First Shift: Mulally: No presidential bid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ex-Ford CEO says job 'not a role I am considering'; updating GM death toll; Nissan battery cutbacks?; Honda 'virtual tow.'... Read More »

 

ZF to purchase TRW for $105.60 a share

Sept. 15, 2014 16:02 CET
ZF has reached a deal to buy TRW Automotive for $105.60 per share. The transaction will create the world's second-largest auto supplier with combined revenue of about 30 billion euros ($41 billion).... Read More »

 

Ford will debut new S-Max at Paris show

Sept. 15, 2014 17:28 CET
Ford will debut the new S-Max at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of the minivan's sales launch in Europe next summer.... Read More »

 

Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. The approved claims are now awaiting a decision on payment amounts.... Read More »

 

ZF to sell steering-venture stake to Bosch to help TRW deal

Sept. 15, 2014 09:11 CET
ZF will sell its stake in a joint venture to partner Robert Bosch. The deal paves the way for ZF to buy TRW to create the world's No. 2 automotive supplier.... Read More »

 

EU asks WTO to rule on dispute with Russia over van exports

Sept. 15, 2014 16:15 CET
The EU wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers.... Read More »

 

UAW strike at Lear plant in Indiana ends after 1 day

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The UAW's strike at a Lear Corp. seating plant that supplies Ford's assembly plant in Chicago was ended after one day.... Read More »

 

Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct sales

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.... Read More »

 

GM gunning for more pickup wins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
GM's September promotion and dealer incentives are early salvos in what's likely to be a sustained offensive to capitalize on Ford's vulnerability as it negotiates the complicated changeover to its aluminum-body 2015 F-150.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: GM recall death toll raised

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Fund administrator has approved 19 death claims so far; ZF buying TRW Auto; explaining cause of fatal wrecks not optional.... Read More »

 

U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the Chinese government that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign automakers and other companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations.... Read More »

 

Nissan may pull the plug on some battery-plant production, buy from LG Chem

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Nissan may begin purchasing electric-vehicle batteries from LG Chem as it opens procurement to external suppliers in addition to its own manufacturing with NEC Corp., CEO Carlos Ghosn said today.... Read More »

 

Automakers warm to the era of ride-sharing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The rise of car-owning alternatives such as rental service Zipcar, and ride-summoning services including Uber and Lyft, is prompting automakers to embrace the idea that their mission is more about moving people than selling cars. Far from challenging the trend, they're rushing to capitalize on it.... Read More »

 

205,000 Ford Fiestas investigated for door-latching issue

11:43 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 205,000 Ford Fiesta small cars after receiving consumer complaints that doors failed to properly latch or stay closed.... Read More »

 

Renault plans to build electric Fluence for Chinese brand

Sept. 15, 2014 14:55 CET
Renault plans to build its Fluence electric sedan in China for an unspecified local brand, CEO Carlos Ghosn said.... Read More »

 

Defying Dad, by building on his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, second-generation dealers Ray and Rik Fregia have seen a 30 percent boost in sales this year, thanks largely to million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. Now they are extending their reach with a vigorous Internet business, using private contractors to deliver cars across the nation.... Read More »

 

Sell? Grow? IPO? Marchionne ponders Ferrari's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Sergio Marchionne rules out closer ties between Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he prepares to take direct control of the independently run Italian sports car maker. But what will the Fiat Chrysler CEO do with Ferrari when he replaces longtime chairman Luca di Montezemolo next month?... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Dieter Zetsche

Sept. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is this year's Eurostar winner for Group CEO.... Read More »

 

END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain.... Read More »

 

Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick.... Read More »

 

Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers.... Read More »

 

OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles.... Read More »

 

Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered.... Read More »

 

Daimler pact powers Aston Martin's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Aston Martin's future is tied to an agreement it signed with Daimler AG last year to share parts, engines and perhaps even technology for new vehicles.... Read More »

 

 
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At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, second-generation dealers Ray and Rik Fregia have seen a 30 percent boost in sales this year, thanks largely to million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. Mon., September 15
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