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RICHARD JOHNSON

The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Ford on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera. The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

GM predicts Europe profit in '16, ending years of losses

Oct. 1, 2014 18:02 CET
GM expects its first profit in Europe in more than a decade in 2016. The automaker said $1.5 billion in improved operating results in the region by 2016 will include the elimination of $700 million in restructuring costs and the addition of $400 million from increased sales.... Read More »

 

Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn warned European regulators that it would be “fatal” to overburden the auto industry with a fresh round of more stringent emission targets before a market can even develop for green cars such as EVs and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

Ford loses bid to recoup $450 million interest on overpaid taxes

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
A federal appeals court, in a case that can be traced back to 1983, rejected Ford's bid to recoup about $450 million of interest from the federal government on taxes overpaid by the automaker.... Read More »

 

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to lower mpg ratings on some C-class sedans

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will lower the fuel economy ratings of some late-model C-class sedans after an audit by federal regulators found errors in mpg testing by the automaker.... Read More »

 

GM bets on technology and Cadillac to become 'most valued' automaker

10:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
General Motors is counting on a parade of new technology-packed models to drive sales growth and profitability in North America and China over the next four years as part of an ambitious push to become the world's “most valued” automaker by early in the next decade.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Capital lowers rate cap on dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Chrysler Capital is cutting its maximum permissible dealer reserve to 175 basis points, or 1.75 percentage points, effective today. The previous maximum was 200 basis points. Chrysler Capital, which provides full-service financing to Chrysler Group dealerships, notified retailers of the change in a fax last week.... Read More »

 

Magna unit to acquire closures supplier Techform

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Magna International's closures unit plans to acquire Techform Group, a supplier of hinges, door locking rods and other closure products. Terms of the deal, expected to be completed early this month, were undisclosed.... Read More »

 

PSA's Tavares keeps door open to partnerships

Oct. 1, 2014 16:42 CET
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares says the carmaker is open to potential partnerships but must first complete its restructuring. In July, PSA reported a surprise surge in first-half cash flow and the first auto-division profit in three years.... Read More »

 

EU probes Portugal's MQB platform aid to Volkswagen

Oct. 1, 2014 12:37 CET
The European Union has launched an investigation into Volkswagen's planned receipt of 36.15 million euros ($45.6 million) of state aid for investing in its MQB platform technology at a plant in Portugal.... Read More »

 

Ford to add 1,000 jobs at Canada plant making redesigned 2015 Edge

7:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
As it prepares to launch the redesigned 2015 Edge crossover for global markets, Ford will add more than 1,000 jobs at its Oakville Assembly plant in Canada.... Read More »

 

GreenTech Automotive raises $47 million in equity offering

6:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
GreenTech Automotive Inc., the battery-powered carmaker previously led by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, raised $47 million in an equity round. Ninety-four investors contributed to the financing, according to a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Jaguar F-Type relies on Stadco's aluminum skin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Stadco supplies the vast majority of the aluminum outer structure for the new Jaguar F-Type, including the door and hood assemblies and front and rear fenders.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Heinz-Gerhard Wente

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Heinz-Gerhard Wente, head of Continental's ContiTech division, is this year's Eurostar winner for Supplier Division CEO.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Elon Musk

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk is this year's Eurostar winner for Entrepreneur.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault Clio will be first production car with upscale trim line

Sept. 30, 2014 12:17 CET
Renault will launch its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact. Renault, Ford and PSA are upgrading their models in Europe by adding premium features in a bid to attract affluent customers who find luxury brands too expensive.... Read More »

 

Magneti Marelli opens first U.S. exhaust systems plant

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Magneti Marelli Holding USA, the Italian parts supplier owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has opened its first exhaust systems plant in the United States, the company said.... Read More »

 

Honeywell revs up global turbocharger projections

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
The global use of turbochargers to amplify engine power, already on the rise in recent years, is expected increase even more than earlier projections -- to 49 million sales annually by 2019, supplier Honeywell said in its annual forecast.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details.... Read More »

 

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