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Ford Motor Credit head Silverstone to retire, Falotico to succeed him

10:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2016

Ford Motor Credit Chairman and CEO Bernard Silverstone will retire Oct. 1. He will be replaced by COO Joy Falotico.... Read More »

VW reviews its procurement strategy

Aug. 30, 2016 10:21 CET

Volkswagen is reviewing its supplier and procurement strategy to avoid another dispute such as the one that caused production slowdowns and stoppages this month, CEO Matthias Mueller said.... Read More »

Calif. startup aims to take autonomous cars to next level with new language

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2016

Drive.ai, a Mountain View, Calif., based technology company staffed by experts from Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, has become the latest entrant in the autonomous-vehicle race, with an assist from a prominent ex-Detroit 3 executive.... Read More »

VW CEO expects turnaround to start bearing fruit in 2-3 years

7:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2016

Volkswagen AG CEO Matthias Mueller is pushing forward with a technological and organizational revamp of Europe's largest carmaker despite internal opposition and expects his efforts to begin bearing fruit in two to three years.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Another tragedy for Takata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Another Takata tragedy: Truck in fatal crash; Unifor strike vote; Cadillac boss on defense; Chase, TrueCar launch direct shopping, loan program; BMW, Chevy Olympics marketing gold.... Read More »

BMW plans 7-series coupe to boost sales of its top model line, report says

Aug. 29, 2016 11:10 CET

BMW plans to launch a sporty two-door version of its 7-series flagship sedan, Bloomberg reported. The luxury coupe could be the first of several new 7-series derivatives to boost sales of the brand's most expensive model line.... Read More »

VW scandal casts long shadow on product plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

At first glance, it looks like business as usual for product launches at the Volkswagen Group through the end of the decade. But it's the years after 2020 that will show the impact of the diesel emissions scandal, in terms of its sky-high costs and shifting priorities at the giant German automaker.... Read More »

Polite nods for Escala

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

The latest trip to the Monterey Peninsula for Cadillac -- to introduce the five-door Escala -- has thus far elicited the auto show equivalent of polite golf claps from auto scribes.... Read More »

Jeff Beck unleashes fiery riff against the driverless car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

As a pioneering rock 'n' roll guitarist, Jeff Beck has fearlessly pushed the limits of electric guitar and amplifier technology for more than half a century. But Beck, now 72, has little use for the latest boundary-pushing technology in the auto industry - autonomous cars.... Read More »

What's Lutz got to say about it?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Bob Lutz's opinions may be a dime a dozen, but they are never boring. Thus -- courtesy of Car and Driver -- here are new takes on several hot-button topics from the ex-BMW/Ford/Chrysler/General Motors superstar, now 84.... Read More »

Here's one way to build on that German heritage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Trying to underscore its German heritage, Borgward is hiring away high-profile designers and engineers from German premium brands.... Read More »

Auto sales in line for decline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to decline in August, decreasing the industry's chances of beating the full-year record it set in 2015.... Read More »

Talent shortage stalls buy-sells

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Buyers looking to acquire dealerships are facing a personnel bottleneck in the form of a shortage of qualified and available individuals to run the acquired stores. To cope, some would-be buyers are stepping up efforts to groom future managers.... Read More »

Cadillac vows no retreat on Project Pinnacle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen isn't bending to accusations that his plan to transform the brand's retail network violates franchise laws and threatens smaller stores' survival. Critics of the plan, he says, are merely resistant to change.... Read More »

Mercedes shuffles U.S. sales team

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

A management shuffle at Mercedes-Benz USA has elevated 18-year Mercedes veteran Bart Herring to one of the brand's top U.S. sales positions.... Read More »

China startup recruits Italian expertise for GT96 supercar

Aug. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

China's Techrules has recruited Italian design and engineering partners to help it launch the country's first supercar.... Read More »

Piech queried Winterkorn on VW scandal, paper says

Aug. 28, 2016 22:11 CET

Former VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech tried unsuccessfully to query ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn about the automaker's emissions scandal a month before the two had a public falling out, a German newspaper reported. The revelations possibly shed new light on how the scandal unfolded.... Read More »

Marchionne sees Samsung as 'potential strategic partner'

8:29 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2016

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said he sees Samsung Electronics as a potential partner amid interest from several potential buyers of its Magneti Marelli auto-parts unit. He didn't confirm talks with the Korean company.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Help Louisiana's displaced dealership workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2016

The flood waters are receding in dozens of parishes across central Louisiana and most auto retailers are reopening, but hundreds of dealership employees are still struggling to put their lives back together.... Read More »

Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat

Aug. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as the marque expands its lineup in a bid to attract a wider range of customers.... Read More »

VW labor boss suggests taking stakes in suppliers

Aug. 26, 2016 12:52 CET

Volkswagen Group should consider taking stakes in key suppliers, VW's labor boss said. His comments came after two partsmakers caused production stoppages at six of the automaker's German factories by refusing to deliver components.... Read More »

Marchionne says FCA approached by several suitors for Magneti Marelli

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been approached by several suitors for its components business Magneti Marelli, the carmaker's CEO said, without giving names or mentioning how many.... Read More »

Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

Google's self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace. Shaun Stewart is joining Google as a director of the self-driving car project, spokesman Johnny Luu said today.... Read More »

GM joins White House initiative to address gender pay gap

11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

General Motors, the first U.S. automaker to have a female CEO, is among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees.... Read More »

Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit

Aug. 25, 2016 12:40 CET

Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electronics. Mueller succeeds Ricky Hudi, who is leaving Audi to lead his own technology and consulting firm.... Read More »

 
Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands

Christiaan Hetzner
7:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29 2016

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How do you create a meaningful brand experience when driving becomes only a means to an end? That is ...
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Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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