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Build a tire factory, they will come

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

A Chinese player builds its first U.S. tire factory, and Volkswagen signs up for business.... Read More »

Honda's name game in China

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

Just as Honda produces U.S.-focused vehicles such as the Ridgeline pickup, it makes a slew of nameplates for China that are rarely seen elsewhere.... Read More »

Selling cars from the auto show floor

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

Regional auto shows in China are raucous affairs where manufacturers, dealers and customers come to not only look at cars but to buy and sell them.... Read More »

In China, a new chance for Acura

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

Acura is finally getting serious about international expansion with an eye to the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

China eclipses U.S. in Honda's world view

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2017

Honda's rapidly expanding footprint in China spotlights how the world's biggest auto market is pulling focus and resources away from the United States. The Japanese automaker is setting priorities in everything from production to product development.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

China's Great Wall to show Wey premium brand in Frankfurt

Aug. 18, 2017 11:11 CET

China's Great Wall will display products from its newly created Wey premium brand at the Frankfurt auto show next month. The brand's first vehicle, the VV7 crossover, went on sale at the Shanghai auto show in April.... Read More »

China's Guangzhou joins rivals in denying plans to buy Fiat Chrysler

Aug. 18, 2017 09:52 CET

Chinese carmaker Guangzhou has joined domestic rivals Geely and Dongfeng in saying it has no plans to acquire Fiat Chrysler. The comments follow an Automotive News report which said a "a well-known Chinese automaker" had made an offer this month for FCA.... Read More »

Chinese automakers covet FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Chinese automakers are facing government pressure to buy foreign companies -- and FCA makes an attractive target. At least one Chinese offer has been made, but FCA rejected it for not being enough.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: For Fiat Chrysler, anybody but a Cerberus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Chinese ownership of FCA is far more desirable — in terms of the U.S. economy and employment — than the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne unsuccessfully tried to engineer in 2015.... Read More »

Mercedes China sales soar; Audi rebounds

Aug. 11, 2017 13:33 CET

Mercedes sales in China jumped 32 percent year on year to 48,588 vehicles in July as the brand enjoyed strong demand for its long-wheelbase E-class sedan.... Read More »

Bosch builds China plant to make latest regenerative braking system

Aug. 8, 2017 11:15 CET

Bosch has broken ground on a 779-million-yuan (100-million-euro) plant in the east China city of Nanjing to produce a new regenerative braking system for energy-saving vehicles that include hybrid and electric vehicles.... Read More »

Visteon offsets U.S. slowdown with Q2 gains in China

9:51 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2017

Visteon said net income ramped up during the second quarter as the supplier offset a slowdown in the US with strong sales in China and product innovations.... Read More »

Audi made an ad in China comparing a wife to a used car -- it's not going over well

3:17 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2017

In an Audi commercial from China, a mother-in-law interrupts a wedding ceremony to inspect the bride, checking whether she's up to standard. The scene was used in an ad promoting used Audis.... Read More »

VW taps electric Golf to help meet China's EV quota

July 14, 2017 06:01 CET

VW is looking to build the full-electric Golf in China next year -- using for the first time locally sourced battery cells from the country's main supplier -- to meet a controversial quota system for electrified vehicles.... Read More »

Carmakers want China to soften electric car quota

July 13, 2017 16:31 CET

The world's four biggest automotive industry associations have written to China's government to demand it change its plans for strict sales quotas for electrically powered vehicles.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Daimler facing emissions-violations probe

8:45 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2017

Daimler facing emissions-violations probe in Germany; China accelerating switch to EVs; Korea gets look at new Kia Stonic; KC Crain named president of Automotive News parent.... Read More »

PSA's Europe, China sales decline offset by Iran

July 13, 2017 08:43 CET

PSA said first-half sales dipped in Europe and continued to plunge in China, although the carmaker's return to the Iranian market kept its global numbers in positive territory, with a 2.3 percent overall sales gain.... Read More »

Faurecia will supply seats to GM's China JV

July 11, 2017 11:50 CET

Faurecia has formed a tie-up with supplier Liuzhou Wuling to build seats for GM's joint venture with SAIC in China.... Read More »

Cooper-Standard expects to double China sales in 4 years

12:44 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

Cooper-Standard expects to double China revenues by 2021 by expanding output of sealing, fuel system and anti-vibration components to meet rising auto production, CEO Jeffrey Edwards said.... Read More »

GM, Mercedes, VW urged by China to recall vehicles with faulty Takata airbags

9:52 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2017

China's top quality watchdog pressed GM, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen to fulfill their obligations to recall vehicles in China affected by faulty Takata airbags.... Read More »

LeEco's billionaire founder pleads for time as creditors circle

2:19 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2017

LeEco Chairman Jia Yueting asked for more time to repay debt and realize his ambitions of disrupting the automobile industry, days after a Chinese court froze billions of dollars in assets controlled by him and associated companies.... Read More »

China's Baidu faces probe after CEO tests driverless car on public roads

7:13 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2017

Baidu, China's biggest search engine provider, is under investigation to determine whether it broke any laws after its CEO tested a driverless car on public roads.... Read More »

Baidu investigated after CEO tests self-driving car on Beijing roads

July 6, 2017 11:07 CET

Baidu, which aims to put autonomous vehicles on China's roads by 2018, is under investigation to determine whether it has broken any laws after its CEO, Robin Li, tested a driverless car on public streets in Beijing.... Read More »

Bosch, Conti join Google rival's driverless car bid

July 6, 2017 09:47 CET

Robert Bosch, Continental and TomTom are among more than 50 partners enlisted by Google rival Baidu Inc. for its Apollo driverless car project. The Chinese company aims to get fully autonomous vehicles on city streets as early as in 2018.... Read More »

Daimler, BAIC invest $735 million in China EV output

July 5, 2017 14:29 CET

Daimler and its Chinese joint-venture partner, BAIC, have agreed to invest 5 billion yuan ($735 million) in EV production in China by 2020 and to provide the infrastructure needed.... Read More »

 
Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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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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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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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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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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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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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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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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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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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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