Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:00:00 EST VW retools diesel strategy, plans electric push Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:04:21 EST Volkswagen plans a shift in focus to more plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles as the company adopts diesel technology it previously eschewed for smaller models. Porsche North America names Klaus Zellmer CEO Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:54:18 EST Volkswagen's sports car unit Porsche today named Klaus Zellmer president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, effective Nov. 1. Toyota, aiming for new showcase, packs Prius with tech Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:30:00 EST Toyota is packing the next-generation Prius with such a profusion of new technologies that it makes the best-selling hybrid truly worthy of its name, which means 'to go before. Aston Martin seeks 'beauty and soul' in all-electric sports cars Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:38:35 EST Aston Martin, the 102 year-old maker of high-performance cars featured in the next James Bond film, is envisioning a future when its engines are fueled by electricity instead of gasoline. China auto sales expand at slowest pace in 3 years Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:13:35 EST Light-vehicle sales in China expanded at the slowest pace since 2012 so far this year, underlining the slump in demand that prompted the government to cut a tax on car purchases to revive demand in the world's biggest auto market. VW credit rating cut by SandP; further cuts are possible Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:01:06 EST VW's credit rating was cut one level today by Standard and Poor's, which said the German carmaker's cheating on U.S. diesel-emissions tests indicates management weaknesses that may lead to a further debt downgrade. UAW shrinks voting on Fiat Chrysler pact to 2 days Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:34:37 EST All 40,000 union members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. will vote on a proposed new contract on Oct. 20 and 21, rather than stretch the balloting over more than a week as was done in the recent failed vote, the UAW said on Monday. Story of VW emissions scandal coming to big screen Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:26:30 EST The Volkswagen scandal over diesel emissions tests is headed for Hollywood. Ford's diversity efforts lauded by Rainbow/PUSH Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:21:10 EST Ford Motor received the top ratings among 12 automakers surveyed for ethnic diversity and inclusion efforts by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. As crisis grows, Volkswagen dealers fear cash won't be enough Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A package of special programs to help U.S. 21 suppliers named PACE Award finalists Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:50:33 EST Twenty-eight innovations from 21 different automotive suppliers have been named finalists for the 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards. Former Fiat N.A. chief Stoicevich leaves FCA Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:23:31 EST The Fiat Chrysler executive who, until last week, was overseeing the struggling Fiat brand in North America, has resigned. Jason Stoicevich, 36, resigned Oct. 7, Automotive News has learned. Mercedes' monthly global sales top BMW, Audi again Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:18:41 EST Mercedes-Benz was the world's best-selling luxury car brand for the third consecutive month in September, surpassing BMW and Audi as demand for coupelike SUVs helped its sales grow twice as fast as at either competitor. VW's Horn takes heat, scolds his bosses Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST In testimony before a U.S. Ford commits $1.8 billion to randd in China Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:28:07 EST Ford will invest $1.8 billion over the next five years to expand randd in China, the latest effort by the U.S. carmaker to secure a larger slice of the world's biggest auto market. FCA shuffle could cut squabbles, find successor Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST A shuffling of top executives last week leaves Fiat Chrysler with one champion for cars in the U.S. and another for pickups, crossovers and SUVs -- instead of multiple brands fighting for attention and limited marketing resources. Mercedes will task dealers to step it up for AMG Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST With the new AMG Sport models starting to arrive, Mercedes-Benz USA is asking dealers to invest in more training and showroom space for the high-performance line. U.S. chief Steve Cannon sees a sharp increase in AMG sales ahead. Fiat Chrysler's free degrees score with Fla. dealer Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Florida Fiat Chrysler dealer Randy Dye says the automaker's pilot program to offer no-cost college educations to dealership employees has helped with recruiting, employee retention and morale. Mercedes looks to cap number of stores per group Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA is talking to dealership groups about putting a cap on the number of rooftops any single dealership group can own. But it doesn't plan a uniform cap for all groups, which makes some of its retailers wary. GM claims victory even as its market share slips Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors' U.S. market share is on pace to decline again this year, just as it has nearly every year of the last 10. Austin may be fertile ground for Google test Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The rapid rollout of prototypes this summer for testing in Austin, Texas, suggests that the company may be zeroing in on a city for when that day arrives. The slow, steady demise of the small-town dealership Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST America is bidding farewell to the mom-and-pop stores in rural areas as populations decline and the cost of staying open rises. AutoNation's website retooling pays off Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson says he's starting to see consistent payoff from the $200 million bet the company placed on using its own website to sell cars online rather than third-party shopping sites. How the Civic got its turbo Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST When Honda's 10th-generation Civic sedan goes on sale this fall, it will be the first time the brand has offered a turbocharged engine to U.S. buyers. Yet the optional 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit almost didn't make it into the 2016 Civic at all. Which brands, models stand to gain from VW's woes? