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What led to the surprise exits of Cadillac's de Nysschen, VW's Mueller?
April 21

Did ousted Cadillac boss de Nysschen have the U.S. market in his blind spot? Plus, how Mueller's cleanup job still left a mess at Volkswagen Group.

Toyota powertrain boss feeling the pressure
April 21
Author: Hans Greimel

Hirohisa Kishi says he's tackling one of his biggest challenges yet — how to keep internal combustion engines competitive in the age of electric vehicles.

Retooled QX50 fills Infiniti's 'biggest void'
April 21
Author: David Phillips

Infiniti has turned its aging QX50 into a true competitor in the compact premium crossover space, with an advanced engine, new safety technologies and an attractive sticker.

JUST ARRIVED: 2019 Infiniti QX50
April 21

A look at the new Infiniti QX50 and its crossover competitors.

Ken Garff's pioneering partnership breaks up
April 21
Author: Jamie LaReau

Ken Garff Automotive, a pioneer in private equity partnerships, will buy Garcadia Auto and its half interest in 28 dealerships from Leucadia National.

Magna makes progress on Ford carbon fiber subframe prototype
April 21
Author: Hans Greimel

Magna International Inc. has delivered a carbon fiber subframe prototype to Ford it says will reduce weight and tooling costs and hopes to rule on mass production by year end.

Porsche's head of powertrain development arrested
April 20

German police arrested the head of powertrain development at Porsche in connection with parent Volkswagen Group's sweeping diesel emissions violations.

Ford puts huge ad account up for review
April 20
Author: E.J. Schultz

Ford, citing the need for "greater marketing efficiency, effectiveness and customer insight," while leveraging the "latest tools and technology," placed its global creative advertising account led by WPP under review.

First Shift: Nissan embarks on EV push, retail overhaul
April 20

Nissan EV push, retail overhaul; Ghosn's 'irreversible' quest; VW Canada settlement; Chrysler, Lexus win in Texas; Barra among 'Greatest Leaders'; Hyundai showcases NFL prospects.

PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union
April 20

PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.

GM Korea, union fail to reach wage deal
April 20

GM's South Korean unit and its labor union failed to reach a wage deal after another round of talks that sought to avert a bankruptcy filing for the unprofitable operation. Talks will continue over the weekend.

VW's $229M settlement with owners of 3.0-liter diesels cleared by Canada judge
April 20
Author: Greg Layson

An Ontario judge approved a settlement worth up to $229 million with about 20,000 owners of 3.0-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles in Canada affected by VW's emissions violations.

AutoNews Now: 54 years of Mustang mania
April 20

54 years of Mustang mania; As buyers go big, auto loans go long; Wells Fargo fined $1B; Porsche exec arrested; No deal at GM Korea; Job cuts at Nissan, Opel?

Tesla subcontractor's busted jaw triggered safety probe
April 20

Days before Tesla defended its safety record this week, California began inspecting an incident involving a subcontractor who was hospitalized after a piece of factory equipment broke his jaw.

Truck craze, tech stretch purse strings, auto loans
April 20

Americans' love of pricey pickups, crossovers and SUVs is stretching their wallets, leading lenders to bend over backward to keep monthly payments affordable.

Don't expect big shift in U.S. exports with Korea trade deal
April 20
Author: Eric Kulisch

Under a revised trade pact with the U.S., Korea will double the annual quota for U.S. light-vehicle imports to 50,000 per Detroit 3 automaker, recognize U.S. safety standards and reduce red tape associated with emissions compliance.

Quick Shift: Uber dodges driver privacy lawsuit
April 20

The driver argued the program reduced his income, but failed to convince the judge it violated the relevant laws he cited.

Nissan to launch 8 electrified vehicles in Japan by 2022
April 20
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan aims to stoke sales in Japan by launching eight electrified vehicles and overhauling its dealer network over the next five years.

