Tesla faces industry scrutiny over the best way forward for autonomous cars

Tesla's decision to equip all of its vehicles with self-driving hardware has intensified competition over what equipment will be on board cars of the future.

Tesla faces industry scrutiny over the best way forward for autonomous cars

Tesla's decision to equip all of its vehicles with self-driving hardware has ...

Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers

Toyota is in no hurry to join the auto industry's stampede to launch fleet tests of ...

Auto industry cash flows point to historic election

Elections swing back and forth, but the race for campaign cash from the auto industry is typically no contest. Republican nominees for president have raked in seven-figure sums from auto industry

Key evolution is on its way -- no fob, just a smartphone app

The latest evolution in car keys is on its way -- no car key at all. The future of vehicle entry and engine start is in your smartphone.

Hachigo: Honda is just fine on its own

Suddenly, Honda looks like the odd man in Japan. Toyota just added Suzuki to its growing stable of partners, and Nissan is poised to take control of Mitsubishi. Meanwhile, Honda is left by its

Why Nissan is investing in Mitsubishi

When Mitsubishi Motors Corp. CEO Osamu Masuko came to meet with me in April to ask for Nissan's support to restore the engineering organization and revive the company, we knew that forming a

Tesla faces industry scrutiny over the best way forward for autonomous cars

Tesla's decision to equip all of its vehicles with self-driving hardware has intensified competition over what equipment will be on board cars of the future.

Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers

Toyota is in no hurry to join the auto industry's stampede to launch fleet tests of Google-style self-driving taxis. The company's top priority is to help the motorist to drive safely, rather than to

Deals in Canada slow the jobs bleeding

The roughly $900 million Canadian in investment commitments that Unifor has secured from the Detroit 3 thus far might not be enough to fully reverse the long-term trend of auto manufacturing jobs

Japanese automakers finally getting serious about car hacking

Japan's carmakers are still seen as slow to adapt to the vulnerabilities of connected cars. But with the advent of autonomous driving just over the horizon, Japan Inc. is finally getting serious

Daimler quarterly profit jumps 10% on Mercedes car demand

Daimler reported a 10 percent rise in third-quarter profit, buoyed by robust demand for Mercedes cars in China as the brand rolls out the new E-class sedan.

Faraday falls behind on plant construction bills

A construction firm working on Faraday Future's $1 billion Nevada factory has warned the electric-car startup that it could face a work stoppage over millions of dollars in unpaid bills, raising

The only thing on Autopilot at Tesla is hype

We should celebrate that Tesla has taken another step toward eventual autonomy. But the company's statements should be dialed back to reflect only what the technology is capable of.

Audi to buy back 25,000 Q7 diesel SUVs in U.S., report says

Audi plans to buy back 25,000 Q7 diesel engine SUVs in the U.S. to compensate owners whose cars do not meet exhaust emission standards, German weekly Der Spiegel reported today.

Jaguar Land Rover, Ford test connected cars in UK

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing connected cars that can communicate with each other using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents, the first such trials in the country.

Baby boomers swap Corvettes for comfort as U.S. sports-car sales fall

Baby boomers are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that's bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars. It was a sign of things to come this month when Ford idled its

First Shift: Airbag flaw claims 11th U.S. victim

11th U.S. death tied to Takata inflator flaw; Mercedes gives Daimler Q3 profit boost; Tesla teases ride service; Subaru Impreza price hike: $100; Why Honda's happy to stay single.

Continental tried to buy stake in Osram, report says

Continental tried to buy Siemens' stake in lighting group Osram in the summer but was turned down, a German business magazine reported, citing company sources.

CarMax's certification check list fails Calif. law, court rules

A federal appeals court in California ruled that CarMax's component inspection checklist violates a California statue that requires dealers to provide consumers a “completed inspection

AutoNews Now: Sports cars slump as boomers age

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Nissan takes control of Mitsubishi with Ghosn as chairman

Carlos Ghosn officially folded troubled Mitsubishi into the Renault-Nissan alliance and put himself at the helm, with expectations for hundreds of millions of dollars in savings as his group joins an

Group 1's Q3 net falls 22% on soft energy, UK markets

Group 1 Automotive's net income fell 22 percent in the third quarter to $35.4 million, hurt by sales weakness in energy-dependent markets and soft sales in the U.K. following the Brexit vote to leave

Fiat Chrysler tech boss defends defeat-device claims before EU inquiry

Fiat Chrysler Chief Technical Officer Harald Wester defended the automaker before an EU inquiry against German government claims that its Fiat 500X diesel car cheated emissions tests.

Gentex posts 18% gain in Q3 net income

Mirror and electronics supplier Gentex saw its third-quarter net income climb 18 percent to $92.1 million as sales at its automotive unit increased. Gentex typically serves as a bellwether for

Volvo sees Microsoft HoloLens speeding up car development

Volvo says it is the first automaker to test Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality goggles as a tool. The technology could dramatically affect car development, which would help the automaker meet

VW targets $4.1 billion in cost cuts, report says

Volkswagen is targeting about 3.7 billion euros ($4.1 billion) of cost cuts at its core VW brand by 2021 as it wrestles with labor leaders over a turnaround plan, sources told Reuters. The targeted

Lithia’s Q3 net rises 25 percent on broad revenue gains

Lithia’s third-quarter net income rose 25 percent from a year earlier to $54 million, as revenue rose 8.9 percent to a third-quarter record $2.27 billion, the company said today.

