Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:45:56 EST AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss. How Hummer maker, Mercedes came together Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Production of the Mercedes-Benz R class will begin on the line that once made Hummer H2s for General Motors, just a stone's throw from where AM General builds light tactical military vehicles for the U.S. and other governments. Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload? Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. Best April sales in decade expected, driven by light trucks Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:09:41 EST New-vehicle sales in the United States are projected to reach the highest April level in a decade, capping the best four-month start to a year since 2001. Ally to take over Mitsubishi's U.S. lending arm Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:26:55 EST Mitsubishi, one of the smallest car companies with a captive finance arm in the United States, said today that it is selling its book of business to Ally Financial, the former lending division of General Motors. Public dealerships plan for growth Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said. Tesla hit by hackers on Twitter, media-relations email accounts Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:14:47 EST Tesla's Twitter feed and its media-relations email account were hacked Saturday, with the electric-car maker becoming the latest victim of online vandals. Hyundai to create shareholder-rights group after land deal irks investors Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:23:24 EST Hyundai Motor will establish a committee to represent shareholder interests when the board makes key decisions such as acquisitions, heeding calls from investors angered over a $10 billion land purchase last year. VW investors hope Piech exit may usher in change Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:09:30 EST Investors hope that Volkswagen will be able to revive profitability at its core division, cure underperformance overseas and bury lingering plans for acquisitions after the resignation of Chairman Ferdinand Piech. GM to give Kettering University $4 million for proving ground, powertrain lab Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:38:57 EST Kettering University, which taught General Motors leaders such as CEO Mary Barra, is getting a $4 million gift from the carmaker to build a proving ground and powertrain test lab. Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer. China's cheap car strategy for the U.S. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Wu Song, boss of China's Guangzhou Automobile, says his cars need to be 30 percent cheaper than rivals to make it in America. If everything goes his way, GAC will test his pricing strategy with the U.S. launch of its GS4 crossover in 2017. Small VW store delivers top customer ratings Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Attention to detail and personal contact by the owners of a small, 50-year-old Volkswagen dealership in rural Pennsylvania helped it earn the brand's top scores for customer satisfaction in 2014. Industry revels in good times but manages to avoid overdoing it Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST There are many signs suggesting the U.S. auto industry is on a positive, sustainable track, but perhaps the most reassuring sign is the kind of caution that dealers and manufacturers are showing amid the boom. Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. To EV or not to EV: The China question Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales. Recalled program cars vex GM, hurt profits Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Late last year, General Motors decided to hold off on auctioning many of its retired rental vehicles because of depressed prices. VW board demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:44:50 EST Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. Piech's reign ends after 500-mile trek to German city that once honored him Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:47:58 EST Ferdinand Piech's two decades of unyielding authority over Volkswagen ended after a 500-mile journey to Braunschweig, a small city in central Germany where just last year he was feted as a savior of jobs. Driverless cars and the big conundrum Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that. Where the heck is Apple CarPlay? Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed. With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the best from Germany. RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. Piech resigns as VW chairman after failing to oust CEO Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:38:03 EST Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as chairman on Saturday after losing a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn. Ruthless VW patriarch Piech overplays last hand, ending era Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:29:40 EST Ferdinand Piech's iron-fisted rule over Volkswagen helped him build an empire spanning fuel-efficient city cars to 40-ton trucks, but in the end he overplayed his hand and was forced out before reaching his goal of making VW the world's biggest... Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions. Booming Ford banks on China product blitz Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, on a rampage in China, aims improve on its 4. Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions. JLR sees Mexico as 'strong' option for N.A. assembly plant Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:04:21 EST Jaguar Land Rover is considering building a plant in Mexico, following other luxury car makers lured by cheap labor and free trade agreements. Mazda quarterly profits fall on currency losses while sales rise Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:41:30 EST Profits fell at Mazda in the January-March quarter, undercut by higher outlays for marketing and factory startups and foreign exchange losses, despite rising sales. Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:51:09 EST Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. Mitsubishi posts first annual N.A. profit in seven years Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:47:44 EST Mitsubishi booked double-digit profit increases in the latest quarter to propel the carmaker to record annual earnings and its first North America profit in seven years. GM paid Barra $16.2 million in 2014 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:00 EST GM CEO Mary Barra received $16.2 million in total compensation during her first year leading the automaker, GM said in a regulatory filing today. Barra's payout included a base salary of $1.6 million, stock awards totaling $11.8 million, and $2. Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:39:35 EST German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production. Lear Q1 net income, revenue up after Eagle Ottawa acquisition Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:25:01 EST Seating and electronics supplier Lear acquired leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in the first quarter and said that net income during the period increased 20 percent and revenue jumped 3.7 percent from the year earlier. Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:18:00 EST For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. GM profit rises, aided by North America Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:45:00 EST General Motors posted stout first-quarter profits from truck sales in North America, but trouble in Russia and Brazil and lingering fallout from last year's recall binge kept a lid on earnings. Pricing pressure in U.S., China raises fears about future auto profits Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:20:24 EST The strength of the US and China economies has helped companies like General Motors offset weakness in others parts of the world, but growing pricing pressure in those lucrative markets could be a warning sign for future profits. Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:45:00 EST A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts sold in the United States. Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:16 EST Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. Fiat Chrysler recalls 46,000 vehicles for ignition switch, airbag issues Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:48:03 EST Fiat Chrysler is recalling 43,874 Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Viper models for possible ignition-switch issues and 2,408 Ram ProMaster City models for airbag problems. GM Financial Q1 net rises as lease volume skyrockets Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:17:12 EST Captive finance company GM Financial had a giant increase in lease volume in the first quarter, as parent company GM switched to GM Financial as its exclusive preferred lender for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC subsidized leases. Dealerships can gain an edge with Spanish-language marketing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:10:08 EST Dealerships willing to advertise and post videos in Spanish face little competition reaching a growing number of Latino car buyers, said Ricky Lopez, Internet director at David Maus Toyota in Sanford, Fla. Goodyear to spend $550 million on tire plant in Mexico, report says Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:54:01 EST Goodyear Tire and Rubber is planning to spend $550 million on a new tire plant in Mexico, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a string of investment pledges in the country's booming auto sector. GM gets boost from smaller pickups, but doubters question for how long Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:29:03 EST General Motors' return to selling smaller pickups in the United States has resuscitated a moribund market segment, but new data highlights the risk that the automaker's new trucks are cannibalizing sales of higher-priced models. Hyundai may boost SUV capacity in U.S., China after Q1 profit dips Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:04:47 EST South Korea's Hyundai Motor may boost production of SUVs in the United States and China after reporting profits fell again, squeezed by the cost of promotions to bolster car sales and unfavorable foreign exchange trends. Dealers missing out on digital FandI sales, study finds Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:30:00 EST Consumers want FandI product information online rather than all-at-once at the end of their vehicle purchases, a new study finds. TRW to sell suspension unit to THK for $400 million Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:46:43 EST TRW Automotive Holdings said it agreed to sell its linkage and suspension business to Tokyo conglomerate THK for $400 million. EVs need more fed support, study finds Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:32:07 EST A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. %]