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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector

Feb. 14, 2016 06:01 CET
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are quitting the segment because of the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers

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Interiors giant Yanfeng foresees continued consolidation of supply base

Feb. 14, 2016 06:01 CET
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the U.S.-Chinese joint venture that is now the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors, is part of a growing trend for megasuppliers directed by automaker's changing production needs.

Why Musk's new directive at Tesla has become 'cash is king'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2016
Facing a flood of red ink from the slower-than-planned rollout of the Model X crossover, Tesla signaled that a new era of cash-flow consciousness is underway.

50 YEARS OF RACING

The power of Roger Penske

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2016
Fifty years ago, Roger Penske launched one of his many careers - that of a race team owner. With characteristic stoicism, The Captain has no regrets about the momentous decision to forsake his own driving career for a life managing other drivers and running a business empire.

Ford tech chief says sedan sales hit by SUV/crossover boom

Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET
Ford CTO Raj Nair says sedan sales are suffering most from rising demand for crossovers and SUVs.

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Mercedes-Benz gives early look at C-class convertible

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016
Mercedes-Benz is giving a sneak peek of the C-class convertible it will unveil at the Geneva auto show in March. It is the first time Mercedes has offered a convertible variant in the C class family.

Takata engineer refused to testify in airbag failure lawsuit

8:18 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016
A Takata engineer involved in testing the company's airbags invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in declining to testify in a lawsuit brought by a woman left paralyzed in a 2014 accident.

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Nissan exec defines automaker's vision of the fully connected car

Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET
Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, Richard Candler, has a vision of the connected car being electric and autonomous and he expects this vision to be on the road by 2020, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.

RETHINKING AIRBAGS

New airbag devices cushion crash impacts by deploying outside vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016
Auto parts suppliers makers are developing a new generation airbags that cushion the impact of a crash by deploying on the outside of a vehicle. Such devices have already appeared in Europe and are mainly aimed at protecting pedestrians in a crash.

Can Kia pick Prius' lock on hybrid market?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016
Many automakers have tried and failed to lure customers away from the Toyota Prius hybrid. Kia thinks it can succeed with the Niro, its first built-from-scratch hybrid.

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Aston Martin's DB11 will launch brand's renewal

Feb. 12, 2016 10:45 CET
Aston Martin will unveil its new DB11 at the Geneva auto show as the company renews its aging lineup in a push to return to sustainable profitability after five years of losses. The coupe will replace the DB9, which was introduced 13 years ago.

Lexus tops BMW in U.S. registrations; 2015 luxury title in dispute

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
Not so fast on BMW winning the 2015 U.S. luxury crown over Lexus and Mercedes. According to manufacturer-reported sales released last month, BMW won. But Polk said today that Lexus was tops in U.S. vehicle registrations last year with 340,392 vs. BMW's 335,259.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Elon Musk's vision is not for the faint of heart

9:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
Leave it to Elon Musk to make a company's stock jump nearly 5 percent a day after reporting widening losses -- all in the middle of a market selloff.

Woman charged in GM Tech Center stabbing

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
The woman accused of stabbing her mother at GM's Tech Center in Warren, Mich., was charged today with assault with intent to murder, according to a court official.

American Axle Q4 net income rises, shares surge

8:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
American Axle & Manufacturing today reported record sales in 2015 after a strong fourth quarter thanks to record North American light vehicle sales.

VINCE BOND JR.

How Derek Zoolander raided FCA's Twitter feed

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
Derek Zoolander is making history today in his own flamboyant way. The arrogant supermodel, played by actor Ben Stiller in the Zoolander franchise, has “taken over” Fiat USA's Twitter account -- the first time any Fiat Chrysler brand has let a celebrity do so.

Mazda launches CX-9 production in Japan

6:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
Mazda has started production of it the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays a pivotal roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW halts sales skid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
VW halts sales skid; BMW's latest 'M' performance car; Toyota confirms plan for compact crossover; Help wanted at Google; Time for Japanese automakers to consolidate?

Renault promotes Europe chief Mueller to No. 2 role

Feb. 12, 2016 17:30 CET
Renault has promoted its Europe head, Stefan Mueller, to the role of chief performance officer, making the German-Swiss executive one of CEO Carlos Ghosn's top two lieutenants.

Panasonic starts China battery venture, develops new welding tech

11:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
Panasonic, the Japanese electronics giant revamping itself as an automotive supplier, has taken two more steps in that direction by establishing a new battery venture in China and developing a new technology for laser welding.

Tower posts lower adjusted Q4 earnings as it gears up for major new business

11:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
Tower, which makes heavy metal components and assemblies for cars and trucks, reported lower fourth-quarter adjusted earnings due to ramp-up costs stemming from a major new business that is supposed to spur earnings growth later this year.

