Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Volvo revival reaches 'end of the beginning' Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo Car USA has turned a corner with two of its four 90 series vehicles on sale and two others due early next year, says its CEO. A dealer's nightmare: $2 million embezzled Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford dealer O.C. Welch was stunned a year ago to find out his assistant comptroller was embezzling from him. On Sept. 15, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing nearly $2 million from Welch's South Carolina dealership. Can Chevy capitalize on Bolt's head start? Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors is on the verge of beating Wall Street's automotive darling, Tesla, to market with the first 200-mile electric vehicle for less than $40,000. Big auto shows forced to share the spotlight Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's effort to grab headlines with a solo launch event in Miami shows how automakers increasingly are weighing alternatives to the major international auto shows. For Cadillac dealers, no push, but a way out Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac says it isn't trying to push small dealers out. It's just giving them a simpler alternative to what brand boss Johan de Nysschen warns will be a 'long, arduous and challenging journey.' Texas fairground set for pickup battles Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Texans' love affair with the pickup truck is being put to the test as the economy softens, dragged down by Houston's contracting energy sector and a strong dollar weighing on the state's sizable export sector. Next administration could reshape regulation Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Key pieces of President Barack Obama's regulatory and policy agenda will soon be handed over to a new administration. And where they go from there could have big implications for the auto industry. 54 bits of brilliance on today's cars Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST To understand the genius of the modern car business, have a look at modern cars. Here is a sampling of design elements and wildly imaginative features found in cars and concepts unveiled in the past year or so. BMW designers work inside out Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST When the creative minds behind BMW's Vision Next 100 sat down to conceive an autonomous driving car of the future, their approach was something of a revolution for the century-old company. Infiniti readies Q60 for coupe resurgence Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Infiniti goes for a wow factor with its redesigned Q60 coupe, with a sleeker body design and more powerful engine choices. Ex-refugee is right at home selling cars Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST When Ron Marhofer Chevrolet hired Bishnu Rai a year ago, it gave the group an opportunity to grow sales among the Bhutanese and Nepalese that have immigrated into the Akron area. Tesla's Autopilot upgrade keeps kids in mind Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors' most recent Autopilot upgrade does a better job of reminding drivers that it doesn't put the car in self-driving mode and that it's actually more of a next-level cruise-control setting. Dealer&'s hard line on recalls costs him Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At his Florida Toyota dealership, Earl Stewart implemented a hard-and-fast ban on selling used cars with unrepaired safety recalls. He won't even wholesale used cars with open recalls. It hasn't been easy. Diversification eases suppliers' r&d burden Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Diversified companies are finding that far-flung businesses may be a secret weapon in developing new automotive technologies. Canadian GM workers ratify 4-year labor contract Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors workers represented by Canadian union Unifor today ratified a four-year contract with the automaker that includes $421 million (C$554 million) in investments and a key change to pension plans for new hires. At GM: 'An engineer in a designer's body' Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At a time when technology is transforming the automobile, newly promoted GM gearhead Mike Simcoe may be the industry's prototypical design chief. Paris Motor Show: It's electric Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla. Autonomous policy will strengthen regulators Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST For the first time, the auto industry has a clear path ahead of it for the development and deployment of self-driving cars. But federal regulators will be right with them, just one lane over. Infiniti still believes in feats of clay Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST In a world of digital design, old-school clay models may seem an anachronism that will someday fade away. But Infiniti's top designer says the iconic modeling medium is here to stay. Lincoln's lines fall into place Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Since taking over as Lincoln's design director nearly three years ago, David Woodhouse has launched a design language signified by a unique grille look and classic proportions. McLaren and Apple: Perfect together? Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST McLaren may be the only carmaker that makes sense for Apple to purchase since it has the benefit of being nimble, focused on high-tech and tuned in to the art of aerodynamics. Cadillac offering buyouts to 400 smaller U.S. dealers Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST Cadillac is offering its 400 smallest U.S. dealers as much as $180,000 if they would rather give up their franchise than make the investment necessary to meet a host of new standards being imposed by the brand. Takata failed to report 2003 airbag rupture to NHTSA Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:06:12 EST Japanese airbag supplier Takata said it failed to inform the U.S. auto safety agency of a 2003 rupture of one of its airbag inflators in Switzerland, according to an internal Takata report released by U.S. regulators on Friday. Eric Peterson, GM's diversity VP, will retire Oct. 1 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:09:43 EST Eric Peterson, General Motors' vice president of U.S. diversity dealer relations, will retire effective Oct. 1. A successor for the 40-year GM veteran has not been named, a GM spokesman said. UAW support for Trump less than recent GOP candidates, Williams says Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:48:11 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said that about one in four of the union's members favor Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a lower level of support than the UAW gave his 2012 and 2008 predecessors, Mitt Romney and John McCain. Nissan returns to Japan's most exclusive address Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:36:45 EST Nissan's flagship showroom has returned to Japan's most exclusive, priciest address -- Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, flush with department stores and geisha clubs. Anti-UAW worker group at VW Tennessee plant loses representation Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:01:38 EST A worker group created as an alternative to the UAW at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum membership requirements under the German automaker's labor policy, VW said on Thursday. Toyota's