Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST What people are saying about the Genesis G70 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM03/170919700/what-people-are-saying-about-the-genesis-g70 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:15:00 EST The newest addition to the Genesis lineup has arrived in the form of the G70. The compact luxury sedan goes on sale in the U.S. Ford to shut down Transit lines for a week because of lagging demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM01/170919696/ford-to-shut-down-transit-lines-for-a-week-because-of-lagging-demand Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:43:35 EST Ford plans to shut down Transit production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant for seven days starting next week amid slumping sales for the nation's best-selling large van. Toyota chief says hybrid still central as EV momentum grows http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM05/170919697/toyota-chief-says-hybrid-still-central-as-ev-momentum-grows Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:38:04 EST Toyota President Akio Toyoda says hybrid technology will remain central to the company's strategy even as a rising wave of governments and automakers get behind plug-in electric vehicles. Volvo plans U.S. plant expansion, doubling original investment, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM01/170919702/volvo-plans-u-s-plant-expansion-doubling-original-investment-reports Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:10:49 EST Volvo is doubling investment in its first U.S. Toyota offers souped-up Prius as part of high-performance 'GR' line http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM04/170919703/toyota-offers-souped-up-prius-as-part-of-high-performance-gr-line Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:48:28 EST Toyota is introducing a high-performance "GR" series consisting of seven variants including the Prius plug-in hybrid and Vitz subcompact. Chicago mechanics OK contract, return to work after strike http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/RETAIL07/170919707/chicago-auto-mechanics-return-to-work-after-strike Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:18:38 EST Mechanics at Chicago-area new-car dealerships returned to work on Monday after agreeing to a new four-year contract on Sunday, ending a strike that lasted about seven weeks. PSA making cars for U.S. standards http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM04/170919762/psa-making-cars-for-u-s-standards Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America. Builder-dealer Bill McDaniels on the future of auto retailing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919807/bill-mcdaniels-dealer-contractor Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing. GM plots the next phase of its information technology overhaul http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM06/170919754/gm-it-randy-mott Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles. Unifor strike at GM result of 'major philosophical differences' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919721/unifor-strike-at-gm-canada-major-philosophical-differences Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:13:24 EST Canadian workers striking a key GM assembly plant could picket for a long while, Unifor President Jerry Dias said. GM Canada urged Unifor to "resume negotiations." Ford patents retractable table for autonomous cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/MOBILITY/170919716/ford-patents-retractable-table-for-autonomous-cars Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:05:04 EST Ford thinks the interior of autonomous vehicles could resemble a kitchen or office conference room. Kia CMO Saad Chehab sees power in brand's youth http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919838/kia-cmo-saad-chehab-qanda-stinger-fca Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST After leaving FCA on a hot streak in 2015, Saad Chehab is back in the advertising game, this time as chief marketing officer for Kia Motors America. He'll have a lot on his plate. Honda invests $267 million, will add 300 jobs to increase Accord production in Ohio http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919717/honda-invests-267-million-will-add-300-jobs-to-increase-accord Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:24:23 EST Honda said its invested $267 million and will add 300 new jobs to support increased production of its revamped 2018 Accord sedan model at the Japanese automaker's plant in Marysville, Ohio. VW documents can't be shared by U.S. with German law firm, judge rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM11/170919718/vw-documents-cant-be-shared-by-u-s-with-german-law-firm-judge-rules Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:59:54 EST A federal magistrate judge blocked the Justice Department from sharing with a German law firm 25 million pages of records disclosed by VW in the government's diesel emissions investigation. How best to use Google? Now, there's a playbook http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919743/how-best-to-use-google-now-theres-a-playbook Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google is responding. Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving compute design http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919722/intel-collaborates-with-waymo-on-self-driving-compute-design Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:05:02 EST Intel said it will collaborate with Google affiliate Waymo, saying it worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time. Marketing for autonomous technology turns conservative http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919832/marketing-advertising-autonomous-tesla-autopilot Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers continue to feed buzz about self-driving cars, but their marketing strategies are still very much hands-on. Mercedes-Benz' Slaven says social marketing is people-intensive http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919825/mercedes-benz-slaven-qa-wilson Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA's Drew Slaven talks about the brand's shift of resources to social media. Cadillac's New York move opens up new marketing world http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919812/cadillac-experiential-marketing Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's New York journey has taken it on helicopter rides to the Hamptons, virtual-reality expeditions at auto dealerships, and forays into the worlds of art and fashion. Ford agency's new creative chief on bringing mobility to marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919811/tito-melega-ford-gtb Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Tito Melega, the new creative chief of Ford's agency plans to invoke the company's long and global legacy of moving people. QandA with Volvo CMO Matt O'Rourke http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919823/matt-orourke-volvo-cmo-wedding Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Ad agency Grey Group is taking advantage of Volvo's brand transformation to introduce ad campaigns built around unconventional storytelling. Matt O'Rourke, who leads the Volvo account at ad agency Grey Group, explains this new direction. Cadillac's 'Let Go' campaign for Super Cruise pitches brand as pioneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919810/ellinghaus-super-cruise-ads Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's CMO calls Super Cruise "the perfect product" for showcasing Cadillac's heritage as an innovator. Bugatti's single model could be a four-door http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM04/170919806/bugatti-four-door Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024. An idea that could stop robots from hurting factory workers: Airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919727/an-idea-that-could-stop-robots-from-hurting-factory-workers-airbags Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:38:59 EST In a development that's drawn interest from automakers, two entrepreneurs in Germany say they have designed a way to better safeguard interactions between humans and factory robots. Ford explores strategic alliance with India's Mahindra http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919728/ford-explores-strategic-alliance-with-indias-mahindra Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:03:07 EST Ford Motor Co. and Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. are exploring forming a strategic alliance as the U.S. automaker tries to gain a foothold in a country that's set to become the world's third-biggest car market. Aston Martin moves beyond Bond, explores conventional marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919824/aston-martin-marketing-bond-007-tom-brady-serena-williams Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST As Aston Martin transforms itself from a low-volume builder of just a few grand touring models into a high-end purveyor of supercars, it's changing its marketing to match. Mazda upgrading U.S. dealership network http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919769/mazda-retail-network-upgrade Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda has embarked on a three-year dealership upgrade targeting more than 100 outlets across the United States as part of its push to polish its brand image and achieve 2 percent market share. Driverless taxis could be riderless, too, survey finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/MOBILITY/170919803/driverless-taxi-survey Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Many drivers say they want no part of a robo-car. But that might be an opportunity for suppliers. New dealer confidence index edges up http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919746/cox-dealer-confidence-index Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers expect the auto market will remain strong in the near term, but profitability is constrained by market conditions and competition, a new survey found. Honda's packs redesigned N-Box with surprises http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM03/170919767/honda-nbox-minicar Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar . Frankfurt photo booth http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM05/170919768/frankfurt-photo-booth Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline. Auria Solutions forged from long friendship http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM10/170919772/auria-iac-pour-yao Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST When IAC decided to spin off its global soft-trim business, an old friend in China was the first person they called. Road rallies rev up Porsche Plano's results http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919831/porsche-plano-road-rallies Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The free Saturday drives at Porsche Plano are so popular that all 50 spots fill up within minutes. Frankfurt's best and wurst http://www.autonews.com/article/20170917/OEM03/170919744/frankfurt-hits-misses-undercoffler Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Spread out over an area roughly the size of Delaware but with better currywurst, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show is the perfect place to take in the sights and flavors of the German auto industry while bleeding through your loafers from all the... GM struck by Unifor at Equinox plant in Ontario http://www.autonews.com/article/20170917/OEM01/170919732/gm-struck-by-unifor-at-equinox-plant-in-ontario Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:00:35 EST Canadian workers assembling GM's top-selling crossover are on strike. Unifor Local 88, which represents about 2,750 workers at CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ont. Mercedes spreads its wings at Falcons' new