Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:00 EST Porsche to create more than 1,400 jobs for Mission E electric car http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160726/ANE/160729903/porsche-to-create-more-than-1400-jobs-for-mission-e-electric-car Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:34:59 EST Porsche has raised the number of jobs it will create to produce its first all-electric car to more than 1,400 from 1,000. Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160726/ANE/160719867/cadillac-xt5-price-undercuts-rivals-in-europe Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, and by offering more equipment. Daimler's mytaxi will merge with Hailo to take on Uber http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160726/ANE/160729907/daimlers-mytaxi-will-merge-with-hailo-to-take-on-uber Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:51:25 EST Daimler's mytaxi said it will merge with British rival Hailo, creating Europe's largest smartphone-based taxi-hailing business. Higher GM, Volvo shipments to U.S. boost Chinese vehicle exports http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160726/ANE/160729904/higher-gm-volvo-shipments-to-u-s-boost-chinese-vehicle-exports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:51:56 EST China's passenger vehicle exports rose 13 percent in June as GM and Volvo boosted exports to North America. Faurecia lifts 2016 profit guidance after strong first half http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160726/ANE/160729905/faurecia-lifts-2016-profit-guidance-after-strong-first-half Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:40:08 EST Faurecia raised its full-year guidance after reporting a stronger first-half performance in Europe. Operating income rose to $539 million, the French supplier said. Smart owners in Germany can have parcels delivered to their parked cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160725/ANE/160729912/smart-owners-in-germany-can-have-parcels-delivered-to-their-parked Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:07:46 EST Daimler's Smart cars will become delivery boxes for Deutsche Post's DHL package operation in Germany as the mail and auto industries begin to work together to leverage connected cars. Q&A with Gill Pratt, CEO, Toyota Research Institute http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM02/307259995/qa-with-gill-pratt-ceo-toyota-research-institute Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Gill Pratt talks autonomous driving and about those that don't want a machine driving for them. Sources: FCA found sales were inflated http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM/307259969/sources-fca-found-sales-were-inflated Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST An internal review ordered in mid-2015 by top Fiat Chrysler FCA US executives uncovered thousands of vehicle sales reported by FCA brands for which there was no actual buyer, according to two company sources. Ford plans to install Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in entire 2017 lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM06/160729917/ford-plans-to-install-apple-carplay-android-auto-in-entire-2017 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity on its full lineup of 2017 vehicles, marking the fastest rollout of the technology so far by an automaker in the U.S. Cox shifts into 'integration mode' after shopping spree http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/RETAIL07/307259980/cox-shifts-into-integration-mode-after-shopping-spree Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive will be in 'integration mode for a couple of years,' after a string of acquisitions and company launches this decade, President Sandy Schwartz said. Japan's NSK agrees to $34.5 million settlement in price-fixing case http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM10/160729911/japans-nsk-agrees-to-34-5-million-settlement-in-price-fixing-case Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:53:30 EST Japanese auto supplier NSK said it has agreed to pay $34.5 million in a settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit over price-fixing allegations. VW allows 'American-style name' for new crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM02/307259971/vw-allows-american-style-name-for-new-crossover Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Hinrich Woebcken, head of the Volkswagen brand's new North American Region, says he sees early signs that headquarters in Wolfsburg is willing to give the region more autonomy. Jaguar Land Rover said to be in talks with Ford, BMW over battery plant http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160725/ANE/160729913/jaguar-land-rover-said-to-be-in-talks-with-ford-bmw-over-battery Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:11:52 EST Jaguar Land Rover declined to comment on a newspaper report that it is in talks with Ford and BMW to build a battery plant in the UK. First Shift: '17 Fords to get Apple, Android http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/VIDEO/307259941/first-shift-17-fords-to-get-apple-android Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST '17 Fords to get Apple, Android; Sources: FCA sales-reporting practices uncovered in 2015 review; GM rethinks India spending; VW tries new way to name crossover; Rosekind's plea. Amtek said to expand asset sale to include all overseas units http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM10/160729914/amtek-said-to-expand-asset-sale-to-include-all-overseas-units Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:40:10 EST Amtek Auto, the cash-strapped Indian parts maker that supplies Ford and Aston Martin, has expanded its planned asset sale to include additional overseas businesses as it looks to reduce leverage, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. GM profits: Triumph and trouble http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM/307259967/gm-profits-triumph-and-trouble Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors, riding profitable North American retail sales, posted second-quarter net income that more than doubled to $2.87 billion, as revenue rose 11 percent to $42.37 billion. MPG report sets stage for debate