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Packing heat? That's cool with some Texas dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2016

On Jan. 1, it became legal in Texas to openly carry a handgun if the person has a license and the property owner does not display a sign banning the practice. Many dealers display such a sign, and some are even okay with openly packing heat in their dealerships.... Read More »

The Google alum polishing GM's Maven car-sharing brand

8:26 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

Zafar Razzacki's resume -- which includes a stint at Google and a few tech startups -- screams Silicon Valley, not Detroit. But a year ago GM lured him to lead marketing and user experience for a new "personal mobility" brand called Maven that includes a car-sharing program.... Read More »

AT&T adds connected-car plans, launches first ad campaign aimed at consumers

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

AT&T has added Volkswagen and Infiniti to its wireless connected-car program and is introducing a new connected-car data plan for existing tablet or smartphone customers with unlimited plans.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: May U.S. sales drop predicted

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

Power, LMC predict drop in May U.S. sales; FCA chided for no-show; Daimler sets aside recall funds; Legal spat ends at newly acquired GM venture; Toyota exec's forecast frustration.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Auto sector stumbles in Q1

May 20, 2016 06:01 CET

The European auto industry began 2016 on a low note, with sharp falls in shareholder value for all automakers, all retailers and most partsmakers. This is in sharp contrast to the strong performances delivered by all three sectors in the final quarter of last year.... Read More »

Volvo's China sales chief Fu Qiang resigns

May 20, 2016 11:03 CET

Volvo's China sales chief, Fu Qiang, has resigned "for personal reasons." The automaker hasn't said who will replace Fu in its largest single market.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: UAW chief decries Mexico moves

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

UAW chief: Mexico investments 'about cheap labor'; Self-driving Bolts; GM expands ride-share service; Jeep output snag; Cadillac kills ELR; Mopar expansion; Google patents a sticky safety feature.... Read More »

U.S. auto sales to fall 5.7% in May, LMC and Power say

3:05 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

The days of lofty year-over-year increases in monthly U.S. auto sales may be reaching an end. Forecasters J.D. Power and LMC Automotive say U.S. deliveries of new light vehicles will slide 5.7 percent in May from the same month a year earlier, in part because of two fewer selling days this year.... Read More »

GM expands car-sharing service Maven to Boston, Chicago, D.C.

11:46 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

General Motors is expanding its car-sharing service Maven to Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., nearly four months after the service was launched.... Read More »

FCA's Mopar to add first U.S. parts distribution center since 2001

9:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

Mopar plans a $12.2 million, 400,000-square-foot parts distribution center late this year in northern Virginia, Fiat Chrysler's first new U.S. center since 2001.... Read More »

EPA sets modest hike in renewable fuel use for 2017

6:13 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

U.S. regulators proposed a modest increase in the amount of corn-based ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must mix into diesel and gasoline in 2017.... Read More »

UK plans new insurance laws to help driverless cars

May 18, 2016 16:12 CET

The UK announced plans for new motor insurance laws designed to encourage investment in driverless cars, as the government looks to capture a leading role in the developing technology.... Read More »

GM to compensate crossover buyers for mpg error

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

General Motors is hashing out a plan to compensate nearly 170,000 owners of 2016 model large crossovers purchased with window stickers that overstated their fuel economy, just as the first lawsuit over the matter was filed in federal court.... Read More »

FCA recalls nearly 600,000 Jeep Wranglers, Fiat 500s

3:45 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 600,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and Fiat 500 subcompact cars worldwide in two actions.... Read More »

Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

In a play to persuade automakers to run cars on its Android operating system, Google is introducing an updated version of Android that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, AM/FM radio and digital instrument clusters.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Android gets more car-friendly

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Android gets more car-friendly; Volvo takes youth turn; U.S. probes patent complaint against VW; FCA recalls Wrangler, Fiat 500; Cadillac CTS, Audi A8 spy shots; EV owner sues BMW... Read More »

Tech-only service contracts emerge as one option for naysayers

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

When customers decline a standard service contract, Tim Dulaney, the finance chief at a Chevy store in Indiana, offers them another option: a tech-only service contract. The idea makes sense to Dulaney, who says persuading service contract naysayers to accept a tech contract has proved smooth in some cases.... Read More »

VIDEO: Snyder: Riding the off-lease wave

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Automotive News Opinion Page Editor Jesse Snyder says auto leasing rates are booming, but he sees a tsunami brewing.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: In CFPB talks, Nissan's captive 'dedicated to protecting' consumers' right to negotiate rate

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

It's been more than three months since the CFPB settled with Toyota Motor Credit for potentially discriminatory auto lending. The bureau settled with America Honda Finance in July. But the CFPB isn't going anywhere.... Read More »

RouteOne CEO departs for FordDirect

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Mike Jurecki, after 14 years as CEO of RouteOne, will leave the company to take the same title at FordDirect, effective June 6. FordDirect is a joint venture between Ford Motor and its Ford and Lincoln retailers. It offers dealers digital marketing and advertising services, call tracking, lead management solutions, dealer websites and search optimization.... Read More »

NADA Used Car Guide: Rethink new-vehicle value math

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Auto lenders have long relied on the manufacturers' suggested retail price, along with finance amount and consumers' credit profiles, to make a new-vehicle financing decision. Now, though, NADA Used Car Guide is recommending that lenders and dealers treat new-vehicle valuations more like used-vehicle valuations.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Two Mitsubishi execs to resign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Two Mitsubishi execs to quit; Suzuki admits improper testing; More scrutiny for GM; Chinese suitor for FCA?; VW: Dismiss parts of U.S. case; Snyder on riding the off-lease wave.... Read More »

German gov't approves EV and plug-in hybrid incentives

May 18, 2016 11:57 CET

The German cabinet approved incentives to boost demand for electric cars. EV buyers will receive a 4,000-euro subsidy while those choosing plug-in hybrid cars will receive 3,000 euros.... Read More »

Nissan investment excites Mitsubishi's U.S. dealer council chairman

6:28 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

The chairman of Mitsubishi Motors' U.S. national dealer council's advisory board said he sees new life for the brand after Nissan's $2.2 billion stake.... Read More »

U.S. residuals predicted to drop 4.2 percentage points, Black Book says

3:24 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

Black Book predicts a drop of 4.2 percentage points in used-vehicle residual values over the next three years. New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in May and June will retain about 47.8 percent of their sticker prices, down from the current 52 percent value for 3-year-old vehicles.... Read More »

 
Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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