Mergers and Acquisitions


How to do an automotive hookup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The low-key cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan offers a low-key counterpoint to Sergio Marchionne's assertion that mergers are critical to industry survival.... Read More »

Between the lines, GM rebuts Marchionne

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

GM's annual pitch to about 180 analysts and investors last week could be viewed as one long commercial for why GM doesn't need Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: The automaker is too busy “redefining the future of mobility.”... Read More »

Cox, Dealertrack chiefs hit road to explain $4 billion acquisition

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Cox President Sandy Schwartz and Dealertrack CEO Mark O’Neil will be going on the road together over the next two weeks to meet with auto retailers to explain their $4 billion combination. The acquisition closed today.... Read More »

U.S. conditionally clears Cox purchase of Dealertrack

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The U.S. approved Cox Automotive's $4 billion agreement to buy Dealertrack Technologies, which offers technological assistance to car dealerships, on the condition the companies divest an inventory management services unit to preserve competition.... Read More »

Aluminum supplier Alcoa to split into 2 companies

9:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Alcoa will split into two companies to separate its struggling aluminum smelting operations from production of lightweight metals for its faster-growing aerospace and automotive business.... Read More »

Suzuki sells 1.5% VW stake to Porsche holding company

Sept. 26, 2015 11:14 CET

Suzuki has sold its entire 1.5 percent stake in VW Group to Porsche SE and will post a special profit of 36.7 billion yen ($304 million) on the transaction.... Read More »


BLOG: Suzuki gets last laugh, and vindication, on failed VW partnership

6:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Suzuki executives can't help but feel some sense of vindication at the unraveling of former partner Volkswagen over its diesel dupe. After all, it was VW's backbiting over diesel engines that helped torpedo their ill-fated tie-up that was officially unwound this month after four years of bitter arbitration.... Read More »

Barra says GM investors have shrugged off talk of FCA merger

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker's investors haven't been beating down the company's door to discuss a potential GM-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merger since FCA chief Sergio Marchionne renewed buzz about a deal last month.... Read More »

Cox merges and KBB

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Cox Automotive merged and KBB into single company with a single leadership structure, but it will keep the well-known brands separate and distinct. Jared Rowe, former head of was named president of the newly minted Cox Automotive Media division.... Read More »


BLOG: Marchionne's numbers take the shine off auto show glitz

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Sergio Marchionne’s biting criticism of the industry’s economic inefficiency will provide a contrarian undercurrent during this week’s Frankfurt auto show press days.... Read More »

Cramer bullish on an FCA-GM merger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Jim Cramer, the high-profile and ultra-high-energy stock-picking guru and host of CNBC's “Mad Money,” backs Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne in his efforts to get General Motors to talk merger.... Read More »


A Ford-FCA merger could work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

For me, it looks like Sergio Marchionne's talk of merging Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors is a way for the Agnelli family to take a controlling stake in a member of big corporate America.... Read More »


'Common sense must prevail'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Regarding the six-part series "Industry on Trial": Obviously, strong, determined leaders are required. Also, there must be a successful effort to standardize regulations around the world. It is in everyone's best interest.... Read More »


No more full-line manufacturers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

I believe Sergio Marchionne is on the right track. The industry had better face reality and address the huge waste of unnecessary investment, which is of no real value to the customer.... Read More »

Is strident Suzuki up to going solo?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

With the company's small global footprint and r&d budget, Suzuki's bid to remain independent after splitting with estranged partner Volkswagen will be a key test of whether small players can stay that way in an age of consolidation.... Read More »

Henniges Automotive acquired by China's AVIC Automotive

9:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Automotive sealing and anti-vibration component supplier Henniges Automotive Holdings has been acquired by China's AVIC Automotive Systems Holding. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.... Read More »

Urban Science buys AutoHook to expand lead-management services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Urban Science, the analytics company best known for helping automakers and dealers decide where to open stores, acquired AutoHook to expand its lead-management services. Financial terms were undisclosed.... Read More »

CDK getting interest from buyout firms, report says

1:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

CDK Global is accepting expressions of interest from select private-equity firms this week, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg, even as some shareholders urge the company to formally explore a sale effort and undertake a broader competitive auction.... Read More »

Mahindra said to be close to purchase of Pininfarina

7:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s largest maker of SUVs, is close to an agreement to purchase Italian car designer Pininfarina SpA, people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

Mahindra said to be close to purchasing Pininfarina

Sept. 8, 2015 11:33 CET

India's Mahindra is said to be close to an agreement to purchase Italian car designer Pininfarina after talks stalled earlier this year. The companies are seeking to complete negotiations in the next few days, sources said.... Read More »

Reader reaction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

The Aug. 31 story of Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's renewed pitch to merge with General Motors sparked a huge response from our audience. Here's a sampling of comments posted on Read More »


Congratulations on a job well done

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

I just wanted to congratulate the authors of "The coming squeeze: Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity'" (Aug. 31).... Read More »


Start with common window motor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Regarding "Wretched excess: Duplicating vehicle engineering pushes costs and prices higher" (Aug. 17): Automotive manufacturers have always prided themselves on what's under the hood. Changing how automobile engines are designed and built causes a ruckus.... Read More »


Here's one solution to what ails industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Thanks to Automotive News for shining a bright light on a problem that has been growing within the auto industry for decades: the tendency of the companies to chew up capital with little return for investors.... Read More »


In an uncertain future, carmakers have choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

When one examines the challenges facing the auto industry in coming years, perhaps the most important finding is that companies are charting individual approaches to address them.... Read More »

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