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Innovative minds help tech's dream come true
Feb. 24
Author: Michael Martinez

At Kenny Kent Toyota in Evansville, Austin Frazier, a 23-year-old with spina bifida, may be the dealership's most inspirational employee yet.

Stability at Sergio’s house, a shakeup at Ford’s Glass House
Feb. 24

Will Sergio’s successor be a product, numbers or turnaround guru?; Pronouncing Marchionne can be maddening; Ford won’t tolerate ‘inappropriate behavior.’

Program to speed border crossing advances
Feb. 24
Author: Eric Kulisch

After testing the waters for more than a dozen years, authorities are gearing up to operationalize the concept of placing U.S. Customs officers on Canadian soil to clear shipments there, rather than at the U.S. port of entry.

Backers of V2V aren't waiting for a mandate
Feb. 24
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

Government groups and auto industry insiders are meeting up at conferences to talk about how to get this complicated tech out there.

First Shift: A break for Tesla faithful?
Feb. 23

Break for Tesla faithful?; GM said to mull Korea wage freeze, extension of Canada production cuts; Nissan robotaxi test; Mini output in China?; Losing incentive for incentives.

AutoNews Now: Geely chair Daimler's biggest solo shareholder
Feb. 23

Geely chair Daimler's biggest solo shareholder, Senators seek Daimler probe; Cashing in on car's data; VW's '18 outlook; Buick Envision gets family makeover; Mustang painted-pony promo.

VW pledges rules to ensure moral, ethical behavior after latest reputational damage
Feb. 23

VW will take steps to bring its academic research projects into line with moral standards, the carmaker said, seeking to demonstrate lessons learned from the latest diesel scandal aftershock.

VW settles diesel owner suit on eve of trial
Feb. 23

Volkswagen AG's U.S. unit on Friday resolved a lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man whose diesel emissions case was set to be the first to go to trial on Monday.

U.S. senators press Justice Department on Daimler emissions probe
Feb. 23

Two senators urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate Daimler after a media report alleged the automaker used potentially illegal software to pass diesel emissions tests.

GM Korea seeks to trim benefits, wages, letter says
Feb. 23

GM will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year along with a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit to cut costs, according to an internal letter.

BMW will seek China production site for Mini EVs
Feb. 23

BMW said it plans to choose a production site in China for Mini electric cars after signing a letter of intent on a joint venture with Great Wall Motor Co.

Tesla expects to hit cap for federal tax credits in 2018
Feb. 23
Author: Katie Burke

Tesla said it will likely sell its 200,000th vehicle this year -- the volume cap at which the $7,500 federal tax incentive for electric vehicles begins to be phased out.

Nissan takes first stop on road to autonomous taxis with Easy Ride
Feb. 23

Nissan is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous vehicle services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber and other companies.

Chief of China's Geely builds $9 billion stake in Daimler
Feb. 23

Li Shufu, the chairman and main owner of Chinese carmaker Geely, has amassed a stake of 9.69 percent in Daimler AG, the German company said Friday. The stake, worth nearly $9 billion at the current market price for Daimler shares, makes Li the biggest single shareholder in the maker of Mercedes Benz cars, trucks and vans.

BMW to recall 11,700 cars after installing wrong engine software
Feb. 23

BMW said it would recall 11,700 cars to fix their engine management software after it discovered that the wrong programming had been installed on its 5- and 7-series models.

Self-driving cars with 'remote' drivers could test on Calif. roads in April
Feb. 23

Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel could be tested on California roads as early as April.

Founder of Ford-owned Chariot out as CEO
Feb. 23
Author: Michael Martinez

Ali Vahabzadeh, who co-founded the Chariot shuttle service, will remain on its board of directors following an early February departure as CEO.

VW nearly doubled 2017 profit, tempers 2018 outlook on economy, diesel risks
Feb. 23

VW offered a cautious earnings and sales forecast for 2018 after nearly doubling profit last year -- helped by record sales of Audi and Porsche models and cost cuts at its VW brand.

GM to hire at Oshawa plant despite current production decline, Unifor says
Feb. 23
Author: John Irwin

GM Canada will likely hire fewer people than originally thought at its Oshawa assembly plant as a result of cutbacks in car production, a local Unifor official said.

Valeo second-half net income falls 24% on r&d push, U.S. tax charge
Feb. 23

Valeo's net income fell 24 percent in the second half of 2017 as the supplier faced adverse exchange rates and raw material prices, invested more into r&d and took a one-off tax charge.

GM to extend cutback in car production at Oshawa plant, report says
Feb. 22
Author: John Irwin

General Motors is reportedly extending its cutback of car production at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant until May 28 amid sharp declines in North American car sales.

AutoNews Now: Lincoln's Galhotra named Ford N.A. chief
Feb. 22

Lincoln's Galhotra to replace Nair as Ford N.A. chief; Consumer Reports names Genesis top brand; C-R's top 10 models; BMW, Takata settle suits; The Land Rover of mobile phones.

Ford picks Kumar Galhotra to replace Raj Nair as North America chief
Feb. 22
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford tapped Kumar Galhotra, a company veteran who steered the Lincoln luxury brand back to respectability, to replace Raj Nair, who was ousted after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behavior," as its president of North America.

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.

Former Cadillac, Penske official Jere Kitzmiller dies at 84
Feb. 22
Author: Jackie Charniga

A factory man beloved in retail is an anomaly in the automotive business. So was Jere Kitzmiller, a longtime Cadillac employee who died last month in Newport Beach, Calif., from flu and pneumonia complications. He was 84.

Magna Q4 sales up on BMW, Jaguar launches
Feb. 22

Canadian supplier Magna International reported stronger fourth-quarter profits and revenue, driven by more business in Europe and the launch of new cars for BMW and Jaguar.

First Shift: New Santa Fe Hyundai's 1st U.S. diesel
Feb. 22

New Santa Fe to be Hyundai's 1st U.S. diesel; Ford's Nair out after probe into 'inappropriate behavior'; Neo-Nazis trying to infiltrate Daimler?; Tops in rear-crash prevention.

BMW settles U.S. lawsuit claiming it refused to refund leases to military personnel
Feb. 22
Author: Hannah Lutz

BMW Financial Services North America has agreed to pay more than $2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Cadillac XT5, Subaru Outback nab top rating in rear-crash program
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

The Cadillac XT5 and Subaru Outback fared the best in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new rear-crash prevention rating system.

Ousted Ford exec loses at least $5 million in bonuses
Feb. 22
Author: Michael Martinez

Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to him last year, as well as a number of other bonuses and awards.

Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping down as chairman of the world's fourth-largest parts supplier.

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.

Buick Envision undergoes nip, tuck for 2019
Feb. 22
Author: Michael Wayland

Buick is freshening the 2019 Buick Envision to better align the crossover with the brand's other models -- most notably its best-selling Encore.

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.

Genesis supplants Audi atop Consumer Reports' latest brand rankings
Feb. 22
Author: Jackie Charniga

Hyundai's upstart Genesis luxury brand supplanted Audi atop Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands. Subaru and Kia tied for the highest ranked mass-market brands.

Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly airbags
Feb. 22

Takata agreed to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators.

Visteon lands record new business in 2017
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

Electronics supplier Visteon reported record new business gains in 2017 and a dip in sales in the fourth quarter resulting from discontinued operations and customer pricing.

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.

Delphi Technologies posts record quarterly revenue, higher operating income
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

In its first quarterly report since Delphi Automotive split, Delphi Technologies reported record revenue and higher operating income.


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