Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of. In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there. VIN switcheroo a crushing defeat for Mini Cooper Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States. Honda dealers face recall phone blitz Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:38:42 EST Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags. New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR. The repo man now hunts on social media Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans. FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:49:18 EST FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:59:43 EST General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said today. U.S. traffic fatalities fell 3% in 2013, return to record low rate Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:17:21 EST The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in the United States to 32,719 fatalities in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today, crediting a combination of stricter regulation and advanced safety... Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:45 EST Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said. Nissan tops 100,000 sales in Canada for first time, gains market share Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:02:22 EST Nissan said its sales in Canada have reached a record-breaking 100,000 new vehicles this year. Mercedes recalls 8,279 Sprinter vans in U.S. for possible oil leak Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:02:17 EST Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,279 Sprinter vans in the United States because of a potential oil leak that would increase the risk of a fire or a stalling engine, according to documents filed by federal safety regulators. FCA recalling Dodge Ram pickups for possible loose fastener Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:03 EST FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by federal safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach. CarMax says Q3 net income rose 22% to $130 million Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:14:52 EST CarMax, the largest used-car seller in the United States, said net income surged 22 percent in its third fiscal quarter as easier credit boosted vehicle sales. Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:51:38 EST Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. Ally's six-year bailout ends after U.S. sells $1.28 billion stake Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:48:44 EST The Treasury disposed of its remaining $1.28 billion stake in auto lender Ally Financial, resolving the last big bailout from an emergency government program to halt the 2008 financial crisis. Ally said the government ultimately gained $2. Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars. Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EST Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago. Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:43 EST Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich. Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:57:36 EST Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers. Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:08:03 EST Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles. U.S. gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, boosting year-end auto sales Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:34:20 EST U.S. drivers are paying less than $2.50 a gallon at the gasoline pump for the first time in more than five years, giving a lift to year-end car sales. Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:54:22 EST Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:04:20 EST GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout. Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:57:19 EST Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators. Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:54:57 EST Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan's automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Drivers don't need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well. U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:00:00 EST The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today. Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:17:26 EST Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports. Acura to unwrap NSX at Detroit auto show Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Acura will reveal a production version of the NSX supercar -- the luxury brand's long-awaited halo car -- in Detroit next month. Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:27:36 EST Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper. Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:34:29 EST Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests. Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:40:40 EST Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday. Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38:06 EST Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea's Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics. Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:21:50 EST Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs. GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:56:56 EST Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law. Autoweek names Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon as 2015 Best of the Best Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:50:24 EST Autoweek, the auto enthusiast sister publication of Automotive News, today named the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon truck as its Best of the Best car and truck for 2015. The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:30:00 EST Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of... U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:33:56 EST U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn't comply with a request to expand a recall. Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:34:53 EST Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially defective airbag inflators that can spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:03:01 EST Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65. joins rivals in offering dealership reviews Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:37:25 EST AutoTrader is adding dealer reviews to its website after long resisting them. The giant vehicle shopping site has agreed to post consumer reviews of dealerships collected by DealerRater, the two companies announced today. TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:49:21 EST TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities. Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:49:01 EST Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan. Volvo plans 3-cylinder engines for 60-series cars Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover. Jaguar Land Rover's virtual windshield makes blind spots vanish Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:15:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new 360-degree virtual urban windshield which gives drivers a full view of the environment around the car and eliminates blind spots that often lead to accidents. Cadillac styling won't take sharp turn with flagship CT6 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Cadillac's forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. But don't expect a radical new design direction. Chrysler and Fiat names dropped from corporate titles Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:20:57 EST Chrysler is Chrysler no more. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of what was Chrysler Group LLC, said today that it has changed the name of its United States affiliate from Chrysler Group to FCA US LLC. Ford's stop-motion drag racer hits YouTube Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford of Europe jam-packs its latest hit from stop-motion drag racer Snowkhana, 'SNOWKHANA THREE: YuleTube,' with pop culture references aplenty. %]