Japan ad agency Dentsu to repay advertising overcharges Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:52:40 EST Ad agency Dentsu will pay an estimated 230 million yen ($2.3 million) back to customers, including Toyota, that it overcharged for Internet advertisements in a case likely to stoke concern that digital media transactions have lacked transparency. Honda projects declining U.S. auto sales to 'good industry' pace Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:39:33 EST Auto sales in the U.S. may not set a record this year and will probably decline from 2015's record in the coming years, said Honda's top American sales executive. Tesla cranks up pressure to end ban on direct auto sales Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:17:04 EST Tesla Motors is cranking up the pressure to sell electric cars directly to customers, after filing its first federal lawsuit over the practice on the home turf of General Motors and Ford. Chevy will equip next Equinox with diesel engine in global push Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:00:00 EST The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be shorter and lighter than the model it replaces and will be the first compact crossover offered in the U.S. with a diesel engine, General Motors said late Thursday. FCA is next target for Unifor labor talks Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:30:19 EST Canadian union Unifor today selected Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as its next target in negotiations with the Detroit 3. Negotiations will begin if the union's tentative deal with General Motors is ratified when workers vote on Sunday. Postal Service names six finalists to design next delivery vehicle Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:10:46 EST The U.S. Postal Service has named six companies as finalists in a competition to design its delivery vehicle of the future. A total of $37.4 million will be divided among the six companies, which will produce about 50 prototypes. Smart to offer EVs and traditional engines across the lineup Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:00 EST Smart will become the only major auto brand to offer its entire model lineup with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive, Mercedes-Benz said today. Tesla sues Michigan in U.S. court over direct sales ban Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:22:49 EST Tesla Motors is suing the State of Michigan in federal court over its law banning the direct sales of vehicles to consumers. Expert sees $5 billion opportunity for in-car autonomous car content Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:59:33 EST The autonomous vehicle content delivery industry could be worth up to $5 billion, said Elliot Garbus, general manager of the transportation solutions division at Intel, at an event hosted by SAE International in suburban Detroit earlier this week. Toyota says ad agency Dentsu disclosed 'irregularities' around transactions in Japan Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:05:05 EST Toyota says its longtime advertising partner, Japanese agency giant Dentsu, has informed it of "irregularities" related to some digital media business transactions. How Jerry Dias convinced GM to invest in Canada again Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:47:18 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias' top goal in negotiations with General Motors was to buck a trend: the shift of auto investments away from Canada toward Mexico. On that, it appears he will be successful. But how? Robot rides may force error-prone human motorists off the road Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:47:56 EST New rules of the road for robot cars coming out of Washington this week could lead to the eventual extinction of one of the defining archetypes of the past century: the human driver. Unifor's Dias mulls Ford or FCA as next target; details of GM agreement emerge Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:26:24 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias said today there is no definitive timetable as to when he will select the union's next negotiating target, as details about the tentative pact with General Motors begin to emerge. GOP lawmakers challenge CAFE standard Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:12:03 EST Republican lawmakers pushed back against the Obama administration's signature plan to boost the average new vehicle's fuel economy to more than 50 mpg by 2025, with a Texas congressman saying the plan should be repealed. GM Oshawa will finish pickup assembly under labor deal, report says Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:19:41 EST General Motors will use its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant to expand production of pickups for the North American market if a tentative agreement with Canadian auto workers is ratified, sources familiar with Canadian labor negotiations told Reuters. McLaren says 'no discussions' are taking place with Apple Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:07:54 EST McLaren damped down a report that Apple had made an approach for the British Formula One team owner and supercar maker. "We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment," a McLaren spokesman said. Fuel-economy rules threaten 1 million-plus U.S. jobs, study says Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:14:10 EST More than 1.1 million U.S. workers would lose their jobs because of tougher fuel-economy regulations coming next decade if prices at the gasoline pump remain low in America, a new study found. U.S. indicts two Japanese supplier executives for obstruction of justice Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:58:34 EST A federal grand jury has indicted two Japanese executives on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in a major escalation of the Department of Justice's ongoing price fixing investigation within the auto parts industry. CarMax quarterly earnings fall 5.7% Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:27:52 EST CarMax's quarterly earnings dropped 5.7 percent, as customer demand leaned toward older, less expensive used vehicles, the retailer said. It also said a test to deliver used vehicles to customers' homes rolled into Charlotte, N.C. GM affirms profit and cost cutting targets Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:54:24 EST GM affirmed its forecast for 2016 profit of up to $6.00 per share and said it expected to exceed its cost-savings target of $5.5 billion by 2018 as the automaker unveiled a new effort to convince investors of its value. Michigan House panel unanimously OKs amended autonomous vehicle bills Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:15:13 EST A Michigan House committee on Tuesday advanced four bills that would regulate Michigan's developing autonomous vehicle industry, with changes designed to satisfy concerns about exclusion raised by tech giant Google Inc. Millennials want cars -- and low payments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST Industry experts have confirmed multiple times that millennials are major players in the auto finance market, debunking the notion that they don't buy cars. Genesis Finance tailors a 'white glove' experience for luxury customers Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:15:00 EST Genesis buyers who finance through the brand's new captive arm will receive 'white glove' treatment befitting a luxury brand, the captive's parent says.