VW Group sales return to growth in January despite diesel scandal

Feb. 12, 2016 14:34 CET
VW Group sales returned to growth in January despite the company's diesel emissions scandal, thanks to demand in China where VW brand posted its best month ever.

Renault vows to sustain AvtoVAZ after record loss

Feb. 12, 2016 11:46 CET
Renault pledged to support AvtoVAZ, which warned it may not survive without help from shareholders after the collapse of the domestic car market pushed it into a record $930 million loss.

Renault beats profit goal but Russia crisis hurts results

Feb. 12, 2016 08:40 CET
Renault today said it beat its full-year profit target in 2015, although its earnings were overshadowed by a deepening crisis at Russia's AvtoVAZ, which said it may not survive without further help from Renault and other investors.

Alfa Romeo could return to F1 racing with own team

Feb. 12, 2016 15:02 CET
Alfa Romeo could return to Formula One racing with its own team, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

VIDEO: First Shift: A dirt-ready Toyota Tacoma

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
In Chicago: Tacoma TRD Pro debuts, Ford's Bronco riddle, Bare-bones Sprinter van, Momo Edition Jetta GLI; Job 1 for Mazda CX-9; March reveal for Aston Martin DB11; Getting smarter about leasing.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

GM's rising faith in Opel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
GM CFO Chuck Stevens expects the U.S. automaker's long-struggling European arm will break even in 2016. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is more cautious.

Google's self-driving car project expands hiring, posts manufacturing jobs

Feb. 12, 2016 11:14 CET
Google's self-driving car project is advertising jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise. The company is looking for engineers, as well as managers to lead operations, materials and marketing.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Even grease is too heavy for today's leaner vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016
The extent that automakers are going to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient knows no bounds. Even greases are at risk of being replaced.

Lower-priced Sprinter van targets plumbers, electricians

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Vans USA is introducing a new, lower-priced Sprinter commercial van model in a bid to win over more plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople.

Daimler will invest $2.94 billion on cleaner diesels

Feb. 11, 2016 15:21 CET
Daimler will spend $2.94 billion by 2019 on developing next-generation diesel engines to help the automaker to meet new pollution-measuring standards.

GM Tech Center valet who pulled gun to stop stabbing suspended pending investigation

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
The parking valet who stopped a stabbing at General Motors' Technical Center in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday by pulling out his concealed weapon remains employed.

Penske Automotive says earnings improved 4.5% in Q4; stock rises

11:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Penske Automotive today posted mixed results for the fourth quarter as earnings from continuing operations improved but net income fell. The company said continuing operations income rose 4.5 percent to $73 million, but net income dropped 2.6 percent to $71.3 million.

Toyota's TRD Pro version of Tacoma built to take on roughest terrain

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Toyota, fresh off launching the redesigned Tacoma late last year, is expanding the midsize truck's lineup with a high-performance off-road version. Toyota unveiled the Tacoma TRD Pro today at the Chicago Auto Show.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Kia unveils three hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Chicago Auto Show: Kia unveils 3 hybrids, Hyundai shows freshened Santa Fe, Peek at half-ton Titan, Ram's big entrance; New Daimler role for Kaellenius?; Slipping on cheaper oil.

Daimler to name Kaellenius r&d head, German paper reports

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Daimler AG is about to appoint its marketing and sales head Ola Kaellenius as head of research and development, Handelsblatt reported today.

Ford's LaNeve stops short of confirming Bronco's expected return

12:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
The Bronco, one of Ford's storied nameplates, seems likely to be one of the four new utility vehicles coming to the Ford lineup in the next four years. But Ford's Mark LaNeve stopped just short of confirming it today.

Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Kia today unveiled the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima PHEV alongside the Niro, the company's first dedicated hybrid nameplate. The new models look similar to the Optima, yet they signal the scope of Kia's ambitions.

Toyota confirms new crossover for Europe

Feb. 11, 2016 17:18 CET
Toyota confirmed it will launch a new compact SUV/crossover in Europe based on its C-HR concept. The car will be built at the automaker's factory in Turkey for European markets starting toward the end of the year.

Opel will launch long-range, affordable electric car

Feb. 11, 2016 10:19 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra said Opel/Vauxhall will launch a long-range, affordable electric car called the Ampera-e in 2017. It will share the Chevrolet Bolt's underpinnings.

Group 1 adjusted earnings fall in Q4; Brazil hurts bottom line

7:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
Group 1's revenue increased in the fourth quarter, thanks to higher sales volumes in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, but its profit in the final three months of the year declined because of tighter margins on new cars, especially luxury vehicles.

Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016
With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid.

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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'

Feb. 11, 2016 14:54 CET
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the car was launched five years ago. Now wants the convertible variant to do the same in the open-top segment.

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