Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 4 Jul 2015 06:00:00 EST Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20150704/OEM03/307069983/jeep-will-keep-cherokees-spot-on-shape-styling Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in mid-2016. How Infiniti climbed quality chart http://www.autonews.com/article/20150704/OEM01/307069991/how-infiniti-climbed-quality-chart Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. Ferrari's value to exceed $11 billion in IPO, Marchionne says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/307039954/ferraris-value-to-exceed-11-billion-in-ipo-marchionne-says Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:04:20 EST Fiat Chrysler's CEO expects the company's Ferrari supercar unit to be valued "at least" at $11 billion in an initial public offering scheduled for year end. NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/150709946/nascar-sponsors-cool-on-confederate-flag-but-fans-still-fly-it Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST NASCAR's move to get rid of the controversial Confederate flag after the murder of 9 black worshippers in South Carolina comes as the racing circuit and track owners court major new corporate sponsors such as GM, Toyota and Microsoft. Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/307039960/japanese-cement-comeback-in-china-as-toyota-posts-record-sales Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:19:21 EST Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012. Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/RETAIL/150709940/cuba-orders-719-cars-from-chinas-byd-for-tourist-rentals Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:14:38 EST The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market. Honda to make English official language by 2020 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM/150709942/honda-to-make-english-official-language-by-2020 Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:57:47 EST Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was 'stupid' to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. Now that he's left the building, however, Japan's No. Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20150703/OEM06/307039989/toyota-finds-airbags-are-in-demand-on-worlds-deadliest-roads Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads. NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM11/150709969/nhtsa-sees-fca-penalties-over-recall-safety-shortcomings Thu, 2 Jul 2015 04:14:58 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL05/150709953/ford-recalls-432096-vehicles-for-faulty-body-control-module Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:00:00 EST Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules. Art Moran, longtime Detroit-area dealer, dies at 89 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL07/150709954/art-moran-longtime-detroit-area-dealer-dies-at-89 Thu, 2 Jul 2015 18:45:00 EST Art Moran, a longtime dealer in suburban Detroit, died Wednesday. He was 89. Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL01/150709956/truck-luxury-car-demand-drive-record-june-sales-in-canada Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:38:01 EST A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday. Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM02/307039992/legendary-car-designer-giugiaro-quits-company-that-bears-his-name Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:42:15 EST Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968. FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL01/150709958/fca-outsells-ford-on-retail-side-for-first-time-not-so-fast Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:30:00 EST June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S. Hellcats star in new Dodge image campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL03/150709961/hellcats-star-in-new-dodge-image-campaign Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:07:28 EST Dodge is launching an ad campaign this weekend starring the Hellcat trims of the Challenger and Charger, along with the Viper GTS. AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/RETAIL/150709960/autonations-9-june-sales-increase-outpaces-industry Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:12:16 EST AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 9 percent in June from a year earlier to 27,862, making it the retailer's best June since 2005. Toyota prices 'Model AA' shares at top range http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM/150709962/toyota-prices-model-aa-shares-at-top-range Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:50:59 EST Toyota set the price for its "Model AA" class shares at the top of its range, as retail investors flocked to the $4 billion issue the world's biggest automaker hopes will secure its longer-term shareholders. Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM05/150709964/tesla-vehicle-sales-rise-52-in-q2 Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:54:54 EST Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June. BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota http://www.autonews.com/article/20150702/OEM05/150709965/bmw-begins-tests-of-fuel-cell-car-developed-with-toyota Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:45:05 EST BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013. FCA tops Ford in retail sales for first time, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL/150709982/fca-tops-ford-in-retail-sales-for-first-time-reports-say Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:04:06 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' retail sales in the U.S. topped Ford Motor Co.'s in June, the first month that's happened, CNBC and Bloomberg reported. Trucks drive sales up 3.9%; SAAR hits 17.16 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629880/trucks-drive-sales-up-3-9-saar-hits-17-16-million Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:30:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by strong truck volume at Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota, rose 3.9 percent last month as the industry continued to climb toward one of its biggest sales years ever. Honda posts 4.2% U.S. gain in June http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019994/honda-posts-4-2-u-s-gain-in-june Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST Sales at American Honda rose 4.2 percent in June, thanks to robust Honda truck volume and a strong performance by Acura's sedans, a rare bright spot among cars across an industry riding a wave of light-truck sales. Look out! Still water ahead http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/BLOG06/307019988/look-out-still-water-ahead Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST June was another good sales month. We've had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors. VW rides hot Golf, Audi to 2nd straight monthly gain http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629884/vw-rides-hot-golf-audi-to-2nd-straight-monthly-gain Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST The red-hot Golf lineup drove Volkswagen of America to its second-straight monthly U.S. sales gain in June. Ford expects second-half rally for F series as inventory builds http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019996/ford-expects-second-half-rally-for-f-series-as-inventory-builds Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST Ford posted a 1.5 percent increase in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month, even as F-series deliveries declined to the lowest level since January. Strong truck volume helps Toyota offset weak car demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019998/strong-truck-volume-helps-toyota-offset-weak-car-demand Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:30:00 EST Toyota Motor