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Cadillac shake up: division chief out, strategy could shift
Cadillac shake up: division chief out, strategy could shift

General Motors announced Wednesday what could be the beginning of a major shift for its Cadillac luxury division—starting from the top down. The automaker said that Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's now-former president, has been replaced by GM Canada president Steve Carlisle. De Nysschen, who...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
Trump administration could treat imported cars differently than domestics

While President Trump pushes to retool Obama-era fuel economy rules, the White House may also be working on a protectionist measure that could impose even stricter emissions standards on cars imported to the U.S. According to The Wall Street Journal, two U.S. automotive executives suggested that...Read More»

Factory worker assembles a Jeep in Belvidere, Illinois
Import tariffs on aluminum may not have an immediate effect on car prices in U.S.

Aluminum suppliers to carmakers are revving up their investments to push out as much metal as possible while the White House decides whether or not to grant permanent tariff exemption status to Canada, but those import taxes may not necessarily translate to higher new car prices in the short term...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord
Highly acclaimed 2018 Honda Accord sees demand soften in favor of crossover SUVs

The 2018 Honda Accord sedan has been hailed by critics as handsome, athletic and with charisma to spare, but shoppers are walking right by it in favor of crossovers and SUVs. Dealers’ efforts to move the Accord have floundered, leaving a hefty inventory taking up space. As Automotive News...Read More»

Factory worker assembles a Jeep in Belvidere, Illinois
Automakers respond to Trump's proposed steel, aluminum import tariff increases

Last week, President Donald Trump announced a plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Some car companies that assemble vehicles in the U.S. have responded negatively to the proposal—which sent automaker stocks tumbling on its own. Trump’s plan would impose a 25 percent...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)
In quest for tech, Chinese automaker Geely grabs 10 percent of Mercedes parent Daimler

Daimler AG announced last week that Li Shifu, the founder of Chinese automaker Geely, had acquired almost 10 percent of the shares in the company. Li didn't buy 9.7 percent of Daimler all at once; the outspoken CEO has been accumulating shares on the open market since last fall. The German...Read More»

2017 Peugeot 3008
Peugeot, Citroen eye return to U.S. with new Atlanta HQ

PSA Group, the French parent company of Peugeot and Citroen brands, is reportedly making Atlanta, Georgia, the home of their U.S. headquarters as part of a bid to return to this market after decades away. Though PSA representatives didn't comment on an Automotive News report, the trade journal...Read More»

2018 Ford Escape
Ford looks to streamline crossover, sedan lineups

Buy a new Ford Escape in a few years' time and there's a good chance you won't need to do much more than pick the color you want at a price that suits your budget. The Detroit automaker said Tuesday at a conference put on by Deutsche Bank that it plans to reduce the "number of orderable...Read More»

Prototype for Nissan and Infiniti’s ProPilot self-driving system
Nissan sets ambitious door-to-door goal for its self-driving cars

Nissan says its ProPilot self-driving technology will be ready to take over the majority of human driving responsibilities by 2020. The automaker demonstrated the ProPilot technology with an Infiniti Q50 equipped with all necessary components. As the video shows, the Q50 was able to navigate not...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Google's Waymo takes cabbie out of its self-driving taxis

Google-owned Waymo is taking the driver out of self-driving cars with a new ride-hailing service that just launched in suburban Phoenix. About 100 Chrysler Pacificas equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology are now being tested in Chandler, Arizona, company CEO John Krafcik said Tuesday...Read More»

Toyota Concept-i Ride, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Toyota pumps millions into Israeli robotics firm for artificial intelligence

Although Toyota hasn't been a pioneer in self-driving cars, it's clearly interested in bolstering its use of the technology. As the company looks toward the future, Reuters reported on Sunday its new venture capital arm invested $14 million into an Israeli robotics company, Intuition Robotics...Read More»

Last Holden Commodore to be built in Australia - October 2017
Australia marks the end of an era, exits car-building business

General Motors closed its last Holden factory in Australia last week, officially bringing to an end nearly a century of Australian automotive manufacturing. The move was far from unexpected, and follows similar pull-outs from both Ford and Toyota last year as carmakers seek out more sustainable...Read More»

FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant
As NAFTA battle lines are drawn, repercussions loom on dealership lots

NAFTA negotiations have reached an impasse in several key areas, chief among them a series of regulations surrounding the automotive sector. While Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland referred to a “series of unconventional proposals” and Mexican Secretary of the Economy...Read More»

2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Porsche races into Netflix-style subscription model

Purchasing and leasing new cars may ultimately become a thing of the past if subscription-based services catch on. Porsche is the latest—and perhaps the greatest—to envision this alternative to traditional car ownership, an on-demand, white glove vehicle service it calls Porsche...Read More»

Jim Hackett (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
New Ford CEO slashes development budgets, plans to focus on trucks and electric vehicles

Ford Motor Company's new CEO isn't ready to abandon the traditional sedan just yet, but the recently minted executive is already on a budget-slicing mission that will focus the automaker on SUVs, trucks, and electric cars in the near future. Jim Hackett, who took the helm at Ford in May after...Read More»

2018 Volvo S60 Polestar
Before it even opens, Volvo nearly doubles investment in US plant

Before its new South Carolina plant slated to open next year even builds its first car, Swedish automaker Volvo is expanding its plans for the factory. CNBC is reporting that the company plans to hire an additional 1,900 employees and up its total investment in the facility to $1 billion. Earlier...Read More»

Ford removable steering wheel and pedals patent
Are self-driving cars the beginning of the end for the steering wheel?

With the dawn of self-driving vehicles emerging on the horizon, many have speculated on the demise of the steering wheel. Some manufacturers, like BMW, vow that their cars will always have a steering wheel. Others, like Ford, openly embrace the idea of cars that could be operated without either a...Read More»

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SL
The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations

As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on...Read More»

2017 Land Rover Discovery
Diesel fuel is making a comeback

Rumors of diesel's demise have been greatly exaggerated, it turns out. The fuel that has come under so much scrutiny thanks to Volkswagen's admission that it intentionally and systematically cheated federal emissions regulations is actually in the midst of something of a resurgence right now. In...Read More»