Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 5 Jul 2015 06:00:00 EST Scion packs automatic braking into iA http://www.autonews.com/article/20150705/OEM03/307069981/scion-packs-automatic-braking-into-ia Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Scion's new iA sedan packs impressive collision avoidance tech for a little sedan that starts under $17,000. Thanks to Mazda. Detroit 3 seek EPA credits for paint, glass http://www.autonews.com/article/20150705/OEM11/307069961/detroit-3-seek-epa-credits-for-paint-glass Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest round of requests from the Detroit 3 for 'off-cycle' emissions credits highlight some of the many tools automakers can use to comply with EPA regulations that seek to cut carbon dioxide. Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20150704/OEM03/307069983/jeep-will-keep-cherokees-spot-on-shape-styling Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in mid-2016. How Infiniti climbed quality chart http://www.autonews.com/article/20150704/OEM01/307069991/how-infiniti-climbed-quality-chart Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM06/307039989/toyota-finds-airbags-are-in-demand-on-worlds-deadliest-roads Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads. Ferrari's value to exceed $11 billion in IPO, Marchionne says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/307039954/ferraris-value-to-exceed-11-billion-in-ipo-marchionne-says Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:04:20 EST Fiat Chrysler's CEO expects the company's Ferrari supercar unit to be valued "at least" at $11 billion in an initial public offering scheduled for year end. NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/150709946/nascar-sponsors-cool-on-confederate-flag-but-fans-still-fly-it Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST NASCAR's move to get rid of the controversial Confederate flag after the murder of 9 black worshippers in South Carolina comes as the racing circuit and track owners court major new corporate sponsors such as GM, Toyota and Microsoft. Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/RETAIL/150709940/cuba-orders-719-cars-from-chinas-byd-for-tourist-rentals Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:14:38 EST The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market. Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/307039960/japanese-cement-comeback-in-china-as-toyota-posts-record-sales Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:19:21 EST Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012. Jaguar Land Rover in talks on setting up plant in Poland http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/ANE/150709939/jaguar-land-rover-in-talks-on-setting-up-plant-in-poland Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:20:45 EST Jaguar Land Rover has made Poland one of two finalists for an auto factory, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said. Honda to make English official language by 2020 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/150709942/honda-to-make-english-official-language-by-2020 Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:57:47 EST Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was 'stupid' to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. Now that he's left the building, however, Japan's No. Saab owner to build EV plant in China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/ANE/150709944/saab-owner-to-build-ev-plant-in-china Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:06:52 EST China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in China to produce electric vehicles. German carmakers are right: Grexit can save Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/BLOG15/150709945/german-carmakers-are-right-grexit-can-save-europe Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:39:24 EST German automakers are right to believe that Greece's exit from the Europe could save Europe. Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/BLOG15/150709981/why-ford-stumbled-with-the-ecosport Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong? CLEPA names Brembo exec as next president http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/ANE/150629946/clepa-names-brembo-exec-as-next-president Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST European suppliers association CLEPA named Brembo executive Roberto Vavassori as its next president. Swedish royalty and the XC90 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/BLOG15/150709959/swedish-royalty-and-the-xc90 Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The Volvo XC90 has become synonymous with the Swedish royal family on multiple levels. Skoda may outsource non-core services http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/ANE/150709963/skoda-may-outsource-non-core-services Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:15:00 EST Skoda says it is examining whether to outsource certain parts of its non-manufacturing business such as peripheral services, and has initiated negotiations with local unions over such a move. Citroen will drop hydropneumatic suspension http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/ANE/150709991/citroen-will-drop-hydropneumatic-suspension Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Citroen will stop selling cars equipped with its once-renowned hydropneumatic suspension system. ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/ANE/307039998/anes-july-e-magazine-goes-live-monday Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 6. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group. NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM11/150709969/nhtsa-sees-fca-penalties-over-recall-safety-shortcomings Thu, 2 Jul 2015 04:14:58 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL01/150709956/truck-luxury-car-demand-drive-record-june-sales-in-canada Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:38:01 EST A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday. Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL05/150709953/ford-recalls-432096-vehicles-for-faulty-body-control-module Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:00:00 EST Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules. FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL01/150709958/fca-outsells-ford-on-retail-side-for-first-time-not-so-fast Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:30:00 EST June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S. BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM05/150709965/bmw-begins-tests-of-fuel-cell-car-developed-with-toyota Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:45:05 EST BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150702/ANE/150709970/jaguar-land-rover-signs-deal-with-magna-steyr-to-build-cars-in Thu, 2 Jul 2015 02:46:03 EST Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to have Magna Steyr build an unspecified number of JLR models. Magna Steyr will make the vehicles at its factory in Graz, Austria, because JLR's three British plants are operating close to capacity. Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM02/307039992/legendary-car-designer-giugiaro-quits-company-that-bears-his-name Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:42:15 EST Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968. Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150702/ANE/150709957/car-design-legend-giugiaro-quits-company-he-founded Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:42:15 EST Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968. Hellcats star in new Dodge image campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL03/150709961/hellcats-star-in-new-dodge-image-campaign Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:07:28 EST Dodge is launching an ad campaign this weekend starring the Hellcat trims of the Challenger and Charger, along with the Viper GTS. Toyota prices 'Model AA' shares at top range http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM/150709962/toyota-prices-model-aa-shares-at-top-range Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:50:59 EST Toyota set the price for its "Model AA" class shares at the top of its range, as retail investors flocked to the $4 billion issue the world's biggest automaker hopes will secure its longer-term shareholders. Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM05/150709964/tesla-vehicle-sales-rise-52-in-q2 Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:54:54 EST Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June. VW worker killed by robot in Germany http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150702/ANE/150709968/vw-worker-killed-by-robot-in-germany Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:39:57 EST Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate. FCA tops Ford in retail sales for first time, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL/150709982/fca-tops-ford-in-retail-sales-for-first-time-reports-say Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:04:06 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' retail sales in the U.S. topped Ford Motor Co.'s in June, the first month that's happened, CNBC and Bloomberg reported. Trucks drive sales up 3.9%; SAAR hits 17.16 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629880/trucks-drive-sales-up-3-9-saar-hits-17-16-million Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:30:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by strong truck volume at Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota, rose 3.9 percent last month as the industry continued to climb toward one of its biggest sales years ever. Honda posts 4.2% U.S. gain in June http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019994/honda-posts-4-2-u-s-gain-in-june Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST Sales at American Honda rose 4.2 percent in June, thanks to robust Honda truck volume and a strong performance by Acura's sedans, a rare bright spot among cars across an industry riding a wave of light-truck sales. VW rides hot Golf, Audi to 2nd straight monthly gain http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629884/vw-rides-hot-golf-audi-to-2nd-straight-monthly-gain Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST The red-hot Golf lineup drove Volkswagen of America to its second-straight monthly U.S. sales gain in June. Ford expects second-half rally for F series as inventory builds http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019996/ford-expects-second-half-rally-for-f-series-as-inventory-builds Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST Ford posted a 1.5 percent increase in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month, even as F-series deliveries declined to the lowest level since January. Strong truck volume helps Toyota offset weak car demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019998/strong-truck-volume-helps-toyota-offset-weak-car-demand Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:30:00 EST Toyota Motor Sales, boosted by strong light-truck volume, rebounded from a sales decline in May to post a 4.1 percent jump in June deliveries. GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM11/150709985/gm-fund-leaves-out-scores-hurt-or-killed-in-cars-with-switch-flaw Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:53:52 EST GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM02/150709997/toyotas-top-female-executive-hamp-steps-down-after-arrest-in-japan Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:34:24 EST Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM04/150709971/nissan-drops-pathfinder-hybrid Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:00:00 EST Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups. FCA up 8.2% on strong Jeep, Chrysler 200 sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019997/fca-up-8-2-on-strong-jeep-chrysler-200-sales Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler's June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker's best sales for the month of June since 2006. Honda, Toyota, Nissan captives face charges of discrimination, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/307029999/honda-toyota-nissan-captives-face-charges-of-discrimination-report Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST The captive finance arms of Honda, Toyota and Nissan may have to limit how much they allow dealers to increase the cost of auto loans after regulators accused the lenders of unintentional discrimination against minority consumers. Rogue fires up Nissan sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019999/rogue-fires-up-nissan-sales Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:30:00 EST Nissan Division posted a June sales record, gaining 13 percent over last year, thanks to big demand for its Rogue compact crossover. The brand is now looking for more production volume for the model -- which is already coming from three factories. GM tally dented by pullback in fleet business http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629897/gm-tally-dented-by-pullback-in-fleet-business Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST A steep drop in sales to rental companies in June magnified General Motors' weak car sales, which sank 15 percent through the first half of the year. Hyundai ekes out a June record #8211; by 95 cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629883/hyundai-ekes-out-a-june-record-by-95-cars Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:45:00 EST By the skin of its teeth, Hyundai Motor America kept U.S. sales on an upward trajectory in June even as its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co., reported a third straight month of falling global sales. BMW slips past Mercedes with record June for U.S. luxury lead http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL/150709977/bmw-slips-past-mercedes-with-record-june-for-u-s-luxury-lead Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:21:58 EST BMW took the lead over Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury-auto sales at the halfway point this year with its best-ever June. Michigan Chevy store wins dispute with customer over $10,000 down payment http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/LEGALFILE/307019991/michigan-chevy-store-wins-dispute-with-customer-over-10000-down Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST A Detroit-area Chevy dealership is entitled to the $10,000 down payment it failed to collect from a vehicle buyer, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled. Fiat Chrysler will start Jeep output in India in 2017 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150701/ANE/150709986/fiat-chrysler-will-start-jeep-output-in-india-in-2017 Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:10:24 EST Fiat Chrysler will invest $280 million to begin Jeep production in India in 2017 through an expanded joint venture with Tata Motors. Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM05/150709994/japanese-automakers-to-subsidize-hydrogen-station-operating-costs Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:25:59 EST Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells. Porsche labor chief joins VW board http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM01/150709987/porsche-labor-chief-joins-vw-board Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:41:31 EST Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues. %]