Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 31 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Toyota stops production on some lines in Japan after blast at supplier plant Tue, 31 May 2016 08:45:34 EST Toyota said today it suspended output at some Japan plants and stoppages would be expanded on Wednesday after the automaker was unable to secure parts following an explosion at a plant of one of its suppliers. All the single ladies get credit for booming SUV demand Tue, 31 May 2016 06:38:26 EST Increasing income and education as well as a general delay in marriage and child-bearing combine to create a growing number of single women buying cars. Recall battle shifts to states Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST State dealer associations are going to their legislatures seeking -- and getting -- new protections they say dealers need to cope with the burden of unrepaired vehicles on their lots, especially as the Takata airbag recalls expand. Blast hits Japan plant operated by Toyota brake supplier Mon, 30 May 2016 08:19:20 EST Advics, a supplier of braking components to Toyota, reported an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan's Aichi prefecture. More carmakers race into ride-sharing Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are staking their claims in the ride-sharing world -- and fast. Last week, Toyota invested in ride-share giant Uber, Volkswagen Group in Gett, a ride-hailing company popular in Europe, and BMW in the company behind a carpooling app. Recruiting college grads to the dealership Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Ray Skillman Auto Group revamped its recruiting process to target college graduates with retail experience, part of its switch to a product-specialist model to replace traditional sales staffers. Toyota's Texas headquarters begins to rise Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota's Plano, Texas, plot is beginning to look like a world-class corporate campus as it emerges from the dusty construction site just north of Dallas in anticipation of a migration of employees from the old headquarters in Southern California and... How Bill Ford lured Flex-N-Gate to Detroit Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Flex-N-Gate, owned by low-profile magnate Shahid Khan, will build a new plant in Detroit, a move Bill Ford advocated for. Here come the hydrogen stations Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hydrogen fuel cell cars are beginning to trickle onto California's roads. And thanks to a push from regulators, automakers and startup FirstElement, more filling stations are arriving, too. Rembrandts help refine the art of the sale Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Robert Hoehn is a 21st century American car dealer who became obsessed with collecting prints made by a 17th century Dutch master who conjured dark, magical images using copper plates, acid, an etching tool and a press. Q auto's smaller stores yield bigger results Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Asbury will add two smaller stand-alone used-vehicle stores in the Tampa area this summer, bringing its total there to four, after having closed its only large-format store in Jacksonville, Fla., in February. Toyota, Nissan seek battery breakthroughs Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota and Nissan are working on advanced battery technologies they hope will give new-generation electrified vehicles greater driving range. Nissan sees ads transcending borders Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan will launch a new U.S. advertising campaign this week, but other significant marketing changes are coming. Are Japan's automakers too U.S.-dependent? Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's automakers are beginning to position themselves for a slowdown in their cash-cow market - the United States. FCA's 'sales carnivore' adds more to his plate Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Reid Bigland's added assignment running FCA's struggling Italian luxury brands, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, is about more than bolstering brands and boosting sales. Signs of a buy-sell slowdown Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership buy-sell activity could plateau this year after several years of big growth. And buyers' lust for luxury brands is cooling somewhat, experts say. Can Volvo play small ball? Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo's first entry into the compact crossover segment, the XC40 arriving late next year, is meant to capitalize on the market's seeming unquenchable thirst for these vehicles. FCA's sales streak rides on minivans Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST If Fiat Chrysler ekes out its 74th consecutive year-over-year sales increase in May, as expected, it will likely do so with a big assist from a segment often dismissed as a has-been -- minivans. Race cars are laps ahead on connectivity Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Although some might think the fuss about connected cars is a relatively recent phenomenon, it's not. Race cars -- including those at today's Indianapolis 500 -- have been transmitting fuel and performance data to pit crews for decades. VW goal: 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group expects it will have to sell about 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a year worldwide by 2025 to fulfill increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits in major markets. Mazda ventures back into premium tier Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EST For more than a decade, Mazda has talked about occupying a quasi-premium space in the U.S. The redesigned CX-9 is a step in that direction. Toyota patent activity soaring Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EST EV-related technologies have triggered a boom in automotive patents, and they are streaming out of Toyota. And the gap between the number of new Toyota patents and those at the industry's second-place company, Robert Bosch, is enormous. VW weighs second EV platform Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen is examining whether its modular architecture for electric cars under development, dubbed MEB, is flexible enough for a top-of-the-line Phaeton, or whether a second groupwide platform is needed. Molinaroli will lead JCI-Tyco for 18 months; successor named Fri, 27 May 2016 13:44:40 EST Johnson Controls Inc. CEO Alex Molinaroli, who has steered his company away from the automotive seating and interiors businesses during his two-and-a-half-year tenure, will serve as CEO for the combined JCI-Tyco International for 18 months. Indy 500 delivers