Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST Ford says UAW contract boosts U.S. labor costs less than 1.5% Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:16:10 EST Ford's labor costs will rise by less than the projected rate of inflation in each of the next four years, largely because its new contract with the UAW allows the use of more temporary workers and greater flexibility to move production to lower-cost... VW, DOJ want diesel civil cases heard in Detroit Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:37:14 EST VW and the Justice Department want a U.S. judicial panel to centralize in Detroit hundreds of civil lawsuits alleging the German automaker defrauded consumers and shareholders, according to court filings. Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. Lear acquires vehicle-to-vehicle communications firm Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:36:42 EST Lear said it acquired automotive connectivity supplier Arada Systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Arada develops hardware and software for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology. Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:58:29 EST Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks. Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:26:41 EST Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way. Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment. Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St. Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway' Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, 'Unsafe at Any Speed,' consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving. New CEO says TrueCar must change Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST TrueCar's new CEO, Chip Perry, harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers. After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges. Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience. Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. Employees direct store's charitable giving Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST At Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, employees direct the charitable giving program. They select organizations they want the dealership to support, and managers determine the amount to give based on the employee's involvement with the cause. RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave Smith dealership brand and operating model. Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it looks more like one of those baseball bullpen carts than a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan. Higher UAW wages will push Detroit 3 to find cost solutions Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years and will likely force the Detroit 3 to search for ways to trim costs to avoid hurting their bottom lines. Acura sees its future in stronger sedans Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter. 'Japanese dominate' list of innovators Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST If companies' randd chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition. Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says. Ford drops 'Friends and Neighbors' sale early, opts for traditional year-end discounts Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:25:27 EST Ford is dropping its 'Friends and Neighbors' promotion five weeks earlier than planned, after the offers failed to resonate with consumers as much as more traditional year-end discounts offered by competitors. GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:06:47 EST General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today. Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:11:29 EST Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:46:45 EST The California Air Resources Board today ordered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to recall and repair 'illegal' emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3. How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:45:30 EST For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:17:17 EST Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier. Chinese automaker Dongfeng removes president under graft suspicion Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:43:09 EST Dongfeng Motor Group said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position, after the government launched an investigation on him for suspected graft earlier this month. Honda's Prelude dawns Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The Honda Prelude, one of the Japanese automaker's first attempts at a fun, sporty car, goes on sale in Japan on Nov. 24, 1978. U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:33 EST This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds. Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:46:46 EST The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous. GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:27:59 EST GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups. U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:54:33 EST U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing. FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:24:08 EST Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today. Rivian Automotive to build randd center for high-tech vehicles in Mich. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:26:09 EST Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn randd center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley. GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:42:52 EST General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and... Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:24:32 EST Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today. 2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:49:55 EST Kia Motors unveiled today the exterior of the redesigned, sportier 2017 Cadenza luxury car, which will go on sale next year. The new Cadenza, known as the K7 in Korea, has a sharper, more angular look than the 2016 version. Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 EST Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January. Audi's race to the top; Nissan channels Tarantino Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi pits an RS 7 in a test for the best against ... an elevator. Tesla offers less powerful Model X for $80,000 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 EST Tesla plans 90D and 70D variants of the Model X crossover, the latter of which will include a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a sticker price of $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge. Can GM build on OnStar advantage? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Phil Abram is leading GM's effort to stake a leadership position in connected cars that GM execs believe is critical to its future. Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system. Audi to revise emissions control software in U.S. vehicles with 3.0-liter engines Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:09:59 EST Audi said today that it will revise emissions control software used on more than 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that U.S regulators said earlier this month violated U.S. clean air laws. Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said. Technology upgrades zoom into small cars Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation. Chip Perry, TrueCar's new CEO, seeks to rebuild dealers' trust Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Chip Perry said his goal as the new CEO of TrueCar will be to win back the trust of auto dealers. Perry, 62, who helped build AutoTrader from a start-up venture into a $1 billion shopping site, was named CEO of TrueCar earlier today. JLR won't attend Detroit auto show Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover of North America says it will skip next year's Detroit auto show in January to concentrate on other international shows. 7 years' worth of VW diesels now under scrutiny Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week was supposed to bring some measure of clarity to Volkswagen's emissions fiasco. Audi seeks charging network allies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi AG, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range in 2018, has initiated talks with U.S. and German automakers about a shared network of 150-kilowatt fast chargers to rival the Superchargers that Tesla Motors Inc. Chronicler of VW slave labor dies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich. %]