Frankfurt auto show

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Frankfurt show featured many beasts, few beauties

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Frankfurt auto show remains the unrivaled global No. 1 when it comes to vehicle debuts of which there were 210 at this year's show. But due to a serious amount of overdesign, just a handful could be described as beautiful.... Read More »

A 'moment of dizziness' turns into a teachable moment?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

BMW CEO Harald Krueger returned to work last week after spending several days recovering from his fatigue-related collapse on stage at the Frankfurt auto show. The collapse triggered a media debate in Europe over whether top executives are struggling to cope with a heavier workload in the modern business environment.... Read More »

BMW CEO Krueger back at work

Sept. 22, 2015 11:51 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger has returned to work after he spent most of last week recovering from his fatigue-related collapse on stage at the Frankfurt auto show. “He's back at work and feeling 100 percent fit,” a BMW spokesman said, adding that there were no serious causes behind the incident.... Read More »

Infiniti plans a pair of small crossovers in next 2 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Infiniti will significantly strengthen its underperforming compact crossover lineup with two new models arriving within the next two years.... Read More »

Mini bets on 'very emotional' Clubman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Mini is banking the new Clubman wagon will set itself apart from competitors in the compact segment because it's different - and emotional, said the brand's global chief.... Read More »

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Creative concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz.... Read More »

Buick may borrow Opel design trick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Opel's redesigned Astra features a floating roofline that may pop up on future Buicks.... Read More »

Frankfurt auto show hits and misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

We're not sure how L.A. reporter and car guy nonpareil David Undercoffler got around to see everything at the massive Frankfurt auto show, but he most definitely did.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

BLOG: Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »

VW: Next Tiguan to get 'right content and the right price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Volkswagen of America is counting on a bigger and more competitively priced Tiguan to gain market share in the compact crossover segment when the vehicle arrives in 2017.... Read More »

Lambo mulls hybrid version of crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Lamborghini may use the plug-in hybrid drivetrain from its Asterion concept car as a second engine offering in the upcoming Urus SUV.... Read More »

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Mercedes expects GLC, C-class coupe sales to jump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Mercedes-Benz says the U.S. will be the biggest market for the S-class convertible. Executives also expect another record U.S. sales year.... Read More »

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Audi readies 2 EVs for U.S. starting in 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

A production version of Audi's e-tron quattro concept for a crossover electric vehicle shown in Frankfurt will go on sale in the U.S. in 2018, and another battery-electric vehicle will come after that, the automaker's top U.S. executive said.... Read More »

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Toyota set to join subcompact crossover fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Toyota confirmed that it will jump into the subcompact crossover segment next year with a new model it's tentatively calling the C-HR.... Read More »

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Mazda aims to lift U.S. crossover volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2015

Masahiro Moro, Mazda's managing director for global sales and marketing, says the automaker has a simple plan to make more money in the U.S. business: Sell more crossovers.... Read More »

Mercedes' decision on U.S. pickup due next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will decide in the next eight to 10 months whether it will bring a pickup to the U.S. market.... Read More »

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Mirror, mirror off the car? Focus turns to cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2015

Many of today's better-appointed vehicles have side mirrors that tuck away automatically. Major suppliers are working on making those mirrors disappear altogether.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Opel pins compact car comeback on Astra's posh comforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

GM's Opel brand has reached a new level of luxury incursion with its redesigned Astra, a cousin of the Chevy Cruze.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Infiniti will offer Q30 with different heights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Infiniti will offer its new Q30 compact with two different ride heights: the Premium and SE versions of the five-door hatchback are 20mm taller than the Sport model. But why?... Read More »

Tesla struggles in Germany with consumers unswayed by Model S cult

10:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Tesla has built a cult following in the U.S. for its high-powered electric sports cars. But in Europe's biggest car market, consumers are proving harder to convince.... Read More »

NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.... Read More »

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Borgward seeks investors for revival after 54 years

Sept. 17, 2015 15:56 CET

Borgward is seeking investors as it aims to boost its lineup to five models and reach global annual sales of 500,000 in the medium term. The automaker unveiled its first vehicle for 54 years, the BX7 SUV, at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

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Renault CEO Ghosn touts Megane's hi-tech features

Sept. 17, 2015 12:00 CET

Renault says the new Megane will stand out in Europe's tough compact segment because of its advanced technology that includes four-wheel steering, a portrait-style 8.7-inch infotainment screen, full color head-up display and a Multi-Sense driving control system.... Read More »

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Toyota will challenge Nissan in Europe with new SUV

Sept. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's new SUV to challenge the Nissan Qashqai will give the brand a boost to help win back the title of Europe's top-selling Asian brand from its Japanese rival.... Read More »

Toyota: Decision on sports car project with BMW due soon

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Toyota and BMW will decide by year end on whether to develop a common sports car architecture. BMW and Toyota have for some years been collaborating on fuel cell technology, lightweight components, and on possibly jointly developing the underpinnings of a sports car.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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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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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust gains in France, Italy and Spai ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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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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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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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
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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