Automakers and Suppliers

Robot cars to descend on 10 sites U.S. names as proving grounds

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

Robot cars will be put through their paces by researchers and federal regulators at 10 test tracks designated by the U.S. as official sites for validating the technology.... Read More »

Another round of Takata airbag recalls filed by 13 automakers

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

More than a dozen automakers this week recalled another 652,000 vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in the U.S. to replace front passenger inflators as the largest callback in the history of the auto industry continues to cascade through the regulatory process.... Read More »

French state will keep stake in PSA Group

Jan. 19, 2017 21:43 CET

The French government will keep its stake in PSA Group, the office of president Francois Hollande tweeted.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Fatality probe finds no Tesla defects

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

Fatality probe finds no Tesla defects; More Mexico output predicted; Toyota, Nissan undeterred in UK; Maserati salesman dies after Facebook Live video; Dodge 'Demon' tease.... Read More »

Maryland dealership retools its approach to pricing

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

Koons of Silver Spring has launched Total Confidence Pricing, which includes a 30-day guarantee on the price buyers paid for a new vehicle. The marketing campaign reflect how dealerships, as well as automakers, are trying to boost sales through creative marketing, rather than simply larger incentives.... Read More »

U.S. regulator closes Tesla death probe; no evidence of defects

10:58 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

U.S. regulators said on Thursday they found no evidence of any defects in Tesla electric cars after investigating the death of a man whose Model S collided with a truck while he was using its Autopilot system, the first known fatality involving semi-autonomous driving software.... Read More »

F-150 Raptor, rally driver Ken Block drive Ford Twitter engagement

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

After a bit of back-and-forth between the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, in December, the F-150 reclaimed its spot as the winner of the Twitter engagement race among pickups in December, according to ListenFirst Media.... Read More »

Icahn to gain full control of Federal-Mogul with $300 million deal

11:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, after nearly a year of posturing with Federal-Mogul's shareholders, will take full ownership of the diversified auto parts supplier in a roughly $300 million deal.... Read More »

VW plans to build first EVs with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year

Jan. 19, 2017 14:54 CET

VW Group plans to build its first cars with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year. VW and JAC signed a preliminary deal to explore making electric vehicles in September.... Read More »

Winterkorn denies early knowledge of VW diesel emissions cheating

Jan. 19, 2017 11:10 CET

Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told German lawmakers he did not know about the company's systematic emissions cheating earlier than VW has officially admitted.... Read More »

California warns of break from Washington on clean-air rules

9:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

California sent a warning shot in a potential showdown with the incoming Trump administration, with the state’s clean-air regulators digging in on mandates for an ever-greater number of electric and fuel-cell cars.... Read More »

How Toyota used artificial intelligence for RAV4 campaign

9:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

IBM's Watson has struck again. The machine learning program, which has emerged as a popular tool for agencies and marketers, is powering a new highly targeted digital campaign for Toyota that uses an algorithm to generate ad scripts.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Winterkorn apologizes, defends tenure

8:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

Winterkorn apologizes, defends VW tenure; Report: Takata bidders seek restructuring in Japan; EPA nominee pledges to review ruling; Hyundai's on-the-fly ad; Future role of brands.... Read More »

Kia Stinger aims for halo effect in Europe

Jan. 19, 2017 10:58 CET

Kia will launch its Stinger four-door fastback model in Europe in the fourth quarter. The brand hopes the rwd Stinger will serve as a halo model and will offer the car with a 3.3-liter engine variant that will be Kia's fastest production car to date.... Read More »

Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries

6:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

Panasonic aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business.... Read More »

Germany's Merkel seen putting EU values ahead of car lobby in Brexit talks

Jan. 19, 2017 09:34 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to put EU principles ahead of the German car industry's interests in her dealings with the UK over Brexit, the head of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce said.... Read More »

Trended data better at assessing auto loan risk, analysis shows

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

Auto loan accounts could jump 11 percent a year if lenders use trended data, according to Equifax.... Read More »

Takata's remaining two bidders to seek court-led turnaround in Japan, report says

9:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

Takata's two remaining bidders plan to propose a court-mediated turnaround for the Japanese operations of the troubled airbag supplier, the Nikkei business daily reported.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan's Ghosn intent on staying ahead in electric cars

Jan. 18, 2017 18:03 CET

Renault-Nissan has sold more than 400,000 electric cars globally and is planning further investment to maintain its market lead, the alliance's CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

Nissan, Toyota back UK plants despite 'hard Brexit' plan

Jan. 18, 2017 18:09 CET

Toyota and Nissan say they will continue to build cars in the UK despite Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU's single market, which could make exporting from British factories less lucrative.... Read More »

Opel will unveil Crossland X next month

Jan. 18, 2017 12:59 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will debut the Crossland X, a small crossover that replaces its Meriva minivan, in Berlin on Feb. 1 as part of the General Motors unit's latest product offensive.... Read More »

Germany's auto industry warns 'hard Brexit' will stifle UK investment

Jan. 18, 2017 16:14 CET

Germany's automakers warned that uncertainty about future tariffs in the wake of a "hard Brexit" could deter investment in Britain over a number of years, hampering their largest export market.... Read More »

Maserati salesman killed in crash after filming self on Facebook going 111 mph

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

An employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colo., died in a car crash last weekend after he uploaded a Facebook Live video of himself accelerating from 0 to 111 mph in one of the store's cars.... Read More »

EPA nominee Pruitt to review vehicle emissions rules

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, said he will review the Obama administration's recent decision to lock in fuel efficiency rules.... Read More »

CFPB head may have violated U.S. law with lending rules, U.S. House Republicans claim

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

In a blow against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just two days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, U.S. House Republicans accused the CFPB of potentially violating federal law with its rule authorizing the agency to regulate certain auto lenders.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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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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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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