Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST Aston Martin revives the DB4 GT, 60 years later for $1.9 million http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161210/ANE/161219999/aston-martin-revives-the-db4-gt-60-years-later-for-1-9-million Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:36:26 EST Aston Martin is bringing back the DB4 GT. The 3.7-liter, six-cylinder sports car, which was built from 1959 to 1963, was widely regarded as Britain's fastest passenger car. Honda Europe counts on Civic to help end sales drought http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161210/ANE/161209857/honda-europe-counts-on-civic-to-help-end-sales-drought Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After nearly a decade of falling or stagnant demand, Honda is on track to increase European sales in 2016. Honda's top executive for the region, Jean-Marc Streng, shared the automaker's future plans with Automotive News Europe. Swiss seize evidence from AMAG dealer group in VW emissions case http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161210/ANE/161219998/swiss-seize-evidence-from-amag-dealer-group-in-vw-emissions-case Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:46:15 EST Swiss prosecutors investigating VW Group's emission scandal have opened criminal proceedings and seized evidence from the AMAG dealership network. Ford's Hinrichs on Trump, EPA and the year ahead http://www.autonews.com/article/20161210/OEM/312129976/fords-hinrichs-on-trump-epa-and-the-year-ahead Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas; Joy Falotico, Ford Motor Credit CEO; and Stephen Odell, Ford's global marketing, sales and service chief, met with Automotive News' editorial staff earlier this week for a wide-ranging discussion... Lexus gives halo car another try with LC http://www.autonews.com/article/20161210/OEM04/312129947/lexus-gives-halo-car-another-try-with-lc Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST For Lexus to make its popular LF-LC concept work as a production car, it had to keep the cost in check -- for the automaker and for consumers. U.S. seeks to expedite Takata airbag replacements http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM11/161209828/u-s-seeks-to-expedite-takata-airbag-replacements Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:28:19 EST The U.S. Department of Transportation today said it will press the auto industry to accelerate the pace of replacements for defective Takata airbag inflators and signaled a likely widening of the industry's largest ever recall. Volkswagen Group leads automotive spending on advertising http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/RETAIL03/161209824/volkswagen-group-leads-automotive-spending-on-advertising Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:56:02 EST Volkswagen Group led automotive spending on Advertising Age's 2016 list of the top 100 advertisement spenders worldwide. Detroit wants to maintain control of technological advances http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM06/161209825/detroit-wants-to-maintain-control-of-technological-advances Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:42:48 EST Detroit is willing to let Silicon Valley into the car, but it's not ready to hand over the keys. Average U.S. fuel economy holds steady in November http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM05/161209827/average-u-s-fuel-economy-holds-steady-in-november Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:56:00 EST The average fuel economy for new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. remained unchanged in November as an increasing number of light trucks were sold in comparison to cars, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said today. Fiat Chrysler plans to reveal full electric Pacifica at CES, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM04/161209830/fiat-chrysler-plans-to-reveal-full-electric-pacifica-at-ces-report Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:14:09 EST Fiat Chrysler plans to reveal a fully electric vehicle based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan at CES in Las Vegas next month as the carmaker moves to get in step with the industry's shift toward electric vehicles, people familiar with the... Former Mitsubishi plant in Ill. may house startup automaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM01/161209831/former-mitsubishi-plant-in-ill-may-house-startup-automaker Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:20:45 EST The former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Ill., soon could be purchased by little-known startup automotive firm Rivian Automotive. Michigan governor signs bill allowing self-driving cars on public roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM06/161209833/michigan-governor-signs-bill-allowing-self-driving-cars-on-public Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST Automakers and tech companies will be able to develop, test and sell autonomous vehicles in Michigan, per legislation Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law today. Ex-Ford boss Mulally in mix for secretary of state, Trump adviser says http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM02/161209836/ex-ford-boss-mulally-in-mix-for-secretary-of-state-trump-adviser-says Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:07:45 EST President-elect Donald Trump's short list for secretary of state has grown, with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally now under consideration for the job as the nation's top diplomat, a top adviser said today. Ford leads automakers in patents for first time http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/OEM01/161209844/ford-leads-automakers-in-patents-for-first-time Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford received more patents this year than any other automaker, a first for the Blue Oval as it increases the technology in vehicles and dabbles in alternative forms of transportation. Land Rover sets sail on epic quest http://www.autonews.com/article/20161209/BLOG06/312099920/land-rover-sets-sail-on-epic-quest Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a $138 million bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy. VW's lost, destroyed phones justify more scrutiny, U.S. consumer protection agency