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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...

AutoNews Now: Sports cars slump as boomers age

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:45:00 EST

Sports-car sales slumping as boomers age; Audi diesel buyback plan?; Ford, Jaguar Land Rover test connected cars in U.K.; Nissan's big choice; Lamborghini's smash performance.

Nissan will decide next month whether to build next Qashqai in UK

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:59:51 EST

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the automaker will make a decision next month on whether to build the new Qashqai in the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU.

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.

Jaguar Land Rover, Ford test connected cars in UK

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:37:48 EST

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing connected cars that can communicate with each other using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents, the first such trials in the country.

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.

First Shift: Airbag flaw claims 11th U.S. victim

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:15:00 EST

11th U.S. death tied to Takata inflator flaw; Mercedes gives Daimler Q3 profit boost; Tesla teases ride service; Subaru Impreza price hike: $100; Why Honda's happy to stay single.

Daimler quarterly profit jumps 10% on Mercedes car demand

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:59:29 EST

Daimler reported a 10 percent rise in third-quarter profit, buoyed by robust demand for Mercedes cars in China as the brand rolls out the new E-class sedan.

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.

Dutch prosecutors settle bribery case with Pon Automotive

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:12:33 EST

Dutch prosecutors have settled a corruption investigation into Pon Automotive, a leading car importer in the Netherlands, for 12 million euros ($13 million).

German transport minister calls for tougher rules to stop automakers gaming emissions regulations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:39:14 EST

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told an EU inquiry that legislation should be made clearer to prevent automakers from gaming emissions regulations by installing switch-off devices.

Fiat Chrysler tech boss defends defeat-device claims before EU inquiry

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST

Fiat Chrysler Chief Technical Officer Harald Wester defended the automaker before an EU inquiry against German government claims that its Fiat 500X diesel car cheated emissions tests.

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.

AutoNews Now: Big players, big opportunities

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST

Big players, big opportunities: Why Ghosn's betting on Mitsu; Geely takes stab at 'tough' U.S. market; Tesla sends self-driving safety message; 'Netflix of China' seeks a new stage.

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.

Customer Incentives

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:53:05 EST

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.

Nissan takes control of Mitsubishi with Ghosn as chairman

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:04:27 EST

Carlos Ghosn officially folded troubled Mitsubishi into the Renault-Nissan alliance and put himself at the helm while installing British executive Trevor Mann as Mitsubishi's chief operating officer.

Continental tried to buy stake in Osram, report says

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:03:48 EST

Continental tried to buy Siemens' stake in lighting group Osram in the summer but was turned down, a German business magazine reported, citing company sources.

First Shift: Ghosn brings Mitsubishi into fold

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:30:00 EST

Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi as Renault-Nissan Alliance grows; Tesla to equip lineup with autonomous tech; Show goes on at LeEco; Geely unit plans SUV for U.S.; Mirror on technology.

VW said to target $4B savings in turnaround plan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:17:42 EST

VW Group wants to cut costs by about $4.1 billion at its core VW brand by 2021, leaving it at odds with labor leaders over the automaker's turnaround plan, sources said.

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.

Geely's Lynk brand sets 2018 Europe debut, seeks to redefine car ownership

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:00:00 EST

Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk and Co., will start European sales of its first model, an SUV developed with Volvo Cars, in 2018.

VW challenges sister brand Audi with new China-only model

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:34:28 EST

VW will launch the Phideon sedan in China on Friday. The $53,273 model will compete directly with sister brand Audi. The sedan is aimed at buyers looking for luxurious yet less-flashy cars amid a nationwide crackdown on conspicuous consumption.

Ghosn set to add Mitsubishi chairman role, reports say

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:41:23 EST

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is set to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors when Nissan takes a controlling stake in the smaller automaker, reports said.

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.

Expect no-interest deals, loan terms to fall in Q4

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 EST

Zero percent financing deals as a share of all new-vehicle sales rose last month, and loan terms reached their highest level since 2002. But if this year aligns with previous trends, the numbers are about to fall.

AutoNews Now: Toyota takes prize in truck loyalty

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:45:00 EST

Toyota tops in pickup owner loyalty - study; Lear CEO: Why suppliers see need for speed; Wagoneer peek, Wrangler recall; Hurricane help from Nissan; Restoring Honda's first U.S. car.

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.

Mexico light-vehicle sales by make, Sept. & YTD

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:08:57 EST

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.

Audi, Mercedes face labor shortage in Hungary

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:40:51 EST

Audi and Mercedes executives say a shortage of labor in Hungary is presenting problems for the automakers, which have both invested heavily to build cars in the country.

Mass. Lexus store loses bid to toss punitive damages in sexual harassment suit

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:45:00 EST

A former dealership finance manager who was fired after complaining about repeated sexual harassment by the storeandrsquo;s finance director is entitled to both punitive and compensatory damages, the highest court in Massachusetts has...

Embrace tools that help dealers, lenders relate

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:45:00 EST

Equifax has introduced a new tool to help lenders gain market intelligence and better relate to their dealership partners. Without a direct connection, it acknowledges one of dealers' top concerns.

Ruling on CFPB's structure won't diminish its attack on reserve

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally structured and must abide by the statute of limitations in all enforcement actions.

Better mindset, better sales

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:24:07 EST

Focus on helping customers, not selling products, advises Rick McCormick, national account development manager for Reahard and Associates. Top FandI dealerships don't focus on the numbers. They think: 'I have products.