Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 EST Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/170229853/daimler-picks-u-s-trucks-chief-daum-to-replace-bernhard Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:51:45 EST Daimler AG has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operations, replacing departed chief Wolfgang Bernhard. Mexico warns U.S. it'll cut off NAFTA talks if tariffs proposed http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM01/170229854/mexico-warns-u-s-itll-cut-off-nafta-talks-if-tariffs-proposed Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:24:24 EST Mexico's top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas on any products from south of the border. Tesla shares slump after Goldman downgrade http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM05/170229858/tesla-shares-slump-after-goldman-downgrade Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:05:55 EST Tesla shares fell more than 4 percent in midday trading today after Goldman Sachs turned negative on the stock and cast doubt on CEO Elon Musk's ability to deliver the company's new vehicle on time. GM dials up discounts on pickups as rivals tread on turf http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL/170229860/gm-dials-up-discounts-on-pickups-as-rivals-tread-on-turf Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:30:00 EST GM boosted incentives on big pickup models this month after its biggest foes gained ground, intensifying a price war within the U.S. auto market's most hotly contested segment. VW's Seat sees strong 2017 sales after jump in first two months http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170227/ANE/170229857/vws-seat-sees-strong-2017-sales-after-jump-in-first-two-months Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00:46 EST VW Group's Seat brand expects strong sales this year after deliveries grew by double-digit percentages in the first two months, thanks to new models and demand from southern Europe. Wanted man: Jobs he might have had http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279956/wanted-man-jobs-he-might-have-had Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The partnership that Carlos Ghosn orchestrated turned him into a superstar who nearly became General Motors' savior a decade ago and who was courted twice by Ford Motor Co. First Shift: New look at self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/VIDEO/302279921/first-shift-new-look-at-self-driving-cars Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:30:00 EST U.S. to review guidance on self-driving cars; Honda prioritizes size, price over range for Clarity EV; Takata to face judge; Most track-capable Camaro; Subaru hoping Impreza will impress Gen Y. Wayland joins Automotive News http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279959/wayland-joins-automotive-news Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has hired Michael Wayland, a veteran of The Detroit News and MLive Media Group, as a staff reporter. To reduce distractions, bring back knobs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM11/302279997/to-reduce-distractions-bring-back-knobs Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S. traffic deaths rose again in 2016 to an estimated 40,200, the highest number in a decade, according to figures compiled by the National Safety Council. Buy American' is a tune for the bad old days http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM01/302279998/buy-american-is-a-tune-for-the-bad-old-days Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST We believe in America. Don't question that for a moment. But UAW President Dennis Williams' talk of a "Buy American" ad campaign is one of those insipid '80s tunes we can't seem to tap our toes to. We don&'t need mechanics anymore http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL05/302279996/we-don-t-need-mechanics-anymore Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As automotive systems get more and more complex, it will become even more important to have service techs who are really good at using diagnostic tools and making sure that they know what really needs replacing, writes Keith Crain. Peugeot concept highlights self-driving, connectivity advances http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170227/ANE/170229873/peugeot-concept-highlights-self-driving-connectivity-advances Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Peugeot will highlight its autonomous technology at the upcoming Geneva auto show with a self-driving shooting-brake concept called the Instinct. Six daring products that Ghosn championed http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279955/six-daring-products-that-ghosn-championed Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Since Carlos Ghosn's 1999 arrival at Nissan, he has signed off on some daring product initiatives Carlos Ghosn, in his own words http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279954/carlos-ghosn-in-his-own-words Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Comments from Carlos Ghosn for interviews with Automotive News over the years http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/an5683922134BBVKP http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/FEATURES/302279945/http-www-nxtbook-com-nxtbooks-crain-an5683922134bbvkp Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST How to get kids to care about the future of cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/PODCAST/170229878/how-to-get-kids-to-care-about-the-future-of-cars Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Start children on the path to becoming the next great automotive inventor -- with advice from Tony Fadell, a co-creator of some of Apple's biggest products. Mercedes may join U.S. midsize-pickup party http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279973/mercedes-may-join-u-s-midsize-pickup-party Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The U.S. midsize pickup segment is undergoing a sales resurgence and an accompanying product blitz. It may get even more crowded as German executives last week hinted that the Mercedes-Benz X class might come to the U.S. The millennials are coming http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL/302279963/the-millennials-are-coming Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST So you thought millennials didn't care about owning cars? Think again. They're the fastest-growing segment among vehicle buyers and are likely to represent about 40 percent of the U.S. new car market by 2020. Ferrari beast, Porsche wagon to star in Geneva http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279985/ferrari-beast-porsche-wagon-to-star-in-geneva Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Next week's Geneva auto show will highlight a mix of supercars, everyday models and cars you never expected, such as a Porsche station wagon and a Mercedes-Benz pickup. Millennials won't compromise on technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL/302279966/millennials-wont-compromise-on-technology Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Millennials are at ease with digital technology. That makes the 18- to 34-year-olds less willing to compromise on the features they want, experts say. PSA takes 1st step back into N.A. