Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions. Booming Ford banks on China product blitz Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, on a rampage in China, aims improve on its 4. RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Uber might trump the cost of car ownership, but not leasing#8230;yet Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Most dealers probably don't lose sleep with worry that Uber, the popular app-based service that pairs private drivers with riders, will usurp car ownership anytime soon despite Uber's ambitions to make it so. JLR sees Mexico as 'strong' option for N.A. assembly plant Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:04:21 EST Jaguar Land Rover is considering building a plant in Mexico, following other luxury car makers lured by cheap labor and free trade agreements. Mazda quarterly profits fall on currency losses while sales rise Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:41:30 EST Profits fell at Mazda in the January-March quarter, undercut by higher outlays for marketing and factory startups and foreign exchange losses, despite rising sales. North America production downtime overtime - 04/27/15 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:49:27 EST Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:51:09 EST Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:25:41 EST So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps? AutoNews Now: Hot time for engineers Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Stein on what has automakers scouring the planet; buy-sell cool-down?; $16.2M for Barra in '14; plug-ins preferred. France to 'talk again' with Renault; reaffirms vote plan Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:50:32 EST French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he would "talk again" with Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn but reaffirmed his intention to boost the government's voting rights in the carmaker in defiance of Ghosn's wishes. VW leadership crisis escalates as board members criticize Piech Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:39:20 EST VW's leadership crisis is refusing to go away, a week after its warring chairman and CEO officially put aside their differences, sources told Reuters. Volvo will build new compacts in Belgium, CEO says Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:57:24 EST Volvo will build a new family of compact cars on a common platform shared with parent Zhejiang Geely at its Belgian factory, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. The compacts may also be built in China, the CEO said. Mitsubishi posts first annual N.A. profit in seven years Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:47:44 EST Mitsubishi booked double-digit profit increases in the latest quarter to propel the carmaker to record annual earnings and its first North America profit in seven years. GM paid Barra $16.2 million in 2014 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:00 EST GM CEO Mary Barra received $16.2 million in total compensation during her first year leading the automaker, GM said in a regulatory filing today. Barra's payout included a base salary of $1.6 million, stock awards totaling $11.8 million, and $2. Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:39:35 EST German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production. Lear Q1 net income, revenue up after Eagle Ottawa acquisition Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:25:01 EST Seating and electronics supplier Lear acquired leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in the first quarter and said that net income during the period increased 20 percent and revenue jumped 3.7 percent from the year earlier. Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:18:00 EST For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. VW, BMW are top brands among Chinese auto buyers, survey says Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:30:16 EST Volkswagen is the top pick for Chinese consumers considering buying a vehicle followed by BMW and Buick, according to a survey on auto-purchase sentiment conducted by a research unit of Deutsche Borse. Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Buick chief says new China duties won't distract from 'a lot more to do' in U.S. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST In the year since he took over the Buick and GMC brands in the U.S., Duncan Aldred has made a lot of fans among dealers. First Shift: 'Unfortunate' layoff at Ford Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Slow Focus, C-Max sales doom 700 jobs; Mitsu snaps N.A. loss streak; Barra on FCA partnership buzz; 'Mobilegeddon.' Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. The rapid rise will come as automakers strive to meet tougher European CO2 rules that start to take effect in 2020. Skoda, unions agree on 3.5% wage hike Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:10:23 EST Skoda has reached an agreement with workers on a 3.5 percent wage hike, the carmaker's main union group said. Unions threatened to strike last week after seeking a higher deal than the 3 percent offered by the automaker. Valeo posts quarterly sales gain on Europe, China Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:56:19 EST Valeo's first-quarter revenue rose 15 percent, lifted by sales growth in Europe and China. The supplier sees vehicle production rising about 3 percent globally in 2015, with the same figure expected in Europe, excluding Russia. Haldex first-quarter profit rises 37% Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:10:14 EST Swedish supplier Haldex said operating profit rose 37 percent in the first quarter to 115 million Swedish crowns (12.2 million euros) as the company repeated its forecast for markets to grow at a slower pace this year. Suzuki sees Vitara as its best-seller in Europe Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Suzuki expects the new Vitara to become its best-seller in Europe because of its more mainstream look, roomy interior and better fuel economy. First