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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels

June 20, 2014 09:57 CET
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its new battery-powered e-NV200.

VIDEO: Lincoln's VanDyke on making MKC stand out

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM tries to speed repairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Dealers can win gifts, incentive credits to accelerate recall fixes; Fiat Chrysler's luxury fund-raiser; Jaguar kayos the XK.


Quiz: Tax hikes, GM's trouble, Sergio's pitch

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
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GM quality manager warned board of serious problems in 2002

10:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company's board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers' hands.”


GM dangles dealer bonuses to speed ignition-switch repairs

1:59 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
GM is rolling out a series of initiatives to accelerate the fix of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches, including offering dealerships bonus money for speedy repairs.

Bumblebee Camaro shows off GM's design muscle in 'Transformers' flick

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
GM's Chevrolet Camaro will again transform into the gutsy black and yellow Autobot hero named Bumblebee in the latest Transformers film, which hits theaters June 27.

Jaguar dropping XK coupe, convertible

8:12 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
With the all-new F-Type Coupe debuting, Jaguar is ending output of the more expensive and aging two-plus-two XK coupe and convertible.

'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices.

Takata, echoing NHTSA suspicions, says moisture may be culprit in latest airbag recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Takata is investigating excessive moisture as a possible cause of defective airbag inflators that have led to 5.9 million recalls globally this year and last. Today's announcement by one of the world's biggest airbag suppliers echoes the suspicions of safety regulators in the United States.

Ford extends SiriusXM traffic, weather service to 5 years on '15 models

3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s 2015 model year vehicles equipped with navigation will come with a five-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link.

CarMax fiscal Q1 earnings rise 16%

3:20 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
CarMax's net earnings rose 16 percent to $169.7 million in its first fiscal quarter, from the year-earlier period, on higher retail and wholesale unit sales and income from its captive finance unit.

Auto shows' influence on sales, purchase decisions growing again, study says

2:55 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A new study finds auto shows are serving as more than a market thermometer for the latest splashy coupe or concept crossover by automakers. Auto shows regained influence in 2013 with 72 percent of attendees intending to shop for a new vehicle, and has continued to rise.

NHTSA examining data on exhaust leak in 2011-2014 Ford Explorer

12:46 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints that exhaust may be building up inside the cabins of Ford's 2011-2014 Explorer SUVs.

Preh acquires European assembly line design firm

12:24 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Automotive assembly line designer Preh said it has agreed to acquire IMA Automation Amberg from Switzerland’s Feintool International Holding AG.

Chrysler's brands generate mixed results in annual quality study

11:27 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Chrysler Group had a mixed bag in the 2014 JD Power Initial Quality Study. The Chrysler, Dodge and Ram brands improved, while Jeep results fell primarily on the troubled launch last fall of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the operation of its nine-speed transmission.

German carmakers consider black box recorders for self-drive cars

June 20, 2014 16:10 CET
German carmakers are considering the use of aircraft-style "black box" data recorders in self-driving cars, potentially a crucial step in getting the new technology on the road.

VIDEO: First Shift: Chrysler's 'Cinderella' pitch

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Marchionne to tout comeback story to investors; Hyundai Sonata Eco; more EVs for Audi?; smart look for Nissan.

Premium automakers will lead shift to wireless EV charging

June 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Premium carmakers will lead a move toward new wireless technology for charging electric vehicle batteries, a global market analysis report said.

Fiat will sell holdings worth 602 million euros to fund upscale shift

June 20, 2014 11:25 CET
Fiat Chrysler plans to sell holdings valued at about 602 million euros ($820 million), freeing up cash to invest in an expansion of its upscale brands.

Marchionne uses Chrysler's 'human-interest' story to woo U.S. investors

June 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he will use the “human-interest” angle of Chrysler's rebound from bankruptcy to help Fiat Chrysler appeal to U.S. investors ahead of a listing there later this year.

Tesla expands charging network across Europe

June 20, 2014 12:38 CET
Tesla plans to expand its network of fast-charging stations to allow its customers to drive across Europe. Tesla opened three stations along German highways to facilitate travel from Germany to Switzerland and Austria.

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