Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:30:55 EST Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the U.S. as part of an ambitious plan to jump-start lagging sales. New Chevy ads elevate 'focus groups' Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet this week will roll out a major advertising campaign, doubling down on the spoofy "focus group" imagery it has used in its rollout of the Colorado pickup. Lincoln to bring back Continental name Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. The buzz about the Benz pickup Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division. How the SUV drove luxury kings to power Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks. FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains #8212; if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. Caddy previews top-down strategy Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal? Toyota's better cars get better plants Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. Ex-dealership staffers face prison Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Several former sales staffers at a Birmingham, Ala., Nissan store face federal prison time as part of a federal crackdown on fraudulent practices in car dealerships. UAW delegates demand higher pay Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. 'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. High stakes in the Big Apple Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this week's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?). Tesla reboots in China as range anxiety, customs crimp sales Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:34:21 EST Tesla is rushing to expand its network of charging stations across China to assuage range anxiety, add luxury features that suit local tastes and retrain a sales force that CEO Elon Musk previously described as "brain-dead." Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:00:00 EST Honda is going small and sporty with the release of the S660 mini roadster, a new open-top minicar that will be sold only in Japan, at least for now. How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. Panoz street car advances despite suit Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design. Leases to get more expensive, ALG says Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique. Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they'll need to offer large incentives to meet California's mandate for zero-emission vehicles. Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. Buick Enclave upgrade gets Tuscan treatment Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover. Scion iA sedan uncovered Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut next week, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall coverage Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:40:31 EST Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis. Manheim invests in vehicle inspection company Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:17:10 EST Manheim invested in Alliance Inspection Management, a vehicle inspection and software company, and the two companies have formed a 'strategic alliance' to develop inspection technologies that will lead to a more consistent inspection... AutoNation, analytics company Zubie join to monitor cars' service needs Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:38:15 EST Some AutoNation dealerships' service advisers will know which vehicles need fixing before they even talk to the driver, thanks to a new partnership with vehicle analytics company Zubie. GM shield in doubt as judge mulls ending bar on ignition suits Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:19:37 EST A bankruptcy judge told GM six years ago it didn't have to worry about lawsuits over cars made before its $49.5 billion government bailout. Last month, the same judge said he wasn't so sure anymore. Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:20:52 EST Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin. UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:54:15 EST The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention. Ford cleared of technology patent infringement, jury rules Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:41:37 EST A jury ruled that Ford did not infringe on four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the automaker in a $240 million lawsuit. Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:19:20 EST A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion. GM board member Erroll Davis to retire Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:17:47 EST Erroll Davis, a member of General Motors boards before and since the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy, will retire in June. Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rises 83% Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:45:00 EST Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford CEO in mid-2014, received compensation worth $22 million last year, the company said today in a regulatory filing. His successor, Mark Fields, earned $18.6 million. Land Rover to consolidate advertising work with agency Spark44 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST Land Rover is shifting its global strategic and creative ad accounts to Spark44, the same agency that handles sister brand Jaguar. Spark44 is jointly owned by its management and Jaguar Land Rover. Yes, millennials want to see a car dealer, Edmunds says Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST Millennials may love their phones, but they don't use them to make all of their car buying decisions, says in a new report. Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:31:46 EST Takata, the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today. Dodge monkeys around with CGI in new ads Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:06:52 EST Enforcing Dodge Law is serious business. So the brand turned to muscle car enthusiast Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's 'Fast N' Loud' to restore order in an ad campaign that launched this month. Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:59:16 EST Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker's 'Thunderbolt' prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years. Acura targets millennials in musical social campaign for ILX Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:29:56 EST Acura is appealing to the musical tastes of millennials in a new social media campaign that expresses the energy of the sporty ILX sedan through sound. Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:00 EST A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state. Georgia trial renews demand by safety advocates for recall of older Jeeps Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:34:20 EST The Georgia trial over the death of 4-year old Remington Walden in 2012 is renewing demand by safety advocates for a massive recall of older Jeeps. Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:15:00 EST The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its enforcement of car dealerships to crack down on deception and fraud in operations that go beyond advertising. U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:45:00 EST March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. Barra advises women to accept challenging work assignments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:04:20 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra encouraged women to take on new challenges from studying science and math to accepting jobs that are outside of their area of expertise. Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:45:00 EST Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show. Denso, NGK fined by S. Korea for price-fixing Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:46:59 EST South Korea's antitrust regulator will fine five auto parts firms, including Japan's Denso, NGK Spark Plug and their local units, a total of $3.2 million for fixing prices and rigging bids for engine parts. New Chevy Malibu tasked with meeting GM's aggressive sales goals Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:01:46 EST The Chevrolet Malibu has been a symbol of GM's competitive woes for nearly 20 years because of designs that critics often lambasted as boring. Now, the No. 1 U.S. Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:04:21 EST Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24. GM switches ad agencies for Silverado Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:11:00 EST General Motors said it has moved its Chevrolet Silverado ad account from Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett to Interpublic's Commonwealth. Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. %]