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Former Audi board members have homes searched in emissions probe
Feb. 22

German prosecutors searched the homes of three new suspects in connection with Audi's emissions scandal, further widening their inquiry to include former executives.

S. Korea to quickly conduct due diligence on GM's local unit, minister says
Feb. 22

South Korea plans to conduct due diligence on the ailing South Korean unit of General Motors, a government finance official said. GM has asked for financial support for the the unit.

VW may face new U.S. emissions probe, lawmaker says
Feb. 22

Congress should investigate new allegations that VW diesel cars were sold overseas with rigged software, a Republican lawmaker said.

Uber CEO will court carmakers beyond Toyota for self-driving
Feb. 22

Toyota and Uber plan to team up on autonomous driving as technological changes sweep through the transportation industry.

German neo-Nazis are trying to infiltrate Daimler, works council says
Feb. 22

Neo-Nazis are attempting to infiltrate Daimler to turn a key German engine factory into a showcase for their views, the plant's works council said.

VW avoids strikes with 4.3% wage hike for German workers
Feb. 21

VW agreed to raise the wages of more than 120,000 workers in Germany, averting threats of widespread strikes at the automaker.

Daimler takes a jab at Tesla e-trucks plan as rivalry heats up
Feb. 21

Daimler cast doubt on Tesla's plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic.

Why sweet lease deals are going away
Feb. 21
Author: Jesse Snyder

A flood of off-lease vehicles, including SUVs and crossovers, and other factors will make it more difficult for automakers to offer tempting lease deals.

Auto balance growth rate slows
Feb. 21
Author: Hannah Lutz

Last quarter, auto borrowers' total loan balance outstanding grew at the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2012, while delinquency rates plateaued, TransUnion says.

Audi to launch integrated toll collection
Feb. 21
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Audi said it will begin integrating automated toll payment technology into its vehicles in the United States this year that will allow drivers to pay tolls without the need for an additional device.

Dallas luxury group dives into subscription market
Feb. 21
Author: Laurence Iliff

The service offers unlimited vehicle switches and free pickup and delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at no additional charge.

Entrepreneur Stefan Quandt becomes BMW's most powerful shareholder
Feb. 21

Stefan Quandt has become BMW's largest-single shareholder, giving him a big enough stake to block any potential takeover of the automaker, a regulatory filing showed.

Volvo speeds up electrification with new V60 wagon
Feb. 21
Author: Douglas A. Bolduc

Volvo will accelerate its shift toward electrified models by offering its new V60 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains. US customers initially will be offered only the more powerful of the two: the T8 plug-in hybrid.

Electrification, autonomy won't gain widespread adoption for decades, CAR study says
Feb. 21
Author: Michael Martinez

Although most major automakers are pouring billions into electrification and autonomy, the Center for Automotive Research predicts those investments could slow in the coming years and that such vehicles will represent only a fraction of sales a decade from now.

Nobody wants to let Google win war for maps all over again
Feb. 21

Google emerged years ago as the winner in digital maps by blanketing the globe with its street-mapping cars and software expertise that couldn't be matched. Nobody wants to let Google win again.

First Shift: 10-year GM Korea rescue plan?
Feb. 21

10-year GM Korea rescue plan?; Bosch buys Detroit startup; VW tries to delay trials, citing 'inflammatory' comments on Netflix; New Lexus hybrid math.

GM offers 10-year, $2.8 billion plan for Korea unit, lawmaker says
Feb. 21

General Motors has offered a new investment plan for its South Korean business after threatening to exit the country amid mounting losses, a lawmaker from the nation's ruling party said.

AutoNews Now: Lots of spending, long road to AVs
Feb. 21

Study predicts long road to AVs; Daimler truck-talks Tesla; Volvo's new plug-in pair; Pitch the toll pass, buy an Audi?; This billionaire can block a BMW takeover.

Nissan's EV campaign expected to get boost from Mitsubishi investment
Feb. 21

Nissan may get a boost from a deepening relationship with Japan's biggest trading house as access to battery materials becomes a priority amid the industry's push into electric vehicles.

Bosch establishes new mobility services division
Feb. 21
Author: Katie Burke

Robert Bosch is joining the wave of suppliers shifting their organizational structures to brace for massive industry changes.

