Automotive News Automakers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Tesla car fire examination to be observed by NTSB http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM05/180619739/tesla-fire-ntsb-investigation-hollywood Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:27:33 EST The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a technical specialist to observe Tesla's examination of a Model S that caught fire in California on Friday, the agency said in a statement Monday. Audi CEO Stadler arrested; Bram Schot to be named interim chief, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/COPY01/306189972/vw-audi-stadler-executive-scandal-emissions Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Volkswagen is preparing to name Bram Schot as interim leader of its Audi unit, Bloomberg reported, following the arrest of the luxury brand's longtime chief Rupert Stadler over his role in VW's diesel-emissions cheating. GM investing $175M to build next-gen Cadillac sedans http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619741/gm-cadillac-manufacturing-lansing Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:30:08 EST General Motors is investing $175 million in a mid-Michigan plant to build two of Cadillac's next-generation sedans. Sales boss Schot will be Audi interim CEO after Stadler arrest, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/ANE/180619750/sales-boss-schot-will-be-audi-interim-ceo-after-stadler-arrest Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:33:47 EST Volkswagen Group is preparing to name sales and marketing boss Bram Schot as interim chief at its Audi unit, Bloomberg reported. The move follows the arrest of the brand's longtime CEO Rupert Stadler in connection with VW's diesel-emissions cheating. VW executive tally in diesel scandal grows with Stadler arrest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM02/180619742/vw-executive-scandal-conspiracy Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:09:07 EST Rupert Stadler's arrest adds to the list of German and American executives at Volkswagen AG that have been held, charged, or both over their alleged involvement in the emissions-testing scandal. Tesla severance offer draws the line on worker-safety concerns http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM05/180619744/tesla-severance-safety-whistleblower Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:40:04 EST Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla is using is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, employment law experts said. Adient scraps plan for downtown Detroit headquarters http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619746/adient-headquarters-detroit-ceo-henderson Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:22:27 EST Seating supplier Adient confirmed it will no longer move its headquarters to downtown Detroit. Adient will remain in its current headquarters in a suburb west of Detroit, a spokeswoman said Monday. Hyundai Veloster, featured in 'Ant-Man,' proves to be a tiny superhero http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL03/180619787/hyundai-veloster-ant-man Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Hyundai executives hope the 2019 Veloster will serve not only as an attention-grabber, but also as a steppingstone to other Hyundai models as the lifestyles of its buyers change. Lincoln's next-gen MKC to be called Corsair http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619771/lincoln-corsair-mkc Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Dealers were shown the Lincoln Corsair, along with the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 battery-electric crossover, a small off-road SUV and a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors late last month at a meeting in Orlando, according to... Cadillac CT5 sedan, with Escala cues, takes shape http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM04/180619772/cadillac-ct5-escala-design Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST It may resemble a Dodge Charger or Dart but look closely and you'll see styling cues from the Escala concept in what is expected to be the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, a replacement for the ATS and CTS sedans. Stadler's words return to haunt him http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/BLOG15/180619748/stadlers-words-return-to-haunt-him Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:23:30 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel crisis is not yet over for us." Hyundai, Kia set up new regional headquarters structure in North America, Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619749/hyundai-kia-regional-headquarters-north-america-europe Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:53:02 EST Hyundai and Kia are setting up new regional headquarters organizations in North America and Europe in an effort to move decision making closer to the markets and react more quickly to changing trends and customer demand. Volvo sets goal of 25% recycled plastics in cars from 2025 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/ANE/180619754/volvo-sets-goal-of-25-recycled-plastics-in-cars-from-2025 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:55:20 EST Volvo says at least 25 percent of the plastics used in its new cars from 2025 will be from recycled materials. Audi CEO Stadler arrested on risk he may suppress evidence http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/ANE/180619753/audi-ceo-stadler-arrested-on-risk-he-may-suppress-evidence Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:21:03 EST Munich prosecutors said that Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday because investigators saw the risk that he might seek to suppress evidence in connection with a diesel emissions probe. China EV startup Byton readies sedan, eyes U.S. launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM03/180619773/byton-ev-startup-china-sedan Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Byton, the Chinese EV startup that wants to start selling cars stateside from 2020, previewed its first sedan in a futuristic concept