Automotive News Breaking News Feed News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 15 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST 250 40 Automotive News is the leading source of news about the global automotive industry CDK poised to acquire ELEAD1ONE Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:21:37 EST Dealership software giant CDK Global has struck a deal to acquire ELEAD1ONE, a provider of customer relationship management, service and marketing solutions, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Uber rival Gett mulls sale of ride-sharing startup Juno, report says Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Gett, the ride-hailing app that competes with Uber, is weighing an exit from the United States, just over a year after spending $200 million to enter the market. McLaren announces hefty pricetag for new 600LT Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The 600LT, billed as the lightest, most powerful and quickest road-legal Sports Series McLaren, debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. GM leads in adding minority dealerships Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST GM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region. BMW thrust into political battle over trade Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST How did BMW, whose Spartanburg, S.C., plant has been acclaimed as a symbol of America's resurgence as an auto manufacturer and exporter, become a symbol of the threat to America's manufacturing base instead? BMW is wondering the same thing. Automobili Pininfarina unveils photos of electric hypercar, the PF0 Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Automobili Pininfarina is stoking the fires of its first vehicle, the PF0. The brand revealed new teaser photos of its full-electric hypercar's exterior last week. IAC studies scents as an antidote to carsickness Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST International Automotive Components Group is researching adding scents that would serve a purpose to the vehicle occupants: preventing motion sickness. Auto subscriptions dismissed as a 'rich person's toy' in Edmunds analysis Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Several automakers are experimenting with subscription services, but Edmunds says the math doesn't work out for consumers. Automakers bristle at U.S. demand for sensitive data under tariff probe Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:49:20 EST The U.S. Commerce Department has asked automakers to reveal some of their most closely held secrets as part of its investigation of whether tariffs on imported cars and components are needed to safeguard national security. NHTSA presses automakers to make Takata airbag recall plans public Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:19:20 EST Federal auto safety regulators want automakers to make public plans for how they'll replace millions of defective Takata airbag parts that should have been fixed already. Widow of former UAW vice president sentenced to 18 months in prison Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:54:33 EST Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday as part of a federal corruption probe of misappropriated funds at a Chrysler-UAW training center. Bosch told to hand over emails in Volkswagen emissions suit Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:15:35 EST Robert Bosch must hand over emails in connection with lawsuits brought by investors against Porsche SE linked to VW Group's diesel emissions violations, a German court ruled. Nissan worked backwards to create the first ad for Kicks Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:22:29 EST When creating the first American ad for the Kicks crossover, Nissan and ad agency TBWA ChiatDay New York did not start with a script -- they went straight to the soundtrack. VW T-Cross: Too small for North America Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:48:04 EST It's not coming to the U.S. or Canada, but Volkswagen hopes its T-Cross small crossover will appeal to young families in urban areas almost everywhere else in the world. EV batteries of the future hit the track Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Automakers have long used racing to nurture new consumer technology, and the Formula E racing series is no different when it comes to advancing EV batteries -- on and off the track. Tesla, BMW bypass Trump trade war, score win for China Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:04:20 EST Less than a week into President Trump's trade war with China, global automakers have shown there are ways to bypass the battle -- and scoring a win for Beijing in the process. Growing rift among GOP lawmakers over Trump trade posture Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:34:20 EST There are signs of growing frustration among GOP lawmakers with President Trump as he moves forward with new trade tariffs, though they're not ready to rein in the president's power. Volvo randd boss vows to turn quality hiccup into a win for new S60 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Volvo received a wake-up call after it finished third to last in a key quality study. Dealers, EU, Mexico, VW set to testify at U.S. import tariff hearing Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:59:18 EST Japan, Canada, along with automotive trade groups and the UAW, are also among those slated to testify at a July 19 hearing on the Trump administration's controversial probe into whether imported cars and auto parts pose a national security threat... McLaren, with eye on electric power, plans $2.1 billion product push Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:40:20 EST McLaren Automotive plans to invest $2.1 billion as it prepares to launch 18 new cars by 2025, with electrification a cornerstone of the engineering and product push. German EVs will catch Tesla in coming years, study finds Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:19:20 EST Electric-vehicle pioneer Tesla no longer has the road to itself. Tom Mignanelli, first American CEO of Nissan, has died at 73 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:25:13 EST Tom Mignanelli, a former Ford executive who gave Nissan's U.S. sales company a transfusion of American business culture in the early 1990s, has died following surgery for a brain tumor. He was 73. Trump: U.S. will restrict EU cars without 'good faith' trade talks Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:28:25 EST President Trump warned the European Union on Thursday that the United States would act to restrict entry for European light vehicles if the bloc failed to treat America fairly on trade. Some dealers struggling to comply with used-vehicle rule, FTC says Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:41:48 EST Just 14 of 94 dealerships inspected by the Federal Trade Commission and local partners in 20 cities from April through June had proper buyers guides displayed on all used vehicles' windshields. Self-driving cars don't need oversight yet, U.S. regulator says Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:30:31 EST It's premature to regulate the self-driving vehicles being tested by companies such as GM and Waymo, the government's top auto safety official said, reaffirming NHTSA's commitment to a hands-off approach to autonomous-vehicle development. Panasonic plans to halve cobalt in car batteries Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:49:44 EST Panasonic plans to halve the cobalt content of its mass-produced automotive batteries "in two to three years" as the supplier looks to reduce costs. The mineral has leapt in price in recent years as demand for electric vehicles gains traction. Tesla U.S. sales hit 200,000, lowering tax credit for future buyers Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:06:11 EST Tesla said Thursday it has delivered 200,000 electric vehicles in the United States, resulting in lower tax credits for future buyers under a revision passed last year. Musk pledges to pay for clean water to homes in Flint, Mich. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk pledged to pay to secure clean water for homes in Flint, Mich., the city that fell into economic depression amid the decades-long decline of Detroit's auto industry and is still recovering from a major public health emergency. Discovering what automakers don't know about moving people Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Automakers rushing to embrace car-sharing, in which sedans and crossovers are more of a service than a product, are getting feedback of all types: buggy apps that crash or time out, dirty cars that smell like smoke, and vehicles that don't unlock... BMW set to raise stake in key China joint venture above 50%, report says Thu, 12 Jul 2018 03:19:20 EST BMW stands to become the first foreign automaker to own a majority stake in a Chinese joint venture, showing Beijing is following through on a pledge to increasingly open up the economy to global corporations. Ex-Tesla worker escalates battle by blowing whistle to SEC Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:30:57 EST A former Tesla employee portrayed by CEO Elon Musk as a saboteur has filed a whistle-blower tip to the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the company made misstatements and omissions to investors. World's cheapest car -- the Nano -- goes up in smoke Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:59:54 EST A moment of silence, please, for the world's cheapest car, which has all but died in India. It was almost 10 years old. Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match. Ford Fusion name will be given to future Subaru Outback rival, reports say Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:48:23 EST While Ford's slow-selling Fusion sedan will fade into history, the name is expected to live on in a sport wagon being developed to challenge Subaru's popular Outback, people familiar with the automaker's plans told Bloomberg. U.S. Senate to Trump: Slow down on escalating tariffs Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:56:58 EST In an 88-11 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved a symbolic motion backing a role for Congress in requiring tariffs based on national security, such as those President Trump has imposed on steel and aluminum imports and is contemplating on light... After Tesla deal, Shanghai to speed up cancellation of foreign ownership limits Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:16:33 EST China said this year it would scrap foreign ownership caps for companies making electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2018 and all automotive ventures by 2022. Italian union plots to strike FCA for splurging on Ronaldo contract Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:19:52 EST A small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler's Melfi plant in Italy to protest against the huge sums of money spent by Italy's Juventus soccer club to sign up star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Hyundai's memory-filled video stays atop chart Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Hyundai India's emotional video is once again the most-watched clip on this week's viral video chart. Stuttgart to start ban of older diesels in 2019 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:50:26 EST Stuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche, will bar diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 or older emissions standards starting next year and may be forced to ban Euro 5 vehicles by 2020 if measures to improve air quality fail, a state ministry said. Tesla sharing tech with China 'subject to negotiation' Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:58:47 EST A Shanghai official responded to a question on whether Tesla will transfer technology to a Chinese partner after signing a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build an assembly plant in the city. Trump must meet Chinese official to stop trade fight, top House Republican says Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:31:11 EST Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican who heads the powerful Ways and Means Committee, called on President Donald Trump to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and hash out an agreement to settle their trade differences. Criminal case sheds light on Apple self-driving car technology Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:40:57 EST Apple has kept tight wraps on its ambitions for self-driving cars, declining to acknowledge them at all publicly until it wrote a letter to U.S. transportation regulators in late 2016 urging them not to restrict testing of the vehicles. Jeep looks for major league payoff as soccer star Ronaldo moves to Italy Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:04:20 EST Italy's Juventus Football Club is paying more than $130 million to nab star player Cristiano Ronaldo from Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid Football Club. The Italian team won't be the only one trying to cash in on the Portuguese footballer's fame. BMW finalizes accord to start producing electric Minis in China Tue, 10 Jul 2018 06:55:48 EST The 50-50 venture owned by BMW and Great Wall will make battery-powered vehicles for both partners at a new plant in Jiangsu Province. U.S. regulators grappling with self-driving vehicle security Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:25:34 EST A federal report released Tuesday underscores the thicket of legal, safety and social issues that have to be worked out as companies such as Alphabet's Waymo unit and General Motors gear up to deploy self-driving cars for public use. Former Apple employee charged with stealing AV trade secrets Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:26:53 EST Federal authorities charged a former Apple employee with theft of trade secrets, alleging that the person downloaded a secret blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop and later tried to flee the country. Daimler, Bosch to deploy self-driving taxis in California test program Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:24:23 EST Daimler and auto supplier Bosch plan to deploy self-driving taxis in California's Silicon Valley region next year as part of a test program of vehicles designed for city driving, the two companies said Tuesday. VW signs deals for EVs, autonomous driving in China Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:09:29 EST VW Group has signed preliminary deals with China's FAW and the China Intelligent and Connected Vehicles Research Institute to cooperate on technologies including e-mobility, connectivity and autonomous driving. German automakers lean on others for battery cells Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Plans by China's CATL to build a battery cell factory in Germany should serve as a wake-up call for the national car industry, industry watchers say, as a lack of its own production capacity risks leaving it exposed in a dawning era of electric... Toyota launches app-controlled car-sharing in Honolulu Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:34:20 EST Toyota launched a Honolulu car-sharing service that allows customers to use smartphones to unlock and start cars for rent by the hour or day. It's the latest service offered by an automaker that competes with ride-hailing and rental-car companies.