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Ghosn's 18 years of epic battles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

In the course of running Nissan Motor Co. for 18 years, Carlos Ghosn has racked up a long list of battles and dramas, many of them at his own instigation.... Read More »

Suppliers keep wheeling and dealing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

Seemingly unworried about wobbly global markets, automotive suppliers are wheeling and dealing to acquire each other or dump underperforming assets.... Read More »

VIDEO: Rethinking the future of mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

A partnership with a scooter-sharing service. An electric van controlled by gestures. Switching from carmaker to experience provider. These are just some of the ways Renault-Nissan, VW and Mazda are rethinking the future of mobility.... Read More »

GM wants more diesels, CVTs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

General Motors plans to step up use of diesel engines and lightweight continuously variable transmissions to help it meet tightening fuel-economy standards.... Read More »

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Demand strains aluminum suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

North American suppliers of sheet aluminum are running close to 100 percent of capacity, said Tom Boney, general manager of automotive for Novelis North America.... Read More »

EPA holds firm on 54.5 mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Automakers hoping for some relief from the EPA's targeted fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may not get it.... Read More »

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Automakers, suppliers urged to strengthen relationships before next downturn

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2016

Suppliers and automakers must build strong relationships now to help them get through a potential downturn in sales and production, a panel of executives said here today.... Read More »

VIDEO: A plea for strict self-driving car maintenance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2016

Skipping oil changes can ruin a car’s engine. Failing to maintain an autonomous vehicle can result in deaths. That’s why there’s an emerging view that the current way of servicing cars won’t cut it when self-driving vehicles hit the road in large numbers. As a result, some auto sector leaders say the industry needs to ensure autonomous vehicles are maintained on strict schedules – or carmakers and customers could pay a price.... Read More »

VW details plans for 3 EV platforms, more SUVs

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

As Volkswagen works toward resolving its diesel emissions scandal, it is mobilizing “Strategy 2025,” which includes as many as three dedicated platforms for electric vehicles, more utility vehicles and several new budget vehicles.... Read More »

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Michigan, Ontario sign collaboration agreement to boost auto competitiveness

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian province of Ontario to increase the region's competitiveness in the auto industry.... Read More »

How the Acura NSX challenged Honda's U.S. purchasing

6:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Setting up the supply chain to produce the low-volume Acura NSX supercar in Marysville, Ohio, presented special challenges to Honda's purchasing organization, according to Tom Lake, vice president of purchasing for Honda North America.... Read More »

Lear exec invites women to industry

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Jeneanne Hanley, Lear's vice president of global trim and craftsmanship, said that many female students have a dated view of manufacturing.... Read More »

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Hella sees opportunity in moving to LED lights

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Converting from halogen to LED automotive lighting will enable automakers to greatly improve nighttime visibility and incorporate cool new features into their vehicles, all while saving a lot of valuable energy, the president of Hella Corporate Center USA said.... Read More »

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Renault-Nissan’s tiny-car experiment

6:06 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Can 10 little cars on the streets of San Francisco help a global automaker predict the future? Nissan is counting on it, says Rachel Nguyen, head of the small Renault-Nissan Alliance research unit Future Lab.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: A growing urgency over cybersecurity

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

The notion that bad people can — or would — electronically hack vehicles and cause havoc and destruction is not easy for an industry built on optimism.... Read More »

Takeover and turnaround vet Dauch has seen it all

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

When it comes to corporate takeovers and turnarounds, Accuride Corp. CEO Rick Dauch has been there, done that.... Read More »

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BLOG: Datsun Redi-Go: A template for inexpensive cars in North America?

6:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

It has tiny 13-inch tires. Power comes from a motorcycle-sized 799cc engine. There’s just one airbag, no carpet and an unremarkable gray plastic interior. But suppliers, engineers and other auto executives at the seminars have been kicking its tires all week.... Read More »

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Automakers should view cybersecurity as quality issue, expert says

4:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Automakers and suppliers would be better off addressing cybersecurity concerns by thinking of them as issues of quality, a cyber expert said here on Wednesday.... Read More »

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Why GM is embracing car sharing

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Even as it sells millions of new vehicles a year, GM also likes the idea of consumers sharing them. “The whole idea of owning a car, parking it for $1,000 a month and letting it sit there 90 percent of the time is just ludicrous,” said Julia Steyn, GM’s vice president of urban mobility programs.... Read More »

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Toyota executive maps out the future of 'computers on wheels'

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Artificial intelligence, robotics and the cloud will result in vehicles that are safer, more personalized and better connected to other cars, infrastructure and smartphones, said James Kuffner, chief technology officer at Toyota Research Institute.... Read More »

Silicon Valley pushes industry to rethink development

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Christopher Heiser, co-founder of Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors, says the traditional concept of a vehicle platform faces potential radical change in an era dominated by software, electronics and the rise of autonomous vehicle technology.... Read More »

Local parts sourcing key for Nissan

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Japan's yen is rising in value against the dollar. Nissan's head of North American purchasing says the way to respond to that challenge is by local sourcing of more parts, especially at the Tier 2 and Tier 3 level.... Read More »

Beyond EVs and fuel cells? EIVs

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Energy independent vehicles, or EIVs, are capable of rolling without physically connecting to any energy source, whether an electric plug or a gasoline pump.... Read More »

Lacrosse stick maker plots move into car parts

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

As automakers seek new sources of lightweight carbon fiber parts, one company known mainly for producing lacrosse sticks could establish itself as a player in the market.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

12-volt systems head into history

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

With fuel economy regulations tightening and connectivity and autonomous-driving capability proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automobile electrical system has reached the end of the road.... Read More »

 
Lotus can thrive under Geely

Nick Gibbs
5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24 2017

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Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving... ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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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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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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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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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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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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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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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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