Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:00:00 EST http://www.autonews.com/assets/png/AN-LOGO-breaking-news.png autonews.com http://www.autonews.com/section/news 40 Automotive News is the leading source of news about the global automotive industry Ford's Hinrichs: 'Very important' for Canada to be in reworked NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM/180929880/fords-hinrichs-very-important-for-canada-to-be-in-reworked-nafta Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:55:17 EST Ford's head of global operations said he's optimistic all three countries can reach an agreement, despite news late last week that talks between the U.S. and Canada had stalled. Ford paid $90 million for Michigan Central Station train depot, Detroit records show http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM01/180929888/ford-detroit-michigan-train-station Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:04:54 EST The disclosure puts an end to months of speculation about how much the automaker ponied up for the vacant building off Michigan Avenue in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. Ford finalized the depot purchase May 22. Audi plans to revive Horch name on version of the A8 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM03/180929932/audi-horch-a8-revive Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz resurrected Maybach a while back. Now sources say Audi will do the same with Horch. Chevy Volt debuts new external sound safety system for GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM03/180929915/chevy-volt-2019-pedestrian-safety Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The 2019 Chevy Volt includes a new version of an external sound feature designed to meet coming federal regulations for EVs and hybird vehicles that run quietly at low speeds. Pietro Gorlier poised to take helm at FCA Europe, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM02/180929892/pietro-gorlier-fiat-chrysler Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is nearing the appointment of Pietro Gorlier, COO of its components business, as the new head of Europe as part of a broad reorganization that may be announced as early as this week, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Toyota reportedly agrees to add Android Auto to vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM06/180929896/toyota-android-auto Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:00:36 EST Toyota agreed to add Android Auto to its vehicles, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, ending years of resistance to the Google infotainment software because of safety and security concerns. How Aston Martin will make its EV growl http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM03/180929933/aston-martin-rapide-e Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin plans to convert the Rapide to a limited-edition electric vehicle so the company can learn how to deliver EVs to customers addicted to its trademark gasoline growl. Tesla fighters, utility vehicles are a la mode at the Paris auto show http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM03/180929957/paris-auto-show-electric Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The Paris auto show marks the start of the fight back by German premium automakers against Tesla's dominance of the market for full-electric luxury vehicles. Mercedes-Benz to import GLC into the U.S. from India http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM01/180929910/mercedes-benz-glc-import-us-india Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST While the U.S. industry is transfixed on the rise of China as a critical market and manufacturing base, another Asian country is stepping onto the stage: India. Trump administration finds friendly place for emissions hearing in Calif. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM11/180929893/trump-cafe-emissions-politics-california Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:30:31 EST To test how Americans feel about its plan for rolling back car and truck pollution standards, the Trump administration is holding an initial public hearing on Monday in Fresno, Calif. Why VW's ad agency review could impact Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL03/180929895/volkswagen-ad-agency-review-ford Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:13:12 EST Interpublic's Deutsch has lost the Volkswagen creative account in the U.S. as the automaker nears the end of its global agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age. California urges Trump administration to abandon mpg plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM11/180929897/california-trump-mpg-rules Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:33:37 EST California's top air regulator urged the Trump administration to abandon a plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards through 2026, as automakers urged state and federal regulators to reach agreement to extend nationwide rules. Tesla has full pipeline after slow ramp-up of Model 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM04/180929959/tesla-future-product-model-3 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla Inc's challenging Model 3 production ramp-up has pushed back output of the $35,000 base-price Standard Range version, but the company still has a full plate of updates and new products planned. Canada's Justin Trudeau says informal NAFTA talks likely in next few days at U.N. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM01/180929898/canada-nafta-trump Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:12:09 EST U.S. and Canadian officials trying to reach a deal on NAFTA are "very likely" to hold informal talks on the sidelines of a major U.N. meeting in the next few days, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Pollak to unveil new tech-based pricing strategy for used vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL/180929954/pollak-used-vehicles-pricing Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Days on the lot is as up to date a metric as a sundial, says Dale Pollak, who proposes evaluating a vehicle's investment quality instead. How Kia's new Telluride rumbled onto the runway http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL03/180929913/kia-telluride-fashion-week-new-york Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The surprise sneak peek at New York Fashion Week was another example of Kia showing up in unexpected places, such as the luxury sports sedan segment and the top tier of the industry's quality rankings. Lincoln 'surprised' by scant interest in