Manufacturers

Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?... Read More »

Chrysler awd minivan dilemma: Electrify axle or ditch Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne.... Read More »

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tag line: "Driving Matters."... Read More »

BMW to build X2 crossover, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

BMW will produce a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said.... Read More »

Lessons from a self-driving instructor

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was on the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition and one of the first significant projects involving self-driving vehicles in urban environments. He has been intricately involved in development of the cars ever since.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue.... Read More »

Redesigned Mazda2 hatchback sits out U.S.

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

Cheap gasoline and tight supplies from a new factory in Mexico have persuaded Mazda not to sell the redesigned Mazda2 in the U.S.... Read More »

Now, Nissan will build up products, tech

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

Wrapping up several years of opening factories, Nissan will now channel investment into new products and technologies, including electrified drivetrains, fuel cells, autonomous drive systems and connected cars, says CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

N.A. output rose 5.3% in April

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in April rose 5.3 percent from the year-earlier month to 1,561,094 units.... Read More »

LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

Willisch is eager for more crossovers from Spartanburg

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch is focused on the hot-selling crossover segment. There may be no market for the 2-series five- or seven-seat wagon/minivan in the U.S. But The X7, a full-size crossover coming in three years, is what the U.S. market needs, he said. In general, there's a shortage of crossovers - especially the compact X3 and midsize X5.... Read More »

Volvo U.S. plant a long time coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo long toyed with building cars in this country before announcing last week that it had chosen a site in South Carolina for its first U.S. plant.... Read More »

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure.... Read More »

Book offers tasty tidbits on Tesla CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a new book by Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance, is getting plenty of buzz - mainly due to its morsels about the Tesla CEO's personal style.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS MARKETING SEMINAR

Marketers pitch family, sports across cultures

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Faced with a rapidly diversifying customer base, the auto industry's top marketing minds are increasingly turning to a pair of unifying forces: family and sports.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Can GM regain trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group.... Read More »

Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

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

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye.... Read More »

IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping around the track during next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500 - the engineers who develop the cars.... Read More »

Toyota's HQ plans find good company in Texas

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Toyota's giant 2.1-million-square-foot headquarters will be a big presence in the increasingly crowded Plano, Texas, neighborhood known as Legacy West. Across the street, the new headquarters for FedEx Office are nearly complete. Other neighbors include Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut and J.C. Penney.... Read More »

Cadillac CTS trim levels likely to trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Cadillac is working to revamp and simplify the trim packages on the CTS sedan, as the brand continues to look for ways to draw more buyers to the car.... Read More »

Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance.... Read More »

Buick targets affluent viewers of 'black-ish,' 'Knife Fight'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

GM's Buick has launched a big product placement with ABC's hit comedy blackish and other shows. The brand hopes to attract affluent multicultureal attention to its products and shatter outdated stereotypes of the brand.... Read More »

Well-heeled houseguests experience Lincoln luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Lincoln Motor Co., to woo demanding luxury consumers, is offering getaways in finely decorated dwellings that showcase the colors and high-end materials of its Black Label auto trim.... Read More »

 
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