Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement.... Read More »

Honda offers facelift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month.... Read More »

China's luxury shoppers hit pause amid roiling markets

7:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

The rout in China stocks is posing another threat to the world's biggest car market, jeopardizing growth plans for companies from Volkswagen AG to General Motors.... Read More »

Global carmakers rework India plans

Aug. 27, 2015 12:01 CET

Leading global carmakers including VW, GM, Nissan and Renault are reviewing their plans in India as they seek to boost sales, avoid more cutbacks, and better compete against market leaders Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Mahindra.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Consumer Reports' best car ever

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Consumer Reports' best car ever: Tesla Model S P85D; Honda CR-Z face-lift; BMW's 7-Series goal; Trump's Ford fallout; EV rebates in Conn.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut

Aug. 27, 2015 10:30 CET

Kia released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the model's debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it boost its competitiveness in the tough compact SUV segment.... Read More »

ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdown

Aug. 27, 2015 13:01 CET

ZF Friedrichshafen said the integration of rival TRW is progressing well and it expected full-year sales and profits to remain stable despite a slowing Chinese economy. Unlisted ZF released its first-half results for the first time in its history.... Read More »

VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET

Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow.... Read More »

Dodge Barracuda convertible, next-gen Charger among surprises for FCA dealers in Las Vegas

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler dealers meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday were wowed by a parade of new products coming to their dealerships, including a Dodge Barracuda convertible and a swoopy next-generation Dodge Charger said to resemble a popular 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale.... Read More »

BMW aims to retake segment lead with redesigned 7 series

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

BMW of North America wants to set a new sales record for the 7-series sedan with its redesigned version -- and regain leadership of the luxury sedan segment.... Read More »

Loan terms for used vehicles grow as inventory becomes 'younger, pricier'

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Loan terms on used cars and light trucks are ticking up as those vehicles, on average, become “younger and pricier,” according to Edmunds.com. The average loan term on a used vehicle stretched to 66.2 months in the second quarter, up 1.1 month from the year-earlier period. At the same time, the average transaction price rose 7.6 percent to $18,800, the company says in a new report.... Read More »

Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: E-contracting needs standard definition

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Although electronic contracting has gained traction, it’s still not widely embraced by dealers.
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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Product surprises for FCA dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

FCA surprises dealers with Barracuda, Charger plans; End of FCA sales streak?; Report: Ford mulling new Bronco; Keyless-ignition danger; Making mergers work; What would Tashi drive?... Read More »

T.RAD, Fujikura settle U.S. price-fixing civil litigation

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

T.RAD and Fujikura are the latest to agree to civil settlements linked the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier fixing. Attorney Hollis Salzman of the Robins Kaplan law firm in New York represented a group of more than 50 individuals who purchased or leased a new vehicle containing auto parts at issue in the federal litigation.... Read More »

Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test.... Read More »

Dealers urged to polish fair lending practices as CFPB rule looms

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Dealers, learn your lenders' fair lending policies and polish your own. That's legal experts' advice to retailers looking to prepare for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's larger participant rule, which takes effect Aug. 31.... Read More »

F&I TIP

Know your state's ad laws

10:56 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

With the crackdown on dealerships' advertisements, “dealers have to be aware of both federal and state laws,” says Randy Henrick, associate general counsel for Dealertrack. The Federal Trade Commission isn't the only regulator assessing ads. State attorneys general may also get involved. “Some states are tough on what they require. Others are less so,” Henrick said.... Read More »

Electronic F&I boosts customer satisfaction, study finds

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

For higher customer satisfaction and more referrals, dealers should incorporate electronic components into the F&I process, a study by F&I Express and Make My Deal found.... Read More »

Ford, UAW in talks to revive Ranger sales, output in U.S.

12:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ford is in discussions with the UAW about bringing the Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV back to the U.S. market, according to media reports and a person with knowledge of the talks. The company is considering a plan to build the vehicles at Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit after production of the Focus and C-Max ends in 2018, the source said.... Read More »

Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets.... Read More »

Jaguar touts F-Pace's driving dynamics

Aug. 26, 2015 10:37 CET

Jaguar said its new F-Pace will offer driving dynamics "unlike anything else in the segment" as the UK brand, which is known for its sports cars, takes aim at the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 with its first SUV-styled crossover.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford Ranger U.S. comeback?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ford Ranger U.S. comeback?; Honda sets Civic debut; Hyundai's 'Gran' Vision; Jaguar's F-Pace boast; Toyota to resume in Tianjin; Dodge performance strategy gets in gear.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET

Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design.... Read More »

Ferrari returns to India with California T, new dealers

Aug. 26, 2015 11:40 CET

Ferrari is renewing its Indian market push with two new dealers and the introduction of the California T convertible after terminating earlier dealerships for reasons including dissatisfaction with service levels.... Read More »

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