Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST As Pacifica ramps up, Grand Caravan lives on http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169998/as-pacifica-ramps-up-grand-caravan-lives-on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will keep the Dodge Grand Caravan around a little longer than planned as it continues to ramp up sales of the old minivan's more expensive new line mate, the Chrysler Pacifica. Moray Callum's retro ride http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169960/moray-callums-retro-ride Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Moray Callum, Ford chief designer, is cruising around in a 1976 Bronco SUV as he oversees design of the nameplate's 2020 revival. UK to test Jeep model after U.S. emissions accusations http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170116/ANE/170119820/uk-to-test-jeep-model-after-u-s-emissions-accusations Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:25:55 EST The UK will carry out tests on the Jeep Grand Cherokee following U.S. accusations that Fiat Chrysler mislead regulators on diesel emissions. Yanfeng envisions a lounge on wheels http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169974/yanfeng-envisions-a-lounge-on-wheels Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is preparing for the day when people need more to do in a car than drive. BMW to push on with Mexico plant despite Trump tariff threat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170116/ANE/170119821/bmw-to-push-on-with-mexico-plant-despite-trump-tariff-threat Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:38:45 EST BMW plans to finish construction of a new $1 billion plant in Mexico undeterred by threats from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on cars imported into the U.S. from its southern neighbor. A decade of deception http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/170119830/a-decade-of-deception Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Key events in the ongoing Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, taken from law enforcement documents VW's plot to fool the feds: How high up did it go? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/301169949/vws-plot-to-fool-the-feds-how-high-up-did-it-go Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as VW pleaded guilty to felony charges and agreed to a record settlement of its emissions scandal, the noose of law enforcement has tightened around the automaker's highest executives. BMW, Mercedes execs plead for more crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM01/301169965/bmw-mercedes-execs-plead-for-more-crossovers Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as they launch two key cars #8211; the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-class coupe -- the traditional arch-rivals have a common challenge: Satisfy U.S. dealers' hunger for more crossovers. Cars matter after all http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169950/cars-matter-after-all Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Their volumes may be declining, but sedans -- along with their coupe and hatchback cousins -- still sell by the millions each year and will continue to do so for years. Lexus execs see holes in the lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169958/lexus-execs-see-holes-in-the-lineup Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-electric entry. Continental-Nexteer JV targets self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/170119829/continental-nexteer-jv-targets-self-driving-cars Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Now that automakers are preparing to roll out driverless cars in the next three to five years, suppliers are forming alliances to offer a complete product portfolio. EPA move could set up new fight over CO2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169951/epa-move-could-set-up-new-fight-over-co2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The auto industry's relationship with the Obama administration is ending just as awkwardly as it began. Linamar CEO urges unity against tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169948/linamar-ceo-urges-unity-against-tariffs Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. need to come together and make a case against import tariffs to the incoming Trump administration sooner rather than later, Linamar Corp. CEO Linda Hasenfratz said. Uber tech effort aims to ease 'surge pricing' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169947/uber-tech-effort-aims-to-ease-surge-pricing Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Uber drivers needn't worry about the company's heavy push into self-driving vehicles, a top executive says. Subaru 'not done yet' with sales surge http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL01/170119832/subaru-not-done-yet-with-sales-surge Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru is targeting a 9 percent sales surge in 2017 for a ninth straight year of record U.S. results, despite a plateauing overall market. A lighter Traverse with high-end trim levels http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/170119833/a-lighter-traverse-with-high-end-trim-levels Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST After a first generation that has been forced to last nine years, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has a more trucklike appearance. Magna puts doors on a diet http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169978/magna-puts-doors-on-a-diet Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST While suppliers lined up at the Detroit auto show to showcase their involvement in autonomous-drive and connected-car technologies, Magna International reminded the industry that automakers are still hungry to reduce vehicle weight for improved fuel... Facial-recognition technology comes to the car http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169990/facial-recognition-technology-comes-to-the-car Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a