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Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests.... Read More »

 

Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

Dec. 17, 2014 18:09 CET
The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components.... Read More »

 

Acura boss sees rise in leasing in 2015

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Acura should see a “steady lift,” rather than a big jump, in leases as a portion of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, the brand's general manager says. Leases now account for less than 40 percent of Acura’s volume, below the luxury segment’s average.... Read More »

 

VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET
Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more.... Read More »

 

The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies.... Read More »

 

Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65.... Read More »

 

Cadillac styling won't take sharp turn with flagship CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Cadillac's forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. But don't expect a radical new design direction.... Read More »

 

Chrysler and Fiat names dropped from corporate titles

8:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Chrysler is Chrysler no more. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of what was Chrysler Group LLC, said today that it has changed the name of its United States affiliate from Chrysler Group to FCA US LLC.... Read More »

 

UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers.... Read More »

 

DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April.... Read More »

 

Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars.... Read More »

 

Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund

11:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today.... Read More »

 

Volvo to skip most auto shows; focus will be on Detroit, Geneva, China

2:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volvo is shifting its focus from auto shows to market more directly to buyers as part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts that will place more focus on digital outreach. Starting next year, the company will take part in just one auto show per region, including the Detroit and Geneva auto shows.... Read More »

 

Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Dec. 15, 2014 10:12 CET
Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said.... Read More »

 

Volvo will launch online car sales, skip some major auto shows

Dec. 15, 2014 08:39 CET
Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said.... Read More »

 

YELLOW TAXI BLUES

How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate.... Read More »

 

Daimler's new CEO contender

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.... Read More »

 

Hyundai moves money to regain mojo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea.... Read More »

 

2015 WORLD CONGRESS

Panelists to focus on retail trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Three experts with rich backgrounds in auto retailing will discuss the convergence of trends and what they mean for the future during next month's Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.... Read More »

 

Mini to pare lineup to 5 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
By 2020 at the earliest, Mini's lineup will have only five models, down from seven today.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Longtime auto dealer Bob Moore died Dec. 1. He was 81. Sam Swope, who developed one of the nation's first regional auto malls, died Tuesday, Dec. 9. He was 88.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Revolving doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The challenges facing sales consultants are familiar: long and irregular hours, uncertain and variable pay and relatively low income.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem.... Read More »

 

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