Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST After Nissan ultimatum, Jaguar Land Rover says Brexit must be fair for all http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/ANE/160939991/after-nissan-ultimatum-jaguar-land-rover-says-brexit-must-be-fair Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:23:18 EST Jaguar Land Rover said it will "realign its thinking" on investment after Britain's vote to leave the EU. The automaker also said that If Nissan gets a Brexit compensation deal, then other automakers would need a level playing field. If Michigan really wants to be a leader in mobility, it must let Tesla in http://www.autonews.com/article/20160930/BLOG06/160939992/if-michigan-really-wants-to-be-a-leader-in-mobility-it-must-let Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:59:06 EST Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder likes to tout how how his state is leading the way in mobility randd. Which is great, unless you happen to work at a company that doesn't play by the established auto industry rules. Nissan's self-driving tech in high demand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/BLOG15/160939994/nissans-self-driving-tech-in-high-demand Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:11:33 EST The 'vast majority' of customers for Nissan's first car to offer semi-autonomous driving technology are spending the extra money to add the feature, Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein said. Mitsubishi Motors to resume sales in Japan after scandal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160930/OEM11/160939993/mitsubishi-motors-to-resume-sales-in-japan-after-scandal Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:37:54 EST Mitsubishi Motors plans to resume sales of eight vehicle models in Japan on Saturday, the company said today, after correcting overstated mileage readings in its second cheating scandal this year. VW brand boss Diess sees several tough years of restructuring ahead http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/ANE/160939998/vw-brand-boss-diess-sees-several-tough-years-of-restructuring-ahead Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:24 EST VW Group will need years to repair its namesake brand's tarnished image following its emissions-cheating scandal, VW brand chief Herbert Diess said. Despite this, he expects sales of VW-brand cars to rise this year. Volvo plans to offer fully self-driving car to luxury buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/ANE/160939995/volvo-plans-to-offer-fully-self-driving-car-to-luxury-buyers Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:22:36 EST The self-driving car that Volvo plans to offer in five years will be sold with autopilot features that add about $10,000 to the vehicle's cost, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. Tesla says Autopilot not to blame in German crash http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/ANE/160939999/tesla-says-autopilot-not-to-blame-in-german-crash Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:16:11 EST A Tesla car operating under Autopilot collided with a bus in Germany, but the automaker said a collision was unavoidable because the bus swerved into the vehicle's lane. Renault seeks to build on design success with Trezor http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/ANE/160939997/renault-seeks-to-build-on-design-success-with-trezor Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:41:08 EST Renault launched the first step in a fresh design direction with the Trezor concept for a Grand Tourer-style electric coupe. ANE's October issue goes live Monday http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160930/ANE/309309999/anes-october-issue-goes-live-monday Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Oct. 3. Nissan sets 'hard Brexit' compensation condition for new UK investment http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929778/nissan-sets-hard-brexit-compensation-condition-for-new-uk-investment Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:21 EST Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants Britain to pledge compensation if a "hard Brexit" results in tariffs to export UK-built cars to EU markets. Without this, the automaker could scrap future investment in the country's biggest car plant. BMW appoints European sales chief to replace retiring CFO http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929788/bmw-appoints-european-sales-chief-to-replace-retiring-cfo Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:19:07 EST BMW Group appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who will retire, extending a management change that began when Harald Krueger took over as CEO last year. Renault defends EV headstart with 400 km range for Zoe EV http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929781/renault-defends-ev-headstart-with-400-km-range-for-zoe-ev Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:13:48 EST Renault is nearly doubling the range of the battery-powered Zoe subcompact to keep ahead of competitors as they ramp up electric-vehicle offerings. Audi Q5 gains size, power http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929770/audi-q5-gains-size-power Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:00 EST Audi aims to retain its leadership position in luxury crossovers with a second-generation Q5 that adds size, technology and power to the outgoing model. Ram packs Rebel with supercharged, 575-hp V-8 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/309309988/ram-packs-rebel-with-supercharged-575-hp-v-8 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand introduced a high-powered, off-road concept version of the Ram Rebel, dubbed the Rebel TRX, Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. The concept pickup features a 575-hp, 6. Automakers see high-stakes mobility as an opportunity http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM06/160929767/automakers-see-high-stakes-mobility-as-an-opportunity Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:56:45 EST The stakes are high for automakers in the future of mass transportation. Deep in the heart of truckland http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/BLOG06/160929769/deep-in-the-heart-of-truckland Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:30:28 EST Imagine a pickup-truck-themed amusement park, with driving simulators, snarling V8 engines, towing and hauling exhibitions, cowboys, trailers that cost more than your first house. That's the truck section of the State Fair of Texas. GM packs more pickup into diesel V8 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929785/gm-packs-more-pickup-into-diesel-v8 