car-sharing economy, how does a vehicle recognize which motorist is in the driver's seat? Judging by Chrysler's Portal electric minivan concept, the answer may be facial recognition. Suppliers say recruits are demanding more money http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169976/suppliers-say-recruits-are-demanding-more-money Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers have their work cut out for them in 2017 when it comes to hiring talent. The man who assembled Tesla's supply base http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169988/the-man-who-assembled-teslas-supply-base Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Peter Carlsson was a Swedish purchasing executive in cellphones and computer chips before taking over procurement and supply chain management for Tesla Motors in 2011. Aisin Seiki reboots for electric age http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169987/aisin-seiki-reboots-for-electric-age Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Aisin Seiki Co., the massive Toyota Group supplier of transmissions and powertrain components, is looking long term, and the company doesn't necessarily like what it sees. Ghosn pushes commonization at measured pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169984/ghosn-pushes-commonization-at-measured-pace Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn would like Nissan and its alliance partner Renault to pick up the pace on commonizing their platforms and technologies. But not too fast. FCA's sedan plans stall amid trade tumult http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169977/fcas-sedan-plans-stall-amid-trade-tumult Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST After Fiat Chrysler dealers sell down their current stocks of remaining Dodge Darts and Chrysler 200 sedans, those segments may stay vacant for a while on their lots. VW case starts new era of accountability http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/301169985/vw-case-starts-new-era-of-accountability Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a complicated industry using advanced technology that is governed by Byzantine rules and regulations, will this have a chilling effect on executives as they seek to do their jobs? We hope so. 2018 Camry: The more things change … http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169957/2018-camry-the-more-things-change Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The new Camry is about as daring as is prudent for the loyalists who buy several hundred thousand of these cars a year - even in a bad year for cars. FCA at odds with EPA on emissions http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/301169955/fca-at-odds-with-epa-on-emissions Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 has been operating under a dark cloud since at least last fall. Cruze diesel may get 50 on highway http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169956/cruze-diesel-may-get-50-on-highway Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The upcoming diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze may be General Motors' first non-hybrid vehicle since the 1990s to get an EPA-certified fuel economy rating of at least 50 mpg on the highway. Toyota's Hollis: Don't count out midsize sedans yet http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL01/301169962/toyotas-hollis-dont-count-out-midsize-sedans-yet Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Midsize cars were among the biggest sales losers last year as customers flocked instead to crossovers and other light trucks. De Nysschen meets his Infiniti baby http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169964/de-nysschen-meets-his-infiniti-baby Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Spotted at Infiniti's Detroit auto show stand last week was the brand's former global president Johan de Nysschen. Now president of Cadillac, de Nysschen said he had to come see the QX50 Concept. Bentley thinks best bet for its buyers is plug-in hybrid EV http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM05/301169967/bentley-thinks-best-bet-for-its-buyers-is-plug-in-hybrid-ev Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST It's a scenario scary enough to give any chauffeur the sweats: You're en route to pick up your boss who's headed to a crucial meeting -- or date -- and the all-electric ultraluxury sedan you're driving doesn't have enough juice to get there. Suppliers' pitch: We're one-stop shops http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169966/suppliers-pitch-were-one-stop-shops Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The complexity of self-driving vehicles has created a golden opportunity for key suppliers to market themselves as one-stop shops for automakers. Toyota's Lentz: Tariff would depress industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/GLOBAL/301169980/toyotas-lentz-tariff-would-depress-industry Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST President-elect Donald Trump's threatened border tax on autos and auto parts coming into the U.S. would depress the entire industry, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. Automakers manage to keep stocks under control http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL/301169982/automakers-manage-to-keep-stocks-under-control Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S. automakers and dealers had a 63-day supply of unsold light vehicles on Jan. 1, up two days from the same time a year before but below the 65-day average for that date over the past 24 years. Nissan's Munoz: U.S. gets priority in new global role http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169969/nissans-munoz-u-s-gets-priority-in-new-global-role Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST With sales records stacking up for Nissan in the U.S. market, Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz wants to keep his eyes on local