car. Magna forms JVs to make electric cars in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619751/magna-forms-jvs-to-make-electric-cars-in-china Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:23:07 EST Canadian auto parts supplier Magna said it would set up two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle to build cars in China. Honda homes in on target market for 2019 Insight hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM03/180619767/honda-2019-insight-hybrid Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia. 2019 BMW X4 crossover's longer wheelbase offers more comfort http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL01/180619821/2019-bmw-x4-crossover Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive. Deadly Japanese earthquake disrupts auto production http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619752/deadly-japanese-earthquake-disrupts-auto-production Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:46:58 EST A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, killing three people, halting factory lines in an industrial area and bursting water mains, government and company officials said. GM deal with Liebherr gets fuel cells ready for takeoff http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM06/180619766/gm-fuel-cell-aerospace-liebherr Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST GM has entered an exclusive deal with Liebherr-Aerospace to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-powered auxiliary power unit for aircraft applications. Why Ghosn's Renault paycheck depends on EV sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/COPY01/306189967/why-ghosns-renault-paycheck-depends-on-ev-sales Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:30:00 EST Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has a new incentive to promote development and sales of electric vehicles: A significant part of his pay now depends on it. Why Ghosn's Renault paycheck depends on EV sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/ANE/180619755/why-ghosns-renault-paycheck-depends-on-ev-sales Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:09:16 EST Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has a new incentive to promote development and sales of electric vehicles: A significant part of his pay now depends on it. Ford CEO Jim Hackett vows closer ties with dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL07/180619762/ford-auto-dealers Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford CEO Jim Hackett has promised to be more visible and accessible to dealers after spending much of his first year consumed with getting the automaker in better shape. New GM CFO Dhivya Suryadevara embodies change http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM02/180619768/dhivya-suryadevara-change-gm Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST GM's pick for its next CFO is a 39-year-old native of India who has been in the thick of change at the automaker. Cadillac House caught in campaign crossfire http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM/180619788/cadillac-cuomo-carlisle-molinaro Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Cadillac and General Motors are catching some flak in a tabloid-fueled feud between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro. Detroit train station purchase builds on Ford's Irish roots http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM/180619784/ford-detroit-train-station Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford's purchase of a blighted former train station in Detroit as the centerpiece of an urban technology campus carries symbolism that factored into the decision to undertake such an ambitious rehabilitation project. Adient's stumble brings out a familiar face in Fritz Henderson http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619785/adient-fritz-henderson Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Adient is struggling to find profitability as it navigates between new-world ambitions and old-world operating challenges. Ford introduces honeybees to habitat near its headquarters http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM/180619789/ford-bee-hive Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST There's a buzz around Ford headquarters lately that has nothing to do with last week's high-profile purchase of the Michigan Central Station. Porsche throws a 70th birthday bash http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL03/180619798/porsche-70th-birthday-bash Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST On June 8, the automaker marked its 70th birthday with celebrations around the United States, with Porsche Cars North America and its U.S. dealers hosting Sportscar Together Day events for owners and the public. Enjoy your performance vehicle, while you can http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM11/180619817/keith-crain-column-performance-zev-mandate Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Whether governments like it or not, customers still have an obsession with performance. Moving too fast carries human cost http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM11/180619820/moving-too-fast-carries-human-cost Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Keith Crain's thoughtful commentary 'We need to slow way down' (May 28) really struck a chord with me. EV mandates are unfair to dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL07/180619819/ev-mandates-are-unfair-to-dealers Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST In a perfect world, I would agree with Keith Crain's May 28 column, 'We need to slow way down.' But we live in a world where EV mandates have existed for over a decade. 