Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 24 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST Innovative minds help tech with spina bifida realize his dream http://www.autonews.com/article/20180224/RETAIL07/180229880/kenny-kent-toyota-spina-bifida Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST At Kenny Kent Toyota in Evansville, Austin Frazier, a 23-year-old with spina bifida, may be the dealership's most inspirational employee yet. U.S., Canada ready to expand 'reverse inspections' of cargo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180224/OEM01/180229875/us-canada-reverse-inspection-border Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST After testing the waters for more than a dozen years, authorities are gearing up to operationalize the concept of placing U.S. Customs officers on Canadian soil to clear shipments there, rather than at the U.S. port of entry. Backers of V2V aren't waiting for a mandate http://www.autonews.com/article/20180224/MOBILITY/180229894/v2v-federal-mandate-technology Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Government groups and auto industry insiders are meeting up at conferences to talk about how to get this complicated tech out there. VW settles diesel owner suit on eve of trial http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/OEM/180229859/vw-settles-diesel-owner-suit-on-eve-of-trial Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:51:54 EST Volkswagen AG's U.S. unit on Friday resolved a lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man whose diesel emissions case was set to be the first to go to trial on Monday. VW pledges rules to ensure moral, ethical behavior http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/OEM11/180229868/vw-ethics-morals-rd-testing-scandal Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:54:53 EST VW will take steps to bring its academic research projects into line with moral standards, the carmaker said, seeking to demonstrate lessons learned from the latest diesel scandal aftershock. Tesla expects to hit cap for federal tax credits this year http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/OEM05/180229866/tesla-expected-to-hit-7500-federal-tax-credit-cap-this-year Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:32:31 EST Tesla said it will likely sell its 200,000th vehicle this year -- the volume cap at which the $7,500 federal tax incentive for electric vehicles begins to be phased out. Founder of Ford-owned Chariot out as CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/MOBILITY/180229899/ford-chariot-ceo-departs Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:07:07 EST Ali Vahabzadeh, who co-founded the Chariot shuttle service, will remain on its board of directors following an early February departure as CEO. Self-driving cars with 'remote' drivers could test on Calif. roads in April http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/MOBILITY/180229869/self-driving-cars-california-testing Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:43:43 EST Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel could be tested on California roads as early as April. BMW to recall 11,700 cars after installing wrong engine software http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/OEM11/180229870/bmw-recall-engine-software-scandal Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:29:51 EST BMW said it would recall 11,700 cars to fix their engine management software after it discovered that the wrong programming had been installed on its 5- and 7-series models. GM Korea seeks to trim benefits, wages, letter says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/OEM01/180229907/gm-korea-union-trim-wages-benefits Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:20:36 EST GM will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year along with a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit to cut costs, according to an internal letter. China's Geely Is Buying a $9 Billion Stake in Daimler http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/GLOBAL03/180229892/geely-daimler-stock-purchase-stake Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:04:58 EST Li Shufu, the chairman and main owner of Chinese carmaker Geely, has amassed a stake of 9.69 percent in Daimler AG, the German company said Friday. Nissan takes first stop on road to taxi services with Easy Ride http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/MOBILITY/180229905/nissan-self-driving-taxi-trial-japan Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:15:26 EST Nissan is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous vehicle services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber and other companies. U.S. senators press Justice Department on Daimler emissions probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20180223/OEM11/180229900/daimler-emissions-probe-pressed-senators Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:08 EST Two senators urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate Daimler after a media report alleged the automaker used potentially illegal software to pass diesel emissions tests. Genesis supplants Audi atop Consumer Reports' latest brand rankings http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/RETAIL03/180229924/genesis-supplants-audi-consumer-reports-brand-rankings Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:22:37 EST Hyundai's upstart Genesis luxury brand supplanted Audi atop Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands. Subaru and Kia tied for the highest ranked mass-market brands. Our close call at the crosswalk in an autonomous Hyundai http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/BLOG06/180229918/hyundai-nexo-autonomous-pyeongchang-close-call-crosswalk Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:09:55 EST I figured the Nexo would recognize the pedestrians who were being picked up by its sensors and decelerate to a gradual stop. But that's not what happened. Ford picks Kumar Galhotra to replace Raj Nair as North America chief http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM02/180229938/ford-pick-kumar-galhotra-to-replace-raj-nair-as-north-america-chief Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:15:00 EST Ford tapped Kumar Galhotra, a company veteran who steered the Lincoln luxury brand back to respectability, to replace Raj Nair, who was