Jaguar Land Rover will move Bob Grace, its China chief, to lead its European unit, a source said. The company's new China chief will have to deal with slowing industrywide demand amid a prolonged government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption, which has hit luxury car sales.
Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp remains in police custody and has yet to be charged and under Japanese law.
Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in China. Jackson said there is a “question mark” over whether Citroen would sell the replacement in Europe.
Getrag, one of the biggest independent makers of transmissions, has attracted interest from suppliers including Magna International, sources said. Chinese competitors have also expressed interest, sources said.
Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son, Toshihiro, as his successor, appointing him president of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu will keep his positions as chairman and CEO.
Robert Bosch and battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a Bosch executive said.
VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S.
BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013.
Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.
The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne faces in his quest for a partner.
Analysts are skeptical that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne can achieve his ambitious sales goals for Alfa Romeo. "Despite our love of Alfa's past, we're unconvinced by its future," said Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein.
VW plans to launch a family of low-cost cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said. The cars will cost between 8,000 euros ($8,930) and 11,000 euros, he told a German newspaper.
When it came to vehicle styling Patrick le Quement, Renault's longtime design chief, never could hold his tongue. The French designer, who received a lifetime achievement award this month, had strongly held beliefs.
General Motors and AvtoVAZ will keep their profitable Russian joint venture, AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson said. GM is ending sales of mainstream Chevrolet models and all Opel cars in Russia, and closing its St. Petersburg factory, after sales slumped in the country's economic crisis.
The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target.
Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch next year at a price much lower than the Macan's.
McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup.
Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute.
Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags. Takada bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting.
GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development said. Under the new electrical architecture, called Global B, much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile Internet, or cloud.
Toyota is expanding a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata. Toyota said it would recall another 2.86 million vehicles, including 1.7 million in Europe, 360,000 in Japan and 190,000 in China.
Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption.