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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 »

RICHARD TRUETT

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 »

'Business as usual is not an option'

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

The automotive supplier industry of 2016 is a case study in change, says Mark Wakefield, managing director at AlixPartners. But make that "a CASE study," he says.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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