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VW will recall Vento cars in India on emissions issue

April 1, 2016 13:03 CET

Volkswagen will recall 3,877 Vento sedan cars in India after tests by an automotive body found that carbon monoxide emissions were sometimes exceeding the threshold limits.... Read More »

London Taxi inks deal to sell cabs to Australia, New Zealand

March 30, 2016 06:01 CET

London Taxi, a UK subsidiary of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, won a 10-year contract worth more than $62 million to supply its iconic taxis to Australia and New Zealand.... Read More »

GM targets big jump in South Korea sales to alleviate production woes

6:42 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2016

General Motors is aiming to boost South Korean sales by one-fifth and attain market share of more than 10 percent, part of efforts to revive output at one of its key Asia production bases.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Former trailblazer BMW now playing catch-up to Mercedes

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

This rivalry between German luxury giants BMW and Mercedes-Benz - more tense, embittered and closely matched than any two automakers in the world - has hit a moment of truth. Looming ahead are the battles for China, the U.S., the ultra-luxury sedan segment, self-driving electric vehicles, and more. And right now, it's advantage Mercedes.... Read More »

Mustang takes iPhone Down Under

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

An iPhone belonging to a worker at a Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Michigan turned up nearly 10,000 miles away in Australia. It apparently had fallen out of his pocket when he moved a Mustang off the assembly line and made it to the other side of the globe without being noticed by customs agents or anyone else.... Read More »

Ex-Schaeffler CEO probed by German prosecutors over alleged bribery

March 15, 2016 17:43 CET

A German public prosecutor has launched an investigation into eight former employees of supplier Schaeffler, including former CEO Juergen Geissinger, over allegations of bribery, breach of trust and tax fraud.... Read More »

FIVE YEARS LATER SPECIAL REPORT

Japan's carmakers brace for next killer quake

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2016

Five years after Japan's monstrous earthquake-tsunami killed 15,894 people and derailed the global auto industry for months, the country's carmakers still are cleaning up while preparing for when the next quake strikes.... Read More »

Key crossovers spur Kia, help Hyundai

3:26 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2016

When they redesigned the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage in 2015, corporate siblings Hyundai and Kia opted to send more of the Korean-built crossovers to the U.S. to seize on Americans’ hankering for trucks. That decision paid off in February.... Read More »

Renault's Turkish production disrupted by protests

March 1, 2016 20:17 CET

A protest by workers over job cuts has disrupted production at a Turkish plant owned by the local unit of French automaker Renault.... Read More »

R&D REDO

Honda CEO says 'fundamental transformation' is needed

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

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo, still battling quality problems after nearly a year in office, is revamping his comeback plan to rekindle the company's pioneering r&d spirit.... Read More »

VW offices raided by Korean prosecutors in emissions probe

Feb. 19, 2016 14:52 CET

Volkswagen said South Korean prosecutors have searched local VW and Audi offices as part of an emissions probe. The house of an unidentified senior company official was also raided.... Read More »

Supplier Fujikura moves to expanded North American HQ

9:44 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2016

Fujikura Automotive America said it moved its North American headquarters to the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich.... Read More »

Japan auto unions seek smaller pay raises as economy stagnates

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2016

Japan’s autoworkers will ask for raises from carmakers led by Toyota for a third straight year while scaling back from their demands in 2015.... Read More »

Mazda launches CX-9 production in Japan

6:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Mazda has started production of it the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays a pivotal roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales.... Read More »

Toyota confirms new crossover for Europe

Feb. 11, 2016 17:18 CET

Toyota confirmed it will launch a new compact SUV/crossover in Europe based on its C-HR concept. The car will be built at the automaker's factory in Turkey for European markets starting toward the end of the year.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will build XE sports sedan in India

Feb. 11, 2016 14:40 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will begin assembly of a fourth model, the Jaguar XE sedan, at its plant in Pune, India.... Read More »

Will Japan's auto industry consolidate?

10:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Japan's crowded auto industry is poised to look more like other major markets, with three or fewer carmakers left by the end of the decade. That's more than car-loving Germany or the far bigger U.S. market.... Read More »

Suzuki quarterly operating profit up slightly; net profit outlook trimmed

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Suzuki said operating profit rose slightly in the third quarter on healthy demand in India, but trimmed its full-year net profit outlook due to a tax-related issue.... Read More »

N.A., Takata, currency sway Japanese earnings

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

Better business in North America helped Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi in the October-December quarter. But spiraling costs for the recalls of Takata airbags tempered earnings, and foreign exchange rates were a double-edged sword.... Read More »

Dual-sourcing dilemma hits Japan again

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

Toyota is suspending production at all assembly lines in Japan because of an explosion at a steel plant. The six-day shutdown raises questions as to whether Toyota learned, as it claimed after Japan's 2011 earthquake, the value of dual sourcing all components.... Read More »

Mahindra mulls Pininfarina-designed premium car

Feb. 5, 2016 14:41 CET

Mahindra has begun talks with Pininfarina, the Italian design house it agreed to buy in December, to build a premium car for the Indian market.... Read More »

Mazda says quarterly earnings ease on currency exchange impact

7:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Mazda reported a lower-than-expected operating profit for the third fiscal quarter largely due to a stronger yen against the euro and other currencies, and maintained its outlook for a slightly lower full-year profit.... Read More »

Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image, report says

10:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Kia Motors plans to launch its first sports sedan next year, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, seeking to burnish a sporty, younger image as larger sibling Hyundai Motor builds up its premium offerings.... Read More »

GM to launch first compact sedan in India as part of market share quest

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

GM said it plans to build and sell its first compact sedan in India in 2017, entering the country's fastest-growing passenger car segment as part of efforts to double market share by the end of the decade.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

No path to profits: Why Ford exited 2 key Asian markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Frustrated by paltry sales, Ford pulled the plug on its businesses in Japan and Indonesia. In both cases, it couldn't crack a Japan Inc. stranglehold: Japanese brands hold more than 90 percent market share in both nations. Ford cut bait to focus elsewhere.... Read More »

 
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's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
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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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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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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
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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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Product launches follow a faster cadence
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
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