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Pressure builds on suppliers to team up

When ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced plans to acquire TRW Automotive, media reports focused on their combined sales of about $40 billion, which would rival behemoths such as Bosch, Denso and Magna. Fair enough, but it might make ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler

Anyone who follows the auto industry might find it easy to dismiss this week's news that Volkswagen is in talks to take over the recently consolidated Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
After all, VW has ... 2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 18

Minivans: So practical, so maligned

Here's an exercise: Think of the most practical product you own, something you use every day. Maybe it's a pen you keep in your pocket, or a garment, a briefcase, a handbag -- whatever. Do you like it? Probably, or you'd ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

Replacing the Wrangler is a puzzler

I pity Mark Allen. The soft-spoken, self-effacing Jeep design boss has successfully tackled a series of product interventions and designs that have put Chrysler Group's top-selling brand where it is today. The Grand Cherokee, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

SHANGHAI -- Under China's regulations, foreign automakers may not own more than 50 percent of their joint ventures with Chinese partners. But that may change. Since President Xi Jinping took office early last year, he has ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

For a new GM culture, pinpoint responsibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- For more than 10 years, scores of General Motors engineers, inspectors and other employees engaged in a deadly cover-up over an easily fixable ignition-switch defect. An estimated 13 to 300 people lost their lives ... 1:06 pm U.S. ET | May 7

Foreign brands race to develop vehicles for Chinese consumers

BEIJING -- It's unusual for automakers to design vehicles exclusively for one foreign market. But that's quickly becoming the new normal in China, judging from the unveilings last month at the Beijing auto show. Ford Motor Co. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5

Does Gen Y hate driving?

LOS ANGELES -- Splashed across USA Today are the results of a survey that purports that there is “little car ... 3:17 pm U.S. ET | April 25

Cars become computers on wheels

Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21

Why compact SUVs will play big in Beijing

SHANGHAI -- Ten years ago, the average Chinese family could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford it, but they're also getting picky about which vehicle to buy. SUVs, with their high seating position and a wide view of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14

In China, Musk rivals Jobs as tech superstar

SHANGHAI -- Never before has a car model created such a big splash in China as the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Tesla has yet to deliver a single Model S to China, but the car has attracted an enormous amount of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31

The big question: Who really owns vehicle data?

There is big money in big data -- the information on location, driving habits and service needs that automakers are beginning to extract from autos. According to a study released in February by Frost & Sullivan, vehicle data ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

Suppliers seem to gain clout; is it temporary?

I'm always a bit skeptical when auto executives -- or journalists or industry analysts -- announce that suppliers are finally getting respect from their customers. But lately it does seem like vendors are enjoying more bargaining ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

A new, scary meaning of 'China price'

For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 sports cars built since 2007 has got to be a nightmare. To recap briefly, the British automaker discovered last May ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Succeed Sergio? You'd have to be a bit crazy

Many journalists went into the Detroit auto show with questions about CEO succession at various automakers. Why didn't Alan Mulally trade Mustang 50.0 for Windows 8.1? Would Mark Reuss or Dan Ammann be team players for new coach ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20

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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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