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Volkswagen must sell shares in Suzuki, court decides

Aug. 30, 2015 10:54 CET
Volkswagen must sell its shares in estranged partner Suzuki, an international court decided, ending a nearly four-year battle over a dysfunctional alliance between the two carmakers.

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015
Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions.

Acura's new boss wants sedans 'that people get excited about'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015
Jon Ikeda is barely a few weeks into his new role as general manager of Acura, but the designer-turned-executive already knows what's atop his agenda at American Honda's luxury marque.

Citroen prepares new models with an eye on China

Aug. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen is preparing a series of model launches to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's recovery from near bankruptcy.

Foot-operated rear doors coming on upgraded Town & Country

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015
The redesigned Chrysler Town & Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy.

Will automakers go for Gorilla Glass?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015
Gorilla Glass, the tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass made by Corning and used on the screens of billions of smartphones and tablets, is getting closer to being used in windshields and other glass apertures of light vehicles.

REMEMBERING KATRINA

New Orleans dealers recall aftermath of the storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, killed at least 1,000 people in Louisiana and turned New Orleans into a vast flood zone. A pair of New Orleans-area dealers recall the aftermath of the storm and how it changed their business.

Ford feels push to return to midsize trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015
Ford and its dealers have become restless on the sidelines as General Motors sells every midsize pickup it can build and Jeep makes bank month after month.

NEWS ANALYSIS

The UAW benefits failure that wasn't

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Despite predictions of failure, the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is thriving today.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Stein: Wild week on Wall Street

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
Stein: Wild week on Wall Street; Pickup spiffs pick up, F-150 inventories recover; Military deal aids GM; Bosch's big battery buy; Ferrari back in India.

Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer’s home state of California.

GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines.

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.

Subaru sees no immediate return to Tianjin port after blast

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said today that it will keep diverting car exports from Tianjin to Shanghai for now because its Tianjin operations have yet to return to normal after explosions in the Chinese port city this month.

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars.

VIDEO: First Shift: Smart ForTwo gets U.S. twist

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
Smart ForTwo gets U.S. twist; Hyundai Accent changes; Tesla tries PayPal idea; Mazda's new retail look; In-car ID theft risk?

PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars.

Musk takes page from PayPal with Tesla Model S referral offer

7:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015
Elon Musk reached back to his days at PayPal for Tesla's first-ever incentive offer. Anyone who orders a new Model S sedan before Oct. 31 using the referral link of a current owner will get $1,000 off the purchase price, under the program announced July 29.

DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.

Smart ForTwo takes on more American dimensions

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
The bite-size Smart ForTwo may have a European flavor, but the third-generation model coming to the U.S. in September was cooked up using plenty of American ingredients.

Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2015 15:52 CET
Volkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, where Toyota, BMW and Mercedes also produce vehicles, are stepping up exports as the local market shrinks.

Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard.

Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

6:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. “It blew away everything else we've ever tested,” said Jake Fisher, the magazine's automotive testing director.

AUGUST U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales may dip for first time in 19 months

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Monthly U.S. auto sales are expected to fall for the first time in 19 months in August, but analysts say it's a blip caused by a later-than-usual Labor Day rather than a softening of consumer demand.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Keeping drivers on a long lease

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Surge in longer car leases; Sergio to run Ferrari?; Photos of redesigned Kia Sportage; Dodge Barracuda creates a buzz; Challenger companion?

Monthly payments, loan terms up in Q2, Experian says

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
The average monthly payment increased and new-vehicle loan terms grew during the second quarter as average U.S. transaction prices for new cars and light trucks rose, Experian Automotive reported today.

China's BAIC in talks to take Daimler stake, report says

Aug. 27, 2015 11:09 CET
Chinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, Reuters reported. If a deal is completed BAIC will become one of Daimler's top shareholders after Kuwait and Renault-Nissan.

Ferrari considers appointing Marchionne as CEO, report says

Aug. 27, 2015 15:10 CET
Ferrari is considering appointing Sergio Marchionne as CEO after Amedeo Felisa retires from the post in the coming months, sources told Bloomberg. Marchionne is already chairman of Ferrari and CEO of Ferrari owner Fiat Chrysler.

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Renault touts Talisman wagon's upscale features

Aug. 27, 2015 11:40 CET
Renault is touting upscale features and a roomy interior for the wagon version of its new Talisman midsize model line. The Talisman wagon is a key launch for Renault because 54 percent of sales in Europe's midsize segment are that bodystyle.

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin.

Honda offers facelift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month.

China's luxury shoppers hit pause amid roiling markets

7:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
The rout in China stocks is posing another threat to the world's biggest car market, jeopardizing growth plans for companies from Volkswagen AG to General Motors.

Global carmakers rework India plans

Aug. 27, 2015 12:01 CET
Leading global carmakers including VW, GM, Nissan and Renault are reviewing their plans in India as they seek to boost sales, avoid more cutbacks, and better compete against market leaders Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Mahindra.

VIDEO: First Shift: Consumer Reports' best car ever

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015
Consumer Reports' best car ever: Tesla Model S P85D; Honda CR-Z face-lift; BMW's 7-Series goal; Trump's Ford fallout; EV rebates in Conn.

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut

Aug. 27, 2015 10:30 CET
Kia released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the model's debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it boost its competitiveness in the tough compact SUV segment.

ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdown

Aug. 27, 2015 13:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen said the integration of rival TRW is progressing well and it expected full-year sales and profits to remain stable despite a slowing Chinese economy. Unlisted ZF released its first-half results for the first time in its history.

VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET
Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow.

Dodge Barracuda convertible, next-gen Charger among surprises for FCA dealers in Las Vegas

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015
Fiat Chrysler dealers meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday were wowed by a parade of new products coming to their dealerships, including a Dodge Barracuda convertible and a swoopy next-generation Dodge Charger said to resemble a popular 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale.

BMW aims to retake segment lead with redesigned 7 series

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015
BMW of North America wants to set a new sales record for the 7-series sedan with its redesigned version -- and regain leadership of the luxury sedan segment.

Loan terms for used vehicles grow as inventory becomes 'younger, pricier'

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015
Loan terms on used cars and light trucks are ticking up as those vehicles, on average, become “younger and pricier,” according to Edmunds.com. The average loan term on a used vehicle stretched to 66.2 months in the second quarter, up 1.1 month from the year-earlier period.

Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015
Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions.

HANNAH LUTZ

E-contracting needs standard definition

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015
Although electronic contracting has gained traction, it’s still not widely embraced by dealers.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Product surprises for FCA dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015
FCA surprises dealers with Barracuda, Charger plans; End of FCA sales streak?; Report: Ford mulling new Bronco; Keyless-ignition danger; Making mergers work; What would Tashi drive?

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