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Dodge tests innovative 1-year lease on '14 Charger, Challenger

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Dodge will defy industry convention this week with its "Double-Up" deal on the Charger and Challenger. The one-year lease on the outgoing 2014 editions comes with an incentive to switch to next year's refreshed models.... Read More »

 

Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there.... Read More »

 

PSA to halve lineup in push for 2% margins by 2018

April 14, 2014 09:11 CET
PSA outlined plans to cut its model lineup by almost half and to make Citroen's DS unit a separate brand in a bid to restore the automotive division's profit.... Read More »

 

SPEAKING ENGLISH

'Villains' campaign aims to recast Jaguar's reputation for badness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A Shakespeare soliloquy might seem out of place in a car ad, but Jaguar wants to make a key point -- that it is a quintessentially and unapologetically British challenger to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.... Read More »

 

First Mulally, then Fields, then . . . ?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
To encourage donations, United Way of Southeastern Michigan has put up billboards in the Detroit area that show children portraying local heroes.... Read More »

 

Lincoln design director Wolff is quietly replaced

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Lincoln has installed a new design director after quietly replacing Max Wolff.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where were Barra's PR, legal people?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing.... Read More »

 

Nissan sells dealers on new spiff strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's U.S. chief is convinced that a dealer sales incentive program launched nationally on April 1 will make his retailers bigger and richer, and propel Nissan toward its goal of a 10 percent U.S. market share.... Read More »

 

Q&A

CEO defends Audi's record for innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
BMW and Mercedes-Benz get top marks for their technical prowess, but Audi chief Rupert Stadler says his company is keeping up with its German rivals, especially in areas such as lightweight construction, lighting and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

PSA's Tavares prepares to tackle pricing, low-cost threats

April 12, 2014 12:08 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's prospects may be brightening as Europe emerges from a market slump, but new CEO Carlos Tavares still faces long odds as he prepares to present his Back in the Race recovery plan on Monday.... Read More »

 

FATHER OF AN ICON

Lee Iacocca looks back at the 1964 sensation that was Ford Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan, or so the saying goes. Though many names are associated with the Ford Mustang's extraordinary half-century run, the irrepressible Lee Iacocca sits at the top of that list. If Iacocca made the Mustang, the Mustang also made Iacocca.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus aims NX crossover at German premium brands in China

April 11, 2014 14:45 CET
Lexus will debut the NX crossover at the Beijing auto show as it tries to compete with German premium rivals in China. The NX will be the brand's first compact crossover and will be sold in global markets including Europe and the United States.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer. The name Shelby is synonymous with performance, and no one did more to burnish Ford's performance cred.... Read More »

 

Mustang made Galpin Motors a power player

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
In early 1964, Galpin Motors was a small dealership with a two-car showroom in San Fernando, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles. Then the Mustang thundered into the Ford lineup and nothing would be the same.... Read More »

 

U.S. senators ask Justice Department to intervene in GM litigation

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A group of senators today urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

VW Group sales rise 8% in March as Europe recovers

April 11, 2014 11:20 CET
VW Group increased vehicle sales 8 percent in March, with gains in Europe and China offsetting declines in the United States and Brazil. First-quarter sales rose 6 percent to a record 2.4 million.... Read More »

 

Ghosn spurs Renault-Nissan to greater U.S. clout

April 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Fifteen years after its launch, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting the United States in earnest as CEO Carlos Ghosn pushes his companies into common product architectures, manufacturing and r&d.... Read More »

 

Ford moves Europe exec Cortesi to global corporate communications role

April 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford of Europe executive Elena Cortesi has been given a global role as the automaker's corporate communications manager.... Read More »

 

Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

8:44 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. CEO Mary Barra said two engineers have been put on leave but didn't name them. A GM spokesman declined to comment further.... Read More »

 

Ford replaces Lincoln chief designer Wolff with luxury veteran

5:18 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Ford's Lincoln brand is moving forward under a $1 billion overhaul with a new design director at the helm after quietly replacing Max Wolff. Wolff, hired from GM four years ago, remains at Lincoln, in charge of exterior design of the brand's models, Ford said Thursday. David Woodhouse, who joined Ford in 1999 from GM to head Ford's former European luxury brands, is his successor.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

April 10, 2014 14:44 CET
GM has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

Daimler CEO Zetsche likely to have contract extended, executives say

April 10, 2014 11:14 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is poised to have his contract extended beyond 2016 as current product momentum and improving profits work in his favor, senior company sources said.... Read More »

 

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