Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada

A General Motors dealership sign is seen in MontrealBy Susan Taylor TORONTO (Reuters) – A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the top seller, according to data released on Thursday. "Ongoing gains being enjoyed by the luxury manufacturers in the Canadian market turned into a veritable feast in June," DesRosiers Automotive Consultants wrote in a note to clients. A handful of luxury brands exceeded gains of 25 percent, the automotive research firm said.

German industry starts to advocate Greek exit from euro zone

German industry is beginning to call for Greece to quit the euro zone, having already pared back what business it had there, and now fearing that a continuation of the crisis could spoil a nascent recovery in the rest of Europe.     “A Greek exit from the euro zone can no longer be taboo,” said Matthias Wissmann, president of the powerful German automotive industry association VDA.     “It could – if combined with a wise future strategy from the euro countries – even contribute to the stabilization of the euro zone … The markets need dependability,” said Wissmann, also vice-president of the German industry umbrella organization BDI.

Two rival self-driving cars have close call in California

By Paul Lienert MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) – (This June 25, 2015 story was changed to show attribution in the last sentence to the companies, instead of the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the companies) Two self-driving prototype cars, one operated by Google Inc and the other by Delphi Automotive Plc, had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week, a Delphi executive told Reuters on Thursday. The incident occurred Tuesday on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, said John Absmeier, director of Delphi’s Silicon Valley lab and global business director for the company’s automated driving program, who was a passenger in one of the cars. Google declined to comment.

Hyundai replaces General Motors as NFL auto sponsor

DETROIT (AP) — The National Football League is getting a new official automotive sponsor: Hyundai.

Delphi says self-driving car didn’t come close to Google’s car

(Reuters) – Delphi Automotive PLC on Friday offered a new description of an encounter on a California road between one of its prototype self-driving cars and a self-driving vehicle operated by Google Inc , saying “the vehicles didn’t even come close to each other.” The description differed from Delphi’s original account on Thursday, when a company official told Reuters that a Google self-driving car on Tuesday “cut off” a Delphi self-driving car that was beginning to make a lane change. The official was a passenger in the Delphi vehicle.

Takata CEO says internal probe into failing airbags not progressing well

A recalled Takata airbag inflator is shown after it was removed at the AutoNation Honda dealership service department in MiamiBy Chang-Ran Kim and Maki Shiraki TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of Japan's Takata Corp said an internal probe into its potentially deadly air bag inflators was not progressing well, but vowed to stay at the helm until trust in the safety of its products was restored. Facing the media for the first time since the company's recall crisis erupted over a year ago, Chief Executive Shigehisa Takada apologized for the defective inflators, which have been linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries. The lack of progress in finding out why some of its inflators can deploy with too much force and spray metal shards is set to turn up the pressure on Takata as carmakers continue to expand a recall that is already the biggest in automotive history.

Ainslie forges links with the F1 fast lane

America's Cup skipper Ben Ainslie poses for photographers during a news conference introducing the 35th America's Cup, in LondonBy Alan Baldwin PORTSMOUTH, England (Reuters) – If Ben Ainslie succeeds in his bid to bring the America's Cup back to Britain in 2017, it will be thanks also to engineers and designers who have helped the likes of Lewis Hamilton go faster in Formula One. The four-times Olympic sailing gold medalist, whose team believe it is much more a case of when than if, has enlisted his country's motorsport and automotive industries as key allies. "We've really gone for it in a major way but I'm absolutely certain that's the right approach," Ainslie told Reuters at his harbourside headquarters when asked about the motorsport connection.