Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST Crossovers, trucks drive Nissan, Honda, GM, Ford, FCA to healthy gains Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:30:00 EST Nissan Motor, American Honda, GM, Fiat Chrysler and Ford all posted healthy U.S. sales gains for July, helping the industry begin the second half of the year on a strong note. FCA projected the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate for July at 17. How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded. Six superstars ponder the future of an 'irrational' auto industry Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne says the auto industry is broken. For GM, Clemson designs a party car Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:47:51 EST The Deep Orange 5 concept, unveiled publicly here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Sessions, is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout. Ford, Ram adopt low-tech solution for tough IIHS test Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST After releasing a split decision on the crash worthiness of the Ford F-150, the IIHS is continuing to crash test multiple versions of other automaker's pickups. Ram, meanwhile, is taking a page from Ford's playbook. Luxury titans: A case of too much variety? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable. NHTSA uses FCA order to clean up industry Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's July 24 consent decree with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks to punish and remedy the automaker's safety shortcomings while also addressing recall issues vexing the entire industry. Washington dealer rejects dealer reserve and builds loyalty Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Denver Morford, dealer principal at Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Ephrata, Wash., doesn't believe in dealer reserve. He gives customers the wholesale rate for the loan, and it keeps them coming back. A new breed of software engineer Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush. FCA dealer incentives at risk Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler dealers stand to lose incentive dollars from the automaker if they sell used cars with open, unrepaired recalls under a new policy ordered by U.S. regulators. Can inventory hubs aid small Caddy stores? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST A long effort to whack away at Cadillac's swollen vehicle inventory culminated last month with the brand's trimmest levels in four-and-a-half years. A designer boss may be just what Acura needs Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The unexpected appointment of Jon Ikeda to head Acura could be exactly the shot in the arm Acura needs, both for its product portfolio and its relationship with the Honda mothership back in Japan. Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:09:17 EST Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m. Morning sessions were canceled due to the lack of power at the Grand Traverse Resort. U.S. widens probe of car radios that may be vulnerable to hacks Sun, 2 Aug 2015 07:37:36 EST Harman International Industries Inc., which supplied car audio systems involved in a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recall in July, has been asked for information on other radios that may be vulnerable to hacking, the U.S. regulator said. Nissan inspired by high-end fashion Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan wanted some European fashion to move its American-made Maxima sedan further upscale for 2016. GM takes a fresh look at emerging markets Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST GM is spending $5 billion to develop a new family of Chevrolet small cars that it will build and sell in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets. Mitsubishi plans to move forward with U.S. sales, but experts wonder Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi seems unlikely to leave the U.S. market despite closing its Illinois factory, but skeptics still wonder if the Japanese brand is the next Suzuki. Pricier insurance for F-150? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week said that it had done a test showing that repair costs for Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup jumped 26 percent over those of its steel-bodied predecessor. Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle Sat, 1 Aug 2015 03:49:22 EST High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks. FCA recalls 284,153 Dodge Chargers for airbag flaw Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:19:21 EST Fiat Chrysler is recalling 284,153 Dodge Chargers for a flaw that could lead side airbag inflatable curtains and seat airbags to deploy unexpectedly, raising the risk of crash and injury. GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Buick trims Regal prices for 2016 to counter sedan slump Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:15:00 EST Buick, faced with an aging Regal and U.S. consumers that continue to abandon sedans for crossovers and SUVs, is lowering prices as much as nearly 9 percent on the car for 2016. BMW, Apple could rekindle courtship with an eye on car collaboration Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:20:44 EST BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars. Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:11:09 EST The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today. Subaru parent's operating profit jumps 70% on surging U.S. sales Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:20:42 EST Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, posted a 70 percent jump in quarterly operating profit as sales continued to climb in the United States, its biggest market, and a weak yen boosted the value of earnings overseas. Honda quarterly profit rises 20% as U.S. sales, weak yen offset quality costs Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:49:28 EST Honda's quarterly profit jumped 20 percent as strong sales in the U.S. and a weak yen helped to absorb the impact of higher quality-related costs linked to a recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags. German carmakers near $3 billion deal for Nokia's maps, report says Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:52:12 EST A group of German luxury-car makers including BMW are close to sealing the purchase of Nokia Oyj's digital-maps business for about 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion), people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. TrueCar hit with another dealer lawsuit Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:01:52 EST A group of 100 auto dealerships that are part of TrueCar's network are suing the online car-buying service for not disclosing to consumers the nature of the fees that dealers pay the company for each sale. Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:49:04 EST The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions. American Axle Q2 net grows 12% Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:50:26 EST American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings said today its second-quarter net income increased 12 percent from the year-earlier period to $58.6 million. FCA battles in court with Australia ex-CEO Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:56:21 EST FCA traded charges in court with its former Australia CEO, who denied breaching his legal duties and said he acted on instructions from above after a lawsuit by the carmaker accused him of excessive spending and illegally enriching himself through... Denso lifts profit forecast on weaker yen Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:09:57 EST Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso lifted its profit forecast for the first half of its fiscal year, citing bigger-than-expected currency gains from a weaker yen and higher overseas production of auto parts. VW diesel ad campaign gets sassy Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:18:46 EST The Golden Sisters -- Mary Bartnicki, Josie Cavaluzzi and Teresa Dahlquist -- may not be new kids on the block, but they are Volkswagen's secret weapon as it seeks to rebuild its flagging U.S. sales. Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:34:21 EST Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. GM's OnStar app can be hacked, reseacher says Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:33:33 EST A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors' OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. Senate passes bill raising automaker fines to $105M Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:29:19 EST The U.S. Senate passed legislation that will triple the maximum fines automakers pay for violations of motor-vehicle safety laws yet bypassed other measures sought by consumer groups. Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel. BMW drivers collect $1,000 to delay charging i3 in Calif. pilot Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:19:21 EST In a new pilot program, a California utility is paying drivers of BMW electric cars to delay charging their vehicles when the power grid is under pressure. GM pulls back on rental fleet sales, seeks better margins Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:44:58 EST General Motors will probably report weaker sales than some key rivals do in July. The largest U.S. automaker said that's because it's selling fewer vehicles to rental-car agencies -- not a lack of love in dealer showrooms. GM recalls 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans over sunroof issue Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:49:31 EST General Motors is recalling 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans and issuing a stop sale on the vehicle for issues with the power sunroof. GM already had recalled 67,000 ATS sedans in February for the same issue. Chassix gets new board, $300M in financing Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:14:09 EST Chassix Holdings, following its successful emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, has secured $300 million of exit financing and named a new board of directors. Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:56:51 EST Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary to seek more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. Amazon hires ex-Top Gear presenter Clarkson for TV series Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:02:39 EST Jeremy Clarkson, the TV presenter who was ousted as host of 'Top Gear' this year, will front a new show on in 2016, underscoring the online retailer's drive to push its streaming service with big-ticket names. Mitsubishi Motors' April-June net falls 15% Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:51:36 EST Mitsubishi Motors today said its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 15 percent to 23.99 billion yen, or $195.56 million, brought down by widening losses in Japan, poor performance in Europe and a drop in global factory unit sales. Ford engine plant reopened after bomb threat Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:42:57 EST Ford's engine plant in suburban Detroit was reopened this afternoon after the first shift was sent home earlier today because of a bomb threat. Tech is a key for new-car marketing, study says Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:50:23 EST Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a new study from J.D. Power. The company's 2015 U.S. BorgWarner Q2 earnings fall 21% Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:29:05 EST Auto supplier BorgWarner said its second-quarter earnings and revenue were hurt by the stronger U.S. dollar and lower-than-expected sales in China and other parts of the world. Mazda's quarterly profit falls 5.4% despite strong China, U.S. sales Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:53:48 EST Mazda said quarterly profit fell 5.4 percent despite higher auto sales in China and the U.S. that helped cushion the blow of foreign exchange losses and costs booked for new plants in Mexico and Thailand. FCA's Q2 profit rises 69% on strong NAFTA sales Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:02:18 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its second-quarter net income rose 69 percent to 333 million euros ($364 million) on a strong performance in North America and record global Jeep sales. %]