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NAFTA talks resume amid push for quick deal
April 19

The trio of ministers leading talks to retool NAFTA meet again in Washington beginning Thursday as they continue to push for a deal in principle within weeks.

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.

First Shift: Ford claims mpg leadership with diesel F-150
April 19

Ford claims mpg crown with diesel F-150; McQueen's 'Bullitt' Mustang hits the Mall; Calif. agency probes Tesla workplace safety; CDK acquisition; What driver data can buy.

Ousted Cadillac chief de Nysschen: 'It's not personal, it's business'
April 19
Author: Michael Wayland

Johan de Nysschen unapologetically challenged leadership and the Cadillac team, while drawing the ire of many U.S. dealers with his ambitious -- and contentious -- Project Pinnacle plan to overhaul the brand and its retailers.

Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas
April 19

Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a compact four-wheeled chassis for electric mobility, and the Bio-hybrid, a lightweight four-wheel pedicycle.

New GM Canada president should feel right at home given his past
April 19
Author: John Irwin

The decline of Canada's auto assembly might feel familiar to Travis Hester. He spent his early years with GM at Holden, the Australian unit that ceased production last year, ending mass auto assembly there.

Tim Russi to leave Ally Financial
April 19
Author: Jackie Charniga

Tim Russi, the Ally Financial auto finance president who led many digital initiatives and helped expand the lender's dealership reach, is leaving the post, effective immediately.

As GM mulls options, how does bankruptcy work in S.Korea?
April 19

GM's Korean unit has warned that it would file for bankruptcy if there isn't a restructuring deal by Friday, as the operation is running out of cash to pay employees and suppliers amid slumping sales. A look at how South Korea's court-managed bankruptcy protection procedures work.

GM Korea, union fall short of deal before deadline
April 19

Wage talks between GM's South Korean unit and its labor union ended without an agreement on Thursday, a day before the deadline the company has set for filing for bankruptcy.

GM adds eBay CEO to board of directors
April 19
Author: Michael Wayland

GM CEO Mary Barra said Devin Wenig will bring "significant expertise in technology, global operations and strategic planning" to the automaker's board.

Daimler may buy tiny stake in Volvo, report says
April 19

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish automaker, a German business magazine reported, raising the possibility of increased ties between Mercedes and Volvo's Chinese owner, Geely.

Quick Shift: Tesla's workplace practices under investigation
April 19

California's Division of Occupational Health and Safety said Wednesday it was investigating the automaker over allegations of workplace hazards and misreporting injuries.

Wells Fargo nears $1 billion fine for auto loan, mortgage abuse
April 19

The settlement with federal regulators, led by the CFPB, is expected to cite Wells Fargo's practice of forcing auto insurance on some customers who took out loans to buy new vehicles.

Infiniti sets ambitious plan to hike China output
April 19
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand, looking to duck steep tariffs, aims to triple sales in the world's biggest auto market in five years by ramping up production of five new nameplates in China.

PSA fight to slash Opel factory costs intensifies
April 19

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.

AutoNews Now: Tough task for 'back-to-basics' Cadillac boss
April 19

Tough task for 'back-to-basics' Cadillac boss; Ally management shakeup; Infiniti China push, 'Avengers' ad; FCA profit-margin goal: Beat GM, Ford; Sales weaken in Europe.

Freudenberg mulls IPO for Vibracoustic unit
April 19

German technology group Freudenberg will decide in the fall on an initial public offering in 2019 of its automotive vibration control technology business Vibracoustic.

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 seeks faster Cadillac revival, parts with de Nysschen
April 18
Author: David Phillips Michael Wayland

GM, seeking an accelerated revival at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who will leave the automaker.

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.


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