Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 27 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run Thu, 26 May 2016 23:15:00 EST The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. May U.S. sales expected to drop on fewer selling days Thu, 26 May 2016 15:12:16 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to be lower this month than in May 2015, as slower growth combines with a calendar that gives dealerships one fewer weekend to draw in shoppers. Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism Thu, 26 May 2016 15:18:46 EST Ford is launching a pilot program on June 1 to hire adults with autism. Autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing could push insurance premiums down 30%, study finds Thu, 26 May 2016 12:18:09 EST Auto insurance premiums could decline by as much as 30 percent over the next 25 years as autonomous vehicles and sharing services become more prevalent, a study found. Ford bumps driving range of 2017 Fusion Energi to 610 miles Thu, 26 May 2016 10:45:18 EST Ford has bumped the range of the 2017 Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid, to a diesel-like 610 miles on one tank of fuel. That's up 60 miles from the 2016 model. VW sees mobile robots on future assembly lines Thu, 26 May 2016 11:02:05 EST For Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for future manufacturing includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they'll do next. More research emerges showing consumers uninformed, wary of new vehicle technology Thu, 26 May 2016 10:27:50 EST Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don't know what benefits they would get. GM's China joint venture to recall 2.16 million vehicles Thu, 26 May 2016 06:37:18 EST GM's joint venture with China's SAIC will recall about 2.16 million vehicles starting Aug. 15 because the engine crankcase valves may corrode, China's principal consumer protection watchdog said today. Classic Olds, Jaguar share screen in X-Men movie Wed, 25 May 2016 14:45:04 EST Vintage Jaguar and Oldsmobile models get screen time in the superhero flick X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits U.S. theaters Friday. Takata hires financial adviser to mull restructuring options Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:46 EST Takata hired investment bank Lazard to lead efforts to seek new investment and help resolve financial issues stemming from its record-setting recall of tens of millions of airbag inflators that can rupture. Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant Wed, 25 May 2016 15:19:43 EST Two auto industry executives with ties to NFL football franchises -- Bill Ford of the Detroit Lions and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- played key roles in bringing a top-tier auto parts plant to Detroit. Google plans randd center for self-driving cars in suburban Detroit Wed, 25 May 2016 13:48:25 EST Google plans to open a 53,000-square-foot operation in suburban Detroit to conduct further randd for the company's self-driving automotive technology. BMW invests in California-based mobile carpooling app Wed, 25 May 2016 12:01:37 EST BMW said today its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop. Dodge hires new ad agency Wed, 25 May 2016 13:26:49 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has selected GSDandM as lead agency for Dodge after a review, according to people familiar with the matter. Daimler's Detroit Diesel union workers ratify new labor contract Wed, 25 May 2016 10:31:46 EST UAW members at Detroit Diesel ratified a contract Tuesday that includes a wage increase and commits Daimler Trucks North America to new engine production. Ford recalls nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after brake failures Wed, 25 May 2016 10:05:06 EST Ford is recalling nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after a three-month investigation by federal safety regulators into dozens of complaints about front brake failures and nine crashes. FCA has no deal to sell stake to China's GAC, Elkann says Wed, 25 May 2016 09:25:13 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not made any agreement with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group to sell a stake, the Italian carmaker's chairman John Elkann said today. Crash test dummies get in back seat to make Uber riders safer Wed, 25 May 2016 07:16:38 EST Crash test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back. Toyota, recovering from earthquakes, plans full production in Japan next week Wed, 25 May 2016 06:53:18 EST Toyota said all production lines at its factories in Japan would operate between May 30 and June 4, after output was partially suspended following earthquakes in southern Japan last month. Toyota-Uber places automakers in rival ride-sharing alliances Wed, 25 May 2016 06:33:17 EST Toyota's investment in Uber Technologies has drawn the battle lines between the world's largest automakers, which have now solidified partnerships with competing ride-hailing apps in the burgeoning field of on-demand transportation. Cosworth to build engine parts in suburban Detroit Tue, 24 May 2016 16:07:39 EST Cosworth, an English supplier of electronics and powertrain products to high-performance vehicles, said today it will open a $30 million plant in suburban Detroit to make V-8 cylinder heads for an unnamed manufacturer. Toyota, Uber form ride-sharing alliance Tue, 24 May 2016 15:21:41 EST Toyota is partnering with Uber to explore ride-sharing opportunities and will make a strategic investment in the company. Flex-N-Gate to supply Ford from new Detroit plant Tue, 24 May 2016 15:01:57 EST Auto supplier Flex-N-Gate plans to invest $95 million and buy 30 acres of city land to build a new plant that will create up to 750 jobs in Detroit, after approval today of a $3.5 million performance-based state grant. NGK Spark Plug's U.S. unit names new CEO Tue, 24 May 2016 15:49:58 EST Japanese auto supplier NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc. said it named Yoshitaka Narita as its new president and CEO. VW, U.S. make 'substantial progress' toward settlement, judge says Tue, 24 May 2016 11:28:38 EST Volkswagen and lawyers for owners and the U.S. government have made "substantial progress" toward reaching a final agreement by late June, a federal judge said today. GM lightweighting strategy starts to bear fruit Tue, 24 May 2016 11:30:00 EST There's more to lightweighting than shedding pounds. It's about getting the weight out of the vehicle and beating your competitors on cost. Fiat Chrysler names Bigland as head of Alfa and