At Nissan-Renault, the hunt for an 'irreversible,' sustainable future
April 20

The alliance between Renault and Nissan needs to come up with a sustainable plan -- something "irreversible" -- for a future when Carlos Ghosn is no longer around as chairman to guide the partnership, the top executive says.

PSA seeks 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says
April 20

PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.

NAFTA talks resume amid push for quick deal
April 19

The trio of ministers leading talks to retool NAFTA meet again in Washington beginning Thursday as they continue to push for a deal in principle within weeks.

Ford claims 30 mpg F-150 diesel wins pickup mileage crown
April 19
Author: Michael Martinez

The first diesel F-150 will get 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup when it hits showrooms in May.

First Shift: Ford claims mpg leadership with diesel F-150
April 19

Ford claims mpg crown with diesel F-150; McQueen's 'Bullitt' Mustang hits the Mall; Calif. agency probes Tesla workplace safety; CDK acquisition; What driver data can buy.

Ousted Cadillac chief de Nysschen: 'It's not personal, it's business'
April 19
Author: Michael Wayland

Johan de Nysschen unapologetically challenged leadership and the Cadillac team, while drawing the ire of many U.S. dealers with his ambitious -- and contentious -- Project Pinnacle plan to overhaul the brand and its retailers.

Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas
April 19

Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a compact four-wheeled chassis for electric mobility, and the Bio-hybrid, a lightweight four-wheel pedicycle.

New GM Canada president should feel right at home given his past
April 19
Author: John Irwin

The decline of Canada's auto assembly might feel familiar to Travis Hester. He spent his early years with GM at Holden, the Australian unit that ceased production last year, ending mass auto assembly there.

Tim Russi to leave Ally Financial
April 19
Author: Jackie Charniga

Tim Russi, the Ally Financial auto finance president who led many digital initiatives and helped expand the lender's dealership reach, is leaving the post, effective immediately.

As GM mulls options, how does bankruptcy work in S.Korea?
April 19

GM's Korean unit has warned that it would file for bankruptcy if there isn't a restructuring deal by Friday, as the operation is running out of cash to pay employees and suppliers amid slumping sales. A look at how South Korea's court-managed bankruptcy protection procedures work.

GM Korea, union fall short of deal before deadline
April 19

Wage talks between GM's South Korean unit and its labor union ended without an agreement on Thursday, a day before the deadline the company has set for filing for bankruptcy.

GM adds eBay CEO to board of directors
April 19
Author: Michael Wayland

GM CEO Mary Barra said Devin Wenig will bring "significant expertise in technology, global operations and strategic planning" to the automaker's board.

Daimler may buy tiny stake in Volvo, report says
April 19

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish automaker, a German business magazine reported, raising the possibility of increased ties between Mercedes and Volvo's Chinese owner, Geely.

Quick Shift: Tesla's workplace practices under investigation
April 19

California's Division of Occupational Health and Safety said Wednesday it was investigating the automaker over allegations of workplace hazards and misreporting injuries.

Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for auto loan, mortgage abuse
April 19

The settlement with the CFPB cites Wells Fargo's practice of forcing auto insurance on some customers who took out loans to buy new vehicles. Wells Fargo also will "remediate harmed consumers," the bureau said.

Infiniti sets ambitious plan to hike China output
April 19
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand, looking to duck steep tariffs, aims to triple sales in the world's biggest auto market in five years by ramping up production of five new nameplates in China.

PSA fight to slash Opel factory costs intensifies
April 19

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.

AutoNews Now: Tough task for 'back-to-basics' Cadillac boss
April 19

Tough task for 'back-to-basics' Cadillac boss; Ally management shakeup; Infiniti China push, 'Avengers' ad; FCA profit-margin goal: Beat GM, Ford; Sales weaken in Europe.

Freudenberg mulls IPO for Vibracoustic unit
April 19

German technology group Freudenberg will decide in the fall on an initial public offering in 2019 of its automotive vibration control technology business Vibracoustic.


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