home http://www.autonews.com/article/20170917/RETAIL03/170919829/mercedes-benz-stadium-atlanta-falcons-nfl Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The stadium sponsorship will put the Mercedes brand in front of millions of football, soccer and music fans. Those fans include many younger consumers who may not realize the breadth of the brand's expanding lineup. Ian Cartabiano's California studio shapes a new generation of Toyotas http://www.autonews.com/article/20170917/OEM03/170919747/ian-cartabiano-calty-toyota-design Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Ian Cartabiano enjoys a good bowl of ramen and cruising backstreet boutiques in Tokyo. But it's his California flair that's giving his U.S. design studio outsized influence at Japan's No. 1 carmaker. Volkswagen to launch Level 5 autonomous fleets by 2021 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170917/MOBILITY/170919808/vw-autonomous-fleet Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST CEO Matthias Mueller said the Sedric self-driving concept shown in Geneva and Frankfurt was only the beginning. Interior suppliers show visions of the driverless car cockpit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170916/OEM03/170919745/driverless-autonomous-interiors-adient-faurecia Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Interior suppliers at the Frankfurt auto show signal a growing consensus about how cockpits of the future will look -- with preference for armrest controls, no knobs and no center consoles. Irma ravages dealer Ed Napleton's reputation http://www.autonews.com/article/20170916/RETAIL07/170919751/irma-napleton-garage Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Florida dealer Ed Napleton wound up in a social media storm after Irma, blasted for parking cars where evacuees wanted to. Here's his side of the story. GM's Cruise aims to open self-driving tests to public; timing unclear http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/MOBILITY/170919753/gms-cruise-aims-to-open-self-driving-tests-to-public-timing-unclear Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:43:26 EST General Motors' self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, is working to open an internal ride-hailing service to people outside the company. Hyundai names Kyung Soo Lee as new U.S. CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/OEM02/170919742/hyundai-names-kyung-soo-lee-as-new-u-s-ceo Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:50:33 EST After nearly nine months under an interim top executive, Hyundai Motor America has named Kyung Soo Lee as its new president and CEO. Interim CEO Jerry Flannery will return to his post as general counsel. Ford becomes second automaker to invest in Michigan test site http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/MOBILITY/170919777/ford-becomes-second-automaker-to-invest-in-michigan-test-site Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:54:37 EST Ford said it will invest $5 million in the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Mich., becoming the second automaker to sponsor the site. U.S. push for self-driving law exposes regulatory divide http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/MOBILITY/170919775/u-s-push-for-self-driving-law-exposes-regulatory-divide Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:29:47 EST As Congress moves to pass the first federal law governing self-driving cars, some states and cities are pushing back over fears that the measure will limit their ability to regulate vehicle safety. Feds in sync with industry on autonomous cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/MOBILITY/170919771/government-auto-industry-autonomous Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:28:35 EST Safety groups complain that pending legislation and policy guidance give the industry too much leeway, but some experts say the government approach may drive improvements faster than regulators can. GM's record China deliveries mask muted electric car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/GLOBAL03/170919774/gms-record-china-deliveries-mask-muted-electric-car-sales Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:03:15 EST General Motors is delivering millions of cars a year in China, its largest market. That could become a problem if CEO Mary Barra doesn't figure out how to sell more that are electric. Icahn, Federal-Mogul trying to sell Fel-Pro for $1.5 billion, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/OEM10/170919786/icahn-federal-mogul-trying-to-sell-fel-pro-for-1-5-billion-report Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:27:26 EST Carl Icahn's Federal-Mogul is considering a sale of its Fel-Pro engine parts business, seeking about $1.5 billion if it pursues a deal, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Semifinalists set for Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/OEM03/170919819/2018-north-american-car-truck-utility-of-the-year-awards Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST The list of semifinalists for the 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards has a few surprises: Alfa Romeo is up for two awards, no Detroit 3 brand cars made the cut, Tesla decided not to participate and only three trucks... Why BMW might get rid of car keys http://www.autonews.com/article/20170915/OEM06/170919789/why-bmw-might-get-rid-of-car-keys Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:21:47 EST BMW is reviewing the necessity of car keys, Ian Robertson, the company's board member responsible for sales told Reuters. Genesis G70, brand's first compact sport sedan, targets the 'German 3' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170914/OEM03/170919795/genesis-g70-luxury-compact-sedan-ready-to-take-on-german-rivals Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:30:00 EST Genesis vows its first compact sport sedan, the newly minted G70, will challenge German rivals with optional 3.3-liter V-6 turbocharged performance.