Automotive News Automakers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST Buick attempts to differentiate Regal with Sportback, wagon http://www.autonews.com/article/20171217/RETAIL01/171219779/buick-shifting-strategy-with-regal-sportback Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST The Regal marks a unique strategy of moving an existing vehicle into alternative segments. Honda will have partners, not tie-ups http://www.autonews.com/article/20171217/OEM/171219782/honda-partnerships-takahiro-hachigo Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo says partnerships -- not capital tie-ups -- are the way to confront the new era of technology. New Chevrolet Silverado http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/BLOG06/171219766/new-chevrolet-silverado Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:28:06 EST Technical details are few but early photos actually do reveal a lot about the next Chevrolet Silverado and what it's made of. GM unveils 2019 Chevrolet Silverado http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/OEM03/171219767/gm-unveils-2019-chevrolet-silverado Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:02:52 EST The Chevrolet Silverado, GM's top-selling and most profitable nameplate, will be sleeker, more aerodynamic and available in more trim lines, with expanded powertrain options, for the 2019 model year. Aston Martin owners hire bank to prepare for sale or listing, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171216/ANE/171219769/aston-martin-owners-hire-bank-to-prepare-for-sale-or-listing-report Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:05:11 EST Aston Martin's owners have hired investment bank Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the automaker, Reuters reported. Nissan applies EV learning in new Leaf http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/OEM05/171219832/nissan-leaf-electric-launch-redesign Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan's second-generation electric Leaf launches in January with a big advantage for the automaker. It's done this before. Tesla tells new taxi, Uber drivers not to use Superchargers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/OEM05/312169995/tesla-tells-new-taxi-uber-drivers-not-to-use-superchargers Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Professional drivers looking to buy a Tesla to shuttle paying customers around should consider this: After Friday, vehicles used for commercial purposes won't be allowed to use the company's Superchargers anymore, according to an updated policy. Aptiv, Valens working to slash car wiring http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/OEM10/171219818/aptiv-valens-suppliers-vehicle-wiring Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Aptiv has partnered with Israeli tech firm Valens Automotive to rewire future vehicles with fewer wires. A-class sedan right for U.S., Mercedes says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/OEM03/171219792/mercedes-a-class-entry-sedan Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST With the latest redesign of its entry-level car family arriving in 2018, Mercedes-Benz finally has an A class suited for U.S. consumers, says the brand's global sales chief. Sweeping GOP tax reform bill retains EV tax credit http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM05/171219770/sweeping-gop-tax-reform-bill-retains-ev-tax-credit Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:23:26 EST In a major victory for several automakers, the compromise Republican tax bill released late Friday does not eliminate a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had previously proposed. Tesla's push beyond cars now on display http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM/312159990/teslas-push-beyond-cars-now-on-display Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST If there's any doubt Tesla isn't just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. Lidar a hot investment #8212; even for Bill Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM10/171219784/lidar-a-hot-investment-even-for-bill-ford Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:10:07 EST Bill Ford's investment company just took a stake in lidar supplier Ouster as industry interest heats up for the technology. Probe underway into death of Ford worker at Ky. plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM01/171219776/probe-underway-into-death-of-ford-worker-at-ky-plant Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:28:31 EST The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a probe to determine the cause of death of a worker at Ford Motor Co.'s Louisville, Ky., truck assembly plant. BorgWarner appoints new COO http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM02/171219793/borgwarner-appoints-new-coo Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:58:38 EST BorgWarner promoted Frederic Lissalde to chief operating officer, filling a post that has been vacant since James Verrier was named CEO in 2013. GM parts with former labor exec charged in training fund probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20171215/OEM02/171219803/gm-parts-with-former-labor-exec-charged-in-training-fund-probe Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST Alphons Iacobelli, a former labor relations executive facing several criminal charges for the alleged misuse of funds to retrain workers, is no longer employed by General Motors. Tesla wooed by Hungary with tax breaks, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219808/tesla-wooed-by-hungary-with-tax-breaks-report-says Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:44:06 EST Hungary's foreign minister met Tesla executives during a tour of Silicon Valley and explained to them the tax breaks and other incentives offered to automakers in the country, a local news agency reported. Renault, Daimler joint engine will launch in Scenic http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219806/renault-daimler-joint-engine-will-launch-in-scenic Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:34:53 EST The Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic will be the first vehicles to use a new 1.3-liter gasoline engine developed jointly by Renault and Daimler. The Mercedes A class is also expected to get the engine. BMW will build Czech test track for self-driving cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219804/bmw-will-build-czech-test-track-for-self-driving-cars Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:27:31 