Automotive Headlines

TheCarConnection.com
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:00 am
Since its launch in the mid-2000s, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has acted as the shorter, sexier companion to the bigger Rangie. From the very start, its performance has been surprising--but in the early days its cabin was a little too cozy. That changed for the 2014 model year, when the Range Rover Sport adopted the architecture...
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:01 pm
A plan for Nissan to supply Mitsubishi dealers with a mid-sized sedan has stalled, according to a senior U.S. Mitsubishi executive.
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:01 pm
Hyundai is less than a year away from redesigning the Elantra compact car, its most popular US model.
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:01 pm
Toyota Motor Sales plans to top 2.4 million in US sales this year across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion divisions, up from 2.37 million units last year.
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:01 pm
The promise of social media helping dealers to sell cars has yet to be realized, says Mike Accavitti, Acura division general manager.
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:01 pm
Hyundai Motor America, despite concerns from some analysts, is ready to handle a wave of vehicles coming off lease, CEO Dave Zuchowski promises.
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:30 pm
Wall Street fund Soros Fund Management wants to partner in, invest in or outright buy a large auto dealership group, according to four sources familiar with the situation.
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:08 pm
The 2016 Discovery Sport is new to the Land Rover lineup, and while it replaces the LR2 in the lineup, it heads in a direction that's going to be far more appealing than its predecessor. In many respects it borrows some of the essence of the Range Rover, yet serves as a smaller, lower-cost, and eminently family-friendly companion. In...
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:00 pm
Buick and GMC are out to gain U.S. market share again this year by riding momentum in truck and crossover sales.
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:00 pm
Dealers applaud the recent management change at Volvo Cars of North America and said having a senior executive from the home office in Sweden at the helm assures quick responses on all issues -- including product and retail support -- and signals a...
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Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:00 am
Volkswagen of America executives told dealers to expect a small uptick in U.S. sales this year as they await the early 2017 arrival of two North America-built crossovers and the promise of larger sales growth to follow.
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:00 am
Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it’s one of the top concerns. Some vehicles simply don’t make the cut in occupant safety. This week, The Car Connection examined the field of new 2015 models to recommend the safest cars you can buy--cars that earn perfect crash-test...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:00 am
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover retains its position at the very top of the luxury SUV segment. The current generation was new for the 2013 model year, artfully blending more than 40 years of off-road heritage with the latest in technology and refinement to create a very balanced reinterpretation of the now-basic-seeming Range Rover...
Yahoo Automotive
Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:33 am

Audi four rings logo is seen at Auto Show in WashingtonGerman car maker Volkswagen AG will recall 80,000 cars from its luxury division Audi due to issues with the fuel injection system, Audi said on Saturday, adding that around 35,000 of the affected vehicles are from China. China is Audi's biggest market. China's official Xinhua news agency, citing the country's quality watchdog, reported that Volkswagen's local joint venture, China FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co Ltd, will begin the recall on March 20, affecting various Audi A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models.


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Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:01 pm
The Super Bowl has lost its allure this year for some auto brands that have used the big game to launch new products, choosing instead to use their ad budgets elsewhere.
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:10 am
General Motors spent most of 2014 juggling recalls, like the headline-grabbing "Switchgate" recall meant to repair ignition switches used in millions of GM vehicles. This year, however, one of GM's first safety actions has little to do with the company itself and everything to do with Goodyear tires installed on some of the automaker's popular...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:43 am
The GMC Acadia is the truck brand's minivan substitute, a three-row crossover utility that is aimed at families who don't need a true full-size SUV. It's closely related to today's Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse, as well as the discontinued Saturn Outlook crossover. The Acadia can seat up to eight passengers just like a minivan, but it's more...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:37 am
The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV that’s based on the same architecture ad the GMC Sierra pickup truck. The Yukon shares most of its components with the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. The Yukon competes with those other GM SUVs, as well as the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Toyota Sequoia, and Infiniti QX80. Like...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:33 am
The sporty Acura MDX crossover is one of the oldest nameplates in the luxury and near-luxury utility-vehicle category. In its current form, it offers three rows of seating and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Among U.S. large luxury crossovers, competition includes the Infiniti QX60, the Lexus RX, the Lincoln MKT, and perhaps the Buick...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:32 am
The Mercedes-AMG GT is a two-door, high-performance luxury coupe. It’s the second car the AMG brand has built completely on its own, without a Mercedes-Benz production car as its basis, and it aims to take on the Porsche 911. The AMG GT follows the SLS AMG in terms of timing, but it is not considered a successor. The GT uses some of the...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:24 am
The Kia Sedona is one of only a handful of minivans on sale in the U.S. today. After taking a brief hiatus from which it returned mostly unchanged, the Sedona has been given a major rework for 2015. Changes include a new body most noticeably, as well as an updated interior, modern tech features, and a new sliding-seat system. The Sedona is built...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:25 pm

