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Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata airbags

6:20 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2016

Eight automakers said today they are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles for defective Takata airbags, expanding the largest-ever auto safety push, documents posted by U.S. regulators showed.... Read More »

Toyota, recovering from earthquakes, plans full production in Japan next week

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Toyota said all production lines at its factories in Japan would operate between May 30 and June 4, after output was partially suspended following earthquakes in southern Japan last month.... Read More »

Mitsubishi names new r&d chief, restates earnings

May 25, 2016 11:15 CET

Mitsubishi said Nissan executive Mitsuhiko Yamashita will become its r&d chief, part of a management overhaul in the wake of a fuel-economy scandal that also prompted the automaker to restate its annual earnings. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko will also be president, taking over the role from Tetsuro Aikawa, who will leave the company.... Read More »

NGK Spark Plug's U.S. unit names new CEO

3:49 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

Japanese auto supplier NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc. said it named Yoshitaka Narita as its new president and CEO.... Read More »

S. Korea's Mando said to be in talks to supply parts for Tesla Model 3

6:52 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

Mando Corp. is in talks with Tesla Motors to supply parts for its Model 3 car, an industry source said, as it seeks to join other South Korean firms supplying components for Tesla's more affordable electric cars.... Read More »

Can PSA be most efficient carmaker?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Under PSA Group's Push to Pass plan, the automaker aims "to become the world's most efficient carmaker," CEO Carlos Tavares says.... Read More »

Honda rethinks Henry Ford's assembly line

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Honda's new vehicle-assembly approach breaks with ideas that go back to Henry Ford. Instead of standing still as cars pass down the factory line, Honda associates in its newest plant work in teams that ride down the assembly line with the car.... Read More »

Mitsubishi’s reversal of fortune

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2016

The resignation of Mitsubishi President Tetsuro Aikawa was the opposite result of the optimistic scenario that surrounded his rise just two years ago.... Read More »

Mitsubishi president steps down amid fuel economy scandal

5:17 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

The president of Mitsubishi Motors will step down after less than two years in the job amid a widening fuel economy scandal that torpedoed the company's sales and led to it selling a controlling stake to rival Nissan.... Read More »

Suzuki says it used wrong fuel efficiency tests on 16 models in Japan

May 18, 2016 08:37 CET

Suzuki said it had used fuel efficiency and emission testing methods that were different from Japanese regulations on 16 models now sold in the country, but that proper testing showed no need to amend the data.... Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors president leaves amid fuel economy scandal, report says

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

The president of Mitsubishi Motors is stepping down amid a fuel economy scandal that surfaced in April, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Tetsuro Aikawa's post will be filled by Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko, the report said.... Read More »

Renault Kwid scores zero stars in Indian crash tests

May 17, 2016 13:08 CET

For the second time since its introduction in India last year, Renault's Kwid crossover scored zero stars for adult passenger protection in the country, a leading auto safety group said.... Read More »

Toyota braces for plunging profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Seesawing foreign exchange rates are threatening to squeeze profits for Japanese automakers just as they intensify their efforts -- and their spending -- in the United States.... Read More »

Nissan denies claims it faked emissions figures in S. Korea

4:51 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Nissan denied South Korean claims that it faked emissions figures in its UK-built Qashqai SUV diesel models. The government's environment ministry said it would fine Nissan $279,920 and order a recall of the 814 new Qashqai vehicles sold in the country so far.... Read More »

What's in it for Mitsubishi?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2016

Nissan and Mitsubishi believe there is mutual benefit in Nissan's move to take controlling interest in the smaller automaker. But for the U.S. market, the promise is not clear.... Read More »

Nissan faces challenges with Mitsubishi but won't impose management, Ghosn says

May 13, 2016 11:16 CET

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said restoring Mitsubishi's credibility with consumers will be his top challenge after the company announced plans to take a controlling stake in the smaller automaker. Nissan will not impose its management on Mitsubishi, Ghosn said.... Read More »

Nissan in talks to take control of Mitsubishi Motors, report says

12:55 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2016

Nissan may invest more than 200 billion yen ($1.84 billion) in a play to take over Mitsubishi Motors, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The boards of Nissan and Mitsubishi will meet separately on Thursday to decide investment and operational details, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

Renault's India sales get boost from Kwid

May 10, 2016 12:15 CET

Renault's sales in India more than doubled last month on demand for its locally built Kwid small crossover. Overall, deliveries of passenger vehicles and vans, climbed 11 percent.... Read More »

Honda touts radical assembly line makeover

8:27 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

Honda, in its quest for manufacturing efficiency, has turned the traditional assembly line model on its head. A new approach launched in Thailand in March has a team of workers follow the car down the line, with the workers and vehicle sitting on disc-shaped platforms like frogs floating on a lily pad.... Read More »

Pakistan woos VW, Renault, FCA to put pressure on Toyota, Honda

May 6, 2016 11:13 CET

Pakistan is wooing VW, Renault and Fiat Chrysler with generous import duties as it seeks to loosen the grip of Toyota, Honda, and Suzuki on the market.... Read More »

Honda says 2 more deaths linked to Takata airbags

May 5, 2016 12:08 CET

Honda said two fatal crashes in Malaysia involved ruptured airbag inflators made by Takata, bringing the global number of deaths linked to the defective devices to 13 as the U.S. ordered the Japanese supplier to widen the scale of its recalls.... Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors has cash to weather scandal, but brand reputation hurt again

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors' market value and Japanese orders have halved since it admitted last week to rigging fuel economy tests, but with more than $4 billion in cash and low debt, the automaker should contain the potential damages.... Read More »

Mitsubishi says 2013-17 audit showed no U.S. testing flaws

4:54 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors, embroiled in a scandal over inflated fuel economy ratings for small cars sold in Japan, said today that an internal audit has found no testing problems with cars sold in the United States between model years 2013 and 2017.... Read More »

Mitsubishi's existence at risk as fraud case widens

April 27, 2016 11:35 CET

For the second time in about a decade, Mitsubishi faces a scandal that could affect the company's very existence after the automaker admitted to improperly testing the fuel economy of its cars over the past 25 years.... Read More »

Mitsubishi says fuel test misconduct dates back to 1991

April 26, 2016 11:37 CET

Mitsubishi said it has improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value. The automaker has formed an external panel of three former prosecutors to investigate falsification of fuel-efficiency data.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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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
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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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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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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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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