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Muscle cars do the heavy lifting
Nov. 17

Pennsylvania dealerships' annual car show builds brand recognition while raising money for a heartwarming charitable cause.

A safety evolution in new-gen pickups
Nov. 17
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have violently demonstrated just how safe the latest generation of pickups has become, even compared with models from only a few years ago.

Porsche sees dealer gold in classic cars
Nov. 17
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Porsche is looking to expand its Porsche Classic operations to build its lucrative vehicle service business through its U.S. dealerships.

Can Ford's baby Bronco take on Jeep's Renegade?
Nov. 17

Will Ford's upcoming off-road compact CUV have what it takes to compete with a popular Jeep? Plus, why Colorado dealers continue to pick up more light-truck customers.

Maserati seeks to reverse sales, profit slide after being treated 'almost like a mass-market brand'
Nov. 17
Author: Andrea Malan

FCA's slumping Maserati business is a headache for new CEO Mike Manley after the brand's profitability and vehicle sales went into a steep slide.

VW's EV commitment is 15 million vehicles, not 50 million
Nov. 16

Volkswagen Group corrected a key figure used by CEO Herbert Diess in an interview with Automotive News to describe the extent of the automaker's plans for electric vehicles.

VW CEO Diess will take responsibility for China business
Nov. 16

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess will take on responsibility for the automaker's business in China in addition to his other duties.

Trump upbeat about trade deal after receiving China response
Nov. 16

President Trump said he is optimistic about resolving the trade dispute with China after receiving a response to his demands from Beijing, ahead of a meeting this month with China's Xi Jinping.

Ex-Bosch engineers seek to make self-driving cars safer
Nov. 16

A company formed by two veteran Bosch engineers is seeking to make the open-source software that powers many experimental self-driving cars safe and reliable.

First Shift: As new Corolla debuts, Toyota plans Camry slowdown
Nov. 16

As new Corolla debuts, Toyota plans Camry slowdown; Diess to oversee VW China?; AAA: Automated 'pilot' tech misleading consumers; Vauxhall's Brexit choice.

Musk to prowl production lines in push for Model 3 milestone
Nov. 16

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will walk the entire Model 3 production line on Nov. 27 and 28. He said all assembly areas need to be able to support making 1,000 cars per day.

VW to spend $50.2 billion on electric, autonomous vehicles by 2023
Nov. 16

Volkswagen Group said it will spend 44 billion euros ($50.2 billion) on electric vehicles, digitalization, autonomous driving and new mobility services by 2023. The 44 billion euro plan is 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) more compared with last year's planning round. The automaker also plans to increase productivity of its factories by 30 percent by 2025.

Toyota slows Camry production as U.S. demand for sedans craters further
Nov. 16

Toyota is slowing down production of the Camry, the top-selling car in the U.S. for 16 years running, underscoring the ongoing slump besetting sedans.

Trump wants acting EPA head Wheeler to become permanent
Nov. 16

President Donald Trump said he would nominate the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to take on the position permanently.

VW plans to convert two more German plants to build EVs
Nov. 16

VW will convert two more plants in Germany to build electric vehicles, creating what the automaker said will be Europe's largest EV production network.

AutoNews Now: VW CEO on talks with Ford: Merger 'never' discussed
Nov. 16

VW CEO on Ford talks: Merger 'never' discussed; Tesla Model 3 orders begin in China; Where Volvo's Polestar sees opportunity; How gasoline fuels Toyota's efficiency push.

VW's supervisory board eyes multi-billion electrification plan
Nov. 16

VW's top board is due to vote on a multibillion-euro investment plan, including steps to retool three German plants to mass produce EVs and to explore alliances with battery partners and competitors.

VW builds Europe's biggest electric-car plant
Nov. 16

Volkswagen will invest $1.4 billion to revamp a plant in eastern Germany into Europe's largest electric-car factory, giving chase to a global move into affordable zero-emission vehicles.

Musk's infamous tweet creates layers of litigation for Tesla
Nov. 16

Elon Musk's infamous tweet saying he'd secured funding to take Tesla private did so much damage to so many different kinds of investors that he should have multiple class-action suits, lawyers said.

