Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST Mazda rolls out store redesign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/RETAIL/308319966/mazda-rolls-out-store-redesign Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST A suburban Seattle store is the first store to adopt Mazda's first new dealership design in 12 years, a black-and-white motif called Retail Evolution. Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308319980/marchionne-wants-a-partner-but-says-fca-can-survive-alone-in Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Compared with its larger and far richer global counterparts, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a huge set of problems. CEO Sergio Marchionne knows he has challenges but says he also has a plan that is working. Porsche dealers looking to leverage posh new Atlanta experience center http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/RETAIL07/308319988/porsche-dealers-looking-to-leverage-posh-new-atlanta-experience Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche dealerships are hosting events at and sending customers to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. That's exactly the kind of dealer buy-in Porsche's U.S. chief Detlev von Platen was seeking when he proposed the $100 million project. The quotable Marchionne http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/150829889/the-quotable-marchionne Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne takes stock of countries, competitors, brands, dealers, disruptors and the industry at large in these excerpts from an interview with Automotive News. Sergio may stay till 2020, hunts for next top leader http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308319975/sergio-may-stay-till-2020-hunts-for-next-top-leader Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne is 63 and the first to admit that he and won't stick around as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles forever. But he may remain a bit longer than expected. Jeep helping to power FCA in Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308319973/jeep-helping-to-power-fca-in-europe Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Thanks to a strong start for the Jeep Renegade and its sibling, the Fiat 500X, Fiat Chrysler's sales in Europe are recovering faster than the overall market. How GM and FCA could come together http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308319976/how-gm-and-fca-could-come-together Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Mergers, of any kind, are difficult to execute, even when both parties are willing to do the deal. Mazda CX-9 to borrow from Mazda6 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319979/mazda-cx-9-to-borrow-from-mazda6 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The next-generation Mazda CX-9 will adopt the elongated hood, sweptback stance and narrow headlights of the Mazda6 sedan, recent spy photos show. Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319965/updated-smart-fortwo-convertible-is-due-next-summer Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer. Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/RETAIL07/150829888/getting-the-luxury-treatment-at-porsches-experience-center Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. Chinese automaker BAIC Motor in talks to buy Daimler shares http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/GLOBAL03/150829880/chinese-automaker-baic-motor-in-talks-to-buy-daimler-shares Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Chinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler AG about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, two sources with knowledge of the matter have told Reuters. China faces an added threat down the road: Capacity glut http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/GLOBAL03/150829881/china-faces-an-added-threat-down-the-road-capacity-glut Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The news coming out of China right now is bad, and chances are, it's going to get worse. Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM/150829882/marchionne-waits-at-the-gate-but-who-is-there-to-answer Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The really bad news for GM: A dragon stands again at the gates. And he's wearing a black sweater. Can tech-loaded, plush 7 series take on S class? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM06/308319969/can-tech-loaded-plush-7-series-take-on-s-class Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan illustrates that even the brand that touts itself as a driver's car has succumbed to the gadget and semi-autonomous driving trend. In fact, BMW has outdone the Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan with gizmos. Doesn't a Miata price frenzy come standard? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/RETAIL/308319961/doesnt-a-miata-price-frenzy-come-standard Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST There's general agreement among the automotive cognoscenti that the redesigned, lightweight 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best model in the iconic roadster's 26-year history. But that isn't translating into a price-ballooning frenzy. Automakers' high tech collects dust http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM06/308319962/automakers-high-tech-collects-dust Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured. Classic Broncos reach ICON status http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319964/classic-broncos-reach-icon-status Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jonathan Ward, CEO of California-based ICON, sells refurbished and modernized classic 1960s-era Ford Broncos for between $175,000 and $230,000 - and says he can't keep up with demand. Enzo Ferrari's Hollywood horsepower http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM02/308319963/enzo-ferraris-hollywood-horsepower Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST There's something irresistible about the life of Enzo Ferrari that continues to fascinate filmmakers. Post-Piech, VW's Phaeton gets delayed http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319960/post-piech-vws-phaeton-gets-delayed Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Tinkering with the $100,000 Volkswagen Phaeton has ended careers at VW. Fuel economy, Jeep are FCA's drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319970/fuel-economy-jeep-are-fcas-drivers Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST FCA's future product plan centers on offering eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic gearboxes, as well as expanding the Jeep brand. Smart ForTwo redesigned to better fit U.S. buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319968/smart-fortwo-redesigned-to-better-fit-u-s-buyers Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Smart's all-new 2016 ForTwo may have a European flavor to it, but significant portions of the car were specifically designed for the U.S. market. Denso goes green with center to grow algae-based biofuel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM06/308319991/denso-goes-green-with-center-to-grow-algae-based-biofuel Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso, better known for its fuel injectors, air-conditioners and electronics, will open a large testing center in Japan to develop biofuel from algae. FCA's pursuit, GM's protest are built into DNAs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM/308319990/fcas-pursuit-gms-protest-are-built-into-dnas Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Neither Marchionne's aggressiveness nor GM's reticence should be surprising. Dodge to roll out 'Cuda droptop http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319998/dodge-to-roll-out-cuda-droptop Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Dodge will directly benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generation Charger and Challenger. Minivan variant starts Chrysler expansion http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319999/minivan-variant-starts-chrysler-expansion Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Chrysler brand will add a compact sedan and two crossovers, along with hybrid versions of its largest vehicles. The expansion will help the brand fulfill its mission to go head to head with Ford and Chevrolet. Racketeering case against M-B store fails