EST BMW will invest $118 million on a test track for self-driving and electric cars in the Czech Republic as it expands its push into alternative driving technologies. Opel will shorten workers' hours in restructuring http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219805/opel-will-shorten-workers-hours-in-restructuring Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:56:40 EST Opel has reached an agreement with unions to trim working hours and offer early retirement packages. The deal is aimed at cutting costs after PSA acquired the money-losing automaker from GM. VW says some employees cooperated with Brazil's military regime http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219807/vw-says-some-employees-cooperated-with-brazils-military-regime Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:09:15 EST VW has said security staff at its Brazilian unit cooperated with the country's former military regime in allowing interrogations inside the factory and providing cars for detainees to be taken away in, according to a study commissioned by the... Rising Stars finish year with a flourish http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/BLOG15/171219811/rising-stars-finish-year-with-a-flourish Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:36:17 EST Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success. BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219809/bmw-poised-to-become-chinas-no-1-luxury-brand Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:05:20 EST BMW's vehicle sales in China rose 12 percent in November, positioning the automaker to be the market's top-selling luxury brand this year, passing Audi, which is still trying to recoup sales lost when dealers boycotted the brand. VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/ANE/171219881/vw-seeks-youth-appeal-with-t-roc Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color options will help it appeal to a young customer group that won't be too concerned by the cheaper interior fittings used in the cabin. Alabama dealership cited for safety violations after 3 employee deaths http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL07/171219819/alabama-dealership-fire-employee-deaths Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:19:42 EST Federal safety regulators proposed penalizing an Alabama dealership $152,099 following an investigation into a flash fire that killed three employees and critically injured two more. Ford to move autonomous, EV business units to Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/MOBILITY/171219815/ford-to-move-autonomous-ev-business-units-to-detroit Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:41:43 EST Ford is relocating its autonomous and electric vehicle units to Detroit from nearby Dearborn, Mich., with the new operation slated to be up and running early next year. Renault revives Alpine production with 6,000-car capacity http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171214/ANE/171219842/renault-revives-alpine-production-with-6000-car-capacity Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:30:19 EST Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the automaker said, as it formally opened the new production line in France. Hyundai ad firm buys Kia's longtime U.S. agency http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL03/312159994/hyundai-ad-firm-buys-kias-longtime-u-s-agency Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Seoul-based advertising agency group Innocean has bought independent creative agency David and Goliath, a deal that unites two companies known for their work with South Korean automakers. AutoNews Now: Toyoda's 'wild dream' to electrify lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/VIDEO/312149975/autonews-now-toyodas-wild-dream-to-electrify-lineup Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:00:00 EST Toyoda's 'wild dream' to electrify lineup; Hyundai, FCA mulling fuel-cell effort?; Key acquisition for Denso; A look inside Mercedes G class; What Renault sees in magazines. Mini goes minimalist with retooled logo http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/RETAIL03/171219828/mini-goes-minimalist-with-retooled-logo Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:00 EST The new design, by Berlin ad agency KKLD, will be visible on all Mini models as of March 2018. A look to the past, to see the future without personal car ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/BLOG06/171219840/human-experience-car-ownership-ends-lareau Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:20 EST The dawn of ride-hailing and autonomous driving signals the end of a time when owning a car was part of the human experience. Ontario to introduce rebates to boost electric truck demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/OEM05/171219841/ontario-to-introduce-rebates-to-boost-electric-truck-demand Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:56:32 EST Canada's biggest province, Ontario, will introduce a new rebate program worth up to C$75,000 for buyers of electric trucks, in a move that could boost purchases of models by Tesla and rivals like China's BYD. Ford denies Mondeo will be imported into Europe from China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171214/ANE/171219848/ford-denies-mondeo-will-be-imported-into-europe-from-china Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:47:11 EST Ford denied it will import the Mondeo sedan into Europe from China after ending output in Spain as CEO Jim Hackett seeks to cut production costs. First Shift: Shaky future for Ford Fusion? