Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 4 Oct 2015 06:00:00 EST VW emissions violations put self-certification under new scrutiny Sun, 4 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST VW's diesel scandal has exposed holes in the U.S. emissions testing regime, prompting regulators to launch new tests. Safety regs kill Nissan's 'car that saved the company' Sun, 4 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan has quietly ended production of the Xterra, a rugged light truck that helped fan the flame of SUV sales in the 1990s while aiding the company's turnaround in the U.S. Between the lines, GM rebuts Marchionne Sun, 4 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST GM's annual pitch to about 180 analysts and investors could be viewed as one long commercial for why GM doesn't need Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: The automaker is too busy 'redefining the future of mobility.' Ford, UAW resolve dispute at F-150 plant, ending strike threat Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:15:00 EST The UAW late Friday called off its threat to strike a key Ford plant after settling a localized contract dispute with the company. Porsche trades a bit of heritage for efficiency Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST When Porsche's re-engineered 911 hits the U.S. next spring, it will bury another feature in the nameplate's graveyard of outdated technology. VW's new chairman: Emissions crisis a threat to our 'existence' Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:19:57 EST Hans Dieter Poetsch, the incoming chairman of Volkswagen AG, sees the global scandal around the rigging of emissions tests as a threat to the company's viability, albeit a surmountable one, a newspaper reported. An FCA strike: $1 billion a week in lost revenues Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A UAW strike of Fiat Chrysler could cost the Detroit automaker close to $1 billion a week in lost revenue and would quickly lead to a shortage of several hot-selling vehicles. EPA: Post-VW emissions scrutiny tthe new normal Fri, 2 Oct 2015 19:09:15 EST The tougher auto emission tests that U.S. regulators adopted in the wake of Volkswagen's violations with diesel engines are permanent and could lead to more regulations down the road if more problems surface, a senior EPA official said Friday. UAW faces tough road to salvage failed Fiat Chrysler deal Fri, 2 Oct 2015 19:36:42 EST Mounting discontent among the UAW's rank and file will complicate efforts of the union's top leaders as they bid to recover from the defeat of a proposed labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler. VW turns to insiders to probe, recover from emissions violations Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:19:21 EST Volkswagen AG will rely on a small group of company insiders to lead its recovery from a diesel-emissions scandal that's left regulators, investors and 11 million customers still awaiting answers two weeks after it disclosed violations of U.S. The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come. Ford adds overtime at Michigan F-150 plant as Missouri strike deadline nears Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:44:22 EST Ford canceled a planned overtime shift this weekend at its F-150 plant in Missouri, where workers threaten to strike as soon as Sunday, and is diverting frames for the pickups to its other F-150 plant in Michigan to minimize the consequences of a... Pacific trade pact would open Japanese market to U.S. vehicles, report says Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:04:48 EST A U.S.-Japan agreement on autos trade as part of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal would have its own dispute settlement mechanism, including penalties, if Japan does not open its market enough to U.S. Ford ad campaign aims to lift car lineup in U.S. market hot for trucks Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:52:40 EST Ford launched an ad campaign -- "By Design" -- for several cars to spotlight design and new technology in a U.S. market hot for trucks. Toyota readies biggest Tacoma campaign in decade amid truck battle Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's Tacoma is about to get dirty as it fends off new competition in the midsize truck segment. Musk: Tesla Model X crossover debut stokes 'strong' demand for sedan Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:04:09 EST Tesla Motors saw strong orders of the Model S sedan tied to the launch of its new crossover this week, relieving some concerns that the new model might siphon away sales of the sedan, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Friday. California to launch separate VW emissions probe, report says Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:42:12 EST California plans to conduct its own probe of Volkswagen in the widening fallout from the company's admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles use software to cheat emissions tests, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. AutoNation, buoyed by holiday deals, sees Sept. sales rise 21% Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:29:05 EST AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 21 percent last month from a year earlier to 29,046 vehicles thanks in part to Labor Day holiday promotions. Nissan recalls Versa to fix suspension prone to corrosion from road salt Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:30:41 EST Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa cars in the U.S. to fix a front suspension problem caused by road salt that can corrode the front coil springs. Subaru is still the hottest car company in the U.S. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:19:21 EST The U.S. auto business in 2015 is a Hollywood movie -- one big car chase and a happy ending. If there's a hero, it's scrappy little Subaru, the Japanese company best known as Fuji Heavy Industries. NHTSA upgrades probe of Ford police interceptor for brake failure Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:14:27 EST NHTSA upgraded an investigation of 20,275 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles over sudden brake failures. Aston Martin names JLR's Laura Schwab head of Americas Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:29:51 EST Aston Martin has hired Laura Schwab from Jaguar Land Rover to be president of its Americas region. The British sports car maker said Thursday that Schwab's hiring will take effect Oct. 26. Hyundai loses $28.9 million patent infringement trial Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:49:00 EST Hyundai and affiliate Kia were told to pay a Baltimore company $28.9 million after a federal jury said the South Korean carmakers infringed patents related to hybrid engines. The companies pledged to appeal. Autobytel buys AutoWeb Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:27:27 EST Autobytel acquired online search company AutoWeb, the online automotive lead provider said today, expanding its capabilities in directing consumers to dealer and automaker websites. U.S. sales rise 16% on double-digit gains at Detroit 3, Nissan, Toyota, Honda Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:00:00 EST U.S. Rogue passes Altima to lift Nissan volume up 17% Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:45:00 EST The Nissan brand posted record September U.S. sales, thanks to soaring