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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST

 



BMW recalls all i3 electric vehicles

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:36:51 EST

BMW is recalling all 2014-18 i3 electric vehicles for higher risk of neck injuries to smaller people in the driver's seat who aren't wearing seat belts, according to recall documents.



Mazda CEO: U.S. plant, product blitz and customer satisfaction will revive brand

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai says the company is preparing for 'a new era' that begins with a product blitz in 2019 and follows with the opening of its joint U.S. plant with Toyota in 2021.



Electric vehicle sales process 'inconsistent' among brands, new study finds

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:17:15 EST

As the auto industry prepares to introduce a wave of electric vehicles over the next few years, some dealerships are ill-prepared for the rollout, a new study says.



Maserati's program changes 'unfair,' NY judge rules

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:08:23 EST

A New York administrative judge ruled that proposed changes to Maserati's incentive program and franchise agreement were "unfair," confirming a previous decision.



AutoNews Now: Why scandal-plagued Uber is still 'attractive'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:00 EST

Why scandal-plagued Uber is still 'attractive'; Lyft lands AV permit; NADA's floorplan fight; Tesla's speedy cash burn; Detroit dealer-turned-diplomat?



Trump nominates Michigan dealer David Fischer for ambassador to Morocco

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:50:19 EST

President Donald Trump nominated The Suburban Collection CEO David Fischer to be the U.S. ambassador in Morocco.



Are leasing levels still too high?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:11:31 EST

Leasing levels have held steady in the past few quarters, but are they still dangerously high? AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson thinks so. Here's why.



Britain will increase tax on most polluting diesel cars

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:35:14 EST

Britain will increase the tax on new diesel cars that do not meet the latest emissions standards in a blow to the country's hard-pressed domestic auto industry.



BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:14:51 EST

As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels.



SouthWest expands U.S. footprint, plans more acquisitions

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:02:06 EST

SouthWest Dealer Services has poised itself for national expansion with a string of acquisitions over the last two years. Its latest purchase, Dealer Protection Group, could give the company access to all 50 states.



Delinquency uptick no cause for concern, TransUnion says

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:01:27 EST

The 60-day delinquency rate climbed in the third quarter, but that needn't worry the industry, TransUnion said.



Aston Martin on track for first pretax profit since 2010

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:17:39 EST

Aston Martin is on course to post its first annual pretax profit since 2010 as strong demand for the DB11 sports car boosts earnings.



Lyft wins permit to test self-driving cars in California

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:24:55 EST

Ride-hailing firm Lyft has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, taking it one step further in the race with several other companies to bring self-driving cars to the masses.



Audi races to the mall

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Audi's off to the races this holiday season.



Which subprime borrowers are riskiest?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:02:41 EST

Some subprime borrowers are riskier than others. Here are warning signs that lenders -- and FandI managers -- should watch for, according to research by Moody's.



Hyundai outlines electrification plans for Europe

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Hyundai has big plans to electrify its European lineup. Along with battery-powered models and plug-in hybrids, the automaker's product offensive will include an additional twist: fuel cell vehicles.



Customer rewards send a powerful message

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Show your most loyal customers you appreciate their business by offering them special discounts or loyalty programs, advises Scott McLaren, chief marketing officer at Fortegra Financial Corp., which provides FandI products.



Tesla blows through $8,000 every minute amid Model 3 woes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:18:33 EST

Over the past 12 months, electric-car maker Tesla has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute (or $480,000 an hour), Bloomberg data show.



First Shift: Uber paid hackers $100K to hide data breach

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:15:00 EST

Uber paid hackers $100K to hide data breach; NAFTA talks go nowhere; Apple's slice of robocar research; Subaru is fit at 50; Porsche's smart glasses.



Trump's hopes for quick NAFTA deal are dimming as talks slow

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:59:35 EST

After three months of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico remain miles apart on a deal to update the region's flagship trade pact.



BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:14:51 EST

As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels.



EU fines 5 airbag, seat belt suppliers over cartel

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:23:05 EST

EU antitrust regulators fined five suppliers including Autoliv and Takata a total of 34 million euros ($40 million) for taking part in cartels to fix prices for seat belts, airbags and steering wheels sold to Japanese automakers.



