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Peugeot concept highlights self-driving, connectivity advances

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Peugeot will highlight its autonomous technology at the upcoming Geneva auto show with a self-driving, shooting brake concept car called the Instinct.






How to get kids to care about the future of cars

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Start children on the path to becoming the next great automotive inventor -- with advice from Tony Fadell, a co-creator of some of Apple's biggest products.



Mercedes may join U.S. midsize-pickup party

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The U.S. midsize pickup segment is undergoing a sales resurgence and an accompanying product blitz. It may get even more crowded as German executives last week hinted that the Mercedes-Benz X class might come to the U.S.



The millennials are coming

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

So you thought millennials didn't care about owning cars? Think again. They're the fastest-growing segment among vehicle buyers and are likely to represent about 40 percent of the U.S. new car market by 2020.



Ferrari beast, Porsche wagon to star in Geneva

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Next week's Geneva auto show will highlight a mix of supercars, everyday models and cars you never expected, such as a Porsche station wagon and a Mercedes-Benz pickup.



Wanted man: Jobs he might have had

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The partnership that Carlos Ghosn orchestrated turned him into a superstar who nearly became General Motors' savior a decade ago and who was courted twice by Ford Motor Co.



Millennials won't compromise on technology

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Millennials are at ease with digital technology. That makes the 18- to 34-year-olds less willing to compromise on the features they want, experts say.



PSA takes 1st step back into N.A.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA Group, with plans on re-entering the North American market, will be a partner in a ride-sharing service set to begin in April at airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles.



MOBILITY REPORT: How to sell mobility services

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Automakers are going all in on mobility, but it will take more than big investments to get new services off the ground.



New GM is real, but hasn't shed some old habits

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

There's a new General Motors today aggressively reshaping itself to compete in the emerging connectivity-car sharing-autonomous space. But sometimes it's difficult to see New GM. Old GM gets in the way.



Innovative automotive suppliers vie for PACE Awards

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Automotive News PACE Awards this year spotlight 34 product and process innovations from suppliers.



Chicago Auto Show memories roar back

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Chicago auto show was inspiring, writes one reader.



Six daring products that Ghosn championed

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

As Nissan CEO, Carlos "Le Cost Cutter" Ghosn has been a tough sell for product planners. He's been notorious for grilling his teams with difficult questions that demonstrated he did his own research.



Honda settles for an 80-mile EV

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Honda's Clarity all-electric model debuting this spring will have only about 80 miles of range on a single charge, Automotive News has learned.



Ghosn's 18 years of epic battles

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

In the course of running Nissan Motor Co. for 18 years, Carlos Ghosn has racked up a long list of battles and dramas, many of them at his own instigation.



Errant email lands Uber in court

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Waymo said an inadvertent email sent its way gave it enough evidence to sue Uber for intellectual property theft



Wayland joins Automotive News

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Automotive News has hired Michael Wayland, a veteran of The Detroit News and MLive Media Group, as a staff reporter.



Carlos Ghosn, in his own words

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Comments from Carlos Ghosn for interviews with Automotive News over the years



Can Toyota stave off CarPlay, Android Auto?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

What makes Toyota's new infotainment system stand out from the rest of the industry? It still doesn't accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.



Forward thinker

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares said buying Opel would quickly create significant savings for both companies and lift their combined annual sales to as many as 5 million.



Mendel's exit at Honda elevates U.S. newcomer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Tucked beneath the headlines last week about John Mendel's retirement from Honda were other several other key personnel changes that will shape the company's path moving forward.



Hacking hoax tests security protocols

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

A claim that a team of hackers had gained access to troves of dealerships' sensitive consumer data spooked dealership software giants. The claim was a hoax.



Taking the car out after 40 years

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

An old Jeep Wagoneer was left in a beachfront garage out toward the end of Cape Cod in the 1970s. And As long-term parking goes, this could have gone better.



You didn't build that. But you helped.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

People end up paying a lot just for the badge on a luxury vehicle or sports car.



