Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:00:00 EST Audi recalling 1.16 million vehicles worldwide over coolant pump issue http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/OEM01/180429892/audi-recall-coolant-pump-safety Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:48:15 EST Audi said it was recalling more than a million vehicles worldwide because of concerns that an electric coolant pump could overheat or short-circuit from moisture within the pump and pose a fire risk. Mercedes seeks to keep China luxury lead with stretched A class http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/COPY01/304249979/beijing-auto-show-mercedes-a-class-luxury Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:30:00 EST Mercedes aims to widen the brand's appeal to Chinese buyers with a long-wheelbase version of its latest A class. Asbury's Q1 net jumps 18 percent http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/RETAIL/180429895/asburys-q1-net-jumps-18-percent Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:19:20 EST Asbury Automotive's first-quarter profits jumped 18 percent, driven by FandI and parts and service gains, on a revenue increase approaching 4 percent. Chrysler adds another exotic Italian brand to stable http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/CCHISTORY/180429913/chrysler-adds-another-exotic-italian-brand-to-stable Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Chrysler Corp. acquires another Italian supercar maker, Lamborghini, for a reported $25 million on April 23, 1987. 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster: Orange lightning strikes again http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/CRITICS_CORNER/180429897/lamborghini-aventador-s-roadster-first-drives Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:37:21 EST Joining Lamborghini's high-powered lineup for the 2018 model year is the Aventador S Roadster. The exotic is powered by a 740 hp V-12 engine and Lamborghini notes that it is the only midrear-engine V-12 roadster. A farewell toast to the Jeep 'JK' Wrangler http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/BLOG06/180429898/jeep-bids-farewell-to-jk-era-wrangler Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:30:00 EST The two-door Jeep Wrangler JK and four-door Wrangler Unlimited JKU represent the bookend of a game-changing, if initially flawed, vehicle that was far successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams and unmatched by rivals. Ford's 2019 Focus ST will pack 2.3-liter EcoBoost motor http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/BLOG06/304249999/fords-2019-focus-st-will-pack-2-3-liter-ecoboost-motor Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:15:00 EST The next generation Ford Focus ST, which is expected to debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, a British media report says, up from the current 2.00-liter turbo. Once an industry joke, electric buses start to dent oil demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/OEM05/180429904/byd-electric-buses-oil-demand Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:47:33 EST Suddenly, buses with battery-powered motors are a serious matter with the potential to revolutionize city transport -- and add to the forces reshaping the energy industry. Flying taxi start-up hires designer behind modern Mini, Fiat 500 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/OEM02/180429908/flying-taxi-startup-hires-designer Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:12:39 EST Lilium, a startup with ambitions to put electric "flying taxis" in the air next decade, has hired Frank Stephenson, the designer behind several iconic cars such as the Mini, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1. GM, Volvo team with Amazon to deliver packages to customers' cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/COPY01/304249998/gm-amazon-volvo-package-delivery-service Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:00:00 EST General Motors and Volvo have partnered with Amazon to offer customers in-vehicle delivery of packages in the United States. Ferrari pushes possible EV launch beyond 2022 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/COPY01/304249978/ferrari-ev-launch-2022-frankfurt Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:36:07 EST Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne says the supercar brand will not launch a full-electric car until after its next business plan ends in 2022. Volvo, Amazon debut U.S. in-car delivery service http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429916/volvo-amazon-debut-u-s-in-car-delivery-service Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:00:00 EST Volvo is expanding its in-car package delivery delivery service that operates in three European countries to the U.S. after partnering with Amazon. PSA's conflict over Opel factory is 'short-term' pain, Tavares says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429900/psas-conflict-over-opel-factory-is-short-term-pain-tavares-says Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:11:31 EST Talks between PSA and the German union IG Metall over the future of Opel's factory at Eisenach are a necessary short-term pain, CEO Carlos Tavares told PSA shareholders. Melrose gets green light from UK for GKN takeover http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429901/melrose-gets-green-light-from-uk-for-gkn-takeover Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:58:16 EST UK Business Minister Greg Clark said there were no national security grounds to intervene in turnaround specialist Melrose's takeover of British engineering company GKN, giving the deal the green light from government. Mercedes seeks to keep China luxury lead with stretched A class http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429910/mercedes-seeks-to-keep-china-luxury-lead-with-stretched-a-class Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:54:10 EST Mercedes aims to widen the brand's appeal to Chinese buyers with a long-wheelbase version of its latest A class. VW's China JVs plan $18 billion in tech spending http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429902/vws-china-jvs-plan-18-billion-in-tech-spending Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:32:49 EST VW Group's China JVs will bolster spending in the next five years to a total of $18 billion as the automaker seeks an edge in producing self-driving vehicles and EVs in the market. Mercedes-Maybach is betting on a hybrid SUV-sedan look http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/COPY01/304249983/beijing-auto-show-mercedes-mayback-electric-suv-concept Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EST