Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST Robot cars to descend on 10 sites U.S. names as proving grounds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/OEM11/170119731/robot-cars-to-descend-on-10-sites-u-s-names-as-proving-grounds Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:15:06 EST Robot cars will be put through their paces by researchers and federal regulators at 10 test tracks designated by the U.S. as official sites for validating the technology. Another round of Takata airbag recalls filed by 13 automakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/OEM11/170119730/another-round-of-takata-airbag-recalls-filed-by-13-automakers Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:53 EST More than a dozen automakers this week recalled another 652,000 vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in the U.S. Maryland dealership retools its approach to pricing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/RETAIL03/170119734/maryland-dealership-retools-its-approach-to-pricing Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:05:29 EST Koons of Silver Spring has launched Total Confidence Pricing, which includes a 30-day guarantee on the price buyers paid for a new vehicle. U.S. regulator closes Tesla death probe; no evidence of defects http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/OEM11/170119744/u-s-regulator-closes-tesla-death-probe-no-evidence-of-defects Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:58:05 EST U.S. F-150 Raptor, rally driver Ken Block drive Ford Twitter engagement http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/RETAIL03/170119740/f-150-raptor-rally-driver-ken-block-drive-ford-twitter-engagement Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST After a bit of back-and-forth between the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, in December, the F-150 reclaimed its spot as the winner of the Twitter engagement race among pickups in December, according to ListenFirst Media. Icahn to gain full control of Federal-Mogul with $300 million deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/OEM02/170119743/icahn-to-gain-full-control-of-federal-mogul-with-300-million-deal Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:10:33 EST Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, after nearly a year of posturing with Federal-Mogul's shareholders, will take full ownership of the diversified auto parts supplier in a roughly $300 million deal. California warns of break from Washington on clean-air rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/OEM11/170119746/california-warns-of-break-from-washington-on-clean-air-rules Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:21:42 EST California sent a warning shot in a potential showdown with the incoming Trump administration, with the state's clean-air regulators digging in on mandates for an ever-greater number of electric and fuel-cell cars. How Toyota used artificial intelligence for RAV4 campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/RETAIL03/170119747/how-toyota-used-artificial-intelligence-for-rav4-campaign Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:03:13 EST IBM's Watson has struck again. The machine learning program, which has emerged as a popular tool for agencies and marketers, is powering a new highly targeted digital campaign for Toyota that uses an algorithm to generate ad scripts. Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries http://www.autonews.com/article/20170119/OEM10/170119750/panasonic-aims-to-move-tesla-auto-partnership-beyond-batteries Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:32:30 EST Panasonic aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business. Takata's remaining two bidders to seek court-led turnaround in Japan, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM10/170119755/takatas-remaining-two-bidders-to-seek-court-led-turnaround-in-japan Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:24:46 EST Takata's two remaining bidders plan to propose a court-mediated turnaround for the Japanese operations of the troubled airbag supplier, the Nikkei business daily reported. Maserati salesman killed in crash after filming self on Facebook going 111 mph http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/RETAIL07/170119763/maserati-salesman-killed-in-crash-after-filming-self-on-facebook Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:08:50 EST An employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colo., died in a car crash last weekend after he uploaded a Facebook Live video of himself accelerating from 0 to 111 mph in one of the store's cars. EPA nominee Pruitt to review vehicle emissions rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM11/170119759/epa-nominee-pruitt-to-review-vehicle-emissions-rules Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:15:29 EST Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, said he will review the Obama administration's recent decision to lock in fuel efficiency rules. CFPB head may have violated U.S. law with lending rules, U.S. House Republicans claim http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM11/301189946/cfpb-head-may-have-violated-u-s-law-with-lending-rules-u-s-house Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a blow against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just two days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, U.S. Automakers will continue Mexico investments despite Trump threats, study says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM01/170119761/automakers-will-continue-mexico-investments-despite-trump-threats Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:07:21 EST Forecasting firm LMC Automotive expects automakers will continue to invest in Mexico over the next four years despite tariff threats and social media shaming from President-elect Donald Trump. Tesla to build motors, gearboxes in Gigafactory http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM05/170119765/tesla-to-build-motors-gearboxes-in-gigafactory Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:44:56 EST Tesla will manufacture the electric motors and gearboxes for the upcoming Model 3 at its Gigafactory in Nevada. Ross tells Canada that U.S. will open NAFTA negotiations, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM01/170119781/ross-tells-canada-that-u-s-will-open-nafta-negotiations-report-says Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:09:53 EST Canadian officials say Wilbur Ross, the nominee for US commerce secretary, has