subscription plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL/180929912/lincoln-subscription-canvas Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST While Lincoln has no plans to discontinue its subscription pilot, officials say they'll have to alter the service #8212; including getting dealerships more involved #8212; if it's ever to grow beyond the test phase. Florence damage less than Harvey, still significant http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL/180929907/hurrican-florence-damage Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The damage caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas is still significant, despite looking minimal compared with previous hurricanes that hit more densely populated areas of the United States. Reagor Dykes bankruptcy sale approved for November http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL07/180929902/reagor-dykes-bankruptcy-sale Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Groups handling the dealership group's assets are supposed to resolve automakers' objections by next month. Mark O'Neil retiring from Cox http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL/180929904/retail-innovator-oneil-retiring-from-cox Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive COO Mark O'Neil, who helped start CarMax and Dealertrack, will step down Feb. 1 after three decades in auto retailing. The 2019 e-tron is Audi's first full-electric vehicle and is aimed squarely at the Tesla Model X http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL/180929905/audi-etron-inventory-reservation Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST With its reservation model, Audi aims to ensure that its e-tron electric vehicle is profitable for both dealers and the factory. Who can replace AutoNation's Mike Jackson as voice of the industry? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM02/180929911/mike-jackson-autonation Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The transition to a new CEO could make for a real tone shift at AutoNation. Frederic Lissalde says BorgWarner has been positioned to have a higher content per vehicle on battery electric cars than on traditional hybrid or combustion engines. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM06/180929914/borgwarner-lissalde-ceo-electric-propulsion Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST BorgWarner is reaching an enviable position for a traditional engine parts supplier -- it won't care what kind of a propulsion system a customer wants. Aging used cars ripen on lots http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/RETAIL/180929955/used-car-inventory Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Used-car lots still have too many units that have sat for 60 days or longer, or even more than 45 days, says used-car guru Dale Pollak. Porsche, in shift toward hybrids, EVs, drops diesels http://www.autonews.com/article/20180923/OEM/309239992/porsche-in-shift-toward-hybrids-evs-drops-diesels Sun, 23 Sep 2018 06:04:20 EST Porsche will stop offering diesel versions of its light vehicles, marking the latest blow for the technology that has come under intense scrutiny by regulators and environmental groups. Cadillac dealers leave meeting upbeat about product, marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20180923/RETAIL07/180929909/cadillac-dealer-meeting-las-vegas Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Dealers gathered in Las Vegas last week for a conference that included looks at the new XT6 three-row crossover, CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the next-generation Escalade. Mazda turns to more virtual engineering to cut prototype costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180923/OEM06/180929908/mazda-virtual-engineering-prototype Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Managing Executive Officer Mitsuo Hitomi says the move will help Mazda juggle the massive complexity of new technologies on a shoestring budget. Champion Porsche, brand's top dealer, faces fallout from employee fraud scheme http://www.autonews.com/article/20180923/RETAIL07/180929903/champion-porsche-fraud-sookralli Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The nation's highest-volume Porsche dealership is trying to extricate itself from a scandal involving a former employee who is accused of pocketing over $2.5 million in customer deposits on nonexistent vehicles before he disappeared last month. Kia K900 gets fine-tuning from Albert Biermann http://www.autonews.com/article/20180922/OEM03/180929906/kia-k900-biermann-effect Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Kia's next K900 is banking on the influence of German master tuner Albert Biermann. In Columbus, Ohio, autonomous shuttles spark showdown http://www.autonews.com/article/20180922/OEM06/180929939/columbus-ohio-shuttles-autonomous Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The controversy pits the Transport Workers Union of America and its 850 Columbus members against an array of public and private transportation groups. Nissan Altima orange is the new orange http://www.autonews.com/article/20180922/OEM03/180929934/nissan-altima-orange-new-color Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Nicole Fonseca, a 39-year-old Detroiter who studied fashion design at Central Michigan University, was tasked with color and interior design on the redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima. Lincoln's answer to Cadillac's Super Cruise technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/BLOG06/180929947/lincoln-nautilus-copilot-technology Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:35:26 EST Lincoln's new lane-centering technology, when combined with adaptive cruise control, is a similar, more affordable version of Cadillac's Super Cruise -- and should be marketed as such. GM restructures global strategy, EV executives http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/OEM02/180929917/gm-executives-electric-mobility Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:37:03 EST General Motors is restructuring the leadership of its global strategy and EV units as it begins to deploy at least 20 battery-electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles globally by 2023. New Ford F-150 ad takes subtle digs at redesigned Ram, Chevy pickups http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/RETAIL03/180929960/ford-f150-advertising-marketing-launch Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:00 EST Ford's latest F-150 commercial reinforces the automaker's leadership without calling out its redesigned rivals by