Automakers and Suppliers

Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals

11:14 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market.... Read More »

NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

NASCAR's move to get rid of the controversial Confederate flag after the murder of 9 black worshippers in South Carolina comes as the racing circuit and track owners court major new corporate sponsors such as GM, Toyota and Microsoft.... Read More »

Honda to make English official language by 2020

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was “stupid” to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. Now that he’s left the building, however, Japan’s No. 3 carmaker is changing its tune.... Read More »

Saab owner to build EV plant in China

July 3, 2015 11:06 CET

China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in China to produce electric vehicles. The company did not release any details about the EVs and it's not clear whether they will be marketed as Saabs.... Read More »

CLEPA names Brembo exec as next president

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

European suppliers association CLEPA named Brembo executive Roberto Vavassori as its next president. Vavassori will help to carry forward CLEPA's priorities that include CO2 emissions, vehicle safety, connectivity, automated driving and a successful conclusion of an EU-U.S. trade pact.... Read More »

Skoda may outsource non-core services

July 3, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda says it is examining whether to outsource certain parts of its non-manufacturing business such as peripheral services, and has initiated negotiations with local unions over such a move.... Read More »

Citroen will drop hydropneumatic suspension

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will stop selling cars equipped with its once-renowned hydropneumatic suspension system. Instead it's working on “new technologies” to ensure that a comfortable ride remains at the heart of the French brand's top models, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 6. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group.... Read More »

Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads.... Read More »

NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. NHTSA officials used a roughly three-hour hearing Thursday to detail and spotlight FCA's safety and recall shortcomings.... Read More »

Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded

July 2, 2015 18:42 CET

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules.... Read More »

Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada

1:38 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday.... Read More »

Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name

12:42 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast

1:30 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

June wasn't the first month that Fiat Chrysler outsold its bigger rival Ford on a retail basis in the U.S. In fact, it's happened at least twice before, says FCA -- once in November 2006, and again during one of the most tumultuous months for the industry in recent history, February 2009.... Read More »

Hellcats star in new Dodge image campaign

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Dodge is launching an ad campaign this weekend starring the Hellcat trims of the Challenger and Charger, along with the Viper GTS. The production, titled “Predators,” has 30- and 90-second cuts and uses the Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight” as a surprisingly mellow backdrop while the roaring cars tear up Miami streets.... Read More »

AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry

10:12 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 9 percent in June from a year earlier to 27,862, making it the retailer’s best June since 2005.... Read More »

Toyota prices 'Model AA' shares at top range

9:50 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Toyota set the price for its "Model AA" class shares at the top of its range, as retail investors flocked to the $4 billion issue the world's biggest automaker hopes will secure its longer-term shareholders.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria

July 2, 2015 08:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to have Magna Steyr build an unspecified number of JLR models. Magna Steyr will make the vehicles at its factory in Graz, Austria, because JLR’s three British plants are operating close to capacity.... Read More »

Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2

7:54 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June.... Read More »

BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013.... Read More »

VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate.... Read More »

German car sales rose 13% in June, helped by extra sales days

July 2, 2015 12:05 CET

New-car registrations in Germany increased 13 percent in June, helped by two extra sales days and a growing economy. The surge mirrors strong gains in France, Italy and Spain, suggesting the region is maintaining its steady recovery despite worries about a Greek exit from the euro.... Read More »

FCA tops Ford in retail sales for first time, reports say

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' retail sales in the U.S. topped Ford Motor Co.'s in June, the first month that's happened, CNBC and Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

JUNE U.S. AUTO SALES

Trucks drive sales up 3.9%; SAAR hits 17.16 million

8:30 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales, fueled by strong truck volume at Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota, rose 3.9 percent last month as the industry continued to climb toward one of its biggest sales years ever. The seasonally adjusted sales rate came in at 17.16 million, slightly below forecasts, and down from May's 17.78 million rate but higher than the 16.91 million pace set in June 2014.... Read More »

 
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