GM contract may yield flat per-vehicle labor costs even with hourly raises, study says

10:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

General Motors' labor costs per vehicle may decline slightly under the proposed four-year contract with its U.S. union that calls for across-the-board raises, according to the Center for Automotive Research.... Read More »

Hyundai to recall about 305,000 Sonatas in U.S. for brake pedal issues

11:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Hyundai plans to recall nearly 305,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace the brake pedal stopper pad, according to a posting on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.... Read More »

Daimler to invest $375 million to build diesel engines near Detroit

10:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The head of Daimler's commercial truck operation said the company will invest $375 million at a complex near Detroit to build diesel engines for medium duty trucks, expanding a strategy of building and selling trucks, engines, transmissions and axles as a package.... Read More »

Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showrooms

Nov. 20, 2015 11:18 CET

Volvo and Microsoft are working together to bring the tech company's augmented-reality goggles to Volvo showrooms next year to improve safety-feature demonstrations, car customization – and even to offer test drives using a hologram.... Read More »


VW mulls closure of showpiece Phaeton plant, report says

Nov. 19, 2015 17:46 CET

VW may close its so-called "transparent factory" in Germany that builds the Phaeton sedan as the embattled automaker seeks to reduce costs, a report said.... Read More »

U.S. probes Bosch in VW cheating scandal, report says

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

U.S. authorities are investigating German auto supplier Robert Bosch over its role in Volkswagen's massive scheme to cheat U.S. emission standards, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

N.A. auto production will remain strong in 2016, analyst says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

North American auto production rose 1 percent in October and “should remain strong” through the next 12 to 18 months thanks to strong truck demand, healthy inventories and a strengthening economy, Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst David Leiker wrote in a note today.... Read More »

Japanese supplier INOAC agrees to $2.35 million U.S. price-fixing fine

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Japanese supplier INOAC agreed to plead guilty to fixing prices -- and pay a $2.35 million criminal fine -- on auto parts sold to Toyota between 2004 and 2012, the U.S. Justice Department said today.... Read More »

UAW partners with Germany's IG Metall to push for better U.S. wages, union representation

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The UAW and Germany's largest autoworker union, IG Metall, have joined forces to push for improved wages and working conditions at the U.S. plants of German auto and parts manufacturers.... Read More »


VW will delay China JV stake increase due to scandal costs

Nov. 19, 2015 12:43 CET

VW is delaying its plan to boost its stake in its joint venture with China's FAW Group after reviewing the investment in the wake of its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

UK production fell 1% in October but 10-month output highest since 2005

Nov. 19, 2015 10:41 CET

UK car production slipped 0.7 percent in October but output after 10 months is still at its highest level since 2005.... Read More »

UAW 'optimistic' Ford deal will gain approval despite setbacks

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles today urged the union’s members to vote for the tentative contract with Ford Motor Co. and said he’s “optimistic” the agreement will be approved despite key “no” votes in recent days.... Read More »

Ford contract rejected at 2 more plants; UAW leaders scramble to win approval

6:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

UAW leaders are scrambling to save a proposed contract with Ford after workers at two large assembly plants overwhelmingly voted against it Tuesday. Members of UAW Local 862 in Louisville rejected the tentative agreement by a 2-1 margin.... Read More »

Audi says gift cards help it identify owners of tainted diesels

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen AG's “goodwill gesture” of $1,000 worth of gift cards to owners of cars with engines that pollute more than the law allows is helping the company identify those autos when it comes time to fix them, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said.... Read More »

Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness.... Read More »

Tesla in talks with Germany over possible battery factory

Nov. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

Tesla is in discussions with the German government about building a battery factory in the country. Tesla has said that Germany is a key market for its household battery-storage systems.... Read More »

Ford's Nigerian plant turns out first vehicle

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Ford's new Nigerian assembly plant has built its first model and will produce an initial 10 vehicles a day for the domestic market, the carmaker said today.... Read More »

Penske buys N.J.-based dealership group

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Penske Automotive Group Inc. has bought the Schneider Nelson Auto Group in a deal expected to generate annual revenue of about $175 million.... Read More »

Ford reboots 2017 Escape with 2 new engines, stop-start, safety upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Ford is making substantial changes to the Escape crossover, giving the exterior a more rugged, upscale look, and adding safety technology from more expensive vehicles. The 2017 Escape gets a redesigned interior and two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, both of which come packaged with stop-start to improve fuel efficiency.... Read More »

Takata airbag recall gets more complicated, and messy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Craig Jorgensen owns a Honda CR-V and a Toyota Avalon, both originally fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags. His experience in the biggest combined safety recall in U.S. automotive history shows just how complicated the process is.... Read More »


New Camaro's light show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's available specialty interior lighting makes you say, "Wow."... Read More »

Detroit shifts car output to Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford and Fiat Chrysler are essentially giving up on trying to build mass-market cars profitably in the United States, instead shifting most production of those nameplates to Mexico so they can dedicate U.S. plants to higher-margin pickups and SUVs.... Read More »

Emissions harmony, finally?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

As the next head of global engineering group FISITA, GM powertrain boss Dan Nicholson wants to push for emissions regulation harmonization while the topic is high on government agendas in the wake of the VW scandal.... Read More »

Ford workers in Kansas City reject UAW deal

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

UAW workers at one of the Ford plants that produces the F-150 pickup voted to reject the tentative labor deal between the automaker and the union.... Read More »

Auto execs expect uptick in M&A deals through 2016

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Global automotive merger and acquisition activity is expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey of auto executives.... Read More »

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