Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Audi Q5 gains size, power http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929770/audi-q5-gains-size-power Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:00 EST Audi aims to retain its leadership position in luxury crossovers with a second-generation Q5 that adds size, technology and power to the outgoing model. FTC charges Sage Auto Group with deceptive, unfair sales and financing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/RETAIL/160929766/ftc-charges-sage-auto-group-with-deceptive-unfair-sales-and-financing Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:10:43 EST The Federal Trade Commission today charged Sage Auto Group with using deceptive and unfair sales and financing tactics, including so-called 'yo-yo' financing. Ram packs Rebel with supercharged, 575-hp V-8 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/309309988/ram-packs-rebel-with-supercharged-575-hp-v-8 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand introduced a high-powered, off-road concept version of the Ram Rebel, dubbed the Rebel TRX, Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. The concept pickup features a 575-hp, 6. Automakers see high-stakes mobility as an opportunity http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM06/160929767/automakers-see-high-stakes-mobility-as-an-opportunity Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:56:45 EST The stakes are high for automakers in the future of mass transportation. GM packs more pickup into diesel V8 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929785/gm-packs-more-pickup-into-diesel-v8 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:30:00 EST The heavy-duty versions of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups will be available early next year with a new version of the 6. Infiniti crossover concept signals a QX50 play http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929771/infiniti-crossover-concept-signals-a-qx50-play Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:12:17 EST Infiniti showed a zealous new commitment to one of its oldest and most underperforming models, spotlighting a concept that will be the template for the next QX50 crossover. Kia's posh Telluride has 'good chance' to move forward, Schreyer says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929782/kias-posh-telluride-has-good-chance-to-move-forward-schreyer-says Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST Peter Schreyer, Kia and Hyundai's chief design officer, is optimistic the Telluride will be approved for production following a positive reception for a concept shown at the Detroit auto show. U.S. auto sales expected to fall in Sept. for second straight month http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/RETAIL01/160929772/u-s-auto-sales-expected-to-fall-in-sept-for-second-straight-month Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:48:15 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are projected to decline for a second consecutive month, even as incentive spending reaches a record high. Ford picks former 3M exec to lead mobility unit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM02/160929774/ford-picks-former-3m-exec-to-lead-mobility-unit Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:24:30 EST Former 3M executive Rajendra Rao today was named CEO of Ford's mobility services subsidiary as the company looks to expand its business beyond auto manufacturing. Lexus hints at expanded crossover family with small UX Concept http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929784/lexus-hints-at-expanded-crossover-family-with-small-ux-concept Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Lexus used the Paris auto show on Thursday to unveil its next move in crossovers: a small one. The UX Concept serves as 'Lexus' vision for a compact SUV of the future,' Toyota's luxury arm said. 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor's V6 will generate 450 horsepower http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929777/2017-ford-f-150-raptors-v6-will-generate-450-horsepower Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST The twin turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine in the second generation of Ford's over-the-top off-road performance truck, the F-150 Raptor, generates 450 horsepower and 510 pounds-feet of torque, Ford said today at the State Fair of Texas. Flex-N-Gate billionaire Khan rises from dishwasher to Takata suitor http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM10/160929779/flex-n-gate-billionaire-khan-rises-from-dishwasher-to-takata-suitor Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:58:51 EST The emergence of Shahid Khan, the NFL team owner who made his fortune selling car bumpers, in the race to rescue embattled Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. pits the billionaire against more established parts suppliers. Final bidders say Takata should file for bankruptcy protection, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM10/160929786/final-bidders-say-takata-should-file-for-bankruptcy-protection Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:24:40 EST All five bidders seeking to bail out Japan's beleaguered Takata have presented restructuring plans that require the airbag maker to file for bankruptcy protection, people with knowledge of the process told Reuters. BMW to expand crossover lineup with sporty X2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929799/bmw-to-expand-crossover-lineup-with-sporty-x2 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 EST BMW, aiming to capitalize on the hot market for crossovers, is hinting at plans to expand its crossover lineup, once again, with a model based on the X2 concept. Musk urges Tesla to adhere to 'no discount policy' for sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/RETAIL/160929787/musk-urges-tesla-to-adhere-to-no-discount-policy-for-sales Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:58:18 EST Elon Musk, responding to concerns that Tesla Motors was straying from a long-held policy against discounting its cars, urged in an e-mail to employees that they adhere to a sales approach he called 'fundamental to our integrity.' Honda, at last, previews Civic Type R bound for U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160929/OEM04/160929800/honda-at-last-previews-civic-type-r-bound-for-u-s Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:00:00 EST Years of pining for Honda's Civic Type R in the U.S. are finally coming to an end as the automaker signals what the car will look like. Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/RETAIL/160929796/tesla-must-make-viable-case-to-sell-directly-in-michigan-governor Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:00 EST Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of vehicles to consumers. VW weighs more models to 'strike back' in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/160929797/vw-weighs-more-models-to-strike-back-in-u-s Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:00 EST Volkswagen is mulling new models to bolster its car-heavy U.S. lineup as it charts a U.S. recovery plan, its global brand chief says. Daimler plans hypercar, expanded AMG lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/160929798/daimler-plans-hypercar-expanded-amg-lineup Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:21:55 EST Daimler is working on a new "hypercar" and also plans to expand its range of upmarket AMG Mercedes-Benz performance cars by at least 10 models. The hypercar, due to be produced in about 2. VW hopeful for emissions deal with U.S. by year end, Mueller says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM02/160929801/vw-hopeful-for-emissions-deal-with-u-s-by-year-end-mueller-says Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:15:43 EST Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said Wednesday he is hopeful the company can reach agreement by the end of the year with the U.S. government on the size of a fine to settle a criminal investigation of the company's alleged violations of U.S. FCA&'s labor talks in Canada, like GM&'s, to focus on plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM01/160929803/fca-s-labor-talks-in-canada-like-gm-8217-s-to-focus-on-plants Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:15:47 EST Securing investments at key Canadian plants is again Unifor's top priority in the latest round of labor negotiations with the Detroit 3, this time with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. VW targets a Beetle for the electric-car era http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/309289885/vw-targets-a-beetle-for-the-electric-car-era Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:19:20 EST VW is laying out a bold plan to bring EVs to the masses with dozens of new models and unprecedented driving ranges, challenging other carmakers to keep pace a year after an emissions scandal rocked the company. Land Rover replaces LR4 with lighter, roomier Discovery http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/160929812/land-rover-replaces-lr4-with-lighter-roomier-discovery Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:00 EST Land Rover wants to expand its base of buyers and more aggressively attack the full-size SUV market with the all-new Discovery -- a larger, roomier and more fuel-efficient replacement for the LR4 sold in the U.S. since 2009. Vinnie Johnson's Piston Group closes on $175 million deal for Takata subsidiary http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM10/160929805/vinnie-johnsons-piston-group-closes-on-175-million-deal-for-takata Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:27:20 EST U.S. auto supplier Piston Group closed today on the $175 million acquisition of Takata subsidiary Irvin Automotive. The acquisition adds Irvin's interiors manufacturing operations to Piston's assembly and sequencing business VW sets EV launch for 2020 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM04/160929806/vw-sets-ev-launch-for-2020 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:22:08 EST Volkswagen will launch a compact electric car in 2020 with a range of up to 370 miles as it seeks to sell 1 million EVs per year by 2025, the automaker said Wednesday. VW revealed a concept car, dubbed the I.D., to hint at the compact EV. U.S. dealerships' employee retention slides, study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/RETAIL/160929804/u-s-dealerships-employee-retention-slides-study-finds Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:58:43 EST U.S. car dealerships suffer from rampant employee turnover, an industry study released today found. In fact, the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low last year, dropping two percentage points to 45 percent, vs. VW suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica mines http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM10/160929808/vw-suspends-ties-with-some-indian-suppliers-after-expose-of-child Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:38:33 EST German carmaker Volkswagen has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines, a company official said. Focus hatchbacks recalled for latch software fix http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM11/160929809/focus-hatchbacks-recalled-for-latch-software-fix Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:02:55 EST Ford is recalling 64,038 Ford Focus hatchbacks in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty interior latch release software. Ford has recalled 4 million vehicles in North America for various door-latch problems since 2014. Ford's Fields says Trump accusations about jobs are 'really disappointing' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM02/160929815/fords-fields-says-trump-accusations-about-jobs-are-really Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:06:59 EST Ford CEO Mark Fields said he's disappointed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's accusations that the automaker is moving jobs to Mexico and reiterated that the transfer of small-car production will result in 'zero' job... Uber to move freight, target trucking for the long haul http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM06/160929822/uber-to-move-freight-target-trucking-for-the-long-haul Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:34:23 EST With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber Technologies is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry. Elon Musk outlines Mars colonization plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM02/160929828/elon-musk-outlines-mars-colonization-plan Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:54:15 EST SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Honda reports another Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crash http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM11/160929830/honda-reports-another-takata-airbag-rupture-in-fatal-malaysia-crash Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:27:19 EST Honda said today that the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, in the fourth death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata Corp. Takata in talks with U.S. to resolve criminal allegations, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM11/160929831/takata-in-talks-with-u-s-to-resolve-criminal-allegations-report-says Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:16:28 EST Japan's Takata in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing related to its faulty airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported today. VW's plant in Tenn. becomes epicenter of challenge to 'micro-unions' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/OEM01/160929832/vws-plant-in-tenn-becomes-epicenter-of-challenge-to-micro-unions Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:46:03 