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VW power struggle is over, Lower Saxony premier tells paper

May 3, 2015 11:41 CET

The premier of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen, said a power struggle at the automaker that led to the resignation of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech was over. Decisions regarding the replacement of Piech and his wife Ursula on VW's supervisory board had been taken, the premier told Bild newspaper.... Read More »

Cadillac engineer tells how ATS-V will compete

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

Cadillac officials are taking a conservative view of the sales potential of the brand's latest model, the ATS-V high-performance sport sedan. The ATS-V is engineered to take on BMW's M3/M4 and performance machines from Audi, Mercedes and Lexus. Dave Leone, 57, Cadillac's chief engineer, spoke with staff reporter Richard Truett in Austin, Texas, about the car.... Read More »

Recall bill cruises in Calif., but will it help?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to patch a loophole in federal auto safety law. Dealers see it as a compromise, but they are struggling to find allies.... Read More »

FCA transmission fix focuses on snap ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

The software in over half of the troubled 9-speed automatic transmissions has been reflashed in Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s, though complaints continue to grow. Some Cherokees have already been bought back by the automaker.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why the wrong side lost in VW's battle

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

All good dictatorships come to an end and so it is with that of Ferdinand Piech, the patriarch who has ruled the Volkswagen Group since 1993, taking it from near-bankruptcy to challenging Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Regrettably, the wrong side has lost in the battle to succeed Piech.... Read More »

VW workers back new board members after Piech exit

May 1, 2015 20:10 CET

Volkswagen's works council has backed the automaker's choice of two new supervisory board members, appointments reportedly opposed by newly departed Chairman Ferdinand Piech.... Read More »

Ghosn defeat exposes rival visions for Renault-Nissan

May 1, 2015 09:30 CET

The French government's move to tighten its hold on Renault, crowned by a rare defeat for CEO Carlos Ghosn, has exposed competing visions for the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan. At Renault's annual shareholder meeting a proposal to allow Renault to sidestep a French law that provides double-voting rights for long-term shareholders such as the French government was defeated.... Read More »

Nissan Versa carpet probe expanded by NHTSA

11:25 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

NHTSA is expanding an investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa sedans and Versa Note hatchbacks to include the 2015 models. Carpet trim paneling may interfere with drivers' ability to brake and may cause inadvertent acceleration, NHTSA said.... Read More »

Aston Martin picks Ally Financial as preferred U.S. lender

11:44 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Aston Martin Lagonda named Ally Financial, the former GM financing arm, as its preferred US auto lender to help the maker of luxury sports cars expand sales.... Read More »

Honda, Takata sued over fatality in Malaysia

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US.... Read More »

American Axle profits rise; non-GM sales grow

8:53 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings reported improved first-quarter earnings thanks to strong North American truck and SUV sales.... Read More »

Ford calls back more Fiestas for latch fix

9:50 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ford said today it is expanding a recall for doors that can fly open, adding about 156,000 Fiestas in response to pressure from government regulators. Ford now has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles this week for five different issues.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Preh teams up with Audi on new TT's high-tech air vents

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

German supplier Preh teamed up with Audi to equip the TT with heating and air conditioning controls that have been fully integrated into the car's dashboard-mounted air vents. Audi offers the option of adding digital displays to the vents that show the fan speed and temperature settings.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

China's Beijing Automotive has introduced an SUV that is a near clone of a western SUV, the classic Mercedes G class. Mercedes executives reportedly tried but failed to get BAIC to back off building the SUV.... Read More »

Germany's Brose expects China sales to rise 50% by 2020

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

German supplier Brose Group expects its annual sales in China will grow by 50 percent by 2020, as the company undergoes a period of expansion in the country.... Read More »

VW ex-chairman Piech challenges board nominees, report says

April 30, 2015 15:08 CET

Former VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech is challenging the company's choice of two of his nieces to replace him and his wife as board members, a German newspaper said. Piech is nominating former BMW and Ford executive Wolfgang Reitzle -- seen as a potential replacement chairman -- and former Siemens manager Brigitte Ederer instead, the report said.... Read More »

REGULATION AND SAFETY

Almost half of U.S. vehicles aren't covered under existing safety regulations

7:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Hundreds of crashes involving defective cars are going unreported each year because under federal safety rules automakers aren't required to report suspicious accidents for models more than 10 years old.... Read More »

Bidding auction for De Tomaso won by Chinese fund

April 30, 2015 11:49 CET

A Hong Kong-based investment fund called Ideal Team Venture has acquired Italy's iconic De Tomaso sports car brand for just over 1 million euros. Ideal Team has until tomorrow to pay, leaving industry observers skeptical the deal will be completed.... Read More »

Aston Martin secures funds to build DBX crossover

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aston Martin Lagonda is set to receive more than $300 million for the development of its groundbreaking DBX crossover and other vehicles that fall outside its traditional sports car bent.... Read More »

Ghosn loses clash with French state on Renault control

April 30, 2015 18:47 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn lost a clash with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, as the Socialist government won a shareholder vote that will increase its influence at Renault.... Read More »

Delphi looking for acquisition of $1 billion-$3 billion, CEO says

9:58 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Delphi CEO Kevin Clark said the company could spend $1 billion to $3 billion this year on a large acquisition related to its traditional "hardware" business and will make smaller investments in software.... Read More »

GM Canada to cut about 1,000 jobs at Oshawa plant

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will eliminate one shift at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant in November, the company said today, cutting about 1,000 jobs as it makes production changes that were announced in 2012.... Read More »

Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi plans $31.9 million expansion in Detroit

1:09 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group USA is planning a $31.9 million expansion of its plant in Detroit.... Read More »

Ghosn's clash with French state comes to the boil

April 30, 2015 12:36 CET

The dispute between Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and the French government was set to come to a head at the automaker's annual meeting today as the state moves to keep the automaker under French control. The government is nearly certain to win.... Read More »

GM to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. plant upgrades over 3 years

10:30 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will invest $5.4 billion in upgrades to its U.S. manufacturing plants over the next three years, creating 650 new jobs. GM detailed only $783 million of the spending, including $520 million for new tooling and equipment at its Delta Township assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.... Read More »

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