Automation

When the chips are down: Big Tech’s needs put dent in car output

The auto industry and the global electronics world are tussling for microchips as the pandemic strains the supply chain.Read More

Ford delays some Mustang Mach-E deliveries up to 8 weeks

The automaker is holding onto "several hundred" Mustang Mach-E crossovers to perform additional quality checks that could delay delivery to customers in the U.S. and Canada by up to 8 weeks.Read More

Fiat Chrysler and PSA complete merger to become Stellantis

Analysts and investors are turning their focus to how the merged company plans to address the huge challenges facing the group – from excess production capacity to a poor performance in China.Read More

AutoNews Now: Stellantis may reconsider Peugeot's U.S. return

Stellantis may reconsider Peugeot's U.S. return | VW's electrified gains | Global BEV sales rise nearly 20% | Ford idling German plant | NHTSA's AV crash rules | New FordDirect bossRead More

First Shift: GM said to be considering electric Corvette crossover

GM said to be considering electric Corvette crossover | Kia drops 'Motors' from name | BMW, Audi to end subscription pilots | Daimler slowing output | Amazon's new Alexa systemRead More

Hyundai Motor Group sets first overseas fuel cell plant in China

Construction of the facility, in Guangzhou and with annual capacity of 6,500 fuel cell systems, is to begin in March, with completion aimed for the second half of 2022.Read More

Trump's China tech policy hits automakers as chips run short

U.S. trade restrictions targeting Chinese suppliers Semiconductor Manufacturing International and Huawei have added to tight production capacity and soaring demand for microchips. The shortage has disrupted vehicle output around the globe.Read More

Ford, Audi, Daimler reduce German output on chip shortages

Ford will idle Focus production at its plant in Saarlouis, Germany, for a month starting next week because of semiconductor shortages.Read More

Michigan cops go electric with new Mustang Mach-E

The Ann Arbor Police Department is buying two of Ford's new electric crossover to use on patrol as part of the city's effort to become carbon-neutral by 2030.Read More

OBITUARY: Tommy Brasher

The longtime General Motors dealer died Dec. 26 at age 79.Read More

Shoppers to choose how they use digital retail

Some consumers will complete an entire vehicle transaction online, but many won't, industry veteran Dave Zuchowski said. Digital retailing needs to offer benefits for either approach.Read More

Bigger Highlander on the way?

Toyota has trademarked the Grand Highlander name, but a spokesman wouldn't say what it might be used for.Read More

Ford's ‘Finish Strong' ad sets right tone for '21

The automaker's New Year's Day bowl game ad about coronavirus safety was spot on.Read More

Dealership matriarch Mrs. G dies at 101

Ruth Grappone started the day she married her husband in 1940 and kept showing up to work for the next 77 years.Read More

VW Group says 2020 global sales slide slowed by higher EV demand

Group brands including VW, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat all saw sales fall last year as the COVID-19 pandemic hit demand. However deliveries of electric cars rose.Read More

AutoNews Now: Toyota to pay $180M in U.S. emissions settlement

Toyota to pay $180M in U.S. emissions settlement | Congressman, dealer discusses siege, sales | LMP trims size of Atlantic acquisition | Sony EV testRead More

First Shift: Subaru to slow output due to microchip shortage

Subaru to slow output due to microchip shortage; VW expands cuts | NHTSA asks Tesla to recall 158K | U.S. traffic deaths up | Renault's turnaround plan | Audi sits out Super BowlRead More

Renault outlines leaner, high-tech future in turnaround plan

In his first strategy update, CEO Luca de Meo disclosed plans to cut production, simplify manufacturing and reduce spending in areas such as research.Read More

AutoNews Now: NTSB to automakers: Improve EV emergency response guides

NTSB to automakers: Improve EV emergency response guides | Ford, GM join EV advisory board | Ex-Kia COO jumps to Maserati | Lordstown eyes retooling loan | 'Self-driving' concernsRead More

First Shift: Trump administration delays increased fuel-efficiency fines

Trump delays increased fuel-efficiency fines | Mahindra to recall some N.A. staff | Hyundai's Ioniq 5 EV | A look at Ford's compact pickup | Vroom's Super Bowl ad | EV charging jungleRead More