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Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor

Posted 5:25 am U.S. ET, Sept. 4
blogs Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe Germany correspondent.
 
Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former Volkswagen patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing his former protege from succeeding him as chairman. Instead it was Piech, 78, who resigned and Winterkorn seemed to emerge as the undisputed victor. But now the tables have turned. After Thursday’s deci ...
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Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor

Posted 5:25 am U.S. ET, Sept. 4
Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former Volkswagen patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing his former protege from succeeding him as chairman. Instead it was Piech, 78, who resigned and Winterkorn seemed to emerge as the undisputed victor. But now the tables have turned. After Thursday’s deci ...
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Will Gen Y push leasing sea change?

Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, Sept. 2
When millennials are itching to get into a brand new car, many look to leasing. Leasing made up 28.9 percent of new vehicles purchased by millennials in July, compared with 26.7 percent for buyers industrywide, according to Edmunds.com. Over the past five years, new-car leasing among millennials has surged 46 percent vs. 42 percent among all car buyers, Edmunds notes. L ...
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VW should strengthen oversight of CEO Winterkorn

Posted 9:55 am U.S. ET, Sept. 2
Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn is set to receive a two-year contract extension that will allow him to continue in the post to 2018 – long enough to see through his ambitious, decade-long strategy to replace Toyota as the top-selling global automaker. VW's 20-member supervisory board is almost certain to sign off on the contract extension, which was proposed ...
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Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

Posted 11:15 am U.S. ET, Sept. 1
Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it. The answer has always been there’s too much overlap with the F-150 in price, size and fuel economy. But things have changed. In the past 12 months: The 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is bigger than the old steel-bodied truck ...
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Why the momentum could last

Posted 5:00 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 1
August was another month that U.S. auto sales beat expectations. Did automakers go crazy on spiffs to hit the highest selling rate in a decade? Is the industry’s vaunted discipline finally breaking down? No. Auto marketers are still standing back from the edge of 2009’s pit of despair, though maybe some leaned in a bit last month. August comparisons are skew ...
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Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover?

Posted 11:15 am U.S. ET, Sept. 1
After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover. Autocar reports that not only will it be previewed in concept form at the Frankfurt auto show, but that it will go on sale in 2017. How did we get to this point? For starters, the current 370Z will be allowed to expire by 2017. As ...
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Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 31
DETROIT -- Merger or no merger, General Motors, once unassailable in corporate America, is vulnerable. Not because of the precipitous drop in GM’s valuation last week after the wild ride on the financial markets — at one point GM had lost $7 billion in market cap in seven days. And not because a controlling interest could have been acquired for a cool $23 b ...
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E-contracting needs standard definition

Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 26
Although electronic contracting has gained traction, it’s still not widely embraced by dealers. Why? Confusion is standing in the way. Companies define e-contracting differently. It won’t be desired or embraced until the industry develops a standard definition. To get dealers on board, the industry needs to use the same dictionary. There has to be a “ ...
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Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Aug. 25
If you’re a Fiat Chrysler dealer, chances are you were sitting -- or soon will be sitting, depending on when you’re reading this -- in a Las Vegas ballroom today checking out some models. Except these models gliding across the stage of the Mandalay Bay hotel -- and, FCA executives hope, attracting eyeballs -- have first names like Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge. To ...
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Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 24
Imagine for a moment the comfort of having your car driven for you by a finely tuned, meticulously programmed computer, while you relax in the passenger seat, reading a novel, doing the crossword puzzle or taking in the scenery without a care. Now imagine that instead of a computer, it's a New York cabbie driving. Or your grandfather. Or your teenage daughter. Or my teenag ...
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Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

Posted 5:04 am U.S. ET, Aug. 21
The Chinese economy, albeit slowing, still grew 7 percent in the second quarter. But passenger vehicle sales in the country started declining in June and have shown no signs of immediate recovery -- July deliveries dropped 6.6 percent year on year. What has caused the new-car market to severely underperform China's economy? It is the sharp fall in domestic stock prices a ...
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Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

