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AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:42:18 EST

A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale of such vehicles at its dealerships.

Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:51:58 EST

Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co.

What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:45:00 EST

Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products.

Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST

GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet's upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse.

AutoNews Now: GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST

GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg; More cars get rear-seat alert; Infiniti expects sales record; Mazda's one-two punch; Report: Renault-Nissan powertrain shakeup; Chevy Blazer spied?

Mexico auto exports, output rise in November

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:54:58 EST

Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said.

PSA will open new factory in Argentina in 2019

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:14:55 EST

PSA plans to invest $320 million in Argentina with the aim of producing cars from a new plant starting in 2019, the automaker's head of Latin America, Carlos Gomes, told President Mauricio Macri.

House lawmakers press EPA on VW settlement terms

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:08:08 EST

A U.S. House panel pressed EPA officials on how the agency will monitor Volkswagen's plan to spend a required $2 billion to increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles over the next decade.

Plymouth Horizon, a fwd subcompact, makes U.S. history

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:14:13 EST

Chrysler introduces the 1978 Plymouth Horizon, the first front-wheel-drive subcompact car built in the U.S., on Dec. 5, 1977.

Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:07:44 EST

Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said.

2017 Volvo S60, V60 Polestar: Old school performance with alacrity

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:30:00 EST

Volvo's competitors to the BMW M and the Mercedes AMG vehicles are called Polestars. They come in two flavors: sedan and wagon, S60 and V60.

GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:47:29 EST

In an effort to prevent child heatstroke deaths, General Motors' new Rear Seat Reminder technology -- which made its debut in the GMC Acadia this year -- will become standard on more than 20 models that account for about two-thirds of its U.S. sales.

Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:01:50 EST

Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development.

Renault-Nissan to replace powertrain chief as problems mount, report says

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:58:51 EST

The Renault-Nissan alliance is replacing its top executive in charge of combining the carmakers' engines and gearboxes, sources told Reuters, as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace of integration so far.

BMW will pay $57 million for irresponsible lending in Australia

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:25:30 EST

Australia's corporate regulator said BMW has to pay $57 million to compensate customers who received loans they could not afford, in what is Australia's largest ever consumer credit remediation program.

2018 Audi Q5

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:00:00 EST

Looks can be deceiving. The redesigned Q5's subtle sheet-metal changes obscure a near-total overhaul of the brand's top-selling U.S. nameplate.

First Shift: Automakers try to halt EPA move

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:30:00 EST

Automakers try to halt EPA's mpg move; Ford taps debt markets; Toyota hybrid expansion; Hyundai exec grilled in S. Korea political scandal; Honda: CR-V won't surpass Civic, Accord.

Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience.

Why Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth changed his view on EVs

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:50:38 EST

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth gave the impression last year that the automaker would be one of the last premium brands to add an EV. Last month, Jaguar previewed the I-Pace electric SUV.

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 03:36:27 EST

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-electric hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emissions engines. The automaker will increase the size of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent through 2021.

Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:35:55 EST

A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without stopping, scientists say.

Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 04:33:15 EST

Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest market.

Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's sportier appearance, which gives the car a silhouette more typical of the brand's iconic 911 coupe.

Mazda's Kogai: New product, pricing drive move upmarket

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent emissions rules.

Ford moves Fiesta upscale; plans for U.S. are unclear

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Ford Motor Co. offered no details about U.S. plans for its eighth-generation Fiesta at the subcompact's global unveiling in Germany last week, but the European version gets a more upscale interior and diverse range of trim levels.

Ford sees lineup changing to match demand

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:33:22 EST

Ford will likely make changes to its car lineup as demand for small SUVs continues to outpace that for sedans. That could include offering crossover-style variants of certain sedans or dropping certain nameplates altogether.

GM builds final Australian engine

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Australian auto industry wind-down continues with General Motors ending engine production after nearly 70 years. Car production stops next year when GM and Toyota close plants, putting an end to Australia's auto industry.

Can Lucid succeed where others have failed?

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Lucid Motors' luxury EV prototype feels like an entirely viable product. But the car and the company are venturing into an automotive landscape littered with startups that promised to be the real thing.

Dealer Teddy Morse on his 'trial by fire'

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963.

Mazda looks to next-gen CX-5 for a lift

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its mass-market competitors.

Audi extends job guarantees for German workers until 2020

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:32:07 EST

Audi has extended employment guarantees for its 61,000 workers in Germany until 2020, even as it grapples with the fallout from parent VW Group's emissions scandal.

Alliance moves to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:57:31 EST

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers late Monday urged congressional negotiators to include language in a short-term budget resolution that would bar the Obama administration from finalizing mpg rules before it leaves office next month.

CO2 ruling puts Trump, automakers in a bind

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was before the presidential election.

BMW sees battery costs weighing on EVs

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:52:18 EST

BMW sees no quick way to boost profit from electric cars, with battery capacity and cost set to weigh on EV development for the foreseeable future.

BMW says 120 vehicles damaged in S.C. train derailment

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:42:29 EST

About 120 BMW X models were damaged when train cars carrying the vehicles derailed on Sunday afternoon en route to the Port of Charleston, S.C., for export to overseas markets.

Lear venture advances on 3 projects

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Lear says it is partnering with three automakers to bring advance-concept vehicle seating to market as early as 2019 through its Crafted by Lear pilot program.

AutoNation retreats on used-car recall policy

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.

Mike Jackson, unscripted

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson met with Automotive News' editorial staff last week for a wide-ranging discussion on the industry and the company. Here are highlights.

AutoNews Now: Ford's incentive warning

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST

Ford's incentive warning; Dodge eyes NASCAR return; BMW's next electric phase; Panasonic's sights on headlight maker?; Lear, OEMs craft seating deals.

Auto finance, lending strengthen in Q3, Experian says

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:20:04 EST

With more creditworthy consumers financing vehicles in the third quarter, and fewer high-risk folks, the auto finance market is strengthening overall, Experian reports.

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec.

Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.

Dodge considers return to NASCAR

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:03:29 EST

Dodge wants to get back into NASCAR, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Sunday. "Yes I'd love to," he said. "I talked to Jim France (executive vice-president of NASCAR) about this just last night."

VW's Moia brand will challenge Uber

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:40:50 EST

VW Group will challenge ride-hailing company Uber with a new mobility services brand called Moia that eventually will have its own electric passenger vehicle.

VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:27:41 EST

VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief operating officer. Henrich launched Daimler's Car2Go and is one of the leading figures in car-sharing services.

First Shift: AutoNation's recall reversal

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:30:00 EST

AutoNation's recall reversal; VW's answer to Uber; Apple's autonomous ambitions; Tesla's Michigan gallery; A not-so-Mini milestone.

VW's German executives said to hire lawyers as U.S. justice officials gather evidence

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 06:48:08 EST

Dozens of VW Group executives in Germany have hired U.S. criminal defense lawyers as the Justice Department ramps up meetings with managers to gather evidence that may lead to charges, Bloomberg reported.

UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:36:27 EST

UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for record sales in 2016, although demand from retail customers fell and sales are expected to drop by 5 percent next year.

BMW's ride-hailing project takes on Uber with autonomous cars

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:44:31 EST

BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Germany as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms such as Uber. The automaker will test self-driving functions in Munich before expanding the project to other cities.

Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST

Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E racing. So why are Porsche and Toyota still interested in endurance racing?