VW exec Schmidt pleads not guilty, but must stay behind bars, judge says

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt will remain behind bars as an extreme flight risk even after not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf during his arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Tavares talks about Opel/Vauxhall jobs with Germany's Merkel and UK's May

Feb. 23, 2017 14:42 CET

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both spoken with PSA CEO Carlos Tavares in the last few days as the executive looks likely to preside over a deal with Opel/Vauxhall that may put UK and German car jobs at risk.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

PSA-Opel deal promises Big Bang in small cars, report says

Feb. 23, 2017 17:08 CET

PSA plans an engineering blitz to redevelop Opel's core models with its own technology if it succeeds in buying GM's European arm, Reuters reported. PSA wants to build the next Corsa subcompact car on the same architecture as its Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3 models, several sources said.... Read More »

VW board expected to support Audi's Stadler despite criticism over scandal

Feb. 23, 2017 15:25 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is expected to win the backing of top officials at the carmaker and parent company Volkswagen Group this week, despite criticism of his handling of the group's emissions scandal, two sources close to the matter said.... Read More »

PSA-Opel deal would find 'speedy' savings

Feb. 23, 2017 10:55 CET

PSA's proposed acquisition of Opel would swiftly create savings and value for both companies, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said. PSA could attract new customers currently reluctant to buy French cars, while generating savings from shared technical underpinnings, he said.... Read More »

PSA takes first steps to U.S. market entry with ride-sharing service

Feb. 23, 2017 09:10 CET

PSA will be a partner in TravelCar, a ride-sharing service set to begin in April at airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as the automaker takes the first steps toward re-entering the North American market.... Read More »

PSA ready for 'opportunities' as profit gain helps Opel stance

Feb. 23, 2017 07:29 CET

PSA's earnings jumped 18 percent last year on cost cuts, underscoring the automaker's revival and helping its efforts to buy GM's struggling European operations.... Read More »

Ghosn hands Nissan reins to cost-focused lieutenant

10:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Newly promoted to CEO at Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa will bring a gruff, tough, no-nonsense approach to leading Japan's second-biggest car maker at a time of rapid technological change in the industry.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

All networks are vulnerable to hackers

5:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

The establishment of self-driving tests on public roads would create a monumental vulnerability that if exploited could collapse society with a keystroke, writes one reader.... Read More »

Tesla's cash burn raises concerns on Wall Street

11:46 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Elon Musk is burning through cash and may need to raise more soon to produce the mass-market electric sedan Tesla is banking on to reach the mainstream consumer.... Read More »

Visteon builds on electronics segment gains in Q4

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Electronics supplier Visteon said it swung to a $31 million profit on its continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with a loss of $68 million last year.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: 'Audacious' Ghosn tough act to follow

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

'Audacious' leader Ghosn tough act to follow at Nissan; Tavares' Opel ambition: Create 'European car champion'; Stabbing at GM plant; Mercedes creates special-edition roadsters.... Read More »

GM worker released from hospital after stabbing at Wentzville plant

11:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

A worker at General Motors' Wentzville assembly plant in Missouri has been released from the hospital after being stabbed five times Wednesday night at the plant, according to officials.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ghosn gives up Nissan CEO title

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Ghosn gives up Nissan CEO title; Tesla narrows Q4 loss; Arraignment set for VW exec; PSA a partner in LA, San Francisco airport car-sharing venture; Sweet spots for EV sales.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan can manage just fine without Ghosn at the wheel

6:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Nissan, which has counted Carlos Ghosn as chairman, CEO and president for most of the period since Renault saved it from the brink of collapse in 1999, is going to have to make do with less of him.... Read More »

Brexit-induced fall in pound left Nissan worse off in UK

Feb. 23, 2017 11:26 CET

Nissan said the Brexit-induced fall in the pound, which dropped by some 15 percent against the euro after the June referendum, had left it slightly worse off in the UK as the extra cost of importing euro-denominated parts outweighed the currency benefits of exporting cheaper cars.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Kia counts on loyal buyers for new Picanto

Feb. 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Kia hopes customer loyalty, along with new connectivity and safety features, will help lift sales of the Picanto in the price-sensitive minicar segment.... Read More »

UK car production reaches 9-year high in January

Feb. 23, 2017 10:16 CET

UK car production rose by an annual 7.5 percent in January to hit its highest level since 2008, as strong demand for exports compensated for a decline in demand at home, according to data from the SMMT industry body.... Read More »

Ghosn steps down as Nissan CEO, hands reins to Saikawa as focus shifts

6:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Carlos Ghosn, the long-serving chief executive who rescued Nissan from bankruptcy, is stepping down as CEO, having nearly finished his latest business plan and driven the Renault-Nissan Alliance to new heights with the acquisition of Mitsubishi. Hiroto Saikawa, who currently serves as co-CEO, will become sole chief executive.... Read More »

Tesla loss narrows to $121 million in Q4

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Tesla reported a net loss of $121.3 million in the fourth quarter as the company prepared to launch Model 3 output. Revenue surged 88 percent to $2.3 billion in the fourth quarter behind a rise in vehicle sales.... Read More »

Auto finance OK overall, but subprime shows blemishes, N.Y. Fed says

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Credit quality looks OK for auto finance overall, and outstanding auto loans and leases combined hit a record $1.16 trillion at the end of 2016, up about 9 percent from 2015, according to the latest Household Debt and Credit Report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

PSA sets sales and savings goals for Opel deal, report says

Feb. 22, 2017 17:33 CET

PSA expects its planned acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall division to lead to combined sales of 5 million vehicles by 2022 and save as much as $2.1 billion annually, Reuters reported. PSA plans to make swift progress on technical convergence, bringing new Opel models such as the Corsa onto its architectures, sources said.... Read More »

VW said to renew India push with Tata alliance talks

Feb. 22, 2017 19:53 CET

VW Group is in advanced talks to team up with Tata Motors as the German automaker takes another stab at India's fast-growing demand for cars, Bloomberg reported. Competition for India's booming market of middle-class drivers is intensifying, with global manufacturers from Fiat Chrysler to PSA expanding in the country.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: FCA's quality woes are systemic

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Take a good look at today's J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Scroll down that long list of brands. There they are: FCA's brands, bringing up the rear. Looks familiar, doesn't it?... Read More »

KAR Auction's Q4 net income drops despite gain at ADESA

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

ADESA parent company KAR Auction Services reported a 5.8 percent decline in fourth quarter net income on higher service costs and selling and administrative expenses.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
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