Sales, boosted by strong light-truck volume, rebounded from a sales decline in May to post a 4.1 percent jump in June deliveries. GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM11/150709985/gm-fund-leaves-out-scores-hurt-or-killed-in-cars-with-switch-flaw Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:53:52 EST GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM02/150709997/toyotas-top-female-executive-hamp-steps-down-after-arrest-in-japan Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:34:24 EST Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM04/150709971/nissan-drops-pathfinder-hybrid Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:00:00 EST Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups. FCA up 8.2% on strong Jeep, Chrysler 200 sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019997/fca-up-8-2-on-strong-jeep-chrysler-200-sales Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler's June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker's best sales for the month of June since 2006. Honda, Toyota, Nissan captives face charges of discrimination, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/307029999/honda-toyota-nissan-captives-face-charges-of-discrimination-report Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST The captive finance arms of Honda, Toyota and Nissan may have to limit how much they allow dealers to increase the cost of auto loans after regulators accused the lenders of unintentional discrimination against minority consumers. Rogue fires up Nissan sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/307019999/rogue-fires-up-nissan-sales Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:30:00 EST Nissan Division posted a June sales record, gaining 13 percent over last year, thanks to big demand for its Rogue compact crossover. The brand is now looking for more production volume for the model -- which is already coming from three factories. GM tally dented by pullback in fleet business http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629897/gm-tally-dented-by-pullback-in-fleet-business Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST A steep drop in sales to rental companies in June magnified General Motors' weak car sales, which sank 15 percent through the first half of the year. Hyundai ekes out a June record #8211; by 95 cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL01/150629883/hyundai-ekes-out-a-june-record-by-95-cars Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:45:00 EST By the skin of its teeth, Hyundai Motor America kept U.S. sales on an upward trajectory in June even as its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co., reported a third straight month of falling global sales. BMW slips past Mercedes with record June for U.S. luxury lead http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL/150709977/bmw-slips-past-mercedes-with-record-june-for-u-s-luxury-lead Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:21:58 EST BMW took the lead over Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury-auto sales at the halfway point this year with its best-ever June. J.D. Power completes NADA car guide purchase http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/RETAIL04/150709978/j-d-power-completes-nada-car-guide-purchase Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:37:26 EST J.D. Power completed its acquisition of NADA's Used Car Guide today after receiving approval from U.S. regulators. Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM05/150709994/japanese-automakers-to-subsidize-hydrogen-station-operating-costs Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:25:59 EST Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells. Porsche labor chief joins VW board http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM01/150709987/porsche-labor-chief-joins-vw-board Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:41:31 EST Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues. GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/OEM01/150709988/gm-korea-workers-approve-strike-over-pay-output Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:57:29 EST GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise. Hyundai global sales fall for third straight month http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/GLOBAL/150709990/hyundai-global-sales-fall-for-third-straight-month Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:41:50 EST Hyundai's sales fell for a third straight month, dragged down by a slump in overseas deliveries as unfavorable currency exchange rates undermine its ability to compete against Japanese automakers. Germany's Getrag getting interest from Magna, Dana, China, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM10/150639989/germanys-getrag-getting-interest-from-magna-dana-china-report-says Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:36:51 EST Getrag, one of the biggest independent makers of transmissions, has attracted interest from automotive suppliers including Canada's Magna International Inc., people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM02/150639998/suzuki-patriarch-appoints-son-as-president-and-likely-successor Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:50:37 EST Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu Suzuki will keep his positions as chairman and CEO. Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/RETAIL05/150639990/newer-audi-bmw-subaru-models-use-lots-of-oil-consumer-reports-survey Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:45 EST Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports. Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM05/150639987/toyota-mirai-rated-at-u-s-range-of-312-miles Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:18 EST Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S. Bain Capital completes buyout of TI Automotive http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM10/150639986/bain-capital-completes-buyout-of-ti-automotive Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:15:44 EST TI Automotive said its sale to private equity firm Bain Capital LLC has been completed. Terms of the sale were not disclosed in a statement today. GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM11/150639997/gm-directors-dont-have-to-face-ignition-switch-claims Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:54:54 EST General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths. Dura owner Tilton loses bid to halt SEC proceedings http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM01/150639991/dura-owner-tilton-loses-bid-to-halt-sec-proceedings Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:37:11 EST Lynn Tilton, the owner of auto supplier Dura Automotive and the so-called Diva of Distressed, lost a bid to halt a U.S. Mexican supplier Nemak to launch $750 million IPO http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM10/150639992/mexican-supplier-nemak-to-launch-750-million-ipo Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:38:54 EST Nemak SAB's expected $750 million initial public stock offering today marks the first stock offering of a Mexican auto supplier since at least 2000. Toyota's new shares are popular in Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/OEM/150639994/toyotas-new-shares-are-popular-in-japan Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:17:03 EST Japanese retail investors are flooding stock brokers with orders for a new class of Toyota shares, indicating the carmaker can fetch a good price for the issue and secure a new group of long-term investors. Lexus is living in the future http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/VIRALVIDEO/306309998/lexus-is-living-in-the-future Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST A 37-second tease of a long-dreamed-about technology: the hoverboard. %]