Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 EST First Shift: Shotgun, purses and a widening scandal Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:30:00 EST UAW exec, and his shotgun, entangled in growing scandal, report says; Ford's Hackett on robot reality; Toyota car-sharing test; Wood chips for parts, supervolcanoes for batteries. Diesel Porsche Cayenne registrations banned by Swiss road agency Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:18:47 EST Switzerland's road agency imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of 3.0-liter Porsche Cayenne SUVs equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software. Top fund investors pumped brakes on fast-rising Tesla stock Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:01:37 EST Top Tesla investors Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price cut their holdings in the second quarter and indicated they were taking profits from the electric car maker stock. China's Great Wall to show Wey premium brand in Frankfurt Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:11:42 EST China's Great Wall will display products from its newly created Wey premium brand at the Frankfurt auto show next month. The brand's first vehicle, the VV7 crossover, went on sale at the Shanghai auto show in April. China's Guangzhou joins rivals in denying plans to buy Fiat Chrysler Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:52:16 EST Chinese carmaker Guangzhou has joined domestic rivals Geely and Dongfeng in saying it has no plans to acquire Fiat Chrysler. Belgian buyers push gasoline cars past diesels Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:47:37 EST For the first time in 20 years, the sale of gasoline-powered cars topped diesels in Belgium in the first half, industry federation Febiac said. New cars with gasoline engines accounted for 48. BMW remaps the roadster with Concept Z4 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:45:00 EST BMW is returning to the roadster market and previews the styling with the Concept Z4 -- the automaker's vision of a modern, small and sporty car. The next Z4, due in 2019, features a new lightweight platform and is expected to grow in size. ZF exec looks for help to reduce traffic deaths Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Torsten Gollewski, ZF's head of advanced engineering and a former Audi manager, is determined to reduce the 1.25 million traffic deaths that occur globally each year. BMW, Daimler discuss car-sharing pact, Sixt CEO hints Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:15:45 EST Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, hinted Erich Sixt, the CEO of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt. Ford CEO doesn't see robot army on roads anytime soon Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:09:39 EST Ford's newly minted CEO doesn't foresee a robot takeover when it comes to the advent of autonomous vehicles. Detroit 3 to tout performance and vintage cars at Woodward Dream Cruise Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:25:33 EST Ford, Chevy and Dodge will turn to the Woodward Dream Cruise, a classic-car celebration in suburban Detroit, on Saturday to generate some marketing buzz on their offerings. BMW and Daimler may consider merging car-sharing units Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:03:02 EST German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the CEO of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted. AutoNews Now: A peek at the posh products of Pebble Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:00 EST From BMW Z4 to a $20M Aston: A peek at the posh products of Pebble; GM thwarts settlement; Charlottesville: Reactions from GM, Dana, Ford; Nissan Leaf road show. Tesla responds to D.C. businessman's complaints Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:13:36 EST Tesla has responded to comments made in a Tuesday guest blog on the Automotive News website by Washington, D.C., businessman Alain Cohen. Ford settles racial, sexual harassment probe for $10.1 million Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:24:38 EST Ford agreed to pay $10 million to settle sexual and racial harassment allegations by workers at two Chicago plants, resolving an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. GM thwarts plaintiffs' $1 billion accord with Old GM trust fund Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:46:45 EST GM thwarted a $15 million settlement between the company's bankruptcy trust and plaintiffs that would have forced the automaker to contribute $1 billion in stock, prompting claims of a secret plot. Hyundai plans long-range premium EV in strategic shift Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:19:45 EST Hyundai is placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy -- one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car. First Shift: Ford settles bias, harassment charges Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:30:00 EST Ford to settle bias, harassment charges for up to $10.1M; Hyundai EV push; Nissan dealer to pay defrauded buyers; Dongfeng: No plans to buy FCA; Jaguar Land Rover future product. Aston Martin loses another exec to Dyson Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:24 EST Aston Martin has lost its second executive to Dyson in a year as the carmaker's director of purchasing, David Wyer, will become Dyson's head of procurement. Fiat Chrysler is not an acquisition target, Dongfeng says Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:19:19 EST Dongfeng has no current plans to acquire all or part of Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reported. The company was one of several cited in an Automotive News report that said "a well-known Chinese automaker" had made an offer this month for FCA. Roy Lunn, father of the Ford GT40, modern SUV, dies at 92 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:16:31 EST A mechanical and aeronautical engineer who led development of the first Jeep Cherokee and Ford's original GT40, Roy Lunn helped pioneer unitized bodies for SUVs to help meet fuel-economy requirements. Ford ups capability, convenience on F-150 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST The freshened F-150 pickup enters a market in which the competition is expected to significantly increase, with redesigned pickups from top rivals. Hyundai counts on SUV push to pass Toyota in Europe Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Hyundai will double the number of SUVs it offers in Europe to four by 2019 and is expected to boost its crossover lineup even further by 2021, which is when it aims to pass Toyota and Nissan to become the region's top-selling Asian brand. Germany's Merkel reaffirms her million EV pledge Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to speed up Germany's transition to electric vehicles, saying that efforts would need to be increased if a target of having a million such cars on the roads by 2020 were to be met. #8203; Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:41:58 EST GM suspended Alphons Iacobelli after federal officials accused him of being at the center of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar conspiracy while previously leading labor negotiations at FCA. U.S. judge in Takata bankruptcy halts lawsuits vs. automakers