Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Robert Cox, ad man behind Ford's 'Quality is Job 1' pitch, dies Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:30:00 EST Robert Cox, an outspoken New York advertising executive who helped Ford embrace the slogan 'Quality is Job 1' in the 1980s and later worked on ad campaigns for Honda, Saturn and a Mercedes-Benz dealership in New Jersey, died June 18. GM economist sees negligible impact of Brexit on U.S. autos, for now Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:18:45 EST It is too soon to measure the impact of the British vote to leave the EU on General Motors, but the decision will likely not have much effect on the company in its home market, GM's chief economist said on Wednesday. Former N.Y. Nissan dealer to repay customers nearly $102,000 for illegal fees, fraud Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:49:10 EST A former New York dealer has agreed to pay $101,986 in restitution to 119 consumers for charging them illegal fees and employing deceptive sales and advertising tactics, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. For one VW owner, satisfaction won't come easy Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:45:00 EST Under Volkswagen's proposed $14.7 billion make-good for skirting U.S. diesel emissions rules, there won't be a quick and tidy resolution to the mess for many VW owners. GM slashes 4G broadband data-plan pricing Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:19:26 EST General Motors is cutting rates in half on its OnStar 4G LTE data plans, a bid to drive greater use of in-vehicle Internet service and plug what the company sees as a key differentiator. Vroom will make cash offers to private sellers on eBay Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:00 EST Online veteran eBay and online upstart Vroom have teamed up to pilot a program that will give eBay customers another option to sell their vehicles for cash and Vroom another way to source vehicles for its used-car operations. 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio priced at $19,650 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:38:33 EST The 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio will be the cheapest convertible on the market at $19,650, with shipping, when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall, Mercedes-Benz USA said. Suzuki Motor appoints scion as CEO to rebuild after testing scandal Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:36:07 EST Suzuki Motor Corp. tapped the son of the company patriarch to become CEO, keeping management of Japan's fourth-largest automaker with the founding family as it tries to recover from a testing scandal. Toyota recalls 3.4 million cars globally over airbags, fuel tanks Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:04:37 EST Toyota said it's recalling about 3.4 million vehicles globally to repair separate flaws involving leaky fuel tanks and curtain airbags that may crack and injure occupants. Ally shareholder Feinberg resigns from board after showdown with advisory firm Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:53:32 EST Stephen Feinberg, Ally Financial's third-largest shareholder, stepped down from the auto lender's board after an investor-advisory firm faulted his ability to use the stock as collateral for debt. Former NFL running back dies in accidental shooting at Michigan dealership Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:58:06 EST A former NFL running back died after accidentally shooting himself at a dealership service department in suburban Detroit on Tuesday. Tesla investor group wants more independent board, cites Musk ties Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:12:11 EST An investor group called on Tesla to add two independent directors to its board and separate the roles of chairman and chief executive as it highlighted founder and CEO Elon Musk's dominance of the board in the wake of Tesla's proposed bid for... VW owners to get buyback price plus at least $5,100 in U.S. deal Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:25:03 EST VW's decision to violate U.S. emissions rules on 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, a cornerstone of its vehicle lineup, will cost the company more than $15 billion under far-reaching settlements with car owners, the federal government and dozens of states. Lincoln to provide free pickup, delivery for service vehicles Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Lincoln, in a bid to stand out among larger luxury brands, will provide free pickup and delivery of service vehicles to new owners starting with 2017 models. FEV North America to build $27.4 million tech center in suburban Detroit Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:53:49 EST FEV North America plans to construct a $27.4 million North American headquarters and tech center north of Detroit in Auburn Hills. Fiat Chrysler rollaway recall linked to 68 injuries, 266 crashes Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:49:21 EST U.S. VW settlement promotes technologies sold by competitors Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:26:49 EST Volkswagen's $15 billion settlement with the U.S. and California over cheating on diesel emissions includes billions of dollars to support technologies sold by rivals such as General Motors and Toyota. Canadian auto industry's future at stake in labor talks, Unifor chief says Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:06:06 EST Ask Unifor President Jerry Dias what's at stake in upcoming labor negotiations with the Detroit 3 automakers, and he'll say it's nothing less than the future of the Canadian auto industry. Goodbye, 12-volts Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST With fuel economy regulations tightening and connectivity and autonomous-driving capability proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automobile electrical system has reached the end of the road. U.S. underestimates cost of fuel and CO2 goals, automakers say Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:15:28 EST U.S. regulators have underestimated the cost and difficulty of achieving their vehicle fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas targets for 2025 and are giving California too much power to shape the country's policies on those issues, an automaker group said. Toyota Camry returns to No. 1 on 'most American' list Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:15:00 EST The Toyota Camry took the top spot for the 10th annual American-Made Index. The Camry has topped the index six times. Automakers rank high on annual ad-spending list Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:09:23 EST The Detroit 3 held their top-10 rankings unchanged on Advertising Age's list of the 200 Leading National Advertisers for 2015. Most other automakers slipped, as companies such as Amazon, Expedia and Merck climbed. UAW members unanimously ratify contract with supplier Sakthi Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:54:57 EST UAW workers at aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group unanimously agreed to their first collectively bargained contract. Q&A on Volkswagen scandal settlement Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:29:45 EST Volkswagen has agreed to offer nearly 500,000 owners of diesel vehicles it sold in the U.S. Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:50:19 EST Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Ford touts F-150's superiority in new campaign Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST In a new campaign, Ford is touting 10 reasons that the F-150 is superior to its competitors. These guys want your used-vehicle sales, profits Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Beepi. Shift. Carvana. Vroom. Don't let the clever names fool you. These tech start-ups aim to take a bite out of the used-vehicle retail industry's lunch. Mitsubishi hints at high-end SUV with Ground Tourer concept Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:14:28 EST Mitsubishi, fighting an emissions scandal at home and a sparse lineup overseas, is dangling a new 'high-end SUV coupé" concept to showcase a new direction in design and product. VW's U.S. settlement to grow to $15 billion in emissions scandal, report says Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:49:05 EST Volkswagen AG's settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday. Aston Martin puts next Vantage through the paces Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:00:00 EST New spy shots of the second-generation Aston Martin Vantage coupe have surfaced, showing it testing at Germany's famed Nurburgring track. Lyft hires investment banker Qatalyst to explore options, report says Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:15:44 EST Lyft, the U.S. ride-hailing startup with ties to General Motors, is working with Qatalyst Partners to explore deal options, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. What do Mustang and Camaro have in common? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite partisan loyalties on each side, starting next year the Chevrolet Camaro will share a transmission with the Ford Mustang. IIHS signals impatience on passenger protection Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is using its powerful megaphone to send a message to automakers: Don't slack off on passenger-side safety. Ford's Indonesian dealers demand compensation after abrupt withdrawal Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:13:09 EST Ford's dealers in Indonesia are demanding around $75 million in compensation after the U.S. carmaker announced in January it would close all operations in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. ZEV mandates get harder to ignore Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST California's air-quality regulations are slated to tighten in 2018 in a way that limits the impact of partial credits from sales of plug-in hybrids and low-emissions conventional vehicles, requiring more actual ZEV sales. U.S. June sales expected to rise, but slower demand, higher incentives concern analysts Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:17:49 EST Halfway through 2016, U.S. new-vehicle sales remain on pace to set a second consecutive annual record, but analysts say they're concerned about slowing retail demand and rising incentives. Honda says Takata airbag ruptured in fatal crash in Malaysia Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:17:36 EST Honda said the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, possibly the third death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata. Why the new era of auto industry collaboration creates risks Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:23:27 EST Without proper management, automotive technology collaborations have the potential to result not only in fundamental structural changes to the traditional auto industry, but further diminution of its leadership and clout. Are shifters getting too complicated? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The death of 27-year-old Star Trek actor who was pinned to his death by his own Jeep Grand Cherokee has brought scrutiny to a driving function that has changed with the advance of electronic controls. Ford Escape stars in new series on Verizon video platform Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:13:08 EST The 2017 Ford Escape will help people avoid 'capture' in a new series airing on Verizon's recently-launched video platform. Supplier planning hits the brakes Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The U.K. vote to exit the European Union leaves suppliers in the dark on future investment until new EU trade deals can be adopted. Mercedes execs to sample retail experience Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST About 40 Mercedes-Benz USA managers will each spend a week this summer working at a Mercedes-Benz dealership. Applications open for '17 PACE Awards Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The application process has opened for the 2017 Automotive News PACE Awards, which identify and honor game-changing and commercialized supplier innovations in technology and processes. Goodbye to the Europe I knew Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more. Fixing Cadillac's problem child Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac is trying to breathe new life into the ATS compact sedan through a series of price and trim-package adjustments for the 2017 model year. Penske, Group 1 assess the damage Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive and Group 1 Automotive took an immediate stock-price hit in the wake of Britain's vote to exit the European Union. Earnings will suffer from a collapsing British pound. But the longer-term impact remains unclear. Service adviser overtime case ain't over Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The Supreme Court stopped short of settling once and for all the broader question of whether exemptions in overtime rules should apply to dealership service advisers, leaving open the possibility that the dispute could surface again. Fine-tuning the dealership TV set Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Zamora Automotive Group's Honda of Superstition Springs uses customized programming delivered to 24 screens throughout the dealership to get its marketing messages to customers in the store. A split heard round the industry Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The United Kingdom's stunning decision to abandon the European Union could slash automakers' profits by billions of dollars and cut new-vehicle sales by nearly a million units over the next three years, analysts warned. BMW workers don 'Iron Man' suit Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW experiments with an exoskeletal device to fight U.S. worker fatigue.