ousted after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behavior," as its president of North America. Visteon lands record new business in 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM10/180229917/visteon-lands-record-new-business-in-2017 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:11:07 EST Electronics supplier Visteon reported record new business gains in 2017 and a dip in sales in the fourth quarter resulting from discontinued operations and customer pricing. Cadillac XT5, Subaru Outback nab top rating in rear-crash program http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM11/180229921/cadillac-xt5-subaru-outback-iihs-rear-crash-test Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:50:17 EST The Cadillac XT5 and Subaru Outback fared the best in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new rear-crash prevention rating system. BMW settles U.S. lawsuit claiming it refused to refund leases to military personnel http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180229923/bmw-military-lawsuit-refunds-finance-insurance Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:30:03 EST BMW Financial Services North America has agreed to pay more than $2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Former Cadillac, Penske exec Jere Kitzmiller dies at 84 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM02/180229929/jere-kitzmiller-obituary Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:35:24 EST A factory man beloved in retail is an anomaly in the automotive business. So was Jere Kitzmiller, a longtime Cadillac employee who died last month in Newport Beach, Calif., from flu and pneumonia complications. He was 84. 2019 Buick Envision to get nip, tuck http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM03/180229934/2019-buick-envision Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:27:03 EST Buick is freshening the 2019 Buick Envision to better align the crossover with the brand's other models -- most notably its best-selling Encore. Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM11/180229933/takata-legal-settlement-states Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:54:33 EST Takata agreed to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators. Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM02/180229928/denso-management-changes-toyota Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:38:31 EST Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping down as chairman of the world's fourth-largest parts supplier. Ousted Ford exec loses at least $5 million in bonuses http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM02/180229932/ford-raj-nair-loses-more-than-5-million-bonuses Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:12:29 EST Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to him last year, as well as a number of other bonuses and awards. Delphi Technologies posts record quarterly revenue, higher operating income http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/OEM10/180229935/delphi-technologies-posts-record-quarterly-revenue-higher-operating Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:44 EST In its first quarterly report since Delphi Automotive split, Delphi Technologies reported record revenue and higher operating income. Uber CEO will court carmakers beyond Toyota for self-driving http://www.autonews.com/article/20180222/MOBILITY/180229941/toyota-uber-autonomous-driving-taxis Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:42:28 EST Toyota and Uber plan to team up on autonomous driving as technological changes sweep through the transportation industry. CAR study: Electrification, autonomy won't gain widespread adoption for decades http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/MOBILITY/180229955/autonomous-electric-vehicles-not-accepted-widely-for-decades Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:15:00 EST Although most major automakers are pouring billions into electrification and autonomy, the Center for Automotive Research predicts those investments could slow in the coming years. Ford Motor executive Raj Nair leaves over 'inappropriate behavior' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/OEM02/180229951/ford-raj-nair-leaves-over-inappropriate-behavior Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:15:00 EST Raj Nair, president of Ford in North America, has left the automaker after he was accused of "inappropriate behavior," Ford said. The company did not divulge the nature of Nair's behavior. Audi to launch integrated toll collection http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/MOBILITY/180229953/audi-toll-road-collection-technology Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:53:12 EST Audi said it will begin integrating automated toll payment technology into its vehicles in the United States this year that will allow drivers to pay tolls without the need for an additional device. New Hyundai Santa Fe to be brand's first diesel vehicle in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/OEM04/180229950/hyundai-diesel-santa-fe Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:00:00 EST The redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe will include the brand's first diesel offering in the United States as it continues to rework its car-heavy lineup. Nissan's EV campaign expected to get boost from Mitsubishi investment http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/OEM05/180229969/nissan-mitsubishi-instment-electric-vehicles Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:44:59 EST Nissan may get a boost from a deepening relationship with Japan's biggest trading house as access to battery materials becomes a priority amid the industry's push into electric vehicles. Nobody wants to let Google win war for maps all over again http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/OEM06/180229968/google-war-for-maps-autonomous-cars Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:00 EST Google emerged years ago as the winner in digital maps by blanketing the globe with its street-mapping cars and software expertise that couldn't be matched. Nobody wants to let Google win again. Dallas' Park Place dealer group dives into subscription market http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/RETAIL/180229957/dallas-park-place-dives-into-subscription Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:26:54 