Posted 5:04 am U.S. ET, Aug. 21
The Chinese economy, albeit slowing, still grew 7 percent in the second quarter. But passenger vehicle sales in the country started declining in June and have shown no signs of immediate recovery -- July deliveries dropped 6.6 percent year on year. What has caused the new-car market to severely underperform China's economy? It is the sharp fall in domestic stock prices a ...
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Why industry's trudging tech rep no longer applies

Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 19
Auto dealers and lenders have a reputation of resisting change, especially when it comes to technology. But maybe that reputation is undeserved now. The march toward digital operations in the F&I space is picking up, with electronic contracting and starting the F&I process online. E-contracting grows For years, e-contracting has been on the horizon without much ...
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How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Aug. 18
Chris Grundler, who heads the EPA’s office of Transportation and Air Quality, the agency’s top automotive regulator, doesn’t hold out much hope for harmonized global emissions standards for the auto industry. Grundler isn’t opposed to one global set of clean-air standards, a move that could save automakers billions in product development costs. But ...
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Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East'

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 17
Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly. Sure, Slovak wages are lower than those in the U.S. or Mexico, maybe even Poland. But focusing on that misses a bigger point. The auto industry is on the cusp of global manufacturing parity. If ...
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Why Mazda's Jim O'Sullivan is big on new subcompact CX-3

Posted 6:52 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 16
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Classic Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula is always extra-special for Mazda, what with the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca being a main attraction. Jim O'Sullivan, dean of U.S. import brand CEOs, seems to relish every minute of it, especially watching his guys Robert Davis, Jeremy Barnes and Weldon Munsey on the track. But the other thing that has O'Sul ...
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Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 15
Last month, security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee. The pair disabled the SUV’s transmission. On the highway. At highway speeds. The headlines were, and are, everywhere. Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. The key word in that last sentence is "reality." T ...
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Turin auto show reboot provides hope

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 14
Many European cities have lost their auto shows in recent years. The big exhibitions once held in places such as Turin, London and Madrid are now part of history. Others such as the Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna and Brussels shows have downsized because they cannot compete with Europe’s Big Three – Frankfurt, Paris and Geneva. Automakers have focused their mo ...
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Another car-hack issue to ponder: In-car eavesdropping

Posted 12:11 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 14
So I was driving an unfamiliar car with a telematics voice-communications system, and I accidentally brushed my hand against a control button on the steering wheel. That turned off the music I had been listening to. Involuntarily I blurted out, “Oh, [bleep]!” Next thing I knew, a voice came into the car, giving me a canned, Siri-like rebuke for funky language ...
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Tesla strikes while the iron's hot

Posted 1:11 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 13
At certain points in their lives, even obsessive billionaires like Elon Musk must come to terms with the fact that some things are beyond their control. No matter how talented their people, and no matter how well those people execute on the business plan, everything can be ruined by something unpredictable: a stock-market collapse, a natural disaster, a failing supplier. ...
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Sales legend rings up with advice on cars, marriage, cars

Posted 10:03 am U.S. ET, Aug. 13
It was just another day here in the newsroom when my phone rang. Caller ID said it was J. Girard. Mr. Girard was a reader calling for clarity about a story I’d written. I answered him and was about to sign off, when he asked me if I knew the name Joe Girard. I vaguely recalled his name from past Automotive News stories. He proceeded to refresh my memory. From 1966- ...
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Skoda is poised to profit from protecting dogs in cars

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 12
Skoda is one of the first automakers to offer a range of safety accessories to attract dog-loving motorists to the brand. The move could become a worthwhile moneymaker for Skoda if European countries and insurance companies start making it mandatory for dogs to be restrained when traveling in vehicles. Currently, the laws regulating dogs riding in cars differ from countr ...
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A case for using single staffer for sales, F&I

Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, Aug. 12
One employee per customer. That’s the way that Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep- Ram does it. At the Ephrata, Wash., dealership, the sales staff handles financing. Store owner Denver Morford wants his customers to work with the same employee throughout the entire transaction to build a relationship and customer retention, he says. The practice zeros in on the salesmen&rs ...
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Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Aug. 11
Is the performance of the Audi S8 not enough for you? The German automaker is introducing an even more powerful version unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus. The stock Audi S8 already produces 520 hp and 481 pounds-feet of torque courtesy of its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, with power sent to all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmiss ...
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