Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology first introduced in its 7-series flagship as the automaker aims to advance sales of its second most popular model after the 3 series. Audi workers threaten strike at A3, TT plant in Hungary Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:47:44 EST Audi workers at a plant in Hungary that builds the A3 and TT models have set up a strike committee to push for higher salaries in the latest sign of how labor shortages in the country are driving up wage expectations. Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:16:13 EST Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pacific operations, effective March 1. M&A activity declined in 2016, and now dealmakers eye Trump Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The global auto industry looks healthy this year, but PwC says mergers and acquisition experts want to assess President Trump's influence on environmental rules, international trade and the overall economy before pursuing new deals. Ford will offer parts for non-Ford vehicles Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is expanding its customer service division with a new Omnicraft brand of aftermarket parts to cover non-Ford and non-Lincoln vehicles. VW's $1.21 billion emissions settlement with U.S. dealers OK'd by judge Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:42:56 EST U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer granted final approval to VW's settlement worth up to $1.21 billion with 650 U.S. dealers over diesel emissions violations. VW's dealers will receive an average of $1. Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia ties Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:34:57 EST President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies as China's influence in the region rises. Wal-Mart, CarSaver will sell cars Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest retailer, is jumping into car sales through partnerships with dealership groups, including AutoNation, the nation's largest new-vehicle retailer, and with CarSaver, an online auto retail platform. Trump to meet with Detroit 3 CEOs amid jobs push Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:18:14 EST President Donald Trump will have breakfast Tuesday with the CEOs of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he pressures automakers to boost U.S. employment. Lear CEO says he's not planning run for Mich. governor Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:45:26 EST The rumors continue to circulate: Will Lear CEO Matt Simoncini run for governor of Michigan? He says there are no such plans. Dealertrack aims to introduce 'seamless, easy' F&I platform Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealertrack's next-generation FandI system is a simpler, more deal-centric approach to working with Dealertrack's tools, such as credit applications, bureau reports, compliance tools, desking solutions and FandI product menus. Turnover set off alarm bells at Toyota store Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Bad hiring can cost a dealership plenty. Rick Evans figures his Toyota dealership lost at least $500,000 -- maybe even $1 million or more -- because of his hiring problems. Employee turnover costs dealers billions Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST FIRST OF A FOUR-PART SERIES: When look-alike stores sell the same vehicles at roughly the same prices, only the people distinguish one dealership from another. Yet very few dealers are good at hiring and retaining employees. Ford Credit program makes dealer visit optional Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Credit customers will soon be able to purchase and finance new vehicles from a dealership's website, thereby making a visit to the store optional. AutoNews Now: Trade deal out; Trump, D3 CEOs to meet Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:30:00 EST Trump quits trade pact, plans meeting with Detroit 3 CEOs; One man's fear, another's hope; Musk's quick pledge; Amazon parts push?; Super Bowl: Lexus gets moving, Hyundai taps stars. Bosch, Mahle to bail out of turbochargers JV Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:19:05 EST Mahle and Robert Bosch plan to sell their turbocharger partnership, citing a failure to achieve economies of scale despite strong sales growth. Trump tells automakers, manufacturers U.S. will cut regulations, taxes Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:00:02 EST President Trump met with a dozen prominent American manufacturers, such as Ford and Tesla, and promised them he would slash regulations and cut corporate taxes, but warned them again of penalties if they move production outside the country. Lexus Super Bowl ad features 'Man & Machine' with Lil' Buck Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:46:08 EST Lil' Buck -- who challenges gravity in a new ad for Apple's AirPod headphones -- will dance onto advertising's biggest stage in a Super Bowl ad for Lexus. Cadillac roars ahead with ads despite no new models to pitch Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:23:25 EST New products are the lifeblood of auto marketing, a category typically driven by vehicle launches. But what happens when there's no new model to pitch? Will the next luxury flagship be a truck? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes and BMW still sell a good volume of the luxury sedans known as brand flagships. But the identity builders for European luxury brands are likely to increasingly become crossovers and SUVs as the sales shift to trucks continues. PSA said to return to India through joint venture Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:10:30 EST PSA Group will announce a return to India this week through a manufacturing venture with New Delhi-based CK Birla Group, a French press report said. The joint venture deal will include a Chennai assembly plant, Les Echos said. First Shift: Wal-Mart jumps into car sales Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:15:00 EST Wal-Mart jumps into car sales; Ford Credit launches online buying, financing; Penske ends no-haggle pilot; Google search exec joins Uber; Nissan, Hyundai-Kia join fleet elite. China growth buys time for Cadillac Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Surging sales in China are giving Cadillac's U.S. business a luxury it lacked during previous attempts to regain its former luster: time. Ford seen as &'canary&' with record leases spurring used-car glut Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:12:28 EST A glut of used vehicles has started to depress prices. That trend will intensify