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Nissan Leaf finds its fan base

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2017

Nissan's bold move into electric vehicles with the Leaf earlier this decade looks like a sales flop to many. But there are pockets of the U.S. market where EVs are in demand.... Read More »

SUV discounts signal flagging demand, eroding auto profits

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

SUVs, overtaking sedans as the new American family car, have been so hot that automakers raced to supply the market. With inventory now piling up, profit-sapping rebates are on the rise.... Read More »

CarMax opens first four-lane auction on West Coast

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

CarMax opened a vehicle reconditioning and four-lane auction center in Murrieta, Calif., on Thursday, making it CarMax’s largest multipurpose location on the West Coast, the used-vehicle mega-retailer said.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

PSA's bid for Opel offers chance to thrive in tough Europe

Feb. 17, 2017 15:06 CET

PSA's bid to create a European auto giant by acquiring GM's European unit may be the best chance Peugeot, Citroen and Opel have to thrive as high-volume, low-margin manufacturers.... Read More »

Auto lenders' kill switches being probed by U.S. regulator

10:18 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

A U.S. regulator is looking at whether auto finance companies that use sophisticated technology like ignition kill switches are illegally harassing subprime borrowers that have fallen behind on their payments.... Read More »

Kia steps up product offensive in Europe

Feb. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Kia is stepping up its product offensive in Europe with the launches of new models such as a small SUV, a sporty sedan and replacements for its Rio and Picanto cars. The brand plans to introduce 22 new or replacement models, face-lifts and derivatives in Europe through 2020.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Vauxhall future uncertain after GM-PSA deal and Brexit vote

Feb. 17, 2017 10:56 CET

Less than 12 months after the UK's vote to leave the EU, Vauxhall's future is uncertain as GM mulls the sale of its European arm to PSA -- a move that may have been triggered by the Brexit vote.... Read More »

Audi China dealers demand $4 billion to cover sales losses

Feb. 17, 2017 11:37 CET

Audi dealers in China are demanding 28 billion yuan ($4 billion) to cover losses over the past three years that they blame on the automaker adding too many distributors, potentially worsening a sales decline that saw BMW and Mercedes overtake the luxury brand last month.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

VW said to reduce Passat output in Germany due to parts shortage

Feb. 16, 2017 12:06 CET

VW has been forced to reduce production of Passat cars at its Emden plant in Germany because of a shortage of components caused by a fire at one of its suppliers, a report said.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia launch captive finance arm in Germany

Feb. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai and Kia plan to support their new-car sales in Europe by launching a captive financial services business, breaking away from partner Santander and starting with the foundation of a bank in Germany.... Read More »

Aston Martin expects return to profitability in 2018

Feb. 16, 2017 10:38 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer expects a return to profitability in 2018 as the money-losing automaker invests heavily to update existing models and develop several new vehicles through 2019.... Read More »

PSA buys Ambassador nameplate to win in India

Feb. 16, 2017 10:56 CET

PSA has bought the rights to the Ambassador nameplate as part of its plan to return to India after a 20-year absence and win over local car buyers who are unfamiliar with the Peugeot marque. The Ambassador brand is best known for the Hindustan sedan, arguably India's most famous vehicle.... Read More »

Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January

Feb. 16, 2017 09:45 CET

Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possible purchase of the GM unit by the French automaker. Europe registrations rose 10 percent last month, driven by extra selling days and robust demand in nearly all of the region's key markets.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Barra visits Opel amid sale talks

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

Barra visits Opel amid sale talks; VW, Bosch deals win preliminary OK; Toyota recalls fuel-cell Mirai; Ford Focus, Audi A6 spied; 194-day supply of Buicks; Musk, man and machine.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

UK plants at risk if GM offloads Vauxhall

Feb. 15, 2017 10:01 CET

GM's potential sale of its Opel/Vauxhall operations to PSA has led to fears that the automaker's two UK factories may be shuttered. GM builds the Astra compact car and light commercial vans in England.... Read More »

EU clears German plan for EV charging network

Feb. 14, 2017 12:03 CET

The European Commission approved German plans for an EV charging network. The plan will require that the electricity comes from renewable energy sources, with contracts awarded through an open tender process.... Read More »

Daimler to focus on electric Smart cars in U.S., Canada

Feb. 14, 2017 10:06 CET

Daimler will stop selling combustion engine Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada and focus the brand on electric vehicles in the two markets.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender's spirit to be revived by chemical company

Feb. 14, 2017 09:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover halted production of the original Land Rover Defender over a year ago, but now Ineos Group, a company better known for chemical production, is bankrolling an attempt at reviving the rugged model's heritage.... Read More »

Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites

Feb. 13, 2017 11:06 CET

New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after the Brexit vote caused a surge in used-car imports from the UK.... Read More »

FALLING FLAT

Used-car leasing fails to meet expectations

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

In spring 2016, the idea of used leasing buzzed around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention and the American Financial Services Association Vehicle Finance Conference in Las Vegas. Nearly a year later, used leasing is still only a sliver of the market.... Read More »

Tax threat heightens concern about affordability

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

Prices for new cars and trucks, being pushed ever-higher by fuel-economy improvements, safety equipment and advanced technology, could soar out of range for many U.S. buyers with the addition of an import tax to the equation.... Read More »

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Lexus still short of utility vehicles

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

Lexus is still short on supplies of its popular utility vehicles after limited availability led to a 26 percent fall in sales last month.... Read More »

Fleet sales dip in January

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

Low fleet activity contributed to the U.S. auto industry's light-vehicle sales decline in January.... Read More »

 
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12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Why China's new EV policy could cause a rift with Germany

Yang Jian
3:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 2017

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Germany's ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, is a vocal opponent of Beijing's environmental plans ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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