Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:00:00 EST Tesla revenue spikes on Model S demand, but Q4 losses grow to $320M Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:55:54 EST Tesla set a record for deliveries in the fourth quarter as customers ignored sagging oil prices and bought the Model S sedan, the maker of all-electric luxury cars said as it reported a net loss of $320 million, up from $108 million a year earlier. Nissan's Patrol platform yields a new Armada Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:00:00 EST The 2017 Armada will no longer share its underpinnings and Mississippi factory with the brawny Titan pickup. Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model that debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood. Will Japan's auto industry consolidate? Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:21:33 EST Japan's crowded auto industry is poised to look more like other major markets, with three or fewer carmakers left by the end of the decade. That's more than car-loving Germany or the far bigger U.S. market. About 1 in 5 U.S. vehicles has open safety recall, Carfax says Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:21:55 EST Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax. Subaru recalls 77,000 Tribecas for hood latch defect Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:58:06 EST Subaru is recalling 77,000 Tribeca SUVs from the 2006-14 model years in the U.S. for a defect that could cause the hood to unexpectedly open while driving. Chevy freshens Trax as crossover competition multiplies Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The Chevrolet Trax will get a new face and freshened interior for the 2017 model year, an effort to stay ahead of a slew of newcomers in the burgeoning market for subcompact crossovers. Cadillac prices XT5 below rivals, but aims high Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:09:27 EST The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 will have a base sticker price of $39,990, including shipping, when it hits showrooms in April -- about $1,400 more than its predecessor, the SRX, but considerably less than key competitors in the luxury midsize crossover... GM Tech Center employee stabbed on campus Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:33:45 EST A General Motors employee was in critical condition today after she was stabbed multiple times on the campus of the automaker's Technical Center in Warren, Mich. VW, Audi, BMW recall 1.7 million U.S. cars with Takata airbags Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:27:28 EST The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 850,000 vehicles due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata -- the company at the center of a long-running global safety crisis. GM ignition-switch deal will not be reviewed, U.S. judge rules Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:29:47 EST A U.S. judge today rejected a request to reconsider his approval of a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over deaths and injuries blamed on an ignition-switch defect that prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles. Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:41:03 EST As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway. BMW drops to 3rd place in global luxury sales race during January Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:30:58 EST BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes-Benz moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year. Nissan profit boosted by strong U.S. demand Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:28:42 EST Nissan reported a 24 percent increase in operating profit in the latest quarter on the back of booming North American sales and cost cutting. Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:12:06 EST U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. GM mobilizes to build more small pickups Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:44:25 EST General Motors will increase production of the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, which has been in tight supply since its debut 18 months ago, a company executive said today. EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:10:22 EST A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market. Tenneco adjusted earnings rise 23% in Q4, shares rise Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:14:20 EST Tenneco's fourth-quarter adjusted earnings rose 23 percent to $80 million as the the supplier of emission-control systems and ride-control components today reported higher revenue generated from light vehicle production in North America, Europe and... GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in N.A. for brake pedal problems Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:14:32 EST General Motors said it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut. Applied Acoustics International names industry veteran Larry Hagood as CEO Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:55:47 EST Applied Acoustics International, the sound barrier and noise dampening supplier created last week when UGN Inc. sold its automotive acoustics business, today named Larry Hagood, 56, as its CEO. Outstanding auto loans hit record Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:54:20 EST The outstanding U.S. auto-loan balance climbed to a record $987 billion in the fourth quarter on rising vehicle sales, Experian Automotive said in part one of its quarterly State of the Automotive Finance Market report. Toyota recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:35:29 EST Toyota today said it is recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars from the 2013-16 model years because of an ignition key interlock issue. Bob Rossiter, who helped build and rebuild seating giant Lear, dies at 69 Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:28:05 EST Former Lear CEO Bob Rossiter, who worked with the company for 40 years and led it through bankruptcy in 2009, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. Diesel Fiat 500X has excess emissions, German lobby group claims Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:16:16 EST German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution today, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500X compact SUV of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions. GM awards more business to ad agency Commonwealth Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:24:10 EST Ad agency Commonwealth/McCann has added some more business from General Motors at the expense of Leo Burnett. Ford EcoSport inches closer to U.S. shores Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:30:00 EST Ford appears to be getting closer to selling the tiny EcoSport crossover in the U.S. Spy photos show the EcoSport, a subcompact crossover based on the same platform as the Fiesta, being tested near Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. Continental to build $1.4 billion tire plant in Mississippi Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:07:53 EST Continental's decision to commit $1.4 billion for a truck/bus tire plant in Mississippi reflects the company's belief that demand for its commercial tire products in North America will continue to grow at above market pace. Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families. Which 'Super' ad will be remembered by history? Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Super Bowl 50 may be over, but the competition among Super Bowl commercials for Internet phenomenon status is just beginning. Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like? Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show. Tesla shares dogged by falling gas prices, output concerns Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:49:20 EST Tesla shares fell to a two-year low amid concerns that cheap gasoline is stifling demand for electric cars as well as whether the company can efficiently produce enough of its new crossover. Chicago Auto Show preview Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Expected this week at the show are an updated Ram heavy-duty pickup, a freshened Hyundai Santa Fe crossover, a special-edition Ford Explorer Sport crossover and a new version of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup. EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:45:00 EST An EPA proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by medium and heavy duty vehicles would also ban the conversion of street cars into racecars, with far-reaching effects on auto racing and the aftermarket parts industry. Conti must ration parts for recall fixes Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. Ford plans to double Mexico vehicle production, report says Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:42:29 EST Ford plans to double vehicle production capacity in Mexico as the automaker focuses its U.S. assembly plants on more profitable pickups and utility vehicles, according to a report published Sunday. Frederick Standish, former director of PR for Nissan North America, dies Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:50:42 EST Frederick Standish, who managed Nissan North America's corporate communications as it reinvented itself in Tennessee, has died at 65 after a long illness. Bentley at work on a sporty SUV Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley is developing a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the ultraluxury brand's first SUV. The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal. Where Toyota, Lexus got their leaders Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST While Scion served Toyota as a test bed for marketing and retail innovations, it was also an effective proving ground for executives. Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand. Mexico auto production, exports rise in Jan. despite sharp drops at VW Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:55:06 EST Auto production in Mexico rose 0.4 percent in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, while exports were up 4.1 percent, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today. Suzuki quarterly operating profit up slightly; net profit outlook trimmed Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:57:18 EST Suzuki said operating profit rose slightly in the third quarter on healthy demand in India, but trimmed its full-year net profit outlook due to a tax-related issue. VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships. VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:30:00 EST No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. Automakers opt for less TV time during Super Bowl Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:39:47 EST The Super Bowl was a little less sleek, sporty and horsepowered this year. Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In its drive to grab a larger slice of the U.S. market, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company. Detroit 3's share of rental fleet declined in 2015 Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:00:00 EST GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler accounted for 60.1 percent -- their lowest collective share ever -- of the 1.78 million new cars and light trucks sold to rental fleets in 2015. Countering Chevy's Silverado surge Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors gained a chunk of share in the full-sized pickup segment last year. But it faces stiffer competition from Ford and Ram in 2016. Honda Ridgeline: Not your teenager's truck Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda hopes its marketing campaign for the Ridegline will grab buyers with a little more gray in their hair and green in their wallets than the prototypical Toyota Tacoma fan. Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. %]