Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST Daimler plans $1B investment in Ala. to build electric SUVs, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170921/OEM01/170929966/daimler-plans-1b-investment-in-ala-to-build-electric-suvs-reports-say Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:23:01 EST Daimler plans to spend $1 billion to expand its Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Vance, Ala., to produce batteries and electric SUVs, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters. Mitsubishi to beef up U.S. marketing, hires new agency http://www.autonews.com/article/20170921/RETAIL03/170929965/mitsubishi-to-beef-up-u-s-marketing-hires-new-agency Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:47:05 EST Mitsubishi, now under Nissan's control, is beefing up its marketing plans in the United States and has hired Butler Shine Stern and Partners to handle as creative, social and digital duties. Best self-driving tech going nowhere as rules stall under Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20170921/MOBILITY/170929968/best-self-driving-tech-going-nowhere-as-rules-stall-under-trump Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:34:31 EST The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won't be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years. Ford expands use of augmented reality for design http://www.autonews.com/article/20170921/OEM03/170929971/ford-expands-use-of-augmented-reality-for-design Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:15:00 EST Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality. Tesla, AMD partner to develop chip for autonomous cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/MOBILITY/170929970/tesla-amd-partner-to-develop-chip-for-autonomous-cars Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:44:45 EST Tesla is working with Advanced Micro Devices to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/BLOG06/309219998/automakers-survey-earthquake-damage-in-mexico Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:15:00 EST Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production in Puebla. Mechanics' union encouraged by new contract with Chicago-area dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/RETAIL/170929972/mechanics-union-encouraged-by-new-contract-with-chicago-area Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:34:04 EST The union representing Chicago-area mechanics is encouraged by its new contract with local dealerships. The contract, signed Sunday, ended a seven-week strike. Fake charity was tied to UAW-FCA scam, prosecutors say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/OEM02/170929974/fake-charity-was-tied-to-uaw-fca-scam-prosecutors-say Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:43:47 EST Federal prosecutors seized $292,000 funds they allege were laundered through a fake hospice center in connection to corruption scandal by UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives. GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/OEM01/170929980/gm-canada-prepares-to-idle-transmission-plant-if-cami-strike Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:45:46 EST GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant. Delphi, BlackBerry form partnership on turnkey self-driving software system http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/MOBILITY/170929982/delphi-blackberry-form-partnership-on-turnkey-self-driving-software Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:38:50 EST Delphi Automotive has entered into a commercial partnership with BlackBerry for the development of its turnkey automated driving platform. Mercedes-AMG concept races to life http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/VIRALVIDEO/309209995/mercedes-amg-concept-races-to-life Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 EST Mercedes-AMG visualizes the similarities between a race car and a future halo car. Wanna sell cars? No, job seeker study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/RETAIL07/170929999/wanna-sell-cars-no-job-seeker-study-finds Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST A Cox study found job seekers' interest in working at a dealership jumps when told they won't have to sell cars, while most dealers don't have a staffing strategy. New diesel cars no better for environment than gasoline counterparts, German officials say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/OEM01/170929992/new-diesel-cars-no-better-for-environment-than-gasoline-counterparts Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:13:11 EST New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than gasoline vehicles, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying. GM, Unifor talking informally as strike continues, union says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM01/170919691/gm-unifor-talking-informally-as-strike-continues-union-says Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:19:40 EST GM and Unifor, the union representing about 2,800 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant, have talked informally over the phone but aren't yet back the bargaining table, a union official said. Tesla worker claims timing of firing denied him lucrative shares http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM/309199919/tesla-worker-claims-timing-of-firing-denied-him-lucrative-shares Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:49:20 EST A former Tesla factory worker filed a lawsuit alleging the company fired him a day before his one-year anniversary, denying him hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options. The complexity and engineering challenges of the electric motor http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/BLOG06/170919692/the-complexity-and-engineering-challenges-of-the-electric-motor Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:15 EST The change