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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 »

Self-driving car startup NuTonomy in talks to raise new funds

7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

NuTonomy, a self-driving car startup backed by Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford and Singapore's government, is in discussions with potential investors for a new round of funding as it works toward a full commercial launch in 2018.... Read More »

Takata's search for a savior could drag into next year

6:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

The plan to sell beleaguered Takata to a rescuer, slated by year-end, is likely to extend into next year as some bidders want to drag the airbag maker through bankruptcy to wipe out most of its debt, people with knowledge of the matter said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Strikes cripple Hyundai production

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

Strikes cripple Hyundai output; Unifor ratifies GM pact; Report: VW's Winterkorn withheld details from U.S.; Traffic tech; For some dealers, sales plateau means time to get out.... Read More »

Hyundai union stages first full strike in 12 years

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

Hyundai Motor's South Korean labor union staged its first full nationwide strike in 12 years today over stalled wage talks, putting the automaker's earnings and sales targets at risk.... Read More »

PSA, Renault, Suzuki eye stake in Malaysia's Proton

Sept. 23, 2016 10:57 CET

PSA, Renault and Suzuki have signaled interest in a deal with ailing Malaysian automaker Proton, Reuters reported. The brand's owner is seeking to sell a stake in a company that once commanded a 74 percent market share in the country.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Takata pushes ahead with sale by taking bids this week, report says

Sept. 19, 2016 10:56 CET

Takata is said to be moving forward with an auction of the company as private equity groups and suppliers line up offers. Bidders for the troubled firm have been asked to submit their proposals by early this week, with Takata aiming to shortlist two to three candidates by October, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Japan industry head says U.S. market was 'overheated'

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Japan's auto industry is unfazed by the plateauing of the U.S. market, despite nearly across-the-board sales declines in what is for many makers their most important market. The drop in August sales represents a return to normal, but still healthy, volume for a market that was “overheated,” the head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association says.... Read More »

Tokyo Motor Show sets 2017 dates, vows boost in attendance

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

The next Tokyo Motor Show will be held Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 in 2017, organizers announced, pledging to boost attendance after a slight dip in turnout last year.... Read More »

Supplier Alpha agrees to pay $9 million fine in U.S. price-fixing probe

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

Japanese door handle and lock supplier Alpha has agreed to pay a $9 million fine for its role in an international price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department said today.... Read More »

Japan's Teijin to acquire Continental Structural Plastics

11:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

Japan's Teijin has agreed to acquire U.S. composites specialist Continental Structural Plastics for $825 million. Through the acquisition, Teijin aims to secure North American sales channels for automotive composite products.... Read More »

Renesas bets on smarter cars with $3.2 billion Intersil purchase

10:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

Renesas Electronics agreed to buy U.S. chipmaker Intersil for $3.2 billion, seeking to carve out a bigger role for itself as a provider of chips for automobiles as cars become loaded with more technology and add self-driving capabilities.... Read More »

GM Korea fights two-front war

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

GM Korea is shifting gears to keep its production competitive in the face of falling exports and rising costs. James Kim, its new CEO from outside the automotive world, is seeking new export markets while trying to boost domestic sales in a market increasingly open to buying foreign brands.... Read More »

Takata to take bids from 7 potential rescuers on Sept. 19, report says

7:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2016

Takata plans to take initial bids from seven potential rescuers on Sept. 19, as the Japanese airbag maker at the heart of the auto industry's biggest-ever global recall fights for survival, two people with direct knowledge of the process told Reuters.... Read More »

BMW recalls 110,000 cars in Japan over Takata airbags

Sept. 9, 2016 11:02 CET

BMW is recalling about 110,000 cars in Japan, including some 1-series and 3-series models, over potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.... Read More »

Honda recalls 668,000 more cars in Japan over Takata airbags

6:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

Honda plans to recall about 668,000 vehicles in Japan to replace airbag inflators supplied by Takata, as part of an expanded nationwide recall announced earlier this year.... Read More »

Renault's Turkey unit to begin production of new Megane sedan

Sept. 7, 2016 14:23 CET

Renault's Turkish unit will begin production of the Megane sedan following a $225 million investment. The automaker plans annual capacity of 90,000 vehicles.... Read More »

Even for Honda CEO, NSX may be just a dream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2016

Honda's NSX sports car may be dream wheels for every Honda employee. But actually owning one doesn't come easy -- even for Honda Motor CEO Takahiro Hachigo.... Read More »

 
Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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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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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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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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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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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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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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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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