Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST Calif. startup aims to take autonomous cars to next level with new language Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 EST, a Mountain View, Calif. First Shift: FCA criminal crackdown Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST FCA targets use of internal software to steal cars; More MPG trouble for Mitsubishi; Cash king for VW diesel owners; U.S. seeks help to combat traffic deaths; Volvo hiring spree. Mitsubishi suffers sales ban after overstating fuel economy for 8 more models Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:45:41 EST Japan's transport ministry today ordered Mitsubishi to stop domestic sales of eight vehicles including the Pajero, Outlander and RVR models after an investigation found the automaker overstated their fuel economy. Volvo will hire 400 engineers in high-tech push Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:29:58 EST Volvo will recruit about 400 new engineers over the coming year to bolster development efforts in safety technology, autonomous driving and electrification. VW reviews its procurement strategy Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:21:14 EST Volkswagen is reviewing its supplier and procurement strategy to avoid another dispute such as the one that caused production slowdowns and stoppages this month, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Fatal Takata truck blast was 'like a big bomb,' sheriff says Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:38:09 EST The truck carrying Takata airbag inflators exploded 'like a big bomb,' said the Texas sheriff whose officers rushed the scene. Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. Past winners Olivier Rabiller, Thomas Mueller and Bernard Bradley have made big career moves. VW CEO expects turnaround to start bearing fruit in 2-3 years Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:05:20 EST Volkswagen AG CEO Matthias Mueller is pushing forward with a technological and organizational revamp of Europe's largest carmaker despite internal opposition and expects his efforts to begin bearing fruit in two to three years. Citroen concept hints at upscale styling for large cars Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:51:08 EST Citroen is hinting at a fresh upscale styling for its large cars with the Cxperience concept. The plug-in hybrid has the brand's new suspension technology and advanced interior features. Samsung SDI will build EV battery plant in Hungary Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:13:25 EST Samsung SDI plans a factory in Hungary to make electric-vehicle batteries, joining the race to tap European demand. The company produces batteries for the BMW i3. 2017 Infiniti Q60: An engine howl and booming exhaust notes Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's luxury division is preparing to launch a new version of its high-performance sport coupe. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 will offer more power, a greater variety of engines, some technology from Daimler and more safety systems. Takata says truck carrying airbag inflators exploded; 1 dead, 4 injured Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:39:57 EST A truck transporting Takata airbag inflators and propellants that are at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, resulting in one death and four injuries, the embattled auto parts supplier said today. Mitsubishi overstated mileage for 8 more models, Japanese ministry says Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:29:14 EST Japan's transport ministry today ordered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to stop domestic sales of eight vehicle models after an investigation found the automaker overstated their fuel economy, the second such order in a matter of months. Great Wall to complete Russian plant despite shaky economy Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:38:07 EST Great Wall Motor, China's largest SUV/crossover maker, is moving ahead with construction of a full-scale assembly plant in Russia even though sales are slow there. VW scraps plans to sue South Korea over sales ban Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:34:44 EST Volkswagen decided against suing South Korea which last month suspended sales of most of its models and slapped a fine of $15.93 million on the German carmaker for emissions and other violations. VW diesel owners quick to pick buyback over emissions fix Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:10:56 EST Given the choice of fixing diesel-cheating VW models or getting their money back, car owners in the U.S. are lining up for the cash. Almost half of the 475,000 drivers of Volkswagen AG cars on U.S. Chevrolet Bolt on track for a late '16 debut Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:01:04 EST The Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric hatchback is on track to be launched late this year, Chevrolet confirmed Monday, countering recent reports on various media and enthusiast websites that the car would be delayed for six months. AutoNews Now: U.S. sales expected to drop in Aug. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST U.S. sales expected to drop in Aug.; Talent drought is drying up buy-sell deals, experts say; VW brand product pipeline; Volkswagen out, Audi in?; Report: BMW plans 7-series coupe. How cars make sense of sensor info Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are increasingly turning to cameras, radar, lidar and other sensor technologies to make vehicles safer and more autonomous. Toyota bets on South America recovery Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. is investing in design and manufacturing in South America to capitalize on the region's rebound when it comes. 