Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Toyota adds child models to virtual crash test software Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:31:26 EST Toyota said it is including child-size models for the first time in the latest update of its virtual crash test dummy software, which is sold globally to automakers, suppliers and researchers. Germany's Merkel weighs pollution goal that would spur EV, hybrid sales Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:49:52 EST Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is working on targets to cut pollution on Germany's roads that may effectively set a deadline for the car industry to shift a large portion of production to electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. U.S. tells certain 2001-03 Honda owners to stop driving Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:29:19 EST U.S. officials warned owners of certain 2001-03 Honda and Acura vehicles to stop driving their cars, citing that new data showing the vehicles' Takata airbag inflators have as much as a 50 percent chance of exploding in a crash. VW believes it can fix 85,000 polluting 3.0-liter U.S. vehicles Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:11:20 EST A lawyer for Volkswagen AG said the German automaker believes it can fix 85,000 polluting 3.0-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel cars and SUVs, a move that could help the company avoid a second pricey buyback. Dealers should play a role in auto safety education, NTSB official says Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:59:53 EST Auto dealers should have a role in educating consumers on properly using potentially life-saving vehicle technology, a National Transportation Safety Board member said. Leoni to cut 1,100 jobs at car-wiring division Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:04:05 EST Leoni will cut about 1,100 jobs this year at its division that makes cable harnesses and wiring systems for the auto industry and expects the retrenchments to boost annual earnings from 2017, the company said. Diesels will have just 9% of Europe market by 2030, study says Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Diesel engines will account for 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe by 2030 #8211; down from about half today -- because automakers will rely more on electrified powertrains to meet new emissions rules, according to a study. GM exec sees little Brexit effect for automaker in U.S. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:54:10 EST GM's chief economist, Mustafa Mohatarem, says it is too soon to measure the effect of the UK vote to leave the EU on the automaker, but the outcome will likely have little impact in the U.S. UK minister says tariff-free EU access for automakers is a top priority Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:54:42 EST The UK's business minister, Sajid Javid, who is seeking to become the country's next finance minister, said he is focused on securing uninhibited access to European markets for UK car exports in EU divorce talks following last week's vote to leave... BMW teams up with Intel, Mobileye on self-driving tech, report says Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:04:17 EST BMW will meet on Friday to discuss its development partnership for self-driving technology with software maker Mobileye and chipmaker Intel, people familiar with the matter said today. Japan automakers recall 1.3 million cars at home over Takata airbags Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:32:31 EST Japanese automakers recalled about 1.3 million cars at home as part of an expanded recall of potentially faulty airbags from Takata, with some planning more recalls overseas that could affect more than 1 million additional cars. Industry's sales record streak to end in 2016? Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A newly released report from AlixPartners forecasts U.S. light-vehicle sales of 17.5 million in 2017 -- down slightly from this year's 17.8 million forecast. The consulting firm expects U.S. sales to bottom out at 15.2 million vehicles in 2019. Robert Cox, ad man behind Ford's 'Quality is Job 1' pitch, dies Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:30:00 EST Robert Cox, an outspoken New York advertising executive who helped Ford embrace the slogan 'Quality is Job 1' in the 1980s and later crafted ad campaigns for Honda and Saturn, has died. He was 78. For one VW owner, satisfaction won't come easy Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:45:00 EST Under Volkswagen's proposed $14.7 billion make-good for skirting U.S. diesel emissions rules, there won't be a quick and tidy resolution to the mess for many VW owners. VW's biggest shareholder welcomes $15 billion U.S. settlement Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:45:26 EST VW Group's biggest shareholder said the $15.3 billion settlement with U.S. authorities over its cheating on emissions tests will remove a major roadblock toward a recovery from the scandal once final approval has been granted. GM economist sees negligible impact of Brexit on U.S. autos, for now Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:18:45 EST It is too soon to measure the impact of the British vote to leave the EU on General Motors, but the decision will likely not have much effect on the company in its home market, GM's chief economist said on Wednesday. Former N.Y. Nissan dealer to repay customers nearly $102,000 for illegal fees, fraud Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:49:10 EST A former New York dealer has agreed to pay $101,986 in restitution to 119 consumers for charging them illegal fees and employing deceptive sales and advertising tactics, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. GM slashes 4G broadband data-plan pricing Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:19:26 EST General Motors is cutting rates in half on its OnStar 4G LTE data plans, a bid to drive greater use of in-vehicle Internet service and plug what the company sees as a key differentiator. Toyota recalls 3.4 million cars over faulty airbags, fuel tanks Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:37:43 EST Toyota said it is recalling about 3.4 million vehicles to repair separate flaws involving leaky fuel tanks and curtain airbag inflators from Autoliv that may crack and injure occupants. Daimler's pension fund gets 1.8 billion euro Renault-Nissan stake Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:07:51 EST Daimler topped up its German pension scheme by transferring a stake in Renault-Nissan worth about 1.8 billion euros ($2 billion) to the fund. Porsche CEO expects boost from new Panamera Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:08:52 EST Porsche expects the new Panamera to give a boost to the weakest performing model line in its portfolio. CEO Oliver Blume told Automotive News Europe he hopes to sell about 20,000 or more Panameras a year globally, up from 17,200 last year. 