Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:00:00 EST Next Range Rover could move upscale Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A new version of the Land Rover Discovery due in the first quarter of 2017 could give the automaker an opportunity to move the next Range Rover further upmarket, perhaps to compete with the Bentley Bentayga. Ford&'s Samardzich: &'I wanted to retire earlier rather than later&' Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Now that Ford of Europe is profitable again, COO Barb Samardzich is retiring and returning home to the U.S. before deciding on the next step in her career. The head of Ford South America will replace her. Safety 'shenanigans' must be addressed, Nader says Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST It takes a surprisingly small number of people to change the world - and that's one thing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, wishes more people realized. Hyundai r&d chief: No fear of Apple, Google Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Google won't challenge old-school metal-benders by trying to make cars, says Hyundai Motor Group's global randd chief. Mazda diesel still in the plans, CEO says Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans on offering them stateside. She&'s driving GM in a new direction Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Julia Steyn, who is leading GM's various experiments in vehicle sharing and transportation services under the Maven brand, says she's encouraged by the early results. Car-hacking has the industry's highest level of attention, conference shows Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:16:32 EST If the 500-strong crowd at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit here today is any indication, cybersecurity now has the automobile industry's undivided attention. GM, Isuzu end pickup truck tie-up in Asia; GM eyes more upscale market Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:22:25 EST GM and Isuzu have agreed to stop working together on developing midsize pickup trucks made in Asia, as the U.S. automaker focuses on the higher end of the market while the Japanese firm sticks to selling vehicles for everyday commercial purposes. For Elon Musk, Tesla's impresario, the latest act falls flat Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:12:11 EST The hints, the tweets, the will-he-or-won't-he suspense. It was classic showman Elon Musk. Then his much-hyped 1,500-word manifesto dropped and -- whiff. FCA recalling 410,000 vehicles for software, wiring issues Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:32:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling nearly 410,000 vehicles worldwide because of a defect that can lead to a loss of propulsion. Axalta acquires United Paint's automotive coatings business Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:43:55 EST Axalta Coating Systems has acquired United Paint and Chemical's automotive interior coatings business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Auto industry should enlist hackers to aid in cybersecurity, panelists say Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:47:03 EST If the auto industry wants protection from the most talented players in the cybersecurity field, then it needs to attract hackers, panelists said today at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit. Samsung invests $449 million in China's BYD Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:19:20 EST Samsung pursued a stake in EV specialist BYD after an affiliate was among foreign battery makers left off a list of suppliers approved by China, where sales of EVs are surging and the government has sped up construction of charging points. Automotive Hall of Fame mulls move to downtown Detroit Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:49:33 EST After nearly 20 years in Dearborn, Mich., the Automotive Hall of Fame's president says it's time to move the museum to downtown Detroit. Autoliv net income gains 8.5% in Q2 as airbag business grows Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:46:45 EST Swedish safety products supplier Autoliv said it posted gains across all its product lines during the second quarter as it generated more airbag business than expected in the wake of the Takata recall crisis. Mini campaign will defy labels during Olympics Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields has dealt with a bevy of labels in her life. Shields -- who captured a gold medal during the London games in 2012 -- is one of eight current and former U.S. Suspect in shooting of 2 UAW officials in Chicago pleads not guilty to attempted murder Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:00:00 EST The man who allegedly shot two UAW local officials outside of a union hall in Chicago was charged with eight counts of attempted murder. U.S. Energy department expands EV charging loan guarantees Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:47:19 EST The White House is expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle charging stations, as part of a broader effort to boost EV sales. Musk's new Tesla 'master plan' comes with big price tag Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:10:08 EST Elon Musk's latest "master plan" for Tesla Motors to develop an electric commercial truck, a public bus, a pickup and systems to enable fully autonomous driving, could cost $2 billion to $3 billion or more, experts and analysts said Thursday. GM may recall another 4.3M vehicles for Takata airbags; cost could reach $550 million Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:16:52 EST General Motors said in a securities filing on Thursday it may be forced by U.S. regulators to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for Takata airbag inflators -- a call-back that would cost it $550 million. GM Q2 net income more than doubles to $2.87 billion Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:30:00 EST General Motors' strategy of focusing on retail sales in North America paid off in the second quarter, with net income more than doubling from the year-earlier quarter. GM reported overall net income of $2.87 billion in the second quarter, up from $1. JCI's auto unit posts record quarterly profit with spinoff approaching Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:50:27 EST Johnson Controls reported record income in its fiscal third quarter for its automotive unit, even as revenue fell 19 percent due in part to the deconsolidation of its interiors business. Mitchell Plastics to build $20.5 million parts plant near Detroit Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:22:46 EST Canadian auto supplier Mitchell Plastics plans to invest $20.5 million to build a plant north of Detroit in Sterling Heights, Mich., a move that will create 122 jobs, the state's development arm said. Vehicle advancements can trigger more calls for roadside help, AAA says Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:35:59 EST Technological and design advancements in vehicles haven't reduced the need for drivers to seek roadside assistance and there is new evidence that they actually may be contributing to more calls for help. Dana Q2 net income falls 10% as company tweaks its corporate name Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:02:44 EST Dana Holding today reported a 10 percent decline in second-quarter net income to $53 million on lower sales in its commercial vehicle and off-highway driveline units. The company also tweaked its official name for the second time in eight years. Musk's latest 'master plan' for Tesla: EVs for 'all major segments,' self-driving that's '10X safer' Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:04:46 EST Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk outlined the second part of his 'master plan' for