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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs

Nov. 14, 2017 10:44 CET

Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division, giving the business a more diversified sales footprint by entering the booming global segment of midsize pickups.... Read More »

TOYOTA'S AKIO TOYODA: Taking the long view

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Akio Toyoda is keeping his eyes on the future, the far, far future, as the Toyota Motor Corp. president pilots his company through a rapidly changing automotive landscape. The biggest risk, he says, is thinking 2050 is too far away and doing nothing.... Read More »

U.S. Senate approves Trump transportation nominee

5:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

The Senate voted to approve a senior Transportation Department nominee and advance another nomination, after Republicans accused Democrats of blocking some nominees.... Read More »

MITSUBISHI'S OSAMU MASUKO: Looking to bounce back fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

CEO Osamu Masuko wants Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to make a V-shaped recovery from the dark days of 2016 when it was laid low by a fuel economy scandal in Japan. And it is rebounding fast with the help of its new alliance partner, Nissan Motor Co.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Corvette's new speed king

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Corvette's new speed king; Dodge Demons hit street; Musk teases electric semi with mind-blowing promise; Uber agrees to Softbank investment; For PSA exec: No U.S. cars, no problem.... Read More »

Continental may invest in solid-state batteries

Nov. 13, 2017 12:12 CET

Continental is considering investing in battery production to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers.... Read More »

Challenges loom for Opel recovery plan

Nov. 13, 2017 09:57 CET

Opel's plan to return to profit has similar goals to PSA's recovery road map. But Opel may have a hard time bouncing back as it faces weak demand in key markets and the high costs of funding new technologies.... Read More »

Sliding wholesale hurts at Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Subaru is on pace for a ninth-straight year of record retail sales in the U.S., but sliding wholesale volume is denting the Japanese company's profitability.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Some more for Lutz to ponder

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

It is so hard to find car lovers that can face a disrupted future for the auto industry!... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Don't ignore the will of the people

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Seriously, dear Mr. Lutz, it's people who buy your products, who elect politicians, who pay taxes. To ignore their fears and needs shows the kind of monumental arrogance and stupidity that should have disappeared long ago.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lutz is right, but we'll find the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Bob Lutz is right, although I am a little more optimistic going forward.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Future belongs to leaders with vision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

The industry is on the verge of a spectacular realignment, and whether it follows Bob Lutz's vision or not, never has it been more important to have a vision.... Read More »

VW re-registers Cayman Islands company planes in Germany, denies trying to avoid tax

Nov. 12, 2017 06:01 CET

VW has re-registered six company jets in Germany that were previously registered in the Cayman Islands. The automaker has denied that the planes were registered in the Cayman Islands for tax-avoidance reasons.... Read More »

Ghosn focuses alliance on EV assault

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2017

Carlos Ghosn heard years of skepticism from competitors about his bullishness on electric vehicles. Now, the herd is following him.... Read More »

NAFTA cloud hangs over Toyota's plant plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2017

The plan to shift more pickup production to Mexico depends on the survival of a trade pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst U.S. trade deal ever.... Read More »

Q&A

Buick-GMC won't change what's working

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2017

Phil Brook started leading the brands' marketing in April amid a product blitz, including Buick's Avenir subbrand, and a restructuring of its agency business.... Read More »

Nissan's 'Star Wars' sequel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2017

For the latest Star Wars tie-in, dealers had a challenge for Nissan's marketing brass: How could they spread the fervor across the Nissan lineup?... Read More »

GM to lay out vision for autonomous vehicles

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

General Motors plans to share its "vision for an autonomous future" during an investor event on Nov. 30 in San Francisco.... Read More »

PSA CEO defends Vauxhall but says Brexit adds pressure on UK plants

Nov. 10, 2017 09:37 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares defended the Vauxhall brand against suggestions that it should be axed but said the UK factories acquired by PSA as part of its deal for GM's European operations need to make a leap in competitiveness to offset the potential risks posed by Brexit.... Read More »

Opel teases new SUV that will come with 7 seats and plug-in hybrid version

Nov. 10, 2017 10:46 CET

Opel teased a new SUV that will go into production in 2019 with seven-seat and plug-in hybrid variants. The model will join the Crossland X and Grandland X in the automaker's SUV/crossover lineup as parent PSA moves to underpin all Opel vehicles with its platforms.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford's goal: Make the iPhone of robocars

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

Ford's goal: Make the iPhone of robocars; A bionic boost for Ford factory workers; New Korean brand for U.S.?; Uber's latest setback in London; Veterans Day salute.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Senate tax plan would preserve EV credit

8:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

Senate plan would preserve EV credit, retain estate tax; Report: Hyundai mulls product changes in Ala.; UAW defeat; Hackett on 'dumb cars'; VW quantum leap, Lambo self-healing car.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover boosts Tata's quarterly profit

Nov. 9, 2017 10:59 CET

Jaguar Land Rover, which helped propel Indian parent Tata Motors to its biggest profit jump in six quarters, will roll out more products next year to boost sales and profit as demand slows in key markets.... Read More »

LinkedIn to Daimler CEO: Check out this job at rival BMW

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2017

Despite Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's rather prominent post, career networking site LinkedIn has another suggestion: a job at arch rival BMW. ... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Car ownership alive and well, Ghosn says

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2017

Car ownership alive and well, Ghosn says; Uber's new cultural norms; Early hit for robo-shuttle; Humvee builder sues over video game; Accord accumulates 141K miles, 4 million views.... Read More »

 
Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 2017

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Luca Ciferri
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26 2017

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Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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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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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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