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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 »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Japan sales need more analysis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

In "Trump talk reminds us of previous Japan deal" in the Feb. 6 issue, Hans Greimel manages to do a "news analysis" without any analysis.... Read More »

 
China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis


3:59 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally ...
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Lithium next German power play?

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28 2017

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BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so wi ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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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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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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