Examples help sell tech protection

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2018

Use specific examples to show the value of F&I products that protect in-vehicle technology, said Rick Regrut, finance manager at Smail Kia in Greensburg, Pa. Repairs for backup cameras, screens and other technology can be costly. “I had a Cadillac that had a key system fail, and it cost $2,000 to replace,” Regrut said. “Customers respond well to those examples.”... Read More »

Continental lowers outlook due to exchange rate effects

April 18, 2018 14:52 CET

Continental lowered its full year outlook after exchange rate and inventory valuation effects resulted in a 150 million euros ($185.22 million) negative hit to earnings in the first half.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Senate opens door to repeal CFPB loan guidance

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2018

Senate opens door to repeal CFPB loan guidance; Tesla trying 24/7 Model 3 output; Ford's patient shuttle; Lexus, BMW, Buick offer peeks at Beijing debuts; Mitsu's U.S. sales vision.... Read More »

German prosecutors investigate Porsche board member over emissions

April 18, 2018 10:48 CET

German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Volkswagen Group-owned Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations.... Read More »

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Plastic Omnium prepares to shift from diesels toward hybrids, fuel cells

April 18, 2018 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium, a leading maker of systems that clean up emissions from diesel, says it is preparing for a future of sharply reduced demand for the powertrain.... Read More »

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BMW plans different sized battery cells to preserve design of future models

April 18, 2018 06:01 CET

BMW has found a solution to ensure that fitting battery cells into its future full-electric models does not compromise their design.... Read More »

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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers

April 18, 2018 06:01 CET

BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of the X1 compact SUV, currently BMW's best-selling crossover model.... Read More »

Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as European sales fall 5%

April 18, 2018 09:42 CET

Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide registrations fell by 5 percent, hit by drops in three of the region's five biggest markets, Germany, the UK, and Italy.... Read More »

U.S. Senate votes to repeal CFPB's auto-lending guidance

3:36 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

A resolution rescinding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance, which aims to limit dealerships' retail margin on loans, passed by a narrow margin in the Senate. It will head to the House floor next for a vote.... Read More »

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BLOG: The octane game: Auto industry lobbies for 95 as new regular

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

The auto industry is finally getting traction on its quest to make 95 RON octane gasoline -- basically the same grade as Europe's regular and the lowest grade of premium here -- the new regular in the United States.... Read More »

Electrify America selects suppliers for U.S. high-speed EV chargers

11:50 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

Volkswagen unit Electrify America has selected several suppliers, including Switzerland's ABB and South Korea's Signet EV, to install more than 2,000 high-speed electric vehicle chargers in the United States by the end of 2019.... Read More »

Smaller Opel/Vauxhall dealer network will focus on performance, customer satisfaction

April 17, 2018 10:00 CET

Opel/Vauxhall may lose up to a third of its dealerships in Europe after new owner PSA cancelled dealer contracts as part of a performance review.... Read More »

VW, BMW, Daimler could gain from China removing ownership caps

April 17, 2018 15:51 CET

VW, BMW and Daimler welcomed China's decision to allow foreign automakers to own more than 50 percent of local ventures but said the move will not affect their existing partnerships.... Read More »

For GM, VW and their Chinese partners, breaking up may be hard

7:04 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

Some marriages are just too hard to break up. The many joint ventures between multinational automakers and their Chinese betrothed might be just that.... Read More »

China to scrap foreign ownership caps on automakers by 2022

6:56 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

The move is a major policy shift that will open the market wider to automakers such as Nissan and Tesla. It comes amid a trade standoff between Washington and Beijing, and signals the end of a 1994 rule in the biggest auto market that limits foreign automakers to a 50 percent share of any local venture.... Read More »

Tesla shifts to 24/7 Model 3 output to hit weekly target

5:41 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

Tesla will begin around-the-clock production at its Fremont, Calif., assembly plant as it tries to ramp up Model 3 output to 6,000 a week by the end of June, according to an internal company email.... Read More »

GM, in electric push, sets Buick Velite 6 PHEV, EV for China

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

The first vehicle announced under General Motors' ambitious effort to introduce at least 20 electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 will be the Buick Velite 6 for China.... Read More »

