Automotive News Automakers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 19 Aug 2018 06:00:00 EST BMW to give careful consideration to raising stake in China venture, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180819/ANE/180819837/bmw-to-give-careful-consideration-to-raising-stake-in-china-venture Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:45:35 EST BMW will give the possibility of raising its stake in its Chinese joint venture careful consideration, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a company executive. Why Tesla's board is looking for executive talent http://www.autonews.com/article/20180819/OEM02/180819841/elon-musk-executive-board-tesla-recruiting Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:54:28 EST Tesla's board s on the lookout for senior talent -- though it's not actively searching for a COO, a person familiar with the board's thinking told Bloomberg. Startup supplier Tula Technology worries about CAFE rollback http://www.autonews.com/article/20180819/OEM10/180819848/tula-technology-startup-chevy-silverado-cylinder Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Tula Technology CEO Scott Bailey is convinced the CAFE rules played a major role in GM's 2012 decision to invest in Tula, become a development partner and license its technology. Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrians http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180819/COPY/308199999/autonomous-driving-safety-pedestrians Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Some autonomous car technologists say the problem isn't that self-driving cars don't work, it's that people act unpredictably. How to build a McLaren supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180819/OEM01/180829979/manufacturing-mclaren-senna-england Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST McLaren Automotive builds its high-dollar supercars in an unusual, 371,354-square-foot partially underground building in bucolic southern England. VW's Diess learned about emissions software months before scandal, report says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180818/COPY/308189994/vw-scandal-diess-regulators-emissions Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:32:00 EST VW CEO Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a multi-billion exhaust emissions scandal, a German magazine said. VW's Diess learned about emissions software months before scandal, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180818/OEM02/180819842/vw-scandal-diess-regulators-emissions Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:32:00 EST VW CEO Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a multi-billion exhaust emissions scandal, a German magazine said. Tesla struggles with too much reliance on troubled CEO Elon Musk http://www.autonews.com/article/20180818/OEM02/180829945/tesla-elon-musk-ceo Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla's story has been such a soap opera that it's hard to know which twists and turns are worth heeding. Tariffs hit toolmakers in supply chain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180818/OEM10/180829973/tariffs-suppliers-toolmakers-consultant-laurie-harbour Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Supplier consultant Laurie Harbour says tariffs are raising tool costs for auto suppliers. Why Toyota is expanding in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/OEM01/180819852/toyota-china-manufacturing-expansion Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:52:07 EST Toyota will expand capacity at its auto plant in China's Guangzhou, a company source told Reuters, in addition to beefing up production at a factory in Tianjin city by 120,000 vehicles a year. Toyota ordered to pay family $242 million for Lexus seat defect http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/OEM01/180819843/toyota-ordered-to-pay-family-242-million-for-lexus-seat-defect Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:52:03 EST A Texas jury on Friday hit Toyota with a $242 million verdict after finding that defects in the front seats of a 2002 Lexus ES300 caused serious injuries to a Dallas family's two young children. Tearful Elon Musk tells NYT nobody reviewed Tesla funding tweet; SpaceX may help bankroll going-private transaction http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY01/308179971/musk-private-tesla-ambien-spacex Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:27:50 EST Elon Musk said nobody reviewed his tweet about the plan to take Tesla private before he posted it, the New York Times reported, citing an interview in which Musk frequently teared up. Former Key Safety CFO joins Busche Performance Group as CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/OEM02/180819850/former-key-safety-cfo-joins-busche-performance-group-as-ceo Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:42:54 EST The executive who led Key Safety Systems' push to acquire Takata in a $1.6 billion deal has left the supplier to become the CEO of Busch Performance Group. Detroit preps for annual automotive Mardi Gras http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/RETAIL03/180819849/detroits-woodward-dream-cruise-expected-to-draw-1-3-million-people Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:52:34 EST Detroit's traffic jam/party of the year known as the Woodward Dream Cruise is back for a 24th year with 1.3 million people expected to jam the three-day event. AutoNews Now: Tears of a CEO: Musk on most 'painful year of my career' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/VIDEO/308179994/autonews-now-tears-of-a-ceo-musk-on-most-painful-year-of-my-career Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:00:00 EST Tears of a CEO: Musk on most 'painful year of my career'; Lost sleep, late tweets; No secret 'weed' code; Toyota capacity push?; New dealer Wahlberg gives Colbert the hard sell. Is there a 'peak car' era ahead for the auto industry? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY01/308179961/why-the-industry-must-prepare-for-the-peak-car-era Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:40:42 EST The auto industry is accelerating toward a shift that is being dubbed "peak car" -- a time when sales of private vehicles across the West will plateau before making a swift descent. Why the industry must prepare for the 'peak car' era http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/ANE/180819854/why-the-industry-must-prepare-for-the-peak-car-era Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:40:42 EST As more people shun car ownership and embrace alternative mobility options such as car-sharing schems, the industry is accelerating toward a shift that is being dubbed "peak car" -- a time in the not-too-distant future when sales of private vehicles... Why some VW diesel owners in Germany could face de-registration http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY01/308179965/vw-owners-in-germany-risk-de-registration-if-they-dont-fix-cheat Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Germany's federal motor vehicle authority has warned that owners of some VW diesel vehicles who fail to have manipulated emissions software fixed could have their cars taken off the road. Volkswagen Group sales jump 11% in July ahead of WLTP shift http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/ANE/180819851/volkswagen-group-sales-jump-11-in-july-ahead-of-wltp-shift Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:09:32 EST VW Group said its global vehicle sales jumped 11 percent last month as growth was boosted by a special sales program in Europe for vehicles ahead of the introduction of new emissions tests in September. PwC's automotive leader, Dietmar Ostermann, says nationality matters http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY/308179986/pxc-dietmar-ostermann-nationality-suppliers Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST PwC's automotive leader, Dietmar Ostermann, makes the point that as automakers compete through innovation, supplier nationality still matters. Why Toyota is expanding in China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY/308179967/toyota-china-manufacturing-expansion Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:52:07 EST Toyota will expand capacity at its auto plant in China's Guangzhou, a company source told Reuters, in addition to beefing up production at a factory in Tianjin city by 120,000 vehicles a year. Ford's July sales rise 1% in Europe on SUV demand http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/ANE/180819873/fords-july-sales-rise-1-in-europe-on-suv-demand Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford's new-car sales in Europe rose 1.4 percent to 74,300 last month as strong demand for the EcoSport and Kuga SUVs helped lift the brand. First Shift: Fateful airport trip: Story behind Musk tweet http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/VIDEO/308179993/first-shift-fateful-airport-trip-story-behind-musk-tweet Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST A fateful airport trip: Musk tells story behind his take-private tweet; SpaceX role in plan?; Ford adding 9 nameplates; Subaru Forester pricing; Shortfalls of driver assistance tech. Former Autoliv boss outlines new goals at spinoff Veoneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY01/308179968/former-autoliv-boss-outlines-new-goals-at-spinoff-veoneer Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST As CEO of Autoliv, Jan Carlson spearheaded the spinoff of the Swedish supplier's active-safety business into a new publicly traded company, Veoneer, which he now heads. How did Elon Musk come up with the $420 buyout figure? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180817/OEM02/180819853/elon-musk-hidden-meaning-420 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:20:30 EST As some Tesla watchers suspected, CEO Elon Musk had a hidden meaning behind the $420-per-share figure he announced last week for taking Tesla private. Musk has no plans to relinquish chairman, CEO roles http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/ANE/180819855/musk-has-no-plans-to-relinquish-chairman-ceo-roles Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:27:50 EST Elon Musk has no plans to relinquish his dual role as chairman and CEO of Tesla, he said in a newspaper interview. The executive is under intense scrutiny by U.S. BMW tests electric 3 series in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY/308179999/bmw-electric-3-spy-photos Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW's electric 3 series, a competitor to Tesla's Model 3, has been pictured undergoing road tests in Europe. The sedan is based on the redesigned model expected to be unveiled this autumn at the Paris auto show. Michigan's Gentex uses social media to attract workers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180817/COPY/308179985/gentex-michigan-jobs-social-media Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST U.S. supplier Gentex is getting creative about recruitment through the use of social media, particularly Facebook. Aretha Franklin, touchstone voice of the Motor City, dies at 76 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/RETAIL03/180819871/aretha-franklin-dead-76 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:28:18 EST Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul whose voice and music became a touchstone of the Motor City's car culture and Detroit 3 marketing efforts, died Thursday. The Memphis-born singer and longtime resident of the Detroit area was 76. 2019 Subaru Forester to start at $25,270 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/RETAIL/180819859/2019-subaru-forester-redesign-pricing-increase Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:09:17 EST The redesigned Subaru Forester, which moves to the brand's global platform, comes with a slight price increase to go along with its bigger size and added standard safety technology. VW owners in Germany risk de-registration if they don't fix cheat diesels http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/ANE/180819891/vw-owners-in-germany-risk-de-registration-if-they-dont-fix-cheat Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Germany's federal motor vehicle authority has warned that owners of some VW Group diesel vehicles who fail to have manipulated emissions software fixed could have their cars taken off the road. Did Elon Musk order the company to spy on employees at the Gigafactory? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/COPY/308169950/tesla-whistleblower-claims-company-spied Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:03 EST An employee fired from Tesla's Nevada battery factory filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the company of spying on employees. SEC turns up the heat on Tesla, Musk over disclosures http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/COPY/308169951/elon-musk-tesla-sec-investigation Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:13:46 EST U.S. regulators are pressing Tesla's directors for details on how much information CEO Elon Musk shared with them before he tweeted about a plan to take the company private, a newspaper reported. SEC turns up the heat on Tesla, Musk over disclosures http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/OEM02/180819857/elon-musk-tesla-sec-investigation Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:13:46 EST U.S. regulators are pressing Tesla's directors for details on how much information CEO Elon Musk shared with them before he tweeted about a plan to take the company private, a newspaper reported. Did Elon Musk order the company to spy on employees at the Gigafactory? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/OEM05/180819856/tesla-whistleblower-claims-company-spied Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:03 EST An employee fired from Tesla's Nevada battery factory filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the company of spying on employees. Why Tesla is suing Ontario http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/COPY01/308169958/tesla-files-lawsuit-against-ont-government-over-end-of-ev-rebates Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:41:58 EST Tesla is taking the Ontario government to court over its decision last month to cancel incentives for purchases of electric vehicles. AutoNews Now: The Queen and the cars: A salute to Aretha Franklin http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/VIDEO/308169998/autonews-now-the-queen-and-the-cars-a-salute-to-aretha-franklin Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:00:00 EST The Queen and the cars: A salute to Aretha Franklin; Ford reveals Cobra Jet, releases AV strategy report; Kroger tests driverless grocery delivery; Refloating the bubble car. How Ford is adding three nameplates while cutting sedans http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/OEM04/180819861/despite-car-cuts-ford-brands-portfolio-to-grow-by-3-nameplates-by Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:07:23 EST Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's product development chief, said the Ford brand will have 23 nameplates five years from now, up from 20 today. 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to cost $130,000 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/RETAIL03/180819867/2018-ford-mustang-cobra-jet-drag-racer-price Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:02:19 EST Ford is reviving the drag racing Cobra Jet for the vehicle's 50th anniversary. Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrians http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/MOBILITY/180819865/autonomous-driving-safety-pedestrians Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:35:57 EST Some autonomous car technologists say the problem isn't that self-driving cars don't work, it's that people act unpredictably. Marchionne failed to report gift to Holiefield, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/OEM/180819869/marchionne-gift-uaw-scandal-report Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:45:47 EST The late Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in 2016 denied to investigators that he gave a top UAW official an expensive watch years before, a Detroit newspaper reported. IIHS side crash tests for minivans; Sienna rated 'marginal' while Odyssey rated 'good' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/OEM11/180819879/toyota-sienna-chrysler-pacifica Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:15:00 EST The 2018 Toyota Sienna rated marginal in the IIHS' latest passenger-side small-overlap front crash tests, while the 2018 Honda Odyssey received a good rating. Battery tech may be next 'stranded assets' in green revolution http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/COPY/308179987/battery-tech-may-be-next-stranded-assets-in-green-revolution Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Some of the latest battery technologies may become obsolete before reaching the market because of the breakneck pace of advances in the industry. Peugeot aims sleek 508 at SUV buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/ANE/180809814/-peugeot-aims-sleek-508-at-suv-buyers Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Peugeot has transformed the 508 midsize sedan into a hatchback to add versatility and attract SUV and crossover buyers who have been abandoning the sedan-heavy segment. Jaguar looks to crossovers for volume, profit http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/COPY/308179997/jaguar-future-product-crossovers Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Recent new Jaguar models have been slow sellers in the U.S. and the brand is poised to make changes. Why apprehension is growing for autonomous vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/MOBILITY/180819878/safety-autonomous-technology-apprehension-cox-study Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EST Increasing awareness of self-driving vehicles is fueling apprehension about the safety of the technology, a new survey reveals. Ford Motor Co. plans new midsize crossover in joint venture for China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/COPY/308179991/ford-china-crossover-midsize Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford plans to introduce a new midsize crossover for China next year with its joint-venture partner, Jiangling Motors. Ford reveals autonomous vehicle philosophies, priorities http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/MOBILITY/180819877/ford-autonomous-vehicles-philosophies Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EST Ford became the latest company to disclose the values and practices that shape its autonomous vehicle development program in a voluntary safety self-assessment report. First Shift: Toyota Sienna falls short in crash test http://www.autonews.com/article/20180816/VIDEO/308169997/first-shift-toyota-sienna-falls-short-in-crash-test Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Sienna falls short, Odyssey rated good in crash test; Report: Marchionne failed to disclose gift to UAW exec; Iacobelli's request; Tesla-Saudi scrutiny; Suppliers' tariff dodge. Gestamp chairman expects boom in outsourcing work http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180816/ANE/180819980/gestamp-chairman-expects-boom-in-outsourcing-work Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:15:00 EST Spanish supplier Gestamp has expanded extensively since 2009 through organic growth and takeovers. Francisco Riberas, founder of the company, talked with Automotive News Europe about Gestamp's future goals and challenges.