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Austria brothers aim to help BMW, VW, others tackle Tesla

Sept. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Auto executives from BMW, VW and McLaren are seeking advice from three Austrian brothers who are designing electric cars they say can go faster and further than anything made by Tesla.... Read More »

Cadillac offering buyouts to 400 smaller U.S. dealers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Cadillac is offering its 400 smallest U.S. dealers as much as $180,000 if they would rather give up their franchise than make the investment necessary to meet a host of new standards being imposed by the brand.... Read More »

Eric Peterson, GM's diversity VP, will retire Oct. 1

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Eric Peterson, General Motors' vice president of U.S. diversity dealer relations, will retire effective Oct. 1. A successor for the 40-year GM veteran has not been named, a GM spokesman said.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A way out for Cadillac, dealers

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

A way out for Cadillac, and its smallest dealers; Audi chief in the clear?; Subaru global recall; More self-driving taxis; High-tech mail trucks ... and deliveries by drone.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Kia sees new Rio as its potential No. 1-seller in Europe

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Kia expects its new Rio subcompact hatchback to become one of its best-selling models in Europe after it goes on sale next year. With an anticipated volume of more than 100,000 in its full year on the market, the Rio would challenge Kia's current top-seller in Europe, the Sportage crossover.... Read More »

Nissan returns to Japan's most exclusive address

1:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Nissan's flagship showroom has returned to Japan's most exclusive, priciest address -- Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, flush with department stores and geisha clubs. A sleek new two-story showroom sits at the shopping district's main neon-soaked intersection.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's new CEO takes softer line on job cuts

Sept. 23, 2016 15:14 CET

AvtoVAZ has a civic responsibility to preserve Russian jobs, the company's new CEO, Nicolas Maure, told Reuters, rowing back on a politically sensitive policy of redundancies in the face of plummeting sales and record losses.... Read More »

Toyota's Japan ad agency Dentsu to repay advertising overcharges

8:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Ad agency Dentsu will pay an estimated 230 million yen ($2.3 million) back to customers, including Toyota, that it overcharged for Internet advertisements in a case likely to stoke concern that digital media transactions have lacked transparency.... Read More »

Honda projects declining U.S. auto sales to 'good industry' pace

8:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Auto sales in the U.S. may not set a record this year and will probably decline from 2015's record in the coming years, said Honda's top American sales executive.... Read More »

Tesla cranks up pressure to end ban on direct auto sales

8:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Tesla Motors is cranking up the pressure to sell electric cars directly to customers, after filing its first federal lawsuit over the practice on the home turf of General Motors and Ford. Tesla on Thursday sued the State of Michigan to overturn its ban on direct sales by auto manufacturers.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models from Audi, Jaguar and BMW. The sector is likely to remain hot for years to come, according to a top analyst.... Read More »

Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the automaker embarks on ambitious plans to add self-driving and full-electric vehicles to its lineup.... Read More »

Tesla sues Michigan in U.S. court over direct sales ban

11:22 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

Tesla Motors is suing the State of Michigan in federal court over its law banning the direct sales of vehicles to consumers. The law, which the automaker calls the “Anti-Tesla amendment” in the suit, was cited in the rejection of the electric-vehicle maker's application for a state dealership license earlier this month.... Read More »

Toyota says ad agency Dentsu disclosed 'irregularities' around transactions in Japan

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

Toyota says its longtime advertising partner, Japanese agency giant Dentsu, has informed it of "irregularities" related to some digital media business transactions. Reports have said the problem was about a division of Dentsu in Japan overcharging the automaker.... Read More »

GOP lawmakers challenge CAFE standard

10:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

Republican lawmakers pushed back against the Obama administration's signature plan to boost the average new vehicle's fuel economy to more than 50 mpg by 2025, with a Texas congressman saying the plan should be repealed.... Read More »

Fuel-economy rules threaten 1 million-plus U.S. jobs, study says

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

More than 1.1 million U.S. workers would lose their jobs because of tougher fuel-economy regulations coming next decade if prices at the gasoline pump remain low in America, a new study found.... Read More »

CarMax quarterly earnings fall 5.7%

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

CarMax's quarterly earnings dropped 5.7 percent, as customer demand leaned toward older, less expensive used vehicles, the retailer said. It also said a test to deliver used vehicles to customers' homes rolled into Charlotte, N.C.... Read More »

Millennials want cars -- and low payments

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

Industry experts have confirmed multiple times that millennials are major players in the auto finance market, debunking the notion that they don't buy cars. The key to their presence in the market and to attracting more of them, Dealertrack says, is a low monthly payment.... Read More »

ONLINE BREAKTHROUGH

Canadian dealership group rolling out 100% online sales goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

A Canadian dealership group from Winnipeg has developed its own system for fully digitized sales done completely online by the customer, eliminating mountains of paperwork and “revolutionizing” the finance and insurance business.(From Automotive News Canada)... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: As anti-CFPB legislation grows, so does opportunity for fair solutions

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

With multiple bills seeking to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance scattered across legislators' desks, something's got to give.... Read More »

France may seek compensation from automakers exceeding CO2 goals

Sept. 21, 2016 16:03 CET

France may seek compensation from automakers whose vehicles far exceed carbon dioxide emissions targets in normal driving, a government minister said. France currently offers subsidies for cars with lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.... Read More »

Genesis Finance tailors a 'white glove' experience for luxury customers

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

Genesis buyers who finance through the brand's new captive arm will receive “white glove” treatment befitting a luxury brand, the captive's parent says. Hyundai Capital America, which launched Genesis Finance in August, hopes the special treatment will set the Genesis brand apart from its luxury competitors and increase retention.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: In Germany, 1,400 VW lawsuits

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

VW investor lawsuits pour in; Report: Flex-N-Gate, Autoliv among Takata bidders; Tesla Model S hacked; Unifor's message for Ford, FCA; BMW's 'Escape'; $2.1 billion wasted at pump?... Read More »

New U.S. self-driving car guidelines urge rivals to share data

Sept. 21, 2016 11:34 CET

The Obama administration's proposed U.S. guidelines for self-driving cars unveiled Tuesday will ask the world's automakers -- not to mention Google, Tesla and Uber -- to do something they are not likely to be thrilled about: share data.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS N.Y. MARKETING SEMINAR

BMW reprises its role as filmmaker

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2016

BMW will produce a short film to mark the 15th anniversary of its original series. The 10-minute film is called “The Escape,” and features Hollywood stars. The teaser was one of the highlights of the Automotive News Marketing Seminar in New York.... Read More »

 
Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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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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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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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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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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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
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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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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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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