Automotive News Breaking News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EST Canada labor deals may only slow the bleeding Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST The roughly $900 million Canadian in investment commitments that Unifor has secured from the Detroit 3 thus far might not be enough to fully reverse the long-term trend of auto manufacturing jobs leaving Canada, labor experts say. Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota is in no hurry to join the auto industry's stampede to launch fleet tests of Google-style self-driving taxis. Japan Inc. gets serious about cybersecurity Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's carmakers are still seen as slow to adapt to the vulnerabilities of connected cars. But with the advent of autonomous driving just over the horizon, Japan Inc. is finally getting serious about cybersecurity. CarMax's certification check list fails Calif. law, court rules Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:18:51 EST A federal appeals court in California ruled that CarMax's component inspection checklist violates a California statue that requires dealers to provide consumers a 'completed inspection report' prior to the sale of any certified used... The only thing on Autopilot at Tesla is hype Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:33:21 EST We should celebrate that Tesla has taken another step toward eventual autonomy. But the company's statements should be dialed back to reflect only what the technology is capable of. Faraday falls behind on plant construction bills Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:27:09 EST A construction firm working on Faraday Future's $1 billion Nevada factory has warned the electric-car startup that it could face a work stoppage over millions of dollars in unpaid bills, raising questions about Faraday's financial condition. Audi to buy back 25,000 Q7 diesel SUVs in U.S., report says Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:09:16 EST Audi plans to buy back 25,000 Q7 diesel engine SUVs in the U.S. to compensate owners whose cars do not meet exhaust emission standards, German weekly Der Spiegel reported today. Baby boomers swap Corvettes for comfort as U.S. sports-car sales fall Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:14:47 EST Baby boomers are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that's bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars. 11th U.S. death related to Takata airbags reported by Honda Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:49:46 EST U.S. regulators and American Honda have confirmed the 11th U.S. fatality linked to a ruptured Takata airbag inflator. Tesla says it will roll out Uber-style ride services program Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:59:18 EST Tesla plans to announce details of its planned ride-services program next year. The electrical vehicle maker picked an unusual spot to provide an update on the effort: a website disclaimer. Group 1's Q3 net falls 22% on soft energy, UK markets Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:16:31 EST Group 1 Automotive's net income fell 22 percent in the third quarter to $35.4 million, hurt by sales weakness in energy-dependent markets and soft sales in the U.K. following the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. Toyota to sponsor USA Today's new virtual reality show Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:22:18 EST Toyota is testing a new type of advertising by running the first commercial designed to be viewed within USA Today's new virtual reality program. Toyota's Corolla hits 50 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:36:32 EST On this day 50 years ago, Toyota sent out this press release: 'The Toyota Corolla is a five-passenger vehicle from Japan that is positioned as the 'most accessible car' in the market. Subaru prices redesigned 2017 Impreza $100 above outgoing car Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST Subaru, in a sign of ongoing weakness in the U.S. car market, is pricing the redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and five-door just $100 above the outgoing 2016 model, despite a larger footprint and additional safety and communications equipment. Hyundai recalls 62,811 Sonatas for loose sunroofs Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:40:05 EST Hyundai Motor America is recalling 62,811 Sonata sedans from the 2015-16 model years because the panoramic sunroof can come loose from the car and fall into traffic. Gentex posts 18% gain in Q3 net income Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:43:28 EST Mirror and electronics supplier Gentex saw its third-quarter net income climb 18 percent to $92.1 million as sales at its automotive unit increased. Lithia&'s Q3 net rises 25 percent on broad revenue gains Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:49:55 EST Lithia's third-quarter net income rose 25 percent from a year earlier to $54 million, as revenue rose 8.9 percent to a third-quarter record $2.27 billion, the company said today. Dana Q3 net income drops to $57 million Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:13:34 EST Dana, the longtime supplier of various drivetrain components, today reported net income of $57 million in the third quarter, down 52 percent from the year-earlier period as sales from its commercial-vehicle units fell again. Tesla plans to equip new vehicles with self-driving hardware Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:00:00 EST After receiving scrutiny from regulators worldwide, Tesla Motors has ratcheted up its self-driving efforts by equipping all models with hardware that could enable fully autonomous driving. Geely's Lynk brand sets U.S. launch for 2018 with compact SUV Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:00:00 EST Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk and Co., will start sales of its first model, an SUV developed with Volvo Cars, in 2018 in Europe and the U.S. Google, automakers object to California rules for self-driving cars Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:09:28 EST Google and automakers objected to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and... BMW Films is coming back -- but does it matter? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:40:21 EST When BMW Films debuted in 2001, YouTube didn't exist, Mark Zuckerberg was 17 years old and tweeting is what birds did. So why should people care that the luxury automaker is bringing BMW Films back next week after a 14-year absence? China's LeEco stumbles out of gate with U.S. debut of autonomous car Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:13:36 EST Chinese technology company LeEco on Wednesday made an inauspicious entry into the race to develop self-driving electric cars when its prototype car could not make it down the runway during an introduction in San Francisco. Le Holdings Co. Hair-pulling, kicking and broken glass: Audi ad takes inspiration from election season Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi's 'Duel' campaign, which makes light of the political season, returned to the top spot this week with 3,076,299 views. FCA to recall Jeep, Ram, Dodge vehicles in U.S. