Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA, report says Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:29:45 EST President-elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source told Reuters today. Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:10:23 EST Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans. Nissan leads Twitter engagement among auto brands for second consecutive month Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:32:38 EST For the second month in a row, Nissan took first place in the Twitter engagement race for automotive brands, wielding the power of the GTR in its most popular November tweet, according to ListenFirst Media. 'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:27:52 EST The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called 'mystery device' that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the traditional pieces of evidence such as broken glass. Incentives, excess new-car inventory, put a drag on used vehicle values Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:13:42 EST An increase in new-car incentives and 'channel stuffing' -- excess new-vehicle inventory on dealers' lots -- caused used-vehicle prices to tumble 1 percent in November, according to one closely watched used-vehicle price index released... Dodge adds all-wheel-drive Challenger GT Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:36:04 EST An all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger is now reality -- just in time for winter. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday that Dodge will add the awd 2017 Challenger GT to the muscle car's already vast portfolio. Ford's futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017 Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:03:54 EST As the in-house futurist at Ford, Sheryl Connelly's job is to predict the future -- not necessarily about driving or cars, but about how consumer behavior is changing. Porsche campaign continues to be a winner Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:00:00 EST Porsche's dramatic look back at its most recent racing season remained on top of our weekly viral video charts. Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:47:39 EST Lucid Motors, a California-based, EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in its sedan set to debut next week. Tesla recalls 7,000 charging adapters after 2 overheat Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:54:29 EST Tesla Motors Inc. said it is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 adapters for electric-vehicle charging after two reports of overheating that resulted in melted plastic on the plugs. Ford conducts additional tests on 2017 F-150 and Raptor 10-speed transmissions Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:22:45 EST Ford's 2017 F-150 and Raptor trucks with a new 10-speed transmission began arriving on some dealer lots last month, but the automaker said it is holding some models for additional testing as part of its normal launch ramp-up. What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer? Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:45:00 EST Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products. U.S. judge throws out emissions fraud lawsuit against Mercedes Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:12:45 EST A U.S. judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes misled consumers about emissions standards in "BlueTec Clean Diesel" vehicles. AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:42:18 EST A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale of such vehicles at its dealerships. Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:51:58 EST Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co. Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet's upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse. Mexico auto exports, output rise in November Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:54:58 EST Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said. House lawmakers press EPA on VW settlement terms Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:08:08 EST A U.S. House panel pressed EPA officials on how the agency will monitor Volkswagen's plan to spend a required $2 billion to increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles over the next decade. Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:07:44 EST Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said. GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:47:29 EST In an effort to prevent child heatstroke deaths, General Motors' new Rear Seat Reminder technology -- which made its debut in the GMC Acadia this year -- will become standard on more than 20 models that account for about two-thirds of its U.S. sales. Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:01:50 EST Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development. Renault-Nissan to replace powertrain chief as problems mount, report says Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:58:51 EST The Renault-Nissan alliance is replacing its top executive in charge of combining the carmakers' engines and gearboxes, sources told Reuters, as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace of integration so far. Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:35:55 EST A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without stopping, scientists say. Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern. Auto lending strengthened in Q3, Experian says Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:20:04 EST With more creditworthy consumers financing vehicles in the third quarter, and fewer high-risk folks, the auto finance market is strengthening overall, Experian reports. Dodge considers return to NASCAR Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:03:29 EST Dodge wants to get back into NASCAR, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Sunday. "Yes I'd love to," he said. "I talked to Jim France (executive vice-president of NASCAR) about this just last night." Mazda's Kogai: New product, pricing drive move upmarket Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent emissions rules. Ford sees lineup changing to match demand Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:33:22 EST Ford will likely make changes to its car lineup as demand for small SUVs continues to outpace that for sedans. That could include offering crossover-style variants of certain sedans or dropping certain nameplates altogether. Can Lucid succeed where others have failed? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lucid Motors' luxury EV prototype feels like an entirely viable product. But the car and the company are venturing into an automotive landscape littered with startups that promised to be the real thing. Dealer Teddy Morse on his 'trial by fire' Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963. Mazda looks to next-gen CX-5 for a lift Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its mass-market competitors. Alliance moves to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:57:31 EST The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers late Monday urged congressional negotiators to include language in a short-term budget resolution that would bar the Obama administration from finalizing mpg rules before it leaves office next month. CO2 ruling puts Trump, automakers in a bind Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was before the presidential election. BMW says 120 vehicles damaged in S.C. train derailment Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:42:29 EST About 120 BMW X models were damaged when train cars carrying the vehicles derailed on Sunday afternoon en route to the Port of Charleston, S.C., for export to overseas markets. Lear venture advances on 3 projects Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lear says it is partnering with three automakers to bring advance-concept vehicle seating to market as early as 2019 through its Crafted by Lear pilot program. AutoNation retreats on used-car recall policy Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform. Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. Jaguar Land Rover&'s Speth: Keeping pace with EV demand Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's model and plant expansion. Mercedes van plant opens door to suppliers Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts. Incentives keep market running at record pace Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After three consecutive declines, automakers managed in November to make the largest year-over-year U.S. sales gain since February, but it took a big jump in incentives to make that happen. Accountant resolves key used-car conflict Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been amicably resolved -- by the accountant. Fixed-ops opportunities for women Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The GM Women's Retail Network is taking an active role to get young women trained as dealership technicians, with scholarships, internships and host dealerships. Dealership welcomes the fire department Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Barton Chevrolet-Cadillac is saving taxpayers in Newburgh, N.Y., about $100,000 by letting a local fire department move in for a year while the department's station house is being rebuilt. Ford could owe store a decade of spiffs Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor could owe a Maine dealership, Darling's Ford, millions of dollars in damages after failing to provide proper notice of a change in an incentive program more than 10 years ago. Honda views its CR-V and sedans as equals Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda is riding high on the crossover trend, with a CR-V that has been one of the nation's most popular utility vehicles and a redesigned version queued up to go on sale this month. Apple signals a readiness to join the self-driving car race Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:06:25 EST Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House. Trump's auto team comes together Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Trump's pick of Wilbur Ross to head Commerce puts a powerful auto industry investor in a role where he will influence trade talks and the U.S. business climate. But Ross' business moves have not been purely Trumpian. NextEV plans Tesla Model X fighter for U.S. in late '18 or early '19 Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Chinese electric vehicle specialist NextEV will target the U.S as the first foreign market for its SUV rival to the Tesla Model X. Mercedes finds a better way around the 'chicken tax' Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is investing in South Carolina after years of producing vans through an odd global supply stream to sidestep U.S. tariffs.