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Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015
Assembly of the sixth-generation BMW 7 series began in July 2015 at the automaker's factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 70,000 units next year, according to IHS Automotive.


Audi suspends 2 engineers following U.S. emissions probe

Nov. 26, 2015 12:45 CET
Audi has suspended two engineers after its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were found to have evade emissions limits in the U.S., Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, was quoted as saying in a newspaper report.

Audi CEO must 'push on' with emissions probe, labor boss says

Nov. 26, 2015 20:26 CET
Audi's top labor representative said that CEO Rupert Stadler needs to "push on" with an investigation into the causes of emissions issues at VW Group's flagship luxury brand with no regard to who may be involved.


VW's surreal fix turns diesel scandal into a comedy

9:54 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015
VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its diesel scandal woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic.

PSA stake holder Dongfeng removes president after gov't graft probe

Nov. 26, 2015 11:41 CET
Dongfeng said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position after the government launched an investigation into the executive for suspected graft earlier this month. Dongfeng owns a 14.1 percent stake in France's PSA and has joint ventures with PSA, Renault, Nissan and Honda.

PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says

Nov. 26, 2015 16:40 CET
PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.


VW's surreal fix turns Dieselgate drama into a comedy

9:54 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015
VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its Dieselgate woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic.

Infiniti Q60 caught on road ahead of Detroit debut

Nov. 26, 2015 14:59 CET
The Infiniti Q60 was photographed in Las Vegas this week ahead of its planned debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. The BMW 4-series rival is expected to go in sale in Europe toward the end of next year following its launch in the U.S.


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET
South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.

Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017

Nov. 26, 2015 11:52 CET
Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories.

Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit

Nov. 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand.


Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015
Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords.


On the road in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015
During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn’t entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years.


VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recall

Nov. 25, 2015 12:50 CET
VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe even though technical fixes for the affected cars will likely turn out to be less complex than initially thought.

Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
The California Air Resources Board today ordered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to recall and repair “illegal” emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the state since 2009, the regulator said in a statement.

How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Two out of three now say they’d consider buying a Toyota, roughly on par with the sport’s domestic sponsors like Ford and GM.

Ford touts 'backup trailer assist' function in new F-150 ads

7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier.

France opposes changes to Renault-Nissan structure

Nov. 25, 2015 21:52 CET
France's decision to secure double voting rights in Renault should not result in any changes to the structure of the automaker's partnership with Nissan, the country's economy minister said. Sources say Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to give Nissan more say over the alliance.


VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy

Nov. 25, 2015 15:36 CET
The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth.

Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Hyundai, GM predicted to lead Nov. sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
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Car payment holidays hurt consumers, lender warns

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Consumer auto payment holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be. Though it can be a helpful bit of cash in the short-term, it will hurt borrowers financially in the long run, subprime lender Prestige Financial warns.


Why CFPB reform bill could face tougher challenge in the Senate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change.

Easy does it when selling F&I products

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Dealers, when selling F&I products, don’t count pressuring the customer as an effective sales technique. Too much pressure to buy F&I products leads to slightly lower close rates. And the type of presentation matters as dealers try to up their product sales, a study by J.D. Power found.


Think products, not dollars

10:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Set an F&I product goal per retail unit, instead of a dollars-per-unit target. Then offer a range of F&I products with your per-unit goal in mind, advises F&I expert George Angus. “If there’s a product not doing well, replace it with something else,” he said.

VIDEO: First Shift: Takata U.S. staffers saw trouble coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Takata U.S. staffers saw trouble coming; Toyota reissues recall; Sharper Kia Cadenza; Ford fights drugged driving; 'Quiet car' rule delayed.

Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU

Nov. 25, 2015 11:04 CET
The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc.

Chinese automaker Dongfeng removes president under graft suspicion

7:43 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Dongfeng Motor Group said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position, after the government launched an investigation on him for suspected graft earlier this month.

PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next year

Nov. 25, 2015 06:01 CET
PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China.

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET
Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.

Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant

Nov. 25, 2015 11:28 CET
Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017.

U.S. House passes bill revoking CFPB auto lending guidance; Senate, Obama pose hurdles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
A bill that would limit the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 auto lending guidance passed the House of Representatives last week by a 332-96 vote. But the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate and from President Obama.

Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015
The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.

EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET
Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said.


VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels

Nov. 24, 2015 12:48 CET
German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified.

Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.

GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups

11:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015
GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups.

Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test

Nov. 24, 2015 11:59 CET
Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. A German environmental lobby group said the excess emissions were detected under new European testing cycles.

U.S. auto sales could break November record, two forecasts say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015
This month -- powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy -- could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds.

U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015
U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing.

FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015
Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today.

Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015
Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley.

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