US grand jury indicted Thursday an executive of Takata, the Japanese auto parts company accused of producing faulty airbags, with price-fixing in the auto seatbelts marketA US grand jury indicted Thursday an executive of Takata, the Japanese auto parts company accused of producing faulty airbags, with price-fixing in the auto seatbelts market. A federal grand jury in the automotive hub Detroit accused Hiromu Usuda with one count of conspiring to fix the prices of seatbelts the company sold to Japanese automakers in the United States -- Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan and Mazda. Tokyo-based Takata Corp. already paid a $71.3 million criminal fine in December 2013 in the case after pleading guilty to its role in the price-fixing operation.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:14 am

Xiangdong Huang, president of GAC Engineering, left, and Yuan Zhongrong, vice chairman of GAC, pose with the automaker's new GS4 during the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Another Chinese automaker is showing vehicles this year at the auto show in Detroit, raising the perennial question about when these companies might sell in the United States.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:08 am
By Arathy S Nair (Reuters) - IHS Inc, the publisher of Jane's Defense Weekly, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by lower operating expenses. The business and information services provider's shares rose as much as 11.6 percent to $122.92 in early trading. The company said acquisition-related costs fell to $884,000 from $5.4 million in the fourth quarter ended Nov. 30. "We took a pause after our very big acquisition of R.L. Polk, we de-levered and now we are acquiring again," Chief Executive Scott Key said. The company bought R.L. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:23 pm

The Secret Behind How the Car And Truck of the Year Are ChosenBeside the glitz and shiny toys, one of the Detroit auto show's biggest moments today is an annual award actually has nothing to do with the gathering besides being presented there.The North American Car and Truck of the Year are chosen by a select group of automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada, not by the organizers of the North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit each January."It’s nice they give us the first spot of the show," said Christopher Jensen, one of the journalists who started the award 22 years ago. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:49 am

Liu, CEO and founder of JD.com, smiles before ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ Market Site building in New York(Reuters) - Chinese auto information website operator Bitauto Holdings Ltd said JD.com Inc and Tencent Holdings Ltd would invest about $1.3 billion in the company, sending its shares sharply higher in early trading on Friday. E-commerce company JD.com and Tencent, best known for its communications app WeChat, will also invest a total of $250 million in Bitauto unit YiXin Capital Ltd. "...The three companies will work together to provide enhanced online automotive transaction services to car buyers across China," Bitauto said. The two companies will invest about $1. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:49 pm

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc may be moving into the U.S. auto insurance market with a shopping site for people to compare and buy policies, an analyst said on Thursday, as it continues to shift its attention to the automotive industry. The search giant is planning soon to pilot its new Google Compare auto insurance comparison shopping site, wrote Forrester analyst Ellen Carney in a note. According to Carney, the company has been pitching the service to insurance providers for more than two years. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:29 am
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Henry Ford Museum is offering visitors a close-up look under the hoods of cars in its automotive collection.
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Fri Jan 25, 6836 2:20 pm

Toyoda Gosei has been fined $26 million in two cases, on involving automotive hoses and another over price fixing for airbags and steering wheelsA former executive of a Japanese auto parts suppliers was sentenced to one year and one day in US prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to price fixing. Makoto Horie, formerly senior vice president of sales at the US arm of Toyoda Gosei, agreed to plead guilty to one felony charge of price fixing and bid rigging in sales of automotive hoses to Toyota Motor Corp's US subsidiaries and suppliers. According to the US Justice Department, between 2007 and 2010 Horie took part in a conspiracy with other firms to set the prices of hoses sold to auto makers in the United States. As part of a plea deal, he also agreed to pay a $20,000 criminal fine and assist the department's ongoing investigations into price fixing in the auto parts industry.


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Jan 25, 7990 2:20 pm

General Motors World Headquarters is seen in downtown DetroitNEW YORK (Reuters) - Ally Financial Inc said on Monday that it completed the sale of its stake in a joint venture with a Chinese auto lender to General Motors Co for $1 billion. Ally, the largest U.S. auto lender and former in-house financing arm of GM, expects the sale of its 40 percent interest in SAIC-GMAC Automotive Finance Company Limited to boost first-quarter profits by around $400 million after taxes. (Reporting by Peter Rudegeair; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)