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GM, Toyota call for easing of U.S. rules limiting self-driving cars

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

GM and Toyota officials plan to tell a U.S. House panel on Tuesday that automakers and suppliers need changes to automotive safety rules to allow the deployment of self-driving cars on American roads.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: CEOs ask Trump to review mpg rule

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

CEOs ask Trump to review mpg rule; Dealership throughput dips; 52 mpg for Cruze diesel; Ford's $1B 'brain' buy; Toyota's challenge: Marketing Citizen Camry and Wild Child C-HR.... Read More »

'WE CAN'T WAIT'

GM's Ammann: Open up public streets to autonomous testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

General Motors President Dan Ammann urged more local and state governments to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public streets, saying doing so is the only way to ensure they will be ready for public use.... Read More »

Hyundai Motor hires former GM researcher to lead self-driving car center

10:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Hyundai Motor Group has hired a former GM researcher to oversee its center to develop fully autonomous vehicles, joining other automakers and Silicon Valley giants in accelerating efforts on the fast-growing technology.... Read More »

Automakers press Trump to review 2025 mpg targets

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

The chief executives of 18 major automakers and their U.S. arms are urging President Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration to lock in light-vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025. In a letter sent late Friday, the companies warned thousands of U.S. jobs could be at risk if the 54.5 mpg target is not revisited.... Read More »

Gentex reflects on the future of the mirror

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2017

Advance tech thinkers imagine cars with no mirrors. Gentex, a top producer of auto-dimming mirrors, says bunk. The supplier is betting that rearview mirrors will be around for a while... Read More »

Ford to invest $1 billion in artificial intelligence startup

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Ford is investing $1 billion over the next five years in artificial intelligence startup Argo AI. The Pittsburgh company, founded by former Google and Uber software engineers, will help Ford develop a virtual drive system for an autonomous vehicle coming in 2021.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Blog ignites Musk-UAW spat

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Musk, UAW trade jabs over worker's blog; Ford invests $1B in artificial intelligence startup; Bernhard leaves Daimler; Takata projects loss; VW offers windshield warmth without wires.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Uber suffers for Trump ties that leave Musk unsullied

6:44 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

While Uber got shellacked for its link to President Donald Trump, the electric carmaker and sometimes-rival Tesla has comfortably weathered its association with a president who has lower approval ratings than any predecessor in his first days in office.... Read More »

PSA referred to French prosecutors over emissions

Feb. 10, 2017 10:32 CET

PSA has been referred to prosecutors over suspected diesel-emissions cheating in France. PSA, which has until now largely avoided scrutiny, is the fourth automaker to be referred for possible prosecution by authorities. The others are VW Group, Renault and Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

FCA design boss says full autonomy will take unprecedented collaboration

11:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Fiat Chrysler's global head of design says that true vehicle autonomy will not stop at the four corners of the vehicle, but will require technology developments in infrastructure as well.... Read More »

Chicago Auto Show pilots epass system to help stoke sales leads

10:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

The Chicago Auto Show is testing new attendee registration technology to fortify its position as a critical provider of sales leads for dealers and automakers.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan profit drops in Q3

8:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Nissan profit drops in Q3; VW board spared probe over Piech remarks; Tesla idles plant to prep for Model 3; Uber's next Calif. clash?; Kid power fuels Honda ad.... Read More »

McLaren will move chassis output to UK from Austria

Feb. 9, 2017 10:20 CET

McLaren will invest nearly 50 million pounds ($62 million) to bring production of its carbon fiber chassis to northern England from Austria, a move it said was initiated long before the Brexit vote. McLaren will begin building the facility in Sheffield this year with full production due to begin by 2020.... Read More »

UK plans to remove key barrier for self-driving cars

Feb. 9, 2017 09:53 CET

The UK plans to introduce new insurance rules to ensure victims of accidents involving self-driving cars are compensated quickly in a bid to remove a major obstacle for a growing branch of the industry. The global market for autonomous cars is estimated to be worth 900 billion pounds ($1.1 trillion) worldwide by 2025.... Read More »

FTC sued over sale of certified used cars

6:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

The Center for Auto Safety and five other groups filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission for allowing used cars to be advertised as "certified" or safe despite being the target of an outstanding safety recall.... Read More »

Suzuki infuses small Wagon R with tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

A lack of cutting-edge technology has long kept Suzuki Motor Corp., one of Japan's smaller automakers, in constant search for a larger partner.... Read More »

CDK, Reynolds sued over access to DMS data

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Motor Vehicle Software has filed an antitrust lawsuit against CDK Global, Reynolds and Reynolds and their joint company, Computerized Vehicle Registration. The suit charges the dealership software giants with illegally blocking the electronic vehicle-registration concern from accessing their DMS systems.... Read More »

Fields' CAFE claim comes with an asterisk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields asked President Donald Trump last month for relief on strict Obama-era fuel economy mandates, claiming “various studies” say 1 million jobs are at risk if the regulations aren't relaxed. But independent industry analysts and environmental groups argue that figure is unrealistic and that Fields cherry-picked a worst-case scenario from a dubious report.... Read More »

VW goes wireless: Silver warms up the windshield

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Volkswagen has found a solution to foggy front windows that does not involve tiny wires implanted in the glass.... Read More »

How ZF is moving on after failed bid to take over Haldex

Feb. 4, 2017 06:01 CET

ZF is moving on after a failed attempt to take over brake manufacturer Haldex. The supplier's plans include expansion in electronic-braking technologies and developing new customer groups using ZF's e-platform concept, CEO Stefan Sommer said.... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY

Could board diversity have prevented the Takata scandal?

9:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2017

There's plenty of blame to go around for the Takata scandal. But one potential factor shouldn't be overlooked: Every member of Takata's board is a Japanese man.... Read More »

Maserati recalling nearly 40,000 U.S. vehicles on risks of fires

9:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2017

Maserati North America is recalling at least 39,381 Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante vehicles in the U.S. after discovering two defects that could lead to fires.... Read More »

Toyota, Suzuki near technology partnership agreement, report says

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2017

Toyota and Suzuki are nearing a partnership agreement to develop technology for a variety of functions, including for self-driving vehicles, the Nikkei business daily reported.... Read More »

Defective Takata airbags found in repaired BMWs, prompting fresh recall

10:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2017

BMW is recalling about 230,000 vehicles in the U.S. after discovering that some may have been fitted with defective Takata airbag inflators during repairs, such as after a crash in which the devices deployed.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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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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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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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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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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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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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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