Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 30 May 2015 06:00:00 EST UAW's rich health care wears a bull's-eye Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The UAW may be forced to compromise on the rich health care benefits paid its members to secure other gains in the upcoming Detroit 3 contract talks. California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market. Audi boss focuses on SUVs to win consumers' hearts Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, 52, is particularly bullish about the automaker's fast-growing SUV lineup. GM recalls 375,000 heavy-duty trucks with Takata airbags Fri, 29 May 2015 17:23:50 EST GM is recalling about 375,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata. And Subaru will expand a recall of Impreza compact cars with Takata airbags to about 80,000 from 20,000. Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say Fri, 29 May 2015 11:55:35 EST Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. Harman acquires Bang and Olufsen Automotive Fri, 29 May 2015 16:13:52 EST Harman Industrial Industries, a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said today it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang and Olufsen Automotive, a supplier of audio products to luxury automakers. American Axle may land tenants for Detroit site Fri, 29 May 2015 14:15:52 EST American Axle and Manufacturing is in talks with prospective manufacturing tenants to be located at its former manufacturing grounds near the company's Detroit headquarters. Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says Fri, 29 May 2015 06:43:38 EST The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. Tesla's Texas push runs out of juice Fri, 29 May 2015 14:34:48 EST Elon Musk has been shut out of the Lone Star state again. 2 car salesmen rescue trucker from fiery crash in Minn. Fri, 29 May 2015 13:13:43 EST Two car salesmen from neighboring dealerships in suburban Minneapolis teamed up Wednesday afternoon to save a life. Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries Fri, 29 May 2015 12:24:38 EST Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses. Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies Thu, 28 May 2015 17:21:49 EST As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection. Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production Thu, 28 May 2015 16:10:46 EST Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December. Honda expands airbag recall in Japan Thu, 28 May 2015 04:32:46 EST The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators. May U.S. sales rate forecast to rise to 17.3M Thu, 28 May 2015 11:08:16 EST May is expected to produce the U.S. auto industry's best sales pace since last summer. Forecasts call for a seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate of about 17. J.D. Power to buy NADA Used Car Guide Thu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 EST The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell an 82-year-old institution, its Used Car Guide business, to J.D. Power. The deal is expected to yield shared cost savings and lead to more comprehensive data and new products. FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls Thu, 28 May 2015 14:17:48 EST Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.8 million vehicles vehicles to its Takata recalls while Ford will add more than 950,000 to its campaigns. Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles. TrueCar faces shareholder suit Thu, 28 May 2015 15:13:03 EST TrueCar's legal woes mounted Wednesday as the online car-buying service was hit with a shareholder lawsuit alleging that it misled its investors about how it does business. Ford plots dual course as driverless future nears Thu, 28 May 2015 14:30:00 EST Selling cars and trucks won't be enough to keep Ford rolling for a second century, so the company is operating on parallel paths to prepare for self-driving cars and shared vehicles, according to Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Sponsors Hyundai-Kia closely watching FIFA scandal Thu, 28 May 2015 13:57:52 EST In the wake of a U.S. federal investigation of several officials and executives with soccer governing board FIFA, major corporate sponsor Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are keeping a close eye on the matter. Volvo inks plant deal with S.C. Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:46 EST Volvo Cars of North America signed an agreement today with the state of South Carolina, where it will build its first U.S. factory. GM to invest $175M in Michigan plant to gear up for 2016 Camaro Thu, 28 May 2015 09:30:00 EST General Motors said today that it will invest $175 million in new tooling and equipment to bring production of the Chevrolet Camaro to its assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. GM ignition-switch suits put on ice by U.S. judge, for now Thu, 28 May 2015 06:22:53 EST A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred. Marchionne sees industry merger by 2018 Thu, 28 May 2015 07:10:42 EST FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is convinced a merger in the auto industry will happen before 2018, he said during a visit to the carmaker's Melfi plant in southern Italy. Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit Wed, 27 May 2015 15:58:23 EST Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty ignition switches now linked to 107 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed today. Ford recalls 423,000 vehicles for power-steering issue Wed, 27 May 2015 10:55:34 EST Ford today said it is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating since last fall. It also issued a smaller recall for a different issue in some 2015 Ford Mustangs. Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a similar change in March by General Motors. New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley Wed, 27 May 2015 07:01:06 EST Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians. GM makes big bet on smartphone integration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:00 EST General Motors will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay on more than a dozen Chevrolet vehicles for the 2016 model year, the industry's biggest bet yet on dashboard displays that mimic smartphones. Apple exec calls car 'ultimate mobile device' Wed, 27 May 2015 14:35:49 EST A senior Apple executive said developing a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference today. GM unveils $1.2 billion investment plan for Indiana pickup plant Tue, 26 May 2015 13:15:00 EST GM will invest $1.2 billion to improve the Indiana plant where it makes full-size pickups. The investment, part of the $5. Supplier EFI Automotive opens N.A. headquarters in Alabama Tue, 26 May 2015 17:05:58 EST French supplier EFI Automotive opened its first North American headquarters, in Elkmont, Ala., after spending $2.5 million to expand the site of its plant there. House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls Tue, 26 May 2015 15:19:24 EST A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles. NGK says 2 execs retired before price-fixing indictments Tue, 26 May 2015 14:38:47 EST Two former executives with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug had retired before they were indicted Thursday on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold to some automakers in the US... Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EST Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. Audi expects in-car electronics to become as valuable as horsepower Tue, 26 May 2015 06:29:04 EST Audi expects that electronics and digital features will become just as important as sheer horsepower for global automakers as they brace for a fundamental industry shift and new competitors and potential allies emerge. Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the... Mercedes-Benz cars may not be dinosaur-proof Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Does the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe standard warranty cover dinosaur attacks? Ford dips toe into London car-sharing market with GoDrive Tue, 26 May 2015 09:46:49 EST Ford will start offering Londoners a network of cars to share, rather than buy, in an effort to tap the growing market for on-demand driving. Former Detroit-area Ford dealer Tarik Daoud dies at 78 Tue, 26 May 2015 08:21:12 EST Tarik Daoud, the longtime CEO of the former Al Long Ford in Warren, Mich., died Sunday. He was 78. GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans. Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affluent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability. Can 4th-gen MX-5 Miata renew interest in small sporty cars? Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segment. Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon. Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Kansas City bids to become EV mecca Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales. JLR aiming high with SVO unit Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants. Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off? Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima. Now that's what we call a hands-on executive Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench. %]