Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EST Ford overhauls design with 2 key teams http://www.autonews.com/article/20170721/OEM03/170729947/ford-overhauls-design-with-2-key-teams Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford is shaking up its design staff to shorten product development cycles and better define the group's overarching strategy with the formation of two key staffs: one covering cars and crossovers, and another handling trucks, SUVs and commercial... UAW, GM 'talking' about impact of slumping car sales on U.S. jobs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170720/OEM01/170729956/uaw-gm-talking-about-impact-of-slumping-car-sales-on-u-s-jobs Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:07:18 EST The president of the UAW expressed concern about the impact of weak U.S. car sales at GM on auto plants and jobs. Ford's F-150 police pickup packs 375 hp http://www.autonews.com/article/20170720/OEM04/170729967/fords-f-150-police-pickup-packs-375-hp Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:53:23 EST Ford, seeking to add to its dominant position in the police vehicle market, has developed the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup, offering 375 hp. Williams 'confident' UAW can win vote at Nissan plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170720/OEM01/170729983/uaw-williams-nissan Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:57:27 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said he feels "very strongly" that Nissan workers in Canton, Miss., will vote early next month in favor of union representation. Ford delays some GT deliveries http://www.autonews.com/article/20170720/OEM/170729982/ford-delays-some-gt-deliveries Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:25:32 EST Ford has delayed delivery of some GT supercars following supplier constraints and homologation testing issues as part of an extended production ramp-up. Continental to buy 8-10% stake in mapping firm HERE, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170720/OEM10/170729996/continental-to-buy-8-10-stake-in-mapping-firm-here-report-says Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:28:45 EST Continental is in talks to acquire an 8-10 percent stake in the digital mapping firm HERE, which is now controlled by Germany's leading carmakers, a German magazine reported. Chrysler will only tout minivan's electric plug in California http://www.autonews.com/article/20170720/RETAIL03/170729997/chrysler-will-only-tout-minivans-electric-plug-in-california Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:53 EST Fiat Chrysler has taken a curious approach to marketing the only minivan in the U.S. that can run on a rechargeable battery: just call the Pacifica model a hybrid, and leave out the plug-in part. Fire at Chevrolet dealership near Detroit destroys about 30 vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/RETAIL07/170719700/fire-at-chevrolet-dealership-near-detroit-destroys-about-30-vehicles Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:56:12 EST The fire broke out when a janitor was cleaning in the service building at Buff Whelan Chevrolet and spilled cleaning supplies, causing what the fire chief called a "big ball of flame to erupt." Suppliers still wary of border tax http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM10/170719679/suppliers-still-wary-of-border-tax Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:19:37 EST Many Republicans have expressed skepticism or opposition toward the border adjustment tax, but House leaders still are expected to pursue the tax. Corporate lobbying helps derail border tax, key lawmaker says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM/170719677/corporate-lobbying-helps-derail-border-tax-key-lawmaker-says Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:28:50 EST An aggressive corporate lobbying effort to derail a Republican-backed border tax has forced lawmakers working on tax reform to seek alternatives, said Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. U.S. House panel approves broad proposal on self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/MOBILITY/170719689/u-s-house-panel-approves-broad-proposal-on-self-driving-cars Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:35:01 EST A House panel approved a major proposal to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules. Leasing slips in first half http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/170719691/leasing-slips-in-first-half Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:00:00 EST Leasing fell in the first half of this year from the year-earlier period, the first such drop since the first half of 2012, Edmunds said. FCA, Santander -- a case study in subprime http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/307199995/fca-santander-a-case-study-in-subprime Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST FCA and Santander's experience in subprime illustrates the industry's controversial involvement in the subprime sector. Buick cuts Regal base price by $2,000 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM04/170719699/buick-cuts-regal-base-price-by-2000 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:00:00 EST The Regal Sportback, a hatchback that is replacing the Regal sedan for 2018, will start at $25,915, including shipping, with a base 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Carvana brings online used-car sales to Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/RETAIL04/170719706/carvana-brings-online-used-car-sales-to-detroit Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EST Online used-vehicle retailer Carvana is opening up shop in Detroit, its 32nd U.S. market, vowing to relieve consumers of the need to spend time at dealerships. VW bondholders can continue lawsuit, judge rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM11/170719681/vw-bondholders-can-continue-lawsuit-judge-rules Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:36:01 EST A federal judge in California allowed some claims to proceed by bondholders who sued Volkswagen AG over its diesel emissions scandal. GM cleared in first case over updated ignition switch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM/170719684/gm-cleared-in-first-case-over-updated-ignition-switch Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:06:41 EST A federal jury in New York found GM was not to blame for a crash of an Arizona man who alleged that his accident was caused by an updated version of the company's ignition switch that did not adequately fix the flaws in a previous model. BMW moves deeper into Silicon