EST Volkswagen has joined other large companies and a chorus of business groups and Republican lawmakers in challenging a union strategy of organizing splinter groups of workers, but experts say recent court decisions approving the tactic suggest it is... Audi's R8 in Death Valley stays strong http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/VIRALVIDEO/309289999/audis-r8-in-death-valley-stays-strong Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The luxury carmaker's collaboration with Airbnb continues to get views. Marchionne cancels Paris auto show appearance http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM02/160929835/marchionne-cancels-paris-auto-show-appearance Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:16:25 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has cancelled his appearance at the Paris auto show, a spokesperson for the carmaker said on Tuesday without giving any details. U.S. said to ponder what size diesel penalty VW can withstand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM11/160929854/u-s-said-to-ponder-what-size-diesel-penalty-vw-can-withstand Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:46:39 EST The U.S. Justice Department is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen over emissions-cheating without putting the German carmaker out of business, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Golf icon Arnold Palmer also was an auto industry player http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM02/160929839/golf-icon-arnold-palmer-also-was-an-auto-industry-player Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:42 EST Golf legend Arnold Palmer took many of his business endeavors into the automotive industry, endorsing his beloved Cadillac and longtime partner Hertz as well as owning six General Motors and Ford dealerships in five states. Design&'s next frontier http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/BLOG06/309279996/design-s-next-frontier Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Design is about to get way more complex and difficult as new technologies transform the automobile. Merit, gutsy diesels and denim fabric: Chevy's retooled Equinox and what people think http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM04/160929862/merit-gutsy-diesels-and-denim-fabric-chevys-retooled-equinox-and Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Chevrolet, after a slew of redesigned car launches, is turning to the core of the hot crossover market with plans to retool the Equinox for the 2018 model year. Here's what people are saying about the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. FCA awarded $4.6 million grant to hire 700 employees at Sterling Heights plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM01/160929846/fca-awarded-4-6-million-grant-to-hire-700-employees-at-sterling Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:10:40 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won a $4.6 million grant to hire 700 employees at its Sterling Heights Assembly plant as it prepares to build the next generation of the Ram 1500 pickup. The car-emissions sleuth who's costing Fiat Chrysler $5 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM11/160929847/the-car-emissions-sleuth-whos-costing-fiat-chrysler-5-billion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:52:39 EST As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air-quality and transportation office, Chris Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than $100 billion in randd money each year. Self-driving car startup NuTonomy in talks to raise new funds http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/OEM06/160929853/self-driving-car-startup-nutonomy-in-talks-to-raise-new-funds Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:34:13 EST NuTonomy, a self-driving car startup backed by Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford and Singapore's government, is in discussions with potential investors for a new round of funding as it works toward a full commercial launch in 2018. Dealer&'s hard line on recalls costs him http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL/309269962/dealer-s-hard-line-on-recalls-costs-him Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At his Florida Toyota dealership, Earl Stewart implemented a hard-and-fast ban on selling used cars with unrepaired safety recalls. He won't even wholesale used cars with open recalls. It hasn't been easy. For Cadillac dealers, no push, but a way out http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL07/309269946/for-cadillac-dealers-no-push-but-a-way-out Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac says it isn't trying to push small dealers out. It's just giving them a simpler alternative to what brand boss Johan de Nysschen warns will be a 'long, arduous and challenging journey.' 54 bits of brilliance on today's cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/160929895/54-bits-of-brilliance-on-todays-cars Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST To understand the genius of the modern car business, have a look at modern cars. Here is a sampling of design elements and wildly imaginative features found in cars and concepts unveiled in the past year or so. Jeep uses Cat Stevens song in unifying debate ad http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL03/160929865/jeep-uses-cat-stevens-song-in-unifying-debate-ad Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:04:40 EST Just about the time Republicans and Democrats were yelling over who won Monday's presidential debate, Jeep released an ad that, perhaps impossibly, seeks to unite the country. Audi seizes on Clinton-Trump debate with new ad http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL03/160929872/audi-seizes-on-clinton-trump-debate-with-new-ad Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:53:33 EST Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won't be the only man and woman dueling on TV on Monday night. Tesla, Hoerbiger settle in court over falcon wing doors http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM10/160929864/tesla-hoerbiger-settle-in-court-over-falcon-wing-doors Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:18:27 EST Tesla and the U.S. subsidiary of Swiss auto supplier Hoerbiger agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the EV maker over problems with a proposed hydraulics system for the luxury Model X's "falcon wing" doors, court records show. BMW designers work inside out http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/309269982/bmw-designers-work-inside-out Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST When the creative minds behind BMW's Vision Next 100 sat down to conceive an autonomous driving car of the future, their approach was something of a revolution for the century-old company.