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New Hyundai Santa Fe to be brand's first diesel vehicle in U.S.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:00:00 EST

The redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe will include the brand's first diesel offering in the United States as it continues to rework its car-heavy lineup.

Ford Motor executive Raj Nair leaves over 'inappropriate behavior'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:15:00 EST

Raj Nair, president of Ford in North America, has left the automaker after he was accused of "inappropriate behavior," Ford said. The company did not divulge the nature of Nair's behavior.

Nobody wants to let Google win war for maps all over again

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:00 EST

Google emerged years ago as the winner in digital maps by blanketing the globe with its street-mapping cars and software expertise that couldn't be matched. Nobody wants to let Google win again.

Audi to launch integrated toll collection

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:53:12 EST

Audi said it will begin integrating automated toll payment technology into its U.S. vehicles later this year that will allow drivers to pay tolls without the need for an additional device.

CAR study: Electrification, autonomy won't gain widespread adoption for decades

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:15:00 EST

Although most major automakers are pouring billions into electrification and autonomy, the Center for Automotive Research predicts those investments could slow in the coming years and that such vehicles will represent only a fraction of sales a...

Dallas' Park Place dealer group dives into subscription market

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:26:54 EST

The service offers unlimited vehicle switches and free pickup and delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at no additional charge.

Don't fret over data security; try these steps

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST

One of the biggest security hazards for dealerships and their vendors is a data breach, but many are unsure of the best ways to protect their information, EFG says.

Why sweet lease deals are going away

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST

A flood of off-lease vehicles, including SUVs and crossovers, and other factors will make it more difficult for automakers to offer tempting lease deals.

Auto balance growth rate slows

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST

Last quarter, auto borrowers' total loan balance outstanding grew at the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2012, while delinquency rates plateaued, TransUnion says.

Daimler takes a jab at Tesla e-trucks plan as rivalry heats up

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:11:19 EST

Daimler cast doubt on Tesla's plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic.

Nissan's EV campaign expected to get boost from Mitsubishi investment

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:44:59 EST

Nissan may get a boost from a deepening relationship with Japan's biggest trading house as access to battery materials becomes a priority amid the industry's push into electric vehicles.

Bosch establishes new mobility services division

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:30:00 EST

Robert Bosch is joining the wave of suppliers shifting their organizational structures to brace for massive industry changes.

Toyota shows the Olympic athlete's journey

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

In the latest video to top our viral video charts, Toyota shows the journey from toddler to Olympic athlete.

Deadly cobalt mines linked to child labor thrive in rush for EV batteries

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:22:25 EST

The appetite for EVs is driving a cobalt production boom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines are dangerous and employ child labor -- a concern for carmakers.

NBA All-Star Weekend boosts Autotrader's new site

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:29:29 EST

Autotrader took advantage of its long-standing NBA sponsorship to promote its redesigned website and set a record in online traffic during All-Star Weekend.

Toyota recalls Tundra, Sequoia for seat and traction-control issues

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:06:16 EST

Toyota will recall 8,800 Tundra pickups from the 2017 model year for a seat problem, and 65,000 2018 Tundras and Sequoia SUVs for a glitch that could turn off stability control and other systems.

Net soars at ADESA's parent on tax gains

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:50:57 EST

Net income at KAR Auction Services, ADESA's parent, soared in the fourth quarter because of a special gain related to the changes in federal corporate taxes.

VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:09:21 EST

A Virginia judge rejected a request by VW to delay several of the company's trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners.

Marchionne collects $36 million stock award, $12 million in base pay

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:58:58 EST

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne collected shares valued at about 29 million euros ($35.7 million) for the three-year period ended in 2016, according to the Italian-American automaker's 2017 annual report.

GM plans to build 2 new models in South Korea, says lawmaker

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:48:16 EST

General Motors plans to produce two new models in South Korea, a local lawmaker quoted GM executive Barry Engle as saying at a meeting with South Korean members of parliament.

Two big auto lenders rethink their fee structure

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Two lenders that ditched dealer reserve in favor of flat fees, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau favored the latter, have revised their policies.

Sergio Marchionne's final lap at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

One thing about Marchionne stands out as the onetime tax accountant and philosophy student prepares to step aside after nearly 15 years running first Fiat and now FCA: The guy knows how to make money.

Genesis snub leaves some Hyundai dealers reeling

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

While elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network.

Gentex's two-way mirror strategy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Auto mirrors will change in the future -- but which technology to bet on? Gentex is ready to go either way.

Lexus' new pricing math for hybrids

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan.

Hyundai Nexo is a rolling showcase of self-driving eco-car technology

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:00:00 EST

The Hyundai Nexo fuel cell vehicle marries futuristic fuel cell technology to next-generation autonomous-driving systems in a rolling showcase that aims to quash notions the automaker is a straggler.

Will scandal cripple the UAW, or transform it?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

UAW dissidents see the situation as an opportunity for profound change. They're urging rank-and-file members to "take back" the union from leaders they claim are overly willing to comply with employers' requests.

Ghosn's final challenge is to ensure alliance's longevity

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn's final task may be his toughest: Ensure the survival of the alliance after he is no longer around to lead it.

Another reinvention for AxleTech

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Detroit's heavy-duty and off-road axle and brake maker AxleTech is being reborn as a supplier to electric garbage trucks, buses and construction vehicles.

Continental bracing for a world of bugs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Continental needs software engineers. There will be a world of software bugs to keep them busy.

Toyota-Mazda venture offers opportunities

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Toyota and Mazda's planned north Alabama auto plant will operate as a separate entity, making its own supply chain decisions.

Adient stumbles, but barrels ahead

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Adient reported a painful financial quarter, but more than a year into its makeover, the seating giant is determined to stay focused on future products.

BMW store enlists wrap artists

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

A Chicago BMW dealership uses art to increase accessory sales.

Ford dealers gain access to artificial intelligence tool for used-car sales

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

The analytics tool from Vast helps dealers identify what makes a vehicle unique.

Toyota's new execs see a crisis

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval.

Marchionne's successor will come from within

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Besides Sergio Marchionne, there are 17 men on the FCA group executive council, but realistically, only a handful are likely candidates for CEO.

Changes grip embattled GKN

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

GKN has changed CEOs, embarked on a two-year profit drive and now is battling a hostile takeover -- all while launching its advanced eDrive technology.

Takata's U.S. bankruptcy plan approved by judge

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:48:18 EST

Takata received court approval for its bankruptcy exit plan in the United States, clearing the way for the sale of Takata's assets and providing compensation for those injured by its deadly airbags.

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."

Ivanka Trump talks about lending issue with Pa. auto dealer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:37:05 EST

Do auto retailers befuddled by the Military Lending Act clarification now have the ear of the White House? Pennsylvania dealer Corina Straub Diehl thinks so.

Global auto sales poised to set record in 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:49:20 EST

Light-vehicle sales are on track to rise to a record of more than 97 million units globally this year, despite a second straight annual decline in North America, according to an LMC forecast.

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.