http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/RETAIL/308319982/racketeering-case-against-m-b-store-fails Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner. Kia's sleeker Sportage http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/150829890/kias-sleeker-sportage Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Kia has released pictures of its fourth-generation Sportage before the compact crossover's debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show. Fiat convertible will fill lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319994/fiat-convertible-will-fill-lineup Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat will have four vehicles in its U.S. lineup: a minicar, four-door hatchback, crossover and convertible. No S660 convertible for U.S., but Honda has some sporty ideas http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319977/no-s660-convertible-for-u-s-but-honda-has-some-sporty-ideas Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda's tiny S660 roadster from Japan likely has no future in the U.S. market, according to John Mendel. But that doesn't mean Honda doesn't have some fun things planned. Big Alfa investment begins launching models http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319995/big-alfa-investment-begins-launching-models Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST No brand in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles portfolio is getting more attention - or investment - in the next four years than Alfa Romeo. Ram mulls Ford Transit fighter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319993/ram-mulls-ford-transit-fighter Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Ram is studying whether to add a heavy-duty commercial van to its lineup. The brand may bring a version of the Iveco Daily to North America to fill out the upper end of its commercial van lineup. The Daily features optional all-wheel drive. Grand Wagoneer will boost lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM04/308319997/grand-wagoneer-will-boost-lineup Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup, but it's not a done deal. In 2019, the three-row Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV is due. Both the Wrangler and Compass are being redesigned, while the Grand Cherokee's redesign has been delayed a year. Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox gets sportier front end and lower profile http://www.autonews.com/article/20150831/OEM03/308319978/chevrolets-next-gen-equinox-gets-sportier-front-end-and-lower-profile Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The redesigned Chevrolet Equinox expected for the 2017 model year will sport a streamlined face and a lower, sleeker profile. Marchionne puts the squeeze on GM; GM's response: 'Why bail out FCA?' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150830/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308319981/marchionne-puts-the-squeeze-on-gm-gms-response-why-bail-out-fca Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:00:00 EST General Motors has flatly rejected the advances of its crosstown rival, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is not going away -- not by a long shot. Volkswagen must sell shares in Suzuki, court decides http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150830/ANE/150839999/volkswagen-must-sell-shares-in-suzuki-court-decides Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:54:48 EST Volkswagen must sell its shares in estranged partner Suzuki, an international court decided, ending a nearly four-year battle over a dysfunctional alliance between the two carmakers. Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz http://www.autonews.com/article/20150830/OEM10/308319984/toyotas-top-suppliers-prepare-a-tech-blitz Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions. Acura's new boss wants sedans 'that people get excited about' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150830/OEM03/150829885/acuras-new-boss-wants-sedans-that-people-get-excited-about Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jon Ikeda is barely a few weeks into his new role as general manager of Acura, but the designer-turned-executive already knows what's atop his agenda at American Honda's luxury marque. Citroen prepares new models with an eye on China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150830/ANE/150829897/citroen-prepares-new-models-with-an-eye-on-china Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Citroen is preparing a series of model launches to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's recovery from near bankruptcy. Marchionne's shared views with UAW chief could help contract talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150829/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308319974/marchionnes-shared-views-with-uaw-chief-could-help-contract-talks Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne said he believes his straightforward relationship with UAW President Dennis Williams will help Fiat Chrysler reach a new labor agreement with the union. Foot-operated rear doors coming on upgraded Town and Country http://www.autonews.com/article/20150829/OEM04/308319996/foot-operated-rear-doors-coming-on-upgraded-town-country Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The redesigned Chrysler Town and Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy. Will automakers go for Gorilla Glass? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150829/OEM10/308319972/will-automakers-go-for-gorilla-glass Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Gorilla Glass, the tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass made by Corning and used on the screens of billions of smartphones and tablets, is getting closer to being used in windshields and other glass apertures of light vehicles. Ford feels push to return to midsize trucks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150829/RETAIL/150829883/ford-feels-push-to-return-to-midsize-trucks Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford and its dealers have become restless on the sidelines as General Motors sells every midsize pickup it can build and Jeep makes bank month after month. The UAW benefits failure that wasn't http://www.autonews.com/article/20150828/OEM01/150829893/the-uaw-benefits-failure-that-wasnt Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:42:39 EST Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150828/RETAIL/150829891/calif-dealers-call-tesla-referral-deal-illegal Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:11:34 EST A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer's home state of California. GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement http://www.autonews.com/article/20150828/OEM/150829892/gms-duramax-v-8-engine-to-power-u-s-armys-humvee-replacement Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:45:00 EST GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150828/ANE/150829903/new-bmw-7-series-focuses-on-comfort-to-beat-s-class Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics. Subaru sees no immediate return to Tianjin port after blast http://www.autonews.com/article/20150828/GLOBAL03/150829894/subaru-sees-no-immediate-return-to-tianjin-port-after-blast Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:01:49 EST Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said today that it will keep diverting car exports from Tianjin to Shanghai for now because its Tianjin operations have yet to return to normal after explosions in the Chinese port city this month. Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo http://www.autonews.com/article/20150828/OEM10/150829895/bosch-acquires-u-s-electric-car-battery-developer-seeo Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:43:33 EST German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars. PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150828/ANE/150829943/psas-ds-brand-creates-performance-unit-to-develop-ev-and-plug-in Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars. Musk takes page from PayPal with Tesla Model S referral offer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150828/RETAIL/150829896/musk-takes-page-from-paypal-with-tesla-model-s-referral-offer Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:06:15 EST Elon Musk reached back to his days at PayPal for Tesla's first-ever incentive offer. Anyone who orders a new Model S sedan before Oct. %]