Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:00:00 EST From behind the scenes to Honda's center stage http://www.autonews.com/article/20150228/OEM02/303029954/from-behind-the-scenes-to-hondas-center-stage Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Takahiro Hachigo's consensus-driven leadership style could help bring a sense of closure and cohesion to Honda after a tumultuous era marred by economic crises, natural disasters and quality glitches. Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229876/yamaha-plans-2-seat-car-for-europe-source-says Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:06:01 EST Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday. Aston's clever distractions http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/BLOG15/150229905/astons-clever-distractions Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin is cleverly covering up its biggest weakness -- its slow-selling, money-losing, aging lineup -- by creating headline-grabbing limited-edition models. Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/RETAIL07/150229852/dodge-dealers-called-out-for-unscrupulous-hellcat-sales-practices-by Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:32:02 EST Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. GM tells Ally that GM Financial will get all of Chevy's subsidized leases http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150229855/gm-tells-ally-that-gm-financial-will-get-all-of-chevys-subsidized Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:30:34 EST General Motors has notified Ally Financial that it will steer all of its lease subsidies for the Chevrolet brand to captive finance company GM Financial, instead of sharing them among Ally, GM Financial, and to a lesser extent, U.S. Bank. Why does Ford race? Because it can http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/BLOG06/150229858/why-does-ford-race-because-it-can Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:23 EST He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate. Chevy Trax 'Hidden Gems' campaign leverages social media http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/RETAIL03/150229859/chevy-trax-hidden-gems-campaign-leverages-social-media Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:21:50 EST Chevrolet is getting creative with its social media approach, using it to introduce a new vehicle. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be introduced in a social media campaign dubbed 'Hidden Gems.' VW Group reports record profit on Audi, Porsche gains http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229870/vw-group-reports-record-profit-on-audi-porsche-gains Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:56:05 EST VW Group said its operating profit rose 8.8 percent to a record 12.7 billion euros ($14.25 billion) last year on double-digit gains in sales of luxury Audi and Porsche models. The company said its sales revenue rose 2.8 percent to a new high of 202. GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM01/150229867/gm-retrenches-in-thailand-after-indonesia-retreat Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:24:00 EST A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year. Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM04/150229872/mazda-launches-cx-3-small-suv-bets-on-diesel-only-car-for-japan Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:30:45 EST The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM11/150229869/fiat-chrysler-recalling-about-467500-suvs-worldwide Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:03:44 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. Former BMW exec Diess starts as VW brand boss in July http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229868/former-bmw-exec-diess-starts-as-vw-brand-boss-in-july Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:20:21 EST Former BMW executive Herbert Diess will take charge of Volkswagen's core brand from Martin Winterkorn three months earlier than planned, VW said. VW's sleek concept set to become image-carrier http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229874/vws-sleek-concept-set-to-become-image-carrier Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:37:41 EST VW will preview a coupe-styled sedan at the Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model that will attract customers from cars such as the Mercedes CLS. Marchionne raises FCA stake as Ferrari spinoff nears http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229871/marchionne-raises-fca-stake-as-ferrari-spinoff-nears Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:53:18 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has increased his voting stake in FCA to nearly 1 percent after raising his shareholding in the company by 2.3 million common shares to 14.4 million as the automaker readies to spin off Ferrari. Honda counts on roomy Jazz for sales boost http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229873/honda-counts-on-roomy-jazz-for-sales-boost Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:56:11 EST Honda hopes features such as segment-leading interior space will boost sales of its Jazz subcompact in Europe. The third-generation Jazz is 95mm longer than the current car and its wheelbase has been extended by 30mm. SsangYong Tivoli will join expanding small SUV segment http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/150229997/ssangyong-tivoli-will-join-expanding-small-suv-segment Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST SsangYong will enter the booming subcompact SUV segment in Europe with the Tivoli. The car will compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, SsangYong said. Novelis helps make the Jaguar XE lean and green http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/CUTAWAY01/150229955/novelis-helps-make-the-jaguar-xe-lean-and-green Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Novelis plays a key role in the new Jaguar XE's aluminum-intensive monocoque structure. The XE also is the first Jaguar to use an electric power steering system supplied by ZF. ANE's March e-magazine goes live Monday http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/ANE/302279999/anes-march-e-magazine-goes-live-monday Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229897/ford-hires-400-more-than-planned-in-canada-to-support-output-of-new Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada. Audi says new R8 is its most powerful production car http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150226/ANE/150229894/audi-says-new-r8-is-its-most-powerful-production-car Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:54:09 EST Audi today released pictures and details of its second-generation R8 supercar. It said the top-range version will be the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi to date. Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229877/nissan-expects-to-reach-10-u-s-share-goal-ahead-of-schedule Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:15:54 EST Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. As election nears, automakers fear UK exit from EU http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150226/ANE/150229893/as-election-nears-automakers-fear-uk-exit-from-eu Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:32:33 EST Automakers with production in the UK are increasingly worried about the prospects of the country leaving the European Union. The dream Mr. K offered in the Nissan 300ZX is alive and well http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/BLOG06/150229884/the-dream-mr-k-offered-in-the-nissan-300zx-is-alive-and-well Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:44:05 EST 'If I had a Z #8230; ' That's the opening line to the car commercial that I most remember from my youth. It touted the Nissan 300ZX sports car. Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/BLOG06/150229880/toyota-mazda-bet-against-each-other-in-quest-for-94-mpg Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:54:31 EST Japan's largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg. Mini designers dream up a racy Clubman for 'Gran Turismo 6' video game http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/RETAIL03/150229883/mini-designers-dream-up-a-racy-clubman-for-gran-turismo-6-video-game Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:59:11 EST Mini has joined a growing list of automakers that have released high-performance concepts for 'Gran Turismo 6' on the PlayStation 3 game system. Strike ends at Brazil GM plant after union flexes muscle http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229882/strike-ends-at-brazil-gm-plant-after-union-flexes-muscle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:13:28 EST Workers at a General Motors factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike today after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry. U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM11/150229885/u-s-senate-panel-oks-auto-industry-whistleblower-incentive Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:18:58 EST A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today. Fiat Chrysler to review its digital agency business, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/RETAIL03/150229886/fiat-chrysler-to-review-its-digital-agency-business-report-says Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:37:13 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun a digital agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM11/150229887/automakers-choose-aerospace-firm-to-run-takata-airbag-tests Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:54:56 EST A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf. Federal-Mogul delays split into two public companies http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM10/150229888/federal-mogul-delays-split-into-two-public-companies Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:58:26 EST Federal-Mogul, the powertrain and aftermarket parts supplier controlled by Wall Street investment mogul Carl Icahn, said this week it will delay a prior plan to split into two separate public companies during the first half of this year. Porsche hedge-fund lawsuit faces dismissal in Germany http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150226/ANE/150229889/porsche-hedge-fund-lawsuit-faces-dismissal-in-germany Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:14:49 EST Hedge funds seeking 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in damages from Porsche SE in Germany over its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen Group in 2008 will likely have their case dismissed, according to a German judge. Lada proves popular in Crimea's vacated car market http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150226/ANE/150229891/lada-proves-popular-in-crimeas-vacated-car-market Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:40:35 EST Lada, Russia's biggest car brand, has become a favorite in Crimea after its annexation by Vladimir Putin's government. GM cuts capacity, jobs in Indonesia, where Japanese dominate http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229892/gm-cuts-capacity-jobs-in-indonesia-where-japanese-dominate Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:32:12 EST General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to SUVs. Daimler plans years of cost cuts to offset investments to reduce CO2 emissions http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150226/ANE/150229895/daimler-plans-years-of-cost-cuts-to-offset-investments-to-reduce-co2 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:26:09 EST Daimler plans to offset higher costs for technology to cut CO2 emissions with material cost savings for at least the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said. Volvo boosts 2014 profit by 17% on record sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150226/ANE/150229896/volvo-boosts-2014-profit-by-17-on-record-sales Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:31:48 EST Volvo said its 2014 operating profit rose 17 percent in its best year of sales to date as rapid expansion in China and recovery in Europe offset the brand's continued weakness in the U.S. GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM01/150229907/gm-cutting-production-at-2-plants-as-car-inventory-mounts-sources-say Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:12:49 EST General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models. Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/RETAIL03/150229912/lexus-wins-4th-straight-j-d-power-dependability-title-buick-rises-to Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00 EST Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. VW says new Touran is lighter, roomier, more frugal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150225/ANE/150229919/vw-says-new-touran-is-lighter-roomier-more-frugal Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:13:58 EST VW's new lighter, roomier Touran minivan will offer the biggest luggage compartment in its class, along with new active and passive safety features and seamless connectivity to Apple and Android smartphones, the automaker said. Aston says Vulcan supercar will cost $2.79 million http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150225/ANE/150229920/aston-says-vulcan-supercar-will-cost-2-79-million Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:06:52 EST Aston Martin said its 800-plus-hp Vulcan will cost 1.8 million pounds ($2.79 million) in the company's UK home market. Aston said the carbon fiber supercar is powered by the most potent iteration to date of the company's naturally aspirated, 7. Daimler labor chief queries pace of U.S. expansion http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150225/ANE/150229921/daimler-labor-chief-queries-pace-of-u-s-expansion Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:54:29 EST Daimler's plans to expand production in the United States should be recalibrated if the euro remains weak against the dollar, the automaker's top labor chief, Michael Brecht, said. U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM11/150229898/u-s-orders-takata-to-preserve-airbag-inflators-for-federal-probe Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:39:44 EST A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases. Sonic is most-improved in Q4 FandI revenue http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150229906/sonic-is-most-improved-in-q4-fi-revenue Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:22:38 EST Sonic Automotive Inc. posted the biggest increase in average FandI revenue per vehicle in the fourth quarter among the six public new-car retail groups, the tallies, completed today, show. VW CEO Winterkorn sees former BMW, Daimler managers as potential successors, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150225/ANE/150229915/vw-ceo-winterkorn-sees-former-bmw-daimler-managers-as-potential Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:24 EST Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn sees Andreas Renschler and Herbert Diess, who are joining VW from rivals Daimler and BMW, among his potential successors, according to a German magazine. Blazing-fast McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM04/150229913/blazing-fast-mclaren-675lt-to-debut-in-geneva Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:20:15 EST British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive plans to introduce the 675LT at next week's Geneva auto show. The sleek coupe can top 120 mph in a faster amount of time than many normal cars can get to 60 mph. Magna cuts sales forecast on weak Europe demand, approves stock split http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM10/150229916/magna-cuts-sales-forecast-on-weak-europe-demand-approves-stock-split Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:01:52 EST Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. cut its revenue forecast for 2015, hurt by weak demand from Europe. Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM01/150229918/toyota-says-union-pay-demand-impossible-because-costs-would-jump Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:19:54 EST Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million. Valeo sees further profit gain after beating 2014 goal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150225/ANE/150229922/valeo-sees-further-profit-gain-after-beating-2014-goal Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:33:29 EST Valeo is targeting a further boost in profitability this year after exceeding its 2014 goals on strong demand for emissions-cutting technologies and intuitive driving systems. The company's operating profit margin rose to 7. Buick cracks top 10 on Consumer Reports report card; Acura, Mercedes, Infiniti drop http://www.autonews.com/article/20150224/RETAIL03/150229935/buick-cracks-top-10-on-consumer-reports-report-card-acura-mercedes Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:45:00 EST Buick climbed into the Top 10 while Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz fell hard in the latest report card on reliability and performance from Consumer Reports. Lexus finished No. 1 for the third straight year, ahead of a rising Mazda. Nissan Sway concept may preview new Micra http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150224/ANE/150229942/nissan-sway-concept-may-preview-new-micra Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:58:13 EST Nissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Sway will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said. Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartland http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150224/ANE/150229946/union-oks-3-wage-rise-in-daimler-porsches-heartland Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:47:19 EST Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. %]