affairs - even though he now has a critical job to do around the world. Honda's Mendel criticizes ultralong loans http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169970/hondas-mendel-criticizes-ultralong-loans Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST American Honda chief John Mendel decries the industry's drift toward ultra-long loan periods for car buyers as hurting the overall industry and suppressing new car turnover. Bill Ford: Mobility can lift margins http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169995/bill-ford-mobility-can-lift-margins Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST More than a century after Henry Ford put the world on wheels, his great-grandson Bill Ford is trying to reinvent mobility. Determined to prove the skeptics wrong http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM02/301169973/determined-to-prove-the-skeptics-wrong Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST GM's product chief says the skepticism of GM lifers has helped drive him and CEO Mary Barra as they instilled the focus and discipline that's now helping to produce record profits. Number to watch: 604 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169989/number-to-watch-604 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST A settlement pool of $604 million is awaiting final court approval to be distributed to consumers in an auto parts price-fixing class-action lawsuit. French emissions probes could widen beyond Renault, minister says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170115/ANE/170119825/french-emissions-probes-could-widen-beyond-renault-minister-says Sun, 15 Jan 2017 03:46:09 EST A judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen beyond Renault after tests showed other carmakers had exceeded the authorized levels, the French environment minister said. Germany seeks recall of Fiat cars with 'illegal' shut-off devices, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170115/ANE/170119824/germany-seeks-recall-of-fiat-cars-with-illegal-shut-off-devices Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:35:22 EST German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt wants the European Commission to ensure that Fiat cars that break pollution rules are taken off the market, a newspaper reported. Trump, embracing Twitter again, presses automakers to build in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170115/OEM/170119823/trump-embracing-twitter-again-presses-automakers-to-build-in-u-s Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:19:06 EST President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday that automakers should starting assembling motor vehicles in the United States if they wanted to do business in country. Revised product strategy could result in lower prices for top-end Wagoneers, Grand Wagoneers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170115/OEM03/301169959/revised-product-strategy-could-result-in-lower-prices-for-top-end Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST An altered product strategy giving Jeep new truck-based luxury SUVs and an Alfa Romeo-based Grand Cherokee in 2019 could make it easier for Fiat Chrysler dealers to win business from rival General Motors. Toyota's line into Trump: Mike Pence http://www.autonews.com/article/20170115/OEM02/170119831/toyotas-line-into-trump-mike-pence Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Broadsided by this month's Trump tweet targeting Toyota, the Japanese carmaker's president, Akio Toyoda, is wasting no time in appealing to the new administration. Asia's luxury brands charge into EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170115/OEM05/301169952/asias-luxury-brands-charge-into-evs Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus, Genesis, Acura and Infiniti are considering EV offerings - in some cases to meet emissions rules, in others because zippy, futuristic EV cachet enhances the luxury buzz. VW pulled out of Daimler deal before embarking on diesel cheat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170114/ANE/170119828/vw-pulled-out-of-daimler-deal-before-embarking-on-diesel-cheat Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:12:58 EST VW Group might have stayed clear of the diesel cheating that led to the worst business crisis in its history had the company not pulled out of a promising deal with Daimler more than a decade ago. Will Mustang fans go for a hybrid? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM05/301169997/will-mustang-fans-go-for-a-hybrid Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford product chief Raj Nair says Mustang fans will accept a hybrid, as long as it delivers "affordable performance." New Chevy ad features Lego Batman with 'real people' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/RETAIL03/170119827/new-chevy-ad-features-lego-batman-with-real-people Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:00:00 EST Chevy's "Real People, Not Actors" focus group campaign just took on a new task: Giving a psychological assessment of Batman, Lego-style. Why Honda skipped awd on Odyssey http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM03/301169996/why-honda-skipped-awd-on-odyssey Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan that broke cover at the Detroit auto show has a laundry list of new features. But all wheel drive didn't make that list. Volvo hopes V90 can stir wagon love http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM04/301169975/volvo-hopes-v90-can-stir-wagon-love Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In the midst of a revival, Volvo is going back to its roots: station wagons. Why automakers must respect the spirit of cooperation at auto shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG06/170119839/why-automakers-must-respect-the-spirit-of-cooperation-at-auto-shows Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:36:13 EST Inside baseball? Or Ford's slap at the spirit of cooperation that holds big auto shows together?