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Ghosn set to add Mitsubishi chairman role, reports say

Oct. 19, 2016 10:41 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is set to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors when Nissan takes a controlling stake in the smaller automaker, reports said. Ghosn, 62, would become the first executive to head three different automakers at the same time.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan creates tech division to accelerate mobility push

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2016

Nissan, aiming to parry rivals from Silicon Valley and emerge a leader in next-generation mobility, is forming a 300-person in-house startup division with French partner Renault to focus on software development, cloud engineering and big-data analytics.... Read More »

End of the line for a road warrior

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2016

The Ford Falcon, a nameplate in production longer than even the Ford Mustang, finally ended production Oct. 7 after 56 years. No Falcons were built in the U.S. after 1971, but the car lived on through several more generations in Australia ever since.... Read More »

SQUEEZE PLAY

Toyota lures another partner into its orbit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2016

Toyota and Suzuki say they will consider partnering. But behind the scenes before last week’s announcement, two scions pondered their changing worlds.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2016

Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint venture plant with Tofas in Bursa, Turkey. Output is expected to peak at more than 170,000 units in 2017, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Hyundai reaches tentative wage deal with South Korean union

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2016

Hyundai reached a tentative wage pact with its South Korean labor union today, a union official told Reuters, after the automaker's worst-ever industrial strike disrupted output at its key domestic production base.... Read More »

Renault will recall some Kwid crossovers in India

Oct. 12, 2016 14:45 CET

Renault will recall some of its Kwid cars in India to inspect the fuel system, the company's local arm said.... Read More »

Two finalists expected to be named in Takata bid process

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2016

The list of suitors for embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata is expected to be reduced to two following a meeting in New York or Detroit at the end of this month.... Read More »

Hyundai to resume wage talks with union in S. Korea after strikes

5:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2016

The union that represents most workers at Hyundai's South Korea factories plans to resume wage talks with management on Wednesday after months of strikes in the automaker's worst-ever industrial dispute, disrupting output at its key domestic production base.... Read More »

Korea's Ssangyong eyes U.S. SUV market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

Korean crossover and off-road specialist Ssangyong will enter the U.S by 2020 with two small SUVs, the brand's CEO says.... Read More »

Japan urges automakers to cut suppliers slack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2016

Japan's powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is pressuring Japanese carmakers to lighten up on their pricing demands to suppliers. The pressure - which appears to have acceptance among automakers - flies in the face of decades of Japanese industry cost-cutting practices.... Read More »

Toyota's pint-size travel buddy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2016

Toyota introduces a little pet robot to watch over drivers. Toyota plans to start selling the robot through dealerships in Japan next year for 39,800 ($390).... Read More »

Takata hires law firm Weil Gotshal with bankruptcy among options, report says

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2016

Japanese auto supplier Takata, whose defective airbag inflators triggered the biggest recall in auto industry history, hired law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to help it weigh options that could include bankruptcy or a sale, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: 'MyFord Touch' vexed execs, too

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2016

'MyFord Touch' vexed execs, documents show; Subaru kills Crosstrek Hybrid; Cannonball Run founder Yates dies at 82; NADA chief's Washington warning.... Read More »

Nissan shifts India strategy, to launch 8 new car models by 2021

6:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2016

Nissan plans to launch eight new car models in India by 2021, a senior company executive said today, under a new product strategy expected to boost sales and market share in one of the world's fastest-growing markets.... Read More »

Key Safety eyes Japan auto expansion in wake of Takata's crisis

11:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2016

Key Safety Systems, the airbag maker said to be among the bidders for Takata, is considering a further push into Japan after winning new business from the nation’s automakers in the wake of Takata’s record recalls.... Read More »

Delayed tax hike dashes hopes in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Japan's auto industry association has slashed its full year sales outlook because the government has not raised the national sales tax. Perversely, carmakers in the world's third-biggest market were counting on a tax hike as the best hope for stoking sales.... Read More »

Takata's potential suitors offer to invest $1B-2B, report says

7:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

Takata received offers for initial investment of $1 billion to $2 billion from each of the five suitors seeking to buy the troubled airbag maker, a person with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Mitsubishi to resume sales of 8 models in Japan after scandal

6:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors plans to resume sales of eight vehicle models in Japan on Saturday after correcting overstated mileage readings in its second cheating scandal this year.... Read More »

Bosch sues S. Korea's Mando in U.S. on alleged patent infringements

Sept. 30, 2016 14:38 CET

Bosch lodged a lawsuit in the U.S. against South Korean peer Mando alleging infringement of patents, a claim Mando later said was groundless. The suit claims some ABS brake systems and ESC electronic stability control products supplied by Mando, breach four of Bosch's patents.... Read More »

Flex-N-Gate billionaire Khan rises from dishwasher to Takata suitor

9:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

The emergence of Shahid Khan, the NFL team owner who made his fortune selling car bumpers, in the race to rescue embattled Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. pits the billionaire against more established parts suppliers.... Read More »

Final bidders say Takata should file for bankruptcy protection, report says

7:24 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

All five bidders seeking to bail out Japan's beleaguered Takata have presented restructuring plans that require the airbag maker to file for bankruptcy protection, people with knowledge of the process told Reuters.... Read More »

Skoda CEO says U.S. launch not a priority

Sept. 29, 2016 08:57 CET

Skoda may take another year before deciding whether to sells its cars in the U.S. Volkswagen Group's value brand plans first to enter the South Korean and Iranian markets next year.... Read More »

VW suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica mines

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

German carmaker Volkswagen has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines, a company official said.... Read More »

Honda reports another Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crash

7:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Honda said today that the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, in the fourth death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata Corp.... Read More »

 
Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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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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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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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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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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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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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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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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