Maserati Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:00 EST Harald Wester has been replaced by Reid Bigland as head of Fiat Chrysler's Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands. Bigland will also continue as head of U.S. and Canadian sales for the automaker. Wester will remain FCA's chief technology officer. Challenger trails Mustang, Camaro in crash tests, IIHS says Tue, 24 May 2016 11:05:52 EST The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the sports coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. S. Korea's Mando said to be in talks to supply parts for Tesla Model 3 Tue, 24 May 2016 06:52:45 EST Mando Corp. is in talks with Tesla Motors to supply parts for its Model 3 car, an industry source said, as it seeks to join other South Korean firms supplying components for Tesla's more affordable electric cars. What if distracted walkers had emergency warning systems? Tue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a new campaign, Nissan is using collisions among those with the habit of looking down at their smartphones while walking to highlight its safety technology. North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership license Mon, 23 May 2016 16:49:25 EST North Carolina denied Tesla Motors' bid to attain a second dealership license in the state, saying the automaker must go through a third-party dealership group. Penske rolls out online shopping across U.S. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group's Preferred Purchase online shopping tool will be available on all 115 of its U.S. dealerships' websites by month end. Investor groups call for new probe of VW scandal Mon, 23 May 2016 07:03:33 EST Three investor groups called for a new, independent investigation into Volkswagen's emissions test-rigging scandal, saying the inquiries launched by the German carmaker so far may not be far-reaching or transparent enough. Nissan likely to send former tech chief to lead reform at Mitsubishi, report says Mon, 23 May 2016 13:39:31 EST Nissan, which plans to spend $2.2 billion on a one-third controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, aims to place its former global tech chief in charge of reform at its smaller rival, which is mired in a fuel economy data scandal, sources told Reuters. Toyota expands Takata airbag recall by 1.6 million vehicles Mon, 23 May 2016 18:00:23 EST Toyota is recalling almost 1.6 million additional U.S. vehicles for front passenger side Takata airbag inflators that could rupture. Feds flash their badges on auto data Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. Mobileye will supply 2 fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mobileye reveals programs to supply two automakers with fully autonomous drive systems as soon as 2019. Public not sold on fully autonomous vehicles, study finds Mon, 23 May 2016 13:17:17 EST More than four out of five people would prefer not to ride in fully autonomous vehicles, a study published today found. Ford seeks partnerships as it looks beyond car-making Mon, 23 May 2016 13:29:07 EST Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the automaker would look for more partnerships with other companies as it moves to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars and trucks. TALK FROM THE TOP with Alan Batey: GM isn't sweating share losses Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM's sliding market share doesn't faze Alan Batey, who says the company is finally focused on profitable growth and brand building, rather than chasing volume through daily rental sales or overproduction. Bo Andersson, out of the shadows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a tucked-away corner of an empty restaurant, the familiar face emerges from the shadows, slipping into the room like a character from a John le Carré Russian spy novel. It's Bo Andersson. Yes, that Bo Andersson. Tesla, eyeing summer vacationers, to open Hamptons, Cape Cod stores Mon, 23 May 2016 10:29:55 EST Tesla Motors, preparing for the Memorial Day holiday and a surge in summer travel in two of the nation's most well-known vacation spots, plans to open stores in the Hamptons and Cape Cod on Friday. TALK FROM THE TOP with Joe Hinrichs: Restructuring paved way for Ford's renaissance Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST For all of the work Ford has done turning around Europe and growing in China, North America has generated 93 percent of the company's profits since 2011. It generated record earnings of $3.1 billion in the first quarter. TALK FROM THE TOP with Dave Zuchowski: Hyundai well-positioned for new era Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dave Zuchowski has a full plate of changes and challenges to deal with as CEO of Hyundai Motor America. But he's also taking stock of the immense changes that millennials, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles will present to the industry at large. Nissan's Gonzalez sees upside in Mexico Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mayra Gonzalez, Nissan Mexicana's next president, sees Mexico as much more than an export platform. It's an aspirational market where students are increasingly in a position to buy their first car and young families to step up to their first SUV. Zuchowski to dealers: Get with the times Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is sounding a call to his dealers that their way of doing business must change - fast. Contests boost benefits of just showing up Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Victorville Motors, a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership in Southern California, created a car-giveaway contest to encourage perfect attendance among students at local high schools. GM's Batey puts faith in numbers Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Chat with General Motors' Alan Batey, and you'd hardly suspect that GM has given up more market share this year than any major automaker. That's because the North America chief sees plenty of other numbers he likes. Honda rethinks Henry Ford's assembly line Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda's new vehicle-assembly approach breaks with ideas that go back to Henry Ford. Instead of standing still as cars pass down the factory line, Honda associates in its newest plant work in teams that ride down the assembly line with the car. Packing heat? That's cool with some Texas dealers Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Jan. 1, it became legal in Texas to openly carry a handgun if the person has a license and the property owner does not display a sign banning the practice.