as Americans will return 3.36 million leased cars and trucks this year, another jump after a 33 percent surge in 2016, according to J.D. Power. New chairman talks Trump, regulations, sanity Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Mark Scarpelli, NADA's incoming chairman, is eager to work with President Donald Trump's administration to bring more 'sanity' to regulations and clarify recalls. Automakers, others battle for position in lucrative connected car sector Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Cars are rapidly being transformed into connectivity centers constantly linked to the outside world as automakers, suppliers and service providers try to benefit from a multi-billion-dollar sector forecast to grow at a double-digit rate for the rest... PSA's China sales fall 16% in 2016 on lack of crossovers Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:30:03 EST PSA Group's deliveries in China declined 16 percent last year, as the company's two Chinese joint ventures were hobbled by a lack of crossovers. VW EVs will debut 5G connectivity services Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen plans to equip its family of I.D. electric cars with next-generation 5G mobile connectivity and vehicle-to-everything communication standards as the brand prepares to offer full autonomous driving functionality in 2025. VW raises stakes in fight to dominate China SUV market Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:00:26 EST Chinese consumers have an insatiable demand for crossovers and SUVs, but despite this, Volkswagen Group was initially slow to respond to customers' strong appetite for such models. Lincoln dials back in China Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lincoln will continue to expand in China this year, but the pace of growth for its dealership network will likely slow after targets were exceeded in 2016. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Don't bet on an Audi smaller than A3/Q3 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi may have room in its lineup for a larger three-row crossover and for more variants of current vehicles, but probably not for anything smaller than its current A3 sedan and Q3 crossover. Is your dealership the best? Register now Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News is searching for the best dealerships to work for in the U.S. and Canada. Automotive News makes staff changes in editorial, sales Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has made changes to its editorial team and additions to its sales staff. Over-the-air updates may alter NHTSA recall policy Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will evaluate how to conduct recalls in an age of remote fixes and over-the-air updates. Mexican officials game-plan for NAFTA talks Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Mexican officials are gearing up for what looks like a fast-track renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with a little bit of good cop, bad cop. JLR bringing virtual reality to showrooms Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover hopes to boost sales using virtual reality to preview upcoming vehicles. All of its global retailers, including U.S. dealers, are getting virtual-reality kits. Dealers must tend to their own profits Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In light of last year's record 17.5 million light-vehicle sales in the U.S., it's distressing to see how many brands' dealer council leaders are concerned about their dealers' weak profitability. Connected infrastructure runs into red lights Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers and suppliers eye the potential of fully connected cities, the hard realities of rolling out those technologies are quickly becoming apparent. VW to test over-the-air options Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen AG is looking to change the way consumers buy new-car options by using over-the-air updates to offer some features on a trial basis. Dealership's return policy builds goodwill Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The Maguire Family of Dealerships offers the Maguire Family Assurance policy, which guarantees the Ithaca, N.Y. Cheaper lidar on the way Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lidar sensing technology is perceived as a critical component for autonomous vehicles, but is too costly to use. Some suppliers say they finally know how to produce lidar less expensively. What Trump's team must do for autonomous age Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST President Donald Trump will witness the automotive industry completely change during his administration, writes Kristin Schondorf who leads the Automotive and Transportation Mobility practice at EY. Audi 'fanatically focused' on dealer profitability Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi of America's six-year string of consecutive year-over-year monthly sales gains may grab headlines, but it is other industry-leading numbers associated with the luxury brand that turn dealer heads, says U.S. brand boss Scott Keogh. EPA nominee calls for CO2 rule review Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Scott Pruitt distanced himself from candidate Donald Trump's promise to "gut" the agency and his claim that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China. Trump moves quickly on trade Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Minutes after President Donald Trump was sworn in, the new administration declared its intention to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Dealers watching inventory, adding staff Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers, slightly cautious about 2017, are holding the line on facilities expansions or renovations. More plan to trim new-vehicle inventory in anticipation of flat to lower U.S. sales. Real Legos, not actors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a funny new take on Chevy's "Real People, Not Actors" ad campaign, a focus group of animated Lego minifigures is asked what kind of person would drive Chevy's all-new Lego Batmobile. If only VW had stuck with Daimler? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen might have stayed clear of the diesel cheating scandal had the company not pulled out of a promising deal with Daimler more than a decade ago, Bloomberg reports. Cue the 'Comedians in Cars' laugh track Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Jerry Seinfield's weekly celebration of classic-car life, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," shifts next month to Netflix from Sony's Crackle platform.