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Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run

The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. The move spotlights how automakers are rethinking product portfolios amid what many executives and analysts believe is a permanent shift toward crossovers and SUVs.

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May U.S. sales expected to drop on fewer selling days

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to be lower this month than in May 2015, as ...

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Ford bumps driving range of 2017 Fusion Energi to 610 miles

Ford has bumped the range of the 2017 Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid, to a diesel-like 610 miles on one tank of fuel. That's up 60 miles from the 2016 model.

Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run

The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. The move spotlights how automakers are rethinking product portfolios amid what many

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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. The 570GT was hoisted 95 meters to the 10th floor patio area of the Ritz-Carlton Abama on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

More research emerges showing consumers uninformed, wary of new vehicle technology

Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don't know what benefits they

VW targets $1.1 billion in savings from MAN, Scania integration

Volkswagen Group boosted its target for cost cuts at its trucks division to $1.1 billion as cooperation between its Scania and MAN units makes progress after years of tepid results.

VW sees mobile robots on future assembly lines

For Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for future manufacturing includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they'll do next.

First Shift: Investors eyeing Takata?

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Takata holds talks with possible buyers, report says

Takata, the airbag maker facing billions in possible costs for the biggest recall in automotive history, is said to be in talks with potential buyers.

'Top Gear' returns with new lineup

The UK motoring show "Top Gear" will return to television screens this weekend with a new lineup of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programs.

GM's China joint venture to recall 2.16 million vehicles

GM's joint venture with China's SAIC will recall about 2.16 million vehicles starting Aug. 15 because the engine crankcase valves may corrode, China's principal consumer protection watchdog said

BMW to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs, report says

BMW plans to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs as CEO Harald Krueger builds a younger management team to lead the automaker into the future, a German business magazine reported today.

Autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing could push insurance premiums down 30%, study finds

Auto insurance premiums could decline by as much as 30 percent over the next 25 years as autonomous vehicles and sharing services become more prevalent, a study found.

Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism

Ford is launching a pilot program on June 1 to hire adults with autism. Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the

May U.S. sales expected to drop on fewer selling days

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to be lower this month than in May 2015, as slower growth combines with a calendar that gives dealerships one fewer weekend to draw in shoppers.

Ford recalls nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after brake failures

Ford is recalling nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after a three-month investigation by federal safety regulators into dozens of complaints about front brake failures and nine crashes.

Crash test dummies get in back seat to make Uber riders safer

Crash test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back.

Dodge hires new ad agency

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has selected GSD&M as lead agency for Dodge after a review, according to people familiar with the matter. The Omnicom Group agency will replace Wieden & Kennedy, which

Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant

Two auto industry executives with ties to NFL football franchises -- Bill Ford of the Detroit Lions and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- played key roles in bringing a top-tier auto parts

AutoNews Now: When car-making meets ride-hailing

Car-making meets ride-hailing: GM, Toyota, VW hop in; Back-seat dummies; Dodge's new ad agency; F-150 recall; Elkann: No FCA deal to sell stake; Nissan Sentra Nismo, Titan spy shots.

Toyota, recovering from earthquakes, plans full production in Japan next week

Toyota said all production lines at its factories in Japan would operate between May 30 and June 4, after output was partially suspended following earthquakes in southern Japan last month.

VW argues penalties sought by U.S. over diesel scandal are excessive

Volkswagen argued in a court filing that fines sought by the U.S. government to penalize the company for rigging diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests are excessive.

Daimler's Detroit Diesel union workers ratify new labor contract

UAW members at Detroit Diesel ratified a contract Tuesday that includes a wage increase and commits Daimler Trucks North America to new engine production.

Toyota's Green Bonds provide the green for auto lending

Toyota Motor Financial's Green Bonds have proved to be a successful innovation and deserve a salute.

Mitsubishi names new r&d chief, restates earnings

Mitsubishi said Nissan executive Mitsuhiko Yamashita will become its r&d chief, part of a management overhaul in the wake of a fuel-economy scandal that also prompted the automaker to restate its

FCA has no deal to sell stake to China's GAC, Elkann says

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not made any agreement with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group to sell a stake, the Italian carmaker's chairman John Elkann said today.

