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Sponsors Hyundai-Kia closely watching FIFA scandal

1:57 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
In the wake of a U.S. federal investigation of several officials and executives with soccer governing board FIFA, major corporate sponsor Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are keeping a close eye on the matter.

Volvo inks plant deal with S.C.

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
Volvo Cars of North America signed an agreement today with the state of South Carolina, where it will build its first U.S. factory.

DAVE GUILFORD

Sergio's merger talk could mean more heartburn for FCA workers

1:29 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
Reaction to Sergio Marchionne's campaign to spur mergers has focused on other automakers, who seem notably unenthused, at least in public. But I wonder about the reaction in Marchionne's own house, Fiat Chrysler.

GM to invest $175M in Michigan plant to gear up for 2016 Camaro

9:30 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
General Motors said today that it will invest $175 million in new tooling and equipment to bring production of the Chevrolet Camaro to its assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

J.D. Power to buy NADA Used Car Guide

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
J.D. Power agreed to buy the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Used Car Guide business, which will result in more comprehensive data and new products, the companies said today. The deal, still subject to regulatory review, is expected to close early in the third quarter.

May U.S. sales rate forecast to rise to 17.3M

11:08 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
May is expected to produce the U.S. auto industry's best sales pace since last summer. Forecasts call for a seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate of about 17.3 million, the highest level since August 2014 and second-highest for any month since January 2006.

GM ignition-switch suits put on ice by U.S. judge, for now

6:22 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred.

Opel CEO rules out deal with Fiat

May 28, 2015 12:52 CET
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has ruled out a deal with Fiat after its CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested carmakers need to consolidate to cut costs. Neumann also said it was a "big mistake" for Opel to search for scale with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and not within GM.

Marchionne sees industry merger by 2018

7:10 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is convinced a merger in the auto industry will happen before 2018, he said during a visit to the carmaker's Melfi plant in southern Italy.

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford: Use our EV patents

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
Ford follows Tesla in offering EV patents to rivals; FCA reduces powertrain warranty; Latest Honda airbag recall; Key figure in GM crisis to face deposition; Stars shine for Kia, Lincoln.

Opel will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

May 28, 2015 11:24 CET
Opel will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity.

Ford to make EV patents available to rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles.

UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia

May 28, 2015 11:03 CET
UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia.

Apple exec adds to chatter that tech company is working on a car

May 28, 2015 11:29 CET
Apple has increased speculation that it will use its massive cash reserves to work on a car after a senior company executive said a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference.

Honda expands airbag recall

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Thomas M. Mueller

May 28, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Volvo's Thomas M. Mueller.

Will CFPB's use of disparate impact be altered by Supreme Court housing ruling?

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Will a Supreme Court ruling in a Texas civil rights case alleging the state's housing practices resulted in a disparate impact on African-Americans set a precedent that could affect the CFPB's crackdown on auto lending? Dealership attorneys say the CFPB won't benefit from the decision, but...

Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit

3:58 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty ignition switches now linked to 107 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed today.

Ford recalls 423,000 vehicles for power-steering issue

10:55 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Ford today said it is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating since last fall. It also issued a smaller recall for a different issue in some 2015 Ford Mustangs.

Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a similar change in March by General Motors.

Lamborghini will launch SUV in 2018

May 27, 2015 16:35 CET
Lamborghini will produce its new SUV in Italy, with the model due to enter the market in 2018. The company will hire 500 new employees and almost double the physical size of its plant in Italy's Emilia Romagna region.

New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians.

GM makes big bet on smartphone integration

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
General Motors will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay on more than a dozen Chevrolet vehicles for the 2016 model year, the industry's biggest bet yet on dashboard displays that mimic smartphones.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chevy goes Android - and Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Chevy goes Android - and Apple; GM's Barra, Bill Ford join forces in Mich. auto-tech push; In China: SUVs as 'rage' defense; Ford issues 2 recalls; New way to see London.