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio priced at $19,650 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:38:33 EST The 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio will be the cheapest convertible on the market at $19,650, with shipping, when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall, Mercedes-Benz USA said. Renault may raise UK car prices to weather Brexit storm Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:20:58 EST Renault may increase prices in the UK to counter the pound's slump following Britain's vote to leave the EU, Reuters reported. The UK accounted for 8 percent of Renault's sales in Europe last year. Brexit may cost carmakers 2.8 million global sales, IHS says Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:52:22 EST The UK's vote to leave the EU may cost automakers about 2.8 million light-vehicle sales worldwide through 2018, researcher IHS Automotive said. The UK is expected to be hit hardest. Instead of expanding 3. Suzuki Motor appoints scion as CEO to rebuild after testing scandal Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:36:07 EST Suzuki Motor Corp. tapped the son of the company patriarch to become CEO, keeping management of Japan's fourth-largest automaker with the founding family as it tries to recover from a testing scandal. Jaguar Land Rover says 'short-term' Brexit impact will not affect Slovak plant Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:49:30 EST Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's biggest automaker, said the short-term effects of Britain's decision to leave the EU will not affect plans to build a new plant in Slovakia, where production is slated to begin in 2018. PSA, Dongfeng JV reshuffles China management amid sales slump Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:24:10 EST PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng in China has appointed a new executive vice president and a new general manager after suffering a sales slump in the first five months of the year. Toyota recalls 3.4 million cars globally over airbags, fuel tanks Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:04:37 EST Toyota said it's recalling about 3.4 million vehicles globally to repair separate flaws involving leaky fuel tanks and curtain airbags that may crack and injure occupants. Why VW owners get $10,000 in U.S., but a bit of pipe in the EU Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:24:01 EST If you own a Volkswagen with a diesel engine in the U.S., the company will buy back your car and give you as much as $10,000. If you drive one in Europe, you may only get a piece of pipe. Tesla investor group wants more independent board, cites Musk ties Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:12:11 EST An investor group called on Tesla to add two independent directors to its board and separate the roles of chairman and chief executive as it highlighted founder and CEO Elon Musk's dominance of the board in the wake of Tesla's proposed bid for... VW owners to get buyback price plus at least $5,100 in U.S. deal Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:25:03 EST VW's decision to violate U.S. emissions rules on 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, a cornerstone of its vehicle lineup, will cost the company more than $15 billion under far-reaching settlements with car owners, the federal government and dozens of states. Lincoln to provide free pickup, delivery for service vehicles Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Lincoln, in a bid to stand out among larger luxury brands, will provide free pickup and delivery of service vehicles to new owners starting with 2017 models. FEV North America to build $27.4 million tech center in suburban Detroit Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:53:49 EST FEV North America plans to construct a $27.4 million North American headquarters and tech center north of Detroit in Auburn Hills. Fiat Chrysler rollaway recall linked to 68 injuries, 266 crashes Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:49:21 EST U.S. VW settlement promotes technologies sold by competitors Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:26:49 EST Volkswagen's $15 billion settlement with the U.S. and California over cheating on diesel emissions includes billions of dollars to support technologies sold by rivals such as General Motors and Toyota. Canadian auto industry's future at stake in labor talks, Unifor chief says Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:06:06 EST Ask Unifor President Jerry Dias what's at stake in upcoming labor negotiations with the Detroit 3 automakers, and he'll say it's nothing less than the future of the Canadian auto industry. Goodbye, 12-volts Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST With fuel economy regulations tightening and connectivity and autonomous-driving capability proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automobile electrical system has reached the end of the road. Smart to land in U.S. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST DaimlerChrysler AG announces on June 28, 2006, that U.S. sales of the microcar brand Smart will begin in 2008. The brand name Smart derives from its early cooperative studies with Swatch and Mercedes: Swatch Mercedes Art. Toyota Camry returns to No. 1 on 'most American' list Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:15:00 EST The Toyota Camry took the top spot for the 10th annual American-Made Index. The Camry has topped the index six times. Automakers rank high on annual ad-spending list Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:09:23 EST The Detroit 3 held their top-10 rankings unchanged on Advertising Age's list of the 200 Leading National Advertisers for 2015. Most other automakers slipped, as companies such as Amazon, Expedia and Merck climbed. UAW members unanimously ratify contract with supplier Sakthi Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:54:57 EST UAW workers at aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group unanimously agreed to their first collectively bargained contract. 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R is a 577-hp German missile Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST The latest weapon in the Mercedes-Benz arsenal takes what it's learned from the road-going GT and GT S coupes and race-ready GT3 and brings it all together. Q&A on Volkswagen scandal settlement Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:29:45 EST Volkswagen has agreed to offer nearly 500,000 owners of diesel vehicles it sold in the U.S. Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:42:08 EST Nissan's team in the UK is 'shell-shocked' by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel: Docile and mud-friendly with an attitude Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:01:30 EST While the high-riding Ram Rebel is designed to be driven off-road, it isn't a full out, purpose-built rally ready truck like the Ford Raptor. Rebel's appeal also has to do with its brawny, beefy looks. Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:50:19 EST Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Citroen seeks boost from new wave of quirky cars Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:24:27 EST Citroen went from oozing elegance and quirky charm to producing vehicles that lacked the panache of their ancestors. The arrival of the C4 Cactus rekindled Citroen's spark. Takata boss says he'll step down once 'new regime' is in place Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:12:07 EST Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said he will resign after a "new management regime" is found, finally heeding calls for change so that the auto parts supplier can move ahead in dealing with a multibillion dollar airbag recall. Mitsubishi hints at high-end SUV with Ground Tourer concept Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:14:28 EST Mitsubishi, fighting an emissions scandal at home and a sparse lineup overseas, is dangling a new 'high-end SUV coupé" concept to showcase a new direction in design and product. VW's U.S. settlement to grow to $15 billion in emissions scandal, report says Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:49:05 EST Volkswagen AG's settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday.