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Uncertainty clouds Mexico’s record year

Mexico's auto industry celebrated record production, record exports and another year of double-digit sales gains in 2016, but the celebration has been muted.

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Honda finds its sweet spot

Discipline wins: That's the message Honda sent in 2016 with its U.S. sales ...

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Alexa, do I need a virtual assistant in the car?

In the quest to simplify your car, automakers are probably going to make life more ...

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What sets Kia Stinger, Genesis G70 apart?

Answering the question definitively will be crucial for both Kia and Genesis. Both ...

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Uncertainty clouds Mexico’s record year

Mexico's auto industry celebrated record production, record exports and another year of double-digit sales gains in 2016, but the celebration has been muted.

Honda finds its sweet spot

Discipline wins: That's the message Honda sent in 2016 with its U.S. sales performance.

Alexa, do I need a virtual assistant in the car?

In the quest to simplify your car, automakers are probably going to make life more annoying and difficult, at least for a while.

What sets Kia Stinger, Genesis G70 apart?

Answering the question definitively will be crucial for both Kia and Genesis. Both cars are looking to challenge the established compact sport sedans and will need to carve out different identities

Penske ends no-haggle pilot

Penske Automotive Group has backed off a no-haggle pricing experiment and returned to a traditional sales model and a commission-based pay plan at Toyota of Surprise (Ariz.).

California utilities seek $1 billion to spur wider EV use

California's utilities are asking for more than $1 billion to spend on electric car-charging stations that will help the state meet its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles on the road

Nissan seeks sequel to 'Rogue One' campaign

After Nissan's Star Wars tie-in kicked Rogue sales into hyperdrive last month, its marketing team is tackling a new mission: spreading the compact crossover's success to other nameplates.

Denso changes its recruiting as needs widen

Denso's new strategy for filling engineering vacancies: recruit engineers in Detroit and dispatch them all over the country.

VW joins Ford, BMW to offer Amazon's 'Alexa' voice service

Volkswagen will offer the first embedded application of Amazon's Alexa voice service in a vehicle, as the growing focus on network-connected appliances and other home devices inspires collaborations

Germany prepares for 'rough ride' under Trump

Germany will need a new economic strategy geared toward Asia should the new U.S. administration start a trade war with China, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday, warning against

AutoNews Now: Trump takes aim at U.S. trade deals

Trump takes aim at U.S. trade deals; Ford's $3 billion pension loss; CEO: Volvo IPO an option; Feds pick driverless-car test sites; RAV4's odd-couple ads; VW embeds Alexa tech.

First Shift: Trump, trade, confidence and CARB

Autos and Trump: Ghosn talks consumer confidence, Germany insists on trade compliance, Calif. digs in on EVs; BMW design chief leaving?; 13 automakers issue Takata inflator recalls.

Ford expects $2 billion hit to 2016 net income over pension accounting change

Ford Motor said Friday that a change in how it accounts for pensions will result in a $2 billion hit to its 2016 net income, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Toyota built 6.6% of North American vehicles in Mexico last year

Toyota, scolded by President Donald Trump over a planned plant in Mexico, relied on the country for less than 7 percent of its record North American output last year.

'Sigh of relief' for self-driving cars after Tesla cleared

The push to bring self-driving cars to American roads got a significant boost on Thursday when the nation's chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla's Autopilot system of fault in a

BMW design boss Habib is quitting automaker

BMW's design boss, Karim Habib, is leaving the automaker, a company source said. Habib's departure follows the exit of two other key designers, exacerbating a period of upheaval in BMW's design

Ford, London partner to test plug-in hybrid commercial vans

Ford, aiming to reduce emissions and operating costs, is teaming up with city officials in London to launch a year-long test of 20 Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans.

BMW plans more purchasing with Daimler, report says

BMW plans to expand its cooperation with Daimler in purchasing components, the automaker's new head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, told a German newspaper. BMW will have to alter its procurement to

Yanfeng to invest in new HQ, tech center near Detroit

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors plans to invest $8.45 million in a new technical center and headquarters, which the supplier is moving to the Detroit suburb of Novi.

Trump ready to shake up trade deals

Minutes after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signaled plans to pull the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, moves that analysts

Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering

Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis Kalanick and help grow the company's self-driving car program.

Engineering firm ABB to build $90 million r&d operation in Montreal

Swiss engineering firm ABB plans to build a $90-million r&d center in Montréal, where Canadians will help develop some of the next-generation technologies for electric vehicles.

AutoNews Now: Fatality probe finds no Tesla defects

Fatality probe finds no Tesla defects; More Mexico output predicted; Toyota, Nissan undeterred in UK; Maserati salesman dies after Facebook Live video; Dodge 'Demon' tease.

