Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Chevy Blazer resurrected as tech-savvy, sporty crossover for 2019 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM04/180629938/2019-chevy-blazer-crossover-unveiled Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:00:00 EST General Motors, aiming for more gains in the booming American market for utility vehicles, is resurrecting the venerable Chevrolet Blazer nameplate as a tech-savvy, yet sporty, crossover. Wilbur Ross-owned supplier IAC names new CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY01/306219948/iac-ross-magna-ceo-gingl Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:36:29 EST International Automotive Components Group named former Magna International executive Manfred Gingl as CEO following the retirement of former chief Steve Miller this month. Audi, Germany sign deal allowing flying car testing http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/MOBILITY/180629960/audi-germany-flying-cars-testing-airbus Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:39:20 EST Germany, land of the no-holds-barred autobahn, is pushing the next level of transportation: flying cars. Ford plans major new building near train station in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM02/180629943/ford-detroit-revitalization-corktown Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:51:29 EST Ford's development arm plans to tear down an old brass factory in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood and redevelop the site with a large new building near its recently purchased train station project. Ally to pay $19.7 million to settle class-action suit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629948/ally-class-action-case-settled-leasing Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:32:49 EST Ally Financial has agreed to pay nearly $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the lender of charging customers fees outside their lease-to-own agreements. Volvo CEO says auto tariffs threaten jobs at U.S. plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/COPY01/306219972/trump-volvo-tariffs-jobs-south-carolina-samuelsson Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:37:34 EST If the Trump administration imposes tariffs on foreign cars, and trading partners retaliate, that could chill Volvo'splans to add jobs at its South Carolina plant, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. Intel ousts CEO Krzanich after relationship with employee http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM02/180629954/intel-krzanich-sex-scandal-ouster Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:36:14 EST Intel removed Brian Krzanich as CEO after the chipmaker learned he previously had a consensual relationship with an employee, a violation of the company's policies. Audi stops sales, recalls A6, A7 for seat sensor glitch in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629951/audi-a6-a7-recall-seat-sensor-airbags Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:11:07 EST Audi issued a stop sale and recall for 2012-18 A6 and A7 sedans equipped with certain seats after determining that a sensor designed to detect whether the passenger seat is occupied can malfunction. GM adjusts executive roles for Dan Ammann, Mark Reuss http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM02/180629955/general-motors-mark-reuss-dan-ammann Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:13:41 EST General Motors is realigning responsibilities of two of its top executives, allowing GM President Dan Ammann to better concentrate on the automaker's development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Nearly 500 Corvette ZR1s recalled over airbag issues, GM says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/RETAIL/180629952/corvette-zr1-recall-airbag-nhtsa-chevrolet Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:52:55 EST Nearly 500 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1s from the 2019 model year are being recalled because of airbag deployment issues "under certain conditions." BASF's color palette for 2022 combines technical utility, visual aesthetics http://www.autonews.com/article/20180621/OEM04/180629971/2022-model-year-color-scheme-basf-supplier Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 EST Gray, blue, white and black surfaced as 2022 model year color predictions from automotive paint supplier BASF as the need to "keep it real" with technological advancements such as autonomous vehicles becomes a reality. Study questions massive investments in AVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/MOBILITY/180629977/autonomous-investments-consumers-automakers-alix Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:17:17 EST Billions of dollars will be lost by many automakers that continue to invest in autonomous and electric vehicles while consumer buy-in remains low, a study from consulting firm AlixPartners says. Daimler cuts 2018 profit outlook as tariffs strike U.S.-made SUVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM/180629970/daimler-mercedes-profit-forecast-cut Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:59:37 EST Daimler said profit would fall in 2018 as new import tariffs on light vehicles exported from the United States to China would hurt sales of high-margin Mercedes-Benz SUVs. Toyota, pressed to innovate, cuts marketing outlays to fuel randd http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL03/180629968/toyota-pressed-to-innovate-cuts-marketing-outlays-to-fuel-rd Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:16:13 EST Toyota has begun slashing costs, starting with sales and marketing, and shifting resources into research that will help it keep up with new competitors, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. GM Financial follows the rules but consumers feel the pain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/BLOG13/180629982/gm-financial-follows-the-rules-but-consumers-feel-the-pain Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:01:37 EST GM Financial stopped reporting customer payment information to the credit bureaus after problems following a systemwide technology upgrade, and legally, that was the lender's only choice. Commerce secretary faces heat from GOP senators over auto, steel tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM01/180629975/trump-ross-tariffs-senate-steel Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:19:53 EST Senators criticized Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for investigating possible trade action on auto imports along with the Trump administration's metals tariffs. Canada's Trudeau doubts Trump wants to impose auto tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM/180629969/canadas-trudeau-doubts-trump-wants-to-impose-auto-tariffs Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:03:46 EST Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he doubted whether U.S. President Donald Trump would carry out a threat to impose tariffs on light vehicles, given the economic damage such a move would cause. German automakers willing to drop all tariffs with U.S., report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629981/trump-tariff-germany-trade-bmw-mercedes Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:08:01 EST German automakers would abandon car tariffs between the EU and the United States in exchange for President Trump dropping a 25 percent tax threat on European auto imports, according to a report. 