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Conti tech chief works toward more AI
May 26

Continental's technology chief grapples with how to bring AI and connectivity together for a seamless auto experience.

Will a 4-banger cut it in GM's full-size pickups?
May 26

Why GM must explain its small-engine strategy for Silverado, Sierra. Plus, PSA's N.A. boss on car sharing, subscription services and future retailing.

Acura's story once lost its way, Ikeda says
May 26
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

In a quest to establish itself in a world that grew to include Lexus and Infiniti, the brand chief says Acura went down a "wandering road" where it lost touch with its roots.

TEACHING THE TITANS
May 26
Author: Jamie LaReau

The auto retail legends of today discuss the individuals who mentored them, and how that has prompted them to do likewise for the next generation.

Tesla scrambles jets to boost Model 3 battery output
May 25

Tesla has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for the Model 3 electric sedan. The move underscores Tesla CEO Elon Musk's urgency to get a grip on manufacturing problems that have hobbled the launch of the high-volume Model 3.

Audi CEO says diesel crisis not over and vows to stay on
May 25

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the company's diesel emissions affair was not over and promised to stay at the helm of the German luxury automaker, a German newspaper reported.

Next-gen Toyota Corolla hatch to start at just over $20,000
May 25
Author: Laurence Iliff

Toyota's redesigned Corolla hatchback, aimed at first-time buyers and manual-transmission fans, will go on sale in showrooms this summer for $20,910 for the entry-level model, including shipping.

Tesla settles class action lawsuit over 'dangerous' Autopilot
May 25

Tesla reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit with buyers of its Model S and Model X cars who alleged that the company's assisted-driving Autopilot system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous."

Ex-FCA employee pleads guilty to charge in UAW training center scandal
May 25
Author: Alexa St. John

Michael Brown was charged with lying to a federal grand jury about the scope of the scandal.

VW CEO counts on diplomacy to ease trade spat with U.S.
May 25

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is hopeful that diplomacy can help defuse trade tensions with the United States, which is exploring putting tariffs on auto imports.

First Shift: How auto import tariffs could impact dealers
May 25

How auto import tariffs could impact dealers; CARB's Nichols needles Trump; OnStar to the rescue; Ford's EV, AV move; Novelis to grow in China.

Texas dealership Mac Churchill Acura files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
May 25
Author: Anisa Jibrell

A dispute between majority and minority owners over the sale of Mac Churchill Acura of Fort Worth, Texas, has led to the store filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Tesla seeks to dismiss securities fraud lawsuit
May 25

Tesla asked a court to dismiss a securities fraud lawsuit by shareholders who said the electric vehicle maker gave false public statements about the progress of producing the Model 3 sedan.

Daimler faces recall of over 600,000 Mercedes diesel models, report says
May 25

Daimler faces a recall of more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including Mercedes C-class and G-class models because of suspected emissions manipulation, a German magazine reported.

FCA recalls 4.8 million U.S. cars, light trucks to fix software flaw
May 25

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million U.S. vehicles over a defect that could prevent drivers from deactivating cruise control and warned owners not to use the function until they receive software upgrades.

Canada's Trudeau raises import probe concerns with Trump
May 25

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with President Trump on Friday and raised "strong concerns" about a controversial U.S. probe into car and truck imports.

In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Waymo
May 25

A few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned.

AutoNews Now: FCA warns 4.8M owners: Don't use cruise control
May 25

FCA recalls 4.8M vehicles, tells owners to stop using cruise control; Tesla settles Autopilot suit; VW's Diess seeks diplomacy; Meals, wheels and one screwy squirrel.

Tony Merpi, advertising and marketing executive for Automotive News, dies
May 25

The energetic, good-humored native of Detroit was an endless source of marketing and promotional ideas — a sales executive who loved the automotive industry and, above all, valued the editorial integrity of the publication.

China said to back private investment in state automakers
May 25

China is considering encouraging state-owned automakers to bring in private car manufacturers as investors as it seeks to create an industrial champion to compete with global companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported.

VW to reinstate lobbyist after suspension over diesel fume tests, report says
May 25

Volkswagen plans to reinstate its chief lobbyist, Thomas Steg, who was suspended while the company investigated his role in tests that exposed monkeys and humans to toxic diesel fumes, a German newspaper reported.

U.S. import investigation borders on 'provocation,' German trade group says
May 24

A U.S. decision to launch a national security investigation into car imports borders on provocation, and marks a further low point in business ties with Europe that will hit both manufacturers and consumers, Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industries and Commerce said.

Big dealership groups have significant import exposure
May 24

Several U.S. dealership groups derive a significant portion of their revenue from imported vehicles, which could be affected if tariffs are imposed on car and light-truck imports under a controversial White House plan.

Musk tweet violates U.S. labor law, UAW alleges
May 24

In a complaint, the UAW alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening to take away employee stock options in retaliation for engaging in protected union activity.

Laugh test, flimsy logic, law of power, higher prices: Probe draws widespread condemnation
May 24

President Donald Trump has drawn swift and widespread condemnation for his potential crackdown on U.S. light-vehicle imports.

UAW president shows support for U.S. plan to explore import duties
May 24
Author: Michael Wayland

UAW President Dennis Williams is supportive of the Trump administration's efforts to launch a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs.

Novelis expands in China amid trade friction
May 24

Novelis is investing about $180 million to double its automotive aluminum body sheet capacity in China, as it seeks to tap demand from the country's growing electric vehicle market.

AutoNews Now: Uber AV failed to identify pedestrian- NTSB
May 24

Uber AV failed to identify pedestrian- NTSB; Mexico would take hardest tariff hit; EPA official: VW story 'not over'; UAW accuses Musk; Penske, Roush in NASCAR Hall of Fame.

First Shift: U.S. mulls new auto-import tariffs
May 24

U.S. mulls new auto-import tariffs; Musk vs. the media; Report: Apple to convert VW vans into AVs; Volvo to make more XC40s; Startup to make EVs at old Mitsubishi plant.

Elon Musk, in latest Tweet storm, channels Caesar, Soviet era media
May 24

Elon Musk, barely a month after his behavior on an earnings call shook investor confidence, hit out on Twitter with a series of combative posts this week, leaving many scratching their heads at best and prompting scrutiny from labor regulators at worst.

VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power
May 24
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be concentrating too much authority in a single manager.

California's top air regulator takes swipe at Trump
May 24

California's top air-quality official disputed the Trump administration's description of a meeting about the future of fuel economy standards, suggesting it was actually a dud.

Uber self-driving car failed to recognize pedestrian, brake in Ariz. fatality, U.S. finds
May 24

An Uber autonomous vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify the pedestrian or to brake, raising serious questions about its performance, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Thursday.

EPA, U.S. monitor rap pace of culture change at VW
May 24

A top EPA official says he is not satisfied with Volkswagen AG's efforts to improve accountability after the company's sweeping diesel emissions fraud and violations, a German newspaper reported Thursday.

Republicans in Congress slam Trump plan for auto imports
May 24

Some of President Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress say the administration's national security investigation of car and truck imports amid a trade spat with China is being pursued under false pretenses and could hurt U.S. consumers.

Toyota will build fuel cell stack plant in Japan
May 24

Toyota plans to build a plant to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to increase global annual sales of the vehicles to at least 30,000 from 3,000 now.


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