Using their noggins to avoid Noggles

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The chief engineer of the 2018 GMC Terrain challenged interior designers to step up their efforts in keeping with the new exterior design.



Mendel's next move: Spirited retirement

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

John Mendel approached American Honda CEO Toshiaki Mikoshiba nine months ago to put his departure in motion.



Auction houses cope with crowded lots

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Investments in technology and analytics help auctions move vehicles through the system faster, but the remarketing industry should not lose sight of the importance of asphalt, says Tom Webb, Manheim chief economist.



AutoNation captures growth of millennials

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

As a percentage of its new-vehicle sales, millennials grew from 9 percent in 2010 to 22 percent through the third quarter last year, Autonation found.



We don&'t need mechanics anymore

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

As automotive systems get more and more complex, it will become even more important to have service techs who are really good at using diagnostic tools and making sure that they know what really needs replacing, writes Keith Crain.



Uber confronts dark side of Silicon Valley culture

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Maybe it was some hard-earned experience that led Uber's CEO to respond quickly to the company's latest PR setback: a former engineer's claims of sexist treatment from company managers.



Buy American' is a tune for the bad old days

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

We believe in America. Don't question that for a moment. But UAW President Dennis Williams' talk of a "Buy American" ad campaign is one of those insipid '80s tunes we can't seem to tap our toes to.



To reduce distractions, bring back knobs

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

U.S. traffic deaths rose again in 2016 to an estimated 40,200, the highest number in a decade, according to figures compiled by the National Safety Council.



Conn. auction bill 'deader than dead'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

A proposed Connecticut bill that would have required auctions to post their fees conspicuously has been dropped from consideration following pushback from local auction houses, according to a proponent of the bill.



A spa with a service bay

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

It's easy to mistake the amenities at Big Two Toyota in Chandler, Ariz., for those at a high-end resort and spa.



Obituaries

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Bob White, one of the founders of the Canadian Auto Workers, died at the age of 81. Michigan dealer Dick Huvaere died at the age of 72.



XC40 strongly resembles Volvo family members

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo's XC40 baby crossover won't be all that different from its larger siblings.



A major face-lift for Buick Enclave

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The next-generation Enclave is expected to debut in April at the New York auto show and arrive in showrooms around midyear.



Why did they buy? Millennials explain

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Two millennial buyers explain their decisions to purchase a new car.



EPA boosts VW e-Golf mpg, range ratings for '17

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor helped boost the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf's mpg and range ratings.



Land Rover's Velar to take on Porsche's Macan

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Land Rover will challenge the Porsche Macan with a new crossover to be called the Velar.



Cadillac revamps CUE infotainment in response to customer complaints

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys.



Dealers

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

A look at dealer awards handed out to Ford, Honda and Mazda dealerships.



Credit union liable for unpaid judgment against dealership

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

A credit union is on the hook for a large chunk of an unpaid trial award a closed Buick-GMC store owed the buyer of a 2006 Nissan Altima.



How to keep patent trolls at bay

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

Patent trolls seek out automotive patents because they're lucrative. There are ways to deal with them.



Fuel efficient cars always make sense

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

No one in the industry has a record for correctly predicting fuel prices or knows how they function in the permanently changed energy economics of the 21st century, writes one reader.



BMW may build Mini EV in Germany instead of UK, paper says

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:08:27 EST

BMW may build a Mini EV in Germany instead of the UK in response to plans by Britain to leave the EU's single market, a German paper reported.



Takata's guilty plea to be considered Monday by U.S. judge

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:24:59 EST

A federal judge will consider Takata's proposed $1 billion settlement over deadly automotive airbags that have claimed at least 17 lives around the world.



Trump administration re-evaluating self-driving car guidance

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:11:58 EST

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said she was reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public.



FTC checks lenders' use of 'kill switches'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the practice of installing GPS trackers and "kill switches" on vehicles to disable them if the owner fails to make timely payments.