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Ford claims 30 mpg F-150 diesel wins pickup mileage crown
April 19
Author: Michael Martinez

The first diesel F-150 will get 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup when it hits showrooms in May.

Tesla's key statistic in Autopilot defense comes under scrutiny
April 18
Author: Ryan Beene

Tesla's ardent defense of its Autopilot system is getting heat from safety advocates who question a key data point the company has been citing to plead its case.

Quick Shift: The other fight between Detroit and California
April 18

The EPA's decision to roll back emissions standards could pose an engineering problem for Detroit automakers and health problems for Californians.

VW's Electrify America to install EV chargers at Walmart stores in 34 states
April 18

Volkswagen unit Electrify America will install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 100 Walmart store locations in 34 states by mid-2019 as part of Electrify's plans to bolster charging infrastructure across the country.

Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as European sales fall
April 18

Nissan, Ford and Fiat saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide registrations fell by 5 percent, hit by drops in three of the region's five biggest markets, Germany, the UK and Italy.

Ford revives Mustang Cobra Jet for 50th anniversary
April 18
Author: Michael Martinez

The automaker said the new Cobra Jet will be the fastest Mustang to ever come from the factory, with a quarter-mile time of about 8.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 150 mph.

GM offers in-dash fuel payments in 3-city pilot program
April 18
Author: Michael Wayland

The feature is being piloted in roughly 1 million Chevrolet vehicles at select Shell stations in the Detroit, Seattle and Houston metropolitan areas.

Credit experts in Canada warn of creeping negative equity
April 18
Author: John Irwin

Canadian buyers are attracted to longer loan periods but still want to break their loans in the fourth year, putting them upside-down.

AutoNews Now: De Nysschen out at Cadillac; GM Canada exec takes helm
April 18

De Nysschen out at Cadillac, GM Canada exec takes helm; Senate votes to scrap CFPB guidance on auto loans; A premium debate: The 'new regular'; Buying Chevy's gas from in-dash.

Young buyers in Canada piling on auto-loan debt
April 18
Author: John Irwin

Canadian millennials are taking on more auto-loan debt, defying perceptions that they don't care about vehicle ownership and prefer to use Uber and Lyft.

First Shift: Senate opens door to repeal CFPB loan guidance
April 18

Senate opens door to repeal CFPB loan guidance; Tesla trying 24/7 Model 3 output; Ford's patient shuttle; Lexus, BMW, Buick offer peeks at Beijing debuts; Mitsu's U.S. sales vision.

CFPB director to Congress: 'Take my power away'
April 18
Author: Jackie Charniga

Despite insistence that he has not "burned the place down," Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the CFPB, is pushing for increased oversight of the Bureau.

CDK Global buys digital agency Progressus Media
April 18
Author: Anisa Jibrell

CDK Global has acquired Progressus Media, provider of mobile advertising services for dealerships and automotive marketing companies, for an undisclosed amount -- a move that bolsters the software giant's advertising business.

Cimarrons, class and 'how I roll': De Nysschen riffs, quips
April 18
Author: Anisa Jibrell

Johan de Nysschen, the ousted head of Cadillac who helped Volkswagen AG's Audi brand achieve U.S. prominence a decade ago and later steered Infiniti, has been one of the auto industry's most outspoken executives. Here's a look at some of his memorable quotes through the years.

Will new tech help or hurt residuals?
April 18
Author: James B. Treece

GM President Dan Ammann thinks new technology doesn't have to hurt a vehicle's residual values, contrary to the generally accepted wisdom -- and here is why.

F&I penetration rises even at luxury stores
April 18
Author: Hannah Lutz

F&I penetration on new- and used-vehicle sales grew last year at luxury-brand dealerships, despite the prevalence of leasing among luxury customers, a NADA report shows.

Tesla faces workplace safety probe at Calif. plant
April 18

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened a new investigation into Tesla following a report about worker protections at the company's plant in Fremont, Calif.

Lexus' next-gen ES sports new contours, tweaked spindle grille
April 18
Author: Laurence Iliff

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which debuts at the Beijing auto show next week, will feature a more stylized body with a prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.

German prosecutors probe Porsche board member over emissions
April 18

German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations.

Maryland sends recall reminders to 40,000 drivers
April 18
Author: Eric Kulisch

Under a new initiative, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has reminded 40,000 motorists that their vehicles have been recalled for safety defects and should be taken to a franchised dealership to be fixed at no charge.

GM replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen
April 18
Author: David Phillips Michael Wayland

GM, seeking an accelerated turnaround at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the automaker immediately.

