Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:11:29 EST Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Car payment holidays hurt consumers, lender warns Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Consumer auto payment holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be. Though it can be a helpful bit of cash in the short-term, it will hurt borrowers financially in the long run, subprime lender Prestige Financial warns. Why CFPB reform bill could face tougher challenge in the Senate Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change. Easy does it when selling FandI products Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Dealers, when selling FandI products, don't count pressuring the customer as an effective sales technique. Too much pressure to buy FandI products leads to slightly lower close rates. Think products, not dollars Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:17:53 EST Set an FandI product goal per retail unit, instead of a dollars-per-unit target. Then offer a range of FandI products with your per-unit goal in mind, advises FandI expert George Angus. VW scandal offset by refugee boost in German economy Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:36:06 EST The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth. Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:17:17 EST Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier. VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recall despite simpler fixes Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:50:29 EST VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8. First Shift: Takata U.S. staffers saw trouble coming Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Takata U.S. staffers saw trouble coming; Toyota reissues recall; Sharper Kia Cadenza; Ford fights drugged driving; 'Quiet car' rule delayed. Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:04:20 EST The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc. Chinese automaker Dongfeng removes president under graft suspicion Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:43:09 EST Dongfeng Motor Group said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position, after the government launched an investigation on him for suspected graft earlier this month. PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next year Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China. Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:10:06 EST Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:28:52 EST Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017. U.S. House passes bill revoking CFPB auto lending guidance; Senate, Obama pose hurdles Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A bill that would limit the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance passed the House of Representatives last week by a 332-96 vote. But the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate and from President Obama. North America production downtime overtime - 11-30-15 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Customer Incentives Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:46:46 EST The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous. EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:59:23 EST Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests --... VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:48:16 EST German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified. Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:16:01 EST Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels. GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:27:59 EST GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups. Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:59:37 EST Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:33 EST This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds. U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:54:33 EST U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing. FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:24:08 EST Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today. Rivian Automotive to build randd center for high-tech vehicles in Mich. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:26:09 EST Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn randd center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley. AutoNews Now: Honda readies curvy Ridgeline for battle Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda readies curvy Ridgeline for battle; GM needs more capacity, talks to AM General; Audi RS 7's uphill climb; Deadly distracted drivers; U.S. autonomous acceptance. GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:42:52 EST General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and... Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:24:32 EST Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today. 2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:49:55 EST Kia Motors unveiled today the exterior of the redesigned, sportier 2017 Cadenza luxury car, which will go on sale next year. The new Cadenza, known as the K7 in Korea, has a sharper, more angular look than the 2016 version. 2016 Toyota Prius: Adroit, more composed but no 'autocross special' Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:45:34 EST Toyota has redesigned the Prius hybrid for 2016, changing everything. It's more fuel efficient than the outgoing model; it handles better; and the interior is upgraded. But it has picked up weight and is no faster than the outgoing model. Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 EST Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January. VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:14:13 EST The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. First Shift: Lady Gaga and the '16 Prius Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Lady Gaga and the Prius; Audi sees software fix for 3-liter diesels; U.S. sales look strong in Nov.; Tesla's cheaper Model X; JLR ditches Detroit, Defender EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:54:18 EST The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group. Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:47:49 EST The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said. Honda's Prelude dawns Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The Honda Prelude, one of the Japanese automaker's first attempts at a fun, sporty car, goes on sale in Japan on Nov. 24, 1978. Audi's race to the top; Nissan channels Tarantino Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi pits an RS 7 in a test for the best against ... an elevator. Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said. GM's Barra: Tapping into ideas from Silicon Valley Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra comments on lessons from mom; girls who shy away from math; slicing a 10-page policy down to two words; tapping millennials to erase stupid habits; taking regular trips to Silicon Valley. Audi to revise emissions control software in U.S. vehicles with 3.0-liter engines Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:09:59 EST Audi said today that it will revise emissions control software used on more than 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that U.S regulators said earlier this month violated U.S. clean air laws. Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST When it goes on sale in late 2016 or early 2017, Scion's C-HR will tap into the global thirst for all things crossover. Technology upgrades zoom into small cars Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation. Chip Perry, TrueCar's new CEO, seeks to rebuild dealers' trust Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Chip Perry said his goal as the new CEO of TrueCar will be to win back the trust of auto dealers. Perry, 62, who helped build AutoTrader from a start-up venture into a $1 billion shopping site, was named CEO of TrueCar earlier today. PSA, TandE to co-publish real-world fuel-use data Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:45:18 EST PSA will cooperate with Brussels-based green lobby group Transport and Environment to measure and publish the real-world fuel consumption of its vehicles, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Tesla offers less powerful Model X for $80,000 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 EST Tesla plans 90D and 70D variants of the Model X crossover, the latter of which will include a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a sticker price of $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge. Car designers come from everywhere Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST University of Louisiana - Layfayette grad and Ford clay modeler Jason Mosery shows how Detroit is seeking talent beyond Detroit's College for Creative Studies or Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. JLR won't attend Detroit auto show Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover of North America says it will skip next year's Detroit auto show in January to concentrate on other international shows. 7 years' worth of VW diesels now under scrutiny Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week was supposed to bring some measure of clarity to Volkswagen's emissions fiasco. %]