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The changes come as FCA seeks to keep consumers interested in what is the oldest product lineup of any major automaker.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 5:01 am
Two senators are pushing for mandatory federal standards to defend vehicles against hackers. Automakers want a more flexible approach.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 5:01 am
Amazon aims to rapidly expand its presence in the auto industry through Alexa, its voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 5:01 am
Honda said an engineer who once suggested he knew a hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata's defective airbags later indicated he was mistaken.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:19 pm
The expected bankruptcy of troubled airbag maker Takata throws a wild card into one of the biggest and most complicated recalls in automotive history.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:40 pm
GM agreed to settle federal lawsuits by as many as 203 plaintiffs over defective ignition switches. The accord could also resolve hundreds of state court claims.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:29 pm
Tesla is touring Michigan with an Airstream trailer towed by the new Model X crossover -- a way to showcase its vehicles where they are unable to be sold.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:16 pm
A second U-turn this year by Ford in Mexico has raised the specter of Chinese competition for local carmaking, adding more economic and political pressure on the industry.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:36 pm
Automakers are using tiny cameras, sensors to track drooping heads, steering wheel monitors and audible alerts to ensure drivers pay attention when using advanced driver assistance systems.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:05 pm
Alfa Romeo's global brand chief says he won't cut prices to meet lofty U.S. sales goals, because he insists FCA isn't setting such targets.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:24 pm
Mitsubishi wants to tap the Renault-Nissan "toolbox" to unlock sales growth in the world's two biggest auto markets: the U.S. and China.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:00 pm
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with GM CEO Mary Barra in Canada to discuss job creation, but neither the government nor automaker released details about the discussions.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:13 pm
The industry might be planning a shift to electrification, but American Axle and its competitors are winning more business from traditional powertrains.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:22 pm
Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Japanese electronics giant has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 12:31 pm
Waymo has hired Satish Jeyachandran, Tesla's former director of hardware engineering. Jeyachandran spent nearly seven years at Tesla before leaving earlier this year.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:54 am
Tesla is in talks with record labels about creating its own music-streaming service, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:19 am
GM's safety practices are no longer under the oversight of federal regulators, but the automaker said it plans to keep meeting with them at least monthly about potential defects.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:16 pm
Ford aims to have Level 4 autonomous cars ready for commercial use by 2021.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:13 pm
The United States has issued international arrest warrants for five former VW managers accused of wrongdoing in the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:21 pm
HBPO, which makes front-end modular systems, is expanding its North American presence by adding two new plants in Mexico.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:24 pm
It seems I have some company when it comes to concern over how the general public will use/misuse the 840-hp Dodge Demon when it arrives later this year.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:19 pm
Tesla said it is exploring the possibility of establishing a Chinese manufacturing plant with the Shanghai municipal government.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:47 pm
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he was concerned about Ford's announcement that it will move some production of its Focus small car to China and import the vehicles to the U.S.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:47 pm
Automotive wheel and related parts supplier Accuride agreed to acquire German competitor Mefro Wheels in its second acquisition this quarter.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:17 pm
The National Safety Council launched Check To Protect, a national campaign to encourage drivers to check for recalls on their vehicles. The program is backed by Fiat Chrysler under a settlement with NHTSA.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
Dodge Grand Caravan output will continue this fall -- but not for US customers, according to a union official at the Canada plant where Fiat Chrysler builds the minivan.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:09 pm
A court filing says Uber's ousted CEO learned in early 2016 that the engineer who oversaw the company's driverless car project possessed discs from Google.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:05 pm
How do the quality ratings for the 2017 Tesla Model S and Model X compare to competitors? They don't, based off J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:48 pm
After seven straight years of sales gains, the days when auto plants throughout the Midwest were running flat-out because of high demand for nearly every type of vehicle are over.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:03 pm
Kia took the top spot in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality for a second consecutive year. The annual industry ratings reached a new record and domestic brands maintained their edge over foreign rivals.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:00 pm
Ford Motor Co.'s "Father's Day," last week's most viral car commercial, shows the range of emotion in a dad and his teen's first-ever driving lesson.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 5:00 pm
AutoGravity, a car shopping and financing mobile app and web platform, is aiming to catch the eyes of more consumers with a national TV campaign debuting this week.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 4:26 pm
CarMax's earnings surged 21 percent in its fiscal first quarter on a bump in used-vehicle sales driven by a delay in federal tax refunds.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 4:24 pm
Honda halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 12:26 pm
The re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry gets a modest increase to its sticker price, but a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
Tesla said the head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, left the company within six months of joining the electric carmaker.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:44 am
The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year, after the F-Pace. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 12:00 am
ZF said it is collaborating with fellow German component supplier Hella to develop radar and camera technology in a bid to bolster its autonomous system portfolio.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 9:09 pm
Dodge, as it prepares to allocate 3,000 of its 840-hp Challenger SRT Demons, is determined not to repeat bad dealer behavior that marred the 2014 launch of the Hellcats.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 7:49 pm
Audi is giving moviegoers an exclusive first look at the 2018 Audi A8 on July 7 as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters. Audi also plans to show off two other vehicles in the movie.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 7:03 pm
Uber will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app -- part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 6:38 pm
The Mercedes-Benz A class has been different things at different times during its relatively short life span. The nameplate is 20 years old, and for all 20 of those years, Mercedes has declined to offer it in America. Until now.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 5:03 pm
Volkswagen's long-awaited Microbus-styled MPV will see production as an electric vehicle, Auto Express reported.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 3:19 pm
Ford plans to import its next-generation Focus sedan from China, abandoning plans to build the small car in Mexico. Production will begin in the second half of 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:00 pm
Lincoln's new extended-length Navigator will be nearly a foot longer than the redesigned 2018 Navigator and include more cargo space than the regular version.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 5:01 am
An agreement with the city of Shanghai would allow Tesla to establish EV manufacturing operations in the Lingang development zone and could come as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 11:04 pm
Global automotive consumers show interest in having advanced technology in their next vehicle, but US drivers are willing to pay the highest price, a new survey says.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 8:32 pm
FCA told dealers this month to stock up on the Dodge Grand Caravan because production will go on a hiatus in mid-August and won't resume until December.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 5:01 am
In this QandA, dealer Steve Kalafer addresses strains in dealer-factory relations at Nissan, Volkswagen and other automakers.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 5:01 am
Subaru is upgrading its camera-based system to get limited self-driving capabilities on the highway and during low-speed traffic jams.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 5:01 am