Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:33 EST This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds. U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:54:33 EST U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing. Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:46:46 EST The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous. FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:24:08 EST Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today. Rivian Automotive to build randd center for high-tech vehicles in Mich. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:26:09 EST Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn randd center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley. GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:42:52 EST General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and... Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:24:32 EST Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today. GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:27:59 EST GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups. 2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:49:55 EST Kia Motors unveiled today the exterior of the redesigned, sportier 2017 Cadenza luxury car, which will go on sale next year. The new Cadenza, known as the K7 in Korea, has a sharper, more angular look than the 2016 version. Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 EST Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January. Audi's race to the top; Nissan channels Tarantino Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi pits an RS 7 in a test for the best against ... an elevator. Audi to revise emissions control software in U.S. vehicles with 3.0-liter engines Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:09:59 EST Audi said today that it will revise emissions control software used on more than 85,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines that U.S regulators said earlier this month violated U.S. clean air laws. Technology upgrades zoom into small cars Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation. Chip Perry, TrueCar's new CEO, seeks to rebuild dealers' trust Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:00:00 EST Chip Perry said his goal as the new CEO of TrueCar will be to win back the trust of auto dealers. Perry, 62, who helped build AutoTrader from a start-up venture into a $1 billion shopping site, was named CEO of TrueCar earlier today. Tesla offers less powerful Model X for $80,000 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 EST Tesla plans 90D and 70D variants of the Model X crossover, the latter of which will include a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a sticker price of $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge. JLR won't attend Detroit auto show Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover of North America says it will skip next year's Detroit auto show in January to concentrate on other international shows. 7 years' worth of VW diesels now under scrutiny Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week was supposed to bring some measure of clarity to Volkswagen's emissions fiasco. Audi seeks charging network allies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi AG, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range in 2018, has initiated talks with U.S. and German automakers about a shared network of 150-kilowatt fast chargers to rival the Superchargers that Tesla Motors Inc. Chronicler of VW slave labor dies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich. Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said. VW CEO says diesel engine refits 'manageable' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:36:48 EST The steps needed to fix about 8.5 million Volkswagen cars in Europe fitted with illegal emissions-control software are technically and financially manageable, the German automaker's CEO said today. Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:37:17 EST Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisory firms' reports released last week. Ford recalls 451,865 Fusions, Mercury Milans for potential fuel tank problem Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:22:54 EST Ford is recalling 451,865 Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years to fix a potential fuel tank problem that could lead to a fire. Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Los Angeles' hits and mehs Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology. Nissan accuses store owned by ex-dealer council chair of fraud Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan is suing a California dealership and several of its employees, alleging that they filed 3.74 million in improper warranty claims. How Toyota channeled Lady Gaga in primping the Prius Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a frumpy, fuel-efficiency play. Give it emotion, make it sexy. GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book's website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers. U.S. escapes unscathed in this round of VW cuts Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Scandal-plagued Volkswagen Group has cut its global spending plan next year by more than $1 billion, but it spared the ax at its U.S. operations. Dealer's retirement shows trend Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A Michigan deal exemplifies a trend in the buy-sell market. Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. L.A.'s Galpin Motors fills an exhibit hall with its custom rides Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Galpin Motors uses a 26,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center to display its custom vehicles, showcase the many brands its 10 dealerships carry and catch the eyes of L.A. Auto Showgoers. And all the vehicles are for sale. Fiat Chrysler launches 3 youth-targeted ads during American Music Awards Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in another high-profile advertising move, launched three spots during Sunday night's broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC. Phone shrines, electronic shifter and infotaining: What people think of the Cadillac XT5 Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac, notably lacking in the hot crossover market, is betting a lot on the XT5 as a replacement for the SRX, the brand's aging but still top-selling nameplate in the U.S. FCA expands no-cost college nationwide Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:00:00 EST Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Fiat Chrysler dealers nationwide can offer a no-cost college education to employees and their spouses and children -- a perk aimed at attracting top-tier talent to work at FCA stores. Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi. German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST German automakers and suppliers fear that America's audacious tech companies are grabbing the initiative within the auto industry as cars become more about software and successful data manipulation and less about traditional hardware. Aural sparkle, arachnids, and calzone stuffed with sushi-grade tuna: What people think of the Fiat 124 Spider Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, marks the two-door's return after several decades. Here's what some critics and others are saying about the 124. Spider 'ain't a badge exercise' Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The task seemed simple: Re-create the most popular Fiat ever sold in the U.S. for the 21st century. The reality, it turned out, was a little more complicated than typing 'Miata' into Google Translate and choosing 'Italian.' In Mercedes project, latchkey kids get chauffeured rides Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes had a particular group of customers in mind when it launched Boost, an Uber-like shuttle service, in 2013. They were children, and they simply needed to get to soccer practice. Next Caddy crossover due in '18 Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac is billing the XT5 as the first of four new crossovers planned for its lineup. But the next one is more than two years away. VW, under deadline, submits fix to 2.0-liter diesel emissions violations Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:45:00 EST The EPA and California air regulators received an initial proposal from Volkswagen, which faced a Friday deadline, to address emissions violations with the company's 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. VW's 3.0-liter diesels under wider scrutiny by EPA, CARB Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:14:47 EST The EPA said at least 85,000 vehicles from Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche with 3.0-liter diesel V-6 engines contain software allegedly designed to foil emissions tests, substantially widening the number of vehicles believed to be affected by the issue. UAW ratifies national labor pact with GM Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:30:00 EST The UAW ratified a new four-year labor agreement with GM, ending two weeks of deliberations amid opposition to the deal from skilled-trades workers. Ford workers approve UAW contract after late push by union leaders Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:30:00 EST A last-ditch push by UAW leaders to rally support for a proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. mustered just enough votes to overcome widespread opposition and bitterness among workers as the company generates record profits. Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S cars for potential seat belt defect Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:14:52 EST Tesla Motors, unable to fully explain a broken seat belt discovered in early November by a European owner of the all-electric Model S sedan, has decided to recall the entire Model S fleet. M-B advertising named most effective among luxury brands Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:40:30 EST Mercedes-Benz's slogan is, 'The best or nothing.' When it comes to its advertising, a TV and video analytics company agrees. Cox moves dealers to from VinSolutions Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:26:48 EST Dealers using the VinSolutions website will be transitioned to, Cox Automotive said today. VW cuts 2016 capital investment 8% due to cost of fixing emissions cheat Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:32:50 EST Volkswagen today cut 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) -- or about 8 percent -- from its investment plan for next year, as the German carmaker braces for a multi-billion-euro hit from its emissions cheating scandal. %]