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Who stands to benefit from VW's emissions scandal? Time will tell, but a look at cross-shopping patterns gives a few clues about where VW shoppers may go if the stop-sale order on diesels continues, or if they simply decide to avoid the brand. EPA's new VW probe may reveal failure to disclose Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:02:18 EST The EPA is investigating a second emissions-control software program in VW cars that were rigged to pass pollution tests -- one that the automaker may have failed to properly disclose. BMW adds tech to fend off X1 rivals Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW of North America has added semi-autonomous and technology features from its more expensive models to the redesigned X1 compact crossover because of growing competition in the segment. FCA concedes on Tier 2 without busting budget Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Facing a costly possible strike, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a revised new contract with the UAW that includes a path to nearly full pay for Tier 2 workers. A mortifying end to Audi engineering guru's distinguished career? Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The scandal surrounding Volkswagen's fraudulent diesels threatens to end the career of one of Germany's auto engineering titans -- Audi product development boss Ulrich Hackenberg. An ex-cosmetics exec gives Opel a makeover Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Massage seats and a perfume diffuser aren't features you'd expect on a mass-market compact car. But they're available in Europe on the redesigned Opel Astra, at the directive of the brand's marketing maven, Tina Mueller. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says fired employees go work for Apple Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:12:01 EST Elon Musk called Apple a 'Tesla Graveyard' where his fired employees go to work. The Tesla CEO, in an interview with a German newspaper, dismissed the notion that Apple hires top engineers away from his company. Ferrari to be valued at up to $9.82 billion in stock offering Fri, 9 Oct 2015 19:01:45 EST Ferrari will be valued at as much as $9.82 billion in an initial public offering when owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sells a 9 percent stake in the Italian supercar manufacturer. VW diesels, with operative emissions gear, are slower and thirstier, Consumer Reports finds Fri, 9 Oct 2015 16:00:00 EST Two Volkswagen models with 2.0-liter diesel engines are slightly slower and thirstier with their emissions systems active, according to road tests by Consumer Reports. Revised FCA contract deal boosts newer workers to top-wage status in 8 years Fri, 9 Oct 2015 13:22:41 EST A new tentative agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW provides a wage progression that will get lower-paid Tier 2 workers to the same rate of pay -- $30 an hour -- as Tier 1 workers after 8 years on the job. VW faces Nov. 20 deadline in California for fix to diesel violations Fri, 9 Oct 2015 14:05:14 EST California is giving VW until November 20 to come up with a plan to fix diesel models affected by its rigging of emissions tests, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board said. VW brand faces full-year loss on scandal costs, report says Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:57:40 EST VW's core autos division will likely plunge into a loss this year as it is set to shoulder the bulk of the costs from the fallout of the company's rigging of diesel emissions tests, two company sources told Reuters today. Texas sues VW claiming deception, diesel pollution Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:30:37 EST Texas joined the Volkswagen litigation bandwagon, accusing the company's U.S. unit of violating state consumer protection laws and clean air standards by using rigged software in some of it diesel vehicles. A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:18:26 EST As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways. 3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing Thu, 8 Oct 2015 17:03:25 EST Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain's ongoing price-fixing scandal. New FCA-UAW contract deal would raise Tier 2 pay to $29 an hour, report says Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:42:42 EST Fiat Chrysler is offering so-called second-tier UAW members as much as $29 an hour -- up from $25 previously proposed -- under a new tentative agreement which avoided a strike by 40,000 union members, two people familiar with the matter told... Suppliers shouldn't pay for VW diesel scandal, executive says Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:27:18 EST VW should not try to make up for the costs of its emissions scandal by putting pressure on suppliers to lower their prices, the head of a German engine parts maker ElringKlinger said today. Older VW diesels will need software and hardware fixes, Horn tells lawmakers Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:01:56 EST A software fix won't be enough to bring most of the 482,000 vehicles involved in its emissions violations scandal into compliance with U.S. clean air laws, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn testified in a congressional hearing today. VW's 2016 diesel sales 'months' away Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:00:00 EST Volkswagen of America isn't expected to begin selling 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines for several months as the EPA plans to subject the vehicles to a battery of tests to ensure they comply with U.S. emissions laws. Ferrari pushing for $12.4 billion valuation in stock offering, report says Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:11:25 EST Ferrari's coveted status as a maker of cars for the super rich is helping push up its value in an initial public offering to as much as $12.4 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Fiat Chrysler workers skeptical of new UAW deal's impact on wages Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:51:07 EST Workers outside the gates of a Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Ind. UAW touts 'significant gains' after securing deal with FCA at deadline Thu, 8 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached another tentative agreement on a new labor contract early this morning, averting a threatened strike that could have sent some or all of FCA's 40,000 unionized workers off the job. GM to recall 31,685 SUVs in North America Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:30:56 EST General Motors said it would recall 31,685 SUVs in North America to repair a manufacturing defect in the windshield wiper motor that may overheat. Why trouble for VW made in Germany means Mexico headache Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:07:09 EST As Germany warns of a disaster for domestic employees of Volkswagen AG, fallout from the company's emissions-cheating scandal threatens to reach Mexico -- its largest producer of cars for the U.S. VW's U.S. recall could be thwarted by reluctant diesel owners Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:18:26 EST As VW prepares to explain how it might fix its polluting diesel cars, whatever solution it proposes could be undermined by some owners in the U.S. who won't bring their cars in for a recall and can't be forced to. Mitsubishi's EV crossover concept shows off new design language Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:38:38 EST Mitsubishi will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions. %]