Automotive News (77)

Barra meets with Canada's Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with GM CEO Mary Barra in Canada to discuss job creation, but neither the government nor automaker released details about the discussions.

Suppliers pick up old-school metal work

The industry might be planning a shift to electrification, but American Axle and its competitors are winning more business from traditional powertrains.

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops.

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Japanese electronics giant has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile.

Waymo hires ex-Tesla engineer to lead self-driving hardware

Waymo has hired Satish Jeyachandran, Tesla's former director of hardware engineering. Jeyachandran spent nearly seven years at Tesla before leaving earlier this year.

Tesla in talks with labels for music-streaming service, report says

Tesla is in talks with record labels about creating its own music-streaming service, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Interpol seeks 5 ex-VW managers over emissions fraud, report says

The United States has issued international arrest warrants for five former VW managers accused of wrongdoing in the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

GM safety practices no longer under NHTSA oversight; meetings will continue

GM's safety practices are no longer under the oversight of federal regulators, but the automaker said it plans to keep meeting with them at least monthly about potential defects.

Ford demonstrates self-driving Fusion at Mcity

Ford aims to have Level 4 autonomous cars ready for commercial use by 2021.

Front-end supplier HBPO adding two plants in Mexico

HBPO, which makes front-end modular systems, is expanding its North American presence by adding two new plants in Mexico.

FCA backs new public education campaign on auto recalls

The National Safety Council launched Check To Protect, a national campaign to encourage drivers to check for recalls on their vehicles. The program is backed by Fiat Chrysler under a settlement with NHTSA.

Interpol seeks 5 ex-VW managers over emissions fraud, report says

The U.S. has issued international arrest warrants for five former VW managers accused of wrongdoing in connection with the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal, a German newspaper reported.

U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer 'troubled' by Ford's China move

Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he was concerned about Ford's announcement that it will move some production of its Focus small car to China and import the vehicles to the U.S.

FCA tries to dodge Demon responsibility

It seems I have some company when it comes to concern over how the general public will use/misuse the 840-hp Dodge Demon when it arrives later this year.

Tesla exploring China car plant with Shanghai government

Tesla said it is exploring the possibility of establishing a Chinese manufacturing plant with the Shanghai municipal government.

Accuride agrees to acquire German wheel supplier

Automotive wheel and related parts supplier Accuride agreed to acquire German competitor Mefro Wheels in its second acquisition this quarter.

FCA backs new public education campaign on auto recalls

The National Safety Council launched Check To Protect, a national campaign -- backed by Fiat Chrysler -- to encourage drivers to check for and quickly resolve open recalls on their vehicles.

Dodge Grand Caravan output idled to meet U.S. airbag safety rule

Dodge Grand Caravan output will continue this fall -- but not for U.S. customers, according to a union official at the Canada plant where Fiat Chrysler builds the minivan, as the company races to meet a new airbag safety rule.

2017 J.D. Power initial quality rankings

Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year. The annual industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals.

Ex-Uber CEO Kalanick knew of engineer's Google info, Waymo says

A court filing says Uber's ousted CEO learned in early 2016 that the engineer who oversaw the company's driverless car project possessed discs from Google.

For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn comes fast

After seven straight years of U.S. sales gains, the days when auto assembly and parts plants throughout the Midwest were running flat-out because of high demand for nearly every type of vehicle are over.

AutoGravity launches national TV ads

AutoGravity, a car shopping and financing mobile app and web platform, is aiming to catch the eyes of more consumers with a national TV campaign debuting this week.

Ford shows the bond of learning how to drive

Ford Motor Co.'s "Father's Day," last week's most viral car commercial, shows the range of emotion in a dad and his teen's first-ever driving lesson.

CarMax Q1 net jumps 21% on delayed consumer tax refunds

CarMax's earnings surged 21 percent in its fiscal first quarter on a bump in used-vehicle sales driven by a delay in federal tax refunds.

2017 J.D. Power initial quality rankings

Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year, as industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals.

Tesla snubs J.D. Power for Initial Quality Study data

How do the quality ratings for the 2017 Tesla Model S and Model X compare to competitors? They don't, based off J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months

Tesla said the head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, left the company within six months of joining the electric carmaker.

Honda halts Japan plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network

Honda halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.

Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months

Tesla said the head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, left the company in less than six months since joining the electric carmaker.

Toyota bumps up price, power and mpg on 2018 Camry

The re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry gets a modest increase to its sticker price, but a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower.

Dodge Demon allocation method to fight dealer mark-ups

Dodge, as it prepares to allocate 3,000 of its 840-hp Challenger SRT Demons, is determined not to repeat bad dealer behavior that marred the 2014 launch of the Hellcats.

Jaguar's compact E-Pace crossover coming in '18

The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year, after the F-Pace. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year.

Demon allocation method to fight dealer mark-ups

Dodge, as it prepares to allocate 3,000 of its 840-hp Challenger SRT Demons, is determined not to repeat bad dealer behavior that marred the 2014 launch of the Hellcats.

ZF, Hella form partnership to boost self-driving sensors business

ZF said it is collaborating with fellow German component supplier Hella to develop radar and camera technology in a bid to bolster its autonomous system portfolio.

VW waves green flag for Microbus-styled electric MPV

Volkswagen's long-awaited Microbus-styled MPV will see production as an electric vehicle, Auto Express reported.

Why the Mercedes A class is coming after a 20-year wait

The Mercedes-Benz A class has been different things at different times during its relatively short life span. The nameplate is 20 years old, and for all 20 of those years, Mercedes has declined to offer it in America. Until now.

Uber to allow tipping for drivers, reversing long-standing policy

Uber will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app -- part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers.

Audi to star in new Spider-Man movie

Audi is giving moviegoers an exclusive first look at the 2018 Audi A8 on July 7 as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters. Audi also plans to show off two other vehicles in the movie.

Ford to import U.S. Focus from China instead of Mexico

Ford plans to import its next-generation Focus sedan from China, abandoning plans to build the small car in Mexico. Production will begin in the second half of 2019.

At Honda, tease after tease for a franchise

The American family sedan isn't going the way of the American family wagon any time soon, but Honda, like many rivals, is determined to make it fun again and keep its edge in a key segment.

Lincoln unwraps extended-length Navigator SUV

Lincoln's new extended-length Navigator will be nearly a foot longer than the redesigned 2018 Navigator and include more cargo space than the regular version.

U.S. buyers ready to pay most for built-in vehicle technology, study says

Global automotive consumers show interest in having advanced technology in their next vehicle, but US drivers are willing to pay the highest price, a new survey says.

Tesla near deal for first factory in China, report says

An agreement with the city of Shanghai would allow Tesla to establish EV manufacturing operations in the Lingang development zone and could come as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

American Honda pays fine for Canadian dealings with Cuba

The U.S. slapped American Honda Finance with a fine for a violation of U.S. sanctions against Cuba even though the transactions occurred in Canada.

FCA to dealers: Stock up on Grand Caravans

FCA told dealers this month to stock up on the Dodge Grand Caravan because production will go on a hiatus in mid-August and won't resume until December.

Tesla driver in fatal crash wasn't watching video, witness tells investigators

A witness said the driver involved in a fatal crash while using Tesla's Autopilot function was not playing a video in his car, a government report said.

GM cuts shift at Kansas car plant

GM, for the fifth time this year, is cutting a production shift at one of its U.S. assembly plants in response to slowing industry sales.

Cadillac plans 'major refresh' for 2018 XTS sedan

Cadillac is updating the chassis, infotainment system and styling of its XTS sedan for the 2018 model year to help it continue to co-exist with the larger and newer CT6.

Bosch to build $1.1 billion chip plant for self-driving cars

Bosch will build a $1.1 billion semiconductor plant in Germany, the biggest single investment in its history. The supplier is ramping up for demands for self-driving technologies.

Automakers raise pressure on Congress to set autonomous-vehicle policies

Automakers and technology companies are increasingly anxious for Congress to get moving on policies for the development and testing of self-driving technology.

Lear's Simoncini namechecks competitors at museum benefit in Detroit

Matt Simoncini shouted above the noisy crowd at a fundraiser he was sponsoring last week for the Motown Museum in Detroit. "Delphi! Delphi! Anybody here from Delphi!"