Automotive News Automakers Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST How an Atlanta dealership acquired a Chevy Bolt six months early Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:16:01 EST Six months before it was slated to hit dealerships in Georgia, a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt arrived at an Atlanta dealership. How? AutoNews Now: March toward higher mpg inevitable? Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:45:00 EST Midterm review won't stop march toward tougher mpg, experts say; Ford, Lyft join YouTube ad exodus; Sales rise predicted; VW's latest compliance boss; Toyota billboard clears the air. French Mercedes owners take legal action after German emissions probe Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:18:33 EST Three French Mercedes car owners filed legal complaints against the automaker's parent Daimler, alleging consumer fraud in relation to diesel engine emissions, following the opening of a formal investigation by prosecutors in Germany. Uber pushes back on possible Canadian taxation Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:38:34 EST Uber says forcing it to collect the goods and services tax on every ride it provides in Canada will push more people to buy cars. Infineon raises 2017 outlook on stronger automotive microchip orders Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:30:10 EST German chipmaker Infineon raised its outlook for the second quarter and for its 2017 financial year, citing better-than-expected orders for the chips it makes for cars. Renault's use of EU-backed loans questioned amid diesel-cheat inquiry Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:17:57 EST The European Investment Bank has asked French investigators to find out whether EU-backed loans to Renault could have been used to develop test-cheating diesel engines, according to documents seen by Reuters. Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:21:03 EST Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, giving the Volkswagen Group premium brand a boost amid the diesel-emissions scandal. First Shift: Idled VW diesels take the field Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:30:00 EST VW diesels await fate at abandoned NFL venue; 10 states expected to push ahead on clean-car rules; Canadians plot NAFTA strategy; Lexus entering India; CFPB fines Experian. New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce Europe's diesel dependency, according to automakers such as VW and Renault. German motor authority sued over VW scandal by environmental lobby Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:32:47 EST A German environmental group has filed a suit against the country's KBA motor authority, accusing it of failing to act robustly enough over VW Group's diesel-emissions scandal. SUV sales rise to 25% of European market Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai continue to lure buyers from minivans, wagons and hatchbacks. VW finance arm makes record 2016 profit despite diesel scandal Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:08:57 EST Volkswagen's finance division reported record earnings last year, despite the carmaker's emissions scandal, and held out the prospect of another strong result in 2017. Toyota brings Lexus to India with eye on growing affluence Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:33:57 EST Toyota is bringing Lexus to India more than two decades after introducing the marque in China, an acknowledgment of the second-most populous country's potential for luxury demand. Spain's Gestamp sets price range in $3.8 billion IPO Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:33:56 EST Spanish supplier Gestamp will price its IPO at 5.6 to 6.7 euros per share, valuing the company at around $3.8 billion in one of Europe's biggest stock market listings so far this year. VW's Seat plans to expand in N. Africa, Latin America Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:01:25 EST Spanish automaker Seat will lead VW Group's expansion in North Africa as part of internationalization plans that may also include building cars in Mexico. Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:19:10 EST At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs and become the next Tesla. VW's temporary Michigan home for diesel vehicles flagged for local violation Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:15:00 EST VW's efforts to put its diesel emissions violations behind it hit a minor speed bump this week when a Michigan city filed a lawsuit against the owners of the dilapidated Pontiac Silverdome, where thousands of VW diesel models are being stored... Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:39:38 EST Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. Toukura succeeds Takashi Shirakawa, who will be chief vehicle engineer at Nissan's global product development division. VW Group's retail company to sell 275 dealerships Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:20:32 EST Volkswagen Group's retail chain, Porsche Holding Salzburg, one of Europe's biggest dealers, is selling 275 sales locations to independent group Emil Frey to concentrate on selling cars only from VW's 12 brands. VW's Seat will get a midsize SUV built in Wolfsburg Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:17:23 EST VW Group's Seat brand will add a midsize SUV that will be built at VW's factory in Wolfsburg. The SUV will help Seat, which reported its first annual operating profit since 2007, to build on its recovery. AutoNews Now: Ford expecting $1.4B profit drop Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:30:00 EST Ford expecting $1.4B profit drop; Shelby GT350 Mustang loses power, lawsuit alleges; Meeting fuel standards cheaper than believed?; Calif.'s EV paradox; Mini marks 15 years in U.S. Mustang owners sue Ford, claiming 2016 Shelby GT350 overheats, loses power Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:38 EST Disgruntled Shelby GT350 Mustang owners are suing Ford in federal court for about $228 million, claiming the automaker sold them 2016 model-year performance cars that overheat and lose power. Ford sees lower 2017 profits with most of the hit in Q1 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:33:03 EST Citing front-loaded product launch costs and engineering expenses, Ford said that much of the year-over-year decline it expects from its 2017 financial performance will occur in the first quarter. First Shift: For GM stores, digital signs of the times Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:15:00 EST GM to require stores to have digital signage; China's Chery tries to bar Mercedes from using 'EQ'; Daimler probe in Germany; Toyota-Microsoft deal; Lofty ways to rise above traffic. Superior Industries offers $715 million for Europe's Uniwheels Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:30:37 EST Wheel supplier Superior Industries has launched an offer to buy Uniwheels for around $715 million after winning the support of the