Automakers and Suppliers

FCA profit surges on strong Jeep sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Strong sales in North America and flat Europe operations pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' second-quarter profits up 69 percent to $364 million.... Read More »

Ford says earnings will be even better in 2nd half

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Ford earned in the first half of this year nearly as much as it did in all of 2014. And it says the second half will be even stronger.... Read More »

Delphi invests in connectivity, driver assistance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Delphi agreed to buy the HellermannTyton Group for 1.07 billion ($1.7 billion) to add cabling gear used in cars.... Read More »

Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region for Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.... Read More »

Can inventory hubs aid small Caddy stores?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A long effort to whack away at Cadillac's swollen vehicle inventory culminated last month with the brand's trimmest levels in four-and-a-half years.... Read More »

A designer boss may be just what Acura needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The unexpected appointment of Jon Ikeda to head Acura could be exactly the shot in the arm Acura needs, both for its product portfolio and its relationship with the Honda mothership back in Japan.... Read More »

Hyundai may be ready to add small pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Hyundai appears close to adding a compact pickup to its U.S. lineup.... Read More »

Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said.... Read More »

A V-series version of Cadillac's coming crossover? Don't count on it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen isn't interested in affixing a V badge to a crossover any time soon.... Read More »

After 1 billion calls, oh, the stories OnStar can tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors' OnStar has fielded 1 billion calls since it was founded in 1996, including one involving a monkey in Mississippi that locked itself in its master's Chevrolet Silverado.... Read More »

Aging vehicles may shift the aftermarket sweet spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The average age of light vehicles on American roads is still rising, just not as fast as it once was. So what, if anything, does that means for aftermarket and service managers? Well, it's a little complicated.... Read More »

Nissan store takes a factory lump after Trump thump video

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yes, Nissan wants to win over Hispanics, but it doesn't like to condone one of its Southern California stores beating up on Donald Trump. Last week, Van Nuys Nissan in California posted a video online that shows store managers whacking away at a Mexican pinata resembling the Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, complete with yellow hair and a business suit.... Read More »

In Bob Lutz's crystal ball, Apple, Google may win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Bob Lutz, 83, has been around longer than most in the auto industry. The former General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler executive knows a lot about change because he's seen so much of it. Lutz offered his vision of personal mobility in the future. He didn't say when it would happen, but he was fairly explicit on what it would look like.... Read More »

Smart sticks with single nameplate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Smart microcar will continue to be a niche product in the U.S. with annual sales of about 10,000. Management has chosen to sell only one car here - the miniscule ForTwo and not the four-seat ForFour.... Read More »

Former Toyota exec leads supplier into new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. sees high-tech braking as so critical to its next-generation vehicles, it has sent one of its highest-profile executives to run Advics, its brake-making affiliate.... Read More »

Denso maps out two-pronged mpg drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yasushi Yamanaka, the newly appointed global r&d chief at Toyota Group mega supplier Denso Corp., is chasing two elusive methods to radically improve fuel efficiency by 2025. And neither involves sexy next-generation technologies such as electric-gasoline hybrids.... Read More »

Jaguar filling the compact, crossover void

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jaguar is revamping its product range with a compact sedan and crossover.... Read More »

Land Rover will add convertible, bring Defender back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is investing $5.3 billion in new products this year, including a new Range Rover Evoque convertible.... Read More »

M-B will grow, from compacts to Maybach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz continues to add rapidly to its model range with coupelike crossovers and the high-end Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. And it is even considering a pickup for the U.S.... Read More »

7 series continues BMW's high-tech push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW will apply its carbon fiber know-how to its main lineup, starting with the redesigned 7-series sedan, and play catch-up with autonomous-drive technology.... Read More »

Mini drops models in its move upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mini is revamping its model range, trimming three models and using a BMW Group architecture and engines. As the new cars become bigger and more luxurious, Mini will move the range upmarket.... Read More »

After XC90, Volvo continues its product barrage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volvo is revamping its product range with an all-new scalable platform, design and new four-cylinder family of engines. And it will start building cars in the United States in a new South Carolina factory in late 2018.... Read More »

Luxury brands draw tech battle lines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

European luxury brands are leaving few segments untouched, but the new battleground is high-technology and semiautonomous features.... Read More »

Penske reports strong 2nd quarter, expands its online sales pilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported big gains in second-quarter net income on rising unit sales and a solid performance in all business segments. It also said it is expanding its online sales initiative.... Read More »

GM prepares to fight aftermarket repair parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors plans to roll out a new pricing system later this year for its original-equipment collision parts, a bid to take back market share from aftermarket parts makers.... Read More »

 
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