U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says

11:25 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why Jeep should have its own performance division

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profitable?... Read More »

PSA's Slovakia unit expects to boost output with new model

March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. PSA did not name the new model but previous reports have said the automaker will move production of the Citroen C3 hatchback to the plant from its factory in Poissy, France, where the company will add a subcompact model for the upscale DS brand.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: 2016 Chevy Camaro slims down

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro will weigh in at 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation model, which will put curb weight for the SS versions at about 3,700 pounds and LS and LT models at about 3,500 pounds.... Read More »

The 26-year-old design prodigy behind Honda's new S660

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda will soon learn whether giving a designer with no engineering experience five years to develop a sports car is pure genius or plain madness. Ryo Mukumoto was 22 and into his third year making mock-ups at Honda's research arm when he beat about 400 other entries in an in-house competition. Honda made him the youngest lead engineer in the company's history and gave him a young team to help translate his ideas into reality.... Read More »

Audi picks Delphi for technology bundling self-driving functions

10:44 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Can these cars fuel brand comebacks?

10:15 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work. But some vehicles have even more riding on them.... Read More »

Auto-parts exec Tilton, 'turnaround queen,' faces fraud charges

9:44 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Federal regulators accused financier and auto-parts executive Lynn Tilton and her advisory business of defrauding investors by hiding poor performance of assets underlying three collateralized loan obligation funds.... Read More »

Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker.... Read More »

Bang & Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman

8:31 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Bang & Olufsen A/S plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries Inc., the US maker of JBL audio equipment, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics.... Read More »

Hyundai plans to have autonomous tech on road by 2020

7:59 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Hyundai said today it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology.... Read More »

NADA expects interest rates to hold through summer, boosting sales

7:21 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association predicts the Federal Reserve will hold off on raising interest rates through the summer, giving vehicle sales a boost that can offset slow economic growth in the start of the year.... Read More »

PSA CEO Tavares dampens talk of Fiat Chrysler merger

March 31, 2015 11:48 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will only be ready for a possible merger after it has completed its recovery plan, CEO Carlos Tavares told a newspaper, dampening speculation of a potential tie-up with Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

Honda will upgrade UK plant, move CR-V production to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada.... Read More »

Faurecia forms joint venture with China's Dongfeng

March 31, 2015 11:26 CET

Faurecia has agreed to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to help increase its presence in the world's biggest car market. Faurecia is majority-owned by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. Dongfeng has a 14 percent stake in PSA.... Read More »

The buzz about the Benz pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division.... Read More »

Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the United States as part of an ambitious effort to jump-start lagging sales. The automaker is talking to three states on a possible location and plans to start production in 2018.... Read More »

VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

March 30, 2015 19:14 CET

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. VW is one of many automakers working to cut costs in the country, where sales and output are down more than 20 percent in the first two months.... Read More »

Consumers cry out for better dealership experience

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Nearly nine in 10 consumers say they wouldn't buy a car without test driving it first. But a substantial majority -- 70 percent -- would like to be able to test drive multiple vehicles across brands at a single location, without the pressure of a salesperson riding with them, a study of car-buying preferences found.... Read More »

NHTSA would get stop-sale power under U.S. bill

2:59 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be able to order automakers to cease the sale of vehicles with dangerous safety defects under the Obama administration's multiyear surface transportation funding bill sent to congress today.... Read More »

Key Safety to use Mobileye vision tech to aid drivers

4:08 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Supplier Key Safety Systems said it has signed an agreement with Mobileye NV to use the software developer's vision processing chip for new types of driver assist technologies.... Read More »

Magna negotiating to sell interiors business to Grupo Antolin, report says

12:25 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Canada's Magna International is in talks to sell its car-interior business to Spain's Grupo Antolin, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyoda's moment of crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Why Toyota CEO feared losing job; Tesla plant could aid rivals; Chevy's big ad push; Mazda sets MX-5 pricing.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Care about new-car sales? Keep an eye on CPO sales

12:53 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Can the robust CPO market handle the rising tide of used-vehicle supply? That's one of the critical questions facing everyone in the used-car market -- and the new-car market, too.... Read More »

Base 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to start at $25,735

11:07 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The new Mazda MX-5 Miata will start at $25,735. That's a price bump of $1,125 over the outgoing 2014 model. Prices include $820 shipping.... Read More »

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