Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST Jaguar picks XE as first China-made model Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Jaguar's new XE will be the brand's first model made in China. The midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover SUVs in Changshu. Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of. VIN switcheroo a crushing defeat for Mini Cooper Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States. In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there. Honda dealers face recall phone blitz Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. Opel CEO warns that 2016 profit target is under threat, report says Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:07:02 EST Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has warned top managers that the General Motors unit's 2016 profit target is under threat from economic setbacks, according to a German daily paper. U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:38:42 EST Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags. Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:21:21 EST Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday. AvtoVAZ blames supplier woes for Lada's loss of No. 1 spot Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST AvtoVAZ blamed supplier problems for Ladas failure to have the No. 1-selling car in Russia last month after the Kia Rio outsold the Lada Granta. New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR. FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:49:18 EST FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:59:43 EST General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said today. Free of U.S. ownership, Ally expects cheaper funds, maybe more subprime deals Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:13:47 EST Ally Financial is 'free at last,' to borrow a phrase CEO Michael Carpenter used earlier this year to describe how it would feel for Ally finally to put six years of government ownership behind it. Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:45 EST Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said. Nissan tops 100,000 sales in Canada for first time, gains market share Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:02:22 EST Nissan said its sales in Canada have reached a record-breaking 100,000 new vehicles this year. Mercedes recalls 8,279 Sprinter vans in U.S. for possible oil leak Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:02:17 EST Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,279 Sprinter vans in the United States because of a potential oil leak that would increase the risk of a fire or a stalling engine, according to documents filed by federal safety regulators. FCA recalling Dodge Ram pickups for possible loose fastener Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:03 EST FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by federal safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach. Renault works on Citroen C4 Cactus rival Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:47:02 EST Renault is developing an affordable small car that could preview a future rival to the Citroen C4 Cactus. Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:51:38 EST Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars. Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EST Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago. Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:43 EST Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich. Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:57:36 EST Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers. Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:08:03 EST Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles. Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:04:20 EST GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout. VW said to push forward with main car-brand margin revival plan Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:52 EST Volkswagen approved projects for adding several hundred million euros to earnings in coming years in its effort to almost triple profit margins at the namesake car brand, according to sources. Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:03:40 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the 'perfect electric vehicle for every day driving. Former Saab owner Spyker is bankrupt Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:38:40 EST Spyker -- the Dutch supercar maker that was hurt by its acquisition of Saab from General Motors -- was today declared bankrupt even as founder and CEO Victor Muller vowed to revive the company. GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russia sales on ruble's collapse Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:12:05 EST GM, Audi and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily stopped selling cars in Russia this week, deciding that taking a timeout from the market was the best way to deal with the ruble's collapse. Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:12:27 EST Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years. Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:54:57 EST Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan's automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyer Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:20:35 EST The Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry. Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Drivers don't need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well. Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:17:26 EST Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports. Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:09:59 EST The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Acura to unwrap NSX at Detroit auto show Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Acura will reveal a production version of the NSX supercar -- the luxury brand's long-awaited halo car -- in Detroit next month. Toyota-PSA Czech JV plant cuts 2015 production target Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:47:52 EST Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles. Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:27:36 EST Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper. Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:34:29 EST Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests. Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:40:40 EST Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday. Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38:06 EST Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea's Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics. Acura boss sees rise in leasing in 2015 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:15:00 EST Acura should see a 'steady lift,' rather than a big jump, in leases as a portion of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, the brand's general manager says. VW will oust head product strategist, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:22:33 EST Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. PSA may move Paris headquarters, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:01:34 EST PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering shifting its headquarters away from the center of Paris as a cost-cutting push impacts executive ranks, Bloomberg reported. Asian carmakers' Russia ambitions hit by ruble collapse Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:28:04 EST Asian carmakers, which have been gaining market share in Russia at the expense of European and U.S. rivals, have been hit as the ruble plunges and auto sales skid. In-store kiosks put FandI right in front of customers Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations. Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:21:50 EST Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs. GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:56:56 EST Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law. Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more. Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:55:33 EST Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. %]