GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches

A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of GM this year in a lawsuit over a recalled ignition switch that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths.

Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal

Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles, a car research portal where consumers will have ...

Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars

With self-driving cars expected on the road within three to five years, French ...

Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016, report says

Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The ride-hailing giant is not a public company, but its finance chief briefs

UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee

Workers at Magna's new Spring Hill, Tenn., plant voted nearly unanimously to join the UAW, giving the union a key victory in a right-to-work state. The UAW said workers voted 192-1 to join the union.

Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with union

Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage pact with its South Korean labor union, potentially avoiding more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base.

German prosecutors review stolen Bosch data for VW diesel scandal clues

Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are examining a trove of stolen Bosch data to see whether it contains clues about how Volkswagen cheated diesel emissions tests.

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Amazon accelerates into autos; VW, dealers agree on compensation; UAW wins in Tenn.; U.S. approves Tesla's SolarCity buy; U.S. road fatalities rising; Boston to Detroit in '57 Chevy.

Tesla wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy SolarCity

Tesla Motors won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solar panel installer SolarCity, the Federal Trade Commission said. The deal was announced on Aug. 1 and is part of an effort by Tesla to improve

Four dealerships got the worst flood damage among auto retailers in Louisiana

Four dealerships bore the brunt of flood damage in Louisiana last week, which destroyed entire inventories in some cases, the presidents of the Louisiana and national dealers associations said.

Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars

With self-driving cars expected on the road within three to five years, French supplier Faurecia is focusing on the cabin of future autonomous cars.

Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal

Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles, a car research portal where consumers will have access to vehicle detail pages and reviews of thousands of new and classic cars, while being able to upload photos and

First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore

The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its

Chevy dealership in Texas targeted by thieves; wheels stolen from 48 vehicles

Thieves broke in and stole more than $200,000 worth of wheels and tires off 48 new vehicles at a dealership in Tyler, Texas, last weekend. Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don

First Shift: Robo-taxis hit Singapore streets

Self-driving robo-taxis hit Singapore streets; Honda's NSX returns to Japan; Tough emissions bill passes in Calif.; VW plant update; Hyundai labor deal; Buyers get into safety tech.

GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches

A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of

VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact

Volkswagen and its U.S. dealers have reached an "agreement in principle" to compensate its 650 U.S. retailers for damages sustained by their businesses in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions

California passes toughest greenhouse gas emission curbs

California is poised to make the nation's strictest carbon emission controls even tougher, with a bill to cut greenhouse-gas discharges to 40 percent less than 1990 levels by 2030 now headed to Gov.

In defense of service contracts

Consumer advocates who bad-mouth service contracts are off base. A cost-benefit analysis that relies only on actuarial logic misses the point.

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.

Mercedes names new U.S. sales exec in management shuffle

Mercedes-Benz USA is shuffling some senior managers to new jobs. Bart Herring becomes general manager of sales operations, overseeing the development and implementation of all policies, programs and

Mercedes-Benz launches 'Timeless' Federer ads for U.S. Open

As the U.S. Open tennis tournament nears, Mercedes-Benz is teaming with one of the game's all-time greats in a humorous ad campaign. “Timeless” features the Mercedes SL and Roger Federer -

Consumer interest in automotive technology, safety is growing, survey shows

As the list of available automotive tech features gets longer, consumer interest in such features has reflected advancements, a new survey shows.

Lamborghini sees worldwide sales doubling by 2019 after SUV launch

Lamborghini expects to at least double annual production to 7,000 vehicles by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, CEO Stefano Domenicali said. The VW Group brand will cap annual production of its

VW said to pay nearly $15 million compensation to supplier to end standoff

VW will compensate Prevent Group as part of a deal to end a supply dispute that stopped Golf and Passat production in Germany, sources said. The agreed-upon figure is $14.7 million, a German

Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles

Borgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring.

Instrument cluster supplier to occupy part of former Jeep plant site in Toledo

Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC broke ground on a 102,000-square-foot factory on the former Jeep plant site in Toledo that will produce instrument clusters for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

First Shift: Tesla's burst of speed

Tesla boosts Model S speed to 'Ludicrous' level; Musk's SolarCity bond buy; Judge rejects GM motion to dismiss case; VW said to pay $14.7M to end dispute; Mazda future product.

VW's crippling supplier feud shows limits of cost-cutting push

Volkswagen Group's agreement to end a standoff with a resistant supplier shows the limits of the automaker's push to reduce spending in the wake of record fines over its emissions-cheating scandal.

Daimler adopts Silicon Valley tactics to counter new rivals

Daimler is embracing Silicon Valley management techniques in a drive to speed up decision making, empower staff and fend off new rivals such as electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors.

