Louisiana flooding takes toll on dealerships' employees

As floodwaters slowly recede in the area around Baton Rouge, La., auto dealerships are trying to do business with a limited number of employees, many of whom are dealing with losses of their own.

Family likely to 'spend Christmas in a camper'

With his house and cars wrecked by flood waters, this dealership employee is focused ...

After evacuation ordeal, nowhere to go but up

After two days stranded in a second-story loft, Tara Andrews, a dealership Internet ...

Watching but not worrying

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

Family likely to 'spend Christmas in a camper'

With his house and cars wrecked by flood waters, this dealership employee is focused on rebuilding and reuniting his family.

Dealership employees try to rebuild lives after Louisiana floods

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

Mercedes, Infiniti owners most likely to let car do driving

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.

After evacuation ordeal, nowhere to go but up

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 tries to protect vehicle security codes

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

August forecast to produce third monthly U.S. sales dip of 2016

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

First Shift: At GM, new uses for Flint water bottles

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.

Toyota opens Ga. parts distribution center for Lexus dealerships

Toyota Motor Sales said it opened a new parts distribution center in Georgia to better serve Lexus dealerships in the Southeast.

Takata shortlists Daicel, KKR, Ningbo, others in rescue search, report says

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

VW labor boss suggests taking stakes in suppliers

Volkswagen Group should consider taking stakes in key suppliers after two parts makers brought production at six of the automakers factories in Germany to a standstill by refusing to deliver

Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars

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. Shaun Stewart is joining Google as a director

AutoNews Now: VW's product pledge to dealers

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.

One key software challenge to autonomous car ownership

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.

Bentley names new head of exterior design

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.

Hyundai's S. Korean union overwhelmingly rejects wage deal

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.

GM joins White House initiative to address gender pay gap

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.

Marchionne says FCA approached by several suitors for Magneti Marelli

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.

Mazda recalling 190,000 CX-7 vehicles in U.S.

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.

Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016, report says

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

UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee

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.

Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with union

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.

German prosecutors review stolen Bosch data for VW diesel scandal clues

Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are examining stolen Bosch data to see whether it contains clues about how Volkswagen cheated diesel emissions tests.

AutoNews Now: Amazon accelerates in automotive

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.

Tesla wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy SolarCity

Tesla Motors won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solar panel installer SolarCity, the Federal Trade Commission said. The deal was announced on Aug. 1 and is part of an effort by Tesla to improve

Four dealerships got the worst flood damage among auto retailers in Louisiana

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.

Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars

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.

Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal

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

First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore

The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its

Chevy dealership in Texas targeted by thieves; wheels stolen from 48 vehicles

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

First Shift: Robo-taxis hit Singapore streets

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.

GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches

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. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of

VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact

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

California passes toughest greenhouse gas emission curbs

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.

In defense of service contracts

Consumer advocates who bad-mouth service contracts are off base. A cost-benefit analysis that relies only on actuarial logic misses the point.

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.

Mercedes names new U.S. sales exec in management shuffle

Mercedes-Benz USA is shuffling some senior managers to new jobs. Bart Herring becomes general manager of sales operations, overseeing the development and implementation of all policies, programs and

Mercedes-Benz launches 'Timeless' Federer ads for U.S. Open

As the U.S. Open tennis tournament nears, Mercedes-Benz is teaming with one of the game's all-time greats in a humorous ad campaign. “Timeless” features the Mercedes SL and Roger Federer -

Consumer interest in automotive technology, safety is growing, survey shows

As the list of available automotive tech features gets longer, consumer interest in such features has reflected advancements, a new survey shows.

Lamborghini sees worldwide sales doubling by 2019 after SUV launch

Lamborghini expects to at least double annual production to 7,000 vehicles by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, CEO Stefano Domenicali said. The VW Group brand will cap annual production of its

VW said to pay nearly $15 million compensation to supplier to end standoff

VW will compensate Prevent Group as part of a deal to end a supply dispute that stopped Golf and Passat production in Germany, sources said. The agreed-upon figure is $14.7 million, a German

Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles

Borgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring.

Instrument cluster supplier to occupy part of former Jeep plant site in Toledo

Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC broke ground on a 102,000-square-foot factory on the former Jeep plant site in Toledo that will produce instrument clusters for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

First Shift: Tesla's burst of speed

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.

VW's crippling supplier feud shows limits of cost-cutting push

Volkswagen Group's agreement to end a standoff with a resistant supplier shows the limits of the automaker's push to reduce spending in the wake of record fines over its emissions-cheating scandal.

Daimler adopts Silicon Valley tactics to counter new rivals

Daimler is embracing Silicon Valley management techniques in a drive to speed up decision making, empower staff and fend off new rivals such as electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors.

AutoNews Now: Analysts blast Tesla tweet, upgrade

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.

NSX returns to Japan as an American hybrid import

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.

Ford to recall 114,000 vehicles worldwide to fix fuel-pump issue, power windows

Ford said it was recalling about 91,000 vehicles in North America to replace faulty fuel-pump parts that could potentially cause a car to stall without warning. Ford also said it was recalling 23,150

Kia gives new Rio a sporty look

Kia is giving its Rio subcompact hatchback a sporty look to help it compete better against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.