Automotive News Breaking News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST AutoNation envisions quick, easy buying at digital store http://www.autonews.com/article/20140419/RETAIL/140419761/autonation-envisions-quick-easy-buying-at-digital-store Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST When AutoNation fully rolls out its so-called digital storefront, the following scenario may not be all that far-fetched. Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs http://www.autonews.com/article/20140419/OEM03/304219997/lear-others-devise-high-tech-ways-to-support-bad-backs Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips. 'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20140419/OEM11/304219956/slow-to-act-gm-rankled-nhtsa-e-mail-shows Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. U.S. dealers grapple with recall pain -- missing parts, overtime, lost sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20140418/RETAIL07/140419765/u-s-dealers-grapple-with-recall-pain-missing-parts-overtime-lost Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:23:16 EST With multimillion-unit recalls by GM and Toyota, and numerous smaller recalls by other automakers, dealerships in the United States are grappling with missing parts, rising overtime costs for technicians, frustrated customers, and lost sales. Continental named in GM recall suit http://www.autonews.com/article/20140418/COPY01/304189966/continental-named-in-gm-recall-suit Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:18:30 EST Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation http://www.autonews.com/article/20140418/OEM11/140419764/mazda-recalls-109000-tributes-over-potential-control-arm-separation Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:04:52 EST Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle's subframe. Audi starts digital agency review http://www.autonews.com/article/20140418/RETAIL03/140419763/audi-starts-digital-agency-review Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:32 EST Audi of America has begun a review of its digital agency business, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses http://www.autonews.com/article/20140418/OEM01/140419770/ford-faces-renewed-u-s-lawsuit-over-apartheid-era-abuses Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:45 EST Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases. VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai http://www.autonews.com/article/20140418/RETAIL03/140419776/vw-plans-major-world-cup-ad-push-to-counter-hyundai Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:30:00 EST Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai. GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg http://www.autonews.com/article/20140417/OEM11/140419779/gm-exploring-compensation-fund-for-victims-of-defective-cars-says Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:51:53 EST A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.