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GSR nears $1 billion deal for Nissan battery venture, report says

May 26, 2017 13:32 CET

GSR Capital, a Chinese private equity firm, is nearing a deal to acquire control of a Nissan's rechargeable battery unit for about $1 billion, Bloomberg reported. The venture makes the lithium ion cells for the automaker's Leaf electric car.... Read More »

Ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp working as adviser to PR firm

1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2017

Julie Hamp, who left Toyota following an arrest for suspicion of violating Japan's drug laws, is working for global public relations firm Finsbury.... Read More »

Geely will buy stakes in Malaysia's Proton, UK automaker Lotus

May 23, 2017 19:14 CET

Chinese automaker Geely Holding will buy a 49.9 percent stake in struggling Proton from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom. Geely will also acquire a 51 percent share in UK sports car company Lotus from Proton.... Read More »

Detroit 3 to skip connected car-themed Tokyo show

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2017

This year's Tokyo Motor Show is positioning itself as a connected car showcase of trends "beyond the motor," but the futuristic theme isn't enough to draw the Detroit 3.... Read More »

India exit puts GM in 'right markets'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

GM CEO Mary Barra signaled that GM isn't planning any more major reductions to its geographic profile. Still, she said the company would aggressively pare costs everywhere it can.... Read More »

Daicel, Toyoda Gosei plan capital tie-up to expand airbag businesses

7:19 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2017

Japanese suppliers Daicel and Toyoda Gosei said they will invest in each other's equity, deepening ties as both companies expand their airbag businesses.... Read More »

GM will cut operations in India, South Africa

May 18, 2017 10:21 CET

GM's plans to quit selling vehicles in India and sell operations in South Africa are the latest steps in a strategy of focusing cash and engineering effort on fewer, more profitable markets.... Read More »

GM will refocus operations in India for exports

May 18, 2017 12:03 CET

GM will stop selling cars in India but doesn't plan to leave the market entirely. It will keep its tech center and refocus production by making one of its two local plants an export-only factory. The other will be sold to China's SAIC Motor.... Read More »

Volvo to start XC90 production in India

May 18, 2017 09:48 CET

Volvo will start production of its XC90 flagship SUV in India as part of a drive to double its sales in the country. While India's premium market is relatively small, it is forecast to grow rapidly in the coming years.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: One dead in Tesla shuttle-bus crash

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2017

Tesla bus crash kills officer; Electric ambitions: India shoots for all EVs, China takes alternative route, new reality for oil refiners?, plus, a dizzying demo from Elon Musk.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia ordered by S. Korea to recall vehicles after whistleblower report

May 12, 2017 09:27 CET

Hyundai and Kia will recall 240,000 vehicles in South Korea after the government issued a compulsory recall order over safety defects first flagged by a whistleblower. The action will cover 12 models, including the Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe and Genesis.... Read More »

India's green car plan prioritizes electric vehicles over hybrids

May 7, 2017 11:25 CET

India's most influential government think tank has recommended lowering taxes and interest rates for loans on electric vehicles, signaling a dramatic shift in policy in one of the world's fastest growing auto markets.... Read More »

PSA partners with U.S. tech firm for autonomous car tests in Singapore

May 3, 2017 09:42 CET

PSA is partnering with a U.S. tech firm to test autonomous cars in Singapore. NuTonomy's software, sensors and computing platforms will be installed in Peugeot 3008 models as part of plans to test the technology needed for level 5 capability.... Read More »

Samsung gets OK to test self-driving tech in S. Korea

7:11 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

Samsung has got permission from South Korean authorities to domestically test a self-driving vehicle fitted with its electronic parts and software.... Read More »

Mazda quarterly operating profit plunges 56%

6:20 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Mazda's operating profit tumbled 56 percent in the latest quarter, as a deteriorating sales mix, foreign exchange rate losses and recall costs undermined results.... Read More »

Takata stock trading suspended after reported bankruptcy filing plan

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Takata stock trading was suspended in Japan after a newspaper report that the embattled auto supplier was considering filing for bankruptcy protection.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Honda Civic Type R sets speed record

8:45 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

Honda Civic Type R sets speed record; Tesla takes a production gamble; Sunday ads target Musk, Trump; Japan's big hydrogen bet; More Apple-car clues.... Read More »

Japan dreams of a hydrogen society

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

As home market to two of the three global carmakers selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Japan is understandably optimistic about the outlook for hydrogen-powered cars.... Read More »

A gross but green path to hydrogen

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

Masaki Tajima is trying to pave a greener hydrogen highway for Japan. And the road starts at a simmering sewage field on the southwestern island of Kyushu.... Read More »

Developing hydrogen beyond the car market

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

Imagine a city where houses and businesses have their own on-site fuel cell stacks that turn hydrogen into electricity for lights, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners.... Read More »

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 »

 
Lotus can thrive under Geely

Nick Gibbs
5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24 2017

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Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving... ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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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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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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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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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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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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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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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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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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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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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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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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