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279976/psa-takes-1st-step-back-into-n-a Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA Group, with plans on re-entering the North American market, will be a partner in a ride-sharing service set to begin in April at airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles. MOBILITY REPORT: How to sell mobility services http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279978/mobility-report-how-to-sell-mobility-services Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers are going all in on mobility, but it will take more than big investments to get new services off the ground. New GM is real, but hasn't shed some old habits http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM/302279951/new-gm-is-real-but-hasnt-shed-some-old-habits Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST There's a new General Motors today aggressively reshaping itself to compete in the emerging connectivity-car sharing-autonomous space. But sometimes it's difficult to see New GM. Old GM gets in the way. Innovative automotive suppliers vie for PACE Awards http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM10/302279993/innovative-automotive-suppliers-vie-for-pace-awards Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The Automotive News PACE Awards this year spotlight 34 product and process innovations from suppliers. Chicago Auto Show memories roar back http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM03/170229909/chicago-auto-show-memories-roar-back Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The Chicago auto show was inspiring, writes one reader. Honda settles for an 80-mile EV http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM05/302279968/honda-settles-for-an-80-mile-ev Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda's Clarity all-electric model debuting this spring will have only about 80 miles of range on a single charge, Automotive News has learned. Ghosn's 18 years of epic battles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279957/ghosns-18-years-of-epic-battles Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST In the course of running Nissan Motor Co. for 18 years, Carlos Ghosn has racked up a long list of battles and dramas, many of them at his own instigation. Errant email lands Uber in court http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279952/errant-email-lands-uber-in-court Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Waymo said an inadvertent email sent its way gave it enough evidence to sue Uber for intellectual property theft Can Toyota stave off CarPlay, Android Auto? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM06/302279971/can-toyota-stave-off-carplay-android-auto Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST What makes Toyota's new infotainment system stand out from the rest of the industry? It still doesn't accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Forward thinker http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279969/forward-thinker Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares said buying Opel would quickly create significant savings for both companies and lift their combined annual sales to as many as 5 million. Mendel's exit at Honda elevates U.S. newcomer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279967/mendels-exit-at-honda-elevates-u-s-newcomer Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Tucked beneath the headlines last week about John Mendel's retirement from Honda were other several other key personnel changes that will shape the company's path moving forward. Hacking hoax tests security protocols http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL07/170229874/hacking-hoax-tests-security-protocols Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A claim that a team of hackers had gained access to troves of dealerships' sensitive consumer data spooked dealership software giants. The claim was a hoax. Taking the car out after 40 years http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM11/302279947/taking-the-car-out-after-40-years Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST An old Jeep Wagoneer was left in a beachfront garage out toward the end of Cape Cod in the 1970s. And As long-term parking goes, this could have gone better. You didn't build that. But you helped. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM01/302279948/you-didnt-build-that-but-you-helped Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST People end up paying a lot just for the badge on a luxury vehicle or sports car. Using their noggins to avoid Noggles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM03/302279949/using-their-noggins-to-avoid-noggles Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The chief engineer of the 2018 GMC Terrain challenged interior designers to step up their efforts in keeping with the new exterior design. Mendel's next move: Spirited retirement http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/302279950/mendels-next-move-spirited-retirement Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST John Mendel approached American Honda CEO Toshiaki Mikoshiba nine months ago to put his departure in motion. Auction houses cope with crowded lots http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL04/302279989/auction-houses-cope-with-crowded-lots Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Investments in technology and analytics help auctions move vehicles through the system faster, but the remarketing industry should not lose sight of the importance of asphalt, says Tom Webb, Manheim chief economist. AutoNation captures growth of millennials http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL07/302279965/autonation-captures-growth-of-millennials Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As a percentage of its new-vehicle sales, millennials grew from 9 percent in 2010 to 22 percent through the third quarter last year, Autonation found. Uber confronts dark side of Silicon Valley culture http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/MOBILITY/302279975/uber-confronts-dark-side-of-silicon-valley-culture Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Maybe it was some hard-earned experience that led Uber's CEO to respond quickly to the company's latest PR setback: a former engineer's claims of sexist treatment from company managers. Conn. auction bill 'deader than dead' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL04/302279986/conn-auction-bill-deader-than-dead Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A proposed Connecticut bill that would have required auctions to post their fees conspicuously has been dropped from consideration following pushback from local auction houses, according to a proponent of the bill. A spa with a service bay http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL07/302279999/a-spa-with-a-service-bay Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST It's easy to mistake the amenities at Big Two Toyota in Chandler, Ariz., for those at a high-end resort and spa. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM02/170229877/obituaries Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Bob White, one of the founders of the Canadian Auto Workers, died at the age of 81. Michigan dealer Dick Huvaere died at the age of 72. XC40 strongly resembles Volvo family members http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279953/xc40-strongly-resembles-volvo-family-members Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's XC40 baby crossover won't be all that different from its larger siblings. A major face-lift for Buick Enclave http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM04/302279958/a-major-face-lift-for-buick-enclave Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The next-generation Enclave is expected to debut in April at the New York auto show and arrive in showrooms around midyear. Why did they buy? Millennials explain http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL/302279964/why-did-they-buy-millennials-explain Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Two millennial buyers explain their decisions to purchase a new car. EPA boosts VW e-Golf mpg, range ratings for '17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM06/302279972/epa-boosts-vw-e-golf-mpg-range-ratings-for-17 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor helped boost the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf's mpg and range ratings. Land Rover's Velar to take on Porsche's Macan http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM03/302279960/land-rovers-velar-to-take-on-porsches-macan Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Land Rover will challenge the Porsche Macan with a new crossover to be called the Velar. Cadillac revamps CUE infotainment in response to customer complaints http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/OEM06/302279988/cadillac-revamps-cue-infotainment-in-response-to-customer-complaints Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys. Dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL07/170229885/dealers Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A look at dealer awards handed out to Ford, Honda and Mazda dealerships. Credit union liable for unpaid judgment against dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/LEGALFILE/302279980/credit-union-liable-for-unpaid-judgment-against-dealership Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A credit union is on the hook for a large chunk of an unpaid trial award a closed Buick-GMC store owed the buyer of a 2006 Nissan Altima.