VW diesel lawsuits in Fla., Utah dismissed by federal judge

11:31 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

A U.S. judge dismissed environmental lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions by Salt Lake County and Hillsborough County, Fla.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Hypercar makers gun toward 300 mph

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

Top guns in speed: Hypercar makers race toward 300 mph; VW scores dual court win; Mahindra forms EV subsidiary; Japan cool to connectivity; BMW 3-D printing venture.... Read More »

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BLOG: Mercedes to wrap GLS in Maybach ultraluxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

A Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS class is finally in the works, and the automaker plans to preview the upcoming ultraluxury, full-size SUV at the Beijing auto show in concept form in a matter of days.... Read More »

New 1.5-liter Ford engine can run on just 2 cylinders

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

For the first time in more than a century, Ford will offer a vehicle in the U.S. with an engine that can run on two cylinders.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: China to lift foreign-ownership limits

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

China to lift foreign-ownership limits on automakers; Tesla halts Model 3 output; VW to tweak logo, review ad agency; FCA recalling new Stelvio to fix leaks; Lear's smart-seat strategy.... Read More »

TomTom Q1 earnings up as sales to automakers rise 42%

7:48 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

TomTom, the Dutch navigation and mapping company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter core earnings, despite a decline in sales.... Read More »

Audi joins quest for biofuels that don't challenge food supply

April 17, 2018 11:41 CET

Audi has joined forces with a French biotech company to solve the two big problems that have been holding back biofuels. The aim is to prove large-scale biofuel production is possible without major deforestation or the use of food or animal feeds.... Read More »

Japan lost the smartphone battle. Now it lags on connected cars

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018

In the race to build cars with digitally connected services -- such as ordering coffee on the dashboard display -- Toyota and Nissan risk being held back by their home market.... Read More »

 
Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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Jeep overshadows Fiat brand with bigger Geneva spotlight

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2018

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Fiat Chrysler's display at this year's Geneva auto show highlights how diminished the once-dominant ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as European sales fall 5%
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W. Europe sales drop 6% on falling UK, German demand
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Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018
Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected ...
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Spain sales rise 2% despite accelerating diesel slump
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Italy sales fall 6% amid political uncertainty
New-car sales in Italy fell 6 percent in March, partly hit by customers postponing purchases as poli ...
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UK sales slump 16% as diesel demand plunges
Demand for new diesel cars in Britain plunged by more than a third in March, pushing down total regi ...
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German market falls 3% as diesel decline accelerates
Registrations in Germany fell 3 percent in March with the decline in diesel-car sales accelerating a ...
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Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%
French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording stro ...
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Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai make big gains in Spain as sales rise 13%
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Mitsubishi, Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rise 25%
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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GM replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen
GM, seeking an accelerated turnaround at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle preside ...
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Renault shuffles Dacia, AvtoVAZ bosses
Renault has shuffled the leadership of its Dacia and Lada subsidiaries, appointing Antoine Doucerain ...
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Kia Europe names Herrera new COO
Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chie ...
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Bugatti names former Lambo exec as sales chief
Bugatti has named Christian Mastro, a former executive at Lamborghini, as its new sales and marketin ...
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VW names its top U.S. engineer to head new division
VW Group has picked Matthias Erb to lead a newly created interdisciplinary division that spans devel ...
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JLR lures Renault's Alpine boss to head its performance unit
Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Michael van der Sande, the head of Renault's sporty Alpine brand, to ...
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PSA creates new electric vehicle unit
PSA has created a new electric vehicle business unit as it prepares to launch electrified versions o ...
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Rolls-Royce appoints BMW Group veteran as sales chief
Rolls-Royce has appointed veteran BMW Group executive and current head of Mini in China, Henrik Wilh ...
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Nissan names de Ficchy new Europe boss
Nissan has picked finance expert Gianluca de Ficchy to lead its automotive business in Europe. ...
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Autoliv will get new CEO after electronics business spinoff
Autoliv CEO Jan Carlson will become head of the supplier's electronics business, Veoneer. ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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