Apple exec calls car 'ultimate mobile device'

2:35 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
A senior Apple executive said developing a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference today.

Auto loans and balances, boosted by millennials, rise in Q1

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Auto loans and balances grew in volume in the first quarter, with the youngest U.S. consumers leading the way. Despite those increases, auto loan delinquencies remained flat, credit bureau TransUnion reported today.

LEGAL FILE

Former Suzuki store owner wins right to arbitrate in consumer dispute

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
The owner of a former Suzuki dealership in Kansas City, Mo., is entitled to arbitrate rather than litigate a customer's claims stemming from an alleged failure to deliver title to the used vehicle she bought, the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled.

JAMIE LaREAU

F&I providers and lenders, here's your chance to fulfill dealers' dreams

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
With gross profit margins on new-vehicle sales narrowing, dealers are worried about the future and where the profits on the sales side will come. The F&I office is an obvious place.

F&I TIP

Finesse the timing of document printouts

11:32 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Bill Paschen, finance director for Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, recommends preprinting only the temporary plate and the customer menu before inviting the customer into the F&I office.

Larry Miller Group launches Fast Pass to speed auto transactions

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Larry H. Miller Dealerships is pushing to put more of the car buying process online, but the F&I component will stay in the dealership. The group is launching LHM Fast Pass, a website tool that enables customers to select and reserve online a new or used vehicle for purchase or lease.

Renault resumes production in Turkey

May 27, 2015 16:39 CET
Renault resumed normal production at its plant in Turkey after employees ended a strike. The protest over working conditions also affected output at factories operated by Fiat and Ford.

GUEST BLOG - DARON GIFFORD

How suppliers can seize new opportunities in Mexico

10:10 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Major automakers from around the globe are establishing or expanding operations in Mexico, and that means new challenges -- and opportunities -- for automotive suppliers.

GABE NELSON

Android Auto proves to be luxuriously simple

9:47 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend the usual "the more you pay, the more you get" rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai a better computer interface than most luxury cars have.

GM sees growth for diesels in U.S. and China

May 27, 2015 14:36 CET
General Motors sees growth opportunities for diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. and China as it expands its diesel development center in Turin, Italy. The center provides global GM brands with diesel technology.

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota still brand-value king

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Toyota keeps 'most valuable car brand' title, BMW ranks 2nd; Takata hearing set; GM's Barra a global power; Ford's top-of-the-line Explorer; Ram releases longer Lambert video.

Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said.

Ford gives EVs a boost in UK car-sharing program

May 27, 2015 12:38 CET
Ford has joined automakers including BMW and Daimler in offering electric cars for short-term hire as it expands its car-sharing projects to the UK. GoDrive, which will operate in London, offers access to 50 vehicles, half of them EVs, to drive for one-way journeys throughout the city.

Valeo expects higher sales, profits this year

May 27, 2015 12:05 CET
Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich reiterated that the supplier's sales in 2015 will outpace growth in global markets. Aschenbroich expects an operating margin slightly higher than the 7.2 percent margin in 2014.

Toyota remains most valuable car brand despite airbag recalls

May 27, 2015 10:25 CET
Toyota kept its title as the most valuable car brand in 2015 despite recent airbag recalls denting its worth, according to a study that ranks the top 100 global brands. BMW remained No. 2, while Mercedes was third.

Porsche extends contract of production boss

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche has extended the contract of its production and logistics boss, Oliver Blume, by five years. Blume is a former head of global production planning at VW who started his career at Audi.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Heli Hassinen-Biberger

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Heli Hassinen-Biberger of Nissan.

Ford's Turkish unit halts output

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET
The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again.

Jaguar Land Rover profit declines most in two years

May 26, 2015 15:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover became the latest casualty of a slowdown in Chinese auto demand, reporting its steepest drop in quarterly profit in two years after retail deliveries slumped in the world's largest vehicle market.

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