speed, safety advances, innovation for 100 years Fri, 27 May 2016 10:00:00 EST Technological advancements first tested on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historic 2.5-mile oval have transitioned to everyday production models since the very first race. FCA launches digital ad campaign for 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Fri, 27 May 2016 13:41:54 EST Fiat Chrysler's new digital campaign for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica introduced the group of small experts in a video launched Thursday night. GM may shift some pickup production from Mexico to Michigan, report says Fri, 27 May 2016 13:47:45 EST Some General Motors light-duty pickup production is going to shift to Flint, Mich., from Mexico, according to a report. Former Texas dealer fails in bid to overturn U.S. money laundering sentence Fri, 27 May 2016 12:31:17 EST A suburban Dallas ex-dealer has failed to overturn his 188-month prison term in a money laundering conspiracy that enabled drug dealers, pimps and other criminals to pay cash for luxury vehicles without reporting the transactions to the IRS. Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata airbags Fri, 27 May 2016 06:20:53 EST Eight automakers said today they are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles for defective Takata airbags, expanding the largest-ever auto safety push, documents posted by U.S. regulators showed. Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run Thu, 26 May 2016 23:15:00 EST The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. Ford bumps driving range of 2017 Fusion Energi to 610 miles Thu, 26 May 2016 10:45:18 EST Ford has bumped the range of the 2017 Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid, to a diesel-like 610 miles on one tank of fuel. That's up 60 miles from the 2016 model. Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism Thu, 26 May 2016 15:18:46 EST Ford is launching a pilot program on June 1 to hire adults with autism. May U.S. sales expected to drop on fewer selling days Thu, 26 May 2016 15:12:16 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to be lower this month than in May 2015, as slower growth combines with a calendar that gives dealerships one fewer weekend to draw in shoppers. Autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing could push insurance premiums down 30%, study finds Thu, 26 May 2016 12:18:09 EST Auto insurance premiums could decline by as much as 30 percent over the next 25 years as autonomous vehicles and sharing services become more prevalent, a study found. VW sees mobile robots on future assembly lines Thu, 26 May 2016 11:02:05 EST For Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for future manufacturing includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they'll do next. More research emerges showing consumers uninformed, wary of new vehicle technology Thu, 26 May 2016 10:27:50 EST Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don't know what benefits they would get. GM's China joint venture to recall 2.16 million vehicles Thu, 26 May 2016 06:37:18 EST GM's joint venture with China's SAIC will recall about 2.16 million vehicles starting Aug. 15 because the engine crankcase valves may corrode, China's principal consumer protection watchdog said today. Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant Wed, 25 May 2016 15:19:43 EST Two auto industry executives with ties to NFL football franchises -- Bill Ford of the Detroit Lions and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- played key roles in bringing a top-tier auto parts plant to Detroit. Classic Olds, Jaguar share screen in X-Men movie Wed, 25 May 2016 14:45:04 EST Vintage Jaguar and Oldsmobile models get screen time in the superhero flick X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits U.S. theaters Friday. Takata hires financial adviser to mull restructuring options Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:46 EST Takata hired investment bank Lazard to lead efforts to seek new investment and help resolve financial issues stemming from its record-setting recall of tens of millions of airbag inflators that can rupture. Google plans randd center for self-driving cars in suburban Detroit Wed, 25 May 2016 13:48:25 EST Google plans to open a 53,000-square-foot operation in suburban Detroit to conduct further randd for the company's self-driving automotive technology. BMW invests in California-based mobile carpooling app Wed, 25 May 2016 12:01:37 EST BMW said today its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop. Dodge hires new ad agency Wed, 25 May 2016 13:26:49 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has selected GSDandM as lead agency for Dodge after a review, according to people familiar with the matter. Daimler's Detroit Diesel union workers ratify new labor contract Wed, 25 May 2016 10:31:46 EST UAW members at Detroit Diesel ratified a contract Tuesday that includes a wage increase and commits Daimler Trucks North America to new engine production. Ford recalls nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after brake failures Wed, 25 May 2016 10:05:06 EST Ford is recalling nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after a three-month investigation by federal safety regulators into dozens of complaints about front brake failures and nine crashes. FCA has no deal to sell stake to China's GAC, Elkann says Wed, 25 May 2016 09:25:13 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not made any agreement with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group to sell a stake, the Italian carmaker's chairman John Elkann said today. Crash test dummies get in back seat to make Uber riders safer Wed, 25 May 2016 07:16:38 EST Crash test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back. Toyota, recovering from earthquakes, plans full production in Japan next week Wed, 25 May 2016 06:53:18 EST Toyota said all production lines at its factories in Japan would operate between May 30 and June 4, after output was partially suspended following earthquakes in southern Japan last month. Toyota-Uber places automakers in rival ride-sharing alliances Wed, 25 May 2016 06:33:17 EST Toyota's investment in Uber Technologies has drawn the battle lines between the world's largest automakers, which have now solidified partnerships with competing ride-hailing apps in the burgeoning field of on-demand transportation. Cosworth to build engine parts in suburban Detroit Tue, 24 May 2016 16:07:39 EST Cosworth, an English supplier of electronics and powertrain products to high-performance vehicles, said today it will open a $30 million plant in suburban Detroit to make V-8 cylinder heads for an unnamed manufacturer.