Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST BMW recalls all i3 electric vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/OEM11/171129816/bmw-recall-stop-sales-i3-electric-vehicles Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:36:51 EST BMW is recalling all 2014-18 i3 electric vehicles for higher risk of neck injuries to smaller people in the driver's seat who aren't wearing seat belts, according to recall documents. Electric vehicle sales process 'inconsistent' among brands, new study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/RETAIL/171129820/electric-vehicle-sales-process-inconsistent Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:17:15 EST As the auto industry prepares to introduce a wave of electric vehicles over the next few years, some dealerships are ill-prepared for the rollout, a new study says. Maserati's program changes 'unfair,' NY judge rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/RETAIL/171129822/maseratis-program-changes-unfair-ny-judge-rules Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:08:23 EST A New York administrative judge ruled that proposed changes to Maserati's incentive program and franchise agreement were "unfair," confirming a previous decision. Trump nominates Michigan dealer David Fischer for ambassador to Morocco http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/OEM02/171129862/trump-ambassador-david-fischer-suburban-morocco Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:50:19 EST President Donald Trump nominated The Suburban Collection CEO David Fischer to be the U.S. ambassador in Morocco. BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/BLOG06/311229953/bmw-mobility-china-traffic Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:14:51 EST As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels. Delinquency uptick no cause for concern, TransUnion says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/171129849/delinquency-uptick-no-cause-for-concern-transunion-says Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:01:27 EST The 60-day delinquency rate climbed in the third quarter, but that needn't worry the industry, TransUnion said. Lyft wins permit to test self-driving cars in California http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/MOBILITY/171129840/lyft-testing-autonomous-california Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:24:55 EST Ride-hailing firm Lyft has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, taking it one step further in the race with several other companies to bring self-driving cars to the masses. Audi races to the mall http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/VIRALVIDEO/311229997/audi-races-to-the-mall Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Audi's off to the races this holiday season. Tesla blows through $8,000 every minute amid Model 3 woes http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/OEM05/171129864/tesla-cashburn-earnings-wallstreet Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:18:33 EST Over the past 12 months, electric-car maker Tesla has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute (or $480,000 an hour), Bloomberg data show. Trump's hopes for quick NAFTA deal are dimming as talks slow http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/OEM01/171129865/trump-nafta-talks-slow-mexico-canada Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:59:35 EST After three months of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico remain miles apart on a deal to update the region's flagship trade pact. Uber paid hackers to delete stolen data on 57 million people http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/MOBILITY/171129868/uber-paid-hackers-stolen-data Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:15:33 EST Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM01/171129918/toyota-mazda-plant-north-carolina-alabama Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:40 EST Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings. NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/RETAIL07/171129894/nada-floorplan-interest-deduction-senate-tax-bill Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:35 EST NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories. Subaru Ascent takes shape ahead of L.A. intro http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129934/subaru-ascent-takes-shape-ahead-of-l-a-intro Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:04:18 EST The official unveiling of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is just days away but spy photographers have spotted the three-row crossover out testing. Ford may exit some S. American markets, analyst says http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM/311219933/ford-may-exit-some-s-american-markets-analyst-says Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:04:20 EST Ford is on the verge of taking dramatic action to turn around its money-losing business in South America, including possibly exiting some markets, an analyst said after meeting with two company executives. Apple scientists share rare peek at autonomous vehicle research http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/MOBILITY/171129871/apple-scientists-share-rare-peek-at-autonomous-vehicle-research Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:56:50 EST Apple's internal research on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians with fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles. Subaru readies special editions to mark 50 years in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129883/subaru-readies-special-editions-to-mark-50-years-in-u-s Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:00:00 EST Subaru of America's entire vehicle lineup will have a role in celebrating the company's 50th anniversary in the U.S. NAFTA nations lock horns on U.S. auto demands as fifth round ends http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM01/171129941/nafta-talks-round-5 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:42:20 EST Negotiators square off on Tuesday for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework NAFTA, with a stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos. FCC to vote to repeal 'net neutrality' rules that threatened connected car development http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/MOBILITY/171129921/fcc-netneutrality-rescind-regulation Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:53:32 EST The chairman of the FCC plans to repeal a 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. It appears to be a victory for automakers. Tesla invites Model 3 reservation holders to design their cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM04/171129928/tesla-model3-reservations-design Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:03:51 EST Tesla started summoning non-employee Model 3 reservation holders to configure their cars, a sign of progress for the sedan plagued by production problems. Lincoln's freshened 2019 MKC gets new mesh grille, tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM03/171129947/lincolns-freshened-2019-mkc-gets-new-mesh-grille-tech Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products. Key Safety Systems signs deal to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM10/171129937/key-takata-bankruptcy-acquisition-reorganiztion Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:47:30 EST Key Safety Systems said it signed the long awaited definitive agreement to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion. The announcement comes weeks after the formal deal was submitted in bankruptcy court. Ford, Mahindra open to teaming up on electric cars in India http://www.autonews.com/article/20171121/OEM05/171129938/ford-mahindra-electric-car-india Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:39:57 EST Ford and its Indian partner Mahindra and Mahindra could create their own EV line in India to help battle pollution from the vehicles clogging the nation's roads. Toyota puts U.S. workers on alert: Made-in-Japan Camrys cheaper http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM01/311209948/toyota-puts-u-s-workers-on-alert-made-in-japan-camrys-cheaper Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:19:20 EST Toyota issued an unsettling warning to Kentucky workers building its top-selling Camry sedan: Cut costs now or face an uncertain future. Dealership's refresher class lures buyers back http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129999/subaru-best-practices-phoenix Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Subaru Superstore of Chandler has found a way for its customers to willingly come back to the store in droves. Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL04/171129964/used-cars-sales Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast. AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129966/mike-jackson-autonation-strategy-dealership-group Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds. James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129951/james-crellin-former-director-of-communications-at-gm-dies Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:10:35 EST James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81. Mahindra prepares 'brand journey' to launch passenger vehicles in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129949/mahindra-prepares-brand-journey-to-launch-passenger-vehicles-in-u-s Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:39 EST India's Mahindra and Mahindra, preparing to launch an off-road vehicle in the US, will take a "thoughtful" approach to marketing on-road passenger vehicles next, company officials said. Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129948/uber-hit-with-8-9-million-fine-in-colorado-over-unqualified-drivers Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:32:25 EST Colorado regulators fined Uber after finding the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive with invalid driver's licenses or other offenses that would have disqualified them. Dealership lobbyist Jonathan Morrison named NHTSA's top lawyer http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM02/171129950/jonathan-morrison-nhtsa-top-lawyer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:35 EST The White House appointed Jonathan Morrison, a former lobbyist with ties to auto dealerships, as chief counsel of NHTSA. Lithia a winner on Wall St. http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129998/lithia-stock-growth-wall-st Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors #8212; which prioritized US acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street. Fiat Chrysler under pressure to recall Chrysler Pacifica minivans for potential stalling issue http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129953/fiat-chrysler-pacifica-minivan-recall-nhtsa Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:20:04 EST The Center for Auto Safety is asking NHTSA to open an investigation and recall the Chrysler Pacifica, which the group says represents an "unreasonable risk" because of a stalling problem. Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM08/171129995/ghosn-determined-bring-three-companies-closer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable. Ford to offer plug-in hybrid police sedan http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM04/171129954/ford-to-offer-plug-in-hybrid-police-sedan Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:45:00 EST Starting next summer, Ford will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Fusion-based police sedan that will have an electric range of 21 miles. NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129974/nafta-defense-strategies-face-political-pitfalls Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy. Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/RETAIL07/171129979/dealer-leads-managers-path-to-ownership Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did. Honda to use Facebook to find owners with defective Takata airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129956/honda-facebook-takata-airbags Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:24:29 EST Honda will use Facebook's custom-audiences tool to find car owners with defective Takata airbags. Tesla's magic show diverts attention away from its problems http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM01/171129963/tesla-roadster-trouble-semi Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Few companies can propose to take on both Freightliner and Ferrari in one night. But the dollars-and-sense business of automaking remains a deep and daily challenge for Tesla. How critical is the EV tax credit? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129965/how-critical-is-ev-tax-credit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs. Infiniti's new turbo engine delivers fuel efficiency, performance http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM06/171129970/infiniti-turbo-engine-fuel-efficiency-performance Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50. GM maps route to profitable EV portfolio http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM05/171129971/gm-maps-route-to-profitable-evs Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer. But other big challenges remain. Dude, where's my flying car? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129980/dude-wheres-my-flying-car Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST After a century of failed efforts to make vehicles that can soar above gridlocked traffic, the idea that such contraptions are "just around the corner" might not be so far-fetched. PSA closes failing Berlin car sharing http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129975/psa-car-sharing-berlin-fail Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST While PSA Group works on fine-tuning its mobility services in the United States, it is learning from at least one failed operation launched in Europe. Mercedes to open Atlanta headquarters in March http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM/171129976/mercedes-atlanta-in-march Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST By next fall, about 1,000 employees of the brand's U.S. distribution arm should be back under one roof for the first time since July 2015, New technology shakes up the purchasing department http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM10/171129988/technology-shakes-up-purchasing-department Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers look for advanced technologies, their unfamiliar suppliers are bringing new ideas to old purchasing departments. Why is catalytic converter supplier BASF smiling? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM10/171129989/basf-catalytic-converter-supplier Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company. Autoliv relearns lean manufacturing http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM10/171129991/autoliv-relearns-lean-manufacturing Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course. Canada, Mexico to confront U.S. auto content demands at NAFTA talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM01/171119778/canada-mexico-to-confront-u-s-auto-content-demands-at-nafta-talks Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:39:56 EST Canada and Mexico will not make counterproposals to American demands for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules but instead will question and rebut them on Monday, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Nissan hints at building new U.S. assembly plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20171119/OEM01/311199983/nissan-hints-at-building-new-u-s-assembly-plant Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:04:20 EST Nissan is squeezing all it can from its US assembly plants and will need to build a new factory if it keeps growing in the lucrative American auto market, a top executive says.