Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 1 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST FCA recalls 284,153 Dodge Chargers for airbag flaw Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:19:21 EST Fiat Chrysler is recalling 284,153 Dodge Chargers for a flaw that could lead side airbag inflatable curtains and seat airbags to deploy unexpectedly, raising the risk of crash and injury. Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle Sat, 1 Aug 2015 03:49:22 EST High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks. Pricier insurance for F-150? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week said that it had done a test showing that repair costs for Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup jumped 26 percent over those of its steel-bodied predecessor. GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. Buick trims Regal prices for 2016 to counter sedan slump Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:15:00 EST Buick, faced with an aging Regal and U.S. consumers that continue to abandon sedans for crossovers and SUVs, is lowering prices as much as nearly 9 percent on the car for 2016. Subaru parent's operating profit jumps 70% on surging U.S. sales Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:20:42 EST Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, posted a 70 percent jump in quarterly operating profit as sales continued to climb in the United States, its biggest market, and a weak yen boosted the value of earnings overseas. Honda quarterly profit rises 20% as U.S. sales, weak yen offset quality costs Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:49:28 EST Honda's quarterly profit jumped 20 percent as strong sales in the U.S. and a weak yen helped to absorb the impact of higher quality-related costs linked to a recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags. German carmakers near $3 billion deal for Nokia's maps, report says Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:52:12 EST A group of German luxury-car makers including BMW are close to sealing the purchase of Nokia Oyj's digital-maps business for about 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion), people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:59:25 EST It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time. BMW, Apple could rekindle courtship with an eye on car collaboration Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:20:44 EST BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars. Spain fines GM, Ford, other automakers for anti-competitive practices Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Spain's CNMC competition authority fined 21 automakers and two consultancy firms 171 million euros for anti-competitive practices. GM and Ford were given the highest penalties. Supplier to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:58:48 EST The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is the first generation of the premium midsize CUV. It is assembled in Vance, Ala., on Mercedes's W164/V251/W166 platform. The program code is : C292. Suppliers include BorgWarner, Federal-Mogul and Inteva. Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:11:09 EST The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today. Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:49:04 EST The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions. A new Normal? Don't bet on it Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:54:15 EST Given Mitsubishi's low U.S. output, it was not totally surprising to hear the Japanese automaker will end U.S. production. More surprising was hearing company officials say that they have several prospects to buy the plant in Normal, Ill. American Axle Q2 net grows 12% Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:50:26 EST American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings said today its second-quarter net income increased 12 percent from the year-earlier period to $58.6 million. FCA battles in court with Australia ex-CEO Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:56:21 EST FCA traded charges in court with its former Australia CEO, who denied breaching his legal duties and said he acted on instructions from above after a lawsuit by the carmaker accused him of excessive spending and illegally enriching himself through... Denso lifts profit forecast on weaker yen Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:09:57 EST Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso lifted its profit forecast for the first half of its fiscal year, citing bigger-than-expected currency gains from a weaker yen and higher overseas production of auto parts. VW diesel ad campaign gets sassy Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:18:46 EST The Golden Sisters -- Mary Bartnicki, Josie Cavaluzzi and Teresa Dahlquist -- may not be new kids on the block, but they are Volkswagen's secret weapon as it seeks to rebuild its flagging U.S. sales. BMW revamps China marketing to focus more on tech, less on the badge Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:21:31 EST BMW will increase spending on online marketing in China to emphasize its technology as part of efforts to target younger buyers, who care more about the latest features than the brand as a status symbol. Maserati's profits will recover with Levante SUV, Marchionne says Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:44:14 EST Maserati's profits will recover when the brand launches its first SUV next year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Maserati's second-quarter earnings fell by 30 percent and global vehicle sales were down 13 percent. Pininfarina hopes to agree sale to Mahindra but drafts stand-alone business plan Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:29:57 EST Pininfarina is still hoping to clinch a sale to Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra but has begun drafting a stand-alone business plan as its financial position worsens. Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:34:21 EST Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. GM's OnStar app can be hacked, reseacher says Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:33:33 EST A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors' OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel. BMW drivers collect $1,000 to delay charging i3 in Calif. pilot Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:19:21 EST In a new pilot program, a California utility is paying drivers of BMW electric cars to delay charging their vehicles when the power grid is under pressure. GM pulls back on rental fleet sales, seeks better margins Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:44:58 EST General Motors will probably report weaker sales than some key rivals do in July. The largest U.S. automaker said that's because it's selling fewer vehicles to rental-car agencies -- not a lack of love in dealer showrooms. GM recalls 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans over sunroof issue Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:49:31 EST General Motors is recalling 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans and issuing a stop sale on the vehicle for issues with the power sunroof. GM already had recalled 67,000 ATS sedans in February for the same issue. Chassix gets new board, $300M in financing Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:14:09 EST Chassix Holdings, following its successful emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, has secured $300 million of exit financing and named a new board of directors. Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:56:51 EST Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary to seek more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. Mitsubishi Motors' April-June net falls 15% Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:51:36 EST Mitsubishi Motors today said its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 15 percent to 23.99 billion yen, or $195.56 million, brought down by widening losses in Japan, poor performance in Europe and a drop in global factory unit sales. Ford engine plant reopened after bomb threat Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:42:57 EST Ford's engine plant in suburban Detroit was reopened this afternoon after the first shift was sent home earlier today because of a bomb threat. Tech is a key for new-car marketing, study says Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:50:23 EST Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a new study from J.D. Power. The company's 2015 U.S. BorgWarner Q2 earnings fall 21% Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:29:05 EST Auto supplier BorgWarner said its second-quarter earnings and revenue were hurt by the stronger U.S. dollar and lower-than-expected sales in China and other parts of the world. Mazda's quarterly profit falls 5.4% despite strong China, U.S. sales Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:53:48 EST Mazda said quarterly profit fell 5.4 percent despite higher auto sales in China and the U.S. that helped cushion the blow of foreign exchange losses and costs booked for new plants in Mexico and Thailand. Fiat Chrysler lifts guidance after strong second quarter Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:51:38 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles raised its full-year profit guidance after better-than-expected second-quarter results on a strong performance in North America and record Jeep sales. FCA's Q2 profit rises 69% on strong NAFTA sales Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:02:18 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its second-quarter net income rose 69 percent to 333 million euros ($364 million) on a strong performance in North America and record global Jeep sales. France prepares to sell 5% stake in Renault Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:41:16 EST France is preparing to sell the 5 percent Renault stake it acquired earlier this year to secure a doubling of voting rights for longer-term investors, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. Audi cuts global car sales outlook on China Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:57:54 EST Audi lowered its global sales forecast for this year because of slumping demand in China, its biggest market. The automaker expects global deliveries to increase between 3 percent and 4 percent from a record 1.74 million sales in 2014. French minister sees smoother return to Iran for Renault than PSA Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:47:34 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, previously the market leader in Iran, could find it more difficult to return to the country than rival Renault following a dispute over the carmaker's 2011 market exit, Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, said after talks... Delphi will buy UK cabling company to boost connectivity business Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:29:27 EST Delphi will buy the UK cabling company HellermannTyton Group to capitalize on growing demand for cars that connect to the Internet, mobile phones and other devices. Renault profit surge fails to impress amid pricing slide Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:03:24 EST Renault's first-half profit surged on rebounding European demand but not enough to meet investor expectations from the recovery, or concerns about weaker pricing. New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 EST After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models with protective steel bars while leaving them off others. U.S. House committee approves limit on CFPB's oversight of auto lending Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:15:00 EST The U.S. House Financial Services Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would significantly limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending. VW says China sales may decline this year Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:19:35 EST Volkswagen said its vehicle sales may decline in China this year after years of double-digit volume gains in its largest market. GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyer Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:28:29 EST General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its 'false narrative' about recalls of cars with defective ignition switches. VW rolls out crash avoidance with '16 lineup Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 EST Volkswagen, catching up to its luxury siblings, will offer sensor-based safety features across nearly its entire U.S. lineup for model year 2016. Fiat Chrysler sued in Canada following recent recalls Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:45:42 EST A Canadian law firm said it filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday seeking $4 billion in damages, in connection with the massive recall announced by the automaker earlier in July. Tesla offers $1,000 referral incentive on Model S Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:09:17 EST Tesla, testing the power of viral marketing to sell its EVs, will offer a word-of-mouth discount on the Model S through the end of October, with both referrer and buyer receiving $1,000. %]