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Tesla worker claims timing of firing denied him lucrative shares

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:49:20 EST

A former Tesla factory worker filed a lawsuit alleging the company fired him a day before his one-year anniversary, denying him hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options that he claims should have vested.

Ford to pull plug on Fiesta ST in North America, report says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Ford Fiesta ST might be a favorite among enthusiasts and autocrossers, but it doesn't look like Ford sees enough demand to support the next-generation pocket rocket in North America.

GM, Unifor talking informally as strike enters second day, union says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:19:40 EST

GM and Unifor, the union representing about 2,800 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant, have talked informally over the phone but aren't yet back the bargaining table, a union official said.

Ford schedules downtime at 5 N.A. assembly plants amid slowing sales

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:57:14 EST

Ford said it will temporarily shut down production lines at five assembly plants in North America before the end of the year to fix recalled commercial vans and reduce output of slow-selling cars.

AutoNews Now: Volvo said to double S.C. plant investment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:45:00 EST

Volvo reportedly doubling S.C. plant investment; Ford plans downtime at five N.A. factories; Ram's heavy-duty recall; 80 mpg by 2050?; Making it safer for humans to work with robots.

Ford to shut down Transit lines for a week

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:43:35 EST

Ford plans to shut down Transit production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant for seven days starting next week amid slumping sales for the nation's best-selling large van.

Ratan Tata moves to secure his JLR prize

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:24:27 EST

Ratan Tata's move to consolidate power at Tata Sons and secure ownership of Jaguar Land Rover looks like one of those boring shareholder resolutions that would go unremarked upon in an ordinary, closely held firm.

Toyota revs up with GR performance line

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:48:28 EST

Toyota is introducing a high-performance "GR" series consisting of seven variants including the Prius plug-in hybrid and Vitz subcompact.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 494,000 pickups for fire risk

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:11:16 EST

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 494,000 medium and heavy-duty Ram pickups worldwide because of a water pump that could overheat and potentially cause a fire.

The complexity and engineering challenges of the electric motor

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:15 EST

The change from internal combustion engines to electric motors will be one of the biggest the industry has ever faced.

Toyota chief says hybrid still central as EV momentum grows

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:38:04 EST

Toyota President Akio Toyoda says hybrid technology will remain central to the company's strategy even as a rising wave of governments and automakers get behind plug-in electric vehicles.

Archer's bows, appetizers and punches: What people think of Genesis G70

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:15:00 EST

The newest addition to the Genesis lineup, the compact luxury G70 sedan, goes on sale in the U.S. next spring and will immediately join a competitive segment. A roundup of initial reaction from the automotive press on the G70.

Is Porsche plotting a Cayenne coupe?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

An old automotive industry maxim holds that if one German automaker fields something, it won't be long before all others follow suit.

2017 Kia Cadenza: Par for the class

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:30:00 EST

The Kia Cadenza, redesigned for the 2017 model year, has sharper styling than when it was launched in the U.S. in 2013. The full-size sedan is a low-volume product for Kia, with U.S. sales of just 3,669 through the first eight months of 2017.

Volvo plans U.S. plant expansion, doubling original investment, reports say

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:10:49 EST

Volvo is doubling investment in its first U.S.

Aston Martin CEO Palmer calls for Brexit clarity

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:48:33 EST

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer wants clarity on the UK government's Brexit negotiations within six months as the automaker seeks to avoid possible trade tariffs and difficulties in recruiting skilled labor following Britain's departure from the EU.

Pioneer teams up with digital mapping company Here

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:46:50 EST

Electronics giant Pioneer and digital mapping group Here said they had agreed to invest in one another so the companies can develop maps for autonomous driving services.

Tata seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeover bids, report says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:34:51 EST

Tata Sons is buying as much as 20 billion rupees ($312 million) of Tata Motors shares, as India's biggest conglomerate seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeovers, Bloomberg reported.

Petrochemicals billionaire seeks UK backing for Defender-style SUV

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:20:23 EST

Jim Ratcliffe, the founder of petrochemical company Ineos, plans to build 25,000 SUVs modelled on the Land Rover Defender if he can win government backing for the project.

Knorr-Bremse drops bid for Haldex

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:05 EST

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has dropped its 5.5-billion-crown ($692 million) bid for smaller Swedish rival Haldex, ending for now a heated bidding process that has lasted more than a year.