name. California, other states set to challenge Trump over relaxed emissions rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/OEM11/180929919/california-other-states-set-to-challenge-trump-over-relaxed Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:25:08 EST Democratic leaders in three states warned again Friday they are ready to challenge the Trump administration in court, alleging abuse of power, if it moves ahead with plans to weaken tailpipe emission standards, and they criticized the auto industry... Amazon finds another way into the car dashboard with Echo Auto http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/MOBILITY/180929916/amazon-introduces-aftermarket-echo-auto Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:44:46 EST Amazon's latest aftermarket product, Echo Auto, allows drivers to bring the power of Alexa with them on the road. Calsonic, backed by KKR, lines up $5.9 billion in financing for Magneti deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/OEM10/180929926/calsonic-magneti-marelli-kkr-japan-fiat-chrysler Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:39:02 EST Calsonic Kansei has lined up around 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) in financing from Japanese banks to help fund its proposed acquisition of FCA's Magneti Marelli unit, Reuters reported. Trump adviser says U.S. close to proceeding on trade with Mexico only http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/OEM01/180929936/nafta-deadline-canada-mexico-trump Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:34:23 EST The United States is getting "very, very close" to having to move forward on its trade deal with Mexico without Canada, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said. What's next in the U.S.-Canada NAFTA drama? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/COPY01/309219966/nafta-canada-mexico-trade-negotiations Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:24:31 EST All three countries want to sign an accord before Mexico's incoming president takes office Dec. 1. To do so, they'd have to publish a deal by Sept. 30, and would need to reach agreement imminently to have time to put it into legal text. Summer rains in Japan cost Mazda 44,000 units, $249 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/OEM01/180929948/mazda-japan-rain-lost-production Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:13:28 EST Mazda said it lost 44,000 units of production, including some output of vehicles bound for the U.S., because of interruption from heavy rain this summer. The disruption will cost Mazda $249 million. GM suspends work on Chevrolet Niva replacement http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/COPY01/309219979/gm-suspends-work-on-chevrolet-niva-replacement Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST GM has suspended work on a planned replacement of its last remaining Russian-built vehicle, the Chevrolet Niva SUV. The Niva is built by Russia's AvtoVAZ. Tesla reaches lithium deal with Chinese supplier http://www.autonews.com/article/20180921/OEM05/180929946/tesla-lithium-deal-signals-demand Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:51:16 EST China's top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it reached a deal with Tesla to supply the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts. Aston Martin to expand hypercar lineup with '003' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/COPY01/309209932/aston-martin-to-expand-hypercar-lineup-with-003 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:56:25 EST Aston Martin plans to expand its hypercar lineup with a coupe code-named the 003. Sales of the 003 will be limited to 500 units and its price is expected to be below that of its sister model. Tesla's management exodus continues with purchasing chief's departure http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/OEM/180929953/tesla-executive-turnover-purchasing Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:41:33 EST Tesla's purchasing chief is leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter, as CEO Elon Musk struggles to contain an exodus of senior executives. Tesla Model 3 aces NHTSA's crash tests http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/OEM11/180929982/tesla-model-3-aces-nhtsas-crash-tests Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:56:56 EST The Tesla Model 3 sedan has been awarded five stars in all crash tests conducted by NHTSA. Nissan recalls 215,000 vehicles for fire concern, tells drivers to park outside http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/OEM11/180929979/nissan-recall-fire-concern-safety Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:48:10 EST Nissan is recalling 215,124 vehicles in the U.S. over an anti-lock brake pump defect that may increase the risk of a fire. Nissan told owners to park their vehicles outdoors. Magna selling fluid pressure, controls unit to South Korean supplier for $1.23 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/OEM10/180929988/magna-hanon-divestiture-electronics Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:12:05 EST About 4,200 Magna employees at 10 operations in North America, Europe and Asia will transition to Hanon Systems in one of the biggest acquisitions of an overseas car parts unit by a South Korean company. How Volvo's Polestar plans to sell its electric vehicles in North America http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/RETAIL/180929990/volvo-polestar-retail-plans Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:38:15 EST Volvo's Polestar brand announced details of the framework it will use to promote sales for its new electric cars, the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2. Vehicle loss from Florence expected to be a fraction of Harvey's impact http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/RETAIL01/180929972/vehicle-loss-from-florence-expected-to-be-a-fraction-of-harveys Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:31:24 EST While the damage is certainly bad for people in the coastal region of the Carolinas, Florence's impact on the vehicle market is expected to pale in comparison to last year's Hurricane Harvey. VW rejects Trump envoy's take on Iran pullout http://www.autonews.com/article/20180920/COPY01/309209976/vw-rejects-trump-envoys-take-on-iran-pullout Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:24:59 EST Volkswagen rejected a report suggesting it had decided against doing business in Iran after coming under pressure from Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany, saying its position had not changed.