Automation

Mercedes diesel probe in U.S. finds possible 'defeat' software, paper says

U.S. investigators have found potentially illegal software modifications in Mercedes-Benz diesel cars to help the vehicles pass emissions tests, a German paper said.Read More

Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year

Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe's compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year, according to predictions.Read More

Toyota's new execs see a crisis

Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval.Read More

Changes grip embattled GKN

GKN has changed CEOs, embarked on a two-year profit drive and now is battling a hostile takeover -- all while launching its advanced eDrive technology.Read More

Marchionne's successor will come from within

Besides Marchionne, there are 17 men on the FCA group executive council, but realistically, only a handful are likely candidates for CEO.Read More

Italdesign will unveil $2.4 million targa

Italdesign will debut the Zerouno targa at the Geneva auto show. The design and engineering company, which is part of VW Group, will build just five units of the$2.4 million two-seater.Read More

Lyft shops for drivers on used-car lots

Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles.Read More

GM's Korea retrenchment gets an early start

General Motors is already scaling back operations in South Korea ahead of an announced plant closure there in May.Read More

Phantom Auto tests remote control for driverless cars

Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck.Read More

Waymo wins Arizona's approval for first driverless ride-hailing service

The first commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved in the United States. Google affiliate Waymo won a permit in January from the Arizona Department of Transportation.Read More

Tesla delays, tax credit concerns spur sales of Chevy Bolts

Some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 are concerned that they will miss out on federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives such as the Chevy Bolt.Read More

AutoNews Now: Magna CEO's worry: A 'socialist' Canada

Magna CEO's worry: A 'socialist' Canada; Vacuum-maker Dyson plans 3 electric vehicles; Ghosn on making EVs at profit; Late-model Ram pickups recalled; Global sales on track to rise.Read More

UAW sells training center building in Detroit

Princeton Enterprises has purchased the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center building in Detroit for an undisclosed sum.Read More

FCA to recall 228,508 trucks to fix shifter issue

FCA said it would recall about 228,508 trucks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other markets to prevent drivers from unintentionally shifting their vehicles out of "park."Read More

VW surges in mixed Q4 for European auto sector

VW, Norwegian parts supplier Kongsberg and UK car retailer Vertu Motors were the best performers in terms of delivering value to their shareholders during the final quarter of 2017. The automotive sector as a whole, however, had mixed results.Read More

First Shift: Ghosn vows to make alliance 'irreversible'

Ghosn vows to make Renault-Nissan-Mitsu alliance 'irreversible'; Mueller denies plan to oust Audi CEO; End near for Focus RS; From AN Canada Congress: Buy-sells without borders.Read More

Ghosn pledges 'irreversible' Renault alliance with Nissan

Carlos Ghosn pledged to cement Renault's partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi, saying the companies will have a plan in the next few weeks to make the alliance "irreversible."Read More

VW staff are unconvinced of culture change

Almost two thirds of VW employees in Germany see no improvement in the automaker's corporate culture almost two and a half years after its diesel-emissions fraud was revealed.Read More

Kia will partially electrify Ceed lineup

Kia will partially electrify its Ceed lineup with a 48-volt mild hybrid but has no plans to add a full-electric version.Read More

Faurecia profit rises 34% in 2017

Faurecia's net income in 2017 climbed 34 percent to 714.5 million euros ($896.4 million), as the supplier saw strong growth across all its main markets.Read More