Automotive News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST Amazon primed for shoppers, not buyers Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Third-party sites are keeping an eye on Amazon Vehicles. The new site offers photos, reviews and other vehicle information, but doesn't sell vehicles or offer links to dealerships, so sites such as Cars. LOSS: 'Everybody&'s lives at the curb' Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST With his house and cars wrecked by flood waters, this dealership employee is focused on rebuilding and reuniting his family. EVACUATION: 'No one was coming for us' Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST After two days stranded in a second-story loft, Tara Andrews, a dealership Internet director, escaped Baton Rouge's flood waters with her parents, three-year-old daughter and nine dogs. FCA moves to lock down security codes Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is threatening serious repercussions to anyone who uses its internal DealerCONNECT software and provides outsiders with 'key codes, radio codes and other anti-theft or security measures.' In Louisiana, devastation 'beyond belief' Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Devastating floods in Baton Rouge have displaced 1,500 or more families with members working at the area's dealerships. NADA aims to raise $2 million for relief aid to the flood victims and already has begun handing out relief checks. Help Louisiana's displaced dealership workers Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The flood waters are receding in dozens of parishes across central Louisiana and most auto retailers are reopening, but hundreds of dealership employees are still struggling to put their lives back together. RECOVERY: Back to work, in search of 'normalcy' Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Flood waters chased April Bower, a service writer at Acura of Baton Rouge, from one relative's house to another. But as soon as she could, she returned to the dealership. She was met at the store by others wanting to help her. Mercedes, Infiniti owners most likely to let car do driving Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST If you drive a Mercedes-Benz or an Infiniti luxury vehicle, you're probably more willing than most drivers to give up the wheel to a robot, according to a MaritzCX survey. Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as the marque expands its lineup in a bid to attract a wider range of customers. AutoNews Now: VW's product pledge to dealers Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST VW said to pledge lower prices, broader lineup; No to Hyundai wage deal; Takata short list; Mazda recalls CX-7; Starting presses at FCA; Dog Day with Subaru, AutoTrader and Blake. First Shift: At GM, new uses for Flint water bottles Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST At GM, new uses for Flint water bottles; Another legal victory, but fight remains; VW dealer settlement said to exceed $1.2B; Bosch theft case examined; Trees, blight and '46 Chevy. August forecast to produce third monthly U.S. sales dip of 2016 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:00 EST August is expected to mark the third month in 2016 that U.S. new-vehicle sales declined from a year ago, forecasters said, offering more evidence that the market is at or possibly past its peak. Four forecasts call for sales to fall from 2. Customer Incentives Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:10:40 EST Toyota opens Ga. parts distribution center for Lexus dealerships Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:45:39 EST Toyota Motor Sales said it opened a new parts distribution center in Georgia to better serve Lexus dealerships in the Southeast. Marchionne says FCA approached by several suitors for Magneti Marelli Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:30:29 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been approached by several suitors for its components business Magneti Marelli, the carmaker's CEO said, without giving names or mentioning how many. Hyundai's S. Korean union overwhelmingly rejects wage deal Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:42:37 EST Hyundai's unionized workers in South Korea overwhelmingly voted down a tentative wage deal reached with the automaker, signaling more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base. Mazda recalling 190,000 CX-7 vehicles in U.S. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:11:52 EST Mazda Motor Corp. will recall 190,000 of its CX-7 crossovers from model years 2007 to 2012 in the U.S. because of an issue that may cause a loss of steering control, U.S. safety regulators said today. Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:04:10 EST Google's self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace. GM joins White House initiative to address gender pay gap Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:46:24 EST General Motors, the first U.S. automaker to have a female CEO, is among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees. One key software challenge to autonomous car ownership Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:30:00 EST Despite the stampede to develop self-driving cars that can negotiate an entire trip door to door, it may be awhile before ordinary motorists are actually allowed to own one. Land Rover's slower sales growth, Brexit hit drag down Tata, JLR profits Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:35:08 EST Quarterly profit at Tata Motors and its Jaguar Land Rover unit decreased as demand fell for Range Rover SUVs. Foreign exchange losses after Britain's decision to leave the EU also hit results. VW labor boss suggests taking stakes in suppliers Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:52:01 EST Volkswagen Group should consider taking stakes in key suppliers, VW's labor boss said. His comments came after two parts makers caused production stoppages at six of the automaker's German factories by refusing to deliver components. Takata shortlists Daicel, KKR, Ningbo, others in rescue search, report says Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:04:38 EST Takata has shortlisted six or seven companies, including a competitor and private-equity funds, as potential financial investors to bail out the Japanese supplier, people involved in the process told Reuters. Audi begins production of dual-clutch transmissions for A4 in China Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:41:53 EST Audi opened a transmission plant in Tianjin, China, to produce seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions for the Audi A4 sedan. VW's U.S. dealer accord said to add $1.2 billion to diesel-scandal costs Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:10:27 EST VW Group's agreement to pay U.S. dealerships for losses caused by its diesel scandal could cost the automaker about $1.2 billion, Bloomberg reported. This may raise VW's settlements in the U.S. to $16. AutoNews Now: Amazon accelerates in automotive Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Amazon accelerates into autos; VW, dealers agree on compensation; UAW wins in Tenn.; U.S. approves Tesla's SolarCity buy; U.S. road fatalities rising; Boston to Detroit in '57 Chevy. First Shift: Robo-taxis hit Singapore streets Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Self-driving robo-taxis hit Singapore streets; Honda's NSX returns to Japan; Tough emissions bill passes in Calif.; VW plant update; Hyundai labor deal; Buyers get into safety tech. Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales will be relatively small. German prosecutors review stolen Bosch data for VW diesel scandal clues Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:21:58 EST Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are examining stolen Bosch data to see whether it contains clues about how Volkswagen cheated diesel emissions tests. Schaeffler to build 2 new plants in China Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Schaeffler plans to build a production complex housing two new plants in Xiangtan in central China's Hunan province to make bearings for customers in south and southwest China. GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:00:00 EST A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:44:52 EST Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles, a car research portal where consumers will have access to vehicle detail pages and reviews of thousands of new and classic cars, while being able to upload photos and videos of their own rides. Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:47:54 EST With self-driving cars expected on the road within three to five years, French supplier Faurecia is focusing on the cabin of future autonomous cars. Chevy dealership in Texas targeted by thieves; wheels stolen from 48 vehicles Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:51 EST Thieves broke in and stole more than $200,000 worth of wheels and tires off 48 new vehicles at a dealership in Tyler, Texas, last weekend. Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin said the incident occurred around 1 a.m. Four dealerships got the worst flood damage among auto retailers in Louisiana Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:11:06 EST Four dealerships bore the brunt of flood damage in Louisiana last week, which destroyed entire inventories in some cases, the presidents of the Louisiana and national dealers associations said. Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016, report says Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:19:43 EST Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The ride-hailing giant is not a public company, but its finance chief briefs investors on a conference call every three months. VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:48:31 EST Volkswagen and its U.S. dealers have reached an "agreement in principle" to compensate its 650 U.S. retailers for damages sustained by their businesses in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. The deal is worth about $1. First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:32:45 EST The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:43:59 EST Workers at Magna's new Spring Hill, Tenn., plant voted nearly unanimously to join the UAW, giving the union a key victory in a right-to-work state. The UAW said workers voted 192-1 to join the union. Tesla wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy SolarCity Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:23 EST Tesla Motors won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solar panel installer SolarCity, the Federal Trade Commission said. The deal was announced on Aug. The Crystal Ball for Product Lifecycle Costing Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Learn how to get accurate predictions today for better outcomes tomorrow. FREE Bentley names new head of exterior design Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:34:39 EST Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanced exterior design leader at VW Group's ultraluxury brand. Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:40:42 EST Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electronics. Mueller succeeds Ricky Hudi, who is leaving Audi to lead his own technology and consulting firm. Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with union Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:05:47 EST Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage pact with its South Korean labor union, potentially avoiding more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base. UK production rises nearly 8% in July, but growth slows Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:10:52 EST UK car production rose 7.6 percent in July, which was a slower pace than the month before, as the industry contemplates the repercussions of a vote in Britain to leave the EU. California passes toughest greenhouse gas emission curbs Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:45:37 EST California is poised to make the nation's strictest carbon emission controls even tougher, with a bill to cut greenhouse-gas discharges to 40 percent less than 1990 levels by 2030 now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. Opel touts Ampera-e's performance, long range and roomy interior Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Opel says its Ampera-e hatchback, the brand's first full electric vehicle, will have acceleration and overtaking times equal to the performance of its sporty OPC models. AutoNews Now: Analysts blast Tesla tweet, upgrade Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla tweet, upgrade blasted by some analysts; Lamborghini to 'push like hell' to double global production; Kia's re-engineered Rio; Ford, Lincoln recalls; Mercedes, Federer serve up new ad. First Shift: Tesla's burst of speed Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla boosts Model S speed to 'Ludicrous' level; Musk's SolarCity bond buy; Judge rejects GM motion to dismiss case; VW said to pay $14.7M to end dispute; Mazda future product. NSX returns to Japan as an American hybrid import Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:00:00 EST The NSX sports car is making a long-awaited homecoming in Japan that underscores the global ambitions of a halo hybrid that must do double duty for the Acura and Honda brands.