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SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Detroit execs see no breakthrough in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade with Japan, Detroit automakers see no path to higher sales there, even with a negotiated breakthrough.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Newest Mercedes-Benz S class

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Newest Mercedes-Benz S class; Ex-Ford exec leaves Uber; Hazmat spill at Tesla's Gigafactory; Pence: U.S.-Korea trade deal under review; Researchers turn to 'Grand Theft Auto.'... Read More »

BLING FACTOR

Kia tests higher tier in home market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Kia Motors Corp. is attempting a new premium line in its South Korean home market with the arrival of its slick Stinger GT.... Read More »

Pence to seek market access, investment in Japan talks

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Japan's Deputy Prime Minister, kicking off talks in Tokyo that the White House hopes will open doors in Japan for U.S.-made products.... Read More »

Takata rescue talks extended, even as bankruptcy risk looms, report says

2:02 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2017

Potential rescuers of Takata have extended talks, already in their 14th month, for a deal to take over the airbag supplier at the heart of the auto industry's biggest safety recall, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Ford starts hiring to build EcoSport in Romania

April 6, 2017 11:51 CET

Ford said it will recruit nearly 1,000 people as it prepares to build its EcoSport subcompact SUV in Romania for European markets, ending imports from India.... Read More »

Chevrolet Bolt sells out in tech-savvy South Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2017

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV is getting a warm welcome in South Korea, where the car was designed and sources its battery.... Read More »

Hyundai is working on dedicated EV platform

March 30, 2017 10:05 CET

Hyundai is developing its first dedicated architecture for electric cars, a top executive said. The platform will allow Hyundai and sister brand Kia to sell EVs that will be "more competitive" than rival offerings, said Lee Ki-sang, a senior vice president at the automaker.... Read More »

Auto industry demands tariff-free access to EU as UK triggers Brexit

March 29, 2017 11:44 CET

Automakers said the UK must secure a Brexit deal that preserves tariff-free access between Britain and the EU after Prime Minister Theresa May formally launched Brexit divorce proceedings.... Read More »

GM reaches deal with Argentine port operator to import cars

6:53 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2017

A unit of General Motors has reached a deal with port operator Terminal Puerto Rosario to import cars to Argentina. The agreement moves the automaker a step closer to exporting from its nearby plant.... Read More »

Mitsubishi open to helping Renault in Southeast Asia

March 29, 2017 11:02 CET

Mitsubishi is open to rebadging and selling models from alliance partner Renault in Southeast Asia. It's one way the newest member of the Renault-Nissan alliance could create synergies with its partners, Mitsubishi COO Trevor Mann told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Toyota brings Lexus to India with eye on growing affluence

6:33 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2017

Toyota is bringing Lexus to India more than two decades after introducing the marque in China, an acknowledgment of the second-most populous country's potential for luxury demand.... Read More »

VW brand has no budget-car plans with Tata in India

March 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's core VW brand currently has no plans to develop a small budget car for India and other low-cost markets with Tata Motors.... Read More »

VW and Suzuki prepare to tangle in India

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2017

After their acrimonious split, Suzuki and Volkswagen are squaring off in one of the biggest, most promising auto markets - this time with different partners.... Read More »

How PSA plans to succeed in India

March 18, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA believes it has a key to succeed in India. The country is a tantalizing prize for foreign automakers, who see an upwardly mobile, rapidly urbanizing and technologically savvy country that could pass Germany this year as the world's fourth-largest auto market.... Read More »

Japan automakers willing to work with U.S. on trade grievances

6:19 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2017

Japan's auto industry, under trade pressure from President Trump, has struck a conciliatory note, saying it is open to addressing American grievances and even defending the president's stance.... Read More »

Mitsubishi management changes remake automaker in Nissan's image

March 14, 2017 10:33 CET

Nissan is increasing its mark on new alliance partner Mitsubishi though a new management shuffle that puts more foreigners and a woman into top executive slots.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA shifting away from confusion?

8:15 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2017

FCA mulls move away from potentially confusing shifters; VW expected to plead guilty to fraud; Japan rebuffs U.S. on trade; Study: Higher fuel standards to raise prices, cost jobs.... Read More »

Japan bats away U.S. claims on auto trade barriers

9:44 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2017

Japan rejected U.S. demands for more access to Japan's auto market, saying the government has already taken steps to eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers.... Read More »

VW, Tata sign accord to explore cooperation, report says

March 9, 2017 16:29 CET

VW Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tata Motors to explore cooperation in India, sources told Reuters, as VW takes a fresh attempt at conquering low-cost markets.... Read More »

Audi sued by Australia's consumer watchdog over VW Group emissions

March 8, 2017 10:13 CET

Australia's consumer watchdog is suing the local Audi unit of VW Group for intentionally selling more than 12,000 vehicles with software that hid levels of toxic emissions.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Tata's Racemo sports car shows brand's global ambitions

March 7, 2017 10:43 CET

Tata showcased a preproduction version of the Racemo sports car from its new upscale subbrand, TAMO. The company said the model signals its aim to sell cars outside India. The automaker did not rule out eventually offering the car in Europe.... Read More »

Honda places high-stakes bet on software, robotics with new r&d unit

7:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2017

In the new era of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, Honda is planning its own transition from metal-bender to software-coder.... Read More »

VW said to renew India push with Tata alliance talks

Feb. 22, 2017 19:53 CET

VW Group is in advanced talks to team up with Tata Motors as the German automaker takes another stab at India's fast-growing demand for cars, Bloomberg reported. Competition for India's booming market of middle-class drivers is intensifying, with global manufacturers from Fiat Chrysler to PSA expanding in the country.... Read More »

PSA seeks Southeast Asia expansion with Proton bid

Feb. 22, 2017 10:40 CET

PSA confirmed it had submitted a bid for a partnership with Proton, putting the French automaker in a potential bidding war for the ailing Malaysian owner of the UK-based Lotus Cars unit. China's Zhejiang Geely Holding has also made an offer for Proton, reports said.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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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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