http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM11/307259966/mpg-report-sets-stage-for-debate Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Agencies hailed the 1,217-page draft Technical Assessment Report's findings as evidence that the industry is ahead of schedule in complying with the Obama administration's ambitious National Program of harmonized greenhouse gas and fuel economy... No road, no problem for JLR autonomous-driving tests http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM06/307259994/no-road-no-problem-for-jlr-autonomous-driving-tests Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST JLR is working on connected-car technologies that work regardless of terrain with the goal of reducing driver stress, accidents and injuries. No word yet on when these will debut. GM minority dealer expansion comes with caveat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/RETAIL07/307259973/gm-minority-dealer-expansion-comes-with-caveat Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST GM laid out an aggressive plan at the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference to add 10 minority-owned dealerships per year, net, to its retail network for the next five years. Nissan, Toyota vie for the hearts of Texans http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/RETAIL01/307259972/nissan-toyota-vie-for-the-hearts-of-texans Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST To grow in the U.S., Nissan needs more of Texas. But Dallas is about to become Toyota Town. Uncertain futures for Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259979/uncertain-futures-for-dodge-dart-chrysler-200 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in January he expected to find a partner to build the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 'in a relatively short period of time. A buff new Buick Enclave http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/160729926/a-buff-new-buick-enclave Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Spy photos suggest the Buick Enclave will become more muscular when the brand's biggest crossover is redesigned. Nissan declares its 'year of the truck' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259989/nissan-declares-its-year-of-the-truck Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan has declared this as its 'year of the truck,' with fresh changes coming for the Titan, Armada, Pathfinder and Rogue. A CR-V with HR-V cues http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/160729927/a-cr-v-with-hr-v-cues Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST The redesigned Honda CR-V compact crossover, due next year as a 2018 model, will ride on a modular platform shared with the Civic and Accord. Palmer will get up close and personal with DB11s http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM02/307259977/palmer-will-get-up-close-and-personal-with-db11s Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer plans to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11s to trundle off the assembly line in Gaydon in the U.K. How Honda's purchase got found out by Porsche http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM03/307259976/how-hondas-purchase-got-found-out-by-porsche Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST When Honda's Acura NSX development team bought a rival supercar, the other company took notice. FCA salutes Jeep http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/RETAIL03/307259975/fca-salutes-jeep Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A unique Jeep Wrangler rolled down the assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, on July 15, looking like a combat zone "jeep" of the distant past. What Samardzich already knew: No risk, no reward http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM02/307259981/what-samardzich-already-knew-no-risk-no-reward Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Barb Samardzich, who is retiring Oct. 1 as vice president and COO of Ford of Europe, was told by a boss at Ford 16 years ago that he 'didn't think it was worth the risk' of her taking a job he perceived to be almost impossible. Hyundai to roll out next-gen fuel cell in '18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM05/307259983/hyundai-to-roll-out-next-gen-fuel-cell-in-18 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai will use the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to showcase a new next-generation fuel cell vehicle. Switch to 48 volts? Not so fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM06/307259985/switch-to-48-volts-not-so-fast Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Every five years or so, you hear scuttlebutt that sometime soon a luxury car is about to replace its 12-volt electrical system with a battery capable of handling all the electronics now being developed for automobiles. It's not a quick change. Fuel economy report shows just what the industry can do http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM11/307259986/fuel-economy-report-shows-just-what-the-industry-can-do Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Last week's draft report on the auto industry agreement on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions provides a helpful reminder of what happens when automakers and regulators have the courage to question their assumptions. Lexus' sexy, sporty flagship leads the way http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259990/lexus-sexy-sporty-flagship-leads-the-way Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Several Lexus models will be moving to the TNGA platform in coming years. Meanwhile, the new RC and coming LC 500 are leading the brand's shift to a sexier and sportier vibe. Infiniti's new product wave is rolling in now http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259991/infinitis-new-product-wave-is-rolling-in-now Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Infiniti's new North American product campaign launches in the coming weeks with long-awaited fresh vehicles and engines. Toyota CPO surge boosts sales industrywide http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/RETAIL01/307259992/toyota-cpo-surge-boosts-sales-industrywide Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Industrywide first-half CPO sales grew 4 percent, according to data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center. Toyota