Jaguar Land Rover's performance unit could make stand-alone models

March 6, 2015 15:14 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations unit may create its own stand-alone models to rival Mercedes' AMG performance division, which builds the SLS and GT.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 500 jobs at B-Max plant in Romania

March 6, 2015 16:31 CET
Ford will lay off about 500 people at its B-Max plant in Romania this year, less than the 680 initially envisioned. Ford began building the B-Max at the plant three years ago, but low demand has led to regular production stoppages each month for more than a year.... Read More »

 

Daimler to invest $500 million in S.C. plant to build Sprinters

9:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015
Daimler AG said it will spend $500 million to build a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will make large commercial vans and result in the creation of more than 1,300 jobs.... Read More »

 

Nissan expands North America hood latch recall to 878,000 Altima sedans

9:28 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015
Nissan expanded the North American recall of its top-selling Altima sedan to about 878,000 vehicles because a secondary hood latch may fail and cause the hood to fly up while the car is in motion, according to a company filing with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

First Shift: NHTSA's never-used weapon

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015
Regulators can force production of airbag parts; VW Mexico, Sprinter U.S. plans; Consumer Reports' top U.S. cars.... Read More »

 

Fiat will export new compacts to EU from Turkey, Marchionne says

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler will begin sales of a Turkey-built hatchback and station wagon in Europe's key compact segment next year, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. The new models will plug a big hole in Fiat's European product lineup. The compact car segment, led by the VW Golf, is Europe's second biggest by sales after subcompacts.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales rise 15% in Feb. on Europe demand

March 6, 2015 12:43 CET
Mercedes brand sales increased 15 percent in February, driven by robust demand in Europe and strong global sales of its C class, compacts and SUVs.... Read More »

 

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SUVs poised to boost sales in Europe's priciest niche

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET
Sales in Europe's most exclusive car segment are poised to top 10,000 units in 2015 and will continue to grow in 2016 and beyond because of the arrival of as many as five SUVs from ultraluxury brands such as Bentley, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Lamborghini.... Read More »

 

Renault Megane will get sleeker design

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET
The next Renault Megane will have a new platform and sportier styling as the automaker seeks to boost demand for a core model whose sales are flagging because of competition from fresher rivals.... Read More »

 

PSA's blue-chip index comeback may spur recovery

March 6, 2015 10:40 CET
PSA will return to France's benchmark CAC-40 index, stock market operator Euronext said, delivering a likely boost to the carmaker as it emerges from a prolonged European sales slump and bailout.... Read More »

 

Nissan Sway concept previews possible segment-busting small car

March 6, 2015 11:02 CET
Nissan executives say the Sway concept, unveiled at this week's Geneva auto show, hints at an entirely new subcompact for the brand rather than a straight replacement for the Micra.... Read More »

 

Euro weakness, exports lift southern Europe car output

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET
While southern Europe is experiencing at best a patchy economic recovery, the outlook for the region's carmakers is a little less bumpy thanks to the weak euro, cheaper oil and labor reforms. Fiat, Ford and GM have boosted output in Spain and Italy.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Mercedes midsize van debuts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Metris hits U.S. roads in Oct.; restyled Fiat 500?; Audi Wi-Fi push; impact of IIHS; Ford brings classic toy to life.... Read More »

 

NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers.... Read More »

 

VW plans $1 billion investment in Mexico to support Tiguan output, report says

6:31 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
VW plans an investment worth around $1 billion in Mexico to expand its Puebla assembly plant, Reuters reported Thursday. The capital outlay, aimed at supporting production of the Tiguan compact crossover, is due to be unveiled on Monday and is expected to generate about 1,900 jobs.... Read More »

 

GM sued by 2 workers for not allowing unpaid religious days

6:27 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Two GM workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the company and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off.... Read More »

 

Snow crimps output at GM, Ford, Toyota plants in Kentucky

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
GM, Ford and Toyota canceled shifts at assembly plants in Kentucky on Thursday after more than two feet of snow pounded parts of the state overnight, prompting some government officials to declare an emergency.... Read More »

 

Supplier Chassix buys times with debt holders

3:32 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Chassix, the auto-parts maker owned by billionaire Tom Gores' Platinum Equity LLC, said its bondholders agreed to refrain for a month from pursuing a default after the company missed an interest payment.... Read More »

 

Lotus CEO leans towards SUV launch as sales pick up

2:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, focused on the British sports car maker's survival, says the next all-new Lotus vehicle is likely to be a crossover SUV.... Read More »

 

GM hires new media-strategy director

12:33 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
General Motors has hired Jonathan Halvorson as director of global media strategy and branded entertainment. The appointment is effective April 1.... Read More »

 

Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Putting spotlight back on cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Audi R8 steals show as product, not economics, takes center stage in Geneva; VW's cheaper EV; Tesla saving energy.... Read More »

 

Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car

March 5, 2015 11:50 CET
Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said.... Read More »

 

VW's German workers get 3% wage increase

March 5, 2015 12:56 CET
Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs.... Read More »

 

BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car

March 5, 2015 15:23 CET
BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report.... Read More »

 

 
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