Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST China's Zhongwang enters U.S. auto aluminum market with $2.3 billion deal for Aleris Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:52:57 EST Zhongwang USA, backed by Chinese aluminum magnate Liu Zhongtian, is buying U.S. aluminum company Aleris in a bet by the billionaire that the nascent U.S. automotive aluminum sector will be the industry's next big growth market. Toyota bets on South America recovery Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. is investing in design and manufacturing in South America to capitalize on the region's rebound when it comes. Chevrolet Bolt on track for a late '16 debut Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:01:04 EST The Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric hatchback is on track to be launched late this year, Chevrolet confirmed Monday, countering recent reports on various media and enthusiast websites that the car would be delayed for six months. Safety technology still needs work Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The first wave of active safety technology - features such as emergency braking, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control - has reduced accidents. Photo booth is shooting for clicks Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Having a professional photo booth allows dealerships to showcase high-quality vehicle photos on their website. Subaru brings family-safety message home in very different ways Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:11:59 EST Any parent who has ever heard the phone ring in the middle of the night will identify with Subaru's commercial debuting tonight: It's your terrified teen calling to say he or she wrecked the car. Takata says truck carrying airbag inflators exploded; 1 dead, 4 injured Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:39:57 EST A truck transporting Takata airbag inflators and propellants that are at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, resulting in one death and four injuries, the embattled auto parts supplier said today. VW scandal casts long shadow on product plans Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST At first glance, it looks like business as usual for product launches at the Volkswagen Group through the end of the decade. VW dealer aid: How much is enough? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen dealers are finally in line for some much-needed financial relief nearly a year after watching their franchise values dwindle in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. New sounds from an old microphone factory Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Richard Fisher's dealerships in high-rent Evanston, Ill., were constrained on space. So when he learned of a closed factory nearby, he spent $5 million turning it into a massive service and vehicle-storage facility. Avis taps into TrueCar for used-car sales Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A partnership between Avis Budget and TrueCar is helping the rental-car company sell more retired rental cars directly to consumers for more money than it can get from selling the vehicles at traditional auto auctions. Auto sales in line for decline Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to decline in August, decreasing the industry's chances of beating the full-year record it set in 2015. Talent shortage stalls buy-sells Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Buyers looking to acquire dealerships are facing a personnel bottleneck in the form of a shortage of qualified and available individuals to run the acquired stores. To cope, some would-be buyers are stepping up efforts to groom future managers. Cadillac vows no retreat on Project Pinnacle Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen isn't bending to accusations that his plan to transform the brand's retail network violates franchise laws and threatens smaller stores' survival. Critics of the plan, he says, are merely resistant to change. Could dealers benefit from an ethics code? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Even though most dealerships do right by their customers, a few bad apples can generate negative headlines that blanket the industry with nagging stereotypes about dishonesty. A code of ethics could help change that. Canadian auto workers authorize Detroit 3 strike Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:07:13 EST Canadian auto workers represented by Unifor overwhelmingly authorized the union to strike the Detroit 3 should it fail to reach labor agreements with the automakers next month. Acura NSX: A hybrid in more ways than one Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda Motor Co.'s second-generation NSX sports car carries a hybrid engine, a hybrid development approach and now, a hybrid branding role. Marchionne sees Samsung as 'potential strategic partner' Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:29:26 EST FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said he sees Samsung Electronics as a potential partner amid interest from several potential buyers of its Magneti Marelli auto-parts unit. He didn't confirm talks with the Korean company. The man who stood up to VW -- and won Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Nijaz Hastor began his career building Volkswagens in a factory in Slovenia. Last week, he brought Volkswagen to its knees when he refused to back down on a contract dispute between the automaker and his diverse parts company. FCA moves to lock down security codes Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is threatening serious repercussions to anyone who uses its internal DealerCONNECT software and provides outsiders with "key codes, radio codes and other anti-theft or security measures." In Louisiana, devastation 'beyond belief' Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Devastating floods in Baton Rouge have displaced 1,500 or more families with members working at the area's dealerships. NADA aims to raise $2 million for aid to the flood victims and already has begun handing out relief checks. Amazon primed for shoppers, not buyers Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Third-party sites are keeping