Shift: GM earnings rise in Q1 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Trucks give automaker a push; Hyundai's capacity challenge; Toyota still ahead; Snyder: Insurance and car choices. GM profit rises, aided by North America Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:45:00 EST General Motors posted stout first-quarter profits from truck sales in North America, but trouble in Russia and Brazil and lingering fallout from last year's recall binge kept a lid on earnings. Piech denies reports saying he wants to oust Winterkorn Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:07:51 EST Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech denied reports that he is seeking to oust CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported, quoting Piech. Renault revenue rises 14% on European upturn Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:56:24 EST Renault said first-quarter revenue rose 14 percent as its improving sales in Europe helped offset plummeting demand in Russia and South America. Mercedes fined $56 million in China for price fixing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:30:46 EST Authorities in China's Jiangsu province fined Mercedes-Benz 350 million yuan ($56 million) for a pricing monopoly there. It is the biggest fine imposed on an automaker since the government started to crack down on antitrust violations last year. Pricing pressure in U.S., China raises fears about future auto profits Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:20:24 EST The strength of the US and China economies has helped companies like General Motors offset weakness in others parts of the world, but growing pricing pressure in those lucrative markets could be a warning sign for future profits. Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:45:00 EST A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts sold in the United States. Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:16 EST Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. AutoNews Now: Taking 'bullish' to new level Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's cheeky answer to fuel-cell skeptics; GM's speedy buybacks; Piech-Winterkorn update; Musk's free labor. Predicting Success: Data-Driven Hiring for Better Automotive Teams Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Your dealership isn't the building or the cars in the lot. Your dealership is your people. What are you doing to build the best possible team? Stop making gut-based decisions, and start relying on data to help guide your choices. Fiat Chrysler recalls 46,000 vehicles for ignition switch, airbag issues Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:48:03 EST Fiat Chrysler is recalling 43,874 Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Viper models for possible ignition-switch issues and 2,408 Ram ProMaster City models for airbag problems. GM Financial Q1 net rises as lease volume skyrockets Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:17:12 EST Captive finance company GM Financial had a giant increase in lease volume in the first quarter, as parent company GM switched to GM Financial as its exclusive preferred lender for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC subsidized leases. Dealerships can gain an edge with Spanish-language marketing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:10:08 EST Dealerships willing to advertise and post videos in Spanish face little competition reaching a growing number of Latino car buyers, said Ricky Lopez, Internet director at David Maus Toyota in Sanford, Fla. Midsize with a four-banger or large and loaded? How auto insurance affects consumers' buying power Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:32:48 EST Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. That's because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, according First Shift: GM earnings rise in Q1 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Trucks give automaker a push; Hyundai's capacity challenge; Toyota still ahead; Snyder: Insurance and car choices. Goodyear to spend $550 million on tire plant in Mexico, report says Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:54:01 EST Goodyear Tire and Rubber is planning to spend $550 million on a new tire plant in Mexico, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a string of investment pledges in the country's booming auto sector. GM gets boost from smaller pickups, but doubters question for how long Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:29:03 EST General Motors' return to selling smaller pickups in the United States has resuscitated a moribund market segment, but new data highlights the risk that the automaker's new trucks are cannibalizing sales of higher-priced models. UK car production rises 1.9% in March Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:22:49 EST UK car production rose 1.9 percent last month, the best March figure since 2006, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Through March output fell 0.6 percent, the SMMT said. Hyundai may boost SUV capacity in U.S., China after Q1 profit dips Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:04:47 EST South Korea's Hyundai Motor may boost production of SUVs in the United States and China after reporting profits fell again, squeezed by the cost of promotions to bolster car sales and unfavorable foreign exchange trends. Customer Incentives Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:48:53 EST PSA's Tavares open to adding partners to Toyota JV Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:53:12 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is open to bringing in more partners to its existing collaboration with Toyota to share the cost of designing and manufacturing minicars, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said. BMW targets U.S. market with 2-series softtop Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW has increased the size of the 2-series convertible compared with its predecessor model, the 1-series convertible, largely to boost the car's appeal among U.S. buyers. %]