Raj Nair leaves Ford over 'inappropriate behavior'
Feb. 21
Author: Michael Martinez

Raj Nair, president of Ford in North America, has left the automaker after he was accused of "inappropriate behavior," Ford said. The company did not divulge the nature of Nair's behavior.

Quick Shift: Mobility news for 2.21.2018
Feb. 21

Hello from your friends at Quick Shift, where even a slow news day feels more packed than U.S. Highway 101 during rush hour.

Train one person to handle sales, F&I
Feb. 21

Have one person handle the sales and F&I process, but put the appropriate training in place, suggests Alan Sheynin of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Greenwich in Connecticut. “Clients should not be passed on from person to person,” he said. “We have in-house training. Certainly myself and the other managers in-house coach up our sales managers. They have to put their F&I hats on once the car is sold.”

Hyundai's first U.S. diesel to be in next-gen Santa Fe
Feb. 21
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe will include the brand's first diesel offering in the United States as it continues to rework its car-heavy lineup.

Ford aims to set up German bank this year to offset Brexit risk
Feb. 21

Ford hopes to set up a bank in Germany in the second half after applying for a license in the country as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from the UK leaving the EU.

Don't fret over data security; try these steps
Feb. 21
Author: Hannah Lutz

One of the biggest security hazards for dealerships and their vendors is a data breach, but many are unsure of the best ways to protect their information, EFG says.

Toyota readies cheaper EV motors by halving rare-earth metal use
Feb. 20

Toyota is readying electric motors that use as much as 50 percent less in rare-earth metals amid concern of a supply crunch as automakers race to expand their EV lineups.

AutoNews Now: Tesla's delay could be Chevy Bolt's gain
Feb. 20

Tesla's delay could be Chevy Bolt's gain; Beating Benz, BMW; Marchionne gets $12M in pay, $36M in stock; VW's electric Vizzion; Lexus, Kia product teases; Stymied by stink bugs.

Israeli startup Otonomo takes on Google in rush to process car data
Feb. 20

Israeli startup Otonomo is taking on giant software companies including Google in the rush to process and monetize the mass of data being produced by today's connected cars.

Quick Shift: London says no to self-driving cars
Feb. 20

Good morning from Quick Shift, your source for daily news on the future of transportation.

VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected
Feb. 20

A Virginia judge rejected a request by VW to delay several of the company's trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners.

Toyota recalls Tundra, Sequoia for seat and traction-control problems
Feb. 20
Author: Laurence Iliff

Toyota will recall 8,800 Tundra pickups from the 2017 model year for a seat problem, and 65,000 2018 Tundras and Sequoia SUVs for a glitch that could turn off stability control and other systems.

Lexus will debut UX crossover with taillamp fins
Feb. 20
Author: Hans Greimel

Lexus plans to commit to its belated entry in the hot small crossover segment by debuting its UX at the Geneva auto show on March 6.

NBA All-Star Weekend boosts Autotrader's new site
Feb. 20
Author: Jackie Charniga

Autotrader took advantage of its long-standing NBA sponsorship to promote its redesigned website and set a record in online traffic during All-Star Weekend.

Marchionne collects $36 million stock award, $12 million in base pay
Feb. 20

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne collected shares valued at about 29 million euros ($35.7 million) for the three-year period ended in 2016, according to the Italian-American automaker's 2017 annual report.

Deadly cobalt mines linked to child labor thrive in rush for EV batteries
Feb. 20

The appetite for EVs is driving a cobalt production boom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines are dangerous and employ child labor -- a concern for carmakers.

GM plans to build 2 new models in S. Korea, says lawmaker
Feb. 20

General Motors plans to produce two new models in South Korea, a local lawmaker quoted GM executive Barry Engle as saying at a meeting with South Korean members of parliament.

Net soars at ADESA's parent on tax gains
Feb. 20
Author: Jesse Snyder

Net income at KAR Auction Services, ADESA's parent, soared in the fourth quarter because of a special gain related to the changes in federal corporate taxes.

GM offers $2.2B debt-for-equity swap in return for S. Korea's support, report says
Feb. 20

GM has offered to convert debt owed by its ailing South Korean operation into equity in exchange for financial support and tax benefits from Seoul.

First Shift: A lifeline for GM Korea?
Feb. 20

GM said to offer debt-for-equity swap to buoy Korea unit; Toyota finds way to cut EV battery costs; Hyundai Nexo rolling tech showcase; World without Camrys?; Cars, pets and Google.


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