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/VIDEO/312149974/first-shift-shaky-future-for-ford-fusion Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:30:00 EST Shaky future for Ford Fusion?; UAW rep quits GM board; EV credit saved, report says; Hyundai back in Super Bowl; How tech will change FandI; Google's top-trending auto brands. Suzuki says EV battery supply deal possible with Toyota-Panasonic http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171214/ANE/171219847/suzuki-says-ev-battery-supply-deal-possible-with-toyota-panasonic Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:19:48 EST Suzuki will not join efforts by Toyota and Panasonic to develop batteries for electric vehicles, but a supply deal could be possible. EV credit survives compromise tax bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/312139935/ev-credit-survives-compromise-tax-bill Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:49:20 EST House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spare the electric-vehicle tax credit as part of a compromise package on tax reform, according to a Republican familiar with process, Bloomberg reported. Toyota Europe sets up mobility, connectivity units; shuffles randd, purchasing leadership http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219882/toyota-europe-sets-up-mobility-connectivity-units-shuffles-rd Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:15:44 EST Toyota Europe will establish two business divisions to focus on mobility services and connectivity and has shuffled the leadership of its research, purchasing and production engineering operations. Former UAW official resigns from GM board http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM/171219852/former-uaw-official-resigns-from-gm-board Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:00 EST Joe Ashton, a former UAW vice president, has resigned from GM's board of directors amid a widening federal probe into joint training centers overseen by representatives of the union and Detroit automakers. Hyundai returns to roster of Super Bowl advertisers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/RETAIL03/171219853/hyundai-returns-to-roster-of-super-bowl-advertisers Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:29:35 EST Hyundai, which ran a post-game Super Bowl ad last season, has secured ad time during the 2018 game. Ford said to be planning end of N.A. Fusion output http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM01/171219856/ford-fusion-production-us-china-mexico Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 EST Ford plans to end North American production of the Fusion midsize sedan at the end of the decade, casting doubt about the future of the nameplate in the U.S. as consumers shun cars for crossovers and SUVs. Mercedes preps 2 instrument panels for next G-class SUV http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM03/171219854/mercedes-preps-2-instrument-panels-for-next-g-class-suv Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:16 EST The redesigned Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV will be roomier and more luxurious when it goes on sale in the U.S. in late 2018. Renault preps for hands-free cars by buying stake in French publisher http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219879/renault-preps-for-hands-free-cars-by-buying-stake-in-french-publisher Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:04:32 EST Renault said its purchase of a stake in a publishing company is a first among automakers. The move comes as car companies look for ways of keeping drivers entertained while their vehicles drive themselves. Jeep reshapes iconic Wrangler with slippery brick styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM04/171219880/jeep-wrangler-design-changes-fiatchrysler Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:50:53 EST At first glance, the styling of the next-generation Wrangler doesn't appear to have changed much. But a bend here and a curve there improved aerodynamics by 9 percent, a top FCA executive says. Toyota, Visteon begin using new $135 million autonomous vehicle testing center in Mich. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/MOBILITY/171219857/toyota-visteon-av-testing-center-michigan Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:22:20 EST Michigan's autonomous and connected vehicle testing site, the American Center for Mobility, officially opened this week near Ann Arbor, Mich., with Toyota and Visteon beginning testing. Continental to showcase 2 battery charging systems at CES http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/171219863/contintental-ev-charging-ces-technology Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:21 EST Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology. VW bank expects profit rise in 2017 despite diesel scandal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219875/vw-bank-expects-profit-rise-in-2017-despite-diesel-scandal Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:40:25 EST Volkswagen's financial arm said that it expects 2017 profit will exceed a record 2.1 billion euros ($2.47 billion) in 2016, despite a diesel scandal that has rocked the industry. Hyundai bolsters electric car lineup to narrow gap with rivals http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/OEM05/171219877/hyundai-kia-electric-future-product-fuelcell Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:15:27 EST Hyundai Motor Group, lagging behind rivals in the introduction of electric vehicles, is stepping up plans for battery-powered cars as world governments crack down on polluting fossil fuels. First Shift: Toyota, Panasonic unite on battery research http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/VIDEO/312139966/first-shift-toyota-panasonic-unite-on-battery-research Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:15:00 EST Toyota, Panasonic unite on battery research; Automakers rap Calif. ZEV mandate; Speeding up at Ferrari?; Ex-NHTSA exec sounds alarm; Car software content to triple, study predicts. Audi will dissolve task force set up amid VW Group's diesel scandal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219885/audi-will-dissolve-task-force-set-up-amid-vw-groups-diesel-scandal Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:02:56 EST Audi will dissolve the task force it set up to investigate how many of its diesel cars have "defeat" devices designed to cheat official tests of NOx emissions, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Schaeffler expands into EV motors as core ball-bearings business comes under threat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219883/schaeffler-expands-into-ev-motors-as-core-ball-bearings-business Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:00:17 EST Schaeffler has taken full control of high-performance electric-motor manufacturer Compact Dynamics as the supplier aims to strengthen its position in the race to develop electric cars. Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171213/ANE/171219884/toyota-panasonic-consider-joint-development-of-ev-batteries Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:39:34 EST Toyota and Panasonic are considering jointly developing batteries for EVs, a partnership that could help the Japanese automaker in its late bid to begin EV production after concentrating on plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.