his electric vehicle company. His vision includes EVs for 'all major segments' and a strategy to develop an ultra-safe self-driving capability. Musk set to launch new Tesla 'master plan' Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:11:02 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will roll out a new master plan for the electric luxury carmaker later Wednesday, after hints he intends to make Tesla a renewable energy enterprise offering products and services beyond vehicles. Japan's Nishikawa agrees to plead guilty, pay $130 million in U.S. price-fixing probe Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:45:00 EST Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber agreed to plead guilty and pay $130 million in one of the stiffest penalties in the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing investigation into industrywide price fixing and bid rigging. NHTSA's Rosekind stands by self-driving cars Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:58:35 EST The head of NHTSA said Wednesday the U.S. government will not abandon efforts to speed the development of self-driving cars, despite a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S operating on an autopilot system. FCA appoints Chernoby to new global compliance post Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. Tesla's data collection may help it deflect Autopilot liability, lawyers say Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:59:23 EST The large volume of data Tesla collects from its cars on the road has armed it with information to publicly counter, and possibly legally defend, claims about the safety of its Autopilot driving-assist software, according to lawyers familiar with... Metaldyne Performance Group to consolidate 8 brands Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:39:10 EST Powertrain components supplier Metaldyne Performance Group will consolidate its eight brands following a merger nearly two years ago. All brands will fall under the MPG moniker. BMW N.A. retains Interpublic's UM for media work Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:19:05 EST Interpublic Group's UM has retained BMW's North American media planning and buying account after a review. The agency has also picked up media planning for BMW-owned Mini, after previously handling buying. Ted Morse, head of Florida dealership group, dies at 66 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:15:00 EST Ted Morse, CEO of a longstanding, family-owned Florida dealership group, died Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He was 66. Daimler, Ferrari selling some new vehicles with faulty airbags, Senate report says Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:05:32 EST Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Vans units and Ferrari are among a small group of automakers selling some new vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that will be subject to recalls by the end of 2018, a Senate report released said Wednesday. ACDelco sets July 31 deadline for scholarship applications Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:24:41 EST ACDelco set a July 31 application deadline for the 100 scholarships of $1,000 each that the parts maker will award to students enrolled in General Motors' service training program. Dow-DuPont shareholders approve $59 billion merger of equals Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:36:44 EST Shareholders of Dow Chemical and DuPont approved the companies' historic merger, clearing a hurdle for the deal to close this year and for a later split into three entities. Dealers still not convinced the CFPB understands their business Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST The CFPB's Patrice Ficklin got an earful after speaking at a minority dealers' gathering. She took the criticism and responded.Dealers still not convinced the CFPB understands their business BMW's 2017 diesels delayed by more stringent EPA emissions tests Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:23:32 EST The EPA's crackdown on diesels has delayed the certification and sale of four BMW models. BMW confirmed it is still awaiting production certification of all 2017 diesels and would not say now long this would take. Hyundai dealers in China seek up to $135 million in compensation Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:11:19 EST A group of Hyundai dealers in China is seeking 800 million-900 million yuan ($120 million-135 million) in compensation from the South Korean automaker, saying Hyundai has cut the flow of models it exports to them, resulting in dealership losses and... China lifts stake caps on foreign motorcycle, battery manufacturers Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:00:07 EST China's central government said it'll exempt foreign makers of motorcycles and batteries from ownership limits in their manufacturing operations, revising a key industrial policy just as rulemakers consider similar measures for car... VW execs covered up diesel cheating, state lawsuits allege Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:48:56 EST Senior VW executives including former CEO Martin Winterkorn covered up evidence that the German automaker cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, three U.S. states charged on Tuesday in civil lawsuits against the company. Honda redraws Accord profile with fastback styling Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST New spy photos signal the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will have more of a fastback profile. The exterior, while heavily camouflaged, features a more swooping, sweeping design throughout the sedan, especially in the rear. Ford, tequila maker Jose Cuervo team up on bioplastic project Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:59:11 EST Ford said it's working with tequila producer Jose Cuervo to turn discarded agave plant fibers into bioplastic parts for vehicles. VW done with diesel push in U.S., exec says Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:54:23 EST Volkswagen will take a step back from the diesel powertrains that defined its U.S. vehicle lineup for the better part of a decade amid a repositioning of the brand in the aftermath of the company's emissions scandal, VW's top U.S. official says. Why we shouldn't let the VW scandal kill diesel powertrains Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Volkswagen's travails aside, modern diesel engines such as Fiat Chrysler's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 still deserve a seat at the main table of automakers' fuel economy strategies. Ally launches stock buyback, first dividend as public company Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:03:11 EST Ally Financial, in another benchmark event during its long recovery from the Great Recession, said it is launching a stock buyback valued at up to $700 million along with its first dividend as a public company. Developers of Michigan self-driving car project to buy more than 300 acres Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:35:31 EST Developers of the planned American Center for Mobility autonomous vehicle testing site plan to purchase more than 300 acres of the former Willow Run bomber factory for $1.2 million, the state said Monday. Tesla Motors changes web address to Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:23:10 EST Tesla Motors has changed its internet address from to, hinting at a possible company name change as part of CEO Elon Musk's latest and still undisclosed "master plan." Mazda pushes craftsmanship in top viral video campaign Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST To hammer home the point of craftsmanship, the spot shows leather being stitched together on a steering wheel while wood grain is being carved as viewers get a glimpse of the CX-9's interior.