Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Nissan likely to send former tech chief to lead reform at Mitsubishi, report says Mon, 23 May 2016 13:39:31 EST Nissan, which plans to spend $2.2 billion on a one-third controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, aims to place its former global tech chief in charge of reform at its smaller rival, which is mired in a fuel economy data scandal, sources told Reuters. Toyota expands Takata airbag recall by 1.6 million vehicles Mon, 23 May 2016 18:00:23 EST Toyota is recalling almost 1.6 million additional U.S. vehicles for front passenger side Takata airbag inflators that could rupture. North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership license Mon, 23 May 2016 16:49:25 EST North Carolina denied Tesla Motors' bid to attain a second dealership license in the state, saying the automaker must go through a third-party dealership group. AutoNews Now: The end of traffic deaths? Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Way to end traffic deaths? Volvo, Toyota say yes; Nissan's Mitsu reform move; 300, Charger moving to Pacifica platform?; Alfa crossover expected; Tesla goes for tourist trade. Garage Italia's custom BMW puts on a light show Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Garage Italia Customs has transformed the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid into the i8 Futurism Edition to celebrate BMW Italia's 50th anniversary. Feds flash their badges on auto data Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. McLaren charts big investment for big growth Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST McLaren Automotive has achieved in seven years what few British luxury brands have managed over far longer periods: consistent profitability. CEO Mike Flewitt talks about the challenges ahead. Just arrived: Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST More than a year and a half after Mercedes-Benz redesigned its C-class sedan, the C-class coupe gets its turn. Alfa expects to unveil crossover by end of year Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Alfa Romeo likely will reveal its new crossover by year end, brand chief Harald Wester said. FCA: Big-car output will stay in-house Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Even as Fiat Chrysler plans to outsource its compact and midsize sedans to another manufacturer, CEO Sergio Marchionne says he is 'totally' committed to building the company's large cars in-house. GM plans stop-start fleetwide by 2020 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors is going all in on stop-start. By 2020, nearly every GM light vehicle produced globally will have at least one powertrain combination available with the fuel-saving feature, which turns off the engine when the vehicle isn't moving. Mobileye will supply 2 fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mobileye reveals programs to supply two automakers with fully autonomous drive systems as soon as 2019. Public not sold on fully autonomous vehicles, study finds Mon, 23 May 2016 13:17:17 EST More than four out of five people would prefer not to ride in fully autonomous vehicles, a study published today found. Ford seeks partnerships as it looks beyond car-making Mon, 23 May 2016 13:29:07 EST Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the automaker would look for more partnerships with other companies as it moves to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars and trucks. TALK FROM THE TOP with Alan Batey: GM isn't sweating share losses Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM's sliding market share doesn't faze Alan Batey, who says the company is finally focused on profitable growth and brand building, rather than chasing volume through daily rental sales or overproduction. Bo Andersson, out of the shadows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a tucked-away corner of an empty restaurant, the familiar face emerges from the shadows, slipping into the room like a character from a John le Carré Russian spy novel. It's Bo Andersson. Yes, that Bo Andersson. German investor group calls for independent probe of VW scandal Mon, 23 May 2016 07:03:33 EST German investors association DSW today called for an independent audit of Volkswagen's emissions test-rigging scandal in addition to the carmaker's internal probe. Peugeot gives the 3008 a radical restyling with rugged looks Mon, 23 May 2016 08:01:32 EST Peugeot has radically changed the look of its new 3008, giving the car a more aggressive design to help the model stand out in the compact SUV/crossover segment. Tesla, eyeing summer vacationers, to open Hamptons, Cape Cod stores Mon, 23 May 2016 10:29:55 EST Tesla Motors, preparing for the Memorial Day holiday and a surge in summer travel in two of the nation's most well-known vacation spots, plans to open stores in the Hamptons and Cape Cod on Friday. 2017 GMC Acadia Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GMC is ceding people-hauling duties to its two Yukon SUVs as it shrinks the Acadia for the 2017 model year, the crossover's first redesign since its 2006 debut. Buyers wanted smaller Acadia Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GMC took cues from its customers by downsizing the redesigned Acadia for easier parking and better fuel efficiency. BMW pays homage to 2002 turbo Mon, 23 May 2016 05:53:33 EST BMW created a design study to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 2002 coupe, which the automaker says was one of the most significant models in its history. Fiat Chrysler shares fall on report of German sales ban threat Mon, 23 May 2016 05:16:36 EST Shares in Fiat Chrysler fell more than 5 percent after Germany's Bild newspaper reported that the carmaker could be prohibited from selling cars in Germany if evidence is found that the company disregarded emissions rules. Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation... Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, effective June 1. VW board tried to dilute Lower Saxony influence, report says Mon, 23 May 2016 03:10:26 EST A power struggle erupted on VW's supervisory board after the owning Porsche and Piech families joined representatives from Qatar in an attempt to dilute the voting power of Lower Saxony, German magazine Der Spiegel said. TALK FROM THE TOP with Joe Hinrichs: Restructuring paved way for Ford's renaissance Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST For all of the work Ford has done turning around Europe and growing in China, North America has generated 93 percent of the company's profits since 2011. It generated record earnings of $3.1 billion in the first quarter. TALK FROM THE TOP with Dave Zuchowski: Hyundai well-positioned for new era Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dave Zuchowski has a full plate of changes and challenges to deal with as CEO of Hyundai Motor America. But he's also taking stock of the immense changes that millennials, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles will present to the industry at large. Nissan's Gonzalez sees upside in Mexico Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mayra Gonzalez, Nissan Mexicana's next president, sees Mexico as much more than an export platform. It's an aspirational market where students are increasingly in a position to buy their first car and young families to step up to their first SUV. Zuchowski to dealers: Get with the times Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is sounding a call to his dealers that their way of doing business must change - fast. Contests boost benefits of just showing up Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Victorville Motors, a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership in Southern California, created a car-giveaway contest to encourage perfect attendance among students at local high schools. M-B: New variants to lift sales of C-class coupe Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz expects the mix of coupes in the C-class family to potentially increase to 20 percent with the introduction of the redesigned 2017 model. (No heading) Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Regulators may adopt new tactics to speed safety technology into vehicles, a top U.S. safety official says. Campaign for zero facalities started in safety-conscious Sweden Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The notion that traffic fatalities can be eliminated is a Swedish import. The initiative, known as Vision Zero, was written into Sweden's road safety law in 1997. GM's Batey puts faith in numbers Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Chat with General Motors' Alan Batey, and you'd hardly suspect that GM has given up more market share this year than any major automaker. That's because the North America chief sees plenty of other numbers he likes. Hyundai design team hosts a Bentley reunion Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Last year, Hyundai poached Bentley's chief designer, Luc Donckerwolke, and it has now brought in Bentley's exterior designer, Korean Sangyup Lee. The pace car? What else but a Chevrolet Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It has been a long time since anything other than a Chevrolet or General Motors vehicle was the official pace car of the Indy 500 - 1996 to be exact. There's no beating Indy 500 in the '60s Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The most exciting era in the history of the Indianapolis 500 was the mid-1960s, when the Brickyard was shifting from front-engine, Offenhauser-powered roadsters to low-slung, rear-engine racers. Driving Indy's pace car is an honor and a huge responsibility Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In those heart-thumping first trips around the track -- and later when caution flags are out -- the pace car is in command of the Indy 500. It's a terrific responsibility and an honor for the driver and for the make and model of car. Can PSA be most efficient carmaker? Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Under PSA Group's Push to Pass plan, the automaker aims "to become the world's most efficient carmaker," CEO Carlos Tavares says. Honda rethinks Henry Ford's assembly line Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda's new vehicle-assembly approach breaks with ideas that go back to Henry Ford. Instead of standing still as cars pass down the factory line, Honda associates in its newest plant work in teams that ride down the assembly line with the car. Ghosn warns small makers: Beware a U.S. downturn Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the robust U.S. market is covering over the vulnerabilities of small automakers. Next Audi A8 takes cues from Prologue concepts Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST A prototype of Audi's next-generation A8 flagship spotted by spy photographer in Europe shows how design elements from the brand's Prologue series of concept cars will be adopted for production vehicles. Concepts preview new Volvo compacts Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo previewed its new compact-vehicle range by unveiling concepts for an XC40 crossover and a vehicle that hints at the next V40 hatchback. Indy 500: Celebrate the automobile Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend is a great time to celebrate the automobile and the spirit of innovation marking the race and the industry. Eagles work in concert for Fiat ad shoot Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST To grab dramatic footage aerial footage of the Fiat 124 roadster, ad agency FCB Chicago used a trio of eagles with small Sony Action Cams attached to them, and tried to steer clear of crows. Supercharging a Facebook marketing drive Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Quirky outreach can be fun and memorable for consumers, but Jack Ingram Nissan's aim went beyond entertainment. London taxi maker raises $400 million for plug-in fleet Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The maker of London's iconic black cabs has raised $400 million to help finance production of a plug-in hybrid taxi. Sales are set to start in 2017 in time for a Jan. Tesla case puts plant labor in spotlight Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Eisenmann Corp., a construction contractor at the center of a report about labor abuses and safety lapses at a Tesla plant, is investigating all supplier contracts, a probe that could touch other automakers. Can traffic deaths be eliminated? Sat, 21 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Getting to zero traffic fatalities may be unattainable, safety advocates concede. But they say it is possible to virtually eliminate the 30,000-plus annual highway deaths in the U.S.