Automotive News (107)

BMW recalls all i3 electric vehicles

BMW is recalling all 2014-18 i3 electric vehicles for higher risk of neck injuries to smaller people in the driver's seat who aren't wearing seat belts, according to recall documents.

Electric vehicle sales process 'inconsistent' among brands, new study finds

As the auto industry prepares to introduce a wave of electric vehicles over the next few years, some dealerships are ill-prepared for the rollout, a new study says.

Maserati's program changes 'unfair,' NY judge rules

A New York administrative judge ruled that proposed changes to Maserati's incentive program and franchise agreement were "unfair," confirming a previous decision.

BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels.

Delinquency uptick no cause for concern, TransUnion says

The 60-day delinquency rate climbed in the third quarter, but that needn't worry the industry, TransUnion said.

Lyft wins permit to test self-driving cars in California

Ride-hailing firm Lyft has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, taking it one step further in the race with several other companies to bring self-driving cars to the masses.

Audi races to the mall

Audi's off to the races this holiday season.

Trump nominates Michigan dealer David Fischer for ambassador to Morocco

President Donald Trump nominated The Suburban Collection CEO David Fischer to be the U.S. ambassador in Morocco.

Tesla blows through $8,000 every minute amid Model 3 woes

Over the past 12 months, electric-car maker Tesla has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute , Bloomberg data show.

Trump's hopes for quick NAFTA deal are dimming as talks slow

After three months of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico remain miles apart on a deal to update the region's flagship trade pact.

Uber paid hackers to delete stolen data on 57 million people

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year.

Ford may exit some S. American markets, analyst says

Ford is on the verge of taking dramatic action to turn around its money-losing business in South America, including possibly exiting some markets, an analyst said after meeting with two company executives.

Apple scientists share rare peek at autonomous vehicle research

Apple's internal research on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians with fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory

Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings.

Subaru readies special editions to mark 50 years in U.S.

Subaru of America's entire vehicle lineup will have a role in celebrating the company's 50th anniversary in the U.S.

NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill

NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories.

FCC to vote to repeal 'net neutrality' rules that threatened connected car development

The chairman of the FCC plans to repeal a 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. It appears to be a victory for automakers.

Tesla invites Model 3 reservation holders to design their cars

Tesla started summoning non-employee Model 3 reservation holders to configure their cars, a sign of progress for the sedan plagued by production problems.

Subaru Ascent takes shape ahead of L.A. intro

The official unveiling of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is just days away but spy photographers have spotted the three-row crossover out testing.

Key Safety Systems signs deal to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion

Key Safety Systems said it signed the long awaited definitive agreement to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion. The announcement comes weeks after the formal deal was submitted in bankruptcy court.

Ford, Mahindra open to teaming up on electric cars in India

Ford and its Indian partner Mahindra and Mahindra could create their own EV line in India to help battle pollution from the vehicles clogging the nation's roads.

Mahindra prepares 'brand journey' to launch passenger vehicles in U.S.

India's Mahindra and Mahindra, preparing to launch an off-road vehicle in the US, will take a "thoughtful" approach to marketing on-road passenger vehicles next, company officials said.

NAFTA nations lock horns on U.S. auto demands as fifth round ends

Negotiators square off on Tuesday for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework NAFTA, with a stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos.

Lincoln's freshened 2019 MKC gets new mesh grille, tech

The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products.

James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies

James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81.

Toyota puts U.S. workers on alert: Made-in-Japan Camrys cheaper

Toyota issued an unsettling warning to Kentucky workers building its top-selling Camry sedan: Cut costs now or face an uncertain future.

Mahindra prepares 'brand journey' to launch passenger vehicles in U.S.

India's Mahindra and Mahindra, preparing to launch an off-road vehicle in the U.S., will take a "thoughtful" approach to marketing on-road passenger vehicles next, company officials said Monday.

Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers

Colorado regulators fined Uber after finding the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive with invalid driver's licenses or other offenses that would have disqualified them.

Dealership lobbyist Jonathan Morrison named NHTSA's top lawyer

The White House appointed Jonathan Morrison, a former lobbyist with ties to auto dealerships, as chief counsel of NHTSA.

Lithia a winner on Wall St.

Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors #8212; which prioritized US acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street.

Fiat Chrysler under pressure to recall Chrysler Pacifica minivans for potential stalling issue

The Center for Auto Safety is asking NHTSA to open an investigation and recall the Chrysler Pacifica, which the group says represents an "unreasonable risk" because of a stalling problem.

Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable.

Ford to offer plug-in hybrid police sedan

Starting next summer, Ford will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Fusion-based police sedan that will have an electric range of 21 miles.

Honda to use Facebook to find owners with defective Takata airbags

Honda will use Facebook's custom-audiences tool to find car owners with defective Takata airbags.

AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances

Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds.

How critical is the EV tax credit?

Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs.

Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as CEO of Nissan. But as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he continues to lay out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable.

Tesla's magic show diverts attention away from its problems

Few companies can propose to take on both Freightliner and Ferrari in one night. But the dollars-and-sense business of automaking remains a deep and daily challenge for Tesla.

Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18

In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast.

Infiniti's new turbo engine delivers fuel efficiency, performance

Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50.

AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances

Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping U.S. market and an uncertain auto retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds to succeed.

GM maps route to profitable EV portfolio

The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer. But other big challenges remain.

Dude, where's my flying car?

After a century of failed efforts to make vehicles that can soar above gridlocked traffic, the idea that such contraptions are "just around the corner" might not be so far-fetched.

NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls

The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.

PSA closes failing Berlin car sharing

While PSA Group works on fine-tuning its mobility services in the United States, it is learning from at least one failed operation launched in Europe.

Mercedes to open Atlanta headquarters in March

By next fall, about 1,000 employees of the brand's U.S. distribution arm should be back under one roof for the first time since July 2015,

Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership

Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did.

New technology shakes up the purchasing department

As automakers look for advanced technologies, their unfamiliar suppliers are bringing new ideas to old purchasing departments.

Why is catalytic converter supplier BASF smiling?

Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company.

Autoliv relearns lean manufacturing

Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course.