Citroen's Jackson says C5 will return in 2020

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:11:55 EST

Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says the brand will bring out a third generation of the C5 in 2020. The model has not been built in Europe since June.

Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 EST

These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message.

Aston Martin moves beyond Bond, explores conventional marketing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

As Aston Martin transforms itself from a low-volume builder of just a few grand touring models into a high-end purveyor of supercars, it's changing its marketing to match.

Cadillac's New York move opens up new marketing world

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Cadillac's New York journey has taken it on helicopter rides to the Hamptons, virtual-reality expeditions at auto dealerships, and forays into the worlds of art and fashion.

Why GM and Unifor won't budge in negotiations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:11:57 EST

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the strike at General Motors' Ingersoll, Ont., assembly plant could play out for "quite a while." He could be right.

Honda EV hops back in time

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Honda made waves last week at the Frankfurt auto show by unveiling an electric car that at first glance appears to be a 1970s Volkswagen Rabbit.

PSA making cars for U.S. standards

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America.

Bugatti's single model could be a four-door

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024.

Frankfurt photo booth

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.

U.S. won't get diesel version of Cayenne

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, Porsche will not bring the diesel-powered variant of the redesigned Cayenne midsize crossover to the U.S.

Honda's packs redesigned N-Box with surprises

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar .

Rolls-Royce gets driver input on EVs

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Rolls-Royce is canvassing opinions from customers on how a Rolls electric car should look as it develops its first plug-in model.

Bentley takes the leap to Level 3

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Bentley will roll out Level 3 autonomous driving capability across its range starting two years from now, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.

VW Group's August sales up 8% despite flat Europe

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:29:08 EST

VW Group said its global vehicle registrations rose 8 percent last month as flat sales in Europe were offset by growth across all other major markets, particularly South America.

Genesis G70 has a bit of German DNA

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The first compact sedan out of Hyundai's premium Genesis brand is aiming squarely at the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C class.

Builder-dealer Bill McDaniels on the future of auto retailing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing.

GM plots the next phase of its information technology overhaul

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.

Why GM and Unifor won't budge in negotiations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:30:35 EST

Unifor President Jerry Dias says the Ontario strike could go on for "quite a while." Neither side has much incentive to move from its position.

Unifor strike at GM result of 'major philosophical differences'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:13:24 EST

Canadian workers striking a key GM assembly plant could picket for a long while, Unifor President Jerry Dias said. GM Canada urged Unifor to "resume negotiations."

AutoNews Now: 2 years into scandal, VW tries a reboot

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:15:00 EST

Volkswagen 2.0: Two years after scandal broke, VW tries a reboot; New Accord, new jobs; No U.S. Cayenne diesel; 4-door Bugatti 'not dead'; Rolls seeks EV input; PSAs ready for USA.

Ford patents retractable table for autonomous cars

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:05:04 EST

Ford thinks the interior of autonomous vehicles could resemble a kitchen or office conference room.

Kia CMO Saad Chehab sees power in brand's youth

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

After leaving FCA on a hot streak in 2015, Saad Chehab is back in the advertising game, this time as chief marketing officer for Kia Motors America. He'll have a lot on his plate.

Honda invests $267 million, will add 300 jobs to increase Accord production in Ohio

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:24:23 EST

Honda said its invested $267 million and will add 300 new jobs to support increased production of its revamped 2018 Accord sedan model at the Japanese automaker's plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Wait for Jeep pickup is almost over

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

A more fuel-efficient Wrangler will debut in early 2018, with a Wrangler-based pickup to follow the next year.

VW documents can't be shared by U.S. with German law firm, judge rules

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:59:54 EST

A federal magistrate judge blocked the Justice Department from sharing with a German law firm 25 million pages of records disclosed by VW in the government's diesel emissions investigation.

GM's complex relationship with IT

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

General Motors and its information technology operations have had a complicated relationship over the last 30 years.

Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving compute design

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:05:02 EST

Intel said it will collaborate with Google affiliate Waymo, saying it worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.

Marketing for autonomous technology turns conservative

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Automakers continue to feed buzz about self-driving cars, but their marketing strategies are still very much hands-on.

Mercedes-Benz' Slaven says social marketing is people-intensive

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Mercedes-Benz USA's Drew Slaven talks about the brand's shift of resources to social media.

Ford agency's new creative chief on bringing mobility to marketing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Tito Melega, the new creative chief of Ford's agency plans to invoke the company's long and global legacy of moving people.