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HANS GREIMEL

Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?

6:57 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Magna Steyr to debut hybrid sports car concept

March 2, 2015 11:30 CET
Magna Steyr will debut a concept sports car at the Geneva auto show this week. The Mila Plus hybrid is powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine paired with two electric motors that produce a combined 270 hp.... Read More »

 

Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing.... Read More »

 

Tata's quiet titan is still a man of action

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Two years into his official retirement from the auto business, Ratan Tata continues to steal the show. In a rare interview last week, the billionaire said Jaguar Land Rover is considering a North American assembly plant, and that his most famous and controversial creation -- the ultracheap Tata Nano -- would be repositioned.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for March

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. This month's edition looks why ultraluxury brands such as Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are poised to keep experiencing unprecedented success.... Read More »

 

GHOSN'S GOAL

Renault-Nissan will be No. 3 globally in 3 years, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. 4 ranking, even though last year it encountered big troubles in Russia and finished about 1.4 million vehicle sales behind No. 3 General Motors.... Read More »

 

Nissan's big bet on America

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Nearly two years ago, Carlos Ghosn bemoaned Nissan Motor Corp.'s lackluster performance in North America as his biggest "disappointment." Now, the CEO's fix-it man, Jose Munoz says the U.S. is a "powerhouse" again and the comeback is gaining speed.... Read More »

 

FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air conditioner. The coupling is between the engine's exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter.... Read More »

 

Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... Read More »

 

CLS fighter from VW?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Volkswagen plans to unveil a coupe-style sedan concept this week at the Geneva auto show. VW insiders say the concept, shown in these sketches the company released last week, likely would become a production model positioned between the CC sedan and the Phaeton flagship.... Read More »

 

STEPHANIE ERDMAN AND RICK SCHOSTEK

Raise recall repair rates to prevent deaths, injuries

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
In 2013, Stephanie Erdman, a resident of Florida, was seriously injured by a Takata airbag inflator in a 2002 Honda Civic. Rick Schostek is executive vice president of Honda North America. They have a shared mission.... Read More »

 

Year to year, IIHS moves the goal posts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added its more demanding Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2012.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews.com last week with an "open letter" to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen, reactions poured in. Here is Truett's column and excerpts from three emails that arrived in his inbox.... Read More »

 

'Mazda was his baby': Dick Brown helped lead U.S. launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Retired auto executive Dick Brown played key roles in the U.S. launches of three automakers: Mazda, DeLorean Motor Co. and Daihatsu.... Read More »

 

Mr. K, hero of the Datsun dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, the fabled Nissan executive who built the Datsun brand in the western United States in the 1960s and 1970s, returned to a largely ungrateful Nissan in Japan in 1977 to finish out his career. He was most proud of the extensive dealer body he built from the ground up. And he was revered by those American dealers because he fought for them, frequently pestering Nissan bosses in Japan with their wishes and demands.... Read More »

 

Pickup rollout pinches supply of GM vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
General Motors' full-size vans have been in short supply for months as GM scrambles to boost production at a St. Louis-area assembly plant, frustrating some fleet customers and dealers.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Still a car guy -- with a Tata friendship

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bona fide car guy Wolfgang Reitzle, the former BMW rising star and Ford luxury chief who's been running an industrial gas company for the last few years, hasn't left the car business after all. It turns out that he's befriended Indian industrial magnate Ratan Tata, the guy who bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008. Tata said last week that he and Reitzle meet every month or so to discuss Jaguar and Land Rover models. Reitzle doesn't hold back.... Read More »

 

DeLorean took Brown on a wild ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dick Brown, who died in January at age 81, and for whom a memorial service was held last week in California, was a key figure in Mazda's emergence in the U.S. But his most adventurous days may have been spent as a top lieutenant of John DeLorean during the former General Motors executive's effort to get the DeLorean Motor Co. up and running.... Read More »

 

Diess a shoo-in for VW CEO? Not so fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
When Volkswagen poached Herbert Diess from BMW in December, the 56-year-old product development ace became the front-runner to succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO. But it ain't over till it's over.... Read More »

 

Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda Motor Co. meet stricter emissions standards and deliver fun-to-drive performance that sets the Civic apart, global r&d head Yoshiharu Yamamoto said.... Read More »

 

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

 

A peek into Audi's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Audi has released pictures of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut this week at the Geneva auto show. The four-door wagon follows the unveiling of the Prologue coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.... Read More »

 

Changes shake up Germany's top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s.... Read More »

 

Lightning-fast McLaren

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
McLaren Automotive plans to unveil the 675LT, which zooms to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph, next week at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

 

Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. 24, the start of production of the Mirai fuel cell sedan, was exactly five years after President Akio Toyoda was hauled before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's unintended acceleration recalls. The date was no accident. The Mirai symbolizes both Toyota's rebirth from that crisis and a return to its roots.... Read More »

 

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