Uber hack raises 'huge concerns' with UK data regulator

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:40:08 EST

A major hack of Uber's user data involving 57 million customers and drivers globally is being examined by the UK regulator in charge of data privacy, who said the breach raised "huge concerns."



Uber paid hackers to delete stolen data on 57 million people

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:15:33 EST

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year.



Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:40 EST

Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings.



NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:35 EST

NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories.



VW, Daimler, BMW set for record production on demand from Asia

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:26:11 EST

German automakers including VW, Daimler and BMW may increase output significantly this year from record 2016 levels, powered by Asian demand, the VDA said.



Subaru Ascent takes shape ahead of L.A. intro

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:04:18 EST

The official unveiling of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is just days away but spy photographers have spotted the three-row crossover out testing.



Aston Martin's new Vantage aimed at younger buyers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:05:36 EST

Aston Martin is pitching the new-generation Vantage to a younger customer group, helped by a radical redesign that gives the coupe greater differentiation compared with current models.



Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou look to deepen China ties

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:56:41 EST

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile are in talks to deepen their joint venture in China. This comes as officials in the world's largest car market look to relax some regulations and Guangzhou prepares to sell its Trumpchi brand in the U.S.



Ford may exit some S. American markets, analyst says

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:04:20 EST

Ford is on the verge of taking dramatic action to turn around its money-losing business in South America, including possibly exiting some markets, an analyst said after meeting with two company executives.



Apple scientists share rare peek at autonomous vehicle research

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:56:50 EST

Apple's internal research on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians with fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.



Subaru readies special editions to mark 50 years in U.S.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:00:00 EST

Subaru of America's entire vehicle lineup will have a role in celebrating the company's 50th anniversary in the U.S.






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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

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NAFTA nations lock horns on U.S. auto demands as fifth round ends

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:42:20 EST

Negotiators square off on Tuesday for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework NAFTA, with a stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos.



Clear strikes and sporty notes: What people are saying about the Tesla Roadster

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:29:19 EST

Tesla's second-generation Roadster, unveiled unexpectedly last week in prototype form, boasts impressive performance stats: 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a top speed of over 250 mph and a 620-mile range.






AutoNews Now: Key Safety signs final deal to buy Takata

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:30:00 EST

Key Safety signs final deal to buy Takata; Sign of progress for Tesla reservation holders?; Aston Vantage undergoes radical redesign; Subaru Ascent spied; Infiniti teases new model.



Customer Incentives

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:27:43 EST




FCC to vote to repeal 'net neutrality' rules that threatened connected car development

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:53:32 EST

The chairman of the FCC plans to repeal a 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content. It appears to be a victory for automakers.



Certified used-vehicle sales, Oct. and YTD

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:43:51 EST




Renault will tap Pakistan market to boost growth

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:50:28 EST

Renault has signed an agreement to assemble and sell passenger vehicles in the fast-growing Pakistan market by 2019, as the automaker seeks to expand its presence in developing countries.



Tesla invites Model 3 reservation holders to design their cars

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:03:51 EST

Tesla started summoning non-employee Model 3 reservation holders to configure their cars, a sign of progress for the sedan plagued by production problems.



Ford kills the Edsel

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:09:02 EST

On Nov. 19, 1959, Ford discloses plans to end production of the Edsel -- a gadget-filled, medium-priced car developed to rival DeSoto, Studebaker, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Pontiac and Buick. Code-named the E-car, the Edsel had been introduced on Sept.



A look inside the Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:47:13 EST

The variable compression engine debuting next year in the Infiniti QX50 is a really a big deal -- a major reworking of the basic operating principles of the piston-driven internal combustion engine.



2018 Kia Stinger GT: A chatty chassis that zhooshes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST

The latest addition to Kia's lineup is the 2018 Stinger. The midsize four-door hatchback aims to add more thrill to the brand's car offerings and challenge European luxury automakers for performance and refinement.



Lincoln's freshened 2019 MKC gets new mesh grille, tech

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products.



Key Safety Systems signs deal to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:47:30 EST

Key Safety Systems said it signed the long awaited definitive agreement to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion. The announcement comes weeks after the formal deal was submitted in bankruptcy court.



First Shift: Lincoln updates MKC crossover for 2019

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:15:00 EST

Lincoln updates MKC crossover; Toyota warning in Ky. said to spark union interest; China's GAC seeks deeper ties with FCA; Camry, Accord ads aim to boost struggling segment.