4th-gen Kia Rio gets sportier design Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Kia is giving a sporty look its Rio subcompact, which will be redesigned for the 2018 model year. Pininfarina's racer 'for gentleman drivers' Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Pininfarina plans to build 10 copies of the wild H2 Speed Concept from the Geneva auto show in March. Aston plans Vanquish Zagato roadster Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin will build a limited-edition, open-top sibling car to the Vanquish Zagato coupe it debuted this year. Only 99 Vanquish Zagato Volantes will be built, with deliveries beginning next year. VW closes Santa Monica design studio Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group's Design Center California in Santa Monica will close in November. Meanwhile, Audi plans to open its first U.S. design studio in Malibu, Calif. Safety technology still needs work Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The first wave of active safety technology - features such as emergency braking, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control - has reduced accidents. Photo booth is shooting for clicks Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Having a professional photo booth allows dealerships to showcase high-quality vehicle photos on their website. Subaru brings family-safety message home in very different ways Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:11:59 EST Any parent who has ever heard the phone ring in the middle of the night will identify with Subaru's commercial debuting tonight: It's your terrified teen calling to say he or she wrecked the car. First Shift: Another tragedy for Takata Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Another Takata tragedy: Truck in fatal crash; Unifor strike vote; Cadillac boss on defense; Chase, TrueCar launch direct shopping, loan program; BMW, Chevy Olympics marketing gold. Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:58:21 EST How do you create a meaningful brand experience when driving becomes only a means to an end? That is the question facing automakers as Mobileye and Delphi announced a technology deal that could accelerate the arrival of automated cars for the masses. BMW plans 7-series coupe to boost sales of its top model line, report says Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:10:43 EST BMW plans to launch a sporty two-door version of its 7-series flagship sedan, Bloomberg reported. The luxury coupe could be the first of several new 7-series derivatives to boost sales of the brand's most expensive model line. VW scandal casts long shadow on product plans Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST At first glance, it looks like business as usual for product launches at the Volkswagen Group through the end of the decade. VW dealer aid: How much is enough? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen dealers are finally in line for some much-needed financial relief nearly a year after watching their franchise values dwindle in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. Tired of the 'turn signal nanny' Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST As advanced safety technology spreads throughout automakers' vehicle lineups, automakers and suppliers are getting broader feedback about their effectiveness. Two safety systems illustrate the varying results. Court paves way for Indiana store to move Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Indiana dealership Ed Martin Toyota successfully fought off a prolonged bid by three rival stores to block its relocation. Dealers Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A look at dealers celebrating anniversaries with Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan and Toyota. Who led the charge for VW settlement? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST In March, a panel of VW dealers set out to negotiate a compensation deal with VW that would avert a lawsuit against the factory. Lexus leads in converting CPO shoppers Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Lexus dealerships do the best job of converting shoppers who consider certified used vehicles into CPO buyers. Polite nods for Escala Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest trip to the Monterey Peninsula for Cadillac -- to introduce the five-door Escala -- has thus far elicited the auto show equivalent of polite golf claps from auto scribes. Jeff Beck unleashes fiery riff against the driverless car Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST As a pioneering rock 'n' roll guitarist, Jeff Beck has fearlessly pushed the limits of electric guitar and amplifier technology for more than half a century. What's Lutz got to say about it? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Bob Lutz's opinions may be a dime a dozen, but they are never boring. Thus -- courtesy of Car and Driver -- here are new takes on several hot-button topics from the ex-BMW/Ford/Chrysler/General Motors superstar, now 84. Here's one way to build on that German heritage Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Trying to underscore its German heritage, Borgward is hiring away high-profile designers and engineers from German premium brands. China pulls Borgward back on its feet Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Against long odds, the Chinese-bankrolled resurrection of the long-dead German brand Borgward apparently is working. Porsche retunes for better fuel economy Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche's product plan is largely on track despite the diesel-related financial hit to parent company Volkswagen Group. The brand is expanding into new body styles while adding alternative power plants as part of a push to improve fuel economy. Embattled VW faces tough decisions Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A duo of key crossovers arriving in 2017 will headline one of the busiest years Volkswagen has seen in some time. After that, things start to get a little more murky. VW marred by scandal, but not paralyzed Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite the seemingly all-consuming scope of the diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group's wheels are still turning in Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart. Audi makes its move into the electric era Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Fast, sporty small cars and fresh new sedans will define the next several years of Audi's product plan, along with a push toward electrified powertrains. Talent shortage stalls buy-sells Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Buyers looking to acquire dealerships are facing a personnel bottleneck in the form of a shortage of qualified and available individuals to run the acquired stores. To cope, some would-be buyers are stepping up efforts to groom future managers. Cadillac vows no retreat on Project Pinnacle Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen isn't bending to accusations that his plan to transform the brand's retail network violates franchise laws and threatens smaller stores' survival. Critics of the plan, he says, are merely resistant to change. Mercedes shuffles U.S. sales team Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A management shuffle at Mercedes-Benz USA has elevated 18-year Mercedes veteran Bart Herring to one of the brand's top U.S. sales positions. Lambo's superhot supercar Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Lamborghini's $2.3 million Centenario Roadster is so exclusive, it sold out before its debut this month at Monterey Car Week.