Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V packs more power, fresh look http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM04/141229993/cadillacs-2016-cts-v-packs-more-power-fresh-look Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph. Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM03/312229983/cadillacs-2016-cts-v-gets-a-fresh-look-and-a-big-power-boost Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph. Mining Silicon Valley for must-have car tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM06/141219858/mining-silicon-valley-for-must-have-car-tech Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive breakthroughs have long come from Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo. Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM11/141219835/older-vehicles-can-escape-recalls-nets Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down. Ford hires ex-GM data whiz to revamp analytics http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM06/312229972/ford-hires-ex-gm-data-whiz-to-revamp-analytics Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co.'s hiring last week of a new senior officer illustrates the auto industry's accelerating dive into big data. The UAW's big pay challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM01/312229979/the-uaws-big-pay-challenge Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade. Patti Swope says dad with her 'in spirit' as she takes helm of dealer group http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229980/patti-swope-says-dad-with-her-in-spirit-as-she-takes-helm-of-dealer Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Sam Swope died at 88 on Dec. 9, less than a month before his only daughter was to take over as CEO of the Louisville, Ky., group. Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229975/miami-auto-show-seeks-to-ride-latin-identity-into-the-big-leagues Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. Cars to Cuba? It's complicated http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229963/cars-to-cuba-its-complicated Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The political struggle over easing trade restrictions is just one barrier to reviving U.S. auto sales in Cuba. Another major headwind is purely economic: Nearly all Cubans live modestly and cannot afford new or used American cars. GM hustles to make the Malibu competitive http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229962/gm-hustles-to-make-the-malibu-competitive Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Car executives typically don't talk about future models more than a year before they hit showrooms for fear of dampening enthusiasm for the current one. But in the case of the Chevrolet Malibu, there's not much enthusiasm to dampen. Ram ProMaster City to fight Ford, Nissan for cargo haulers http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229976/ram-promaster-city-to-fight-ford-nissan-for-cargo-haulers Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Ram's new 2015 ProMaster City small commercial van, a Ford Transit Connect fighter, is aimed at businesses that need small, inexpensive cargo vans. When recalls go to court, NHTSA tends to win http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM11/312229981/when-recalls-go-to-court-nhtsa-tends-to-win Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST If history is any guide, fighting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over recalls in court is a losing battle. Volvo wants online leads, not online sales, in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229966/volvo-wants-online-leads-not-online-sales-in-u-s Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Volvo's online vehicle sales in the United States will resemble a lead-generating service, with shoppers selecting a model and putting down a deposit, the company's U.S. chief says. Second-chance store lets staff shine http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229998/second-chance-store-lets-staff-shine Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST At AutoNation's Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships. Hyundai Motor hires longtime BMW executive in performance-car push http://www.autonews.com/article/20141221/OEM02/141229992/hyundai-motor-hires-longtime-bmw-executive-in-performance-car-push Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:26:43 EST Hyundai and affiliate Kia hired Albert Biermann, chief engineer for BMW's M performance cars and light trucks, to develop performance models and improve ride and handling. Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better http://www.autonews.com/article/20141221/OEM11/312229958/japans-laws-attitude-help-recalls-work-better Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of. In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving http://www.autonews.com/article/20141221/RETAIL/312229961/in-russia-all-are-losing-but-none-are-leaving Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there. VIN switcheroo a crushing defeat for Mini Cooper http://www.autonews.com/article/20141221/OEM11/312229968/vin-switcheroo-a-crushing-defeat-for-mini-cooper Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States. Honda dealers face recall phone blitz http://www.autonews.com/article/20141220/OEM11/141219834/honda-dealers-face-recall-phone-blitz Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift http://www.autonews.com/article/20141220/OEM11/141229997/u-s-auto-recalls-top-60-million-as-response-to-defects-shift Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:38:42 EST Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags. New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system http://www.autonews.com/article/20141220/OEM06/312229984/new-volt-to-get-elrs-battery-regeneration-system Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR. The repo man now hunts on social media http://www.autonews.com/article/20141220/RETAIL/312229991/the-repo-man-now-hunts-on-social-media Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans. FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM11/141219839/fca-us-recalls-3-3-million-more-vehicles-with-takata-airbag-inflators Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:49:18 EST FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM11/141219841/gm-develops-contingency-plans-in-case-takata-recalls-widen Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:59:43 EST General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said today. U.S. traffic fatalities fell 3% in 2013, return to record low rate http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM11/141219846/u-s-traffic-fatalities-fell-3-in-2013-return-to-record-low-rate Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:17:21 EST The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in the United States to 32,719 fatalities in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today, crediting a combination of stricter regulation and advanced safety... Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM06/141219843/technology-winning-the-war-on-auto-theft-report-shows Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:45 EST Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said. Nissan tops 100,000 sales in Canada for first time, gains market share http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/RETAIL01/141219847/nissan-tops-100000-sales-in-canada-for-first-time-gains-market-share Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:02:22 EST Nissan said its sales in Canada have reached a record-breaking 100,000 new vehicles this year. Mercedes recalls 8,279 Sprinter vans in U.S. for possible oil leak http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM11/141219849/mercedes-recalls-8279-sprinter-vans-in-u-s-for-possible-oil-leak Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:02:17 EST Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,279 Sprinter vans in the United States because of a potential oil leak that would increase the risk of a fire or a stalling engine, according to documents filed by federal safety regulators. FCA recalling Dodge Ram pickups for possible loose fastener http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM11/141219850/fca-recalling-dodge-ram-pickups-for-possible-loose-fastener Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:03 EST FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by federal safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach. CarMax says Q3 net income rose 22% to $130 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/RETAIL04/141219852/carmax-says-q3-net-income-rose-22-to-130-million Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:14:52 EST CarMax, the largest used-car seller in the United States, said net income surged 22 percent in its third fiscal quarter as easier credit boosted vehicle sales. Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20141219/OEM06/141219854/google-aiming-to-go-straight-into-car-with-next-android-report-says Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:51:38 EST Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. Ally's six-year bailout ends after U.S. sells $1.28 billion stake http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/RETAIL07/141219857/allys-six-year-bailout-ends-after-u-s-sells-1-28-billion-stake Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:48:44 EST The Treasury disposed of its remaining $1.28 billion stake in auto lender Ally Financial, resolving the last big bailout from an emergency government program to halt the 2008 financial crisis. Ally said the government ultimately gained $2. Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM06/141219861/cadillac-says-ct6-rearview-mirror-will-have-high-res-video Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars. Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/RETAIL03/141219862/honda-opens-35-million-heritage-training-center-in-ohio Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EST Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago. Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich. http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM01/141219865/toyota-to-invest-126m-to-expand-powertrain-operations-consolidate Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:43 EST Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich. Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM11/141219875/takata-ceo-takes-out-newspaper-ads-in-reaction-to-airbag-crisis Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:57:36 EST Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers. Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM11/141219867/ford-expands-takata-driver-side-airbag-recall-in-u-s Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:08:03 EST Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles. U.S. gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, boosting year-end auto sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/RETAIL/312189921/u-s-gas-prices-drop-below-2-50-a-gallon-boosting-year-end-auto-sales Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:34:20 EST U.S. drivers are paying less than $2.50 a gallon at the gasoline pump for the first time in more than five years, giving a lift to year-end car sales. Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/RETAIL07/141219863/dealertrack-expands-beyond-u-s-with-acquisition-of-german-software Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:54:22 EST Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM/312189925/old-gm-tells-new-gm-to-compensate-customers-for-faulty-switches Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:04:20 EST GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout. Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM11/141219868/mercedes-recalls-4871-cars-suvs-in-u-s-for-possible-oil-leak Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:57:19 EST Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators. Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM11/141219872/takata-airbag-crisis-may-spur-maintenance-changes-in-japan Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:54:57 EST Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan's automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/OEM06/141219879/smartphone-app-zubie-adds-automotive-retail-and-service-perks Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Drivers don't need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well. U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says http://www.autonews.com/article/20141218/RETAIL01/141219880/u-s-market-has-never-been-more-competitive-ihs-says Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:00:00 EST The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today. Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say http://www.autonews.com/article/20141217/OEM/141219889/mercedes-benz-usa-mulls-move-south-reports-say Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:17:26 EST Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports. Acura to unwrap NSX at Detroit auto show http://www.autonews.com/article/20141217/OEM04/141219899/acura-to-unwrap-nsx-at-detroit-auto-show Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST Acura will reveal a production version of the NSX supercar -- the luxury brand's long-awaited halo car -- in Detroit next month. Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20141217/OEM11/141219878/takata-says-it-has-sufficient-funds-to-deal-with-recalls Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:27:36 EST Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper. Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20141217/OEM11/141219894/honda-ran-tests-on-fatal-airbag-flaw-frustrated-by-takata-reticence Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:34:29 EST Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests. Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information http://www.autonews.com/article/20141217/RETAIL03/141219884/volvo-to-provide-4-year-subscription-to-siriusxm-traffic-weather Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:40:40 EST Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday. Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20141217/OEM10/141219885/visteon-to-sell-halla-climate-unit-stake-for-3-6-billion Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38:06 EST Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea's Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics. %]