indicated that a formal-notification letter to open negotiations on NAFTA will be sent to Canada and Mexico within days of the inauguration of President-elect Donald... Apple sued for not preventing texting and driving http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM06/170119766/apple-sued-for-not-preventing-texting-and-driving Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:58:11 EST Apple is facing a potential class-action lawsuit in California for declining to deploy technology that could prevent iPhone users from texting while driving. GM settles ignition-switch disclosure case with SEC http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM11/170119767/gm-settles-ignition-switch-disclosure-case-with-sec Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:47:44 EST General Motors today said it will pay a $1 million fine to settle an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its 2014 ignition-switch recalls. Hyundai will shoot its Super Bowl ad live during the game http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/RETAIL03/170119768/hyundai-will-shoot-its-super-bowl-ad-live-during-the-game Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:25:52 EST Most Super Bowl advertisers spend months on their ads. Hyundai this year will condense the process into roughly three hours by filming its spot during the game. Kia showcases speed and handling at the track http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/VIRALVIDEO/301189999/kia-showcases-speed-and-handling-at-the-track Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Kia takes a spin around Nurburgring. J.D. Power launches residual-value product http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/RETAIL04/170119783/j-d-power-launches-residual-value-product Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:11:01 EST J.D. Power has launched its own residual-value product, putting it in competition with TrueCar Inc.'s ALG and others at a time when lease originations are at record levels. U.S. to remain Germany's top export destination despite Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM01/170119773/u-s-to-remain-germanys-top-export-destination-despite-trump Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:41:39 EST German industry expects the United States to remain its most important export destination this year despite protectionist threats from President-elect Donald Trump, Germany's Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Wednesday. GM's $1 billion investment plan to take toll on American Axle http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM10/170119776/gms-1-billion-investment-plan-to-take-toll-on-american-axle Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:36:02 EST General Motors' plan to invest $1 billion into U.S. factories and add thousands of jobs comes at the expense of one Detroit supplier. 5 automakers form hydrogen alliance with energy, transport giants http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/OEM05/170119785/5-automakers-form-hydrogen-alliance-with-energy-transport-giants Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:29:22 EST Toyota, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai are joining oil and gas giants including Royal Dutch Shell and Total with plans to invest a combined $10.7 billion in hydrogen-related products within five years. Ford drops an engine, lowers the hood on '18 Mustang http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM04/301179994/ford-drops-an-engine-lowers-the-hood-on-18-mustang Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST Ford's eliminating an engine and lowering the hood on the Mustang as part of the venerable pony car's 2018 model year freshening. The updated Mustang gains a more aggressive look that includes new hood vents and an optional spoiler. Mini adds power to John Cooper Works Countryman http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM04/301179997/mini-adds-power-to-john-cooper-works-countryman Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:00:00 EST Mini is adding some power to the largest vehicle in its lineup. Withdrawal from NAFTA would cost U.S. jobs, CAR study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM/170119791/withdrawal-from-nafta-would-cost-u-s-jobs-car-study-finds Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:26:07 EST President-elect Donald Trump's vows to renegotiate NAFTA and pursue more protectionist trade policies likely would have a negative effect on the U.S. auto industry, a new study found. More dark days ahead for the diesel http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/BLOG06/170119803/more-dark-days-ahead-for-the-diesel Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:15:00 EST Another black eye is the last thing the diesel engine needs right now. Lawsuit alleges FCA discriminated against African-American managers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM02/170119802/lawsuit-alleges-fca-discriminated-against-african-american-managers Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:41:17 EST A former Fiat Chrysler manager who oversaw the automaker's work-force diversity efforts has filed a federal suit alleging that the automaker systematically discriminates against nonunion African-American supervisors. GM to invest $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing, move axle work from Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM01/170119817/gm-to-invest-1-billion-in-u-s-manufacturing-move-axle-work-from Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:45:00 EST General Motors today said it would invest $1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations to create or retain 1,500 jobs in this country. Black bow ties and bigger footprints: Chevy's 2018 Traverse and what people think http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM04/301179995/black-bow-ties-and-bigger-footprints-chevys-2018-traverse-and-what Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST Chevrolet's largest crossover, the Traverse, is slimming down and becoming more trucklike in appearance for 2018. Here's what people are saying about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Oomph, cathedrals, doppelgangers and dropped jaws: Kia's Stinger and what people are saying http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM04/301179999/oomph-cathedrals-doppelgangers-and-dropped-jaws-kias-stinger-and Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST Kia made the 2017 Detroit auto show a platform to showcase the Stinger, aiming to add