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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Hyundai's plan to shake up car-buying

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

Hyundai's plan to shake up car-buying; When humans and robo-cars meet by accident; Magna joins BMW-Intel consortium; A NAFTA warning; Celebrity chef's Land Rover really cooks.... Read More »

Nvidia, ZF, Deutsche Post to launch autonomous delivery trucks

Oct. 10, 2017 12:00 CET

Nvidia, ZF and Deutsche Post DHL have partnered to deploy a test fleet of autonomous electric delivery trucks starting in 2018. The trucks will feature ZF's ProAI self-driving system, which based on Nvidia's Drive PX technology.... Read More »

Robo-taxis are coming – from suppliers, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Parts-making giant Continental is readying itself for a self-driving future projected to grow explosively in the coming years.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Hot 2017 for Grand Cherokee, F-150

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Hot 2017 for Grand Cherokee, F-150; Mitsu's crucial crossover; Marchionne shrugs off Great Wall idea; GM's LIDAR find; Self-driving safety ads; Spied: Front-wheel drive BMW coupe?... Read More »

Waymo launches U.S. ad campaign to promote driverless car safety

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Google's self-driving car affiliate Waymo and several groups are launching a campaign aimed at convincing skeptical Americans of what they say is the value and safety of driverless cars.... Read More »

HARVEY LAMM

The auto industry’s big mistake

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Awd offered significant benefits to drivers and the industry, but it was largely ignored by the industry in the early 1970s. Today, as co-founder of VNG.co, a provider of natural gas fueling for light vehicles within retail gasoline stations, I see the industry making a similar mistake.... Read More »

Denso's billion-dollar EV scene-setter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Japanese giant supplier Denso has jumped to put EV and autonomous parts into production in Tennessee to prepare for the coming wave of planned vehicles.... Read More »

White House appoints economist to NHTSA deputy post

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

Heidi King, an economist with federal government and private-sector experience, has been appointed the new deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

'IN A STALL'

At NHTSA, staff shortages under Trump slow policy changes

9:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

A lack of senior, politically appointed officials at NHTSA has nearly frozen key decision-making at the safety agency, former NHTSA officials, consumer groups, lawmakers and some business leaders say.... Read More »

Automakers, citing costs, consumer demand, say mpg standards unrealistic

8:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

Automotive trade groups told federal regulators they should revise light-vehicle fuel efficiency mandates approved in the final weeks of the Obama administration because the costs would be onerous and the standards do not reflect how cheap gas prices are affecting consumer demand.... Read More »

U.S. traffic deaths jump in 2016 to decade-high

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says overall traffic deaths rose 2.6 percent last year, outpacing the increase in miles driven.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: An empty seat atop NHTSA

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

An empty seat atop NHTSA; U.S. Army to enlist GM fuel-cell tech?; Denso makes $1B bet on EVs; Toyota coupe, crossover concepts; Rival disputes Tesla autonomous-car claims.... Read More »

Toyota granted dismissal of U.S. criminal charge in unintended-acceleration case

5:48 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

A federal judge dismissed a criminal charge against Toyota after the automaker completed three years of monitoring as part of a $1.2 billion settlement over claims of sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles.... Read More »

GM begins to convince some investors of tech chops

11:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

A surprising theory is fueling a long-awaited breakthrough for GM shares: that the stuffy century-old automaker may have some technology chops, after all.... Read More »

Mitsubishi recalls Lancer again for Takata inflator

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

For the second time, Mitsubishi is recalling more than 66,000 Lancer models for a potential Takata airbag problem.... Read More »

Nav systems among infotainment distractions, AAA study finds

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

Infotainment systems distract drivers, and navigation systems could be the biggest culprit, according to a new study.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: AAA finds distracting trend in new cars

8:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

AAA finds distracting trend in new cars; Nissan's Sentra-centric sales strategy; GM expands robo-fleet in Calif.; Mitsu offers peek at crossover concept; Equinox's fashion sense.... Read More »

Mitsubishi e-Evolution greener and smarter, thanks to AI

6:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

Mitsubishi's upcoming e-Evolution Concept not only sports a three-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain, it gets a dose of artificial intelligence to make driving safer and easier.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Ghosn's new Renault plan expected to address big market shifts

Oct. 5, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is expected to outline how the automaker will respond to a fast-changing automotive landscape when he presents the company's next strategic plan on Friday. The open questions include how much Renault will invest in areas such as electrification and autonomous driving.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: iPhones kill people, but they don't have to

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

It's time for cellphone makers such as Apple to take action to reduce the distracted driving, and deaths, that their products cause.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: An open letter to Sir James Dyson

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

Dear Sir James: We heard you intend to spend $2.7 billion to enter the electric car business. I'd like to urge you to save your money.... Read More »

ROUGH PATCH

Ghosn protege faces first crisis with Japan recall

6:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

Carlos Ghosn, one of the auto industry's most celebrated turnaround artists, saved Nissan by managing himself out of numerous tight spots. Now his hand-picked successor faces a big test of his own, just six months into his tenure as Nissan's CEO.... Read More »

VW brand seeks to curb competition from Skoda

Oct. 4, 2017 14:29 CET

VW managers and unions are seeking to curb competition from lower-cost sibling Skoda by moving some of its production to Germany and making the Czech brand pay more for shared technology, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Senate panel OKs bill bringing self-driving cars to market faster

11:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill to speed self-driving cars to market without human controls and bar states from imposing regulatory road blocks.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: In Harvey's wake, a Sept. sales surge

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

Hurricane recovery's big role in Sept. sales bounce, Snyder's top takeaways, Lexus closing in on BMW; Robo-car bill advances; Vegas auto dealers helping pay victims' medical bills.... Read More »

 
Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20 2017

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Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is comp ...
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Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2017

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Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs ...
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Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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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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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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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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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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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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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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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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