Automotive News Automaker News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:00:00 EST Jeep joins Nissan, Honda others getting big benefit from European production Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model that debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood. Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:49:05 EST Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million. Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:12:06 EST U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. GM mobilizes to build more small pickups Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:44:25 EST General Motors will increase production of the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, which has been in tight supply since its debut 18 months ago, a company executive said today. EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:10:22 EST A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market. Tenneco adjusted earnings rise 23% in Q4, shares rise Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:14:20 EST Tenneco's fourth-quarter adjusted earnings rose 23 percent to $80 million as the the supplier of emission-control systems and ride-control components today reported higher revenue generated from light vehicle production in North America, Europe and... GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in N.A. for brake pedal problems Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:14:32 EST General Motors said it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut. Applied Acoustics International names industry veteran Larry Hagood as CEO Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:55:47 EST Applied Acoustics International, the sound barrier and noise dampening supplier created last week when UGN Inc. sold its automotive acoustics business, today named Larry Hagood, 56, as its CEO. Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:12:46 EST So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico. Mercedes is not chasing luxury sales lead at any price, Zetsche says Tue, 9 Feb 2016 05:29:27 EST Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes will not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake rival BMW and become the world's best-selling luxury brand. Toyota recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:35:29 EST Toyota today said it is recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars from the 2013-16 model years because of an ignition key interlock issue. Bob Rossiter, who helped build and rebuild seating giant Lear, dies at 69 Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:28:05 EST Former Lear CEO Bob Rossiter, who worked with the company for 40 years and led it through bankruptcy in 2009, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. It's time to fully embrace the gasoline-electric powertrain Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST Hybrid powertrains and battery packs have proven their durability, and now it is time to make them standard. Honda offers early peek at 6th-gen Civic Si at 2005 Chicago Auto Show Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:30:00 EST Honda, marking the 20th anniversary and sixth generation of the high-performance Civic Si franchise in the U.S., unveils the Civic Si Concept on Feb. 10, 2005, at the Chicago Auto Show. Diesel Fiat 500X has excess emissions, German lobby group claims Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:16:16 EST German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution today, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500X compact SUV of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions. GM awards more business to ad agency Commonwealth Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:24:10 EST Ad agency Commonwealth/McCann has added some more business from General Motors at the expense of Leo Burnett. Ford EcoSport inches closer to U.S. shores Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:30:00 EST Ford appears to be getting closer to selling the tiny EcoSport crossover in the U.S. Spy photos show the EcoSport, a subcompact crossover based on the same platform as the Fiesta, being tested near Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. 2016 Dodge Durango: Weighty and room for 7 Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:58:15 EST The Dodge Durango SUV remains a low-key but steady seller for Fiat Chrysler. It's available with three rows of seats and a variety of engines. Ford faces tough decision on B-Max Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered. Continental to build $1.4 billion tire plant in Mississippi Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:07:53 EST Continental's decision to commit $1.4 billion for a truck/bus tire plant in Mississippi reflects the company's belief that demand for its commercial tire products in North America will continue to grow at above market pace. Porsche CEO says profits will be hit by EV investment Tue, 9 Feb 2016 05:02:13 EST Porsche is bracing for smaller profit gains in the future as the sports-car maker steps up spending on models such as its first EV, CEO Oliver Blume said. Infiniti CEO calls Q30 a 'game changer' for brand; eyes adding a plug-in hybrid Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. Ford faces tough decision on B-Max Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered. Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families. Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like? Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show. Tesla shares dogged by falling gas prices, output concerns Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:49:20 EST Tesla shares fell to a two-year low amid concerns that cheap gasoline is stifling demand for electric cars as well as whether the company can efficiently produce enough of its new crossover. EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:45:00 EST An EPA proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by medium and heavy duty vehicles would also ban the conversion of street cars into racecars, with far-reaching effects on auto racing and the aftermarket parts industry. Conti must ration parts for recall fixes Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. Ford plans to double Mexico vehicle production, report says Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:42:29 EST Ford plans to double vehicle production capacity in Mexico as the automaker focuses its U.S. assembly plants on more profitable pickups and utility vehicles, according to a report published Sunday. Ferrari's 'family' car gets new name, more power Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:41:33 EST Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families. Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:00:35 EST Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL's automotive sponsor, but it didn't just throw money around with reckless abandon. Frederick Standish, former director of PR for Nissan North America, dies Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:50:42 EST Frederick Standish, who managed Nissan North America's corporate communications as it reinvented itself in Tennessee, has died at 65 after a long illness. Nissan plans big strides in connectivity Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview. Bentley at work on a sporty SUV Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley is developing a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the ultraluxury brand's first SUV. The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal. Where Toyota, Lexus got their leaders Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST While Scion served Toyota as a test bed for marketing and retail innovations, it was also an effective proving ground for executives. Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand. GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain General Motors uses in the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt could end up in competitors' vehicles. Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche North America boss Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring the diesel-powered Macan to the U.S. But he needs Volkswagen to make a technical fix so the engines will meet emissions requirements. Mexico auto production, exports rise in Jan. despite sharp drops at VW Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:55:06 EST Auto production in Mexico rose 0.4 percent in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, while exports were up 4.1 percent, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today. Suzuki quarterly operating profit up slightly; net profit outlook trimmed Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:57:18 EST Suzuki said operating profit rose slightly in the third quarter on healthy demand in India, but trimmed its full-year net profit outlook due to a tax-related issue. VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships. VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:30:00 EST No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. VW quality chief quits amid diesel scandal fallout Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:32:01 EST Volkswagen named company veteran Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as head of group quality assurance, replacing Frank Tuch who held the job for six years and, according to sources, was suspended amid the automaker's emissions scandal. Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In its drive to grab a larger slice of the U.S. market, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company. Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:45:12 EST Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry. Detroit 3's share of rental fleet declined in 2015 Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:00:00 EST GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler accounted for 60.1 percent -- their lowest collective share ever -- of the 1.78 million new cars and light trucks sold to rental fleets in 2015. Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:18:20 EST VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyota, two automakers whose vehicles have killed people. PSA will pay Iran partner $446 million compensation for quitting market, report says Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:28:01 EST PSA will pay its Iran partner $446 million in compensation for losses incurred after it quit the country due to sanctions, the Iranian company told a local news agency. %]