from internal combustion engines to electric motors will be one of the biggest the industry has ever faced. Volvo plans U.S. plant expansion, doubling original investment, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM01/170919702/volvo-plans-u-s-plant-expansion-doubling-original-investment-reports Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:10:49 EST Volvo is doubling investment in its first plant in the United States, which is under construction, to add a second production line at a total cost of $1 billion. KAR, ADESA's parent, plans new HQ http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/RETAIL/170919683/kar-adesas-parent-plans-new-hq Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:43:05 EST KAR Auction Services plans a new $80 million headquarters two miles south of its current headquarters in Carmel, Ind. NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM05/170919690/nrdc-climate-change Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 EST The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted. Ford schedules downtime at 5 N.A. assembly plants amid slowing sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM01/170919688/ford-schedules-downtime-at-5-n-a-assembly-plants-amid-slowing-sales Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:57:14 EST Ford said it will temporarily shut down production lines at five assembly plants in North America before the end of the year to fix recalled commercial vans and reduce output of slow-selling cars. Chicago mechanics OK contract, return to work after strike http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/RETAIL07/170919707/chicago-auto-mechanics-return-to-work-after-strike Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:18:38 EST Mechanics at Chicago-area new-car dealerships returned to work on Monday after agreeing to a new four-year contract on Sunday, ending a strike that lasted about seven weeks. Ford to shut down Transit lines for a week http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM01/170919696/ford-to-shut-down-transit-lines-for-a-week Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:43:35 EST Ford plans to shut down Transit production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant for seven days starting next week amid slumping sales for the nation's best-selling large van. Toyota revs up with GR performance line http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM04/170919703/toyota-revs-up-with-gr-performance-line Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:48:28 EST Toyota is introducing a high-performance "GR" series consisting of seven variants including the Prius plug-in hybrid and Vitz subcompact. Fiat Chrysler recalls 494,000 pickups for fire risk http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM11/170919689/fiat-chrysler-recalls-494000-pickups-for-fire-risk Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:11:16 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 494,000 medium and heavy-duty Ram pickups worldwide because of a water pump that could overheat and potentially cause a fire. Toyota chief says hybrid still central as EV momentum grows http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM05/170919697/toyota-chief-says-hybrid-still-central-as-ev-momentum-grows Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:38:04 EST Toyota President Akio Toyoda says hybrid technology will remain central to the company's strategy even as a rising wave of governments and automakers get behind plug-in electric vehicles. Archer's bows, appetizers and punches: What people think of Genesis G70 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/OEM03/170919700/archers-bows-appetizers-and-punches-what-people-think-of-genesis-g70 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:15:00 EST The newest addition to the Genesis lineup, the compact luxury G70 sedan, goes on sale in the U.S. next spring and will immediately join a competitive segment. A roundup of initial reaction from the automotive press on the G70. Aston Martin moves beyond Bond, explores conventional marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919824/aston-martin-marketing-bond-007-tom-brady-serena-williams Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST As Aston Martin transforms itself from a low-volume builder of just a few grand touring models into a high-end purveyor of supercars, it's changing its marketing to match. Cadillac's New York move opens up new marketing world http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919812/cadillac-experiential-marketing Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's New York journey has taken it on helicopter rides to the Hamptons, virtual-reality expeditions at auto dealerships, and forays into the worlds of art and fashion. PSA making cars for U.S. standards http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM04/170919762/psa-making-cars-for-u-s-standards Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America. Bugatti's single model could be a four-door http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM04/170919806/bugatti-four-door Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024. Frankfurt photo booth http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM05/170919768/frankfurt-photo-booth Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline. Honda's packs redesigned N-Box with surprises http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM03/170919767/honda-nbox-minicar Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar . Builder-dealer Bill McDaniels on the future of auto retailing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919807/bill-mcdaniels-dealer-contractor Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing. GM plots the next phase of its information technology overhaul http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM06/170919754/gm-it-randy-mott Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles. Unifor