Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Ford may exit some S. American markets, analyst says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM/311219933/ford-may-exit-some-s-american-markets-analyst-says Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:04:20 EST Ford is on the verge of taking dramatic action to turn around its money-losing business in South America, including possibly exiting some markets, an analyst said after meeting with two company executives. Apple scientists share rare peek at autonomous vehicle research http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/MOBILITY/171129871/apple-scientists-share-rare-peek-at-autonomous-vehicle-research Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:56:50 EST Apple's internal research on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians with fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles. Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM01/171129918/toyota-mazda-plant-north-carolina-alabama Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:40 EST Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings. Subaru readies special editions to mark 50 years in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129883/subaru-readies-special-editions-to-mark-50-years-in-u-s Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:00:00 EST Subaru of America's entire vehicle lineup will have a role in celebrating the company's 50th anniversary in the U.S. NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/RETAIL07/171129894/nada-floorplan-interest-deduction-senate-tax-bill Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:35 EST NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories. NAFTA nations lock horns on U.S. auto demands as fifth round ends http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM01/171129941/nafta-talks-round-5 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:42:20 EST Negotiators square off on Tuesday for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework NAFTA, with a stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos. FCC to vote to repeal 'net neutrality' rules that threatened connected car development http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/MOBILITY/171129921/fcc-netneutrality-rescind-regulation Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:53:32 EST The chairman of the FCC plans to repeal a 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. It appears to be a victory for automakers. Tesla invites Model 3 reservation holders to design their cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM04/171129928/tesla-model3-reservations-design Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:03:51 EST Tesla started summoning non-employee Model 3 reservation holders to configure their cars, a sign of progress for the sedan plagued by production problems. Subaru Ascent takes shape ahead of L.A. intro http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129934/subaru-ascent-takes-shape-ahead-of-l-a-intro Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:04:18 EST The official unveiling of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is just days away but spy photographers have spotted the three-row crossover out testing. Lincoln's freshened 2019 MKC gets new mesh grille, tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129947/lincolns-freshened-2019-mkc-gets-new-mesh-grille-tech Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products. Key Safety Systems signs deal to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM10/171129937/key-takata-bankruptcy-acquisition-reorganiztion Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:47:30 EST Key Safety Systems said it signed the long awaited definitive agreement to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion. The announcement comes weeks after the formal deal was submitted in bankruptcy court. Ford, Mahindra open to teaming up on electric cars in India http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM05/171129938/ford-mahindra-electric-car-india Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:39:57 EST Ford and its Indian partner Mahindra and Mahindra could create their own EV line in India to help battle pollution from the vehicles clogging the nation's roads. Toyota puts U.S. workers on alert: Made-in-Japan Camrys cheaper http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM01/311209948/toyota-puts-u-s-workers-on-alert-made-in-japan-camrys-cheaper Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:19:20 EST Toyota issued an unsettling warning to Kentucky workers building its top-selling Camry sedan: Cut costs now or face an uncertain future. Dealership's refresher class lures buyers back http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129999/subaru-best-practices-phoenix Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru Superstore of Chandler has found a way for its customers to willingly come back to the store in droves. Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL04/171129964/used-cars-sales Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast. AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129966/mike-jackson-autonation-strategy-dealership-group Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds. James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129951/james-crellin-former-director-of-communications-at-gm-dies Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:10:35 EST James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81. Mahindra prepares 'brand journey' to launch passenger vehicles in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129949/mahindra-prepares-brand-journey-to-launch-passenger-vehicles-in-u-s Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:39 EST India's Mahindra and Mahindra, preparing to launch an off-road vehicle in the US, will take a "thoughtful" approach to marketing on-road passenger vehicles next, company officials said. Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129948/uber-hit-with-8-9-million-fine-in-colorado-over-unqualified-drivers Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:32:25 EST Colorado regulators fined Uber after finding the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive with invalid driver's licenses or other offenses that would have disqualified them. Dealership lobbyist Jonathan Morrison named NHTSA's top lawyer http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM02/171129950/jonathan-morrison-nhtsa-top-lawyer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:35 EST The White House appointed Jonathan Morrison, a former lobbyist with ties to auto dealerships, as chief counsel of NHTSA. Lithia a winner on Wall St. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129998/lithia-stock-growth-wall-st Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors #8212; which prioritized US acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street. Fiat Chrysler under pressure to recall Chrysler Pacifica minivans for potential stalling issue http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129953/fiat-chrysler-pacifica-minivan-recall-nhtsa Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:20:04 EST The Center for Auto Safety is asking NHTSA to open an investigation and recall the Chrysler Pacifica, which the group says represents an "unreasonable risk" because of a stalling problem. Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM08/171129995/ghosn-determined-bring-three-companies-closer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable. Ford to offer plug-in hybrid police sedan http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM04/171129954/ford-to-offer-plug-in-hybrid-police-sedan Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:45:00 EST Starting next summer, Ford will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Fusion-based police sedan that will have an electric range of 21 miles. NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129974/nafta-defense-strategies-face-political-pitfalls Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy. Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129979/dealer-leads-managers-path-to-ownership Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did. Honda to use Facebook to find owners with defective Takata airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129956/honda-facebook-takata-airbags Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:24:29 EST Honda will use Facebook's custom-audiences tool to find car owners with defective Takata airbags. Tesla's magic show diverts attention away from its problems http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM01/171129963/tesla-roadster-trouble-semi Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Few companies can propose to take on both Freightliner and Ferrari in one night. But the dollars-and-sense business of automaking remains a deep and daily challenge for Tesla. How critical is the EV tax credit? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129965/how-critical-is-ev-tax-credit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs. Infiniti's new turbo engine delivers fuel efficiency, performance http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM06/171129970/infiniti-turbo-engine-fuel-efficiency-performance Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50. GM maps route to profitable EV portfolio http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM05/171129971/gm-maps-route-to-profitable-evs Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer. But other big challenges remain. Dude, where's my flying car? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129980/dude-wheres-my-flying-car Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST After a century of failed efforts to make vehicles that can soar above gridlocked traffic, the idea that such contraptions are "just around the corner" might not be so far-fetched. PSA closes failing Berlin car sharing http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129975/psa-car-sharing-berlin-fail Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST While PSA Group works on fine-tuning its mobility services in the United States, it is learning from at least one failed operation launched in Europe. Mercedes to open Atlanta headquarters in March http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129976/mercedes-atlanta-in-march Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST By next fall, about 1,000 employees of the brand's U.S. distribution arm should be back under one roof for the first time since July 2015, New technology shakes up the purchasing department http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM10/171129988/technology-shakes-up-purchasing-department Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers look for advanced technologies, their unfamiliar suppliers are bringing new ideas to old purchasing departments. Why is catalytic converter supplier BASF smiling? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM10/171129989/basf-catalytic-converter-supplier Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company. Autoliv relearns lean manufacturing http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM10/171129991/autoliv-relearns-lean-manufacturing Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course. Canada, Mexico to confront U.S. auto content demands at NAFTA talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM01/171119778/canada-mexico-to-confront-u-s-auto-content-demands-at-nafta-talks Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:39:56 EST Canada and Mexico will not make counterproposals to American demands for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules but instead will question and rebut them on Monday, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Nissan hints at building new U.S. assembly plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM01/311199983/nissan-hints-at-building-new-u-s-assembly-plant Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:04:20 EST Nissan is squeezing all it can from its US assembly plants and will need to build a new factory if it keeps growing in the lucrative American auto market, a top executive says. Ghosn says Nissan alliance will lean on suppliers for growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM10/171129969/ghosn-ace-growth-suppliers Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before. Accord and Camry midsize sedans draw full-size marketing push http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/RETAIL01/171129972/midsize-sedans-draw-full-size-marketing Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The marketing efforts underway at Toyota and Honda aren't just about the horse race or bragging rights. A true challenger to the king of cool http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM03/171129967/volvo-turns-up-heat-on-tesla Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo may be the one brand that can usurp Tesla's reign as the king of cool electric cars. At NAFTA table, 'no fireworks' but few signs of progress http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/OEM01/171119783/at-nafta-table-no-fireworks-but-few-signs-of-progress Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:12:00 EST Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough American demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, a well-placed source said Saturday. Ford dropping C-Max in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/RETAIL01/171129977/ford-dropping-cmax-u-s Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims. Honda recalls 900,000 minivans to inspect, repair tip-prone seats http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/RETAIL05/171119784/honda-recalls-900000-minivans-to-inspect-repair-tip-prone-seats Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:44:38 EST Honda is recalling about 900,000 minivans because second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched after being adjusted. Waymo gives clues to its business plan for tomorrow http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/OEM06/171129973/waymo-gives-clues-business-plan Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it. How factory can help turn browsers into buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171118/RETAIL07/171129987/how-factory-can-help-turn-browsers-into-buyers Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST A study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts. Wells Fargo dismisses head of consumer lending http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171119794/wells-fargo-dismisses-head-of-consumer-lending Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:12:16 EST Franklin Codel, the head of consumer lending at Wells Fargo, was fired over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said, the latest upheaval at a lender roiled by scandal for more than a year. Two-thirds of U.S. vehicles with Takata airbags still not fixed http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/RETAIL05/171119777/two-thirds-of-u-s-vehicles-with-takata-airbags-still-not-fixed Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:15:00 EST Nearly two-thirds of vehicles in the United States with defective Takata airbag inflators remain unrepaired as automakers have made varying degrees of progress addressing the largest recall ever. Wall Street ponders impact of Tesla Semi, Roadster http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/OEM05/311179913/wall-street-ponders-impact-of-tesla-semi-roadster Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:04:20 EST The features of Tesla's new Semi truck steamrolled Wall Street expectations, with an estimated 500-mile driving range that was almost double what analysts had modeled.