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:15:12 EST Fiat Chrysler is recalling 182,743 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty wiring that may disconnect from the SUVs' impact sensors in a crash. The automaker is also recalling about 86,000 Ram trucks and Dodge Charger Pursuit sedans. Online auto shopping plummeted during hurricane, study says Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:38:00 EST Vehicle online-shopping traffic plummeted nearly 60 percent in coastal cities such as Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., the weekend Hurricane Matthew traveled up the East Coast, research from Jumpstart Automotive Media shows. A peek at Jeep's Grand Wagoneer, next Wrangler Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:15:00 EST An attendee at a recent dealer meeting appears to have revealed the first public look at Jeep's upcoming Grand Wagoneer as well as confirmed how closely the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler will stick to the off-roader's current styling. A grown-up with edge: Honda's retooled CR-V and what people are saying Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:15:00 EST Honda's fifth-generation CR-V features more space, horsepower, refinement and, perhaps most importantly, a volume knob. Here's what people are saying about the 2017 Honda CR-V. Lear seeks edge in seating, electronics with new Detroit design, innovation center Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST Lear CEO Matt Simoncini believes a new design and innovation center in downtoww Detroit will give the company an advantage as a supplier and designer of advanced seating and electronics technologies. Tesla: New Model 3 orders to be filled starting in mid-2018 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:40:38 EST Tesla said buyers who place new orders for the Model 3 can expect to begin receiving deliveries as soon as mid-2018, with production starting as scheduled late next year. Barra made Clinton's long working list for VP pick Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:50:41 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra was listed among 39 potential candidates to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in a hacked email released today by WikiLeaks. Judge 'inclined' to approve VW emissions settlement with owners Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:56:40 EST A federal judge, indicating he's 'strongly inclined' to do so, will decide by Oct. 25 whether to approve Volkswagen's $10.03 billion settlement with nearly half a million owners of diesel vehicles that don't meet U.S. Safe bets, bloat and hockey sticks: The 2017 BMW 5 series and what people think Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:15:00 EST BMW has revamped the 5 series for the 2017 model year with many technical and communications systems borrowed from the 7-series bin. The new, slightly larger 5 series is set to go on sale in February. LG Chem expects GM to sell over 30,000 Bolts next year Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:13:00 EST LG Chem, a battery supplier for General Motors' upcoming Bolt electric vehicle, said today it expected the automaker to sell more than 30,000 of the cars next year. Renault-Nissan creates tech division to accelerate mobility push Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:42:19 EST Nissan, aiming to parry rivals from Silicon Valley and emerge a leader in next-generation mobility, is forming a 300-person in-house startup division with French partner Renault to focus on software development, cloud engineering and big-data... China's Yanfeng makes big moves in U.S. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST With Johnson Controls in its fold, China's Yanfeng is amassing contracts in the U.S. German truck supplier wants to diversify Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Eberspaecher is a king of commercial truck exhaust systems -- now it plans to go after North America's passenger vehicle market. Moving target: Dealer welcomes newcomers to town Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Lake Norman Infiniti in Cornelius, N.C., uses a service that sends coupons to folks who move into the area, successfully building ties to newcomers. Ford to suspend F-150, compact crossover output as retail demand dips Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:50:52 EST In a fresh sign of pressure on U.S. automakers, Ford will shut down production of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck for a week at a Kansas City assembly plant. VW sued by Missouri over diesel emissions Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:10:56 EST The state of Missouri sued Volkswagen, becoming the 17th U.S. state to take legal action against the German automaker over diesel emissions violations. Market plateau elevates role of fleet sales Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST How to raise your U.S. market share in 2016? It's simple -- you have to turbocharge fleet sales. In fact, that may be the only way in an increasingly competitive market that has hit a plateau after six years of growth. How Apple scaled back titanic plan to take on Detroit Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:50:48 EST Apple has dramatically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, people familiar with the project told Bloomberg. Continental cuts profit guidance on warranty cases, supply disruptions Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:52:56 EST German car components supplier Continental AG trimmed its profit forecast for the year, citing warranty cases and possible expenses for antitrust proceedings as well as supply disruptions following earthquakes in Japan. As Unifor-Ford talks kick off, workers scoff at pattern deal Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:34:40 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias was able to persuade General Motors and Fiat Chrysler to invest in Canada. Now the biggest remaining hurdle for the head of Canada's auto workers union may be Ford workers themselves. What do car hackers really want? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST There's a lot of fear-mongering around the issue of automotive cybersecurity, but a growing number of experts say that creating havoc on the roads is not the primary threat from car hackers. They may be after something much more mundane: your money. They're coming to America -- someday Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Think the U.S. market is competitive now? With sales at historic highs, a number of overseas makers are seeking to set up shop in a landscape known to be hostile to newcomers. Toyota lures another partner into its orbit Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota and Suzuki say they will consider partnering. But behind the scenes before last week's announcement, two scions pondered their changing worlds. Subaru rethinks N.J. headquarters project Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Subaru of America is reconsidering plans to move into new headquarters being constructed in Camden, N.J., because an income tax agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania is being scrapped. Honda skips the fanfare for redesigned CR-V Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda had plenty to crow about with the redesigned CR-V. But it opted against a long introduction, for fear of diminishing interest in the popular outgoing model. JLR has its eyes on virtual reality Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover sees a major role for virtual reality technology as it redesigns its dealerships and sales process, its top North American executive said.