for 90 days Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:20:43 EST A federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Takata's business in the United States halted lawsuits for 90 days against automakers brought by victims of its faulty airbag inflators. M-B Financial, Mini Financial, TD Auto Finance score highest in dealer satisfaction Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mini Financial Services and TD Auto Finance topped their segments in lender services satisfaction among auto dealers, a JD Power report said. VW to reveal more details on EV microbus, source says Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:01:25 EST VW brand CEO Herbert Diess is expected to announce on Saturday more details regarding the production of the battery-powered I.D. Buzz microbus slated to debut in 2022, a company source told Automotive News Europe. Barra's role on Trump forum ends as group disbands Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:19 EST A group of business leaders and President Trump announced the disbandment of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum, which originally included GM CEO Mary Barra and more than a dozen other CEOs from several industries. GM's FandI product unit partners with MaximTrak Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:23:32 EST General Motors' FandI product group will use MaximTrak Technologies as an FandI platform provider for its U.S. dealers. As MaximTrak's capabilities expand, the relationship could extend to other dealership departments. Geely says it has no plan to buy FCA Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:27:07 EST Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings denied that it planned to make a takeover bid for Fiat Chrysler, following an Automotive News report this week that it was a potential suitor for the Italian company. Geely earnings double on cars co-developed with Volvo Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:01:55 EST Geely Automobile Holdings said that first-half profit more than doubled, scoring its fastest earnings growth in eight years as cars designed with Volvo won over domestic consumers. Deutsche Post open to more EV van projects with Ford Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:28:52 EST Deutsche Post said it would consider broadening an EV van alliance with Ford. The two companies have developed the StreetScooter Work XL, for which Ford is supplying vehicle technology based on its Transit model. First Shift: FCA joins BMW-Intel self-driving team Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:00 EST FCA joins BMW-Intel self-driving alliance; Geely exec: No plans to buy FCA; AFL-CIO leaders quit Trump panel; GM said to have suspended Iacobelli; How natural gas fell out of favor. Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving alliance Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:05:28 EST Fiat Chrysler is joining the self-driving alliance led by BMW, Intel and Mobileye, becoming the second automaker in the year-old group to opt to partner in developing an autonomous driving platform. Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche help to revive a sector that had been in steady decline for eight consecutive years. Uber considering sale of U.S. car-leasing business, report says Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Ride-hailing company Uber is evaluating options for its capital-intensive car-leasing business, including a sale of the unit, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Why this Tesla fan thinks the company is losing its way Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:59:45 EST Call me an early adopter. I bought the 892nd Tesla roadster to come off the line in 2010. There were problems. Then I bought a second, and a third. NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' start to talks Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:03:20 EST Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an "ambitious" first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the 23-year-old pact by early next year. Profit-rich trucks may catch break in Trump auto review Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:10:20 EST A move under consideration by the Trump administration could ease tough fuel-efficiency standards set to take effect in 2021 on light trucks, the bulwark of US auto industry sales and profits. Should Barra join CEOs quitting Trump panels? Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:53:47 EST As President Trump seemingly stumbles from one crisis to another, GM and CEO Mary Barra find themselves mired in a major public-relations dilemma. Opel debuts new retail format in Germany Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:47:59 EST Opel is piloting a new retail format that offers German customers the opportunity to purchase a new car while shopping in a mall, mimicking a concept first developed by the UK's Rockar dealership group for Hyundai. German green group to pursue diesel bans Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:50:46 EST German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow after key environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remain inadequate. To win JLR's new plant, Slovakia resolved a long list of issues Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:22:31 EST Landing a new greenfield auto assembly plant project is a rare prize these days in Europe's mature auto manufacturing landscape. That makes Slovakia's recent success all the more notable. Spain's automotive comeback captures global interest Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:07:53 EST A series of measures adopted by Spain's automotive employers after the 2008 economic crisis have helped restore the country to growth mode. Dodge deletes 'Roadkill' posts after social-media backlash Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:13:38 EST After taking flak on social media, Dodge took down posts promoting drag races that took place the same day the driver of one of its vehicles killed a protester in Charlottesville, Va. Frankfurt no-shows signal brands' investment shift Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST The number of automakers skipping next month's Frankfurt auto show highlights a shift in thinking among carmakers as they increasingly opt for their own events or choose to attend smaller, but more diverse shows. Chrysler hints at 2-door PT Cruiser Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:28:30 EST Chrysler hints that a two-door version of the PT Cruiser may be in the works with the preview of the Chrysler California Cruiser concept coupe on Aug. 19, 2002, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Three-wheeler producer Elio Motors seeks to raise $100M Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:16:21 EST Three-wheel vehicle producer Elio Motors is seeking to raise $100 million -- and fast -- as the company seeks to shore up its deteriorating finances. Infiniti Prototype 9 pays homage to '40s-styled racers Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Infiniti may not have a vaunted motorsports pedigree but that hasn't stopped designers from creating a retro-looking race car and showcasing it at the year's most elevated celebration of automotive engineering, performance and design.