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Ford's Turkish unit halts output as labor dispute resumes

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET
The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again.

Volvo begins shipping Chinese-built S60 sedans to U.S.

May 26, 2015 11:16 CET
Volvo started exporting S60 sedans to the United States from its plant in Chengdu, China. Volvo says the exports will help to boost annual worldwide sales to 800,000 vehicles.

Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture

May 26, 2015 12:24 CET
Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. Services will include a feature that allows users to access content such as music and Internet services from smartphones via their dashboards.

Audi expects in-car electronics to become as valuable as horsepower

6:29 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015
Audi expects that electronics and digital features will become just as important as sheer horsepower for global automakers as they brace for a fundamental industry shift and new competitors and potential allies emerge.

VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales

May 26, 2015 10:51 CET
Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and Skoda vehicles a year.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin Martin

May 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain.

Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015
Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation’s ports.

Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says

May 25, 2015 19:24 CET
Lamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. The carmaker has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand.

Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strike

May 25, 2015 11:08 CET
Oyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Turkey's automotive sector has been hit by wider labor unrest that has also affected Ford and Fiat units in the country.

ROADSTER REVIVAL

4th-gen MX-5 Miata tries to renew interest in small sporty cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segment.

Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affulent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability.

Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon.

Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits.

Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.

HANS GREIMEL

Japanese automakers fear new outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China

7:51 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaching, Japan is watching nervously to see whether its carmakers will be hit by another anti-Japan backlash in China.

BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET
The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik Cantieni

May 25, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia.

GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe.

Kansas City bids to become EV mecca

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales.

Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Members of the Jacobs family at Jacobs Ford in St. Paul, Neb., receive a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford's Kansas City regional manager; William Jacobs; Bradford Jacobs; and Dustin Jacobs.

GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans.

California dealers sue TrueCar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure.

JLR aiming high with SVO unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants.

Chrysler awd minivan dilemma: Electrify axle or ditch Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tag line: "Driving Matters."

BMW to build X2 crossover, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
BMW will produce a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said.

Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima.

Automotive News adds reporter

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Hannah Lutz has joined Automotive News as finance and insurance reporter, writing for the website, weekly print issue and weekly F&I newsletter. Lutz, 23, is based in Detroit. Lutz has covered breaking news and written feature stories as an Automotive News intern since August.

VIDEO: Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017.

Now that's what we call a hands-on executive

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench.

Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep - the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan - will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.

Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real.

Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity.

Buyers emerge for auction companies

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Mergers and acquisitions are happening among auto auctions, and attracting private-equity players, for the same reasons they are on the rise among car dealerships: Robust and growing sales volumes and aging owners.

Auctions focus on high-quality vehicle images

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Auctions are taking steps to raise the quality and resolution of their vehicle photos, yielding more bids and higher conversion rates.

Pa. Porsche store prevails in suit over 'as is' used car

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
A consumer who bought a used 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano “as is” from a Philadelphia-area Porsche dealership can't sue the dealership for allegedly failing to disclose cosmetic damage, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

BEST PRACTICES

Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuartcq near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2014, the highest award bestowed upon Audi dealers. It was the equivalent of an NFL expansion team winning the Super Bowl.

Dealers can't even touch some hot brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand.

Lessons from a self-driving instructor

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was on the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition and one of the first significant projects involving self-driving vehicles in urban environments.

EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue.

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