Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EST Accuride agrees to acquire German wheel supplier http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM10/170629923/accuride-agrees-to-acquire-german-wheel-supplier Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:17:13 EST Automotive wheel and related parts supplier Accuride agreed to acquire German competitor Mefro Wheels in its second acquisition this quarter. FCA backs new public education campaign on auto recalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM11/170629924/fca-backs-new-public-education-campaign-on-auto-recalls Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:00 EST The National Safety Council launched Check To Protect, a national campaign -- backed by Fiat Chrysler -- to encourage drivers to check for and quickly resolve open recalls on their vehicles. Dodge Grand Caravan output idled to meet U.S. airbag safety rule http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM01/170629926/dodge-grand-caravan-output-idled-to-meet-u-s-airbag-safety-rule Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:09:15 EST Dodge Grand Caravan output will continue this fall -- but not for U.S. customers, according to a union official at the Canada plant where Fiat Chrysler builds the minivan, as the company races to meet a new airbag safety rule. Ex-Uber CEO Kalanick knew of engineer's Google info, Waymo says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/MOBILITY/170629929/ex-uber-ceo-kalanick-knew-of-engineers-google-info-waymo-says Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:05:51 EST A court filing says Uber's ousted CEO learned in early 2016 that the engineer who oversaw the company's driverless car project possessed discs from Google. 2017 J.D. Power initial quality rankings http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM01/170629948/2017-j-d-power-iqs-kia Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:00:00 EST Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year. The annual industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals. Tesla snubs J.D. Power for Initial Quality Study data http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM05/170629941/jd-power-iqs-tesla Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:48:32 EST How do the quality ratings for the 2017 Tesla Model S and Model X compare to competitors? They don't, based off J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study. For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn comes fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM/170629942/for-thousands-of-u-s-auto-workers-downturn-comes-fast Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:03:24 EST After seven straight years of U.S. sales gains, the days when auto assembly and parts plants throughout the Midwest were running flat-out because of high demand for nearly every type of vehicle are over. AutoGravity launches national TV ads http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/170629949/autogravity-launches-national-tv-ads Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:26:55 EST AutoGravity, a car shopping and financing mobile app and web platform, is aiming to catch the eyes of more consumers with a national TV campaign debuting this week. Ford shows the bond of learning how to drive http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/VIRALVIDEO/306219999/ford-shows-the-bond-of-learning-how-to-drive Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 EST Ford Motor Co.'s "Father's Day," last week's most viral car commercial, shows the range of emotion in a dad and his teen's first-ever driving lesson. CarMax Q1 net jumps 21% on delayed consumer tax refunds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/RETAIL04/170629950/carmax-q1-net-jumps-21-on-delayed-consumer-tax-refunds Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:24:56 EST CarMax's earnings surged 21 percent in its fiscal first quarter on a bump in used-vehicle sales driven by a delay in federal tax refunds. Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM02/170629964/teslas-autopilot-software-head-quits-in-less-than-six-months Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:44:22 EST Tesla said the head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, left the company within six months of joining the electric carmaker. Honda halts Japan plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/OEM01/170629962/honda-halts-japan-plant-after-wannacry-virus-hits-computer-network Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:26:58 EST Honda halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network. Toyota bumps up price, power and mpg on 2018 Camry http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/RETAIL/170629963/toyota-bumps-up-price-power-and-mpg-on-2018-camry Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 EST The re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry gets a modest increase to its sticker price, but a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower. Dodge Demon allocation method to fight dealer mark-ups http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/RETAIL/170629979/dodge-demon-allocation-method-to-fight-dealer-mark-ups Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:49:27 EST Dodge, as it prepares to allocate 3,000 of its 840-hp Challenger SRT Demons, is determined not to repeat bad dealer behavior that marred the 2014 launch of the Hellcats. Jaguar's compact E-Pace crossover coming in '18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/OEM04/170629974/jaguars-compact-e-pace-crossover-coming-in-18 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:00:00 EST The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year, after the F-Pace. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year. ZF, Hella form partnership to boost self-driving sensors business http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/MOBILITY/170629976/zf-hella-form-partnership-to-boost-self-driving-sensors-business Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:09:51 EST ZF said it is collaborating with fellow German component supplier Hella to develop radar and camera technology in a bid to bolster its autonomous system portfolio. VW waves green flag for Microbus-styled electric MPV http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/OEM04/170629988/vw-waves-green-flag-for-microbus-styled-electric-mpv Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:19:52 EST Volkswagen's long-awaited Microbus-styled MPV will see production as an electric vehicle, Auto Express reported. Why the Mercedes A class is coming after a 20-year wait http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/BLOG06/170629982/why-the-mercedes-a-class-is-coming-after-a-20-year-wait Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:03:17 EST The Mercedes-Benz A class has been different things at different times during its relatively short life span. The nameplate is 20 years old, and for all 20 of those years, Mercedes has declined to offer it in America. Until now. Uber to allow tipping for drivers, reversing long-standing policy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/MOBILITY/170629981/uber-to-allow-tipping-for-drivers-reversing-long-standing-policy Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:38:17 EST Uber will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app -- part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers. Audi to star in new Spider-Man movie http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/RETAIL03/170629980/audi-to-star-in-new-spider-man-movie Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:03:35 EST Audi is giving moviegoers an exclusive first look at the 2018 Audi A8 on July 7 as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters. Audi also plans to show off two other vehicles in the movie. Ford to import U.S. Focus from China instead of Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/OEM/170629989/ford-to-import-u-s-focus-from-china-instead-of-mexico Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Ford plans to import its next-generation Focus sedan from China, abandoning plans to build the small car in Mexico. Production will begin in the second half of 2019. Lincoln unwraps extended-length Navigator SUV http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/OEM04/170629998/lincoln-unwraps-extended-length-navigator-suv Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Lincoln's new extended-length Navigator will be nearly a foot longer than the redesigned 2018 Navigator and include more cargo space than the regular version. Subaru steps up self-driving capability with EyeSight update http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/MOBILITY/170619762/subaru-eyesight Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru is upgrading its camera-based system to get limited self-driving capabilities on the highway and during low-speed traffic jams. N.J. dealer Steve Kalafer says automakers are 'destroying themselves' with stair-steps http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL07/170619824/kalafer-volksagen-nissan-new-jersey-stair-step Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST In this QandA, dealer Steve Kalafer addresses strains in dealer-factory relations at Nissan, Volkswagen and other automakers. U.S. buyers ready to pay most for built-in vehicle technology, study says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM06/170619735/u-s-buyers-ready-to-pay-most-for-built-in-vehicle-technology-study Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:32:41 EST Global automotive consumers show interest in having advanced technology in their next vehicle, but US drivers are willing to pay the highest price, a new survey says. Tesla near deal for first factory in China, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM01/306199933/tesla-near-deal-for-first-factory-in-china-report-says Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:04:20 EST An agreement with the city of Shanghai would allow Tesla to establish EV manufacturing operations in the Lingang development zone and could come as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. American Honda pays fine for Canadian dealings with Cuba http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/170619734/american-honda-pays-fine-for-canadian-dealings-with-cuba Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:18:33 EST The U.S. slapped American Honda Finance with a fine for a violation of U.S. sanctions against Cuba even though the transactions occurred in Canada. FCA to dealers: Stock up on Grand Caravans http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM01/170619755/fca-to-dealers-stock-up-on-grand-caravans Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST FCA told dealers this month to stock up on the Dodge Grand Caravan because production will go on a hiatus in mid-August and won't resume until December. Tesla driver in fatal crash wasn't watching video, witness tells investigators http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/MOBILITY/170619733/- Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:26:02 EST A witness said the driver involved in a fatal crash while using Tesla's Autopilot function was not playing a video in his car, a government report said. GM cuts shift at Kansas car plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM01/170619737/gm-cuts-shift-at-kansas-car-plant Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:59:41 EST GM, for the fifth time this year, is cutting a production shift at one of its U.S. assembly plants in response to slowing industry sales. Honda, FCA race to help supplier rebuild after fire http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM10/170619826/honda-fca-race-to-help-supplier-rebuild-after-fire Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST An immediate but back-breaking response helped bring back a little Texas supplier after it burned -- saving Honda and Fiat Chrysler from a bad spring. Cadillac plans 'major refresh' for 2018 XTS sedan http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM04/170619738/cadillac-plans-major-refresh-for-2018-xts-sedan Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:09:25 EST Cadillac is updating the chassis, infotainment system and styling of its XTS sedan for the 2018 model year to help it continue to co-exist with the larger and newer CT6. Smart dealers face decision amid shift to EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL01/170619779/smart-dealer-ev-daimler-microcar Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Why