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$2 gasoline in sight for some U.S. drivers as OPEC resists cuts

For the first time in five years, $2 gasoline is making a comeback in some parts of the U.S., just in time for the Christmas holiday and giving another boost to light-vehicle sales. Read More »


How to get the U.S. into diesels

European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker. Read More »


How to get the U.S. into diesels

European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker. Read More »


Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese gains

Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe. Read More »


Skoda's '18 sales goal tougher to hit on Russia slump

A severe slump in Russian car demand is making it harder for Skoda to meet its 2018 vehicle sales target. Skoda also must decide whether to reduce its investment budget for the country to protect overall profitability, a top executive said. Read More »


Fiat Chrysler mulls loyalty scheme in Ferrari spinoff

A loyalty scheme that would increase the voting power of Ferrari shareholders is one option parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will consider when it spins off the luxury marque next year, Chairman John Elkann said. Read More »


Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology. Read More »


FAW bribe scandal should be wake-up call for Beijing

Allegations of rampant bribery at China FAW Group Corp.'s joint venture with VW should provide an urgent wake-up call to the government to abandon the country's JV rule for foreign automakers. Read More »


EU will hint at future new-car CO2 targets

The European Commission next month will outline progress on future emission targets for new cars sold in the EU, giving automakers a clearer look at the billions of euros in investment that will be needed to meet tougher goals. Read More »


Fiat Chrysler to stick with Ferrari CEO

Fiat Chrysler has no plans at this stage to replace Amedeo Felisa as CEO of Ferrari, which it is preparing to spin off, FCA Chairman John Elkann said. Read More »


ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 1. This month's edition looks at how German premium automakers plan to profit from plug-in hybrids. Read More »


Hyundai needs a design hierarchy, Schreyer says

Hyundai Motor Group President Peter Schreyer gave Kia a fresh, familywide look after being hired from Volkswagen Group in 2006. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai, for which he took design responsibility in 2012. Read More »


In Mexico, a booming auto industry but stalled living standards for workers

Mexico’s booming automobile industry is generating more export dollars than oil, building more cars than Brazil and giving a job to Esmeralda Velazquez. What it isn’t doing is raising her living standards. Read More »


Takata recalls could shake trust in Japan auto industry, minister warns

Takata's safety crisis linked to five fatal auto accidents threatens to shake confidence in Japanese manufacturing and the country's auto industry, the nation's transport minister warned. Read More »


Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars. Read More »


Opel is succeeding in restoring poor image, exec says

Opel is succeeding in turning around its tattered image in Germany, the brand's marketing chief Tina Mueller said. Read More »


Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1

The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Audi starts European sales of the revised Q3 in February. Read More »


India may extend tax breaks for carmakers beyond 2014, report says

India may extend excise duty concessions for carmakers beyond Dec. 31, a finance ministry source said. European automakers such as Renault and VW are trying to gain a foothold in the market, which is led by Asian brands. Read More »


Toyota recalls more cars for potentially dangerous Takata airbags

Toyota said it will recall 57,000 vehicles globally, including 6,000 cars in Europe, to replace potentially deadly airbags made by Takata, as a safety crisis around the Japanese supplier looks far from being contained. Read More »


Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept

Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Read More »


Bad weather will shape future retailing

Bad weather has the power to overturn auto industry forecasts and plans and outlooks. And the long-range expectations for worse weather to come could have the power to mess up the industry's neat longstanding practices and traditions. Read More »


Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan

Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012. Read More »


Honda says defective Takata airbags in 2002 used different design

Honda said it was aware of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator in a car that was covered by a 2002 recall but the inflator design was different from one that ruptured in a 2004 accident. Read More »


Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation. Read More »


Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. Read More »


NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient. Read More »

Halla mulls buying back Visteon stake in climate control unit

Halla CEO Im Kee Young said he's still considering buying back the group's former automotive heater and air conditioner maker after a buyout fund agreed to acquire a stake in the business, Halla Visteon Climate Control. Read More »


Senate panel plans Dec. 3 hearing on NHTSA nominee Rosekind

A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing next week to consider the nomination of Mark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert, to become the head of NHTSA. Read More »


Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years. Read More »


GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review

A U.S. judge ordered GM to give customers any portions of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation that relate to recalls and ignition-switch issues. Read More »

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler. Read More »


Chrysler says airbag recall to start earlier than planned

Chrysler Group will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday. Read More »


Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74

Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74. Read More »

North America production downtime overtime - 12/01/2014

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AutoNews Now: Feds order full Takata airbag recall

Failure may lead to fines of $7K per violation; Mini lineup to shrink; Toyota autonomous tech; hot Nov. sales for Chrysler? Read More »

Delphi's Korean partner complicating sale of thermal unit

Delphi Automotive's sale of its air conditioning business is being complicated by potential problems with one of its South Korean joint venture partners, three people familiar with the deal said. Read More »

Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths. Read More »


Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers

Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental problem. Read More »

Delinquency uptick on target, analysts say

Analysts have been predicting for the past two years or so that auto loan delinquencies would grow, but the numbers are only now starting to catch up with the forecasts. Read More »


Ferrari spin-off to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million thanks to a planned Ferrari spin-off, a regulatory filing showed on Wednesday. Read More »


Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans

The Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else. Read More »

VW Credit, Lincoln Financial tops in consumer satisfaction; captives sweep financing study

Website enhancements and a consumer invoice redesign paid off for Volkswagen Credit, which ranked tops among mass-market lenders in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study. Read More »

Mich. store faces trial in suit over negative equity

A Michigan Chrysler-Dodge store violated state law by failing to itemize a customer’s negative equity on new-car loan documents. It also breached its lender agreement by refusing to buy back the loan contract after the customer contested the deal, a Michigan Court of Appeals panel has ruled. Read More »

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