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RAV4 rates 'poor' in crash test despite redesign

3:11 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Despite a redesign, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 struggled in an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test that simulates what happens when a driver crashes the left front quarter of a vehicle into an object such as a tree, telephone pole or another car.

Team Detroit, Ford's ad agency, names new president for U.S. account

5:33 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
David Murphy has been tapped as the new president of Team Detroit, Ford's advertising and marketing agency. The move, effective Aug. 1, will put Murphy in charge of Team Detroit's account with Ford in the United States.

Philip Caldwell, Ford CEO after Henry Ford II, dies at 93

1:03 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Philip Caldwell, Ford Motor's first CEO who wasn't a member of the founder's family, and who gambled the automaker's future on the Taurus sedan in the 1980s, has died. He was 93.


VIDEO: Stores' scrutiny of bills pays off

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Automotive News recently conducted a dealer roundtable discussion in Dallas where executives exchanged ideas to improve operational processes in their stores. Texas dealer Greg May shared the story of his need to trim costs during the recession.


VIDEO: Interns break the 'dealership stigma'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
The Park Place dealer group in Texas is looking to erase the 'car dealership stigma' from the minds of college students. A formal summer internship program shows young men and women – and their parents – how 'lucrative' the business can be.


VIDEO: Buy a car, get keys and a keyboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
After purchasing a vehicle from Southwest Kia Mesquite, a customer is handed the keys and often a keyboard. That's because General Manager James Seale asks buyers to rate and write a quick assessment of their overall experience right in the F&I department.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Remembering Phil Caldwell

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Former Ford CEO led '80s turnaround; Toyota SUV gets 'poor' crash rating; GM looks to double high-mileage models; a crown for Hyundai

GM pledges to double fleet of vehicles that get 40 mpg or more

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
General Motors said today it plans to double the amount of models that achieve 40 mpg highway or better by 2017.

Winterkorn stands by mid-sized SUV plan for U.S. market

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Volkswagen AG remains committed to selling a mid-sized SUV to customers in the United States, CEO Martin Winterkorn told the brand's dealers today during a closed-door meeting in a suburb of Washington.

VIDEO: First Shift: Bullish on GM profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Analyst sees 'very encouraging' Q2 results; Ford cuts Focus EV price; Pitbull pitches Darts; high-tech Bentley cockpit

Winterkorn stands by mid-sized SUV plan for U.S.

July 11, 2013 21:49 CET
Volkswagen remains committed to selling a mid-sized SUV to customers in the United States, CEO Martin Winterkorn said.The automaker needs to "take initiative" in that crucial segment of the U.S. car market, he said.

Skoda sales fall 6% on Europe, model changeovers

July 11, 2013 13:08 CET
Skoda said global deliveries in the first six months dropped by 6 percent as the carmaker introduced revised models and a slump in European markets continued to hit sales.

Jaguar demand in China lifts JLR's global deliveries

July 11, 2013 14:41 CET
Jaguar Land Rover reported a 7 percent rise in global June sales as demand for its Jaguar brand rose sharply in China, the company's fastest growing market.

Ford: Europe still saddled with excess capacity

9:37 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Ford European chief Stephen Odell said the region will still be making at least 4 million vehicles a year more than market demand despite production cuts of 1.5 million to 2 million.

QUOTES: Caldwell hallmarks -- remarkably cool, 'meticulous,' 'resolute' in a crisis and 'overly passionate' about data

3:31 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
A look at quotes by and about Philip Caldwell, the decisive but low-keyed Ford executive who won Chairman and CEO Henry Ford II's attention as a problem solver in a succession of jobs, including chief of the company's truck operations, president of Philco-Ford, and head of automaking operations...

Toyota tops automakers in U.S. patents for 2012

5:23 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Toyota received more patents than any other automaker from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The automaker was granted 1,491 U.S.


Dealers, don't toss out that job application just yet

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Dealers beware: An arrest or conviction alone is not grounds for automatically disqualifying a job applicant. And doing so might result in legal action, lawyer Mike Charapp says.

Ford Motor Co.'s CEOs since 1979

2:29 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
The following is a list of Ford Motor Co. CEOs since the resignation of Henry Ford II in October 1979.

Fuel economy of new 2013 models sold tops that of 2012 units, study says

12:09 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
The average fuel economy for new 2013 model light vehicles sold in the United States is 24.6 mpg, up 1.1 mpg from 2012 models, according to a monthly report from University of Michigan researchers.

VIDEO: Ram's Bigland on new vans, engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Reid Bigland took over as Ram boss in April of this year. He also heads Chrysler Group's U.S. sales and Chrysler Canada. In this video, Bigland discusses Ram's upcoming commercial van offerings and the brand's new powertrain options for its 2014 light-duty and heavy-duty pickups.

Hyundai HCD-14 wins Concept of the Year

10:50 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
The Hyundai HCD-14 has been named the 2013 Concept Car of the Year by automotive writers at the North American Concept of the Year Awards.

Tesla Model S sedan output speeds past 400 a week, CEO says

10:04 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Tesla Motors is building Model S electric sedans faster than its initial 400-a-week goal as demand and the company's production skills increase, CEO Elon Musk said.

More Chinese cities likely to curb auto sales

5:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
Eight more cities in China, the world's biggest auto market, are likely to announce policies restricting new vehicle purchases, an official at the automakers association said, as Beijing tries to control air pollution.

Lada aims to mimic Kia's success with style revolution

July 11, 2013 13:12 CET
AvtoVAZ Design Director Steve Mattin aims to lead a styling revolution at Lada in the same way that Kia's design chef Peter Schreyer transformed the Korean brand's image. Kia's rapid sales growth through design is something Mattin wants to replicate at Russia's top-selling brand.

Sources: Audi plans Quattro return

July 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Audi plans to return the Quattro to its lineup three decades after the original model debuted, sources said. The Frankfurt auto show in September is shaping up as the likely backdrop for the reveal.

Strikes hit GM Korea at critical juncture

July 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Striking autoworkers at GM Korea have scuttled production of hundreds of vehicles this month, as the union and management haggle over wages and working conditions.


Jaguar Land Rover strike vote highlights risks of non-staff workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
News that DHL workers have voted to strike at Jaguar Land Rover's three UK plants throws the spotlight on just how embedded into the factory operation logistics suppliers have become.

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