Valley with Shift investment http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/RETAIL04/170719688/bmw-moves-deeper-into-silicon-valley-with-shift-investment Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:44:07 EST BMW's venture capital fund poured $38 million in a Silicon Valley online used-car startup focused on younger buyers, the company said Wednesday. Advocates for blind join U.S. push for autonomous cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/MOBILITY/170719703/advocates-for-blind-join-u-s-push-for-autonomous-cars Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:22:30 EST Advocates for the estimated 1.3 million legally blind people in the U.S., and millions more with other disabilities, have joined automakers and technology companies in lobbying Congress to help spur the roll out of self-driving vehicles. Former Tesla engineers launch high-def mapping company http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/MOBILITY/170719692/lvl5-computer-vision-high-definition-mapping-launch Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:46:38 EST Computer vision company Lvl5 hopes 3-D maps will replace the need for lidar systems. The five-person startup has raised $2 million and plans to expand to 100 employees by the end of 2018. SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive to quit Tesla http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM02/170719698/solarcity-co-founder-peter-rive-to-quit-tesla Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:00:08 EST Tesla said SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive is leaving the company, eight months after the electric car maker bought the biggest residential solar panel maker. Chevy bowtie hides behind oval wrap http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/VIRALVIDEO/307199996/chevy-bowtie-hides-behind-oval-wrap Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:00:00 EST Chevrolet mocks up a Silverado to look like an F-150 in the latest video to top our viral video charts. New Takata airbag recalls could expose automakers to more liabilities http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/OEM10/170719702/new-takata-airbag-recalls-could-expose-automakers-to-more-liabilities Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:47:34 EST Takata's bankruptcy filing was meant to draw a line under the auto industry's biggest safety recall, but last week's announcement of more airbag inflator recalls suggests automakers could face fresh liabilities. GM joins other automakers investing in self-driving startup Nauto http://www.autonews.com/article/20170719/MOBILITY/170719704/gm-joins-other-automakers-investing-in-self-driving-startup-nauto Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:51:15 EST GM and Japan's Softbank are among the latest investors in Nauto, a Silicon Valley startup developing software for self-driving vehicles. BMO Harris adds office for Northeast http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/170719719/bmo-harris-adds-office-for-northeast Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:24:03 EST In its third expansion within a year, BMO Harris has extended its dealership finance business to the Northeast. U.S. House panel sets vote on self-driving car bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/MOBILITY/170719731/u-s-house-panel-sets-vote-on-self-driving-car-bill Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:36:09 EST A House subcommittee will vote on Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing autonomous car rules. Mercedes targets quad-bike loving wealthy with luxury pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/OEM04/170719712/mercedes-targets-quad-bike-loving-wealthy-with-luxury-pickup Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:55:24 EST Mercedes-Benz is stretching its refined image with its first ever pickup truck, betting that upscale car buyers are ready for an open-bed hauler with leather seats, oak trim and Autobahn handling. Victims' lawyers say unjust to halt U.S. airbag cases vs. carmakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/OEM11/170719709/victims-lawyers-say-unjust-to-halt-u-s-airbag-cases-vs-carmakers Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:42:43 EST Lawyers for people injured by Takata's defective airbags told a judge there was "no basis" for an "unjust" request by the company's U.S. unit to halt hundreds of consumer lawsuits. Autonomous shuttle producer plans operation in Michigan http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/MOBILITY/170719711/autonomous-shuttle-producer-plans-operation-in-michigan Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:19:59 EST French autonomous shuttle-maker Navya said it plans to open its first North American production facility near Ann Arbor, Mich. Lincoln MKX set for 'mesh' face-lift http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/OEM04/170719721/lincoln-mkx-set-for-mesh-face-lift Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:28:46 EST Two years after the second-generation MKX debuted, the premium midsize crossover will undergo a freshening for the 2018 model year that resembles the face of Lincoln's latest cars and light trucks. Construction worker injured at Volvo factory site http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/OEM01/170719714/construction-worker-injured-at-volvo-factory-site Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:41:48 EST A construction worker at the Volvo assembly plant being built in South Carolina was seriously injured while working on site Tuesday morning. Audi made an ad in China comparing a wife to a used car -- it's not going over well http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/RETAIL03/170719718/audi-made-an-ad-in-china-comparing-a-wife-to-a-used-car-its-not Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:17:49 EST In an Audi commercial from China, a mother-in-law interrupts a wedding ceremony to inspect the bride, checking whether she's up to standard. The scene was used in an ad promoting used Audis. BMW names new ad agency in Canada as U.S. review looms http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/RETAIL03/170719732/bmw-names-new-ad-agency-in-canada-as-u-s-review-looms Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:05:44 EST Interpublic Group's FCB has been named agency of record for BMW in Canada, months before the luxury automaker is expected to launch a U.S. review. Porsche may ditch diesel engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/OEM04/170719726/porsche-may-ditch-diesel-engine Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:36:12 EST Porsche will decide at the end of the decade whether its latest generation of diesel engines will be its last, CEO Oliver Blume said, the first time a German automaker has said in public it could discontinue diesel. China's Baidu taps Microsoft to extend autonomous reach http://www.autonews.com/article/20170718/MOBILITY/170719725/chinas-baidu-taps-microsoft-to-extend-autonomous-reach Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:00:00 EST Chinese tech giant Baidu is relying on Microsoft to extend its self-driving car ambitions outside of China. Will CFPB's ban on arbitration clauses stand? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/RETAIL07/170719802/cfpb-ban-mandatory-arbitration-clauses Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Industry players hope the CFPB's new arbitration rule will never take effect, and they may be right. But it's also unlikely to disappear immediately. A8's new controls help driver keep eyes on the road http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM03/170719770/a8s-new-controls-help-driver-keep-eyes-on-the-road Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi is redesigning its human-machine interfaces across its lineup, beginning with the A8, to incorporate haptic feedback, which the brand views as an added safety measure. U.S. makes lower trade deficit top priority in NAFTA talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM11/170719737/u-s-makes-lower-trade-deficit-top-priority-in-nafta-talks Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:31:11 EST The United States outlined a tough negotiating strategy for revising the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and for the first time in a U.S. trade deal said it would seek to deter currency manipulation by trading partners. BorgWarner makes EV play with Sevcon deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM10/170719747/borgwarner-makes-ev-play-with-sevcon-deal Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:19:37 EST BorgWarner agreed to acquire British supplier Sevcon for an estimated $200 million in a deal that adds more electric vehicle technology to the supplier's vehicle-propulsion engineering and product portfolio. Trump pledges to protect 'Made in America' products http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM01/170719739/trump-pledges-to-protect-made-in-america-products Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:39:02 EST President Trump promised to take more legal and regulatory steps during the next six months to protect American manufacturers, lashing out Monday against trade deals and trade practices he said have hurt U.S. companies. Lucid Motors mulls sale after takeover talks with Ford, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM/307179926/lucid-motors-mulls-sale-after-takeover-talks-with-ford-report-says Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:34:20 EST Electric carmaker Lucid Motors is raising a new round of financing and is also considering an outright sale after holding early-stage takeover talks with Ford, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. UAW sets organizing vote at Nissan's Miss. plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM01/170719738/uaw-sets-organizing-vote-at-nissans-miss-plant Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:04:57 EST Workers at Nissan's Mississippi plant will vote early next month on whether to be represented by a union, according to an agreement between the company and the UAW as the union once again seeks a major foothold after decades of failed attempts. Tesla adds 2 directors with roots in media http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM/170719740/tesla-adds-2-directors-with-roots-in-media Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:19:29 EST Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, increasing its board size to nine. Fisker: End of Dodge Viper won't impact VLF Force 1 supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM03/170719777/dodge-viper-force-one Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Henrik Fisker says VLF has access to "more than enough" Vipers through a partnership with race car driver Ben Keating. Can Honda's redesigned 2018 Accord save the sedan? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM04/170719768/honda-2018-accord-sedan Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The Honda Accord, like its contemporaries, will have an uphill battle in enticing buyers to choose sedans over other segments. Utility vehicles have virtually eliminated the gap in fuel efficiency, cost and ride quality. Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover showcases new design language http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM03/170719772/hyundai-kona-crossover-design-language Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The new Kona subcompact crossover will carry on its little shoulders the task of launching an entirely new design language for Hyundai's CUVs. NAMAD and Lithia team up to recruit minority dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/RETAIL07/170719773/namad-lithia-recruit-minority-dealers Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Shau-wai Lam was at NAMAD's annual conference last week interviewing candidates for the Automotive Minority Dealer Academy, a program supported by Lithia Motors. Chrysler Pacifica cruises down Sesame Street in new partnership http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/RETAIL03/170719748/chrysler-pacifica-cruises-down-sesame-street-in-new-partnership Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:54:41 EST The Chrysler brand's lineup of family-friendly vehicles will be cruising down "Sesame Street" as part of a new sponsorship deal with the show. Imported Ford Fusions stuffed with $1 million in pot, authorities say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM/170719750/imported-ford-fusions-stuffed-with-1-million-in-pot-authorities-say Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:00:00 EST Authorities late last week discovered more than 400 pounds of pot stashed in the spare tire compartments of 15 Ford Fusions in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Tesla driver denies Autopilot system caused Minnesota crash http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM06/170719749/tesla-driver-denies-autopilot-system-caused-minnesota-crash Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:15:53 EST The driver of a Tesla vehicle involved in a Minnesota crash denied that its Autopilot system caused the incident. Tesla said it had "no reason to believe that Autopilot ... worked other than as designed." %]