U.S. judge throws out emissions fraud lawsuit against Mercedes

A U.S. judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes misled consumers about emissions standards in "BlueTec Clean Diesel" vehicles.

Ford stockpiles 2017 F-150s to test new transmissions

Ford is stockpiling 2017 model F-150 trucks, delaying delivery to dealers while it ...

MAZDA'S KOGAI: New product, pricing drive the move upmarket

CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more ...

AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats

A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale ...

Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted

GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet’s upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse. The vehicle, expected to be called the Blazer, would

What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products.

Mexico auto exports, output rise in November

Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said.

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines. The automaker will increase staffing of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent

GM 's Maven vehicle-sharing service coming to Kitchener, Ont.

General Motors is poised to make Kitchener, Ont., the first Canadian city to host its vehicle-sharing service Maven.

First Shift: Automakers try to halt EPA move

Automakers try to halt EPA's mpg move; Ford taps debt markets; Toyota hybrid expansion; Hyundai exec grilled in S. Korea political scandal; Honda: CR-V won't surpass Civic, Accord.

Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says

Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said.

GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models

In an effort to prevent child heatstroke deaths, General Motors' new Rear Seat Reminder technology -- which made its debut in the GMC Acadia this year -- will become standard on more than 20 models

2018 Audi Q5

Looks can be deceiving. The redesigned Q5's subtle sheet-metal changes obscure a near-total overhaul of the brand's top-selling U.S. nameplate.

Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles

A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without

Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector

Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co.

AutoNews Now: GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg

GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg; More cars get rear-seat alert; Infiniti expects sales record; Mazda's one-two punch; Report: Renault-Nissan powertrain shakeup; Chevy Blazer spied?

AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats

A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale

U.S. judge throws out emissions fraud lawsuit against Mercedes

A U.S. judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes misled consumers about emissions standards in "BlueTec Clean Diesel" vehicles.

Ford stockpiles 2017 F-150s to test new transmissions

Ford is stockpiling 2017 model F-150 trucks, delaying delivery to dealers while it runs final tests on a new 10-speed transmission, a top executive said. The trucks should be delivered by the end of

Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development

Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development.

House lawmakers press EPA on VW settlement terms

A U.S. House panel pressed EPA officials on how the agency will monitor Volkswagen’s plan to spend a required $2 billion to increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles over the next decade.

Renault-Nissan to replace powertrain chief as problems mount, report says

The Renault-Nissan alliance is replacing its top executive in charge of combining the carmakers' engines and gearboxes, sources told Reuters, as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace

We've heard it all before, VW. Or have we?

It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.

Heir to Ed Morse Automotive reflects on moving forward without his father

Third-generation dealer Teddy Morse always believed he would lead his family's Florida empire of stores, but not quite so soon. The 41-year-old took the helm of Ed Morse Automotive Group in July

Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says

Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei

JLR'S SPETH: Keeping pace with EV demand

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's

Putting leather to the smell test

For most Americans, that rich, sweet, musky smell of new-car leather is a big part of its enduring appeal. Not so for the Chinese. They can't stand it. And the problem has become so frustrating for

VW's Arteon will show brand's new design language

Volkswagen brand says its new Arteon sedan will introduce a new “progressive” design language.

Political opinion is not welcome

Your Nov. 28 editorial, "Along with regulation and trade, ideals are at stake in Trump era," includes a litany of claims that you attribute to Donald Trump's supporters. I disagree with all your

Alliance moves to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers late Monday urged congressional negotiators to include language in a short-term budget resolution that would bar the Obama administration from finalizing mpg

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. 1,

Ford sees lineup changing to match demand

Ford will likely make changes to its car lineup as demand for small SUVs continues to outpace that for sedans. That could include offering crossover-style variants of certain sedans or dropping

AutoNation ends recall experiment

AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.

'For sale' signs out, but why no bites yet?

AutoNation, Penske, Group 1, Sonic, Lithia and Asbury have been actively buying their own stock, even as they pulled back from buying private dealerships in the U.S. buy-sell market. When you tell

Confusion en route to self-driving vehicles

So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.

Morse's 3 keys: Good people, products, processes

After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963. In this Q&A, he talks about his baptism by fire, the personnel policies

A strong statement on American ideals

Your Nov. 28 editorial on fighting back against the tide of destruction of American ideals makes me proud to be a subscriber and supporter of Automotive News.

Nissan, Harman execs join World Congress panel

Rachel Nguyen, executive director of Nissan's Future Lab, and Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of the Harman Leadership Institute, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

First Shift: AutoNation's recall reversal

AutoNation's recall reversal; VW's answer to Uber; Apple's autonomous ambitions; Tesla's Michigan gallery; A not-so-Mini milestone.

Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E racing. So why are Porsche and Toyota still interested in endurance racing?


Chuck Greenway, an Illinois dealer for nearly five decades, died Nov. 11. He was 84.

Let's cut off phones in cars

By now, I thought car companies or the telecom folks would have figured out how to disarm cellphones in automobiles.

An open forum with AutoNation's boss

AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson met with Automotive News' editorial staff last week for a wide-ranging discussion on the industry and the company. Here are highlights.

Ford could owe store a decade of spiffs

Ford Motor could owe a Maine dealership, Darling's Ford, millions of dollars in damages after failing to provide proper notice of a change in an incentive program more than 10 years ago.

VW's Moia brand will challenge Uber

VW Group will challenge ride-hailing company Uber with a new mobility services brand called Moia that eventually will have its own electric passenger vehicle. Establishing Moia, the group's 13th

How store eased rift between fixed ops and used-car sales

An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been

BMW says 120 vehicles damaged in S.C. train derailment

About 120 BMW X models were damaged when train cars carrying the vehicles derailed on Sunday afternoon en route to the Port of Charleston, S.C., for export to overseas markets.

VW's German execs said to hire lawyers as U.S. officials gather evidence

Dozens of VW Group executives in Germany have hired U.S. criminal defense lawyers as the Justice Department ramps up meetings with managers to gather evidence that may lead to charges, Bloomberg

Let's keep the Trump team focused

Thank you for your thoughtful and courageous Nov. 28 editorial inviting your readers to keep a close eye on the Trump administration.

Dealership houses displaced fire department

Barton Chevrolet-Cadillac is saving taxpayers in Newburgh, N.Y., about $100,000 by letting a local fire department move in for a year while the department's station house is being rebuilt.

Making cars? Simple, Li says

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, whose Zhejiang Geely Holding Group owns Volvo, Geely and Lynk & CO, says there is “no magic in car production.” The usually media-shy mogul explained why

Daimler's shift in U.S. van production opens doors to suppliers

Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts.

Two from Toyota

Toyota released a teaser image of its redesigned 2018 Camry, with sportier styling than the current generation.

GM builds final Australian engine

Australian auto industry wind-down continues with General Motors ending engine production after nearly 70 years. Car production stops next year when GM and Toyota close plants, putting an end to