Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST VW coupe-styled GTE concept seeks to boost brand image http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM04/150309976/vw-coupe-styled-gte-concept-seeks-to-boost-brand-image Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:00:00 EST Volkswagen previewed a coupe-styled sedan at the upcoming Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model to boost the brand's image and attract customers from cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Toyota to end production of Venza http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/RETAIL/150309969/toyota-to-end-production-of-venza Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:51:15 EST Toyota is pulling the plug on the Venza crossover, a vehicle the automaker once touted as engineered in America for American buyers. Range Rover Evoque convertible to go on sale next year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM04/150309987/range-rover-evoque-convertible-to-go-on-sale-next-year Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:54:15 EST A convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale next year, Land Rover said in a statement. GMC doubles down with 10-year plan to boost U.S. share to 5% http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/RETAIL03/150309984/gmc-doubles-down-with-10-year-plan-to-boost-u-s-share-to-5 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST General Motors plans to roughly double its total spending on its GMC truck brand over the next decade with the goal of boosting its U.S. market share by two-thirds, the brand's top executive said today. Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM11/150309973/takata-says-tests-show-airbag-failures-occur-in-older-vehicles-in Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:51:46 EST Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions. Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM11/150309972/senate-bill-would-bar-car-registrations-until-recalls-completed Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:16:31 EST Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored. IIHS outruns NHTSA as pacesetter in safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM11/150229866/iihs-outruns-nhtsa-as-pacesetter-in-safety Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST IIHS crash tests go beyond what's required by the government, and automakers have responded to the results by making substantial engineering changes quickly. NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM06/150309979/nxp-to-buy-freescale-in-11-8-billion-deal-for-automotive-microchips Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:29:43 EST Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. GM board should not have activist investor Wilson, Buffett says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/150309981/gm-board-should-not-have-activist-investor-wilson-buffett-says Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:41:38 EST Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO and one of the largest shareholders in General Motors, told CNBC today he disagrees with putting former U.S. auto task force member Harry Wilson on the automaker's board. CLA's minor dings put a big dent in Mercedes' rating http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/RETAIL03/303029957/cla-s-minor-dings-put-a-big-dent-in-mercedes-8217-rating Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST It wasn't cranky engines, shiftless transmissions or funky infotainment systems that sunk Mercedes-Benz last week in the Consumer Reports Car Brand Report Cards. A shakeup in Germany's top auto ranks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029987/a-shakeup-in-germany-s-top-auto-ranks Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. Tata's retired patriarch still stirring things up http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029950/tata-s-retired-patriarch-still-stirring-things-up Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Two years into his official retirement from the auto business, Ratan Tata continues to steal the show. Ghosn guns for global top 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029974/ghosn-guns-for-global-top-3 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. Nissan's bullish U.S. forecast calls for overtaking Honda http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM/303029952/nissan-s-bullish-u-s-forecast-calls-for-overtaking-honda Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Nearly two years ago, Carlos Ghosn bemoaned Nissan Motor Corp.'s lackluster performance in North America as his biggest "disappointment." Now, the CEO's fix-it man, Jose Munoz says the U.S. is a "powerhouse" again and the comeback is gaining speed. Buffett says Berkshire's job is to perform, grow in auto retail http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/RETAIL07/150309986/buffett-says-berkshires-job-is-to-perform-grow-in-auto-retail Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:16:37 EST With Berkshire Hathaway's purchase of the Van Tuyl Automotive dealership group materially complete, Warren Buffett already is looking toward how to expand his company's dealership holdings. FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM11/150309988/fca-recalls-2211-hellcats-after-fuel-leak-discovered Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:29:49 EST Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles. Eat at the food court, buy a car http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/RETAIL07/303029977/eat-at-the-food-court-buy-a-car Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Aloha Auto Group sells about 3,500 new and used vehicles a year from its seven Kia dealerships, across the islands of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. His mall location sells about 200, mostly new, vehicles a year. Behind Ford's big performance push http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM06/303029995/behind-fords-big-performance-push Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. Volvo to unleash self-driving cars on Swedish roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20150301/OEM06/303029948/volvo-to-unleash-self-driving-cars-on-swedish-roads Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo Cars' Drive Me pilot program announced last week will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets by 2017. Ford Flex scores well, but not on sales charts http://www.autonews.com/article/20150301/RETAIL01/303029955/ford-flex-scores-well-but-not-on-sales-charts Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U. Golden Age for ultraluxury brands http://www.autonews.com/article/20150301/RETAIL01/303029986/golden-age-for-ultraluxury-brands Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Strong demand for ultraluxury brands -- driven by new models, improved U.S. Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem http://www.autonews.com/article/20150301/OEM11/150309998/hyundai-recalls-more-than-200000-elantras-over-steering-problem Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:14:22 EST Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators. Globetrotting Hachigo lands at the top of Honda http://www.autonews.com/article/20150228/OEM02/303029954/globetrotting-hachigo-lands-at-the-top-of-honda Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The consensus-driven leadership style of Honda CEO-designate Takahiro Hachigo could bring a sense of closure and cohesion to the automaker after a tumultuous era marred by economic crises, natural disasters and quality glitches. Cold winter, hot sales start for 2015 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150228/RETAIL01/303029951/cold-winter-hot-sales-start-for-2015 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2001. Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/RETAIL07/150229852/dodge-dealers-called-out-for-unscrupulous-hellcat-sales-practices-by Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:32:02 EST Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/RETAIL01/150229864/snowbound-new-england-dealers-miss-strong-feb-sales Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:15:59 EST As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. GM tells Ally that GM Financial will get all of Chevy's subsidized leases http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150229855/gm-tells-ally-that-gm-financial-will-get-all-of-chevys-subsidized Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:30:34 EST General Motors has notified Ally Financial that it will steer all of its lease subsidies for the Chevrolet brand to captive finance company GM Financial, instead of sharing them among Ally, GM Financial, and to a lesser extent, U.S. Bank. Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM02/150229863/auto-safety-advocates-work-on-airbags-goes-back-to-1996 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:51:20 EST David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the root cause behind Takata airbag explosions. Chevy Trax 'Hidden Gems' campaign leverages social media http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/RETAIL03/150229859/chevy-trax-hidden-gems-campaign-leverages-social-media Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:21:50 EST Chevrolet is getting creative with its social media approach, using it to introduce a new vehicle. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be introduced in a social media campaign dubbed 'Hidden Gems.' Group 1 names banker Doyle Arnold to its board http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM02/150229865/group-1-names-banker-doyle-arnold-to-its-board Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:51:55 EST Group 1 Automotive has named a new director to its board seven days after another director resigned. The retailer said today its board of directors appointed Doyle Arnold, 66, as a Class I Director, effective immediately. GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM01/150229867/gm-retrenches-in-thailand-after-indonesia-retreat Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:24:00 EST A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year. Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM04/150229872/mazda-launches-cx-3-small-suv-bets-on-diesel-only-car-for-japan Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:30:45 EST The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/OEM11/150229869/fiat-chrysler-recalling-about-467500-suvs-worldwide Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:03:44 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229897/ford-hires-400-more-than-planned-in-canada-to-support-output-of-new Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada. Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229877/nissan-expects-to-reach-10-u-s-share-goal-ahead-of-schedule Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:15:54 EST Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. Mini designers dream up a racy Clubman for 'Gran Turismo 6' video game http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/RETAIL03/150229883/mini-designers-dream-up-a-racy-clubman-for-gran-turismo-6-video-game Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:59:11 EST Mini has joined a growing list of automakers that have released high-performance concepts for 'Gran Turismo 6' on the PlayStation 3 game system. Strike ends at Brazil GM plant after union flexes muscle http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229882/strike-ends-at-brazil-gm-plant-after-union-flexes-muscle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:13:28 EST Workers at a General Motors factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike today after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry. U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM11/150229885/u-s-senate-panel-oks-auto-industry-whistleblower-incentive Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:18:58 EST A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today. Fiat Chrysler to review its digital agency business, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/RETAIL03/150229886/fiat-chrysler-to-review-its-digital-agency-business-report-says Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:37:13 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun a digital agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM11/150229887/automakers-choose-aerospace-firm-to-run-takata-airbag-tests Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:54:56 EST A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf. Federal-Mogul delays split into two public companies http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM10/150229888/federal-mogul-delays-split-into-two-public-companies Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:58:26 EST Federal-Mogul, the powertrain and aftermarket parts supplier controlled by Wall Street investment mogul Carl Icahn, said this week it will delay a prior plan to split into two separate public companies during the first half of this year. GM cuts capacity, jobs in Indonesia, where Japanese dominate http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/OEM01/150229892/gm-cuts-capacity-jobs-in-indonesia-where-japanese-dominate Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:32:12 EST General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to SUVs. Sonic is most-improved in Q4 FandI revenue http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150229906/sonic-is-most-improved-in-q4-fi-revenue Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:22:38 EST Sonic Automotive Inc. posted the biggest increase in average FandI revenue per vehicle in the fourth quarter among the six public new-car retail groups, the tallies, completed today, show. GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM01/150229907/gm-cutting-production-at-2-plants-as-car-inventory-mounts-sources-say Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:12:49 EST General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models. Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/RETAIL03/150229912/lexus-wins-4th-straight-j-d-power-dependability-title-buick-rises-to Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00 EST Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. U.S. orders Takata to preserve airbag inflators for federal probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/OEM11/150229898/u-s-orders-takata-to-preserve-airbag-inflators-for-federal-probe Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:39:44 EST A federal safety regulator on Wednesday ordered troubled Japanese supplier Takata to preserve all airbag inflators removed through a recall process as evidence for a federal investigation and private litigation cases. Santander Consumer USA to pay $9.35 million settlement over military repos http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150229899/santander-consumer-usa-to-pay-9-35-million-settlement-over-military Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:07:22 EST Santander Consumer USA will pay at least $9.35 million to resolve charges that it improperly repossessed the cars of members of the military, the U.S. Department of Justice said today. U.S. auto sales roar toward strongest February since 2002 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/RETAIL01/150229901/u-s-auto-sales-roar-toward-strongest-february-since-2002 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:00:30 EST U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. February is expected to mark the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year gains for the industry. Lithia Q4 net income jumps 50% as it makes acquisitions top priority http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/RETAIL07/150229914/lithia-q4-net-income-jumps-50-as-it-makes-acquisitions-top-priority Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:38:12 EST Strong sales across all divisions and the integration of its purchase last year of DCH Auto Group pushed Lithia Motors' net income up 50 percent during the fourth quarter. Consumer Portfolio gains volume; retraining continues after FTC action http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150229908/consumer-portfolio-gains-volume-retraining-continues-after-ftc Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:57:36 EST Subprime auto lender Consumer Portfolio Services reported strong volume growth in the fourth quarter and for all of 2014, despite a run-in with the Federal Trade Commission last year. %]