Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations. Study slams CFPB's proxy methodology Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The statistical method the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses to identify which consumers belong to minority groups correctly identified African-American borrowers only 24 percent of the time. ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer. Honda in talks with other suppliers for Takata airbag fix, report says Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:45:27 EST Honda is in talks with two airbag suppliers to help it stock replacement parts for defective Takata Corp. airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people aware of the planning. Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. Mercedes-Benz's first refusal right upheld Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA has beaten all claims but one in a lawsuit challenging its use of the right of first refusal to block a dealership buy/sell deal in Fresno, Calif. Two-car households will decline, KPMG report predicts Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Two-car households may be on the decline as urbanization increases, but they are far from disappearing, a KPMG report said this week. Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29% Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:35:16 EST Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model. Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:46:47 EST An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough. Chrysler says it will speed up recall repairs for Jeep SUVs Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:30:34 EST Chrysler Group said on Friday it was not satisfied with the speed of repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk and will enhance dealer communication and owner contact to accelerate the process. Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers. Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work. Toyota to recall 422,000 Lexus vehicles in U.S. due to fuel leak Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:42:12 EST Toyota will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, federal regulators said today. Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:14:58 EST Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC's board chairman to take a senior position at the Bank of Cyprus. Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:28:27 EST Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:46:47 EST Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier's science and technology committee, the company said Thursday. Fatigue-expert NHTSA nominee could mean more infotainment scrutiny Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:04:26 EST The nominee to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an expert in fatigue and pilot alertness, which signals the auto industry's drive to bring more Internet services and infotainment into cars should get intense scrutiny. Hertz hires airline veteran Tague to revive company Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:12:14 EST Hertz Global Holdings named John Tague as its new CEO, appointing the manager credited with boosting sales at United Airlines to restore investors' confidence in the car-rental company plagued by an aging fleet and sloppy accounting. BMW explores hike in i8 output to reduce wait time Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said. VW says it will invest $106 billion chasing Toyota for global sales lead Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:10 EST Volkswagen said it will invest $106 billion (85.6 billion euros) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker. Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:36:13 EST A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. Volkswagen won't advertise during 2015 Super Bowl Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:41:22 EST Volkswagen, which made a huge splash with its 'The Force' Super Bowl spot in 2011, will be sitting out the big game this year, the company confirmed. GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:30:00 EST GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. NHTSA tells Marchionne to speed up Jeep recall fix Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:58:09 EST Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne was sent a stern letter Thursday from federal regulators to speed up repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk. Ferrari names Edwin Fenech head of N.A. unit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:11:32 EST Ferrari has named 14-year employee Edwin Fenech as CEO of the premium sports car maker's North American unit. Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:37:33 EST The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the grilled industry executives today for their handling of the crisis. GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:59:18 EST Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls. Arizona was seeking an estimated $3 billion from GM, the New York Times reported. GM names Stephen Carlisle to head Canada unit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:51:12 EST General Motors today named Stephen Carlisle the new president and managing director for GM Canada as the company's current chief for Canada, Kevin Williams, prepares for retirement at year's end. U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:25:40 EST Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said. NHTSA's decision to decline Takata documents spurs criticism Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:53:44 EST Five months after an exploding airbag killed a Virginia woman on Christmas Eve of 2009, the manufacturer offered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration additional documents, but the agency said it was unnecessary because it has just... Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:07:40 EST Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. Mobileye, maker of collision-avoidance tech, reports 70% revenue hike for Q3 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:06:39 EST Mobileye, which produces collision-avoidance technology, reported a 70 percent rise in revenue but posted a net loss for the third quarter. Nissan Juke gets a little Jukier, adds features Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:30:00 EST Nissan, surprised that one of its most polarizing cars has become one of its most successful, is turning up the Juke-iness of its Juke subcompact for 2015. 500X will help Fiat in U.S. where it snows Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover shows up in North American dealerships next year, it will give the brand its first all-wheel-drive offering for areas that get wintry weather. Toyota Sienna fares well in new crash test; 3 other minivans perform poorly Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:09:57 EST In a front overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States, only the latest model of the Toyota Sienna scored well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today. Acura retools ILX with more power, 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:45:00 EST Acura is taking another shot at the small premium sedan segment by retooling the entry-level ILX. The Honda Civic-based compact has been re-engineered with a more powerful engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. GM approves Opel SUV and engine investments in Germany, Poland Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:22:13 EST GM CEO Mary Barra said today Opel will add a flagship SUV to its lineup. The model will launch by the end of the decade. GM will also invest more than $627 million in the production of new engines and transmissions in Germany and Poland. TRW shareholders approve $13.5 billion takeover by ZF Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:21:24 EST TRW Automotive shareholders today approved a $13.5 billion takeover offer by Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen, the companies said, paving the way for a new global automotive supply powerhouse to rival Robert Bosch. Chrysler 300 refreshed with rotary shifter, updated front fascia Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Designers used a light touch to refresh the 2015 Chrysler 300, with a new front fascia and the addition of a rotary shifter as the biggest differences for what will be the 60th anniversary of the original 300 in 1955. Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:36:18 EST Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need... Cadillac chief envisions $250,000 flagship car -- in 2029 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:45:00 EST Cadillac's new boss believes General Motors' luxury brand could eventually sell ultra-luxury cars that retail for a quarter-million dollars by 2029. Cadillac may also get more crossover models to supplement the SRX. Chevy Colorado, in ZR2 gear, is ready to hit the rocky trails Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:30:00 EST Chevrolet's off-road Colorado concept is its boldest effort yet to position the midsize pickup as a versatile truck for active, outdoorsy types. A production version of the Colorado ZR2 would give GM an answer to Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor. Scion looks to end product drought with iM hatchback Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:30:00 EST Scion formally unveiled the long-awaited five-door iM Concept hatchback, marking the struggling brand's first new design in three years. BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:21:28 EST Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant. Cadillac will report its own financial results, de Nysschen says Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:59:27 EST GM's Cadillac luxury line, working to revive its image, will begin reporting financial results about 2017 and double global sales by the end of the decade, said Johan de Nysschen, the brand's chief. Lexus LF-C2 concept zeros in on younger buyers Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:50:14 EST Lexus took another step toward overcoming its midlife crisis with the unveiling Wednesday of the LF-C2 convertible concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:45:00 EST The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman. VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:22:35 EST VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant called the Alltrack. Obama nominates NTSB's Mark Rosekind to lead NHTSA Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:30:57 EST President Barack Obama nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has come under heavy criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major recalls and safety concerns. VW embraces hydrogen with Golf SportWagen HyMotion Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:23:48 EST Volkswagen is next in line to join the hydrogen party at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a concept version of its new Golf SportWagen compact powered by a fuel cell electric drivetrain. %]