Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EST U.S. plaintiffs' lawyers warn of automaker role in Takata bankruptcy Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:22:23 EST Lawyers for people injured by exploding Takata airbags told a U.S. bankruptcy court judge that the company's restructuring plan is being skewed to benefit automakers over victims. Takata offers condolences to victims of faulty airbags Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:16:16 EST Takata expressed condolences to victims of its faulty airbags linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries around the world, but stopped short of offering a full apology. FCA's recall campaign fails to impress safety advocate Claybrook Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:48:14 EST FCA cast itself as a noble corporate citizen with a campaign to reduce the huge number of open recalls across the industry. Safety advocate Joan Claybrook wasn't impressed. Key Safety plans to drop Takata name, boost airbag ties with Daicel Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:02:47 EST Key Safety Systems Inc., the U.S. airbag maker that agreed to buy Takata, plans to unify the products under its own brand and expand ties with other inflator suppliers including Japan's Daicel. FEV North America to expand vehicle testing at new tech center Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:10:35 EST The cornerstone of FEV North America's expanded suburban Detroit campus will be a vehicle emissions test center -- adding to its existing prototyping, design and development facilities. Safety advocates want Congress to go slow on autonomous cars Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:08:49 EST Basic rules of the road are needed before lawmakers allow companies to dramatically expand testing of self-driving cars, safety and consumer advocates told lawmakers Tuesday. U.S. House panel spars over self-driving car rules Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:17:28 EST Republicans and Democrats in Congress sparred on Tuesday over U.S. states setting rules for testing and deployment of self-driving cars. Progress on the road to autonomy Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:43:46 EST It's going to be many years, decades perhaps, until self-driving vehicles integrate safely onto the nation's roads and transport passengers 100 percent safely 100 percent of the time. Ford hikes Expedition pricing across all trims Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:26:43 EST The Ford Expedition's first redesign in 20 years will be priced $4,500 to $8,500 more than the current model. Ford hatching Ranger Raptor variant, spy photos show Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:16:54 EST Ford is hatching plans for a Raptor performance variant of the forthcoming Ranger midsize pickup, based on spy photos taken near the company's product development center in Michigan. Ram spy photos hint at longer wheelbase, split tailgate Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:57:33 EST Some features of the next-generation Ram 1500, an apparent longer wheelbase and a new tailgate that folds down and splits in the middle to provide closer access to the bed, have emerged based on new spy photos. Camry ups its game without losing its soul Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:22:43 EST The only thing the midsize sedan kept from the previous generation was the Toyota logo and its reason to be. Genesis G70 comes into focus to take on BMW 3 series Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:12:58 EST With its global debut just a few months away, the styling of Genesis' first-ever G70 is coming into focus. 2018 Toyota Camry: America's family sedan now checks the mojo, agile boxes Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:00:00 EST One of the biggest debuts at the 2017 Detroit auto show was the redesigned and re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry. GM now expects $5.5B charge from its sale of Opel Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:30:04 EST Additional costs mean GM now expects the charge for its sale of Opel to PSA to reach $5.5 billion, GM finance chief Chuck Stevens said. Schaeffler cuts profit guidance on steel costs, electric shift Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:59:48 EST Schaeffler has cut its annual profit guidance citing higher costs for steel and increased expenses for developing electric cars. First Shift: Hertz supplying Apple's test cars Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:30:00 EST Hertz supplying Apple's autonomous test cars; GM lowers '17 sales outlook; Aston scales back plan for RapidE EV; Elon Musk takes 'Boring' idea to Chicago; Gold rush for suppliers? Ride-sharing age may give struggling rental companies a lifeline Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:40:40 EST Old-school rental-car agencies may have a road map to prosper in the age of self-driving taxis after all. Honda seeks to admit new evidence in Takata case Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:41:44 EST Honda argues in a class-action case that it shouldn't be held responsible for Takata's defective airbags. VW will reduce management ranks in cost-cutting move Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:39:46 EST VW brand plans to thin out its management ranks using the same early retirement schemes offered to shop floor workers, as part of a broader transformation at the marque following VW Group's costly diesel-emissions scandal. Aston Martin scales back plans for Tesla rival after losing Chinese backing Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:45:16 EST Aston Martin has scaled back production plans for its first electric model, the RapidE, after investment partner LeEco pulled out of the project. Automakers seek Brexit certainty Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers are frustrated at the lack of clarity over the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union and are looking for signs that will allow them to make decisions on long-term investments for their British operations. Ghosn's Nissan pay rises 2.5% to $9.8 million Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:49:40 EST Nissan paid former CEO Carlos Ghosn 1.09 billion yen ($9.81 million) in the year ended March, up 2.5 percent from the previous year. Ghosn stepped down as Nissan CEO at the end of March, but remains chairman of the automaker. VW, Nvidia to cooperate on artificial intelligence Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:53:53 EST Volkswagen will cooperate with U.S. chipmaker Nvidia on deep learning software that could be used to manage future mobility projects or make it easier for humans to work with