Automotive News Automakers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 1 May 2017 06:00:00 EST Automotive News Europe names the 2017 Rising Stars winners http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170501/ANE/170319972/automotive-news-europe-names-the-2017-rising-stars-winners Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Sixteen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. Check out the ANE monthly magazine for May http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170501/ANE/305019999/check-out-the-ane-monthly-magazine-for-may Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group. Automotive News is wrong http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM11/170429815/automotive-news-is-wrong Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST To suggest that a company should limit its choices to the public is simply wrong. It is up to consumers to decide if they want to buy a Demon. Mann plots a U.S. revival for Mitsubishi http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019965/mann-plots-a-u-s-revival-for-mitsubishi Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST New Mitsubishi COO Trevor Mann outlines his revival plan for the troubled carmaker and explains how he got it back on the profit path just months after arriving from controlling owner Nissan. Ford's Hinrichs on how to improve NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM11/305019958/fords-hinrichs-on-how-to-improve-nafta Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford's top executive for the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, offers two specific ways to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement. How to sell the future of cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/PODCAST/305019966/how-to-sell-the-future-of-cars Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST How do you sell something no one's ever experienced? In our latest podcast episode, we examine how the industry can get consumers -- skeptics, early adopters and everyone in between -- to embrace a vision of a green, autonomous future. Audi's Mexico plant getting high-end neighbor, but who will come? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/FEATURE/305019998/audi-mexico-model-city-san-jose-chiapa Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A master-planned 'city for the future' rises in the fields alongside Audi's Mexico plant. Can it attract auto workers making $15 a day? China's joint-venture reform: Read the fine print http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/GLOBAL03/305019948/chinas-joint-venture-reform-read-the-fine-print Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Foreign automakers in China have dreamed of freeing themselves from the joint ventures the Chinese government has imposed on them. It might take a while. Chinese buy into Cadillac http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/GLOBAL03/305019960/chinese-buy-into-cadillac Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac is selling itself as a heritage brand in China as it chases its German rivals. It is one of many things going right for the American luxury icon in the world's biggest market. FCA profits up despite 6% slide in shipments http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM/305019959/fca-profits-up-despite-6-slide-in-shipments Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted record $1.67 billion earnings before interest and taxes in the first quarter, up 11 percent over the same period in 2016, benefiting from the ongoing shift from cars toward utility vehicles and pickups. Honda back in the black as recall costs dwindle http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM/305019957/honda-back-in-the-black-as-recall-costs-dwindle Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda swings back to profitability in the latest quarter as the company put recall costs behind it. North America is the profit motor, but executives warn of rising incentives. Suppliers optimistic after strong first-quarter profits http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM10/305019952/suppliers-optimistic-after-strong-first-quarter-profits Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Bigger profits and a positive outlook rang out from the quarterly earnings reports of several auto suppliers last week. Mazda will turn to crossovers to bolster profitability http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM/305019954/mazda-will-turn-to-crossovers-to-bolster-profitability Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda Motor Corp. is ramping up crossover output to bolster profitability after recalls and higher car incentives undercut earnings in the latest quarter. Facebook's Zuckerberg visits Ford plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019951/facebooks-zuckerberg-visits-ford-plant Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stopped by Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Mich., last week as part of his "Personal Year of Travel Challenge." Canadian success story braces for Trump-NAFTA fallout http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM10/305019956/canadian-success-story-braces-for-trump-nafta-fallout Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST As President Trump pushes for a new America-first trade policy that discourages cross-border supply chains, Linamar stands as an example of how well the opposite approach works. BMW holds out hope for 7 series http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM03/305019967/bmw-holds-out-hope-for-7-series Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW wanted to set a new sales record and regain leadership of the large luxury sedan segment after launching the redesigned 7 series in late 2015. It didn't happen last year - but there's always 2017, says Americas chief Ludwig Willisch. At Audi plant, labor tensions stir