strike at GM result of 'major philosophical differences' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919721/unifor-strike-at-gm-canada-major-philosophical-differences Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:13:24 EST Canadian workers striking a key GM assembly plant could picket for a long while, Unifor President Jerry Dias said. GM Canada urged Unifor to "resume negotiations." Ford patents retractable table for autonomous cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/MOBILITY/170919716/ford-patents-retractable-table-for-autonomous-cars Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:05:04 EST Ford thinks the interior of autonomous vehicles could resemble a kitchen or office conference room. Kia CMO Saad Chehab sees power in brand's youth http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919838/kia-cmo-saad-chehab-qanda-stinger-fca Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST After leaving FCA on a hot streak in 2015, Saad Chehab is back in the advertising game, this time as chief marketing officer for Kia Motors America. He'll have a lot on his plate. Honda invests $267 million, will add 300 jobs to increase Accord production in Ohio http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919717/honda-invests-267-million-will-add-300-jobs-to-increase-accord Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:24:23 EST Honda said its invested $267 million and will add 300 new jobs to support increased production of its revamped 2018 Accord sedan model at the Japanese automaker's plant in Marysville, Ohio. VW documents can't be shared by U.S. with German law firm, judge rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM11/170919718/vw-documents-cant-be-shared-by-u-s-with-german-law-firm-judge-rules Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:59:54 EST A federal magistrate judge blocked the Justice Department from sharing with a German law firm 25 million pages of records disclosed by VW in the government's diesel emissions investigation. How best to use Google? Now, there's a playbook http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919743/how-best-to-use-google-now-theres-a-playbook Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google is responding. Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving compute design http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919722/intel-collaborates-with-waymo-on-self-driving-compute-design Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:05:02 EST Intel said it will collaborate with Google affiliate Waymo, saying it worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time. Marketing for autonomous technology turns conservative http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919832/marketing-advertising-autonomous-tesla-autopilot Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers continue to feed buzz about self-driving cars, but their marketing strategies are still very much hands-on. Mercedes-Benz' Slaven says social marketing is people-intensive http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919825/mercedes-benz-slaven-qa-wilson Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA's Drew Slaven talks about the brand's shift of resources to social media. Ford agency's new creative chief on bringing mobility to marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919811/tito-melega-ford-gtb Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Tito Melega, the new creative chief of Ford's agency plans to invoke the company's long and global legacy of moving people. QandA with Volvo CMO Matt O'Rourke http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919823/matt-orourke-volvo-cmo-wedding Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Ad agency Grey Group is taking advantage of Volvo's brand transformation to introduce ad campaigns built around unconventional storytelling. Matt O'Rourke, who leads the Volvo account at ad agency Grey Group, explains this new direction. Cadillac's 'Let Go' campaign for Super Cruise pitches brand as pioneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL03/170919810/ellinghaus-super-cruise-ads Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's CMO calls Super Cruise "the perfect product" for showcasing Cadillac's heritage as an innovator. An idea that could stop robots from hurting factory workers: Airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919727/an-idea-that-could-stop-robots-from-hurting-factory-workers-airbags Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:38:59 EST In a development that's drawn interest from automakers, two entrepreneurs in Germany say they have designed a way to better safeguard interactions between humans and factory robots. Ford explores strategic alliance with India's Mahindra http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/OEM01/170919728/ford-explores-strategic-alliance-with-indias-mahindra Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:03:07 EST Ford Motor Co. and Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. are exploring forming a strategic alliance as the U.S. automaker tries to gain a foothold in a country that's set to become the world's third-biggest car market. Mazda upgrading U.S. dealership network http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/RETAIL07/170919769/mazda-retail-network-upgrade Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda has embarked on a three-year dealership upgrade targeting more than 100 outlets across the United States as part of its push to polish its brand image and achieve 2 percent market share. Driverless taxis could be riderless, too, survey finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20170918/MOBILITY/170919803/driverless-taxi-survey Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Many drivers say they want no part of a robo-car. But that might be an opportunity for suppliers.