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Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound

March 2, 2015 22:32 CET
Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery in southern Europe, as well as continued strong sales in the UK, the automaker says.... Read More »

 

Foreign carmakers lead February sales growth in France

March 2, 2015 13:36 CET
French car registrations grew 4.1 percent in February compared with a year earlier, led by growth in sales of cars made by foreign-owned manufacturers.... Read More »

 

Spain new-car sales rise 26% in February

March 2, 2015 14:00 CET
New-car sales rose 26 percent in Spain last month, the 18th consecutive month of growth, a car manufacturers' group said. Registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program.... Read More »

 

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology.... Read More »

 

IIHS outruns NHTSA as pacesetter in safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
IIHS crash tests go beyond what's required by the government, and automakers have responded to the results by making substantial engineering changes quickly. Its access to insurance claim data allows it to see areas of unmet need in safety and identify solutions. The group's accolades are must-haves for automakers.... Read More »

 

Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda Motor Co. meet stricter emissions standards and deliver fun-to-drive performance that sets the Civic apart, global r&d head Yoshiharu Yamamoto said.... Read More »

 

Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing.... Read More »

 

Caddy works on twin-turbo, V-8-powered CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The Cadillac CT6 sedan eventually will get a performance model with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said last week that the CT6's lightweight structure will allow for "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo," which presumably would wear a V-series badge.... Read More »

 

Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105.... Read More »

 

CLS fighter from VW?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Volkswagen plans to unveil a coupe-style sedan concept this week at the Geneva auto show. VW insiders say the concept, shown in these sketches the company released last week, likely would become a production model positioned between the CC sedan and the Phaeton flagship.... Read More »

 

Toyota to end production of Venza

4:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota is pulling the plug on the Venza crossover, a vehicle the automaker once touted as engineered in America for American buyers.... Read More »

 

Range Rover Evoque convertible to go on sale next year

10:54 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
A convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale next year, Land Rover said in a statement.... Read More »

 

GMC doubles down with 10-year plan to boost U.S. share to 5%

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
General Motors plans to roughly double its total spending on its GMC truck brand over the next decade with the goal of boosting its U.S. market share by two-thirds, the brand's top executive said today. Duncan Aldred, vice president of the GMC and Buick brands, said the doubling of investment in GMC will cut across vehicle development, marketing and other areas.... Read More »

 

Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions.... Read More »

 

Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed

4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Supercars and SUVs will be show stars

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Supercars from Ferrari, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren will shine at the Geneva auto show alongside mass-market models taking aim at the fast-growing SUV/crossover market.... Read More »

 

NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips

2:29 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. NXP has succeeded where other European chipmakers have struggled by focusing on products for the auto industry and mobile payments.... Read More »

 

GM board should not have activist investor Wilson, Buffett says

1:41 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO and one of the largest shareholders in General Motors, told CNBC today he disagrees with putting former U.S. auto task force member Harry Wilson on the automaker's board.... Read More »

 

CLA’s minor dings put a big dent in Mercedes’ rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
It wasn't cranky engines, shiftless transmissions or funky infotainment systems that sunk Mercedes-Benz last week in the Consumer Reports Car Brand Report Cards. Several of Mercedes' newer vehicles, including the front-wheel-drive CLA sedan, suffered a variety of problems with loose-fitting trim, rattles and other minor maladies. That knocked the German automaker from ninth place on last year's report to 21st this year out of 28 brands.... Read More »

 

A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s.... Read More »

 

Ghosn guns for global top 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. 4 ranking, even though last year it encountered big troubles in Russia and finished about 1.4 million vehicle sales behind No. 3 General Motors.... Read More »

 

Nissan’s bullish U.S. forecast calls for overtaking Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Nearly two years ago, Carlos Ghosn bemoaned Nissan Motor Corp.'s lackluster performance in North America as his biggest "disappointment." Now, the CEO's fix-it man, Jose Munoz says the U.S. is a "powerhouse" again and the comeback is gaining speed.... Read More »

 

Buffett says Berkshire's job is to perform, grow in auto retail

11:16 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
With Berkshire Hathaway's purchase of the Van Tuyl Automotive dealership group materially complete, Warren Buffett already is looking toward how to expand his company’s dealership holdings.... Read More »

 

FCA recalls 2,211 Hellcats after fuel leak discovered

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is recalling its brand-new, top-end 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats after a dealer discovered a fuel leak on a car being delivered from the factory. The recall affects 2,211 vehicles.... Read More »

 

 
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