demand for the Rogue crossover and record September volume for the Versa subcompact. Look again: VW dropping but industry is rocking Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:45:00 EST Take wandering Labor Day out of the sales equation and look at August and September as a single period. No brand was as bad as it looked in August, or as good as it looked in September, especially Volkswagen. CFPB says Westlake, Wilshire engaged in illegal debt collection ploys Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:18:00 EST The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is accusing Westlake Financial Services and Wilshire Consumer Credit, its auto title lending subsidiary, of illegal debt collection ploys, including extending loan terms without permission and failing to... UAW-FCA agreement fails with 65% rank-and-file rejection Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:15:34 EST The UAW will return to the bargaining table with Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a proposed agreement by 65 percent, according to a statement released today by the union. VW's Horn to face U.S. House panel over emissions violations Thu, 1 Oct 2015 18:38:53 EST Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn will go before a U.S. House panel next week to answer questions from lawmakers about the company's violations of U.S. diesel emissions rules. Toyota rises 16 percent, seeks more truck output Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:45:00 EST Toyota Motor Sales posted a 16 percent year-over-year U.S. sales increase last month that resulted in its best September since 2007. Ford scores biggest gain since 2010 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:30:00 EST Ford Motor Co. achieved its largest year-over-year U.S. sales increase in almost five years, posting a 23 percent gain for September. Jeep powers FCA US to 14% increase Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:00:00 EST Record Jeep sales pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 14 percent last month as every brand but Chrysler recorded a gain. Costco Auto predicts GM promotion sales will top 52,000 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:05:29 EST Costco's auto sales arm is predicting that its members will purchase at least 52,000 new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC cars and trucks under a special 90-day promotion that will run Oct. 2 through Jan. 4. Canada posts 3.7% gain for September Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:12:45 EST Canadian light vehicle sales, led by strong demand for Detroit 3 trucks, rose 3.7 percent to 174,337 units in September, according to a monthly sales report. Tucson's quick start, Soul help Hyundai-Kia to breakout month Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:00:00 EST Slowly but surely, Hyundai Motor Group is shifting resources toward trucks to catch up with rivals in the U.S. market. That paid off in September as sales of the Hyundai Tucson more than doubled with a redesigned model now in showrooms. Trucks lift American Honda; Civic sell down underway with redesign coming Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:45:00 EST With a fresh-looking version of its iconic Civic due in showrooms this fall, American Honda Motor Co. hustled the outgoing compact car out the door in September, helping Honda to a 13 percent sales gain across its Honda and Acura brands. EPA says recall of VW diesel cars 'likely' Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:31:24 EST The EPA said today that a recall of affected Volkswagen diesel cars in the ongoing emissions scandal would "likely" take place. GM counting on big profits from parts and accessories, GM Financial Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:24:44 EST General Motors expects to pad its bottom line in coming years from substantial growth in its captive finance arm and its parts and accessories business, GM executives said today. Scandal-plagued VW brand ekes out gain Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:45:00 EST Volkswagen of America finished a scandal-ridden month with roughly flat U.S. sales, defying forecasts that a mid-month halt to diesel vehicle sales and a black eye to its brand image would hammer its September results. Cox, Dealertrack chiefs hit road to explain $4 billion acquisition Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:34:20 EST Cox President Sandy Schwartz and Dealertrack CEO Mark O'Neil will be going on the road together over the next two weeks to meet with auto retailers to explain their $4 billion combination. The acquisition closed today. Mazda's diesel dreams for U.S. in doubt after VW scandal Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:21:03 EST Mazda's plans to introduce a diesel car in its most important market risk falling further behind schedule after Volkswagen AG flouted U.S. rules and unleashed global regulatory scrutiny on the technology. Winterkorn remains in four key VW posts Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:50:50 EST Martin Winterkorn, the former boss of Volkswagen who quit last week saying he wanted to give the German carmaker a "fresh start" to tackle a scandal over rigged vehicle emissions tests, remains in four key positions involved with the group. GM rides crossover, retail volume to 13% advance Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:45:00 EST GM's U.S. sales rose 13 percent in September on strong crossover demand and a 17 percent rise in retail deliveries. Volkswagen expects emissions investigation to take months Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:36:39 EST Volkswagen expects it will need at least several months to get to the bottom of the rigging of emissions tests on its diesel vehicles, which has turned into the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history. GM targets double-digit earnings growth in 2016 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:51:12 EST General Motors moved to convince Wall Street that its recovery is gathering momentum with improving margins, strong brands, new markets for high-tech vehicles, and prospects for stronger profits in coming years. Google co-founder Sergey Brin got Tesla's fourth Model X, report says Thu, 1 Oct 2015 06:33:59 EST Google co-founder Sergey Brin, an early investor in Tesla Motors, was one of the first customers to take delivery of Tesla's all-electric SUV, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. GM ramps up autonomous driving, mobility plans Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:00 EST GM today disclosed plans for several new autonomous-driving and mobility initiatives -- from a New York City ride-sharing project to an electric bike -- in an effort to convince investors that it's ready for a coming disruption in the way people... VW damaged trust in auto industry, Japan car group chairman says Thu, 1 Oct 2015 06:07:47 EST VW compromised consumer trust in the auto industry by equipping its diesel engines with software that cheated emissions tests, the chairman of Japan's car manufacturers' trade group said. VW seeks to boost finances to meet emission scandal costs Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:22:53 EST Volkswagen is looking at ways to cut costs and boost cash flow and could sell more shares if the price of clearing up a scandal over its rigging of diesel emissions tests puts its credit rating at risk. %]