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Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.

Fiat heir makes industry comeback customizing cars

Nov. 30, 2015 12:08 CET
Lapo Elkann, a flamboyant member of Italy's Agnelli family, the dynasty that founded Fiat, is making a comeback in the auto industry after a 10-year break with a startup that offers customized cars.


Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment.


VW will recall 2.46 million cars with illegal software in Germany, report says

Nov. 30, 2015 11:03 CET
Volkswagen Group will recall 2.46 million diesel vehicles in Germany fitted with illegal emissions-cheating software, including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models, after receiving approval from German authorities, a newspaper report said.


Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Fifty years after the publication of Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a modern-day menace gets pinpointed by the nation’s highway traffic safety chief: distracted driving.

Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St. Angelo honored the top 10 of some 400 best practices that resulted.

Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. A good performance could become a requirement for vehicles to earn IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating.


Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving.

New CEO says TrueCar must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
TrueCar's new CEO, Chip Perry, harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers.


After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges.

Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience.

Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. CEO Osamu Masuko wants to channel limited resources into areas where the carmaker is strongest.

Chevrolet knows: Getting to 1 million sales can take a few tries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Chevrolet aims to sell 1 million vehicles in China in 2020. But amid a weak market, getting there won't be easy. But then, Chevy didn't hit 1 million U.S. sales for the first time easily, either.

GM may boot vans to boost pickup output at Mo. plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
GM is considering a contract with AM General to offload some commercial van production, which would free up capacity for GM's hot-selling Colorado and Canyon pickups.

Volkswagen's diesel scandal may burn German soccer teams

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
VW's emissions-cheating scandal could bring cuts to its support of several soccer teams, a German weekly reported.

Dearborn's a game changer in Ford-UAW pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Call it the Dearborn Contract. Ford Motor's UAW workers narrowly approved a new labor contract with a 51.

Cadillac's sedan overlap? Don't ask

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It's about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in the luxury market.

Bezos sets off rocket, Musk sets off squabble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk's passion is for rockets, and last week, he took to Twitter to argue with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over whose rocket was, well, not bigger but better.


12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Dan Hay, president of Jim Burke Ford in Bakersfield, Calif., receives

Doc fee cases costly to 2 stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Two dealerships in separate states have received costly legal lessons on what not to do when charging customers document fees. Hendrick Honda Easley in South Carolina faces a payout of nearly $3 million while Indiana store Jeff Wyler Toyota of Clarksville will reimburse customers about $624,800.

Employees direct store's charitable giving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
At Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, employees direct the charitable giving program. They select organizations they want the dealership to support, and managers determine the amount to give based on the employee's involvement with the cause.

RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave Smith dealership brand and operating model.

Son of auto dealer finds auctions a better fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
When neither the new- nor used-car retail auto business fit, Ben Lange tried auto auctions on for size. Lange now oversees and owns a minority stake in the third-largest auto auction company in the country.

ADESA refocuses on physical auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
A few years ago, technology made online used-vehicle remarketing possible. Then the recession made it a necessity. But now that new- and used-vehicle volumes have fully recovered, auction giant ADESA is focusing again on its physical auctions, without ignoring its online operations.

BMW concept shown in China previews 1-series sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
BMW unveiled a compact sedan concept at China's Guangzhou auto show that previews a small sedan expected to be badged as a 1 series.

Kia's redesigned Cadenza gets a more angular look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market.

Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover.

Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette.

Mini wind tunnel fine-tunes GM designs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
General Motors is counting on four core strategies to meet rising fuel-economy standards: weight reduction, advanced powertrain technologies, more efficient integration of vehicle components and subsystems, and better aerodynamics.


FCA's degrees program a smart move all around

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
FCA's expansion of its Degrees@Work program to all of its dealerships, and to include employees' spouses and children, looks like a win-win-win.


Finally, China charges its EV drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
Five years after China launched its drive to make itself the world leader in electrified vehicles, it is finally starting to build an EV charging infrastructure.

Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015
In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it looks more like one of those baseball bullpen carts than a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan.

2016 Rising Star nominations sought

Nov. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions.


VW knew fuel use in some cars was too high a year ago, report says

Nov. 29, 2015 19:28 CET
VW Group's top executives knew a year ago that some of the company's cars were much less fuel efficient than had been officially stated, a German newspaper reported.

Higher UAW wages will push Detroit 3 to find cost solutions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015
New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years and will likely force the Detroit 3 to search for ways to trim costs to avoid hurting their bottom lines.

Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015
Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter.

Audi evolves into a favorite among women in China

Nov. 28, 2015 06:15 CET
Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the more prosperous eastern regions.

'Japanese dominate' list of innovators

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2015
If companies' r&d chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition.

Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2015
Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says. But it may say more about Cadillac's broader strategy to compete in the upper tier of luxury.

VW labor boss says CO2 scandal has hit car orders

Nov. 27, 2015 15:21 CET
VW Group is dealing with a slowdown in new-car orders in the wake of admitting this month that it understated CO2 emissions in about 800,000 vehicles, the automaker's top labor representative said.


VW will save 1.9 billion euros by reducing variants

Nov. 27, 2015 16:08 CET
VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions.

Ford drops 'Friends & Neighbors' sale early, opts for traditional year-end discounts

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015
Ford is dropping its “Friends & Neighbors” promotion five weeks earlier than planned, after the offers failed to resonate with consumers as much as more traditional year-end discounts offered by competitors.


Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015
Assembly of the sixth-generation BMW 7 series began in July 2015 at the automaker's factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 70,000 units next year, according to IHS Automotive.