Hans Greimel

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Recent articles
GM recalls have had no 'measurable impact' on sales, Ammann says
1:03 pm U.S. ET | April 20
Citing his company's 4 percent sales gain in March and a "decent start" for sales in April, General Motors President Dan Ammann said the company's ignition switch recall ...


GM to pump $12 billion into China, hike capacity 65%
10:21 am U.S. ET | April 20
GM, undeterred by slowing growth in China, announced plans to plow $12 billion into the country by 2017 and boost capacity 65 percent by 2020. ...


Ford Escort, revived in China, could land in U.S., Mulally says
11:10 am U.S. ET | April 20
Ford's revived Escort compact sedan, developed especially for the China market, has potential to go global and possibly make it Stateside someday, Ford CEO Alan Mulally s ...


Lexus NX to offer a 235 hp turbo or 194 hp hybrid in U.S.
11:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19 | UPDATED: 4/20.14 11:40 am -- updates from Beijing
Lexus unveiled the production version of the Lexus NX compact crossover at the Beijing auto show Sunday, offering a U.S. sales forecast of 2,200 units a month. ...


Ford shows 7-seat Everest Concept SUV in Beijing
11:22 pm U.S. ET | April 19
Ford Motor Co. unveiled a seven-seat, mid-sized SUV concept at the Beijing motor show which previewed a new vehicle that aims to tap booming demand for crossovers in Chin ...


Ford showcases 7-seat Everest Concept SUV
April 20, 2014 03:13 CET
Ford is showing a seven-seat, mid-sized SUV concept at the Beijing auto show that previews a new vehicle to tap booming demand for crossovers in China. ...


A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?
10:39 am U.S. ET | April 17
Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the United States, may have chalked up a rare misfire with its newest nameplate -- a small wagon dubbed the Levorg. ...


Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 9:25 pm ET - adds correction
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. ...


Nissan sees styling as the Altima's path to mid-sized sales leadership
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 4:12 pm ET - correction
With the redesigned Nissan Murano, which debuts at the New York auto show this week, Nissan Motor Corp. aims to replicate some of the design magic that worked wonders for ...


Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market
8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. ...


14 new Toyota engines seek 10% gain in mpg
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Toyota Motor Corp. will unleash a blitz of 14 new gasoline engines through 2015 in a long-awaited powertrain overhaul that aims to boost fuel efficiency by at least 10 pe ...


Lexus NX compact crossover will have 3 powertrains
7:22 am U.S. ET | April 11 | UPDATED: 4/11/14 8:16 am ET - adds details
Lexus plans to unveil the production version of its NX compact crossover at this month's Beijing motor show with three powertrains, including a turbo and hybrid for Ameri ...


Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient engines
April 10, 2014 11:56 CET | UPDATED: 4/10/14 8:01 pm ET - adds details
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient powerplants that will underpin 14 new gasoline engine variants to be introduced globally through next year. ...


Toyota recalls more than 6 million vehicles
April 9, 2014 09:51 CET | UPDATED: 4/9/14 15:24 CET - adds background/corrects rank
Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for a range of glitches, from faulty airbags and seat rails to defective windshield wipers. The action affects about 2. ...


Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales
3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. ...


Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan
11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. ...


Mitsubishi to drop Lancer Evolution
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Mitsubishi will pull the plug on its all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution performance sedan at the end of the nameplate's current generation. ...


Mitsubishi to end Lancer Evolution production, another potential setback for U.S. dealers
7:10 am U.S. ET | March 31
Mitsubishi will pull the plug on the Lancer Evolution, the brand's all-wheel-drive performance sedan, at the end of the nameplate's current generation. ...


Mitsubishi buys defunct Ford plant in Philippines to fuel Asia growth
6:53 am U.S. ET | March 31
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has bought a defunct assembly plant from Ford Motor Co. in the Philippines as part of its push to expand sales in booming Southeast Asia. ...


Members only: How a Japanese Lexus dealer pampers LS owners
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24 | UPDATED: 3/26/14 8:01 am ET -- correction
From the sparkling Swarovski chandelier to its veined marble paneling, the secluded LS Owners' Lounge at Nagoya's biggest Lexus dealership is one of a kind. ...


A $1.2 billion message: Be candid
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Toyota's settlement of claims by the Department of Justice that it suppressed what it knew about safety flaws brings it a step closer to closing the door on four years of ...


U.S. chip maker muscles into rival's turf
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Japan's killer 2011 earthquake was an unprecedented knockout to the country's auto industry. But for U.S. company Freescale Semiconductor Inc., it has been a business bre ...


Akio Toyoda calls recalls a turning point for company
11:45 am U.S. ET | March 20
A day after his company agreed to pay a record $1.2 billion to settle a criminal probe into safety issues, the head of Toyota Motor Corp. called the preceding recalls a t ...


Why it might be OK for GM to mirror Toyota on recall decisions
2:01 pm U.S. ET | March 18
On Monday it seemed as though GM's ignition switch recall wouldn't plumb the depths of Toyota's unintended-acceleration debacle back in 2010. ...


Dana: Tech, lightweight parts to drive growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Rising demand for crossovers and SUVs will fuel double-digit sales growth of light-vehicle drivetrain components at U.S. auto supplier Dana Holding Corp., a top company e ...


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