EST The service offers unlimited vehicle switches and free pickup and delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at no additional charge. Don't fret over data security; try these steps http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180229959/dont-fret-over-data-security-try-these-steps Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST One of the biggest security hazards for dealerships and their vendors is a data breach, but many are unsure of the best ways to protect their information, EFG says. Why sweet lease deals are going away http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180229960/why-sweet-lease-deals-are-going-away Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST A flood of off-lease vehicles, including SUVs and crossovers, and other factors will make it more difficult for automakers to offer tempting lease deals. Auto balance growth rate slows http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180229962/auto-balance-growth-rate-slows Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST Last quarter, auto borrowers' total loan balance outstanding grew at the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2012, while delinquency rates plateaued, TransUnion says. Daimler takes a jab at Tesla e-trucks plan as rivalry heats up http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/MOBILITY/180229965/daimler-tesla-electric-trucks Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:11:19 EST Daimler cast doubt on Tesla's plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic. Bosch establishes new mobility services division http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/MOBILITY/180229979/bosch-mobility-services-division Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:30:00 EST Robert Bosch is joining the wave of suppliers shifting their organizational structures to brace for massive industry changes. Toyota shows the Olympic athlete's journey http://www.autonews.com/article/20180221/VIRALVIDEO/302219999/toyota-shows-the-olympic-athletes-journey Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST In the latest video to top our viral video charts, Toyota shows the journey from toddler to Olympic athlete. Deadly cobalt mines linked to child labor thrive in rush for EV batteries http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/OEM10/180229992/deadly-cobalt-mines-child-labor-thrive-ev-batteries Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:22:25 EST The appetite for EVs is driving a cobalt production boom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines are dangerous and employ child labor -- a concern for carmakers. NBA All-Star Weekend boosts Autotrader's new site http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/RETAIL03/180229976/nba-all-stars-autotrader-marketing-website Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:29:29 EST Autotrader took advantage of its long-standing NBA sponsorship to promote its redesigned website and set a record in online traffic during All-Star Weekend. Toyota recalls Tundra, Sequoia for seat and traction-control issues http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/RETAIL07/180229981/toyota-recall-tundra-sequoia-seating Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:06:16 EST Toyota will recall 8,800 Tundra pickups from the 2017 model year for a seat problem, and 65,000 2018 Tundras and Sequoia SUVs for a glitch that could turn off stability control and other systems. Net soars at ADESA's parent on tax gains http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/RETAIL04/180229975/net-soars-at-adesas-parent-on-tax-gains Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:50:57 EST Net income at KAR Auction Services, ADESA's parent, soared in the fourth quarter because of a special gain related to the changes in federal corporate taxes. VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/OEM11/180229977/vw-trial-delay-rejected-hitler-jury Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:09:21 EST A Virginia judge rejected a request by VW to delay several of the company's trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners. Marchionne collects $36 million stock award, $12 million in base pay http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/OEM02/180229985/marchionne-fiat-chrysler-compensation-pay Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:58:58 EST FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne collected shares valued at about 29 million euros ($35.7 million) for the three-year period ended in 2016, according to the Italian-American automaker's 2017 annual report. GM plans to build 2 new models in South Korea, says lawmaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20180220/OEM01/180229993/gm-plans-to-build-2-new-models-in-south-korea-says-lawmaker Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:48:16 EST General Motors plans to produce two new models in South Korea, a local lawmaker quoted GM executive Barry Engle as saying at a meeting with South Korean members of parliament. Two big auto lenders rethink their fee structure http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180219770/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-auto-lenders Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Two lenders that ditched dealer reserve in favor of flat fees, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau favored the latter, have revised their policies. Sergio Marchionne's final lap at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM02/180219780/sergio-marchionne-final-lap Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST One thing about Marchionne stands out as the onetime tax accountant and philosophy student prepares to step aside after nearly 15 years running first Fiat and now FCA: The guy knows how to make money. Genesis snub leaves some Hyundai dealers reeling http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL07/180219758/genesis-snub-leaves-some-hyundai-dealers-reeling Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST While elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network. Gentex's two-way mirror strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM06/180219767/gentex-mirrors-technology Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Auto mirrors will change in the future -- but which technology to bet on? Gentex is ready to go either way.