Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST 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. VW finds 1.9 billion euros in savings as cost-cut push takes shape Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:08:06 EST VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions. VW labor boss says CO2 scandal has hit car orders Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:21:00 EST VW Group is dealing with a slowdown in new-car orders in the wake of admitting this month that it understated CO2 emissions in about 800,000 vehicles, VW's top labor representative said. Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series http://www.autonews.com Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the sixth-generation BMW 7 series began in July 2015 at the automaker's factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 70,000 units next year, according to IHS Automotive. Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand. PSA stakeholder Dongfeng removes president after gov't graft probe Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:41:55 EST Dongfeng said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position after the government launched an investigation into the executive for suspected graft earlier this month. Dongfeng owns a 14. VW's surreal fix turns Dieselgate drama into a comedy Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:54:37 EST VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its Dieselgate woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic. Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:52:44 EST Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories. VW's surreal fix turns diesel scandal into a comedy Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:54:37 EST VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its diesel scandal woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic. Audi CEO told to 'push on' with emissions probe Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:26:29 EST Audi's top labor representative said that CEO Rupert Stadler needs to "push on" with an investigation into the causes of emissions issues at VW Group's flagship luxury brand with no regard to who may be involved. Audi suspends 2 engineers following U.S. emissions stumble Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:45:49 EST Audi has suspended two engineers after its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were found to have evaded emissions limits in the U.S., Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, was quoted as saying in a newspaper report. PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:40:22 EST PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine. Infiniti Q60 caught on road ahead of Detroit debut Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:59:45 EST The Infiniti Q60 was photographed in Las Vegas this week ahead of its planned debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. The BMW 4-series rival is expected to go in sale in Europe toward the end of next year following its launch in the U.S. VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:01:35 EST South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles. Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords. On the road in Japan Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn't entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years. 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. VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recall Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:50:29 EST VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8. 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. France opposes changes to Renault-Nissan structure Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:52:07 EST France's decision to secure double voting rights in Renault should not result in any changes to the structure of the automaker's partnership with Nissan, the country's economy minister said. VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:36:06 EST The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth. Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:04:20 EST The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc. 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. PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next year Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China. Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:10:06 EST Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:28:52 EST Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017. 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. EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:59:23 EST Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests --... VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:48:16 EST German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified. Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:16:01 EST Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels. 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. Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:59:37 EST Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. 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. VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:14:13 EST The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:54:18 EST The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group. 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. %]