The auto industry was full of revolutionary technology and new product announcements today. Honda and BMW said they are carving out new niches by putting hair-care and dating technologies at busy drivers' fingertips. Subaru announced a new BRZ variant and Volvo heralded a new safety system.
Not only is Kia benchmarking BMW and Audi; it is crawling out of the shadow of its bigger corporate sibling, Hyundai. Its new goal: model its own brand identity after Volkswagen's as it seeks to be mass-market yet one notch above the pack in terms of quality and flair.
In the midst of a proxy fight with dissident investors, Lear announced an agreement with shareholders Marcato Capital Management LLC and Oskie Capital Management LLC to expand a stock buyback and keep the hedge funds' nominees off Lear's board.
After battling Hurricane Sandy last fall, the blizzard that paralyzed New York City in early February and the spring snowstorm that swiped New Jersey early last week, residents in the Northeast are weather-weary. Dealers, too.
The 2014 Cherokee, the first Fiat-based Jeep, offers a long list of conveniences, such as automatic parking and an 8.4-inch center-stack screen, but it also has four-wheel drive available for off-roading Jeep loyalists.
It wasn't long ago that gasoline was the only fuel a Porsche could use. Today, the powertrain options at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary include diesel, gasoline-electric hybrid and, soon, plug-in hybrid. Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche's r&d boss, is spearheading the changes.
General Motors today said its upcoming redesigned full-sized pickups will have the most fuel-efficient V-8 engines in the segment, even promising better highway fuel economy than the turbocharged V-6 engine that has become popular in the Ford F-150 pickup.
J.D. Power and Associates President Finbarr O'Neill, right, presents Power's President's Award to Peter Brown, publisher and editorial director of Automotive News, during the 2013 Automotive Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York last week.
Hyundai Motor Co. is looking into launching a pickup in the United States, Hyundai's sales boss says. Product planners and engineers at headquarters in South Korea are studying what size truck would be best.
A long-distance debate last week between two CEOs -- Ford's Alan Mulally and Nissan-Renault's Carlos Ghosn -- reignited a hot-button debate in the industry over the value of the Japanese yen. Is the weakening value of the yen giving the Japanese an unfair edge?
The Obama administration's proposal for low-sulfur gasoline is a boost for automakers trying to comply with stricter emissions standards. The fuel would enable them to develop lean-burn direct-injection gasoline engines with higher fuel economy than current engines.
When it goes on sale this summer in California, the 2013 Fiat 500e electric car will come with an unusual standard feature: another vehicle. 500e buyers may use rental vehicles for up to 12 days a year for free.
As West Coast Editor Mark Rechtin considered the vehicles unveiled at the New York auto show, he encountered a design trait we're destined to see more of: Sleek, sloping hoods are being replaced with bulkier snouts and corners.
Dodge brand chief Reid Bigland says the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine coming this spring in the new Dodge Dart GT model will boost sales of the compact car -- and may become the dominant engine for the Dart.
General Motors' speedy revision of the slow-selling Chevrolet Malibu reflects the company's new determination to fix problems quickly when they arise, rather than letting them linger until the next scheduled change.
If you were at the New York auto show last week or just read about what went on, you quickly realized that consumers and dealers have more product choices than ever. And the offerings these days run the gamut Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.
Jose Munoz, who led Nissan's market leading team in Mexico, comes to the United States with a big sales bogey. His boss, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, wants the automaker to increase its share of the U.S. market to 10 percent by 2016.
Gary Flom, owner of Bay Ridge Ford, did the near-impossible in New York City. He found an 88,000-square-foot parcel with a 33,000-square-foot building. "That might not sound like a lot to a dealer in Texas but for New York, that's a giant piece of land," he says.
The top 10 vehicles built in North America in February were the Ford F series, Chevrolet Silverado, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Ram pickup, Nissan Altima, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and the Volkswagen Jetta (sixth generation).
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