Automakers and Suppliers

Change bearing down on rearview mirrors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

IHS Markit predicts a surge in global production of panoramic rearview display cameras -- even though safety regulators are still undecided about them.... Read More »

Once a tech leader, Japan's auto industry plays catch-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

Mazda's coming technology blitz epitomizes the rush by the Japanese carmakers to keep pace in an era of rapid change.... Read More »

Two-tone cars are back in vogue

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2017

It could be the first inkling of a trend -- or a strictly European phenomenon. But two-tone cars are increasingly showing up in automakers' lineups there, mostly in upper trim levels.... Read More »

Battery suppliers face capacity crunch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2017

Concerns are growing that battery suppliers such as LG Chem and Samsung won't be able to keep up as automakers promise dozens of new electric vehicles in the coming years.... Read More »

Mitsubishi plans for U.S. growth -- alone, for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2017

Mitsubishi's new three-year business plan identifies a U.S. resurgence as a key target. But lingering U.S. antitrust concerns under Nissan's new control will mean doing it alone.... Read More »

Ford stamping plant worker fatally shoots himself

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

A Ford employee shot and killed himself at the company's stamping plant in Woodhaven, Mich., on Friday.... Read More »

BMW boycott sought by Jesse Jackson

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is calling for a boycott of BMW products because of a lack of diversity among its dealer body.... Read More »

Tesla misunderstands 'positive' Model 3 rating, Consumer Reports says

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

Consumer Reports said Tesla apparently misunderstood the "average" reliability rating the magazine assigned to the Model 3 sedan this week, calling it generally "positive" for an all-new vehicle.... Read More »

Gentex net income slips 2% for Q3

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

Gentex said its third-quarter net income slipped 2 percent to $90.2 million from last year.... Read More »

Bentley to replace CEO, 3 board members in overhaul

6:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

Wolfgang Durheimer will step down as CEO of Bentley effective February 1 and be succeeded by Adrian Hallmark, former global strategy director at Jaguar Land Rover. Bentley's heads of engineering, sales and marketing, and human resources are also stepping down in a major overhaul.... Read More »

Battle between Piech, Porsche families highlighted in German documentary

Oct. 20, 2017 06:01 CET

In a documentary broadcast on German television, Wolfgang Porsche talks about his father, his grandfather and his cousin, Ferdinand Piech, and the infighting that the Piech and Porsche families have endured.... Read More »

PSA CEO Tavares signals possible cost cuts at Opel

Oct. 20, 2017 16:30 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has signaled possible cost cuts at Opel, noting in a newspaper interview that production costs were at least 50 percent higher than at the company's French factories.... Read More »

BMW confirms inspection by EU antitrust officials

Oct. 20, 2017 15:39 CET

BMW confirmed that EU antitrust staff have searched its offices. EU regulators are investigating whether German automakers held meetings to discuss suppliers, prices and standards to the disadvantage of foreign rivals.... Read More »

Bentley names JLR exec Hallmark as CEO in boardroom reshuffle

Oct. 20, 2017 12:24 CET

Bentley said Jaguar Land Rover's head of global strategy, Adrian Hallmark, will become the brand's CEO as part of a reshuffle that also brings in new board members for engineering, sales and marketing and human resources.... Read More »

Aston Martin moves beyond sports cars to Miami real estate

Oct. 20, 2017 11:32 CET

Aston Martin is pushing into U.S. real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand. The automaker is building a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami that will feature 391 condominiums with prices ranging from $600,000 to $50 million.... Read More »

Kobe Steel finds new case of data fabrication

Oct. 20, 2017 11:50 CET

Kobe Steel said it had found a new case of data fabrication at a subsidiary that cuts and processes steel plates. The company also said it had found a case of employees not reporting data falsification to a company investigator in its aluminum and copper businesses.... Read More »

Nissan's inappropriate inspections started at least 20 years ago, report says

Oct. 20, 2017 11:05 CET

Nissan's inappropriate inspection practices have been going for at least 20 years, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The report followed a decision by the automaker to suspend domestic vehicle production to address misconduct in its final inspection procedures, which has led to a recall of 1.2 million cars sold in Japan.... Read More »

Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief

Oct. 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of global marketing and sales.... Read More »

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BLOG: Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2017

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is complete.... Read More »

Daimler's Q3 profit falls 14% on diesel costs

Oct. 20, 2017 09:36 CET

Daimler's profit slumped 14 percent to 3.46 billion euros ($4.1 billion) in the third quarter as earnings at the Mercedes unit dropped on costs to fix the emissions systems of older diesel cars.... Read More »

Mexico auto group rejects U.S. proposal on NAFTA rules of origin

5:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

The Mexican Auto Industry Association rejected U.S. proposals to increase North American content for light vehicles produced in the region.... Read More »

END OF THE LINE DOWN UNDER

Death of Australian car output leaves chasm

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

GM closed its Holden factory in Australia on Friday, ending more than a century of car manufacturing in the country. Hundreds of workers will be left jobless, just weeks after Toyota shut a plant in neighboring Victoria state, where Ford closed two sites last year.... Read More »

Toyota dominates CR reliability survey again; lots of shifts seen among other brands

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Toyota and Lexus rank as the top two brands for reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. The rankings of the remaining 25 brands reflect a game of musical chairs, however.... Read More »

Despite startup hurdles, Tesla Model 3 wins early praise

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

Tesla may be behind on internal production targets for the new Model 3, but that doesn't mean Consumer Reports hasn't predicted its reliability.... Read More »

Audi's redesigned A7 flexes more muscle

Oct. 19, 2017 20:23 CET

Audi has given the A7 Sportback a fresh, muscular design, cleaner interior and advanced technology including remote garage parking and 48-volt mild hybrid technology.... Read More »

 
Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20 2017

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Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is comp ...
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Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2017

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Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs ...
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Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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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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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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