Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Sen. Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/OEM11/140429969/sen-blumenthal-wants-to-quiz-former-gm-ceos-on-recalls Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:20:12 EST Former General Motors CEOs and other executives should be called to testify to before Congress about the company's slow response to defective ignition switches in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday. GM splits engineering into 2 divisions with new leaders; Calabrese to retire http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/OEM02/140429972/gm-splits-engineering-into-2-divisions-with-new-leaders-calabrese-to Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:26:40 EST General Motors is replacing its head of engineering and will divide its vehicle engineering organization into two divisions in a shakeup that the company says will improve quality and safety in the wake of its recall crisis. New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker' http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/GLOBAL/140429970/new-russian-outlook-slower-lower-weaker Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:50:42 EST Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic. AutoNews Now: GM revamps engineering http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/VIDEO/304229995/autonews-now-gm-revamps-engineering Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Company splitting operation, hiring more investigators as it tries to 'connect the dots' in safety; MPG goof hurting Ford C-Max. GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/OEM11/304229945/gm-faces-nhtsa-probe-over-14-chevy-impala-automatic-brakes Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:19:20 EST U.S. regulators are investigating whether a 2014 Chevrolet Impala's automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash. Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/RETAIL03/140429971/corvette-museum-may-keep-some-damaged-vettes-sinkhole-on-permanent Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:22:37 EST GM and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored. Sonic Q1 profit falls 9% on weather, used-car start-up costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/RETAIL07/140429977/sonic-q1-profit-falls-9-on-weather-used-car-start-up-costs Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:30:00 EST Bad winter weather and costs associated with its standalone used-car store initiative contributed to a 9 percent drop in first-quarter profits for Sonic Automotive. Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/OEM05/304229949/toyota-shifts-gears-to-lift-prius-prospects-in-china Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:34:20 EST Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda. GM requests protection in N.Y. court against ignition switch lawsuits http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/OEM11/140429976/gm-requests-protection-in-n-y-court-against-ignition-switch-lawsuits Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:04:46 EST GM filed a motion in a federal bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class-action lawsuit that seeks to set aside the restriction. Mulally said to line up board post after Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20140422/OEM02/304229955/mulally-said-to-line-up-board-post-after-ford Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:04:20 EST Ford CEO Alan Mulally is lining up a substantial corporate position for his next act, probably as a board director or chairman, according to people with knowledge of his plans.