Manufacturers

Racketeering case against M-B store fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner.... Read More »

Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer.... Read More »

PHOTO ESSAY

Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. dealers are using the facility to entertain clients.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

FCA's pursuit, GM's protest are built into DNAs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Neither Marchionne's aggressiveness nor GM's reticence should be surprising.... Read More »

Kia's sleeker Sportage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Kia has released pictures of its fourth-generation Sportage before the compact crossover's debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Foot-operated rear doors coming on upgraded Town & Country

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

The redesigned Chrysler Town & Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy.... Read More »

3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing. The latest example comes from Honda, whose just-launched 2016 Pilot is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Is a merger the way to go? Automakers better know history

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Every auto merger is difficult. Every one is unique. Automotive News' Industry on Trial series demonstrates that many mergers flop or fall short of expectations. But it also shows that other some companies have found ways to make mergers or alliances succeed.... Read More »

N.A. output rises 6.9% in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in July rose a robust 6.9 percent from July 2014 to 1,382,380 vehicles, as relatively few assembly plants took lengthy downtimes. Production has topped 1 million units for 48 straight months.... Read More »

FCA gives some no-bid contracts to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

In an effort to upgrade quality and improve relationships with suppliers, Fiat Chrysler is reviving long-term, no-bid contracts.... Read More »

Harley-Davidson seeks dealer diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Harley-Davison Motor Company, whose customer-base and dealership network is mostly white and mostly male, wants to become more culturally diverse. The company is interested in adding minority dealers and the annual NAMAD conference is a good place to find candidates.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Industry must stop wasteful spending before it's too late

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The auto industry must come to grips with its prodigious excess in capital spending. As explored in this week's installment of the Automotive News series "Industry on Trial", automotive companies keep reinventing their own versions of common hardware.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Autonomous cars will bring change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Regarding "Industry on Trial": I think the capital-intensive business model will change when autonomous cars become ubiquitous -- around 2050, in my opinion.... Read More »

Lexus revs for run at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Thanks to the NX small crossover, Lexus bested BMW and Mercedes-Benz in July sales and is poised to take a serious run at the luxuxy sales crown.... Read More »

Q&A

GM, Honda cut cost of fuel cell stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Since General Motors and Honda teamed to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles two years ago, the partners have slashed the size, weight and cost of the fuel cell stack, the chemical processor that combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity that powers the vehicle.... Read More »

BMW preps 400-hp quad-turbo diesel, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

BMW is working on a quad-turbo engine, says British magazine Autocar.... Read More »

VW Jetta to get new 1.4-liter turbo engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

A downsized, turbocharged engine will replace the aging four-cylinder in the entry-level Volkswagen Jetta.... Read More »

Another BMW i entry? 'There is space'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

BMW CEO Harald Krueger says there could be room for a new electric car to be positioned between the i3 and the i8.... Read More »

Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be regarded as just a rough draft for now, according to Christopher Grundler, the EPA's top auto industry regulator, who sought to dispel the notion that the Obama administration's 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average targeted for the 2025 model year is set in stone.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Consolidation is not the only answer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

"Confession's of a Capital Junkie" presented the burning platform of capital inefficiency in a compelling way but did not draw a logical conclusion. It jumped to the simple idea of industry consolidation as the only answer.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An impressive 'depth of perspective'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

I was awestruck by the depth of perspective you presented in the first part of "Industry on Trial" ("Sergio was right," Aug. 3). It easily reached the level of a Harvard Business School case study.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Conventional wisdom on industry needs rethinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Even in the midst of its best profitability in decades, the global auto industry faces a strategic threat to its existence. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said it: The industry makes meager profits while burning huge amounts of capital.... Read More »

In playful rivalry, Dodge pokes fun at Volkswagen Passat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

Dodge has been throwing playful darts at Volkswagen for nearly two years in Charger ads that use the Passat as a target of punchlines. Dodge insists it has no sinister intentions in the commercials. Automotive News Staff Reporter Vince Bond Jr. spoke with Randy Ortiz, head of Dodge and SRT brand advertising, about Dodge's rivalry with VW.... Read More »

Scion's single-trim strategy benefits dealers but also has risks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

Plenty of automakers limit the number of a la carte options or even packages as a way to reduce manufacturing complexity and time. For Scion, the rationale is different.... Read More »

VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

 
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