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:30:00 EST The heavy-duty versions of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups will be available early next year with a new version of the 6. AutoNews Now: Paris pizzazz ... and Texas truck stars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/VIDEO/309299925/autonews-now-paris-pizzazz-and-texas-truck-stars Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:45:00 EST Paris pizzazz, Texas truck stars: Lexus, Infiniti debuts; Micra revolution; Kia keeps Telluride hopes alive, Ram reveals pickups; GM, Ford engine feats; Ford's new mobility boss. Infiniti crossover concept signals a QX50 play http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929771/infiniti-crossover-concept-signals-a-qx50-play Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:12:17 EST Infiniti showed a zealous new commitment to one of its oldest and most underperforming models, spotlighting a concept that will be the template for the next QX50 crossover. Kia's posh Telluride has 'good chance' to move forward, Schreyer says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929782/kias-posh-telluride-has-good-chance-to-move-forward-schreyer-says Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST Peter Schreyer, Kia and Hyundai's chief design officer, is optimistic the Telluride will be approved for production following a positive reception for a concept shown at the Detroit auto show. BMW says China sales have improved while U.S. sales remain slow http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929773/bmw-says-china-sales-have-improved-while-u-s-sales-remain-slow Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:47:23 EST BMW Group is seeing positive signs in China demand while growth in the U.S. remains slow, Ian Robertson, the automaker's sales chief, said. Ford picks former 3M exec to lead mobility unit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM02/160929774/ford-picks-former-3m-exec-to-lead-mobility-unit Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:24:30 EST Former 3M executive Rajendra Rao today was named CEO of Ford's mobility services subsidiary as the company looks to expand its business beyond auto manufacturing. Lexus hints at expanded crossover family with small UX Concept http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929784/lexus-hints-at-expanded-crossover-family-with-small-ux-concept Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Lexus used the Paris auto show on Thursday to unveil its next move in crossovers: a small one. The UX Concept serves as 'Lexus' vision for a compact SUV of the future,' Toyota's luxury arm said. 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor's V6 will generate 450 horsepower http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929777/2017-ford-f-150-raptors-v6-will-generate-450-horsepower Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST The twin turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine in the second generation of Ford's over-the-top off-road performance truck, the F-150 Raptor, generates 450 horsepower and 510 pounds-feet of torque, Ford said today at the State Fair of Texas. Flex-N-Gate billionaire Khan rises from dishwasher to Takata suitor http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM10/160929779/flex-n-gate-billionaire-khan-rises-from-dishwasher-to-takata-suitor Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:58:51 EST The emergence of Shahid Khan, the NFL team owner who made his fortune selling car bumpers, in the race to rescue embattled Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. pits the billionaire against more established parts suppliers. PSA targets 150,000 vehicle sales in Iran in second half http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929783/psa-targets-150000-vehicle-sales-in-iran-in-second-half Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:50:23 EST PSA Group said it plans to sell more than 150,000 Peugeot vehicles in Iran in the second half of this year as the carmaker seeks to reclaim the leading position it once enjoyed in the country. First Shift: BMW, Honda, Mercedes Paris debuts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/VIDEO/309299924/first-shift-bmw-honda-mercedes-paris-debuts Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 EST BMW, Honda, Mercedes Paris debuts; NADA: Dealership turnover getting worse; Volkswagen CEO's hope; Report: All Takata bidders calling for bankruptcy; Brilliant design features. Toyota drops new diesel for C-HR crossover http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929790/toyota-drops-new-diesel-for-c-hr-crossover Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:41:29 EST Toyota has decided not to sell a new diesel engine it is developing in its C-HR crossover because demand for the powertrain technology is falling. Daimler confirms EQ subbrand for electric cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929789/daimler-confirms-eq-subbrand-for-electric-cars Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:09:33 EST Mercedes will launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2025 under a new subbrand called EQ. The automaker aims to become the global leader in EV technology, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Final bidders say Takata should file for bankruptcy protection, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM10/160929786/final-bidders-say-takata-should-file-for-bankruptcy-protection Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:24:40 EST All five bidders seeking to bail out Japan's beleaguered Takata have presented restructuring plans that require the airbag maker to file for bankruptcy protection, people with knowledge of the process told Reuters. BMW to expand crossover lineup with sporty X2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929799/bmw-to-expand-crossover-lineup-with-sporty-x2 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 EST BMW, aiming to capitalize on the hot market for crossovers, is hinting at plans to expand its crossover lineup, once again, with a model based on the X2 concept. Musk urges Tesla to adhere to 'no discount policy' for sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/RETAIL/160929787/musk-urges-tesla-to-adhere-to-no-discount-policy-for-sales Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:58:18 EST Elon Musk, responding to concerns that Tesla Motors was straying from a long-held policy against discounting its cars, urged in an e-mail to employees that they adhere to a sales approach he called 'fundamental to our integrity.' Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/BLOG15/160929802/artificial-intelligence-will-make-cars-very-smart Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, Skoda CEO says U.S. launch not a priority http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929795/skoda-ceo-says-u-s-launch-not-a-priority Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:57:53 EST Skoda may take another year before deciding whether to sells its cars in the U.S. Volkswagen Group's value brand plans first to enter the South Korean and Iranian markets next year. Nissan debuts 'revolutionary' new Micra http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929791/nissan-debuts-revolutionary-new-micra Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:01:49 EST Nissan said its new Micra will compete against the best subcompacts in the segment because it will offer class-leading technology, more space and low-emissions engines. Mercedes-AMG will add hybrid 'hypercar' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929794/mercedes-amg-will-add-hybrid-hypercar Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:09:13 EST Mercedes-Benz's AMG unit said it will build a hybrid "hypercar" that uses Formula One technology. Mercedes will join F1 rivals Ferrari and McLaren in using hybrid technology to offer a very high-performance road car. Ferrari sells out open-top Aperta before public debut http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/160929792/ferrari-sells-out-open-top-aperta-before-public-debut Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:36:43 EST Ferrari sold out an open-top version of the 1 million euro ($1.1 million) LaFerrari supercar before its public debut, underscoring the marque's allure even as the former unit of Fiat Chrysler widens its lineup with more affordable models. PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/BLOG15/160929793/psas-new-mobility-brand-will-rely-on-nimble-partners-rather-than-big Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:16:54 EST PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. Honda, at last, previews Civic Type R bound for U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929800/honda-at-last-previews-civic-type-r-bound-for-u-s Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:00:00 EST Years of pining for Honda's Civic Type R in the U.S. are finally coming to an end as the automaker signals what the car will look like. Automotive News Europe salutes Hildegard Wortmann http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160929/ANE/309299999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-hildegard-wortmann Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European automotive industry. Every day through today one of the 25 winners has been featured. Today's winner is Hildegard Wortmann of BMW. Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/RETAIL/160929796/tesla-must-make-viable-case-to-sell-directly-in-michigan-governor Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:00 EST Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of vehicles to consumers. VW mulls robo-taxi service as part of new mobility brand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160928/ANE/160929816/vw-mulls-robo-taxi-service-as-part-of-new-mobility-brand Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:00 EST VW Group is considering launching a fleet of robo-taxis for ride-hailing in the future as part of plans to expand its mobility services business, which will become the group's 13th brand. VW previews long-range electric car http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160928/ANE/160929811/vw-previews-long-range-electric-car Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:45:49 EST VW has previewed an electric car due in 2020 that it says will have a range of between 400 to 600km (250 to 370 miles). The automaker said the model, called the ID, "starts the countdown to a new era" for the company. Land Rover makes Discovery more high tech and roomier http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160928/ANE/160929829/land-rover-makes-discovery-more-high-tech-and-roomier Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:35:49 EST Land Rover expects to win more customers for its new Discovery SUV by offering high-tech gadgets, more interior room and a smaller diesel engine for European buyers. Automakers' EV plans will challenge early pioneers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160928/ANE/160929834/automakers-ev-plans-will-challenge-early-pioneers Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:31:28 EST Electric-car pioneers including Renault, Nissan and Tesla are facing a challenge from their peers as EV concepts dominate the Paris auto show. VW weighs more models to 'strike back' in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/160929797/vw-weighs-more-models-to-strike-back-in-u-s Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:00 EST Volkswagen is mulling new models to bolster its car-heavy U.S. lineup as it charts a U.S. recovery plan, its global brand chief says. Daimler plans hypercar, expanded AMG lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/160929798/daimler-plans-hypercar-expanded-amg-lineup Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:21:55 EST Daimler is working on a new "hypercar" and also plans to expand its range of upmarket AMG Mercedes-Benz performance cars by at least 10 models. The hypercar, due to be produced in about 2. VW hopeful for emissions deal with U.S. by year end, Mueller says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM02/160929801/vw-hopeful-for-emissions-deal-with-u-s-by-year-end-mueller-says Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:15:43 EST Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said Wednesday he is hopeful the company can reach agreement by the end of the year with the U.S. government on the size of a fine to settle a criminal investigation of the company's alleged violations of U.S. FCA&'s labor talks in Canada, like GM&'s, to focus on plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM01/160929803/fca-s-labor-talks-in-canada-like-gm-8217-s-to-focus-on-plants Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:15:47 EST Securing investments at key Canadian plants is again Unifor's top priority in the latest round of labor negotiations with the Detroit 3, this time with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. VW targets a Beetle for the electric-car era http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/309289885/vw-targets-a-beetle-for-the-electric-car-era Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:19:20 EST VW is laying out a bold plan to bring EVs to the masses with dozens of new models and unprecedented driving ranges, challenging other carmakers to keep pace a year after an emissions scandal rocked the company.