VW aims to catch up with Waymo's headstart on autonomous cars

Nov. 18, 2018 11:46 CET
VW is up to two years of development work behind Alphabet's Waymo in the area of self-driving cars but is committed to catching up, CEO Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.

Mulally preaches routine in times of disruption

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2018
Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, speaking at the National Auto Auction Association's annual convention, said consistent analysis is the best way for leaders to assess disruptive technologies.

Ford, Toyota recognized for commitment to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2018
Rainbow Coalition President Jesse Jackson said Toyota "seems to have the idea that doing business with us is good for business, not the cost of doing business."

With help from AutoNation and Ford, a battered Florida store's managers and employees look ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2018
The community surrounding AutoNation Ford Panama City looks like a war zone after Hurricane Michael. Still, dealership employees have found a sense of normalcy and routine in returning to the battered store.

Nissan's U.S. profit push bogs down as sales slow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2018
Nissan says its push to improve profitability in the crucial U.S. market is taking more time and money than expected.

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How high-end SUVs are shaking up ultraluxury sales

Nov. 17, 2018 06:01 CET
Ultraluxury automakers including Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are gambling they can keep their exclusivity while increasing production and breaking into new market segments such as SUVs.

Maserati seeks to reverse sales, profit slide after being treated 'almost like a mass-market brand'

Nov. 17, 2018 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler's slumping Maserati business is a headache for new CEO Mike Manley after the brand's profitability and vehicle sales went into a steep slide. Manley has blamed the luxury unit's problems partly on mistakes that saw it managed "almost as if it were a mass market brand."

New-gen pickups win high marks for safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2018
Crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have violently demonstrated just how safe the latest generation of pickups has become, even compared with models from only a few years ago.

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Muscle cars do the heavy lifting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2018
Pennsylvania dealerships' annual car show builds brand recognition while raising money for a heartwarming charitable cause.

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Can Ford's baby Bronco take on Jeep's Renegade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2018
Will Ford's upcoming off-road compact CUV have what it takes to compete with a popular Jeep? Plus, why Colorado dealers continue to pick up more light-truck customers.

Porsche sees gold in classic cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2018
Porsche is looking to expand its Porsche Classic operations to build its lucrative vehicle service business through its U.S. dealerships.

Trump wants acting EPA head Wheeler to become permanent

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
President Donald Trump said he would nominate the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to take on the position permanently.

Toyota, Mazda will launch $1.6 billion Alabama plant construction next month

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing joint venture said it planned to begin construction next month of its giant $1.6 billion assembly plant in Alabama, with hopes of launching production in 2021.

VW to spend $50.2 billion on electric, autonomous vehicles by 2023

9:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
Volkswagen Group said it will spend 44 billion euros ($50.2 billion) on electric vehicles, digitalization, autonomous driving and new mobility services by 2023. The 44 billion euro plan is 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) more compared with last year's planning round. The automaker also plans to increase productivity of its factories by 30 percent by 2025.

Trump upbeat about trade deal after receiving China response

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
President Trump said he is optimistic about resolving the trade dispute with China after receiving a response to his demands from Beijing, ahead of a meeting this month with China's Xi Jinping.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW CEO on talks with Ford: Merger 'never' discussed

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
VW CEO on Ford talks: Merger 'never' discussed; Tesla Model 3 orders begin in China; Where Volvo's Polestar sees opportunity; How gasoline fuels Toyota's efficiency push.

Musk's infamous tweet creates layers of litigation for Tesla

7:29 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
Elon Musk's infamous tweet saying he'd secured funding to take Tesla private did so much damage to so many different kinds of investors that he should have multiple class-action suits, lawyers said.

Tesla starts taking Model 3 orders in China

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
Tesla has started taking orders for its Model 3 sedan in China for a deposit of 8,000 yuan ($1,153), according to the electric carmaker's China website.

VW's EV commitment is 15 million vehicles, not 50 million

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
Volkswagen Group corrected a key figure used by CEO Herbert Diess in an interview with Automotive News to describe the extent of the automaker's plans for electric vehicles.

VW CEO Diess will take responsibility for China business

Nov. 16, 2018 11:01 CET
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess will take on responsibility for the automaker's business in China in addition to his other duties.

VW increases spending on new tech by $11 billion to speed overhaul

Nov. 16, 2018 14:51 CET
VW Group is significantly raising investment plans for the next five years in the race to keep up with the shift to electric and self-driving cars, as well as new services in connected vehicles.

Ineos to decide on location to build new off-road vehicle by year-end

Nov. 16, 2018 16:30 CET
Petrochemicals company Ineos said it will decide on the manufacturing location for its new off-road vehicle, currently in design and development, by the end of the year and flagged a number of "very strong options" in the UK and Europe.

Ex-Bosch engineers seek to make self-driving cars safer

Nov. 16, 2018 10:16 CET
A company formed by two veteran Bosch engineers is seeking to make the open-source software that powers many experimental self-driving cars safe and reliable enough to be used in commercially available vehicles.

Musk to prowl production lines in push for Model 3 milestone

9:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2018
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will walk the entire Model 3 production line on Nov. 27 and 28. He said all assembly areas need to be able to support making 1,000 cars per day.

VW's supervisory board eyes multi-billion electrification plan

Nov. 16, 2018 09:32 CET
VW Group's supervisory board is due to vote on a multi-billion-euro investment plan on Friday, including steps to retool three German plants to mass produce EVs and to explore alliances with battery partners and rival automakers.

 
Why horsepower needs to be retired

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2018

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VW distances itself from IPO speculation

Christiaan Hetzner
6:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2018

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VW has backed away from recent speculation sparked by its Porsche brand that the group might spin-of ...
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Daimler loses complicated, costly refrigerant battle

Christiaan Hetzner
3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Daimler's profit warning, its second this year, brought back an old issue many might have forgotten: ...
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Why Porsche's CFO calls Germany's digital infrastructure a 'catastrophe'

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Porsche's CFO and IT boss says that Germany's digital infrastructure "is an absolute catastrophe" th ...
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Will Jaguar go EV-only?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2018

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Under a strategy being considered by company leaders, the British luxury marque would replace its conventional vehicles with battery-electric models over the next five to... ...
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German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

Christiaan Hetzner
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2018

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German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may hav ...
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Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

Christiaan Hetzner
8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9 2018

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Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-di ...
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How women are tackling the industry's glass ceiling

Peter Sigal
7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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To say that the automotive industry is male-dominated is an understatement. ...
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Why China is by far the world's largest market for full-electric cars

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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China is the largest market for EVs in the world after finding the simple formula for success: Combi ...
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