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First Shift: In NY, spotlight on luxury

7:45 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Acura shows 'backbone,' BMW unveils X4, Mercedes meets 'Mad Men,' and Land Rover displays Vision; face-lift for VW Jetta.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chinese needs bring Infiniti a roomier sedan

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Infiniti plans to market the long wheelbase Q70 as a luxury sedan that simply offers a roomier back seat -- a premium sedan with the roominess of an SUV.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine, boosting its performance to 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque in a new Challenger Scat Pack model.... Read More »

 

GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

4:19 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil.... Read More »

 

AutoNation says Q1 net income rose 15% to $95.1 million

7:11 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Despite 10 weeks of problematic winter weather to start the year, a late March rebound in dealership traffic helped drive AutoNation's net income 15 percent higher in the first quarter of 2014 from the year-earlier period, the company said today.... Read More »

 

AutoNation stepping away from third-party leads

7:15 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
AutoNation, tired of paying high prices for online leads, plans to de-emphasize third-party lead providers such as TrueCar, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, CEO Mike Jackson says. He says he will strengthen AutoNation's Web site and digital presence to build traffic and sales.... Read More »

 

Renault invests 240 million euros in Brazil

April 17, 2014 17:26 CET
Renault will invest 240 million euros ($331 million) to build additional vehicle models and a new logistics centre in Brazil.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Subaru polishes Outback for 2015

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The Subaru Outback is getting a major styling update, additional safety and convenience features, and improved fuel economy as part of a makeover to enhance what has been the brand's top franchise for years.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Ford Escort to make a return at Beijing show

April 17, 2014 13:26 CET
Ford will unveil a production version of the Escort sedan at the Beijing auto show. The car will be aimed exclusively at the Chinese market.... Read More »

 

Mercedes starts production of electric B class

April 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes has started series production of the B-class Electric Drive, which the automaker developed in partnership with Tesla.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 10% as replacements help automakers

April 17, 2014 09:08 CET
European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound boosted demand. First-quarter sales rose 8 percent.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini helps give parent Audi a technical edge

April 17, 2014 11:43 CET
Lamborghini will showcase the Huracan LP 610-4, its newest technology-packed supercar at the Beijing auto show, with the model set to spice up its parent company Audi's own offerings.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Acura TLX much more than rebadged Accord

3:08 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Acura unveiled today the production version of its redesigned 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup for the United States.... Read More »

 

AT&T says it has made connected-car deal with undisclosed global automaker

8:13 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, said it reached a deal with a global automaker to add to its ranks of customers looking to bring connectivity to cars.... Read More »

 

Johnson Controls diversifies away from autos with $1.6 billion deal

2:54 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Johnson Controls, seeking to lessen its reliance on the cyclical auto industry, agreed to acquire Texas-based ventilation products company, Air Distribution Technologies, for $1.6 billion.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Camry's mid-cycle overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Amid tough competition, Toyota tries a makeover; Sonata trims its curves for '15; VW exec on sales drop; Mustang's lofty feat.... Read More »

 

GM ordered redesigned ignition switch from Delphi for Cadillac SRX

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Delphi redesigned the ignition switch for the Cadillac SRX crossover to increase its torque about two months before making similar changes to the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch at the center of General Motors' recall crisis.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Toyota overhauls Camry in bid to make it 'best we've ever built'

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Toyota, fighting to extend the Camry's 12-year reign as the best-selling car in the United States, showered its flagship sedan with superlatives as it unveiled a new edition today. The model shown at the New York auto show reflects significantly more change than is typical for a car that's been spruced up halfway through its life-cycle.... Read More »

 

Fields sees Ford Europe growth, eyes breakeven by mid-decade

April 16, 2014 17:19 CET
Ford is sticking with its forecast for a smaller loss in Europe this year and breakeven by 2015 even as the company sees signs of growth, COO Mark Fields said.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK SHOW

Nissan Maxima to follow Murano with show-car flair

3:33 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Nissan said the next redesigned Maxima sedan will reach showrooms looking almost identical to the flashy Sport Sedan Concept it unveiled in January in Detroit.... Read More »

 

GM sets up new parts-ordering system for recall repairs

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
GM today gave its dealers a revised ordering process that the retailers said should speed the shipment of parts, ease repairs and ensure the job gets done right. But dealers said they aren't any closer to knowing when they will start getting parts for the millions of vehicles involved in an ignition-switch recall.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion charts new lineup for U.S.

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Toyota's Scion brand, struggling to boost sales with aged products, plans to replace three of its five nameplates in the United States over a two-year period starting in 2015. The first of the three will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Scion Vice President Doug Murtha said in an interview today.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hopes dim for VW’s diesel hot hatch in U.S.

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
VW has pulled back on plans to sell a souped-up diesel Golf called the GTD in the United States because importing the GTI sibling’s engine would add too much cost. The high-powered 2-liter TDI engine used in the GTD cannot be produced at VW’s engine plant in Silao, Mexico, so it would be imported from Germany, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn told reporters today.... Read More »

 

U.S. senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

1:46 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Lawmakers probing how GM used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive. A group of senators on Tuesday wrote to Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal, asking for information about whether the parts supplier pushed back against GM after the automaker apparently did not accept a proposed fix to the switches.... Read More »

 

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