Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EST Ford, Nissan lead effort to further develop industry in Africa Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:31:18 EST A group of carmakers led by executives from Ford Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. Ford signals limited support for cars Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST CEO Mark Fields says Ford isn't giving up on cars -- even as the automaker abandons most U.S. production of them -- but it also won't keep piling on discounts to boost sales "unnaturally." Carlos Tavares' next frontier Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Former Nissan North America chief Carlos Tavares has turned French automaker PSA around and is pushing it into global markets -- including the U.S. Ford's Fields: 'Getting ahead' of industry changes Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Amid skepticism on Wall Street, CEO Mark Fields aims to prove that Ford is in much better shape to withstand a downturn in the market. Honda's Hachigo: Betting on stable market Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Hachigo's mantra is to prioritize quality and innovation over volume. He says Honda will unleash an onslaught of electrified vehicles and is preparing for new mobility businesses. As Honda's U.S. sales rise, capacity shrinks Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo says his company's U.S. sales are expected to increase next year even as the market flattens, putting increased pressure on already-strained production capacity. Geely's new brand eyes Tesla retail playbook Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk and CO, will mount a Tesla-like challenge to the U.S. franchised dealer system as it pushes for 500,000 annual global sales within five years. Geely's Lynk brand targets Germany as key European market Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk and CO, has picked Germany as its key target market in Europe. EPA scrutiny bogs down new diesels Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Only two automakers have received EPA clearance to sell 2017 diesels in the U.S. Other automakers' plans remain in limbo as the EPA continues the rigorous diesel testing regime it implemented in response to VW's emissions violations. Tesla's flawed defense of direct sales Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST The arguments that Tesla uses to defend its retail strategy are wrong, writes analyst Maryann Keller in a guest opinion piece. BMW's Krueger: Automaker is innovator in mobility Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST In a QandA, Harald Krueger, CEO of BMW AG, talks about waging a technology race to establish supremacy with electric and autonomous vehicles. Cybersecurity threat helps forge friendships Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Regulating cybersecurity attacks has forced automakers to make friends with former foes and to start sharing information with competitors. A perfect spot to test autonomous cars Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Perhaps we need a new Convergence on autonomous vehicles. How will Nissan and Mitsubishi connect? Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Now that Nissan has taken a controlling stake in Mitsubishi, the two automakers are still figuring out how they might cooperate in North America. Lear adds graffiti Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Lear Corp., the Detroit-based supplier of seating and electrical systems, opened its Innovation Center in downtown Detroit last week. Report: Maserati delays Alfieri till '20 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Maserati has delayed its Alfieri sports car until 2020, according to a new report. Jeep owner gets surprise from the junkyard Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler hasn't gone into production yet, but one man can already call himself an owner. Or at least could - partially. Auto supply chains confound Apple project Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Bloomberg reports that Apple executives have given the auto team a deadline of late next year to prove the feasibility of its self-driving system and decide on a final direction for the project. Madam vice president? Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST While Ford Motor Co. was getting battered on the campaign trail by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump earlier this year, his rival was apparently considering General Motors' trailblazing CEO as a potential running mate. Chinese tech firm learns lesson in auto logistics Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST LeEco unveiled an autonomous electric-vehicle concept called the LeSee Pro at a lavish event in San Francisco last week BMW reviving 8 series, sources say Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW is reviving the 8 series, the big coupe built from 1989 to 1999, sources tell Automobilwoche, a German sibling publication of Automotive News. Tesla to install self-driving hardware in all new vehicles Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors Inc. will equip all models it builds from now on with hardware that enables fully autonomous driving, says CEO Elon Musk. A peek at Jeep's revived Grand Wagoneer Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST A spy photo that emerged from a recent Jeep dealer meeting offers a glimpse of the upcoming Grand Wagoneer and confirms how closely a redesigned 2018 Wrangler will stick to the off-roader's current styling. Morale booster: Letting workers call it a day Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST When Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines reviewed its operating hours, it found it was missing business in the morning, when customers came in for service, and selling few cars in the evening. So it closed an hour earlier. NXP bid would thrust Qualcomm into dogfight Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Qualcomm's bid to get NXP would make it an automotive chip colossus - but the competition won't be easy. Minority software suppliers in short supply Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST A senior Nissan executive fears that Silicon Valley's race to develop software for connected cars, collision avoidance and other high-tech functions is leaving minority suppliers behind. Is there room for yet another brand? Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST At every international show around the world, the gossip is always about who is going to dive off the board straight into the U.S. market. Toyota leaps into transportation planning Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota is working with the city of Plano, Texas, along with nearby municipalities, transit agencies and local employers on a broad study of how to reduce traffic congestion and improve the use of public transportation. PSA presented Tavares with the biggest challenge Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Tavares' candor got him fired at Renault, but it also got him what he wanted: the chance to be CEO of a major global automaker. Honda planning to increase its share of hybrids by 2030 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo wants more than two-thirds of the company's U.S. sales in 2030 to come from green cars such as traditional hybrids, plug-ins, fuel cell vehicles and EVs. Bentley boss will be World Congress speaker Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley Motors CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer, who has led the British luxury brand to record sales and embarked on its biggest investment program ever, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 10. Dealers Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST A look at the anniversaries dealerships around the country are celebrating, including dealers for Volvo, Toyota, Mazda, GMC and Dodge. Maybe the car sales rules should change Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Keith Crain's role of white knight in calling out Tesla is misguided. Unusual alliance key to network of self-driving cars Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers, suppliers and governments must work together to develop truly autonomous vehicles. Lear hopes to tap into Detroit's creative energy with incubator Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST DETROIT -- Lear Corp. CEO Matt Simoncini believes a new design and innovation center opened here last week will give the company an advantage as a supplier and designer of advanced seating and electronics technologies. GUEST COLUMN, CARLOS GHOSN: Why we're investing in Mitsubishi Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST When Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Piech, Porsche families say they are united behind VW management Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:25:46 EST The Piech and Porsche families, which control more than 52 percent of Volkswagen Group, have vowed to back the automaker's senior management, setting aside past disputes as the company struggles to overcome its emissions-cheating scandal. Opel Meriva successor to be 'soft' crossover Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Opel/Vauxhall's Meriva replacement will ditch the minivan looks of the current model for crossover styling but it won't be an SUV. Political donations point to pivotal election Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Elections swing back and forth, but the race for campaign cash from the auto industry is typically no contest. Republican nominees for president have raked in seven-figure sums from auto industry donors in each election cycle since 2000. Hachigo says Honda is just fine on its own Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Suddenly, Honda looks like the odd man in Japan. Toyota just added Suzuki to its growing stable of partners, and Nissan is poised to take control of Mitsubishi. Meanwhile, Honda is left by its lonesome in the face of industry consolidation. Japan Inc. gets serious about cybersecurity Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's carmakers are still seen as slow to adapt to the vulnerabilities of connected cars. But with the advent of autonomous driving just over the horizon, Japan Inc. is finally getting serious about cybersecurity. Tesla faces industry scrutiny over the best way forward for autonomous cars Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla's decision to equip all of its vehicles with self-driving hardware has intensified competition over what equipment will be on board cars of the future. Canada labor deals may only slow the bleeding Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST The roughly $900 million Canadian in investment commitments that Unifor has secured from the Detroit 3 thus far might not be enough to fully reverse the long-term trend of auto manufacturing jobs leaving Canada, labor experts say. Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota is in no hurry to join the auto industry's stampede to launch fleet tests of Google-style self-driving taxis. AutoNews Now: Sports cars slump as boomers age Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:45:00 EST Sports-car sales slumping as boomers age; Audi diesel buyback plan?; Ford, Jaguar Land Rover test connected cars in U.K.; Nissan's big choice; Lamborghini's smash performance. Nissan will decide next month whether to build next Qashqai in UK Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:59:51 EST Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the automaker will make a decision next month on whether to build the new Qashqai in the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU. The only thing on Autopilot at Tesla is hype Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:33:21 EST We should celebrate that Tesla has taken another step toward eventual autonomy. But the company's statements should be dialed back to reflect only what the technology is capable of. Faraday falls behind on plant construction bills Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:27:09 EST A construction firm working on Faraday Future's $1 billion Nevada factory has warned the electric-car startup that it could face a work stoppage over millions of dollars in unpaid bills, raising questions about Faraday's financial condition. Audi to buy back 25,000 Q7 diesel SUVs in U.S., report says Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:09:16 EST Audi plans to buy back 25,000 Q7 diesel engine SUVs in the U.S. to compensate owners whose cars do not meet exhaust emission standards, German weekly Der Spiegel reported today. Jaguar Land Rover, Ford test connected cars in UK Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:37:48 EST Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing connected cars that can communicate with each other using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents, the first such trials in the country.