German company's biggest shareholder. Mercedes faces complaint from China's Chery over EQ name Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:33:17 EST Chinese automaker Chery has filed a complaint with the country's trademark regulator over Mercedes' use of the "EQ" name for a subbrand of electric vehicles, presenting a potential obstacle for the German carmaker in the world's largest EV market. Tata Steel looks to expand key product beyond BMW to volume brands Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Hurt by rising steel imports from China, Tata Steel in Europe is aggressively pushing its higher-margin tailored blanks business to generate more income. France likely would reduce Renault 20% stake at right price Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:53:24 EST France does not rule out reducing its stake in Renault under the best possible market conditions, its finance minister said. GM plans digital signage push across U.S. dealerships Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:00:00 EST GM plans to make digital signage part of its dealership facility requirements for the first time, starting next year. The signage will tailor marketing messages for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC stores. BMW chases volume growth in large cars, less so in small ones Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:01:31 EST BMW is chasing volume growth mainly in the large car and SUV segments, while the less profitable small car segment is not being pushed as hard, CEO Harald Krueger said. Daimler employees investigated for potential emissions fraud Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:24:27 EST German prosecutors have opened an investigation against employees at Daimler. The employees are being investigated over diesel-manipulation allegations, Bloomberg reported. Toyota gets license to Microsoft's connected vehicle patents Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 EST Microsoft said it will license all of its connected vehicle patents to Toyota in its most wide-ranging intellectual property agreement with an automaker. Sage Auto settled with FTC to avoid costly litigation, its attorney says Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:30:00 EST Sage Automotive Group and its owners settled federal charges last week that the group used deceptive and unfair sales and financing practices. Toyota says Sienna and Yaris get more USB ports, additional safety tech Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:33:17 EST Toyota is upgrading the Sienna minivan and Yaris hatch at next month's New York auto show. Technology is on the menu for both. AutoNews Now: Cadillac, Lincoln in BMW's line of fire? Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:00 EST BMW aims for Mercedes, but may hit Cadillac, Lincoln; Porsche profit tops $17K per car; Ally profit warning stokes used-car price worries; Toyota to reveal freshened Sienna, Yaris. Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:16:48 EST Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly embittered, family members believe. Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:16:48 EST Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly embittered, family members believe. The emissions tester that checked VW sees opportunity in Trump Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:51:09 EST The Swedish vehicle inspector whose technology identified emissions discrepancies in Volkswagen diesel engines sees Donald Trump as an opportunity-in-waiting. Uber pledges to fix company's 'Cult of the Individual' Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:29:13 EST Uber plans to outline diversity goals and publish the results of a sexual harassment investigation over the coming weeks, part of a commitment to fix its corporate culture. Daimler employees probed in Germany for potential emissions fraud Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:28:27 EST German prosecutors have opened an investigation against employees at Daimler. The employees are being investigated over diesel-manipulation allegations, Bloomberg reported. N.J. sets disclosure rules for starter interrupters Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:30:00 EST New Jersey is increasing disclosure requirements for the use of starter interrupters with subprime, used-car auto loans. But it won't tie use of the devices to reduced loan rates. First Shift: Uber execs defend 'scrappy' CEO Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:15:00 EST Uber execs defend 'scrappy' CEO; Report: Audi board to discuss raids, Stadler; FCA probe; Tesla Model 3 owners to be less forgiving on quality, Power says; Ford's oval back in blue. UK lawmakers demand more answers from VW over diesel scandal Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:08:31 EST UK lawmakers have written to VW Group seeking more answers from the automaker over its diesel-emissions scandal, after criticizing the firm for failing to adequately respond to their queries so far. London black cab company starts electric taxi production Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:35:22 EST The London Taxi Company has opened a new factory in central England to produce an electric verion of the iconic black cab. Sogefi will open first Africa plant in Morocco Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:36:26 EST Sogefi plans to open a new factory in Morocco to build engine filtration systems. Moroccan car output has grown as foreign automakers invest in a market that Sogefi predicts will reach a production volume of about 1 million vehicles annually by 2025. VW brand has no budget-car plans with Tata in India Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group's core VW brand currently has no plans to develop a small budget car for India and other low-cost markets with Tata Motors. China's Geely doubles earnings as Volvo tech boosts sales Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:43:56 EST China's Geely Automobile posted its biggest profit growth in eight years in 2016, as improved product design and engineering following its 2010 purchase of Volvo helped to propel it to record sales. BMW fights back against Mercedes with biggest model launch to date Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:26:53 EST BMW plans the biggest rollout of new and revamped models in its history as the automaker fights back after losing the luxury sales crown to Mercedes. Honda split with media-buying agency over lack of trust, report says Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:18:50 EST Honda's switch from Mediavest Spark to RPA for media buying stemmed from a lack of trust stemming from Mediavest's handling of the automaker's ad dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported. Subaru's Tribeca successor spied Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 EST Subaru's second crack at a large three-row crossover will get its official debut next month as a concept at the New York International Auto Show. %]