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Italdesign will unveil $2.4 million targa

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Italdesign will debut the Zerouno targa at the Geneva auto show. The design and engineering company, which is part of VW Group, will build just five units of the $2.4 million two-seater.



Lyft shops for drivers on used-car lots

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles.



GM's Korea retrenchment gets an early start

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

General Motors is already scaling back operations in South Korea ahead of an announced plant closure there in May.



Phantom Auto tests remote control for driverless cars

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck.



Tesla delays, tax credit concerns spur sales of Chevy Bolts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:08 EST

Some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 are concerned that they will miss out on federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives such as the Chevy Bolt.



UAW sells training center building in Detroit

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:11:21 EST

Princeton Enterprises has purchased the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center building in Detroit for an undisclosed sum.



Commerce Department recommends import tariffs on aluminum, steel

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:08:24 EST

The Commerce Department recommended that President Donald Trump impose a significant range of tariffs and quotas on imported aluminum and steel.



Waymo wins Arizona's approval for first driverless ride-hailing service

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:48:38 EST

The first commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved in the United States. Google affiliate Waymo won a permit in January from the Arizona Department of Transportation.



American Axle posts more gains in Q4

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:23:06 EST

American Axle posted record sales driven by strong light-truck production, as it continues to absorb the benefits of its Metaldyne acquisition.



FCA to recall 228,508 trucks to fix shifter issue

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:23:21 EST

FCA said it would recall about 228,508 trucks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other markets to prevent drivers from unintentionally shifting their vehicles out of "park."



Audi denies CEO Stadler will be replaced by former Skoda boss

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:50:55 EST

Audi Chairman Matthias Mueller said reports of an ouster of CEO Rupert Stadler are false. A German newspaper said Stadler will be replaced in April, with former Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland seen as his most likely successor.



VW surges in mixed Q4 for European auto sector

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

VW, Norwegian parts supplier Kongsberg and UK car retailer Vertu Motors were the best performers in terms of delivering value to their shareholders during the final quarter of 2017. The automotive sector as a whole, however, had mixed results.



Ghosn pledges 'irreversible' Renault alliance with Nissan

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:29:41 EST

Carlos Ghosn pledged to cement Renault's partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi, saying the companies will come up with a plan in the next few weeks to make the alliance "irreversible."



VW staff are unconvinced of culture change

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:55:23 EST

Almost two thirds of VW employees in Germany see no improvement in the automaker's corporate culture nearly two and a half years after its diesel-emissions fraud was revealed.



Kia will partially electrify Ceed lineup

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:24:31 EST

Kia will partially electrify its Ceed lineup with a 48-volt mild hybrid but has no plans to add a full-electric version.



Faurecia profit rises 34% in 2017

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:30:34 EST

Faurecia's net income in 2017 climbed 34 percent to 714.5 million euros ($896.4 million), as the supplier saw strong growth across all its main markets.



Dyson wants to build 3 EV models, report says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Dyson aims to bring three electric cars to market with the first launching in 2021, the Financial Times reported.



Renault posts record earnings, strengthening Ghosn's hand

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:35:23 EST

Renault posted record sales and profit for 2017, bolstering CEO Carlos Ghosn's position in the face of government demands for a clearer succession plan and deeper integration with alliance partner Nissan.



Subaru prices 3-row 2019 Ascent from $32,970

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:25:47 EST

When the new Subaru Ascent reaches dealers this summer, it will be priced well below its competition in the three-row, all-wheel-drive crossover segment, while becoming the brand's most expensive crossover or wagon.



Ford to end Focus RS production

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:32:32 EST

Ford said it will end production of the popular Focus RS hot hatch on April 6 after a limited run of 50 "Heritage Edition" cars to be sold in the United Kingdom.



Pininfarina will design cars for Vietnam's first domestic automaker

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Pininfarina will help to develop a sedan and SUV for VinFast, which aims to be Vietnam's first domestic automaker.



VW looks at Apple for electric-car design guidance

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:44:44 EST

Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said.



Toyota design chief sees future without mass-market cars

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:21:20 EST

Toyota's new design chief believes that vehicles will shift towards either generic boxes on wheels for everyday use or ultra-luxury cars, wiping out the need for mass-market models.



Plastic Omnium growth driven by SUV boom

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:20:57 EST

Plastic Omnium reported stronger earnings in 2017, helped by global growth in crossovers and SUVs, which have a higher plastic body content than sedans and hatchbacks.



Ballooning costs of parts drive car thefts

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:22:57 EST

When it comes to making a buck on the black market, a car in pieces -- not intact -- may yield bigger gains for car thieves nationwide.



In-vehicle cameras desirable across marketplaces, Google report says

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:07:39 EST

Based on what they Google, Americans are looking for a variety of ways to secure their pets in transit while Germans focus on their audio and Japanese want more comfort.