Toyota-Uber places automakers in rival ride-sharing alliances

Toyota's investment in Uber Technologies has drawn the battle lines between the world's largest automakers, which have now solidified partnerships with competing ride-hailing apps in the burgeoning

Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to be the worst. Now the country is deservedly paying a humiliating price after being snubbed by Fiat

Google plans r&d center for self-driving cars in suburban Detroit

Google plans to open a 53,000-square-foot operation in suburban Detroit to conduct further r&d for the company's self-driving automotive technology.

Classic Olds, Jaguar share screen in X-Men movie

Vintage Jaguar and Oldsmobile models get screen time in the superhero flick X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits U.S. theaters Friday.

First Shift: New Mitsu R&D chief, lower profits

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BMW invests in California-based mobile carpooling app

BMW said today its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop.

Takata hires financial adviser to mull restructuring options

Takata hired investment bank Lazard to lead efforts to seek new investment and help resolve financial issues stemming from its record-setting recall of tens of millions of airbag inflators that can

Germany to retest 30 cars showing 'inexplicably high' CO2 levels

A German government committee has asked for further tests on 30 cars it says have "inexplicably high" CO2 emissions. The results came to light after officials tested cars from most major brands for

Toyota, Uber form ride-sharing alliance

Toyota is partnering with Uber to explore ride-sharing opportunities and will make a strategic investment in the company. It is the latest in a wave of high-profile partnerships between carmakers and

Fiat Chrysler names Bigland as head of Alfa and Maserati

Harald Wester has been replaced by Reid Bigland as head of Fiat Chrysler's Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands. Bigland will also continue as head of U.S. and Canadian sales for the automaker. Wester will

VW, U.S. make 'substantial progress' toward settlement, judge says

Volkswagen and lawyers for owners and the U.S. government have made "substantial progress" toward reaching a final agreement by late June, a federal judge said today.

Trail-ready with a nod to Swedish roots: What people think of Volvo's '40' concepts

After launching the redesigned XC90 and hatching plans to market the S90 flagship sedan and V90 wagon, Volvo's product overhaul will continue with a new generation of small cars and crossovers.

Cosworth to build engine parts in suburban Detroit

Cosworth, an English supplier of electronics and powertrain products to high-performance vehicles, said today it will open a $30 million plant in suburban Detroit to make V-8 cylinder heads for an

Flex-N-Gate to supply Ford from new Detroit plant

Auto supplier Flex-N-Gate plans to invest $95 million and buy 30 acres of city land to build a new plant that will create up to 750 jobs in Detroit, after approval today of a $3.5 million performance-

GM lightweighting strategy starts to bear fruit

There's more to lightweighting than shedding pounds. It's about getting the weight out of the vehicle and beating your competitors on cost.

AutoNews Now: Packing heat in the showroom

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Nissan may sell Calsonic Kansei stake to help fund EV research, report says

Nissan is mulling selling its 41 percent stake in supplier Calsonic Kansei to raise cash for research and development in electric cars and artificial intelligence, the Nikkei newspaper

NGK Spark Plug's U.S. unit names new CEO

Japanese auto supplier NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc. said it named Yoshitaka Narita as its new president and CEO.

Challenger trails Mustang, Camaro in crash tests, IIHS says

The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the sports coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang

Nissan's Nismo Sentra appears to be a go

Nissan's compact Sentra sedan is about to get the Nismo treatment. Recent spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end.

First Shift: Bigland new Alfa, Maserati chief

FCA's Bigland named Alfa, Maserati chief; Toyota adds 1.6M vehicles to airbag recall; Tesla loses in N.C.; Report: Nissan may sell stake in supplier; Still not sold on self-driving.

S. Korea's Mando said to be in talks to supply parts for Tesla Model 3

Mando Corp. is in talks with Tesla Motors to supply parts for its Model 3 car, an industry source said, as it seeks to join other South Korean firms supplying components for Tesla's more affordable

Eagles work in concert for Fiat ad shoot

To grab dramatic footage aerial footage of the Fiat 124 roadster, ad agency FCB Chicago used a trio of eagles with small Sony Action Cams attached to them, and tried to steer clear of crows.

Public not sold on fully autonomous vehicles, study finds

More than four out of five people would prefer not to ride in fully autonomous vehicles, a study published today found.

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