didn't the microcar brand work out as expected in the U.S., and can it succeed with just EVs? Bosch to build $1.1 billion chip plant for self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM10/170619746/bosch-to-build-1-1-billion-chip-plant-for-self-driving-cars Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:45:42 EST Bosch will build a $1.1 billion semiconductor plant in Germany, the biggest single investment in its history. The supplier is ramping up for demands for self-driving technologies. Automakers raise pressure on Congress to set autonomous-vehicle policies http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/MOBILITY/170619756/autonomous-vehicle-policy-congress Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers and technology companies are increasingly anxious for Congress to get moving on policies for the development and testing of self-driving technology. Lear's Simoncini namechecks competitors at museum benefit in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM02/170619740/lears-simoncini-namechecks-competitors-at-museum-benefit-in-detroit Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:49:13 EST Matt Simoncini shouted above the noisy crowd at a fundraiser he was sponsoring last week for the Motown Museum in Detroit. "Delphi! Delphi! Anybody here from Delphi!" Subaru takes slow lane for self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM06/170619743/subaru-takes-slow-lane-for-self-driving-cars Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:49:26 EST While major automakers race to develop driverless cars, Subaru is taking a slower approach, saying its vehicles may be less advanced than its rivals' by 2020 as autonomous features remain costly for the buyers of Japan's smallest carmaker. Babies on board at California dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL07/170619818/babies-on-board-at-california-dealership Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST At Freeman Toyota, employees can bring infants to work for one year. It helps the mother manage childcare and lifts employees' spirits. Mercedes bringing A-class to United States http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM04/170619759/mercedes-a-class-united-states Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes has confirmed to dealers that it will introduce the A-class sedan in the U.S. in 2018. It will become the brand's new entry-level model slotting below the CLA. Ford's new structure aligns with industry trend http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM02/170619757/ford-structure-hackett-fields Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Management consultants say the structure isn't unique in the auto industry and is part of a growing wave of car companies looking to break down hierarchies. Chevy Trax crossover eclipses Sonic subcompact car http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL01/170619758/chevy-trax-sonic-sales-united-states Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet's Sonic and Trax embody the speed at which consumer tastes have shifted from cars to crossovers. GM lets its Cruise Automation self-driving unit work autonomously http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/MOBILITY/170619761/gm-cruise-automation-relationship Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The automaker and the autonomous-driving company it acquired operate in separate spheres, but are still collaborating. JLR buy-sells get more complicated http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL07/170619767/jlr-buy-sells-get-more-complicated Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Buy-sell deals between Jaguar and Land Rover dealers continue, but grow increasingly complex as the automaker pushes for consolidation and renovation. Renesas takes on global giants in growing autonomous vehicle marke http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM10/170619829/renesas-takes-on-global-giants-in-growing-autonomous-vehicle-marke Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST A giant in vehicle microprocessors, Renesas prepares to go after the autonomous vehicle. Honda's Civic Type R will get more variants to sustain sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170618/RETAIL01/170619820/honda-civic-type-r-variants Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda is following the playbook of brands such as Porsche and Chevy that use countless iterations and special editions of a single model to juice sales. Mercedes orders up more light trucks for U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170618/OEM01/170619763/mercedes-light-trucks-glc Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes leaders say the increase could move the brand closer to a 50-50 sales mix of cars and light trucks for the year, and get inventory more in line with consumer demand. Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover will start in a hole http://www.autonews.com/article/20170618/RETAIL01/170619773/hyundai-kona-subcompact-crossover-allocation Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Hyundai's U.S. dealers are getting something they desperately want and need, a new subcompact crossover. That's the good news. GM expands use of turbocharged engines to boost fuel economy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170618/OEM06/170619792/gm-turbocharging Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Vehicles with turbocharged engines accounted for about 23 percent of GM's U.S. sales last year, up from about 12 percent in 2010. 'CSI' teams help automakers spot trouble http://www.autonews.com/article/20170617/OEM06/170619817/csi-teams-help-automakers-spot-trouble Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo has analyzed 40,000 car accidents since the 1970s, underscoring how Volvo and other automakers gather voluminous data to make future vehicles safer. Google Attribution aims to help marketers identify most influential ads http://www.autonews.com/article/20170617/RETAIL03/170619806/google-attribution-digital-auto-ads Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST A new tool from Google aims to give digital advertisers deeper insight into the consumer's shopping journey. %]