an eye on Amazon Vehicles. The new site offers photos, reviews and other vehicle information, but doesn't sell vehicles or offer links to dealerships, so sites such as Cars. Mercedes, Infiniti owners most likely to let car do driving Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST If you drive a Mercedes-Benz or an Infiniti luxury vehicle, you're probably more willing than most drivers to give up the wheel to a robot, according to a MaritzCX survey. August forecast to produce third monthly U.S. sales dip of 2016 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:00 EST August is expected to mark the third month in 2016 that U.S. new-vehicle sales declined from a year ago, forecasters said, offering more evidence that the market is at or possibly past its peak. Four forecasts call for sales to fall from 2. Toyota opens Ga. parts distribution center for Lexus dealerships Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:45:39 EST Toyota Motor Sales said it opened a new parts distribution center in Georgia to better serve Lexus dealerships in the Southeast. Marchionne says FCA approached by several suitors for Magneti Marelli Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:30:29 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been approached by several suitors for its components business Magneti Marelli, the carmaker's CEO said, without giving names or mentioning how many. Hyundai's S. Korean union overwhelmingly rejects wage deal Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:42:37 EST Hyundai's unionized workers in South Korea overwhelmingly voted down a tentative wage deal reached with the automaker, signaling more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base. Mazda recalling 190,000 CX-7 vehicles in U.S. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:11:52 EST Mazda Motor Corp. will recall 190,000 of its CX-7 crossovers from model years 2007 to 2012 in the U.S. because of an issue that may cause a loss of steering control, U.S. safety regulators said today. Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:04:10 EST Google's self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace. GM joins White House initiative to address gender pay gap Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:46:24 EST General Motors, the first U.S. automaker to have a female CEO, is among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees. Takata shortlists Daicel, KKR, Ningbo, others in rescue search, report says Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:04:38 EST Takata has shortlisted six or seven companies, including a competitor and private-equity funds, as potential financial investors to bail out the Japanese supplier, people involved in the process told Reuters. German prosecutors review stolen Bosch data for VW diesel scandal clues Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:21:58 EST Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are examining stolen Bosch data to see whether it contains clues about how Volkswagen cheated diesel emissions tests. GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:00:00 EST 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. Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:44:52 EST 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 videos of their own rides. Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:47:54 EST 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. Chevy dealership in Texas targeted by thieves; wheels stolen from 48 vehicles Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:51 EST 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 Martin said the incident occurred around 1 a.m. Four dealerships got the worst flood damage among auto retailers in Louisiana Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:11:06 EST 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. Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016, report says Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:19:43 EST 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 investors on a conference call every three months. VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:48:31 EST 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 scandal. The deal is worth about $1. First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:32:45 EST The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:43:59 EST 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. Tesla wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy SolarCity Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:23 EST Tesla Motors won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solar panel installer SolarCity, the Federal Trade Commission said. The deal was announced on Aug. Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with union Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:05:47 EST 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. California passes toughest greenhouse gas emission curbs Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:45:37 EST 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. Jerry Brown. NSX returns to Japan as an American hybrid import Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:00:00 EST 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. Mercedes-Benz launches 'Timeless' Federer ads for U.S. Open Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:01:12 EST 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 -- in multiple forms. Mercedes names new U.S. sales exec in management shuffle Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:32:56 EST Mercedes-Benz USA is shuffling some senior managers to new jobs. Protective Life buys competitor United States Warranty Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:30:00 EST The parent company of Protective Asset Protection will acquire Florida FandI provider United States Warranty later this year, the companies said last week. France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:45:26 EST 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. Instrument cluster supplier to occupy part of former Jeep plant site in Toledo Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:16:25 EST 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.