AutoNews Now: Analysts blast Tesla tweet, upgrade

Tesla tweet, upgrade blasted by some analysts; Lamborghini to 'push like hell' to double global production; Kia's re-engineered Rio; Ford, Lincoln recalls; Mercedes, Federer serve up new ad.

NSX returns to Japan as an American hybrid import

The NSX sports car is making a long-awaited homecoming in Japan that underscores the global ambitions of a halo hybrid that must do double duty for the Acura and Honda brands.

Ford to recall 114,000 vehicles worldwide to fix fuel-pump issue, power windows

Ford said it was recalling about 91,000 vehicles in North America to replace faulty fuel-pump parts that could potentially cause a car to stall without warning. Ford also said it was recalling 23,150

Kia gives new Rio a sporty look

Kia is giving its Rio subcompact hatchback a sporty look to help it compete better against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.

VW, U.S. states to hold settlement talks over excess emissions

Volkswagen has agreed to hold settlement talks with several U.S. states that sued the German automaker for hundreds of millions of dollars over environmental law violations, the automaker said in a

EPA signals it will start looking at mandating higher octane gasoline

Raising the octane in gasoline looks like it will get some attention from the EPA. That's the good news. Now for the bad: It's going to take a while.

What people are saying about the Cadillac Escala concept

Cadillac took to Monterey Car Week to unveil its latest concept, the Escala. The concept is a radical departure from Cadillac's current design language but consumers could see Cadillacs with this

Tesla adds more powerful battery option

Tesla is giving its fans another thing to get charged up about with the introduction of a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack for both the Model S sedan and Model X crossover.

NADA seeks donations to help dealership families affected by floods

National Automobile Dealers Association President Peter Welch is asking dealerships across the U.S. to donate $1,000 each to NADA's Emergency Relief Fund and is hoping to raise $2 million total for

Detroit Manufacturing Systems to open plant in Toledo

Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to announce Wednesday the groundbreaking of a new plant in Toledo to serve the nearby Jeep assembly operations.

U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadline

U.S. regulators denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025.

Bosch calls VW owners' diesel-cheating claims in U.S. 'wild and unfounded'

Bosch rejected as "wild and unfounded" car owners' claims in the U.S. that 38 of its employees conspired with VW Group to develop technology that enabled diesel vehicles to evade pollution-control

Delphi, Mobileye to partner on autonomous driving system

Suppliers Delphi Automotive and Mobileye have partnered to produce systems for autonomous vehicles that could be put into production as soon as 2019.

VW says production will resume after deal with suppliers

VW said the two suppliers with which it has been at loggerheads over a contract dispute had agreed to start delivering parts again and that plants hit by production stoppages would gradually resume

First Shift: VW supplier crisis ends

VW supplier crisis ends; Bosch disputes legal accusations; Mobileye, Delphi join forces; Fake key in GM case?; Nissan's Rogue 'Star Wars' deal; Bentley's big hopes for Bentayga.

Chevy expands Teen Driver tech to 9 nameplates

Chevrolet today said it is expanding its Teen Driver technology this fall to nine nameplates, covering 64 percent of the brand's sales. The technology, which debuted on the 2016 Malibu sedan, mutes

VW production stoppages caused by defiant Bosnian supplier

In a year of almost non-stop crises following revelations of cheating on emissions tests, the force that brought VW factories to a halt wasn't regulators or a court ruling, but a defiant parts

AutoNews Now: Lincoln stands out in satisfaction

Lincoln stands out in satisfaction survey; Nine Chevy nameplates get teen-safety tech; Automakers fail to extend comment period on MPG report; More Korean cars in U.S.?

Chevy Cruze hatchback spied in Detroit

Chevrolet is close to adding a hatchback model to the Cruze lineup. This captured fleet test vehicle was spotted last week in the Detroit area

Ssangyong considers U.S., China as Brexit hits U.K. sales

South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor Co. will look to markets such as the U.S. and China to make up for an expected decline in shipments to the U.K. following the Brexit referendum.

U.S. consumers' satisfaction with vehicles reverses years of decline

After three years of decline, U.S. customer satisfaction with vehicles is up in 2016, a survey released today shows. Customer satisfaction with vehicles was up 3.8 percent to a score of 82, on a

GM's mid-trial bid to toss ignition-switch case denied by judge

General Motors said a Texas judge denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of

Jeep descends on downtown Toledo to celebrate its 75th anniversary

An estimated 30,000 or more Jeep enthusiasts jammed into downtown Toledo, Ohio, on Aug. 13 for a parade and Jeep-only show to mark the 75th anniversary of the hot-selling brand.