F-150 Raptor, rally driver Ken Block drive Ford Twitter engagement

After a bit of back-and-forth between the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, in December, the F-150 reclaimed its spot as the winner of the Twitter engagement race among pickups in December,

Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries

Panasonic aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the

U.S. closing Tesla autopilot death investigation without demanding recall, report says

U.S. regulators said on Thursday they found no evidence of any defects in Tesla electric cars after investigating the death of a man whose Model S collided with a truck while he was using its

Icahn to gain full control of Federal-Mogul with $300 million deal

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, after nearly a year of posturing with Federal-Mogul's shareholders, will take full ownership of the diversified auto parts supplier in a roughly $300 million deal.

First Shift: Winterkorn apologizes, defends tenure

Winterkorn apologizes, defends VW tenure; Report: Takata bidders seek restructuring in Japan; EPA nominee pledges to review ruling; Hyundai's on-the-fly ad; Future role of brands.

Another round of Takata airbag recalls filed by 13 automakers

More than a dozen automakers this week recalled another 652,000 vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in the U.S. to replace front passenger inflators as the largest callback in the history of the

Maryland dealership retools its approach to pricing

Koons of Silver Spring has launched Total Confidence Pricing, which includes a 30-day guarantee on the price buyers paid for a new vehicle. The marketing campaign reflect how dealerships, as well as

Why Trump perception could become UAW's reality

The perception that President Donald Trump is creating jobs for American auto workers could spell trouble for the UAW in the Trump era if the union doesn't address it.

How Toyota used artificial intelligence for RAV4 campaign

IBM's Watson has struck again. The machine learning program, which has emerged as a popular tool for agencies and marketers, is powering a new highly targeted digital campaign for Toyota that uses an

Michigan testing site named federal driverless car proving ground

Robot cars will be put through their paces by researchers and federal regulators at 10 test tracks designated by the U.S. as official sites for validating the technology.

Winterkorn denies early knowledge of VW diesel emissions cheating

Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told German lawmakers he did not know about the company's systematic emissions cheating earlier than VW has officially admitted.

California warns of break from Washington on clean-air rules

California sent a warning shot in a potential showdown with the incoming Trump administration, with the state’s clean-air regulators digging in on mandates for an ever-greater number of

VW delays bid to boost Audi's China sales with SAIC deal

VW Group says it will not produce or sell any Audi cars with SAIC in China until at least 2018, seeking first to strengthen ties with existing Audi partner FAW. A partnership with SAIC, China's

J.D. Power launches residual-value product

J.D. Power has launched its own residual-value product, putting it in competition with TrueCar Inc.'s ALG and others at a time when lease originations are at record levels.

Hyundai will shoot its Super Bowl ad live during the game

Most Super Bowl advertisers spend months on their ads. Hyundai this year will condense the process into roughly three hours by filming its spot during the game.

Ross tells Canada that U.S. will open NAFTA negotiations, report says

Canadian officials say Wilbur Ross, the nominee for US commerce secretary, has indicated that a formal-notification letter to open negotiations on NAFTA will be sent to Canada and Mexico within days

EPA nominee Pruitt to review vehicle emissions rules

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, said he will review the Obama administration's recent decision to lock in fuel efficiency rules.

Tesla to build motors, gearboxes in Gigafactory

Tesla will manufacture the electric motors and gearboxes for the upcoming Model 3 at its Gigafactory in Nevada.

AutoNews Now: Supplying jobs by shifting into park

How GM creates supply jobs by shifting into park; SEC fines GM; Amazon patents tech for autonomous commutes; Jag E-Pace spied; Mini Countryman gets the Works; Loyalty awards.

Automakers will continue Mexico investments despite Trump threats, study says

Forecasting firm LMC Automotive expects automakers will continue to invest in Mexico over the next four years despite tariff threats and social media shaming from President-elect Donald Trump.

Apple sued for not preventing texting and driving

Apple is facing a potential class-action lawsuit in California for declining to deploy technology that could prevent iPhone users from texting while driving.

CFPB head may have violated U.S. law with lending rules, U.S. House Republicans claim

In a blow against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just two days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, U.S. House Republicans accused the CFPB of potentially violating federal law

First Shift: 5 automakers unite to boost hydrogen

Toyota, four rivals unite to boost hydrogen; NAFTA exit would cost jobs, CAR warns; Ex-GM exec joins Trump team; More products for Tesla plant; Visteon keeps it simple; New Ram ads.

Takata's remaining two bidders to seek court-led turnaround in Japan, report says

Takata's two remaining bidders plan to propose a court-mediated turnaround for the Japanese operations of the troubled airbag supplier, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Maserati salesman killed in crash after filming self on Facebook going 111 mph

An employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colo., died in a car crash last weekend after he uploaded a Facebook Live video of himself accelerating from 0 to 111 mph in one of the store's

GM's $1 billion investment plan to take toll on American Axle

General Motors' plan to invest $1 billion into U.S. factories and add thousands of jobs comes at the expense of one Detroit supplier. American Axle & Manufacturing is losing part of its business to

VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to an electric version of the model that closely resembles the original T1 that began life in 1950.

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