Toyota's Corolla hits 50

On this day 50 years ago, Toyota sent out this press release: “The Toyota Corolla is a five-passenger vehicle from Japan that is positioned as the 'most accessible car' in the market.

Hyundai recalls 62,811 Sonatas for loose sunroofs

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 62,811 Sonata sedans from the 2015-16 model years because the panoramic sunroof can come loose from the car and fall into traffic.

AutoNews Now: Big players, big opportunities

Big players, big opportunities: Why Ghosn's betting on Mitsu; Geely takes stab at 'tough' U.S. market; Tesla sends self-driving safety message; 'Netflix of China' seeks a new stage.

Toyota to sponsor USA Today's new virtual reality show

Toyota is testing a new type of advertising by running the first commercial designed to be viewed within USA Today's new virtual reality program. The ad for Toyota's 2017 Camry will debut

11th U.S. death related to Takata airbags reported by Honda

U.S. regulators and American Honda have confirmed the 11th U.S. fatality linked to a ruptured Takata airbag inflator.

First Shift: Ghosn brings Mitsubishi into fold

Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi as Renault-Nissan Alliance grows; Tesla to equip lineup with autonomous tech; Show goes on at LeEco; Geely unit plans SUV for U.S.; Mirror on technology.

Tesla says it will roll out Uber-style ride services program

Tesla plans to announce details of its planned ride-services program next year. The electrical vehicle maker picked an unusual spot to provide an update on the effort: a website disclaimer.

Dana Q3 net income drops to $57 million

Dana, the longtime supplier of various drivetrain components, today reported net income of $57 million in the third quarter, down 52 percent from the year-earlier period as sales from its commercial-

Subaru prices redesigned 2017 Impreza $100 above outgoing car

Subaru, in a sign of ongoing weakness in the U.S. car market, is pricing the redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and five-door just $100 above the outgoing 2016 model, despite a larger footprint and

China's LeEco stumbles out of gate with U.S. debut of autonomous car

Chinese technology company LeEco on Wednesday made an inauspicious entry into the race to develop self-driving electric cars when its prototype car could not make it down the runway during an

FCA to recall Jeep, Ram, Dodge vehicles in U.S.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 182,743 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty wiring that may disconnect from the SUVs' impact sensors in a crash. The automaker is also recalling about 86,

Mini sees electric power as big plus for brand

Mini's first plug-in hybrid will be offered next year as the Countryman SUV, with an electric car following in 2019. Mini sees the fast acceleration that electric motors give to vehicles as helping

Ghosn set to add Mitsubishi chairman role, reports say

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is set to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors when Nissan takes a controlling stake in the smaller automaker, reports said. Ghosn, 62, has asked Mitsubishi Chairman

Tesla plans to equip new vehicles with self-driving hardware

After receiving scrutiny from regulators worldwide, Tesla Motors has ratcheted up its self-driving efforts by equipping all models with hardware that could enable fully autonomous driving.

BMW Films is coming back -- but does it matter?

When BMW Films debuted in 2001, YouTube didn't exist, Mark Zuckerberg was 17 years old and tweeting is what birds did. So why should people care that the luxury automaker is bringing BMW Films back

Embrace tools that help dealers, lenders relate

Equifax has introduced a new tool to help lenders gain market intelligence and better relate to their dealership partners. Without a direct connection, it acknowledges one of dealers’ top

First Shift: Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi, too?

Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi, too?; It's Volkswagen versus Audi in China; Nearly two-year wait for Tesla Model 3; Toyota's autonomous-car vision: A teammate behind the wheel.

VW suppliers keen to avoid disputes despite price squeeze

Volkswagen suppliers seem keen to avoid more disputes with the company even as they face growing pressure from the automaker to accept price cuts in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal.

VW works council denies it has agreed to cost-cutting deal

Volkswagen labor leaders said they had not yet struck a deal with management on cost cuts at the VW brand, denying an earlier report in a German business magazine.

Google, automakers object to California rules for self-driving cars

Google and automakers objected to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to

Geely's Lynk brand sets U.S. launch for 2018 with compact SUV

Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk & Co., will start sales of its first model, an SUV developed with Volvo Cars, in 2018 in Europe and the U.S. The upstart brand aims to keep a lid on vehicle

Online auto shopping plummeted during hurricane, study says

Vehicle online-shopping traffic plummeted nearly 60 percent in coastal cities such as Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., the weekend Hurricane Matthew traveled up the East Coast, research from

AutoNews Now: Toyota takes prize in truck loyalty

Toyota tops in pickup owner loyalty - study; Lear CEO: Why suppliers see need for speed; Wagoneer peek, Wrangler recall; Hurricane help from Nissan; Restoring Honda's first U.S. car.

First Shift: Ford idling production of F-150

Ford idling output of F-150, other models amid sales drop; VW's day in court; Bolt sales prediction; Honda China expansion; Infiniti mulls EV; Snyder: Fleeting way to boost share?

VW labor boss demands commitment to battery production, report says

VW should commit to investing in the development and production of batteries for electric cars, the automaker's works council chief Bernd Osterloh said. VW is said to be mulling an $11 billion