Examples help sell tech protection
April 18

Use specific examples to show the value of F&I products that protect in-vehicle technology, said Rick Regrut, finance manager at Smail Kia in Greensburg, Pa. Repairs for backup cameras, screens and other technology can be costly. “I had a Cadillac that had a key system fail, and it cost $2,000 to replace,” Regrut said. “Customers respond well to those examples.”

Ford launches shuttle service for nonemergency medical appointments
April 18
Author: Michael Martinez

Patients can schedule pickup and drop-off times up to 30 days in advance of a nonemergency medical appointment. A driver will pick them up from their home or nursing facility and transport them to the hospital and back.

GM, in electric push, sets Buick Velite 6 PHEV, EV for China
April 17
Author: Michael Wayland

The first vehicle announced under General Motors' ambitious effort to introduce at least 20 electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 will be the Buick Velite 6 for China.

Smaller Opel/Vauxhall dealer network will focus on performance, customer satisfaction
April 17

PSA Group will focus its slimmed-down Opel/Vauxhall dealership network across Europe on sales performance and customer satisfaction.

The octane game: Auto industry lobbies for 95 as new regular
April 17
Author: Richard Truett

The auto industry is finally getting traction on its quest to make 95 RON octane gasoline -- basically the same grade as Europe's regular and the lowest grade of premium here -- the new regular in the United States.

First Shift: China to lift foreign-ownership limits
April 17

China to lift foreign-ownership limits on automakers; Tesla halts Model 3 output; VW to tweak logo, review ad agency; FCA recalling new Stelvio to fix leaks; Lear's smart-seat strategy.

Ghosn confirms review of Renault-Nissan capital structure
April 17

Carlos Ghosn said he is open to all options as Renault and Nissan explore deeper ties. The two automakers are in talks to merge, according to reports.

TomTom Q1 earnings up as sales to automakers rise 42%
April 17

TomTom, the Dutch navigation and mapping company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter core earnings, despite a decline in sales.

Electrify America selects suppliers for U.S. high-speed EV chargers
April 17

Volkswagen unit Electrify America has selected several suppliers, including Switzerland's ABB and South Korea's Signet EV, to install more than 2,000 high-speed electric vehicle chargers in the United States by the end of 2019.

Tesla shifts to 24/7 Model 3 output to hit weekly target
April 17

Tesla will begin around-the-clock production at its Fremont, Calif., assembly plant as it tries to ramp up Model 3 output to 6,000 a week by the end of June, according to an internal company email.

Japan lost the smartphone battle. Now it lags on connected cars
April 17

In the race to build cars with digitally connected services -- such as ordering coffee on the dashboard display -- Toyota and Nissan risk being held back by their home market.

Mercedes to wrap GLS in Maybach ultraluxury
April 17

A Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS class is finally in the works, and the automaker plans to preview the upcoming ultraluxury, full-size SUV at the Beijing auto show in concept form in a matter of days.

U.S. Senate votes to repeal CFPB's auto-lending guidance
April 17
Author: Hannah Lutz

A resolution rescinding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance, which aims to limit dealerships' retail margin on loans, passed by a narrow margin in the Senate. It will head to the House floor next for a vote.

China to scrap foreign ownership caps on automakers by 2022
April 17

The move is a major policy shift that will open the market wider to automakers such as Nissan and Tesla. It comes amid a trade standoff between Washington and Beijing, and signals the end of a 1994 rule in the biggest auto market that limits foreign automakers to a 50 percent share of any local venture.

Quick Shift: Toyota touts new talking cars
April 17

Toyota's cars will start talking to one another in 2021 using short-range communications technology.

AutoNews Now: Hypercar makers gun toward 300 mph
April 17

Top guns in speed: Hypercar makers race toward 300 mph; VW scores dual court win; Mahindra forms EV subsidiary; Japan cool to connectivity; BMW 3-D printing venture.

VW diesel lawsuits in Fla., Utah dismissed by federal judge
April 17

A U.S. judge dismissed environmental lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions by Salt Lake County and Hillsborough County, Fla.

For GM, VW and their Chinese partners, breaking up may be hard
April 17

Some marriages are just too hard to break up. The many joint ventures between multinational automakers and their Chinese betrothed might be just that.

New 1.5-liter Ford engine can run on just 2 cylinders
April 17
Author: Richard Truett

For the first time in more than a century, Ford will offer a vehicle in the U.S. with an engine that can run on two cylinders.


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