Automakers and Suppliers

Takata files for bankruptcy, agrees to be acquired by Key Safety

8:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S., saying it would sell key assets to U.S. supplier Key Safety Systems for $1.59 billion.... Read More »

Honda says it will be difficult to recoup billions spent recalling Takata airbags

10:39 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

Honda says Takata's bankruptcy will make it difficult for the automaker to recoup billions of dollars it has spent to recall defective airbag inflators.... Read More »

TIMELINE: Takata's airbag crisis began in 2008

10:18 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

Here is a recap of Takata's airbag recall crisis that culminated with the supplier's bankruptcy filings in the U.S. and Japan on Sunday:... Read More »

How Ford pulled up its quality score

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

The Ford brand achieved its highest initial-quality mark since the J.D. Power study started 30 years ago. Joe Hinrichs credits the turnaround to a series of moves begun in early 2013.... Read More »

Audi top management criticized in internal dossier, paper says

June 25, 2017 09:38 CET

Audi's executive board, including CEO Rupert Stadler, shows no signs of being ready for a fresh start after the brand became embroiled in VW Group's diesel scandal, company managers say, according to a German newspaper report.... Read More »

Can Volvo's Polestar capture that Tesla magic?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

The spinoff of Polestar could help the new performance brand escape Volvo's reputation for practicality.... Read More »

More conventional shape for Nissan Leaf

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

The 2018 Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the five-door battery-powered hatchback, is losing some of the dramatic styling on the original model.... Read More »

Former VW engine chief told to stay in Germany or risk being detained in U.S.

June 24, 2017 09:59 CET

Germany is the only safe place for former VW Group executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the highest-ranking manager indicted in the U.S. in connection with the automaker's diesel-rigging scandal.... Read More »

Cybersecurity push may tie up autonomous-car legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2017

Two senators are pushing for mandatory federal standards to defend vehicles against hackers. Automakers want a more flexible approach.... Read More »

FCA tweaks trims on 3 sagging vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2017

The changes come as FCA seeks to keep consumers interested in what is the oldest product lineup of any major automaker.... Read More »

Takata bankruptcy would cloud auto industry's biggest recall

2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

The expected bankruptcy of troubled airbag maker Takata throws a wild card into one of the biggest and most complicated recalls in automotive history.... Read More »

Honda engineer debunks own claim about cause of Takata airbag failures

3:19 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Honda said an engineer who once suggested he knew a hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata's defective airbags later indicated he was mistaken.... Read More »

GM settles with 203 plaintiffs over ignition switches

2:29 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

GM agreed to settle federal lawsuits by as many as 203 plaintiffs over defective ignition switches. The accord could also resolve hundreds of state court claims.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Speed reading: Dodge Demon's disclaimers

2:45 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Disclaiming Dodge Demon: Buyers must sign off on drag car; Tesla no-show in quality study; Leaf's autonomous tech; Solar roof for your ride; Ford, Hyundai, Toyota marketers lauded.... Read More »

Tesla rolls through Michigan towing an Airstream

2:16 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Tesla is touring Michigan with an Airstream trailer towed by the new Model X crossover -- a way to showcase its vehicles where they are unable to be sold.... Read More »

Ford's China move casts new cloud on Mexican carmaking

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

A second U-turn this year by Ford in Mexico has raised the specter of Chinese competition for local carmaking, adding more economic and political pressure on the industry.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: China-backed EV maker buying former Hummer plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

China-backed EV maker buying former Hummer plant; Report: Tesla in talks to launch music-streaming service; GM to continue safety meetings with feds; 'Best quality the world has ever seen.'... Read More »

Alfa Romeo won't use incentives as brand puts panache over sales

12:24 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Alfa Romeo's global brand chief says he won't cut prices to meet lofty U.S. sales goals, because he insists FCA isn't setting such targets.... Read More »

Mitsubishi eyes Renault-Nissan resources to grow in U.S., China

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Mitsubishi wants to tap the Renault-Nissan "toolbox" to unlock sales growth in the world's two biggest auto markets: the U.S. and China.... Read More »

Barra meets with Canada's Justin Trudeau

10:13 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with GM CEO Mary Barra in Canada to discuss job creation, but neither the government nor automaker released details about the discussions.... Read More »

Suppliers pick up old-school metal work

8:22 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

The industry might be planning a shift to electrification, but American Axle and its competitors are winning more business from traditional powertrains.... Read More »

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops.

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Japanese electronics giant has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Land Rover Defender will appeal to new generation, design chief says

June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

The launch of the new Land Rover Defender is "not far away," the brand's design boss, Gerry McGovern, said.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers continue strike after talks fail

June 23, 2017 11:36 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory will continue to strike to win a higher pay rise after talks with management failed. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

Lotus cars may be built in China, Geely owner says

June 23, 2017 09:32 CET

Geely hopes to help Lotus to penetrate the global market, Geely owner Li Shufu said, after his company finalized a deal to buy the UK sports-car maker as part of its acquisition of Proton.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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