Headlines for Friday, August 29, 2014

» Latest print issue
Quick search (past 7 days):
- or -
Choose a date:


Use the form on the right to select a specific day >>

image

Dealers in Georgia petition to shut Tesla down

Auto dealers in Georgia are the latest seeking to shut down Tesla's factory-owned stores. The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association filed a petition of enforcement Friday with state regulators arguing that Tesla's direct-sales model violates state law. Read More »

image

Saab carmaker NEVS granted creditor protection by court but loses right to use Saab name

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab in 2012, won court protection from creditors today. But the automaker suffered a blow when Saab AB, the defense firm, withdrew NEVS' right to use the brand name Saab for its cars. Read More »

image

Audi will recall 70,000 cars for potential brake problem

Audi will recall 70,000 cars worldwide because of a potential fault with the brake booster. Audi's A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine and built between March and December 2012 are being recalled. Read More »

image

JLR intensifies efforts to meet tough EU CO2 target

Jaguar Land Rover will “turn over every stone” including launching plug-in hybrids to bring its high average CO2 emissions down to an EU-approved level by 2021, JLR head of product development Wolfgang Ziebart said. Read More »

image
BRAD WERNLE:

Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more

Because Ford didn't make the Mustang with right-hand drive, the truly dedicated around the world could localize their cars only by using expensive right-hand-drive conversion kits. Scarcity only made fans want the Mustang more. Read More »

image

Tesla shares jump to record after China charging network deal

Tesla Motors shares rose to a new record after the electric-car maker led by Elon Musk reached an agreement to create a vehicle-charging network in China with the country's second-largest mobile-phone company. Read More »

Capital Automotive sold for $4.3 billion, source says

Brookfield Property Partners will acquire Capital Automotive for $4.3 billion, according to a source familiar with the deal. Read More »

image

Buick lifts cover on Envision crossover in China

General Motors has taken the wraps off a new midsize Buick crossover in China amid growing evidence that the vehicle is destined for showrooms in the United States. Read More »

image

California to phase out EV incentives for the wealthy

California, which offers rebates of up to $2,500 to electric vehicle buyers to help meet a goal of getting 1 1/2 million zero-emission vehicles onto its roads by 2025, is overhauling its incentive program in response to a common criticism: The state's rebates are sometimes just a windfall for the... Read More »

image

AutoNews Now: Tesla virtual store tour

Map site takes shoppers from front door to dash; a plan to help low-income EV fans in Calif.; road-trip favorites. Read More »

image

Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April. Read More »

image
2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Suzuki gives the Vitara SUV a sleeker look

Suzuki is giving is new Vitara a more mainstream look to broaden the subcompact SUV's appeal. The five-door Vitara will go on sale in Europe early next year. Read More »

image

Ford to halt B-Max production on slow sales, report says

Ford will halt production of the B-Max at its Romanian plant for nine days in September, a report said. The automaker has halted output in Romania several times since September 2013 on slow sales of the minivan. Read More »

image

ANE's September e-magazine goes live Monday

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 1. This month's edition looks at why European automakers have struggled to gain a foothold in India and what they are doing to turn things around. Read More »

image

First Shift: Fiat clears merger hurdle

Buyouts not expected to exceed cap; judge dismisses Ford apartheid case; Chevy confirms Z71 SUVs; Lexus lathers up. Read More »

image

Nissan's revived Datsun launches mi-Do hatchback

Datsun unveiled its second model, the mi-Do hatchback, at the Moscow auto show. The car, based on the Lada Kalina, is aimed at Russian families who want to own a foreign car but cannot afford current offerings from Western brands. Read More »

image

Fiat clears Chrysler merger hurdle

Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close. Read More »

image

Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.

The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside the United States. Read More »

image

AvtoVAZ to cut workforce by 45%, report says

AvtoVAZ plans to reduce staff numbers by 25,000, finance head Evgeny Belinin told a French newspaper. AvtoVAZ, controlled by the Renault-Nissan alliance, is also cutting Lada production and freezing vehicle prices. Read More »

 
Most Read
Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2014

image
BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's larg ...
 Read More ›

Carlos and Dieter show goes from strength to strength

Christiaan Hetzner
5:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2014

image
Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn dispelled speculation that the industrial partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance could crumble once they are not around... ...
 Read More ›

Tavares brings PSA back in the race

Bruce Gain
5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2014

image
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-l ...
 Read More ›

From boosting Renault to designing boats

Richard Johnson
4:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2014

image
One reason why Renault shocked the auto world in 1998 by acquiring Nissan was the emergence of a del ...
 Read More ›

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2 2014

image
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90. ...
 Read More ›

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

Diana T. Kurylko
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2 2014

image
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, ...
 Read More ›

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

Richard Johnson
5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1 2014

image
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not... ...
 Read More ›

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

Paul McVeigh
9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

image
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market ...
 Read More ›

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

Luca Ciferri
5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

image
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. ...
 Read More ›

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

image
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. ...
 Read More ›

image
Western European car sales rise 6% in September
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. ...
 Read More ›
image
Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poo ...
 Read More ›
Auto sector faltered in Q2
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...
 Read More ›
image
Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering ...
 Read More ›
image
German, French and Italian car sales fall in August
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation m ...
 Read More ›
image
Spanish car sales rise 14% in August
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, ...
 Read More ›
image
French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. ...
 Read More ›
image
Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, brin ...
 Read More ›
Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...
 Read More ›
image
German car sales bounce back in July
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sa ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. ...
 Read More ›
image
Aston Martin recruits Tesla spokesman Sproule as chief marketing officer
Aston Martin has recruited Simon Sproule, Tesla's communications head, to serve as chief marketing o ...
 Read More ›
image
VW picks Kantner to lead India sales
VW Group has named Manfred Kantner the new head of passenger car sales for India and the Far East at ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW names former Audi exec to lead high-performance M unit
BMW has appointed Franciscus "Frank" van Meel as head of its M in-house performance unit. Van Meel r ...
 Read More ›
VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. ...
 Read More ›
image
Mazda names new sales chief for Europe
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. ...
 Read More ›
image
Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker ...
 Read More ›
image
Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European d ...
 Read More ›
image
Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. ...
 Read More ›
image
Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a ...
 Read More ›
image
Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment ...
 Read More ›
image
Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S- ...
 Read More ›
image
Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative ...
 Read More ›
image
Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, par ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan X-Trail gets sporty
Nissan's new X-Trail, which is now available with front-wheel-drive and seven-seat models, has a dis ...
 Read More ›
image
The 'better Golf'
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roomi ...
 Read More ›
image
Honda rolls out the Civic wagon
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boo ...
 Read More ›
image
Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper
Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract cust ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW X4 fills tall order
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowe ...
 Read More ›
image
Jaguar F-Type relies on Stadco's aluminum skin
Stadco supplies the vast majority of the aluminum outer structure for the new Jaguar F-Type, includi ...
 Read More ›
image
Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track
Magna Powertrain supplies the all-wheel-drive system for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. ...
 Read More ›
image
Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar ...
 Read More ›
image
Delphi helps reduce CO2, noise in new Peugeot 308
Delphi supplies the injectors to the new Peugeot 308's gasoline direct-injection engine, which produ ...
 Read More ›
image
Roechling, Plastic Omnium help cut CO2 in new Nissan Qashqai
Roechling Automotive and Plastic Omnium help reduce the drag coefficient in the new Nissan Qashqai t ...
 Read More ›
Rocket Fuel