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Infiniti CEO calls Q30 a 'game changer' for brand; eyes adding a plug-in hybrid

Feb. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. With Q30 production underway in England and output of the QX30 due to join it later this year, 2016 will be a breakout year for Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti CEO Roland Krueger told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families.... Read More »

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BLOG: Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show.... Read More »

Tesla shares dogged by falling gas prices, output concerns

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Tesla shares fell to a two-year low amid concerns that cheap gasoline is stifling demand for electric cars as well as whether the company can efficiently produce enough of its new crossover.... Read More »

EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

An EPA proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by medium and heavy duty vehicles would also ban the conversion of street cars into racecars, with far-reaching effects on auto racing and the aftermarket parts industry.... Read More »

Conti must ration parts for recall fixes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. But the German parts-maker says its action is nothing like the Takata airbag recall that has roiled the industry.... Read More »

Ford plans to double Mexico vehicle production, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Ford plans to double vehicle production capacity in Mexico as the automaker focuses its U.S. assembly plants on more profitable pickups and utility vehicles, according to a report published Sunday.... Read More »

Ferrari's 'family' car gets new name, more power

Feb. 8, 2016 15:41 CET

Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families.... Read More »

Frederick Standish, former director of PR for Nissan North America, dies

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Frederick Standish, who managed Nissan North America's corporate communications as it reinvented itself in Tennessee, has died at 65 after a long illness.... Read More »

Q&A

Nissan plans big strides in connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview.... Read More »

Bentley at work on a sporty SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Bentley is developing a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the ultraluxury brand's first SUV.... Read More »

The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal. So it felt like opposite day last week when an analyst asked General Motors executives during the company's fourth-quarter conference call whether they were concerned that inventories were running too lean.... Read More »

Where Toyota, Lexus got their leaders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While Scion served Toyota as a test bed for marketing and retail innovations, it was also an effective proving ground for executives. A truckful of current Toyota suits cut their teeth at the young brand, and movement between Scion and Lexus was fluid.... Read More »

Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand.... Read More »

GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain General Motors uses in the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt could end up in competitors' vehicles.... Read More »

Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Porsche North America boss Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring the diesel-powered Macan to the U.S. But he needs Volkswagen to make a technical fix so the engines will meet emissions requirements.... Read More »

Mexico auto production, exports rise in Jan. despite sharp drops at VW

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Auto production in Mexico rose 0.4 percent in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, while exports were up 4.1 percent, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today.... Read More »

Suzuki quarterly operating profit up slightly; net profit outlook trimmed

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Suzuki said operating profit rose slightly in the third quarter on healthy demand in India, but trimmed its full-year net profit outlook due to a tax-related issue.... Read More »

VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. Neither GM nor Toyota plead guilty in their cases, but VW may be forced to if charged with criminal conduct and also wants to settle.... Read More »

VW quality chief quits amid diesel scandal fallout

Feb. 8, 2016 17:32 CET

Volkswagen named company veteran Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as head of group quality assurance, replacing Frank Tuch who held the job for six years and, according to sources, was suspended amid the automaker's emissions scandal.... Read More »

Automakers opt for less TV time during Super Bowl

10:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The Super Bowl was a little less sleek, sporty and horsepowered this year. The portion of advertising time devoted to promoting cars and trucks during the pro football championship game -- TV's most-watched event -- was at the lowest level since 2010.... Read More »

Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In its drive to grab a larger slice of the U.S. market, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company. Nissan says strengthening its retail networks is critical to its growth plans.... Read More »

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.... Read More »

Detroit 3's share of rental fleet declined in 2015

9:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler accounted for 60.1 percent -- their lowest collective share ever -- of the 1.78 million new cars and light trucks sold to rental fleets in 2015.... Read More »

 
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