Mercedes is betting on a hybrid SUV-sedan to attract wealthy Chinese buyers to its Maybach ultraluxury brand. First Shift: Amazon launches in-car deliveries with GM, Volvo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/VIDEO/304249994/first-shift-amazon-launches-in-car-deliveries-with-gm-volvo Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:00:00 EST Amazon, GM, Volvo launch in-car deliveries; Historic shift in dealer ad spending; In Beijing: Ultraluxury from Mercedes, a new platform for Infiniti; Something to buzz about at Toyota. PSA first-quarter revenue jumps 42% on Opel-Vauxhall acquisition http://www.autonews.com/article/20180424/COPY01/304249980/psa-earnings-quarter-acquisition-opel-vauxhall Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:51:19 EST PSA revenue rose 42 percent to 18 billion euros ($22 billion) in the first quarter, lifted by its acquisition of Opel-Vauxhall last year. China's ride-hailing firm Didi wants to develop 'purpose-built' cars with automakers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429905/chinas-ride-hailing-firm-didi-wants-to-develop-purpose-built-cars Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:15:03 EST Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is exploring ways of collaborating with established automakers and parts suppliers to jointly develop cars purpose-built for its services. PSA first-quarter revenue jumps 42% on Opel/Vauxhall acquisition http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429912/psa-first-quarter-revenue-jumps-42-on-opel-vauxhall-acquisition Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:51:19 EST PSA's revenue rose 42 percent to 18 billion euros ($22 billion) in the first quarter, lifted by its acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall last year. Ford will offer Focus with fuel-saving 48-volt hybrid system http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429965/ford-will-offer-focus-with-fuel-saving-48-volt-hybrid-system Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford will introduce a 48-volt mild-hybrid version of the new Focus for customers who want a power boost while also saving fuel. VW's sales momentum positive in all regions, Diess says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429906/vws-sales-momentum-positive-in-all-regions-diess-says Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:34:55 EST VW Group is on track for profitable growth this year in all regions thanks to positive sales momentum at the start of 2018, CEO Herbert Diess said. Skoda aims Kamiq at China's booming SUV market http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429907/skoda-aims-kamiq-at-chinas-booming-suv-market Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:51:01 EST Skoda aims to capture a larger share of China's booming SUV market with its new Kamiq aimed at buyers in cities. Ferrari pushes possible EV launch beyond 2022 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429911/ferrari-pushes-possible-ev-launch-beyond-2022 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:36:07 EST Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne says the supercar brand will not launch a full-electric car until after its next business plan ends in 2022. Marchionne has said Ferrari's first hybrid will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in 2019. Flying taxi start-up hires designer behind modern Mini, Fiat 500 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/COPY/304249982/flying-taxi-startup-hires-designer Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:12:39 EST Lilium, a startup with ambitions to put electric "flying taxis" in the air next decade, has hired Frank Stephenson, the designer behind several iconic cars such as the Mini, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1. Mercedes-Maybach is betting on a hybrid SUV-sedan look http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180424/ANE/180429909/mercedes-maybach-is-betting-on-a-hybrid-suv-sedan-look Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:06:58 EST Mercedes is betting on a hybrid SUV-sedan look to attract wealthy Chinese buyers to its Maybach ultraluxury brand. Car dealers competing with brands in auto subscription business http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/RETAIL07/180429963/car-dealers-monthly-auto-subscriptions Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Some dealers are offering subscription programs to ensure they remain relevant as automakers also experiment with the business model. Car dealers fixated on costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/RETAIL07/180429943/car-dealerships-cost-cutting Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Dealers are increasingly cutting costs across the board this year to offset narrowing margins, rising expenses and a potential economic downturn. Washington angles to check CFPB's power http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180429937/cfpb-regulation-republican-minorities Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Congressional efforts to limit the CFPB's power are moving in parallel with similar efforts by its leader. California bill would add muscle to franchise laws http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/RETAIL07/180429932/california-franchise-laws Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST A wide-ranging California bill that aims to strengthen the state's existing new-car dealer franchise laws is scheduled to have its first committee hearing today. Nissan's Infiniti readies platform for electrified cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM04/180429918/infiniti-electric-china-platform-nissan Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:36:50 EST Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand will introduce an all-new platform for its entire range when it shifts to exclusively electrified powertrains in 2021. Opel CEO says German investments hinge on improving competitiveness http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180423/ANE/180429922/opel-ceo-says-german-investments-hinge-on-improving-competitiveness Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:10:13 EST Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller reaffirmed that the automaker's new owner, PSA, wants to invest in Germany and keep open factories if it can reach an agreement with workers to improve their competitiveness. VW's internal handling of emissions scandal 'unsatisfactory,' U.S. monitor finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/COPY01/304239972/vws-internal-handling-of-emissions-scandal-unsatisfactory-u-s Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:23:53 EST VW's independent monitor, former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, has criticized the automaker's internal response to its emissions scandal, a German newspaper report said. Gentex Q1 net income up 14 percent as revenue softens http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM10/180429915/gentex-first-quarter-profits-rise Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:53:36 EST Gentex said its first-quarter net income surged 14 percent from a year earlier as the mirror and electronics supplier managed to boost mirror deliveries despite a production glitch. AutoNews Now: Will lease deal give new Accord a boost? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/VIDEO/304239983/autonews-now-will-lease-deal-give-new-accord-a-boost Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:30:00 EST Will lease deal give Accord a boost?; Court rules against delaying CAFE penalty hike; Ford's 2-cylinder feat; Peek at Cadillac XT6, Mercedes-Maybach SUV; When Kanye tweeted Elon. Court blocks Trump effort to delay boost in 'gas guzzler' fines http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM11/180429917/trump-court-blocks-gas-guzzler-fines Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:20:37 EST Automakers will face steeper penalties if they fall short of annual federal fuel economy targets after an appeals court blocked a Trump administration move to delay a scheduled increase in the fines. Trump may tie Mexican immigration control to NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM01/180429920/trump-mexico-nafta-immigration-politics Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:16:23 EST President Trump threatened to make Mexican immigration control a condition of a new NAFTA agreement, saying the southern neighbor must stop illegal immigrants from getting into the United States. Cadillac XT6 taking shape http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM04/180429935/cadillac-spy-xt6-suv Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's next all-new vehicle -- the XT6 -- is taking shape and taking to the road for testing. Activist investor turns up heat on Hyundai http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM01/180429926/activist-investor-turns-up-heat-on-hyundai Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:27:25 EST Activist hedge fund Elliott Management dismissed Hyundai Motor Group's restructuring plan as insufficient on Monday and called on the South Korean conglomerate to adopt a holding company strategy and appoint more independent board members. When in China, do as Didi does http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/BLOG06/180429923/china-didi-hans-greimel Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:09:13 EST Didi is the force to reckon with in Chinese ride hailing. During my current visit for this week's Beijing auto show, I came prepared. With the Didi's English-version app downloaded and ready to go on my iPhone, I set out in the city. First Shift: Hedge fund pushes Hyundai to add board seats http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/VIDEO/304239982/first-shift-hedge-fund-pushes-hyundai-to-add-board-seats Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:00 EST Fund seeks Hyundai board changes; GM Korea averts bankruptcy; Toyota raises Avalon base price $2K; Independent monitor blasts VW; Ford nixes GM 9-speed; Standing by stick shifts. 2019 Toyota Avalon gets price bump after redesign http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM04/180429924/2019-toyota-avalon-price Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:40:56 EST The fifth-generation Toyota Avalon that goes on sale next month as a 2019 model shares almost nothing with the previous generation, including the pricing. GM Korea, union reach tentative wage deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/OEM01/180429925/gm-korea-union-wage-deal Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:56:26 EST GM's South Korean unit said that it has reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union, meeting a key condition laid down by the automaker to prevent it filing for bankruptcy. Texas' Reagor Dykes group climbs used-car ranks http://www.autonews.com/article/20180423/RETAIL04/180429986/reagor-dykes-auto-group-lubbock-used-cars Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Reagor Dykes Auto Group, a budding powerhouse on Automotive News' list of the top 100 dealership groups in used retail sales, sells well beyond its west Texas base. VW may face billion-euro damages claim from Bosnian supplier http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180423/ANE/180429927/vw-may-face-billion-euro-damages-claim-from-bosnian-supplier Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:23:18 EST VW may face a damages claim for billions of euros from Prevent Group after the automaker canceled its contracts with the supplier following a dispute that forced VW to halt production at six German factories. Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20180423/CUTAWAY01/304209987/suppliers-to-the-new-porsche-718-cayman Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the third-generation Porsche Cayman began in July 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group's plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany. Output peaked at more than 10,200 units in 2017, according to IHS Markit. Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180423/BLOG15/180429967/why-it-wont-be-easy-for-global-automakers-to-part-with-chinese Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domestic automakers. But a complete separation will be hard for nearly all global brands that manufacture in China. GM brings Cadillac back into the fold http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180423/COPY/304239995/cadillac-de-nysschen-carlisle-gm-executive Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST In ousting Johan de Nysschen and replacing him with Steve Carlisle, a company loyalist in the vein of CEO Mary Barra, GM appears to be signaling its desire to bring Cadillac back into the fold under a single, unified corporate vision that emphasizes... VW's internal handling of emissions scandal 'unsatisfactory,' U.S. monitor finds http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180423/ANE/180429928/vws-internal-handling-of-emissions-scandal-unsatisfactory-u-s Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:23:53 EST VW's independent monitor, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, has criticized the automaker's internal response to its emissions scandal, a German newspaper report said.