Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 EST Daimler sees $780 million windfall from sale of Tesla stake http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM/141029960/daimler-sees-780-million-windfall-from-sale-of-tesla-stake Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:18:24 EST Daimler AG said it will book a $780 million windfall from selling its 4 percent stake in rival electric car maker Tesla Motors. Asbury raises its acquisition target http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/RETAIL07/141029978/asbury-raises-its-acquisition-target Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:27:27 EST Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. Asbury, the nation's seventh-largest dealership group, said today that it now aims to buy stores that will add $500 million in annual revenue during the next 18 months. Toyota ordered to pay $12.5 million to woman 'virtually decapitated' by seat belt http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM11/141029967/toyota-ordered-to-pay-12-5-million-to-woman-virtually-decapitated-by Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:43 EST A California jury ordered Toyota to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash. Toyota-Honda airbag crisis deepens in blow to safety confidence http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM11/141029976/toyota-honda-airbag-crisis-deepens-in-blow-to-safety-confidence Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:31:39 EST A deepening crisis involving deadly air bags is shaking confidence in the ability of automakers including Toyota and Honda to ensure the safety of millions of drivers in the United States. Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM04/141029988/nissans-2016-maxima-drives-back-to-roots Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its '4DSC' roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. NHTSA website search function crashes as drivers look for airbag recalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM11/141029962/nhtsa-website-search-function-crashes-as-drivers-look-for-airbag Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:10:55 EST The website federal safety regulators are urging 4.7 million people to check to see if their cars have defective airbags couldn't be fully accessed today. Sonic pushes back rollout of customer-experience program http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/RETAIL07/141029963/sonic-pushes-back-rollout-of-customer-experience-program Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:40:28 EST Sonic Automotive will take at least six months longer than originally planned to roll its new customer experience program out to all of its dealerships. Ford cuts Focus Electric price by $6,000 http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/RETAIL/141029964/ford-cuts-focus-electric-price-by-6000 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:23:34 EST Ford slashed the price of the Focus Electric by $6,000 to $29,995, including shipping. The price reduction will remain in effect for all 2014 models and will continue when 2015 models are introduced. Ford to close climate control plant, lay off 257 workers http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM10/141029965/ford-to-close-climate-control-plant-lay-off-257-workers Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:11:03 EST Ford plans to shed the last line of business in nine-year-old Automotive Component Holdings LLC by December when ACH closes its Sheldon Road climate control plant in suburban Detroit and lays off its last 257 employees. Viper plant to reopen in mid-November http://www.autonews.com/article/20141021/OEM01/141029966/viper-plant-to-reopen-in-mid-november Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:05:42 EST Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. %]