some thrill to its lineup and challenge European luxury automakers. Here's what people are saying about the performance car. Nostrils and appliqués: What people think of 2018 Ford F-150 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM04/301179996/nostrils-and-appliqu-s-what-people-think-of-2018-ford-f-150 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST Ford's midcycle refresh of the F-150 includes a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel option available in 2018, along with other engine improvements, seven new front grilles, six new wheel styles, updated lights and interior tweaks. Jaguar testing smaller E-Pace crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM04/170119822/jaguar-testing-smaller-e-pace-crossover Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST With the F-Pace crossover flying off Jaguar dealers' lots, it only makes sense for the British automaker to add a smaller, more affordable utility vehicle to its lineup. Hyundai, Kia plan $3.1 billion U.S. investment, consider new plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/OEM01/170119813/hyundai-kia-plan-3-1-billion-u-s-investment-consider-new-plant Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:34:36 EST Hyundai and Kia said they will spend $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years, joining other vehicle manufacturers in announcing investment plans amid threats from President-elect Donald Trump of higher levies on auto imports from Mexico. Lexus execs see holes in the lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169958/lexus-execs-see-holes-in-the-lineup Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-electric entry. Toyota's Lentz: Tariff would depress industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/GLOBAL/301169980/toyotas-lentz-tariff-would-depress-industry Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST President-elect Donald Trump's threatened border tax on autos and auto parts coming into the U.S. would depress the entire industry, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. FCA's sedan plans stall amid trade tumult http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169977/fcas-sedan-plans-stall-amid-trade-tumult Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST After Fiat Chrysler dealers sell down their current stocks of remaining Dodge Darts and Chrysler 200 sedans, those segments may stay vacant for a while on their lots. Hits and misses of the Detroit show http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169983/hits-and-misses-of-the-detroit-show Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Our Los Angeles reporter, David Undercoffler, braved Detroit's winter elements and numerous potholes to take a look at what went well at the auto show -- and what didn't. As Pacifica ramps up, Grand Caravan lives on http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169998/as-pacifica-ramps-up-grand-caravan-lives-on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will keep the Dodge Grand Caravan around a little longer than planned as it continues to ramp up sales of the old minivan's more expensive new line mate, the Chrysler Pacifica. Yanfeng envisions a lounge on wheels http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169974/yanfeng-envisions-a-lounge-on-wheels Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is preparing for the day when people need more to do in a car than drive. VW's plot to fool the feds: How high up did it go? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/301169949/vws-plot-to-fool-the-feds-how-high-up-did-it-go Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as VW pleaded guilty to felony charges and agreed to a record settlement of its emissions scandal, the noose of law enforcement has tightened around the automaker's highest executives. Forecasts call for mostly sunny '17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL/301169954/forecasts-call-for-mostly-sunny-17 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The boom times will continue. Most forecasters see another 17 million-plus new-vehicle U.S. sales year. But there are wild cards. BMW, Mercedes execs plead for more crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM01/301169965/bmw-mercedes-execs-plead-for-more-crossovers Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as they launch two key cars #8211; the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-class coupe -- the traditional arch-rivals have a common challenge: Satisfy U.S. dealers' hunger for more crossovers. Cars matter after all http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169950/cars-matter-after-all Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Their volumes may be declining, but sedans -- along with their coupe and hatchback cousins -- still sell by the millions each year and will continue to do so for years. EPA move could set up new fight over CO2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169951/epa-move-could-set-up-new-fight-over-co2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The auto industry's relationship with the Obama administration is ending just as awkwardly as it began. Facial-recognition technology comes to the car http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169990/facial-recognition-technology-comes-to-the-car Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a car-sharing economy, how does a vehicle recognize which motorist is in the driver's seat? Judging by Chrysler's Portal electric minivan concept, the answer may be facial recognition. Ghosn pushes commonization at measured pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169984/ghosn-pushes-commonization-at-measured-pace Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn would like Nissan and its alliance partner Renault to pick up the pace on commonizing their platforms and technologies. But not too fast. Dealer's post-Katrina relief effort keeps growing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL07/301169999/dealers-post-katrina-relief-effort-keeps-growing Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans in 2005 and left three of Troy Duhon's car dealerships completely under water, it changed the way he did business. 2018 Camry: The more things change … http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169957/2018-camry-the-more-things-change Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The new Camry is about as daring as is prudent for the loyalists who buy several hundred thousand of these cars a year - even in a bad year for cars.