First Shift: From Lear to Detroit 3?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Canada labor chief on ending 'two-tier' wages; Hyundai's 'trophy' buy; CFPB finds loan bias; more Tacomas; self-driving milestone.... Read More »

 

Bentley adds models in Korea on rising ultraluxury demand

Sept. 18, 2014 12:25 CET
Bentley is adding new models in South Korea as the brand sees increased competition for ultraluxury cars in the market. The automaker says its dealership in Seoul has seen a 133 percent jump in deliveries so far this year.... Read More »

 

Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET
Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

SsangYong set to join expanding subcompact SUV segment

Sept. 18, 2014 11:46 CET
SsangYong will preview two subcompact SUV concepts in Paris next month, ahead of the launch of a production model, the X100, next year. SsangYong is the latest automaker to join the fast-growing small SUV segment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment.... Read More »

 

ZF's Sommer sees more acquisitions beyond TRW purchase

Sept. 18, 2014 09:05 CET
ZF, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings for $13.5 billion including debt, sees a need for more acquisitions as even the largest auto suppliers seek size and technology.... Read More »

 

Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminating the practice at Detroit 3 plants in the United States.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track

5:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Magna Powertrain supplies the all-wheel-drive system for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. The supplier eliminated seal rings and bearings in the system to reduce drag by about 14 percent and decrease weight by more than 2kg.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Didier Leroy

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is this year's winner for European Operations CEO.... Read More »

 

First Shift: 'Silos, firewalls' at GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
But NHTSA could have done more to stem crisis, boss says; CFPB to oversee captives?; how GM trucks outsold F-Series.... Read More »

 

Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car.... Read More »

 

CFPB finds discrimination in auto lending at banks, looks to oversee captives

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The nation's consumer finance regulator found discrimination against minority borrowers at several unnamed banks tied to dealer discretion in setting dealer reserve, the share of the customer's interest rate that dealerships earn for negotiating a finance contract. The CFPB also released the first details of a proposed new rule that would officially extend its jurisdiction to nonbank auto lenders.... Read More »

 

CFPB to shed light on identifying protected classes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is due to issue a white paper soon -- perhaps even this week -- that spells out in greater detail exactly how the bureau determines which consumers belong to legally protected classes of borrowers -- technical details that can ultimately have a big impact on dealers' business.... Read More »

 

Tesla argues New Jersey regulators can't stop direct sales

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Tesla Motors, in a court filing submitted Tuesday, argued that New Jersey regulators have no authority to shut down direct sales at the electric-vehicle maker's stores in the state.... Read More »

 

Exeter CEO sees steady growth of 15-20%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Exeter Finance, a subprime auto-financing specialist, should post “just steady growth” of 15 to 20 percent a year, CEO Mark Floyd says. He made the forecast last week even though in July the company started “making some tweaks” to its lending, he said, tightening its credit standards a bit in light of concerns about issues such as used-car prices.... Read More »

 

Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass supplier with roots dating to the 1930s.... Read More »

 

Ford and Lincoln get connected with Apple's Siri

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
After years of negative customer reviews of its in-car voice-recognition technology, Ford may solve some of its lingering issues by partnering with Automatic Labs. Soon, drivers will be able to ask Apple's Siri system about the weather and turn on their home thermostat from the wheel of their Ford or Lincoln, the automaker said Tuesday.... Read More »

 

IHS hikes 2014 U.S. auto sales forecast to 16.4 million

11:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
U.S. auto sales, buoyed by increasing consumer confidence and cheap financing, are rising faster than expected and will reach 16.4 million this year and climb to 17.4 million in 2017, consultant IHS Automotive said today.... Read More »

 

Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Losing weight by keeping steel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
In study, pickup sheds 383 lbs. without going aluminum; sales up again in Europe; Ford tech-sharing; a Toyota for gamers.... Read More »

 

F&I panel: 'We can police ourselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
F&I administrators and dealerships should put price ceilings on F&I products to protect themselves from overregulation, a group of executives from F&I providers suggested at a recent industry conference.... Read More »

 

F&I TIP

Learn what the legal terms mean on F&I contracts

10:24 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
F&I managers must be intimately familiar with the fine print in the service contracts and other F&I products they sell. If they’re not, and they have to testify in court, it could be a disaster, Dave Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals, advised dealers at last week’s Industry Summit in Las Vegas “Get your people to read the very documents -- the binding legal documents -- they’re asking your customers to sign.”... Read More »

 

Late auto payments rise, but remain low, TransUnion says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Auto loans delinquencies ticked up in the second quarter but remain low and pose no immediate threat to the auto-finance industry, an executive at credit bureau TransUnion says.... Read More »

 

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