http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM/305019962/at-audi-plant-labor-tensions-stir Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Workers at Audi's new plant in San Jose Chiapa are holding their union leadership responsible for what they say are less-than-premium wages and benefits. Self-driving companies to consumers: Hop in http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/MOBILITY/305019964/self-driving-companies-to-consumers-hop-in Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Test rides in the cars of the future are becoming more available to the public, and are no longer limited to engineers, executives and journalists. Ford returns to roots http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019974/ford-returns-to-roots Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and sons Nick, left, and Will, right, visited The Henry Ford Tavern in the family's ancestral village of Ballinascarthy in County Cork, Ireland. FDR's Packard back on duty in New York http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019972/fdrs-packard-back-on-duty-in-new-york Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST After test driving a 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at the opening of the New York auto show in April, last month, New York Gov.ernor Andrew Cuomo tried out a more tranquil set of wheels last week. This is the face that haunts BMW http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019971/this-is-the-face-that-haunts-bmw Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST It seems nothing generates fear inside German luxury-car makers like the visage of Elon Musk. Toyota's pivot to EVs? Blame it on China http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM05/305019970/toyotas-pivot-to-evs-blame-it-on-china Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST China's strict policies to push clean-energy cars have challenged all global automakers, but perhaps none more than Toyota. Plaintiffs suing GM still face high bar http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM/305019969/plaintiffs-suing-gm-still-face-high-bar Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A high court decision against GM allows hundreds of pending ignition-switch cases to go forward, but it might not significantly increase the automaker's financial hit. Uber reassigns engineer cited in Waymo lawsuit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019968/uber-reassigns-engineer-cited-in-waymo-lawsuit Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Anthony Levandowski, the Uber self-driving engineer at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against the company, stepped down from his position as head of Uber's Advanced Technology Group and moved to a different role within Uber. XF Sportbrake to join Jaguar's U.S. lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM04/305019979/xf-sportbrake-to-join-jaguars-u-s-lineup Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Jaguar will add the XF Sportbrake, a four-door wagon with a large, sloping glass roof, to its U.S. lineup this year. Subaru says dealers are lagging on service http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/RETAIL05/305019991/subaru-says-dealers-are-lagging-on-service Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru dealers continue to set sales records in the U.S., but they are not keeping up in their service departments, the brand's U.S. president says. Corvette Carbon 65: The first collectible of 2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM04/305019977/corvette-carbon-65-the-first-collectible-of-2018 Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The first collectible car of the 2018 model year is the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65, a limited-production model that celebrates the sports car's 65th anniversary. Most U.S. and Canadian Chevrolet dealers will never see the car. Acura's mission for TLX: Fix styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM03/305019975/acuras-mission-for-tlx-fix-styling Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST In the world of luxury automakers, turbocharged engines reign supreme. Except at Acura. Jeep Yuntu: Inspiration for new flagship in China? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM04/305019976/jeep-yuntu-inspiration-for-new-flagship-in-china Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The Jeep Yuntu, the luxury seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV unveiled at the Shanghai auto show last month, could inspire a new flagship for Jeep in China. AMG chief predicts lineup of plug-ins http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM04/305019978/amg-chief-predicts-lineup-of-plug-ins Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers forecasts plug-ins across the performance brand's lineup in the long term. Pure electrics also are inevitable. Don't tie California's hands over EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM05/305019980/dont-tie-californias-hands-over-evs Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Nancy Pfund calls on the Trump administration to not fight California on emissions standards. End all subsidies, not just for EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM05/305019986/end-all-subsidies-not-just-for-evs Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The trickle-down fiction has never worked and isn't likely to now. The government should end all subsidies. GM bankruptcy could explain Tesla http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM05/305019985/gm-bankruptcy-could-explain-tesla Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST There is one explanation most ignore when discussing Tesla's high valuation: Tesla has yet to do what GM did in 2009. EV opinion good advice for Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM05/305019982/ev-opinion-good-advice-for-trump Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST President Donald Trump should take Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain's advice to end electric vehicle subsidies, Mack McLarty says. Ford was a poor caretaker for Volvo http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM/305019981/ford-was-a-poor-caretaker-for-volvo Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford all but gutted and filleted Volvo during the time it owned the brand, a reader says. Nissan Rogue Sport: A conquest machine? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM04/305019989/nissan-rogue-sport-a-conquest-machine Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan expects the new Rogue Sport to become a conquesting machine, taking buyers mostly from small import sedans such as the Honda Civic. Demon editorial went down wrong road, readers say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM11/170429818/demon-editorial-went-down-wrong-road-readers-say Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Our editorial board wants the 840-hp Dodge Demon banned from roadways. Readers strongly disagree. Nissan's new design chief on following a legend http://www.autonews.com/article/20170430/OEM03/305019949/nissans-new-design-chief-on-following-a-legend Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST After 30 years in Nissan studios around the world, Alfonso Albaisa has become Nissan's first non-Japanese head of global design. He's ready - even if it means laying down his pencil. Ford-GM gap isn't as wide as it looks http://www.autonews.com/article/20170430/OEM/305019947/ford-gm-gap-isnt-as-wide-as-it-looks Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford and General Motors' first-quarter results aren't necessarily emblematic of how each company will look later in the year. Sogefi says 68% profit increase in Q1 confirms turnaround plan is working http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170430/ANE/170429825/sogefi-says-68-profit-increase-in-q1-confirms-turnaround-plan-is Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Sogefi's first-quarter profit rose 68 percent as the company benefits from its restructuring plans, which are aimed at increasing profitability and cash generation at the Italian supplier. VW's Seat counts on SUVs for turnaround http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170430/ANE/170429824/vws-seat-counts-on-suvs-for-turnaround Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Seat, Volkswagen Group's once-ailing Spanish brand, has returned from an uncertain future after a decision to start adding SUV/crossovers to its lineup. Seat's de Meo wants to build on Spanish brand's strengths http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170430/ANE/170429823/seats-de-meo-wants-to-build-on-spanish-brands-strengths Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Seat CEO Luca de Meo needed just 18 months to turn the money-losing Spanish brand into a profit maker for parent VW Group. The Italian executive outlined Seat's future role in the group. Mazda wants new CMO to lead upscale climb http://www.autonews.com/article/20170430/RETAIL03/305019955/mazda-wants-new-cmo-to-lead-upscale-climb Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda's new US marketing chief, Dino Bernacchi, joins the brand at a precarious time, as it attempts to move from its youthful 'Zoom Zoom' image into a higher tier. FNR-X concept spotlights Chevy's new technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20170429/OEM03/305019996/fnr-x-concept-spotlights-chevys-new-technology Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet's Chinese FNR-X crossover shows off new elements that will appear in production vehicles. For Lexus sedans, it could be do or die http://www.autonews.com/article/20170429/RETAIL01/305019995/for-lexus-sedans-it-could-be-do-or-die Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST With car sales falling at Lexus, Toyota's top branding officer says the luxury line is contemplating sedans that are more casual and sporty - and maybe even a station wagon. Nismo's global expansion could bring performance pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170429/OEM03/305019994/nismos-global-expansion-could-bring-performance-pickup Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan's Nismo performance tuner sub-brand plans a massive global push over the next five years. Self-driving technology could boost market for mergers and acquisitions http://www.autonews.com/article/20170429/MOBILITY/170429798/self-driving-technology-could-boost-market-for-mergers-and Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The race to deploy self-driving cars could bring new life to the mergers and acquisitions market. I damned the Demon http://www.autonews.com/article/20170428/BLOG06/170429806/i-damned-the-demon Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:33:02 EST Let the record show: I wrote the Automotive News editorial suggesting a ban on the legal registration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I don't regret it. Tesla must complete brake fix to regain top safety rating, Consumer Reports says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170428/OEM05/170429789/tesla-must-complete-brake-fix-to-regain-top-safety-rating-consumer Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:11:10 EST Tesla needs to complete fixing its Model S sedan emergency braking system to regain Consumer Reports' top safety rating. The magazine said a recent update of the technology was not enough. Tesla looks to Mexico to lure engineers for California plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170428/OEM01/170429795/tesla-looks-to-mexico-to-lure-engineers-for-california-plant Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:11:16 EST Tesla has been actively hiring for assembly-line jobs as it prepares to launch US output of the Model 3. But finding manufacturing engineer has been a tougher challenge. %]