US Automotive News

First Drive: 2016 Mazda CX-9 – Digital Trends

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

Mazda has always been known as a driver-oriented automaker. But in order to be a driver’s automaker, Mazda has to be a design and engineering company first. That’s key to understanding the new 2016 Mazda CX-9 mid-size SUV. Yes, you’re going to get the best-driving SUV in its class and price range, but it’s the underlying design and engineering work that really sets the CX-9 apart from its competition. With…

Largest-ever US auto recall gets bigger: 12 million more vehicles with Takata air bags ordered back – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.  Documents detailing recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari and Mitsubishi were posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  They’re part of a massive expansion of Takata air bag recalls announced earlier this month. Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million to 40 million inflators to…

GM to End Production of Buick Verano Before End of Year – Fortune

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

After weeks of speculation, General Motors has confirmed it is ending production of the Buick Verano, a compact sedan made at the Orion assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan. The Buick Verano, which was introduced in late 2011, will be phased out in North America in October following a short production run of the 2017 model year, GM spokesman Stuart Fowle said in an email. Changing consumer tastes and growing…

GM Boosts Revolving Credit Lines to Total $14.5 Billion – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

General Motors Co. has increased the capacity of its revolving credit lines by $2 billion, padding its liquidity position as it shifts substantial excess cash to shareholders, expansion and investments in future technology. The company on Thursday said it has replaced a $12.5 billion facility with a pair of credit lines totaling $14.5 billion that will gradually expire between 2019 and 2021. Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said…

Alonso gets upgraded Honda power unit in Monaco – Formula 1

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

The move means Alonso will be on the third of his five permitted internal combustion engines (ICE) for the season, but Honda say this one will have modifications to enhance reliability. Though team mate Jenson Button will stick with the same ICE he used at the last round in Spain, both he and Alonso will also have revised electronics and new batteries after the latter’s car switched itself off in…

Toyota, Uber Form Ride Sharing Alliance – Motor Trend

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Toyota, Uber latest to join forces in ride-hailing rush – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Tuesday it would invest in on-demand ride-hailing company Uber, the latest in a wave of high-profile moves by automakers to embrace their potential upstart rivals as partners, customers and sources of valuable data. Toyota and Uber will create new leasing options in which Uber drivers can lease vehicles with flexible terms from Toyota Financial Services and cover their payments through their Uber…

Ford recalls about 271000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix brake issue – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ford says brake fluid can leak from the master cylinder. That could reduce the ability of the front brakes to stop the trucks. The company reports nine crashes with no injuries, but one person was hurt in an unspecified interaction with the brakes. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder for free. They’ll also replace the brake booster if they find leaks from the master cylinder. Ford says it’s working…

Ford: Detroit can become ‘Mobility Central’ – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

x Embed x Share Bill Ford talks disruption. Time Executive Chairman Bill Ford charges the Ford Focus Electric during the vehicle’s reveal in New York in 2011(Photo: Ford) DETROIT — A top executive whose family played a key role in creating the Motor City hopes it will morph into something new and broader, Mobility Central. Even though automotive breakthroughs are coming in California’s Silicon Valley, Detroit has the opportunity to…

Toyota-Uber places automakers in rival ride-sharing alliances – Automotive News

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Toyota, Uber form ride-sharing alliance DETROIT/TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp.’s investment in Uber Technologies Inc. has drawn the battle lines between the world’s largest automakers, which have now solidified partnerships with competing ride-hailing apps in the burgeoning field of on-demand transportation. Along with buying a small stake in Uber, Toyota will begin offering leases to Uber drivers, who’ll be able to cover their payments with what they earn ferrying…

Edwards’ move to JGR and Toyota paying off big time – FOXSports.com

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

For Carl Edwards, moving to Joe Gibbs Racing last year has paid big dividends in a lot of ways. Edwards drove for Jack Roush from mid-2004 through the end of 2014 and for many of those seasons was one of, if not the, face of Ford Motor Co.’s NASCAR Sprint Cup effort.    Last year, after much thought, Edwards joined forces with JGR and Toyota, where after a slow start…

Toyota adds 1.6 million vehicles to Takata air bag recall – CBS News

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DETROIT — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The action expands what was already the biggest automotive recall in U.S. history. The U.S. government announced earlier this month that 17 automakers – including Toyota – are adding 35 million to 40 million Takata inflators to the 28.8 million that…

Toyota adding 1.6 million vehicles to Takata air bag recall – The Seattle Times

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The action expands what was already the biggest automotive recall in U.S. history. The U.S. government announced earlier this month that 17 automakers — including Toyota — are adding 35 million to 40 million Takata inflators to the 28.8 million…

GM hopes to lead industry in vehicle weight savings – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016

AGMC Sierra extended-cab pickup is driven off the final assembly line at Fort Wayne, Ind., in this 2014 file photo(Photo: GMC) DETROIT — General Motors is about to start making parts with a technique that allows it to weld steel and aluminum together. No other automaker can do it, and it’s costly and time consumingy when rivals convert a vehicle from traditional steel construction to aluminum. If GM perfects the…

GM will pay SUV owners up to $1500 over faulty stickers – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the vehicles that had inaccurate window stickers(Photo: Chevrolet) General Motors plans to offer a prepaid debit card or an extended warranty to compensate some 135,000 owners and lessees of 2016 SUVs with overstated mileage stickers. The automaker’s plan follows its decision earlier this month to retroactively downgrade EPA-estimated gas mileage for the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave because an updated catalytic converter…

GM to Compensate Owners of SUVs That Overstate Mileage – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Business Day|GM to Compensate Owners of SUVs That Overstate Mileage – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016

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GM SUV compensation program will cost about $100 million: source – Reuters

Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016

WASHINGTON General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Friday it will give debit cards or extended warranties to 146,000 North American owners of new sport utility vehicles to compensate them because the automaker overstated the vehicles’ fuel efficiency. The program covers about 135,000 U.S. owners and 11,000 in Canada, GM said. GM said most of the debit cards would be worth $450 to $900 for U.S. owners of 2016 SUVs and…

GM SUV owners offered debit cards for overstated mpg – The Detroit News

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 GMC Acadia.(Photo: GM) General Motors Co. said Friday it is launching a compensation program for about 135,000 retail customers who could receive an average of $450 to $900 because the company overstated fuel economy by 1 to 2 miles per gallon on certain 2016 SUVs. Customers who bought a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave or GMC Acadia with incorrect fuel economy window stickers will be able to select a…