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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: FCA, Google in talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

FCA reportedly near deal with Google; FCA's Chinese partner seeks way into U.S.; April U.S. sales rise expected; Ford working on 200-mile EV; Autonomous-car tech going bust with boomers.... Read More »

Mich. bills would make hacking electronic vehicle systems a felony, with life in prison

3:41 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Hacking into an electronic vehicle system would have serious consequences under bills introduced today in the Michigan Senate: life in prison for the offender.... Read More »

Gen Y more likely than older drivers to trust self-driving tech, study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

More than half of those born after 1976 say they trust autonomous tech, compared with 41 percent in Generation X, 23 percent of baby boomers and 18 percent of the pre-boomer generation, J.D. Power's annual U.S. Tech Choice Study found.... Read More »

VW eyes new partners; not talking with Google, Apple

April 28, 2016 10:47 CET

VW will open itself up to more partnerships and strategic investments to help generate a "substantial proportion" of its revenue from new business models, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Discussions are already at an "advanced stage," but Google and Apple are not among tech companies VW is in discussions with, he said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford posts record Q1 profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

F-150 helps push Ford to record Q1 profit; Fields: 'Absolutely terrific start'; Mitsubishi: No test-data problems in newer U.S. models; VW's growth outlook; JLR phone-finder app; Hyundai NFL promo.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A drop-off in drop-tops

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Can Buick counter the drop-off in drop-tops?; Ford issues 5 recalls; Getting Germany to go green; Volvo to test autonomous cars in U.K.; GM plant investments; May I rent your Mini?... Read More »

Ford issues five recalls for 285,000 N.A. vehicles

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Ford today issued five recalls covering a total of about 285,000 vehicles in North America for problems that include transmissions downshifting into first gear at high speeds, poor welding and tires damaged by a factory conveyor belt. The recalls are connected to four crashes and one injury, Ford said.... Read More »

Mitsubishi's existence at risk as fraud case widens

April 27, 2016 11:35 CET

For the second time in about a decade, Mitsubishi faces a scandal that could affect the company's very existence after the automaker admitted to improperly testing the fuel economy of its cars over the past 25 years.... Read More »

Valeo sales rise 9% on intuitive driving systems

April 27, 2016 10:44 CET

French supplier Valeo reported a 9.4 percent rise in first-quarter sales, lifted by demand for pricier content such as display screens, parking assistance and radar systems.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mitsu misconduct goes back 25 yrs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2016

25 years of Mitsu misconduct; Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber, Lyft in self-driving push; Earnings up at FCA, down at Hyundai; VW outsells Toyota; Honda Clarity's aerodynamic design.... Read More »

Mitsubishi says fuel test misconduct dates back to 1991

April 26, 2016 11:37 CET

Mitsubishi said it has improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value. The automaker has formed an external panel of three former prosecutors to investigate falsification of fuel-efficiency data.... Read More »

Japan to probe car-testing methods after Mitsubishi scandal

April 26, 2016 11:28 CET

Japan will set up a task force to look into measures to prevent irregularities in vehicle testing after Mitsubishi admitted it falsified fuel-economy data to get better ratings for some of its models.... Read More »

Honda brings clarity to electrification strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

When Honda revealed last week that it would a three-model family of green cars under the Clarity nameplate, it also brought a measure of clarity to its electrification strategy, which has moved in fits and starts since the 1999 debut of the oddly shaped Insight.... Read More »

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TOM GEBHARDT, PRESIDENT, PANASONIC AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS

Panasonic to make push into autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Consumer electronics maker Panasonic grew big in automotive with vehicle displays and batteries for electric vehicles. But now, the supplier is looking for even bigger growth from its emerging technologies for autonomous-drive cars.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Dodge Journey makeover delayed

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Dodge Journey platform switch delayed; AutoNation eases rule on cars with open recalls; Mercedes to compensate dealers for unfixed vehicles; New Porsche Caymans; Beijing preview... Read More »

Automakers brace for tough scrutiny after VW emissions scandal

April 25, 2016 11:09 CET

Automakers expect tougher regulations to limit tailpipe emissions after VW Group's diesel scandal. Daimler, Ford, Volvo and Jeep bosses said they foresee more scrutiny from governments.... Read More »

Will Mitsubishi scandal scare off partners?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Even if Mitsubishi's cheating scandal stays isolated to Japan-market minivehicles, its admission could alarm other automakers who are considering strategic tie-ups with the Japanese manufacturer.... Read More »

Getting drivers hooked on connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

In an unusually rich promotion for the everyman compact market, Chevy is offering two years of free OnStar and Sirius XM satellite radio and a slug of monthly data use on the Cruze's 4G LTE Wi-Fi service.... Read More »

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TERRENCE HAHN, CEO, HONEYWELL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

Honeywell sees e-chargers, e-turbos on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Almost half of all vehicles produced in the world will be turbocharged by the end of this decade, forecasts Honeywell Transportation Systems CEO Terrence Hahn. Honeywell is banking on what comes next -- electric boosters to eliminate turbo lag and electric turbochargers that help recharge batteries.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault exec wonders if Google, Apple will lose interest in auto business

April 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault Connected Car Director Thierry Viadieu is confident that his company will be in the car business a decade from now. He is less sure that will be the case for Google and Apple. He explained why to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

JUMPING THE JAM

NASA project: Getting cars ready for takeoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

Silicon Valley and NASA think traffic-stymied commuters are ready to give up their cars and fly to work.... Read More »

THE FAST AND THE DRIVERLESS

Can racing put driverless technology on fast track?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2016

In Roborace, a racing series envisioned by Russian entrepreneur Denis Sverdlov, driverless cars would battle for pole position at the indecent speed of 180 mph, freed from the constraints of protecting a human behind the wheel.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Valeo CEO outlines how supplier will evolve to keep pace with megatrends

April 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Autonomous driving, car-sharing and electric powertrains are currently some of the megatrends shaking up the car industry and forcing suppliers to evolve quickly to keep pace with developing technology, Valeo CEO, Jacques Aschenbroich, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

FCA recalls 1.1 million sedans, SUVs with Euro-style shifters after injuries

3:45 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2016

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.1 million SUVs and sedans worldwide with European-style electronic shifters to prevent the vehicles from moving if a driver forgets to put the vehicles in park.... Read More »

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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius

April 22, 2016 06:01 CET

Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, which the automaker says is greener and more fun to drive than its predecessor.... Read More »

 
VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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The time may be just right for PSA's return to the U.S.

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21 2016

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If you've heard that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering a return to North America, don't think that ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
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