Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:00:00 EST Dodge joins the Star Wars promotional blitz with Stormtrooper Chargers Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:54:29 EST Dodge provided eight Chargers, including a Hellcat, for a Hot Wheels promotion with Uber today in New York that coincides with the toy car maker's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EST Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:06:55 EST Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking. Bentley says its new Bentayga will be the world's fastest SUV Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:08:22 EST Bentley says its first SUV won't just be the most expensive in an increasingly crowded market, it'll also be the fastest. Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:55:37 EST Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported. Marchionne's Fiat-GM merger plan may wait for Ferrari spinoff Fri, 4 Sep 2015 08:18:35 EST While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't known for his patience, he's likely to wait until next year before making a bid for General Motors after months of talk about the potential of a deal. Detroit 3 show interest in UAW health care overhaul idea Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:01:59 EST The Detroit 3 automakers are showing increased interest in the UAW's proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues. UAW negotiators pledge they'll prevail in Ford contract talks Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:46:41 EST UAW negotiators said they will prevail in their contract talks with Ford as a deadline to strike a deal approaches. Jaguar offers free maintenance, cuts prices in U.S. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:30:00 EST Jaguar is lowering its prices and rolling out free scheduled maintenance in the United States to remove what customers cite as key reasons consumers reject the British brand: high purchase and maintenance costs. NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 million U.S. fine for price-fixing, obstruction Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:11:58 EST Japanese auto supplier NGK Insulators has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $65.3 million fine for fixing prices of automotive parts and attempting to obstruct the ongoing global investigation into auto parts bid rigging, the U.S. Ex-Tesla engineer charged with illegally accessing employee evaluations Thu, 3 Sep 2015 16:17:47 EST A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web. TrueCar inks partner deal with Sam's Club Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:01:56 EST TrueCar gained a key ally today with the announcement that it will partner with Sam's Club to offer members access to a new-car buying program. Takata settles U.S. patent infringement case for airbag sensors Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:48:36 EST Two units of Japanese auto supplier Takata are settling a six-year patent infringement dispute with International Electronics and Engineering and its Detroit area subsidiary for $1.1 million. Alcoa plans new randd center for advanced 3D printing processes Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:45:44 EST Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its randd center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors. Lear buys downtown Detroit office building Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:16:18 EST Seating and electronics suppler Lear has purchased a 50,000-square-foot building in downtown Detroit for an undisclosed price. Average U.S. new-vehicle mpg falls in August Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:13:22 EST The average stated fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States fell in August and is down nearly 2 percent from the record high set a year ago, a University of Michigan report released today said. Nissan marketing exec Mohnke adds U.S. sales duties Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:50:33 EST Nissan North America's chief marketing officer Dan Mohnke will add U.S. sales to his responsibilities beginning today, the automaker said in a news release. Maserati dealer sues factory, alleging padded sales Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:04:59 EST A Maserati dealer has sued Maserati North America, saying the auto company insisted the dealership misrepresent sales, reporting 2014 vehicle sales as much as quadruple what they actually were, and discriminated against dealers who refused to... AutoNation August sales drop 5% on calendar quirk Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:38:43 EST AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle retail sales fell by 5 percent from a year prior to 31,032 vehicles in August, a decline driven largely by a drop in import sales and the Labor Day weekend falling completely in September this year. Navistar reports a surprise Q3 loss amid U.S. investigation Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:52:15 EST Navistar International, the truck- and engine-maker that counts Carl Icahn as its biggest investor, posted a slight third-quarter loss when analysts had projected a profit. Bill Ford says health care co-op possible in UAW talks Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:42:54 EST Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the company is considering a health-care co-op, an issue the UAW has raised in negotiations on a new contract. German carmakers win U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia maps Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:14:57 EST German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes have won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia's maps business for around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion), the Federal Trade Commission said today. GM expects to be profitable in India in 5 years Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:53:28 EST General Motors expects to be profitable in India in five years as it cuts costs and works toward increasing local content in its cars, the automaker's India chief told Reuters. Hyundai brings back Nissan's Hatami as U.S. sales chief Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST Derrick Hatami, who left Hyundai last January to become U.S. sales chief at Nissan, will return to Hyundai to fill the company's new vacancy for a U.S. sales chief. Chinese supplier CW Bearing to build new U.S. headquarters near Detroit Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:50:26 EST CW Bearing USA will invest $25.9 million to build a new U.S. headquarters and technical center in suburban Detroit, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office said. Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17. Land Rover to roll out two diesels in October Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:56:36 EST Land Rover expects its first U.S. diesel vehicles will account for up to 20 percent of sales for the two SUVs powered by the new-generation engines. GM slips as fleet pullback continues Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:30:00 EST GM's U.S. sales slipped less than 1 percent in August, as the second straight monthly drop in fleet sales offset rising demand from individual buyers. GM sold 270,480 vehicles last month, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. Jeep Wrangler to stay in Toledo, Cherokee leaving, Wrangler-based pickup coming Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has decided to keep making the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, move production of the Jeep Cherokee to a nearby state and build a Jeep pickup. Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:15:00 EST After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover. Mercedes S-class cabrio will bow in Frankfurt Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:15:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. Press days are Sept. 15 and 16. U.S. drops estimates for vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags by 36% Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:16:56 EST U.S. auto safety regulators now believe about 19.2 million U.S. vehicles are covered by the recalls for Takata airbag inflators that can explode in a crash, 36 percent fewer than were thought earlier this summer to carry the defective parts. Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:15:00 EST Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2. Canada sales rise 2.2% in August Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:13:07 EST Light vehicle sales in Canada grew 2.2 percent in August to 175,512 vehicles, according to the monthly Desrosiers market snapshot report. Lexus grabs second straight monthly U.S. sales win, narrows gap with BMW Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:16:45 EST Lexus sold the most luxury vehicles in the U.S. in August, riding a wave of demand for its new crossover to a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Sales rose 2. Ford's U.S. retail volume best since '06 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:30:00 EST Ford Motor Co. had its best retail-sales month since March 2006 in August, selling 183,467 vehicles in the U.S. Ford posted its highest F-series number of the year and gains of at least 20 percent for five crossover and SUV nameplates. Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:15:00 EST The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.' Weak Nissan, strong Infiniti results leaves Nissan N.A. off slightly Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST Nissan North America reported a slight drop in U.S. sales in August, as lower car sales offset strong performances by the Rogue crossover, the Altima sedan and the Infiniti luxury brand. Why the momentum could last Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:00:00 EST Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009's pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month. VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:45:00 EST Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:09:08 EST Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a successor for that post. Pradzinski, 55, was a 26-year Hyundai veteran. Record Jeep, Ram pickup demand push FCA up 1.7% Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:15:00 EST Record Jeep and Ram pickup volume pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales up 1.7 percent in August, offsetting stiff drops at the Dodge and Chrysler brands. The automaker reported sales in the U.S. of 201,672. First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode' Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:29:32 EST The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast. FCA recalls 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokees to fix windshield wiper defect Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:35:27 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 206,668 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because of a defect that could cause windshield wipers to stop working. Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. It's the first time since 2008 that major changes have been made to the low-volume, full-size, off-road vehicle. Nissan's absurd new sport Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan takes its UEFA Champions League sponsorship to a whole new level in its latest spot. Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity' Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Compared with its larger and far richer global counterparts, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a huge set of problems. CEO Sergio Marchionne knows he has challenges but says he also has a plan that is working. The quotable Marchionne Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne takes stock of countries, competitors, brands, dealers, disruptors and the industry at large in these excerpts from an interview with Automotive News. Classic Broncos reach ICON status Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jonathan Ward, CEO of California-based ICON, sells refurbished and modernized classic 1960s-era Ford Broncos for between $175,000 and $230,000 -- and says he can't keep up with demand. UAW members at GM vote to authorize a strike Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:45:00 EST UAW-represented workers at General Motors plants overwhelmingly authorized union leadership to strike the carmaker if the two sides reach an impasse during talks over a new wage and benefit pact. %]