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PSA and Dongfeng will develop new platform for compact and subcompact cars

April 19, 2015 11:45 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and China's Dongfeng Motor will jointly develop a platform for small cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Dongfeng brands..... Read More »

Volkswagen is exploring budget SUVs, minivans for China

April 19, 2015 11:13 CET

Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget SUVs and minivans in China to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said. VW is considering a product family of low cost models, he said.... Read More »

Canadians show one way out of Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

As UAW contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 begin, the Canadian model for dealing with entry-level workers could provide a guide to solving the Tier 2 probelm in the United States.... Read More »

At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd.... Read More »

New markets, production for GM Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

General Motors' massive operation in South Korea lost a big reason for being when bosses in Detroit decided in late 2013 to pull the plug on the Chevrolet brand in Europe.... Read More »

Scion shifts ad model for iA, iM launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

In September, Toyota's Scion will launch the new iM hatchback and iA sedan with the most-expensive marketing campaign since the brand was launched in 2003. The effort reflects Toyota's admission that new products won't revive sales without a much more aggressive approach to promotion.... Read More »

VW board members came close to demanding Piech's resignation, paper says

April 18, 2015 22:33 CET

Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported. Piech had initially resisted pressure from other board members to back Winterkorn during an emergency meeting.... Read More »

Ford's Taurus redesign debuts in China while big sedans slump in U.S.

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Ford unveiled a redesigned Taurus here Saturday, saying the sedan will be aimed specifically at the Chinese market. There's still a growing appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans, while in the United States demand has stagnated amid a consumer shift to roomier, utilitarian crossovers.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying.... Read More »

2015 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Audi aims Q7, A6L plug-in hybrids at Chinese buyers

April 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will aim plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV and long-wheelbase A6 at Chinese customers as the company seeks to maintain its sales lead over rivals BMW and Mercedes in the world's largest vehicle market.... Read More »

Subaru aims to expand STI performance line

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line.... Read More »

THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it.... Read More »

BMW says new 7 series can park itself

April 18, 2015 00:15 CET

BMW says the 7-series flagship sedan will be the world's first series-production car that can be parked without anyone at the wheel. The remote control parking feature will help make the car the most technologically advanced model in its class, r&d boss Klaus Froehlich said.... Read More »

Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to stay in defeat for Piech

April 17, 2015 11:59 CET

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn won the "full support" of the automaker's top-level committee to continue serving as chief executive in a defeat for Ferdinand Piech, the automaker's powerful chairman and patriarch of its founding family.... Read More »

Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years.... Read More »

Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford, confirming reports from earlier this week, will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The company will build a new engine line within its engine plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. The company will also build a transmission plant in the central state of Guanajuato.... Read More »

GM counting on high-speed Internet services in car to drive profits

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Buyers of GM vehicles will increasingly be able to use in-car mobile broadband systems to book hotel rooms, cut deals on driver insurance, pay for data usage and conduct a host of other transactions. And each time they do, GM will get a small cut from the seller.... Read More »

New Jeep Renegade ad campaign has an indie-rock youth vibe

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

In its new Renegade campaign, Jeep wanted up-and-coming artists to lay a soundtrack aimed at millennials instead of more established acts.... Read More »

Oman will use Italian expertise to help build auto industry

April 17, 2015 06:01 CET

The Oman government has bought into an Italian supplier as part of its goal to develop car production in the oil-rich Middle Eastern state. The state-owned Oman Investment Fund last month bought a 40 percent stake in Italian thermoplastic parts supplier Sigit.... Read More »

Volvo narrows choices for U.S. plant to S. Carolina, 2nd state, report says

11:57 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against another southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first US plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today.... Read More »

Lotus forms joint venture to build cars, engines in China

9:34 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the U.K. sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said.... Read More »

VW's top board group backs Winterkorn as 'best possible' CEO

6:39 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volkswagen AG's supervisory board leadership panel backed CEO Martin Winterkorn, defusing a power struggle with Chairman Ferdinand Piech in saying Winterkorn is the "best possible" chief executive for the German automaker.... Read More »

South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers

10:40 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks. The latest penalties came Tuesday, when Germany's Schaeffler and Japan's JTEKT were fined for rigging bids on tapered roller bearings to Hyundai, Kia and Hyundai Powertech.... Read More »

Ford eyes 'high volume' use of carbon fiber

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford today said it has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material. The agreement with DowAksa, a joint venture of Dow and a Turkish company, builds on an arrangement that Ford announced in January as it unveiled the GT supercar.... Read More »

 
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