2019 Volvo S60 heralds 'dynamic' powertrain changes http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM04/180629984/volvo-s60-usa-manufacturing Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:15:00 EST The redesigned Volvo S60 compact sport sedan will be Volvo's first U.S.-manufactured vehicle and its first new-generation model to be sold without a diesel variant. Volvo CEO sees trade war making car shopping more like a crummy meal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629972/trump-tariff-trade-war-volvo-samuelsson Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:41:28 EST The Trump administration risks spoiling the experience American auto shoppers have in showrooms by limiting options and making vehicles more expensive, Volvo Car Group's chief executive officer said. GM starts work on $65 million parts distribution operation http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629973/gm-delco-parts-distrubution-dealer-service Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:27:02 EST GM is expanding its ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts operations with a $65 million processing center. The project represents GM's largest outlay for a U.S. warehousing and logistics operation in nearly 40 years. Tesla's alleged saboteur sued by carmaker over data theft http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM05/180629979/musk-tesla-lawsuit-employee-hacking Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:10:30 EST Tesla sued a former employee for hacking its confidential and trade secret information, transferring several gigabytes to outsiders along with illicit photos of the production line. Retailer Prime launches subscription service http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629974/dealer-retail-subscription-massachusetts-prime Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:29:55 EST The subscription service is part of the growth strategy of parent company Prime Automotive Group, which joins a budding trend of retailers and automakers experimenting with such plans. Audi's detained CEO, Stadler, questioned by prosecutors, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306209958/audis-detained-ceo-stadler-questioned-by-prosecutors-report-says Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:18:43 EST Munich prosecutors questioned Audi's arrested CEO, Rupert Stadler, about the automaker's diesel-cheating scandal on Wednesday, Reuters reported. VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/BLOG06/306209959/vw-board-was-weak-and-indecisive-over-audi-ceo-crisis Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:45:00 EST When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence. After Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested over VW Group's diesel scandal, old loyalties took precedence over damage control. Continental board plans powertrain IPO, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306209981/continental-board-plans-powertrain-ipo-report-says Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Continental's supervisory board is moving ahead with plans for an initial public offering of its powertrain unit and a new corporate structure by early July, a sign the supplier's biggest overhaul in decades is taking shape, according to people... Volvo extends global footprint with U.S. factory opening http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306209983/volvo-plant-south-carolina-samuelsson Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Volvo is expanding its global manufacturing footprint with the inauguration of its first U.S. assembly plant, where it is investing about $1.1 billion to launch output this autumn of the redesigned S60 sedan for domestic and global markets. GM steps up 3-D printing efforts to find new plant efficiencies http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/OEM01/180629990/gm-3d-printing-manufacturing-michigan Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:08:38 EST General Motors is increasing the use of 3D printing at its plants to streamline operations, which has the potential to save millions of dollars in annual production costs. BMW launches first U.S. ad from new agency http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL03/180629988/bmw-advertising-marketing-retail Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:26:08 EST Goodby, Silverstein and Partners channels Albert Einstein in its first work for BMW since winning the account in March. The ad, "Relativity," promotes the brand's "Summer On" sales event. Genesis, Kia, Hyundai top J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for 1st time http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629995/genesis-kia-hyundai-top-jd-power-initial-quality-study Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:00:00 EST Korean brands secured the top three spots in J.D. Power's annual report card on new-vehicle quality for the first time in the study's 31-year history. New quality at the Detroit 3 continues to improve faster than the overall industry. Toyota captures data goldmine in $1 billion Grab bet http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/MOBILITY/180629994/toyota-captures-data-goldmine-in-grab-bet Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:54:04 EST By pumping $1 billion into ride-hailing company Grab, Toyota stands to gain a passenger-side view of tens of thousands of cars across Southeast Asia. Porsche buys stake in Croatian electric supercar startup http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306209976/porsche-buys-stake-in-croatian-electric-supercar-startup Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:00:56 EST Porsche has bought a 10 percent stake in Rimac Automobili, a Croatian startup that specializes in superfast electric supercars. Audi, Hyundai to cooperate on fuel cell vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/COPY01/306209980/audi-hyundai-to-cooperate-on-fuel-cell-vehicles Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Audi and Hyundai said they will cooperate on developing fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai promotes World Cup http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/VIRALVIDEO/306209999/mitsubishi-keys-viral-video Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The latest video to join our viral video charts is all about the FIFA World Cup. And Hyundai. Colorado moves to adopt Calif. emissions standards http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/OEM11/180619701/colorado-california-emissions-regulation-cafe-trump Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:01:28 EST Colorado plans to join 12 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting California's low vehicle-emission standards, escalating the political and economic stakes for the auto industry. Ford CEO Hackett wanted to 'push the edges' of automaker's office design http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/MOBILITY/180619700/ford-hackett-office-detroit-renovation Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:00:00 EST Ford CEO Jim Hackett stopped a planned 10-year Dearborn campus renovation to give it a 'much healthier' design. Why buying an old train station will be Bill Ford's greatest act http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/BLOG06/180619727/ford-detroit-train-station-michael-martinez Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:13:06 EST Ford Motor's purchase of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station will be Bill Ford's most impactful achievement, no matter how many acts he has left. VW, Ford eye alliance to develop 'potential products across a number of areas' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/OEM04/180619714/ford-vw-joint-venture-van-hackett Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:36:25 EST Volkswagen and Ford are exploring an alliance to develop and produce commercial vehicles, including vans, and possibly other projects that could strengthen the companies' competitiveness. GM, Honda endorse policy accord for EV infrastructure http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL01/180619712/gm-honda-utilities-electric-infrastructure Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:06:11 EST General Motors, Honda and others endorsed principles meant to guide local, state and federal policymakers on how to develop energy infrastructure for electrified vehicles. NHTSA orders end to sales of Autopilot Buddy, which disables Tesla safety feature http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL01/180619711/musk-tesla-autopilot-safety-feature-nhtsa Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:40:33 EST NHTSA issued a cease-and-desist letter Tuesday to a company selling an aftermarket device that effectively disables a safety feature in Tesla's Autopilot semiautonomous driver assist system. 'We're making a big bet on our future,' Ford says of train station, Corktown investment http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/MOBILITY/180619708/ford-detroit-station-hackett-mobility Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:47:57 EST Ford leaders portrayed the automaker's planned rehabilitation of Michigan Central Station as a pioneering facility akin to the Highland Park and Rouge plants Henry Ford built that revolutionized automobile production and American industry. China to act 'forcefully' on Trump's $200 billion tariff threat http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL/180619717/trump-china-tariff-trade-war Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:41:08 EST Trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies intensified, with China vowing to retaliate "forcefully" against President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump says 'getting there' in NAFTA talks with Canada, Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/OEM02/180619710/trump-trade-canada-mexico-nafta Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:16:11 EST President Trump said progress was being made in talks to update the NAFTA trade accord between the United States, Canada and Mexico, but he held out the prospect of striking bilateral pacts. Audi board said to suspend CEO Rupert Stadler, install Bram Schot as interim chief http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/OEM02/180619730/audi-suspends-ceo-rupert-stadler-installs-bram-schot Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:54:34 EST Audi suspended CEO Rupert Stadler and appointed Bram Schot as an interim replacement effective immediately, a day after Stadler's arrest in connection with a diesel emissions probe in Germany. Tesla sheds more light on 500 job cuts at California HQ, plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL01/180619721/musk-tesla-california-job-cuts Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:58:02 EST Tesla filed notices with its home state that shed light on which workers are being dismissed from several key California operations as part of CEO Elon Musk's profit-motivated reorganization. Young at heart? Mercedes cultivates its aging workforce http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/OEM01/180619728/mercedes-cultivates-aging-workforce Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:48:42 EST Too slow, inflexible, forgetful, always off sick -- those are some attitudes about older workers that Mercedes-Benz is trying to dispel. McLaren Automotive expands to Metro Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL/180619713/mclaren-automotive-detroit-dealership Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:49:22 EST McLaren is expanding its retail footprint in the United States by partnering with one of the largest dealership groups in the country, the Suburban Collection, for a new store near Detroit. Ford settles suit with John Cena over sold GT supercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL03/180619726/ford-settles-john-cena-gt Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:46:13 EST Professional wrestler John Cena has settled with Ford following the automaker's lawsuit against him for his sale of his 2017 Liquid Blue GT supercar. Audi said to resume crisis talks after CEO Stadler's arrest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/COPY01/306199961/audi-said-to-resume-crisis-talks-after-ceo-stadlers-arrest Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:15:00 EST Audi's board of directors will resume talks to address a leadership crisis, sources said, following CEO Rupert Stadler's arrest. Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/COPY01/306199960/mitsubishi-ahead-of-midterm-targets-for-car-sales-and-profit-margin Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:30:00 EST It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its COO. Mann is already seeing positive results at the brand, as he told Automotive News Europe in an interview.