says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209843/vws-lost-destroyed-phones-justify-more-scrutiny-u-s-consumer Fri, 9 Dec 2016 02:29:56 EST The Federal Trade Commission has more questions for VW Group's U.S. officials related to the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal. Mercedes will become 2016's biggest luxury automaker, Zetsche says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209842/mercedes-will-become-2016s-biggest-luxury-automaker-zetsche-says Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:06:04 EST Mercedes will become the biggest and most profitable luxury carmaker this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Achieving the target would put the brand back on top for the first time since 2005 when it lost the sales crown to BMW. PSA scouts for startups to counter Silicon Valley threat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209840/psa-scouts-for-startups-to-counter-silicon-valley-threat Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:12:07 EST PSA is ramping up its venture-capital investments to compete against tech companies such as Apple and Uber as it seeks to gain access to technologies for next-generation cars, from ride-sharing apps to batteries and cloud computing. Land Rover sets sail on epic quest http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/BLOG15/161209893/land-rover-sets-sail-on-epic-quest Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a 110-million-pound bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy. Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209841/aston-martin-recruits-former-ferrari-maserati-exec-as-chief Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:16:18 EST Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief technical officer. He succeeds Ian Minards, who moved to consumer electronics manufacturer Dyson. Plan to build Audi cars in second China joint venture sparks dealer protests http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/ANE/161209929/plan-to-build-audi-cars-in-second-china-joint-venture-sparks-dealer Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST China's SAIC is sticking with its plan to jointly build Audi vehicles with VW Group despite protests from Audi's dealers in China, according to a media report. Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209860/russia-sales-rise-nearly-1-first-increase-in-2-years Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:53:19 EST New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market since December 2014, helped by government incentives. Adjusted for selling days, volume fell 4 percent. Citroen CEO explains why French brand will offer an 'SUV with a twist' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209890/citroen-ceo-explains-why-french-brand-will-offer-an-suv-with-a-twist Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Linda Jackson has pushed to reinvent Citroen since taking the brand's helm two years ago. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia priced in U.S. starting at $38,990 http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM04/161209845/2017-alfa-romeo-giulia-priced-in-u-s-starting-at-38990 Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:07:16 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said pricing for the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan will start at $38,990, including shipping. BMW selects Magna to replace Lear for X5, X6 seating business in S.C. http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM10/161209848/bmw-selects-magna-to-replace-lear-for-x5-x6-seating-business-in-s-c Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:04:54 EST Magna International will replace Lear as the seat supplier to the BMW X5 and X6 with seats manufactured in its new Spartanburg, S.C., seating plant. AutoNews Now: Mulally meeting with Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/VIDEO/312089947/autonews-now-mulally-meeting-with-trump Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST Mulally meeting with Trump; Audi gets connected in Vegas; Ford tech remembers to put car in 'park'; Germany probes Porsche; BMW-Magna deal. FCA picks CES over Detroit show for press reveal http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM04/161209849/fca-picks-ces-over-detroit-show-for-press-reveal Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:54:01 EST Fiat Chrysler will not hold a press reveal of a new or refreshed vehicle at the Detroit auto show in January for the first time since 2010, choosing instead to hold a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas six days earlier. How VW is being reshaped by a former GM Europe boss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209863/how-vw-is-being-reshaped-by-a-former-gm-europe-boss Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:48:12 EST When Matthias Mueller took over the top job at VW Group, he inherited a company in turmoil over its emissions-cheating scandal. Mueller turned to industry veteran Thomas Sedran, who restructured GM's European operations. Behind the wheel of the Lexus LC http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/BLOG06/161209850/behind-the-wheel-of-the-lexus-lc Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:13:40 EST Before we dine on the main course of what it's like to drive the 2018 Lexus LC coupe, let's set the table: The LC is not the LFA. German emissions probe widens to Porsche http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209858/german-emissions-probe-widens-to-porsche Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:58:52 EST German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal. Nissan to focus on cost, technology with emphasis on what it can control http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM01/161209853/nissan-to-focus-on-cost-technology-with-emphasis-on-what-it-can Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:31:32 EST Nissan, the Japanese automaker that's become symbolic of what it means to be a truly global manufacturer, has a simple plan to navigate an unprecedented level of uncertainty around policy and regulation: focus on what's in its control. First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/VIDEO/312089946/first-shift-safest-vehicles-on-u-s-roads Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:30:00 EST Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger. VW's Porsche focus of widened German car emissions probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/OEM11/161209859/vws-porsche-focus-of-widened-german-car-emissions-probe Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:56:57 EST German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal. Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real http://www.autonews.com/article/20161208/BLOG06/312089920/volvo-and-microsoft-make-the-unreal-real Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR). Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/BLOG15/161209991/volvo-and-microsoft-make-the-unreal-real Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR). German supplier Brose breaks ground on China plant to supply VW, Volvo, JLR http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161208/ANE/161209926/german-supplier-brose-breaks-ground-on-china-plant-to-supply-vw Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, Volvo and Geely. EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over VW scandal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161207/ANE/161209866/eu-takes-legal-action-against-germany-uk-over-vw-scandal Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:15:02 EST The EU began legal action against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions cheating by automakers after the Volkswagen scandal. 'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/RETAIL04/161209877/mystery-device-helps-thieves-steal-cars-with-push-button-ignitions Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:27:52 EST The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called 'mystery device' that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the traditional pieces of evidence such as broken glass. Nissan leads Twitter engagement among auto brands for second consecutive month http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/RETAIL03/161209868/nissan-leads-twitter-engagement-among-auto-brands-for-second Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:32:38 EST For the second month in a row, Nissan took first place in the Twitter engagement race for automotive brands, wielding the power of the GTR in its most popular November tweet, according to ListenFirst Media. AutoNews Now: Opening the door to car theft http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/VIDEO/312079976/autonews-now-opening-the-door-to-car-theft Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST 'Mystery' device opens door to car theft; Dodge plans AWD Challenger; BMW's 'Valley of Tears'; More tests for '17 F-150; Extended-cab Nissan Titan spied; 'Cars 3' at car show. Dodge adds all-wheel-drive Challenger GT http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM04/161209873/dodge-adds-all-wheel-drive-challenger-gt Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:36:04 EST An all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger is now reality -- just in time for winter. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday that Dodge will add the awd 2017 Challenger GT to the muscle car's already vast portfolio. Ford's futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM02/161209884/fords-futurist-foreshadows-consumer-trends-to-watch-in-2017 Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:03:54 EST As the in-house futurist at Ford, Sheryl Connelly's job is to predict the future -- not necessarily about driving or cars, but about how consumer behavior is changing. Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM05/161209876/samsung-sdi-to-supply-batteries-for-startup-lucid-motors-evs Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:47:39 EST Lucid Motors, a California-based, EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in its sedan set to debut next week. Ford Credit learns from closed shared-lease pilot http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/312079998/ford-credit-learns-from-closed-shared-lease-pilot Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:30:00 EST Ford Credit's shared-lease pilot program in Austin, Texas, has closed, CEO Joy Falotico told Automotive News. Knorr-Bremse wins Haldex takeover battle against ZF http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161207/ANE/161209891/knorr-bremse-wins-haldex-takeover-battle-against-zf Wed, 7 Dec 2016 05:52:17 EST German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems firm's shares. Knorr's offer is still conditional on the company obtaining clearance from antitrust regulators. Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161207/ANE/161209889/volvo-picks-fast-rising-exec-to-lead-rd Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:52:58 EST Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of randd, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in three years. Green replaces Peter Mertens, who is moving to Audi to head technical development at the VW Group luxury brand. Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161207/ANE/161209895/renault-nissan-names-new-powertrain-chief-to-drive-engine-integration Wed, 7 Dec 2016 04:50:37 EST Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and transmissions. ZF to sell body control systems division http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161207/ANE/161209887/zf-to-sell-body-control-systems-division Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:27:33 EST German supplier ZF will sell its body control systems division as it seeks to shed assets it no longer deems essential after its takeover of rival TRW. First Shift: From better eyesight to better EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/VIDEO/312079975/first-shift-from-better-eyesight-to-better-evs Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:45:00 EST Using contact-lens tech to recharge EVs; Failure to block EPA?; Judge tosses M-B suit; Volvo picks head of RandD; Ed Welburn's Oscar-worthy auto prize. Tesla recalls 7,000 charging adapters after 2 overheat http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM05/161209888/tesla-recalls-7000-charging-adapters-after-2-overheat Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:54:29 EST Tesla Motors Inc. said it is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 adapters for electric-vehicle charging after two reports of overheating that resulted in melted plastic on the plugs.