RICHARD TRUETT

Why the Mustang II should get its due

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Audi to revive A3 hatch in U.S., sans gasoline

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Audi has decided to bring back the five-door version of its A3 compact to the United States -- but without an ordinary gasoline engine. The five-door body style will be available with a 2-liter TDI engine next summer, Audi said today. Audi already announced plans to sell a plug-in hybrid version of the hatchback called the A3 e-tron.... Read More »

 

RYAN BEENE

Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata -- the roadster that has come to define the automaker's engineering DNA -- with an historic display at the New York auto show this week.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Chevrolet is adding the Trax to its lineup in the United States, making it the latest brand to enter the budding market for petite crossovers. The 2015 Trax was unveiled tonight, on the eve of the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said today in New York. Touting a “new way of developing vehicles,” Barra said the new “global product integrity” team will “provide the highest levels of safety, quality, and customer service.”... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

Pro-Tesla bill appears dead in Arizona Senate

10:33 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
A bill that would have allowed electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to sell cars at its factory-owned showrooms in Arizona appears to be dead in the state's Senate. But Tesla vowed today to continue "re-engaging" the Legislature next year on the matter.... Read More »

 

GM asks U.S. judge to bar lawsuits for pre-bankruptcy recall claims

5:36 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors said in a court filing that it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to bar lawsuits related to its recall for faulty ignition switches, citing the terms of its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

 

Despite risks, many recalled vehicles will remain unrepaired as drivers ignore notices

6:43 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Even with auto recalls on pace to reach the highest level in a decade this year, there's a good chance many of the vehicles won't get fixed.... Read More »

 

MyFord Touch bugs are getting squashed, Hinrichs says

3:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Ford has brought its problem-plagued MyFord Touch communications system up to exceed industry-average reliability -- and plans an upgrade to improve the system's capability, Ford executive Joe Hinrichs said today.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM will update dealers Wednesday on recall parts status

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors told dealers it will hold a Web conference on Wednesday to update them on the status of parts needed to repair millions of small cars recalled for faulty ignition switches, as well as the procedures to follow for the recall.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Defending franchised dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
NADA chair: Factory stores hurt competition, says dealers best during recalls; EV luxury; Tesla setback; BMW raises i3 output.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

10:46 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival? Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexation of Crimea, with the prospect of stiffer trade sanctions, has rattled automakers' confidence.... Read More »

 

Customers' luxury motivation turns to self-reward, execs say

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The definition of luxury automotive brands, and the motivation of luxury-car shoppers, is changing from an outward-directed display of wealth to a self reward for a successful customer. That was the conclusion of a panel of luxury-brand executives at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York today.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Citroen to debut flagship SUV to rival Audi Q3, BMW X1

April 15, 2014 17:51 CET
Citroen will debut the DS 6WR, a production version of its admired Wild Rubis SUV concept, at the Beijing auto show.... Read More »

 

Economists: Global GDP growth on the rise, but BRICs disappoint

11:14 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The global economy will do “fairly well” in the coming years, with the United States economy leading the way, while Europe “has turned a corner,” a leading economist said.... Read More »

 

BMW boosts i3 production to 100 units a day to prepare for U.S. launch

8:16 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
BMW has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker's initial expectations.... Read More »

 

Ford of Europe sales rise 12% in March on German, UK demand

April 15, 2014 15:53 CET
Ford said European car sales increased 12 percent in March, the tenth straight monthly gain, as customers snapped up small vehicles and compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

6:12 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

April 15, 2014 12:12 CET
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

April 15, 2014 13:05 CET
BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

 

First Shift: M-B expects off-lease surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Brand may have to steer sales through non-Benz dealers; Barra to address execs; why Mustangs face left, and other fun facts.... Read More »

 

Fiat wraps up employees' foreign-made cars

April 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Some Fiat employees at two Italian factories got a surprise last week: their foreign-made cars from brands such as VW, Peugeot and Toyota had been “wrapped up” in a giant plastic bag.... Read More »

 

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