robots. Volvo, Autoliv deepen self-driving ties with Nvidia Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:45:00 EST Volvo and Autoliv are deepening their ties with chipmaker Nvidia to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars. Self-driving technology is the next supplier gold rush Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST In 2020, automakers are expected to produce nearly 86 million vehicles equipped with collision-avoidance systems. Mercedes-Benz G Wagen survives changing fashions Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz's box-on-wheels endures, despite the brand's decision to kill it. GM cuts outlook for U.S. new-vehicle sales in 2017 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:19:17 EST GM now expects new-vehicle sales in 2017 will be in the "low 17 million" unit range, reflecting expectations that industry volume is headed for a moderate downturn. Berlin demands costly German recall of 12 million diesel cars, report says Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:27:27 EST The German government is in talks with automakers about updating the engine management software in up to 12 million diesel vehicles to cut NOx pollution, Reuters reported. Seat unveils Arona, its second SUV, as it seeks to profit from SUV boom Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:50:21 EST VW Group's Seat unit unveiled the Arona, the second model in the brand's plan to ride the SUV/crossover boom to sustainable profitability. Key wants continuity as Takata owner Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:50:12 EST Key Safety Systems, which plans to acquire Takata's assets for $1.6 billion, is emphasizing how it wants to maintain continuity. Legends of retail: Rick Hendrick Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The megadealer's triumphs and tragedy inspire a museum devoted to his family. Waymo inks deal for Avis to manage self-driving car fleet Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:43:00 EST Waymo has reached an agreement for Avis to manage its fleet of autonomous vehicles. It's the first such deal in a field that's still fledgling but exploding with partnerships. Apple working with Hertz to manage small autonomous fleet Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:10:13 EST Apple is leasing a small fleet of cars from Hertz to test self-driving technology, an agreement that echoes a larger deal between competitors Waymo and Avis. Takata's likely Chinese owner poised to emerge as key player in auto safety Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:53:12 EST Wang Jianfeng, founder and chairman of Ningbo Joyson, is poised to pull off his biggest deal yet: a $1.59 billion takeover of Takata by Ningbo's Key Safety Systems. 'Most-American' car ranking gets makeover -- and only three vehicles qualify Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:45:09 EST Think 'American-made' doesn't mean what it used to? You're right, at least if you're talking about how to define the world's 'Most-American' vehicles. BMW plans $600 million 'infrastructure' investment in S.C. plant Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 EST BMW plans to invest another $600 million in its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant -- its largest single source of light-vehicle production worldwide -- between 2018 and 2021. Next-gen BMW X3 to be lighter, offer M Performance trim Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 EST The redesigned 2018 BMW X3 will go on sale at U.S. dealerships in November underpinned by a new architecture and with a new M Performance model. BMW dealers look to Kuhnt to get brand back on track Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW dealers say they need fresh product, more trucks, competitive lease rates and a return to the "Ultimate Driving Machine" days. They're looking at Bernhard Kuhnt for help. Body-on-frame trucks remain popular and profitable Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Think body-on-frame trucks are relics of the past? Nope. They're wildly popular, and profitable. Despite losses, used-car seller Carvana notches wins on Wall Street Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The used-car retailer, known for its vending machines, says it has a clear path to profitability and a strong brand that's making an impression. First Shift: Who's left holding bag for Takata recalls? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:15:00 EST Takata bankruptcy may leave Japan automakers holding the bag; FCA tweaking 300, Charger, Cherokee trims; Tough sell for Subaru: Safe yet sporty; Report: Managers skewer Audi board. Hands-free demo: Amazon's Alexa brings a Hyundai to life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Online retailing giant Amazon plans to expand into the auto industry by turning Alexa, its voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant, into a virtual passenger. Subaru is burned in attempt to refedine its image Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru wanted to shine at Nurburgring, but its disappointment illustrates a point: Reshaping a brand identity is tough. Tesla expands borrowing capacity as it works to launch Model 3 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:46:13 EST Tesla boosted its ability to borrow for the second time in about six months, as CEO Elon Musk spends heavily to bring his cheapest electric car yet to market. VW's Slovak workers end strike after wage deal Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:47:20 EST Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory reached a pay increase deal with management to end a six-day strike. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white. Focus makes it clear: Small cars still a conundrum Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford's decision to move production of the Focus to China shows that automakers continue to grapple with building small cars that can be sold profitably in the U.S. Boardrooms can learn from Uber's woes Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST While Uber's woes make the news, they can also serve as a spark for making the support and advancement of women in your company a boardroom mission. Subaru safety push targets Japan's accident patterns Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru's new safety technologies came in response to a very Japanese problem: Vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and seniors are more common in Japan than elsewhere. Mexican auto suppliers strategize for NAFTA talks Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST While President Donald Trump points the finger at automakers making cars south of the border, the Mexican auto parts sector has even more at stake. %]