest in Canada again http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG30/309229950/how-jerry-dias-convinced-gm-to-invest-in-canada-again Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:47:18 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias' top goal in negotiations with General Motors was to buck a trend: the shift of auto investments away from Canada toward Mexico. On that, it appears he will be successful. But how? How Jerry Dias convinced GM to invest in Canada again http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG06/160929925/how-jerry-dias-convinced-gm-to-invest-in-canada-again Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:47:18 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias' top goal in negotiations with General Motors was to buck a trend: the shift of auto investments away from Canada toward Mexico. On that, it appears he will be successful. But how? Robot rides may force error-prone human motorists off the road http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/OEM06/160929928/robot-rides-may-force-error-prone-human-motorists-off-the-road Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:47:56 EST New rules of the road for robot cars coming out of Washington this week could lead to the eventual extinction of one of the defining archetypes of the past century: the human driver. First Shift: GM Oshawa to finish pickups - report http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/VIDEO/309229976/first-shift-gm-oshawa-to-finish-pickups-report Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:30:00 EST GM to send pickups to Oshawa under labor deal - report; Automakers raise concerns about 2025 CAFE goal; Raise MPG, lose jobs?; Smart move by NYPD; Answering self-driving skeptics. UK car output rises 9%, but Brexit worries remain http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160922/ANE/160929931/uk-car-output-rises-9-but-brexit-worries-remain Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:40:06 EST UK car production rose 9.1 percent in August, but a leading industry group has cautioned that future growth will depend on Britain continuing to trade competitively after its vote to leave the European Union on June 23.