Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Infiniti designers imagined a vehicle triathlon that includes air, rally and circuit competitions.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Bad weather will shape future retailing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Bad weather has the power to overturn auto industry forecasts and plans and outlooks. And the long-range expectations for worse weather to come could have the power to mess up the industry's neat longstanding practices and traditions.... Read More »

 

Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012.... Read More »

 

Halla mulls buying back Visteon stake in climate control unit

7:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Halla CEO Im Kee Young said he's still considering buying back the group's former automotive heater and air conditioner maker after a buyout fund agreed to acquire a stake in the business, Halla Visteon Climate Control.... Read More »

 

Senate panel plans Dec. 3 hearing on NHTSA nominee Rosekind

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing next week to consider the nomination of Mark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert, to become the head of NHTSA.... Read More »

 

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years.... Read More »

 

GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review

8:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A U.S. judge ordered GM to give customers any portions of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation that relate to recalls and ignition-switch issues.... Read More »

 

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

 

Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation.... Read More »

 

Honda recalled cars with Takata airbags in 2002, documents show

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Honda recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata airbags in March 2002, two years before the first known injury that Honda and Takata have linked to a defective airbag inflator.... Read More »

 

NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

11:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient.... Read More »

 

Chrysler says airbag recall to start earlier than planned

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Chrysler Group will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday.... Read More »

 

Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, a better auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system.... Read More »

 

Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Feds order full Takata airbag recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Failure may lead to fines of $7K per violation; Mini lineup to shrink; Toyota autonomous tech; hot Nov. sales for Chrysler?... Read More »

 

Delphi's Korean partner complicating sale of thermal unit

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Delphi Automotive's sale of its air conditioning business is being complicated by potential problems with one of its South Korean joint venture partners, three people familiar with the deal said.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental problem.... Read More »

 

Delinquency uptick on target, analysts say

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Analysts have been predicting for the past two years or so that auto loan delinquencies would grow, but the numbers are only now starting to catch up with the forecasts.... Read More »

 

Ferrari spin-off to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million

11:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million thanks to a planned Ferrari spin-off, a regulatory filing showed on Wednesday.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
The Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else.... Read More »

 

VW Credit, Lincoln Financial tops in consumer satisfaction; captives sweep financing study

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Website enhancements and a consumer invoice redesign paid off for Volkswagen Credit, which ranked tops among mass-market lenders in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study. VW Credit garnered 836 out of 1,000 possible points to best Ford Credit, which came in second, and Honda Financial Services, which took third place.... Read More »

 

More subprime lenders are on the hot seat

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Three regulatory agencies -- two in New York and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington -- have taken distinct actions recently against three different subprime auto lenders.... Read More »

 

CLA wagon joins Mercedes' hot-selling compact family

Nov. 26, 2014 09:54 CET
Mercedes has released details on its new CLA Shooting Brake, the latest model to join the automaker's fast-growing, hot-selling compact lineup. Mercedes says that compacts accounted for nearly a third of its global sales through October.... Read More »

 

F&I TIP

Do-it-yourself maintenance? Not possible

11:06 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Explain the value of an extended service contract by comparing repairing today’s vehicles to fixing a computer. You can’t do it yourself, says Dina Wilson, finance director for Timbrook Automotive Group in Cumberland, Md. “You used to be able to access everything under the hood. Today, everything is computerized and harder to maintain,” she said at an industry conference. “If something goes wrong with your computer, you usually just have to replace it.”... Read More »

 

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