division helped to lift the total, as its CPO sales climbed 15 percent. Toyota plans to deliver a more dynamic future http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259996/toyota-plans-to-deliver-a-more-dynamic-future Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Years of planning are now bearing fruit as Toyota puts more of its vehicles on the new global modular architecture that debuted on the fourth-generation Prius for 2016. Redesigns due for 3 core Honda models http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259998/redesigns-due-for-3-core-honda-models Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda's product onslaught continues for 2017, with the next 12 months heralding the launch of next-gen Accord, Odyssey and CR-V models, plus an expanded green footprint and wider proliferation of turbos. Acura's changes follow Honda's cadence http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259999/acuras-changes-follow-hondas-cadence Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Acura's product plans for the next several years include modified faces, upgraded powertrains and new iterations of its newest brand signature, the NSX sports car. Japan 3 chart their own courses http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM04/307259997/japan-3-chart-their-own-courses Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's big three automakers have set their sights in different directions as they craft their product plans over the next few years. GM re-evaluates India investment, new car platform on hold http://www.autonews.com/article/20160724/OEM/160729916/gm-re-evaluates-india-investment-new-car-platform-on-hold Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:23:10 EST GM, amid slumping sales and a crackdown on diesel vehicles in India, is re-evaluating its planned $1 billion investment in the country and has put on hold moves to introduce a new car platform as part of a broad reassessment in strategy. Audi plans three electric models by 2020, CEO tells paper http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160724/ANE/160729919/audi-plans-three-electric-models-by-2020-ceo-tells-paper Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:53:19 EST Audi aims to have three electric models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25 to 30 percent of its sales by 2025, CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper. Next Range Rover could move upscale http://www.autonews.com/article/20160724/OEM03/307259982/next-range-rover-could-move-upscale Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A new version of the Land Rover Discovery due in the first quarter of 2017 could give the automaker an opportunity to move the next Range Rover further upmarket, perhaps to compete with the Bentley Bentayga. Tesla, SolarCity close to merger agreement, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160724/OEM05/160729918/tesla-solarcity-close-to-merger-agreement-report-says Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:55:42 EST Tesla Motors and SolarCity have made progress in putting together a deal that will merge the electric car maker and the solar panel installer, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Ford&'s Samardzich: &'I wanted to retire earlier rather than later&' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160724/OEM02/307259968/ford-s-samardzich-8216-i-wanted-to-retire-earlier-rather-than-later Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Now that Ford of Europe is profitable again, COO Barb Samardzich is retiring and returning home to the U.S. before deciding on the next step in her career. The head of Ford South America will replace her. Mazda diesel still in the plans, CEO says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160723/OEM05/160729962/mazda-diesel-still-in-the-plans-ceo-says Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans on offering them stateside. She&'s driving GM in a new direction http://www.autonews.com/article/20160723/OEM06/307259993/she-s-driving-gm-in-a-new-direction Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Julia Steyn, who is leading GM's various experiments in vehicle sharing and transportation services under the Maven brand, says she's encouraged by the early results. Hyundai r&d chief: No fear of Apple, Google http://www.autonews.com/article/20160723/OEM06/160729968/hyundai-rd-chief-no-fear-of-apple-google Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Google won't challenge old-school metal-benders by trying to make cars, says Hyundai Motor Group's global randd chief. When are humans still better than computers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160723/BLOG06/160729928/when-are-humans-still-better-than-computers Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Letting technology drive our cars is a more nuanced issue than it may initially seem. At least at the current level of development, we're caught between conflicting realities. Car-hacking has the industry's highest level of attention, conference shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/BLOG06/160729922/car-hacking-has-the-industrys-highest-level-of-attention-conference Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:16:32 EST If the 500-strong crowd at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit here today is any indication, cybersecurity now has the automobile industry's undivided attention. GM, Isuzu end pickup truck tie-up in Asia; GM eyes more upscale market http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/OEM01/160729942/gm-isuzu-end-pickup-truck-tie-up-in-asia-gm-eyes-more-upscale-market Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:22:25 EST GM and Isuzu have agreed to stop working together on developing midsize pickup trucks made in Asia, as the U.S. automaker focuses on the higher end of the market while the Japanese firm sticks to selling vehicles for everyday commercial purposes. For Elon Musk, Tesla's impresario, the latest act falls flat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/OEM02/160729930/for-elon-musk-teslas-impresario-the-latest-act-falls-flat Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:12:11 EST The hints, the tweets, the will-he-or-won't-he suspense. It was classic showman Elon Musk. Then his much-hyped 1,500-word manifesto dropped and -- whiff.