2019 BMW X4 just arrived http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL01/180619823/2019-bmw-x4-just-arrived Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST A look at the newly-arrived 2019 BMW X4 Auto paint supplier Durr finds efficiency http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619827/auto-paint-supplier-durr-finds-efficiency Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Coatings supplier Durr Industries recently was named a top supplier of FCA US, recognizing Durr for its assistance in launching the Jeep Compass at FCA's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant. Automakers, suppliers team up on transmission technologies http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619828/toyota-nissan-honda-aisin-jatco-transmissions Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others are partnering with the country's biggest transmission suppliers to jointly develop next-generation transmission technologies that can be shared among the members. superior-industries-aluminum-wheels-design http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM10/180619829/superior-industries-wheels-go-bigger-but-also-lighter Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Superior Industries wants to see small cars and EVs get their share of wheel fashion. 5 minutes with John Eck, collision manager, customer care and aftersales, General Motors http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619860/john-eck-gm-q-a Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST When General Motors launches its certified collision repair program for dealerships and independent shops this summer, it will use the lessons learned from the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network it rolled out two years ago. Spending on new technology means soaring sales for 3 Houston-area dealerships' service departments http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619862/houston-dealerships-hyundai-service-departments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The fixed operations director of three Houston-area Hyundai dealersips says investing in tire alignment equipment and electronic multipoint inspections has boosted service profits at his dealerships. Dealer tells GM to stop interfering with service promotions in local markets http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619874/gm-car-dealership-service Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST A prominent New Jersey dealer has accused GM of "nanny state" interference in dealership fixed ops marketing and purchasing; GM says it's building service customer loyalty. Subaru wants to sign up 400 body shops for its new collision repair program http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619880/subaru-dealers-independent-body-shops Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru's new collision repair certification program aims to encourage its dealerships and independent body shops to work together. Subaru program gives repair customers real-time online updates http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619900/suburu-app-repair-updates Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru certified program allows collision customers to watch repairs in real time, ask questions of body shop. Bill Ford talks about Ford's future in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/OEM02/180619774/bill-ford-jr-interview-transcript Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Bill Ford Jr. sat down with Automotive News and Crain's Detroit Business to talk about his company's plan for redeveloping the Michigan Central Station. Here is a transcript of that interview, edited for clarity. Ford plots its future in a relic of Detroit's past http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/OEM02/180619775/ford-michigan-central-station-corktown Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford plans a one-of-a-kind research and engineering campus in Detroit, including 2,500 employees working in a grandiose former train depot to develop the vehicles of the future. Nissan e-Pedal electric technology gives Leaf EV some street cred http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/OEM06/180619803/nissan-pedal-leaf-ev Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST One of the Nissan Leaf's newest features, the go-cartlike e-Pedal, began life as a performance-enhancing technology prototyped for sporty driving in the Maxima sedan. Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV delay worries FCA dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180617/RETAIL01/180619770/jeep-grand-wagoneer-suv-delay Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair. Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180616/ANE/180619836/europes-small-suv-sales-projected-to-grow-like-crazy Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as new models persuade consumers to switch from traditional hatchbacks at a faster rate. BMW task force prepares for worst-case Brexit http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180616/ANE/180619759/bmw-task-force-prepares-for-worst-case-brexit Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:28:33 EST BMW is preparing for a worst-case Brexit where the UK quits entirely the EU's customs union and the single European market. At Hyundai, new cars and trucks shift from family look to sexier design http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/OEM03/180619776/hyundai-design-concept-hdc-grandmaster Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Continuing a break with the family look that the South Korean brand cultivated in previous generations of vehicles, Hyundai will soon start rolling out a new design language that gives each model and each segment its own independent aesthetic. Visteon battle with Tim Leuliette sparks claims of 'vendetta' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/OEM02/180619780/visteon-ceo-tim-leuliette-porn-prostitution Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Visteon, in disclosing the online porn and prostitution pursuits of former CEO Tim Leuliette, appears to have joined a movement among corporations to air executive indiscretions rather than sweep them under the rug. Drones could open up new windows for drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/OEM10/180619826/mitsubishi-electric-infotainment Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST By integrating drone technology into the vehicle's infotainment system , Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America is taking to the skies.