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New headlight criteria mean fewer vehicles get IIHS top safety picks

Headlights that failed to measure up led to fewer new vehicles earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top accolades in the latest batch of group's coveted safety evaluations.

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Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA, report says

President-elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack ...

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Global automaker group seeks to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

Automakers including Toyota and Honda have launched a fresh effort to stop the EPA -- ...

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Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter

Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with Fair.com, an ...

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New headlight criteria mean fewer vehicles get IIHS top safety picks

Headlights that failed to measure up led to fewer new vehicles earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top accolades in the latest batch of group's coveted safety evaluations.

Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars

Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. He fears a so-called “digital divide” between cities and rural areas

AutoNews Now: Opening the door to car theft

'Mystery' device opens door to car theft; Dodge plans AWD Challenger; BMW's 'Valley of Tears'; More tests for '17 F-150; Extended-cab Nissan Titan spied; 'Cars 3' at car show.

Global automaker group seeks to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

Automakers including Toyota and Honda have launched a fresh effort to stop the EPA -- before President Obama leaves office -- from cementing a regulation that would slash tailpipe greenhouse gas

Dodge adds all-wheel-drive Challenger GT

An all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger is now reality -- just in time for winter. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday that Dodge will add the awd 2017 Challenger GT to the muscle car's already vast

Incentives, excess new-car inventory, put a drag on used vehicle values

An increase in new-car incentives and “channel stuffing” -- excess new-vehicle inventory on dealers' lots -- caused used-vehicle prices to tumble 1 percent in November, according to one

First Shift: From better eyesight to better EVs

Using contact-lens tech to recharge EVs; Failure to block EPA?; Judge tosses M-B suit; Volvo picks head of R&D; Ed Welburn's Oscar-worthy auto prize.

Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter

Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with Fair.com, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans.

Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs

Lucid Motors, a California-based, EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in its sedan set to debut next week.

CFPB future grows cloudy under Trump appointments

The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is becoming more complicated. Along with the U.S. Court of Appeals' call to restructure the agency, President-elect Donald Trump's recent

'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions, report says

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called “mystery device” that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the

Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d

Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in three years. Green replaces Peter Mertens, who is moving to Audi to head technical development at

S. Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue execs over emissions ads

South Korea will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at VW Group's local unit and fine the automaker a record $32 million for false advertising on vehicle emissions.

Nissan leads Twitter engagement among auto brands for second consecutive month

For the second month in a row, Nissan took first place in the Twitter engagement race for automotive brands, wielding the power of the GTR in its most popular November tweet, according to ListenFirst

Renault-Nissan names veteran exec Philippe Brunet as new powertrain chief

Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace the top executive in charge of engines and transmissions. The change comes as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace

Tesla recalls 7,000 charging adapters after 2 overheat

Tesla Motors Inc. said it is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 adapters for electric-vehicle charging after two reports of overheating that resulted in melted plastic on the plugs. The rarely used

Ford's futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017

As the in-house futurist at Ford, Sheryl Connelly's job is to predict the future -- not necessarily about driving or cars, but about how consumer behavior is changing. Connelly's findings, however,

Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA, report says

President-elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source told

Knorr-Bremse seals victory in Haldex takeover battle

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Sweden's Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems company's shares before its offer expired Monday.

Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted

GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet’s upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse. The vehicle, expected to be called the Blazer, would

What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products.

Mexico auto exports, output rise in November

Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said.

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines. The automaker will increase staffing of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent

GM 's Maven vehicle-sharing service coming to Kitchener, Ontario

General Motors is poised to make Kitchener, Ont., the first Canadian city to host its vehicle-sharing service Maven.

First Shift: Automakers try to halt EPA move

Automakers try to halt EPA's mpg move; Ford taps debt markets; Toyota hybrid expansion; Hyundai exec grilled in S. Korea political scandal; Honda: CR-V won't surpass Civic, Accord.

Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says

Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said.

GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models

In an effort to prevent child heatstroke deaths, General Motors' new Rear Seat Reminder technology -- which made its debut in the GMC Acadia this year -- will become standard on more than 20 models

2018 Audi Q5

Looks can be deceiving. The redesigned Q5's subtle sheet-metal changes obscure a near-total overhaul of the brand's top-selling U.S. nameplate.

Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles

A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without

Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector

Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co.

AutoNews Now: GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg

GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg; More cars get rear-seat alert; Infiniti expects sales record; Mazda's one-two punch; Report: Renault-Nissan powertrain shakeup; Chevy Blazer spied?

AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats

A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale

U.S. judge throws out emissions fraud lawsuit against Mercedes

A U.S. judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes misled consumers about emissions standards in "BlueTec Clean Diesel" vehicles.

Ford conducts additional tests on 2017 F-150 and Raptor 10-speed transmissions

Ford's 2017 F-150 and Raptor trucks with a new 10-speed transmission began arriving on some dealer lots last month, but the automaker said it is holding some models for additional testing as part of

Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development

Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development.

House lawmakers press EPA on VW settlement terms

A U.S. House panel pressed EPA officials on how the agency will monitor Volkswagen’s plan to spend a required $2 billion to increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles over the next decade.

Renault-Nissan to replace powertrain chief as problems mount, report says

The Renault-Nissan alliance is replacing its top executive in charge of combining the carmakers' engines and gearboxes, sources told Reuters, as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace

We've heard it all before, VW. Or have we?

It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.

Heir to Ed Morse Automotive reflects on moving forward without his father

Third-generation dealer Teddy Morse always believed he would lead his family's Florida empire of stores, but not quite so soon. The 41-year-old took the helm of Ed Morse Automotive Group in July

Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says

Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei

JLR'S SPETH: Keeping pace with EV demand

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's

Putting leather to the smell test

For most Americans, that rich, sweet, musky smell of new-car leather is a big part of its enduring appeal. Not so for the Chinese. They can't stand it. And the problem has become so frustrating for

VW's Arteon will show brand's new design language

Volkswagen brand says its new Arteon sedan will introduce a new “progressive” design language.

Political opinion is not welcome

Your Nov. 28 editorial, "Along with regulation and trade, ideals are at stake in Trump era," includes a litany of claims that you attribute to Donald Trump's supporters. I disagree with all your

Alliance moves to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers late Monday urged congressional negotiators to include language in a short-term budget resolution that would bar the Obama administration from finalizing mpg

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. 1,

Ford sees lineup changing to match demand

Ford will likely make changes to its car lineup as demand for small SUVs continues to outpace that for sedans. That could include offering crossover-style variants of certain sedans or dropping

AutoNation ends recall experiment

AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.

'For sale' signs out, but why no bites yet?

AutoNation, Penske, Group 1, Sonic, Lithia and Asbury have been actively buying their own stock, even as they pulled back from buying private dealerships in the U.S. buy-sell market. When you tell

Confusion en route to self-driving vehicles

So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.

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