Mazda-Toyota alliance prepares to break ground on $1.6 billion Alabama auto plant
Nov. 16
Author: Danielle Szatkowski

The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing joint venture said it planned to begin construction next month of its giant $1.6 billion assembly plant in Alabama, with hopes of launching production in 2021.

Tesla starts taking Model 3 orders in China
Nov. 16

Tesla has started taking orders for its Model 3 sedan in China for a deposit of 8,000 yuan ($1,153), according to the electric carmaker's China website.

First Shift: Hackett: Ford in 'delicate dance' with VW
Nov. 15

Hackett: Ford in 'delicate dance' with VW; Mulally upbeat on Ford; AutoNation's Fair deal; Dems to demand changes to trade deal; Krafcik: AVs have limits; Tennis star's new Nissan.

AutoNews Now: Jeep Gladiator pickup undisguised
Nov. 15

Jeep Gladiator pickup undisguised; Honda Passport's path to L.A.; EU threatens U.S. after tariff talks; Aston Martin's Palmer has 'clarity' concerns; Elon Musk's 'big' booze fight.

Supplier Dayco receives two offers, could fetch $1 billion, report says
Nov. 15

Dayco, a maker of engine parts for vehicles and industrial equipment, has received offers from bidders including Apollo Global and Gores Group, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

VW, FCA, hit hard as Europe sales fall 7%
Nov. 15

VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fell 7 percent following the introduction of a new testing regime in September.

Daimler Financial chairman's retirement spurs leadership changes at Mercedes-Benz captive
Nov. 15
Author: Jackie Charniga

Peter Zieringer, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, will leave his post to lead Daimler Financial Services' European operations. Peter Henn will replace him.

AutoNation teams up with Fair in latest digital outreach
Nov. 15
Author: Hannah Lutz

AutoNation is partnering with Fair, a used-vehicle leasing subscription service, to offer customers a flexible lease option.

Honda's revived Passport will slot between CR-V and Pilot
Nov. 15
Author: David Phillips

The Honda Passport, being revived as a two-row crossover slotted between the CR-V and Pilot, will compete next year with the Ford Edge, Chevrolet's new Blazer, Hyundai's Santa Fe and Nissan's Murano.

Industry groups say steel and auto tariffs undermine USMCA
Nov. 15
Author: Eric Kulisch

Auto industry groups used a trade commission hearing to warn about the ill effects from U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, and potential new tariffs on autos and auto parts.

Tesla buys trucking companies to boost deliveries, Musk says
Nov. 15

Elon Musk is apparently charting his way out of what he's referred to as “delivery logistics hell” by making acquisitions and lining up more contracts with car haulers.

Ford open to investors in autonomous vehicles but cautious on VW, Hackett says
Nov. 15

Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the automaker is open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG is a "delicate dance."

Uber has a new rival in the world's most congested city
Nov. 15

China' Didi Chuxing says it will butt heads with Uber in Mexico City, Latin America's biggest metropolis, starting as soon as next month. And a startup owned by Daimler also is coming to town.

Ford's blueprint to turn self-driving tech into profits
Nov. 15
Author: Pete Bigelow

Just because Ford doesn't have plans to launch a commercial business with autonomous vehicles until 2021 does not necessarily mean the company is behind, argues Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles.

Toyota pumps mojo into redesigned Corolla
Nov. 15
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The revamped 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will hit the streets on a new platform and with a more powerful engine option and edgier design that gives off a more athletic look. The Corolla, consistently among the top-selling light vehicles in the U.S., faces persistent headwinds in a market shifting to light trucks.

Jeep Gladiator pickup: A first look
Nov. 15

Fiat Chrysler accidentally -- or maybe on purpose -- leaked pictures and specs of the new Jeep pickup that goes on sale next year. The eagle-eyed spies over at the Jeep Gladiator Forum, formerly the Jeep Scrambler Forum, caught a few details on an FCA website before the company took it down.


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