AutoNews Now: How Subaru found the key to U.S. market

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST

How Subaru found the key to U.S. market; Wrestler John Cena moves to quash Ford lawsuit; NHTSA stretched too thin?; Trump's GM Korea boast; Jeep ad riles fish fans.



Quick Shift: Daily mobility news for 2.15.18

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:41:27 EST

Today, President Donald Trump breaks with Republicans, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi feels really, really sorry for all that trouble his company caused.



Toyota's only high-ranking female executive

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:07 EST

Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. Last month, she was promoted to the second-highest job at the luxury Lexus division, becoming the only woman among the automaker's top 53 managers.



AvtoVAZ cuts loss to $171 million as Russia recovers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:55:24 EST

Russia's biggest automaker, AvtoVAZ, said its annual net loss narrowed to 9.7 billion rubles ($171 million) last year from a loss of 44.8 billion rubles in 2016, helped by cost cuts and the recovery of the Russian car market.



Citroen adds comfort features to new Berlingo

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:21:52 EST

Citroen says its third-generation Berlingo compact passenger van will be available in two lengths for the first time.



Toyota recalls Camry, Lexus models on fire risk

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:48:04 EST

Toyota Motor North America is recalling 21,700 vehicles in the United States after discovering two defects that could lead to fires.



John Cena seeks to dismiss Ford lawsuit for flipping 2017 GT supercar

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:04:39 EST

Professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena filed a motion to dismiss Ford's lawsuit against him for flipping his 2017 Liquid Blue GT supercar.



Lincoln serves up ads for redesigned Navigator starring Serena Williams

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST

Lincoln has tapped tennis star Serena Williams to help sell the redesigned Navigator SUV in a social media ad campaign that launches Thursday.



Skoda wage offer rejected by Czech unions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:15:48 EST

Unions at Skoda have rejected a wage offer from the automaker and started preparations for a possible strike, labor representatives said.



First Shift: Serena Williams serving up Navigator ads

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:15:00 EST

Lincoln taps tennis star Serena Williams for Navigator ads; Report: Women driving luxury SUV market; Toyota recalling '18 Camry over fire risk; Lone Star Ram; Coolest Mustang ever?



Uber CEO predicts Amazon-style losses to fuel lofty goals

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:14:12 EST

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rattled through the company's ambitions: food delivery, freight, autonomous vehicles and even buses and bikes. Achieving such goals means the company will continue to lose money, he acknowledged.



German gov't says free public transport no substitute for cleaner diesels

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:47:12 EST

A proposal to trial free public transport in some German cities as a means of cutting emissions from polluting private cars is not intended as a substitute for efforts to clean up diesel vehicles already on the road, a government spokesman said.



BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of its latest full-size Gran Turismo, which is now sold under the 6-series nameplate.



GM plant closure is 'death sentence,' South Korean union says amid strike threat

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:14:02 EST

GM workers at a South Korean plant staged a protest on Wednesday against its planned closure, calling the move by the American automaker a "death sentence," and threatening a strike.



Mercedes Vito probed for emissions defeat device

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:59:02 EST

Germany's Transport Ministry is reviewing whether to initiate a formal hearing of Daimler to probe the alleged use of an illegal defeat device in the Mercedes Vito van.



Daimler-linked firm picked for Defender-inspired SUV

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:04:42 EST

Petrochemicals company INEOS has handed the engineering contract for its Land Rover Defender-inspired SUV to a German company partly owned by Daimler.



Renault confirms departure of Ghosn's joint deputy

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:49:01 EST

Renault confirmed the departure of its chief performance officer, Stefan Mueller. His exit clears the way for Thierry Bollore to be named second-in-command and eventual successor to CEO Carlos Ghosn.



Lexus tops J.D. Power dependability ranking; Buick leads mass-market brands

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 EST

Buick has reclaimed the title as the most dependable mass-market brand after three years of vehicle ownership while luxury marque Lexus again topped the industry, according to J.D. Power.



AutoNews Now: The woman holding the reins at NHTSA

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST

The woman holding the reins at NHTSA; Moving in on Lexus: Mainstream brands catching up in dependability; Credit scores rising; Automakers pitch in for Takata victims; Sweet sentiments.



Tesla's China dream threatened by standoff over Shanghai factory

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:24:33 EST

Tesla is in danger of being relegated to an expensive niche in China because Elon Musk can't clinch a deal to open a factory there.



Mobility news for 2.14.2018

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:05:21 EST

Happy Valentine's Day from Quick Shift, where love comes without a steering wheel or pedals.



Fed rate hikes squeezing even the hottest automaker in the U.S.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

The Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes are making it costlier for even the hottest automaker in the United States to sell cars.



Lexus readies BMW X1 rival

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Lexus said it will not build its planned BMW X1 competitor in France. The production version of Lexus' compact premium SUV is expected to debut at the Geneva auto show.



Opel will launch full-electric Corsa in 2020

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:44:43 EST

Opel said a full-electric version of its Corsa will launch in 2020, a year after the conventionally powered new generation of the subcompact hatchback goes on sale.