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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST

 



Our close call at the crosswalk in an autonomous Hyundai

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:09:55 EST

I figured the Nexo would recognize the pedestrians who were being picked up by its sensors and decelerate to a gradual stop. But that's not what happened.



Customer Incentives

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:51:40 EST







Visteon lands record new business in 2017

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:11:07 EST

Electronics supplier Visteon reported record new business gains in 2017 and a dip in sales in the fourth quarter resulting from discontinued operations and customer pricing.



Genesis supplants Audi atop Consumer Reports' latest brand rankings

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:22:37 EST

Hyundai's upstart Genesis luxury brand supplanted Audi atop Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands. Subaru and Kia tied for the highest ranked mass-market brands.



AutoNews Now: Lincoln's Galhotra named Ford N.A. chief

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:30:00 EST

Lincoln's Galhotra to replace Nair as Ford N.A. chief; Consumer Reports names Genesis top brand; C-R's top 10 models; BMW, Takata settle suits; The Land Rover of mobile phones.



Quick Shift: More cars added to phone networks than phones

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:10:55 EST

Grab some coffee, pull up a chair and stifle that yawn as we catch you up on all the mobility news from the past 24 hours.



You win, car-centric America

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:21:55 EST

After holding out for years, I've decided to shift from leasing a car to buying one.



Cadillac XT5, Subaru Outback nab top rating in rear-crash program

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:50:17 EST

The Cadillac XT5 and Subaru Outback fared the best in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new rear-crash prevention rating system.



BMW settles U.S. lawsuit claiming it refused to refund leases to military personnel

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:30:03 EST

BMW Financial Services North America has agreed to pay more than $2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.



Former Cadillac, Penske exec Jere Kitzmiller dies at 84

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:35:24 EST

A factory man beloved in retail is an anomaly in the automotive business. So was Jere Kitzmiller, a longtime Cadillac employee who died last month in Newport Beach, Calif., from flu and pneumonia complications. He was 84.



2019 Buick Envision to get nip, tuck

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:27:03 EST

Buick is freshening the 2019 Buick Envision to better align the crossover with the brand's other models -- most notably its best-selling Encore.



Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly airbags

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:54:33 EST

Takata agreed to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators.



Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:38:31 EST

Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping down as chairman of the world's fourth-largest parts supplier.



Ford picks Kumar Galhotra to replace Raj Nair as North America chief

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:15:00 EST

Ford tapped Kumar Galhotra, a company veteran who steered the Lincoln luxury brand back to respectability, to replace Raj Nair, who was ousted after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behavior," as its president of North America.



Ousted Ford exec loses at least $5 million in bonuses

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:12:29 EST

Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to him last year, as well as a number of other bonuses and awards.



Former Audi board members have homes searched in emissions probe

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:18:47 EST

German prosecutors searched the homes of three new suspects in connection with Audi's emissions scandal, further widening their inquiry to include former executives.



Delphi Technologies posts record quarterly revenue, higher operating income

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:44 EST

In its first quarterly report since Delphi Automotive split, Delphi Technologies reported record revenue and higher operating income.



Peugeot gives new 508 a fastback design

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:55:22 EST

Peugeot has given its new 508 a "fastback" design to help the car compete better in Europe's midsize segment where volume automakers are losing sales to premium rivals.



German court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:06:06 EST

A German court on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications.



VW's Seat makes Cupra a stand-alone brand to help boost profits

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:43:34 EST

VW Group's Seat sees its new Cupra performance brand as a way to help the automaker achieve sustainable profitability. Seat unveiled the brand's first model, the Cupra Ateca.



First Shift: New Santa Fe Hyundai's 1st U.S. diesel

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

New Santa Fe to be Hyundai's 1st U.S. diesel; Ford's Nair out after probe into 'inappropriate behavior'; Neo-Nazis trying to infiltrate Daimler?; Tops in rear-crash prevention.



VW may face new U.S. emissions probe

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:34:11 EST

A U.S. lawmaker said Congress should investigate new allegations that VW Group diesel cars were sold overseas with rigged software.



Uber CEO will court carmakers beyond Toyota for self-driving

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:42:28 EST

Toyota and Uber plan to team up on autonomous driving as technological changes sweep through the transportation industry.



S. Korea to quickly conduct due diligence on GM's local unit, minister says

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:49:24 EST

South Korea plans to quickly conduct due diligence on the ailing South Korean unit of General Motors, Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said.



German neo-Nazis are trying to infiltrate Daimler, works council says

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:37:00 EST

Neo-Nazis are attempting to infiltrate Daimler to turn a key German engine factory into a showcase for their views, the plant's works council said.



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.



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.



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 vehicles in the United States this year that will allow drivers to pay tolls without the need for an additional device.



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.



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.



Volvo speeds up electrification push with new V60 wagon

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Volvo will accelerate its shift toward electrified models by offering its new V60 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains. The longer, more powerful and more technologically advanced V60 will arrive at European dealers later this year.



Entrepreneur Stefan Quandt becomes BMW's most powerful shareholder

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:15:55 EST

Stefan Quandt has become BMW's largest-single shareholder, giving him a big enough stake to block any potential takeover of the automaker, a regulatory filing showed.



Bosch, Conti among suppliers fined by EU over anti-competitive behavior

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:47:34 EST

Bosch and Continental are among suppliers and car shipping firms fined a total of 546 million euros ($673.49 million) by the EU for anti-competitive 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.



AutoNews Now: Lots of spending, long road to AVs

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:15:00 EST

Study predicts long road to AVs; Daimler truck-talks Tesla; Volvo's new plug-in pair; Pitch the toll pass, buy an Audi?; This billionaire can block a BMW takeover.



Quick Shift: Mobility news for 2.21.2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:31:06 EST

Hello from your friends at Quick Shift, where even a slow news day feels more packed than U.S. Highway 101 during rush hour.



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.



Still putting off buying cyber insurance?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 EST

Will cyber liability insurance become more widespread among dealerships? Considering the number of security breaches across many industries today, it should.



Skoda may be hit by extended strikes after unions reject latest wage offer

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:56:26 EST

Unions at Skoda have rejected the automaker's latest wage increase offer, raising the prospect of an extended strike at the automaker.



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.



First Shift: 10-year GM Korea rescue plan?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:15:00 EST

10-year GM Korea rescue plan?; Bosch buys Detroit startup; VW tries to delay trials, citing 'inflammatory' comments on Netflix; New Lexus hybrid math.



Train one person to handle sales, FandI

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Have one person handle the sales and FandI process, but put the appropriate training in place, suggests Alan Sheynin of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Greenwich in Connecticut. 'Clients should not be passed on from person to person,' he said.



VW avoids strikes with 4% wage hike for German workers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:21:55 EST

VW agreed to raise the wages of more than 120,000 workers in Germany by 4.3 percent, averting widespread strikes at the automaker.



GM offers $2.8 billion plan for Korea unit, report says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:53:56 EST

General Motors has offered a $2.8 billion new investment plan for its South Korean business after threatening to exit the country amid mounting losses, a lawmaker from the nation's ruling party said.



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.



Two-tone cars are back, helping the bottom line but also adding challenges

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST

Two-tone paint jobs are back with a distinct European flair. In the last few years about 20 models with the feature, largely with bodies and roofs in different colors, have hit showrooms across Europe with more to come.