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Here's your auto ad lineup for Super Bowl Sunday

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sits a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.

Christopher Walken was the only choice for Kia's Super Bowl ad

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
Only one person could've done Kia's “Walken Closet” Super Bowl spot. Christopher Walken was the lone option. There was no Plan B.

Dealers pay high price with latest recall wave

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
Honda's order that U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous airbags or other safety defects.

SUNSET FOR SCION

Toyota's youth brand fulfilled its purpose, if not its potential

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
Fourteen years after Scion's introduction, Toyota has decided to shutter the brand. But within the failed experiment are crucial successes that Toyota will draw on long after Scion fades to a footnote on Wikipedia.

VW will offer U.S. diesel scandal customers generous compensation, paper says

Feb. 7, 2016 14:16 CET
Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, Ken Feinberg, the head of its claims fund, told a German paper.

VW may report earnings in April, hold annual meeting in June

Feb. 7, 2016 13:52 CET
Volkswagen said it will publish its annual results as soon as April and may hold its annual shareholders' meeting in early June, four to six weeks later than scheduled as the company determines the financial fallout from the diesel emissions scandal.

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's Seat readies unveiling of its first SUV

Feb. 7, 2016 06:01 CET
VW Group's Seat brand this week will unveil its first SUV as the struggling brand seeks to benefit from a booming segment in Europe.

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term.

For game day, Nissan changes the channel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad.

VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016
New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action.

Chrysler readies Alloy Edition trims for 200, 300

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, looking to spark interest in two key Chrysler cars, plans special editions for the 200S and 300S that sport hints of Detroit’s industrial might.

RED CARPET TREATMENT

Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016
A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET
Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience.

BMW's laser headlights showcase Osram's mass-market goals

Feb. 6, 2016 06:15 CET
German supplier Osram is equipping BMW 7-series sedans with laser headlight modules, marking a move to the mass-market for the technology, which is already available on BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid suprcar and Audi's R8 LMX sports car.

Army marches forward with self-driving trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016
The U.S. Army is developing driverless trucks and could end up operating the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles. A key test comes this summer when the Army conducts road tests in Michigan.

TWO BY TWO

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016
A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity.

Former Ferrari chief engineer returns to Fiat Chrysler

Feb. 5, 2016 11:53 CET
Fiat Chrysler has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW as the automaker faces technical challenges that have delayed the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Maserati Levante launches. Fedeli will be chief technical officer for both Alfa and Maserati.

Group 1 buys U.K. dealership group, sells 3 U.S. stores

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S.

UAW was unprepared for social media influence on talks, Williams says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
UAW President Dennis Williams said the union took away several lessons from its rocky 2015 negotiations with Detroit automakers -- chief among them being the influence of social media on members.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyota's big-game green pitch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
Super Bowl 50: Toyota's big-game green pitch, Hyundai's design 'engineer,' another FCA surprise?; VW delays '15 results; Zetsche's margin pledge; Bentley fastback SUV?; Toyota nears milestone.

Rise in traffic deaths last year raises alarm at NHTSA

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
U.S. Transportation Department officials are mounting an effort to tackle the human causes behind traffic deaths, which after years of steady declines, increased sharply last year.

Chrissy Taylor named Enterprise COO

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
Christine "Chrissy" Taylor has been promoted to Enterprise Holdings Inc.'s COO, the company said today.

Margin squeeze hurts used-vehicle prices, economist says

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index dipped in January, registering only its second decline in the last eight months.

Toyota recycling program gives second life to parts

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
One automaker’s junk is becoming one of its treasures. Toyota Motor Sales, along with Boles Parts Supply, takes bumper covers and recycles them in the form of shredding.

Volvo bets on wagons with V90 despite SUV boom

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Volvo will show its commitment to station wagons, whose sales are being hit by the global boom in SUVs, when it unveils its new V90 later this month.

VW delays 2015 results due to open issues on emissions

Feb. 5, 2016 14:34 CET
Volkswagen said its emissions scandal will delay its publication of last year's results, as the automaker struggles to determine the financial impact of its cheating.

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Feb. 5, 2016 13:13 CET
Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.

Mahindra mulls Pininfarina-designed premium car

Feb. 5, 2016 14:41 CET
Mahindra has begun talks with Pininfarina, the Italian design house it agreed to buy in December, to build a premium car for the Indian market.

VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing.

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota raises net profit outlook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
Toyota raises net income outlook; Takata turns a profit; Obama to propose $10-per-barrel oil tax; VW replaces top U.S. lawyer; Super Bowl star power.

LUCA CIFERRI

Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. Now we have a special news item of our own: this year ANE is 20.

Renault-Nissan reports record EV sales in 2015 despite drop in Leaf demand

Feb. 5, 2016 11:37 CET
Renault-Nissan said global sales of battery-powered vehicles rose 2.5 percent to a record 84,754 last year even though there was a slowdown in demand for the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle.

Toyota quarterly net income rises 4.7% to $5.4 billion

Feb. 5, 2016 09:23 CET
Toyota posted a 4.7 percent gain in quarterly net income and raised its full-year profit forecast slightly due to strong demand in the U.S.

Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Italy continued to lead demand with double-digit growth.

Takata posts quarterly profit gain as airbag recalls mount

6:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
Takata reported quarterly profit rose from a year earlier, as it seeks to convince automakers including Honda to continue to support it through expanding recalls.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Auto sector ends 2015 on a high

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
The European auto industry ended last year with strong gains in shareholder value across the board at automakers, suppliers and retailers, according to the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices.

PSA plans to cut 850 jobs at French factory, report says

Feb. 5, 2016 11:04 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to cut the night shift and 850 jobs at its Poissy factory near Paris to adapt to lower output levels as production of the Citroen C3 is moved to Slovakia next year, Reuters reported.

Bentley preps fastback Bentayga

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV.

GM worker dies at Ohio plant; U.S. investigating

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
Federal authorities are investigating the death of a General Motors worker at its Defiance, Ohio, casting operations plant this week.

Obama seeks $10-a-barrel oil tax for self-driving cars, transport outlays

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget to finance self driving cars, public transit, railroads and other transportation improvements, the White House said.

Honda will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

7:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
Honda said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units.

Daimler earnings surge 22% on new models

Feb. 4, 2016 09:44 CET
Daimler's fourth-quarter operating profit surged by 22 percent, lifted by demand for SUVs, compact cars and sales of its C class. The company, however, warned of slower growth in 2016 as China cools.

Fiat Chrysler preps 2 Super Bowl ads

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will air two spots during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. The first ad will air after Coldplay's halftime performance. The second ad will air during the first commercial break in the fourth quarter, FCA revealed today.

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