Acquisitions make Mahle a major player

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Just two years after German powertrain systems supplier Mahle GmbH acquired a majority stake in climate control specialist Behr Group, Mahle has agreed to acquire Delphi Automotive's thermal division. With the move, Mahle further consolidates its position as a leader in the thermal systems segment.... Read More »

Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors.... Read More »

Q&A

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Charlie Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell engineering, spoke recently about the partnership with Staff Reporter Richard Truett.... Read More »

GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.... Read More »

Mel Farr, Detroit Lion turned auto dealer, dies at 70

7:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Mel Farr, the former Detroit Lions running back who became owner of the nation's largest black-owned dealership group, has died at the age of 70.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: July winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

July U.S. sales winners, losers; 2016 Volt EV range: 53 miles; Toyota's earnings rise, BMW's slip; Dealer Mel Farr dies at 70; Army's self-driving aim.... Read More »

From hotel basement to global stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The Management Briefings Seminars launched 50 years ago in the basement of the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. The conference would evolve from a cozy gathering of academics and industry types into the auto industry equivalent of Davos: a neutral forum where those in the industry could meet and talk about the thorny issues and the technology challenges they faced.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower

7:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger’s performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Fiat brand chief Francois says next compact will be like Ikea

Aug. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Olivier Francois, Fiat brand's CEO, told Automotive News Europe that the Italian automaker's upcoming Aegea compact hatchback and station wagon for Europe will be “like Ikea, affordable but smart.”... Read More »

European car sales rebound continues in July

Aug. 4, 2015 10:57 CET

The recovery in European car sales continued in July as sales rose in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

Continental raises margin target as European recovery boosts profit

Aug. 4, 2015 09:35 CET

Continental raised its full-year profit outlook after second-quarter earnings jumped more than expected on a strengthening European car market.... Read More »

Toyota profit jumps 10% to quarterly record on cost cuts, currency gains

3:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Toyota posted a third straight year of record profit for its first quarter as cost cuts and currency gains made up for weaker vehicle sales. Net profit jumped 10 percent to $5.22 billion.... Read More »

BMW's second-quarter earnings fall 3% on China slowdown

Aug. 4, 2015 08:05 CET

BMW's second-quarter operating profit fell 3 percent to 2.53 billion euros ($2.77 billion) as a recovery in European car demand failed to offset a sales slowdown in China.... Read More »

Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Washington dealer rejects dealer reserve and builds loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Denver Morford, dealer principal at Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Ephrata, Wash., doesn't believe in dealer reserve. He gives customers the wholesale rate for the loan, and it keeps them coming back.... Read More »

JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year.... Read More »

Luxury titans: A case of too much variety?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable.... Read More »

VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

A V-series version of Cadillac's coming crossover? Don't count on it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen isn't interested in affixing a V badge to a crossover any time soon.... Read More »

Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil.... Read More »

New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight.... Read More »

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes.... Read More »

N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says.... Read More »

Suppliers to the Cadillac CT6

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The brand-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 premium luxury sedan is assembled in Hamtramck, Mich., on General Motors' OMEGA platform. The program code is O1SL. Suppliers to the CT6 include HELLA, Inalfa, Nemak and Roechling. The data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

 
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