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How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media

12:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card.

Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says

May 22, 2015 21:33 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a factory in eastern Europe, the Financial Times reported. The automaker has shortlisted Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as potential countries for the plant, the paper said.

Audi will add Q8 in 2019, electric SUV in 2018

May 22, 2015 11:35 CET
Audi today said it will begin sales of the Q8 SUV in 2019 and launch an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment in 2018. The company will also add the subcompact Q1 crossover next year.

Wal-Mart revamps auto-care centers

2:40 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Wal-Mart's auto centers, the car-maintenance areas attached to many of its stores, are getting a service overhaul. To improve the experience and entice more customers, the company is dedicating staffing and training programs to the department.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Spiffing up for the holiday

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Ram, GMC, Chevy truck deals; May U.S. sales outlook; VW needs 'a bit of time' to replace Piech; Honda Pilot's takeoff; Mazda, Subaru get a break in Calif.; Drone view of Tesla 'Gigafactory.'

Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV

2:01 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Hyundai said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States.

Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 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.

Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk

12:05 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked.

VW will evaluate ad agency work, report says

11:40 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News.

Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show

10:41 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs.

Winterkorn says it will take time to replace Piech on Audi board

May 22, 2015 16:10 CET
Audi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said finding a board replacement for Ferdinand Piech will take time. Piech quit his Audi board role along with other VW Group posts last month after a public showdown with Winterkorn.

Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET
Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models.

Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit

May 22, 2015 15:34 CET
Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said.

VIDEO: First Shift: VW to shift ad agencies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
Volkswagen Group to shift ad agencies?; U.S. keeping eye on GM; Audi to launch Q8 in 2019, EV in 2018; Mazda, Mitsu, Subaru airbag recalls; World's biggest tire turns 50.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Armin Prommersberger

May 22, 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 Engineering is Harman's Armin Prommersberger.

Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET
Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's...

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall

May 22, 2015 11:04 CET
Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata.

Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET
Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market.

Fiat unveils new model for key compact segment

May 21, 2015 13:31 CET
Fiat unveiled the first model in its new compact car family - the Aegea sedan. The car will go on sale in Turkey starting in November followed by a rollout in 40 countries in the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective.

GM to invest $439 million in paint shop expansion at Corvette plant

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades.

Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford's Asia Pacific region said today.

U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case

10:50 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally.

Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strike

May 21, 2015 15:02 CET
Renault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week.

PSA, Dongfeng plan to start production in Vietnam

May 21, 2015 11:12 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group will open an assembly plant in Vietnam and have already begun production in Malaysia.

Autobytel acquires rival Dealix for $25 million

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Autobytel, one of the largest providers of sales leads to auto dealers, has purchased longtime rival Dealix for $25 million in cash. The deal brings together two of the most-prominent providers of leads, which are vehicle-buying prospects who want to be contacted by a dealer.

GM to stay under strict U.S. oversight

4:07 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Federal safety regulators have extended for at least a year a consent order that subjects General Motors to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition placed on GM in the wake of last year's ignition switch recall.

U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Road map to cooperation?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Audi, Benz, BMW finding common ground in quest for maps?; Automakers say U.K. departure from European Union would harm industry; Jeep Renegade update; GM plans big paint shop at Corvette plant.

PHILIP NUSSEL

Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S.

PSA plans factory in low-cost Morocco, report says

May 21, 2015 17:05 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to build a car factory in Morocco to help increase sales in Africa, a report said. The plant would have an initial annual capacity of under 100,000 vehicles and would build vehicles from the middle to lower portion of PSA's product range.

German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET
Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said.

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

3:00 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Mazda is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tagline: "Driving Matters."

VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board

May 21, 2015 15:40 CET
The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman.

Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EU

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
A UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. The comments add to concerns expressed by automakers such as Ford, BMW and Nissan about the UK quitting the 28-nation economic and political union.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test.

VIDEO: First Shift: Makeover for home of Vette

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
GM to invest $400M in Corvette plant - report says; TrueCar plans defense after Calif. dealers sue; Takata: Inflators ruptured in tests; Mazda's new ad campaign; Self-driving down sales?

Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015
Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible.

Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro

May 21, 2015 11:41 CET
German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro.

Citroen creates Trip Advisor-style Web forum

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen has launched a website where customers can rate their experiences at dealerships and workshops in France, the UK and Germany. By the end of 2016, the automaker also expects to roll out its Advisor web sites throughout Europe, Turkey, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.

JLR sees big potential in tapping into drivers' subconscious

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover may change the way it engineers its models as data from connected cars gives the automaker an insight into drivers' subconscious actions.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Virginie Maillard

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Renault's Virginie Maillard.

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