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EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler

2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
What appears on the surface to be just another twist in the ego-driven soap opera between VW's visionary leader Ferdinand Piech and FCA's scrappy boss Sergio Marchionne may actually presage the next round of auto industry consolidation.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?... Read More »

 

CLEPA names new CEO

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the automaker's top lawyer. But Barra said she intended to keep Michael Millikin, GM's general counsel since 2009, defending him as “a man of incredibly high integrity” whose subordinates failed him.... Read More »

 

Nissan's Ghosn offers auto-driving reality check

10:40 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, whose company made waves last year by pledging to develop autonomous cars by 2020, dialed back those expectations.... Read More »

 

BMW will raise China capacity to 400,000 vehicles

July 16, 2014 13:23 CET
BMW said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years and double the range of locally made vehicles to six models.... Read More »

 

VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

1:01 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Experts disagree on how to handle massive data from self-driving cars

July 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Experts have differing views on what to do with the mountain of data that is likely to be generated by autonomous vehicles when computers control much of our cars' functions in the future.... Read More »

 

Mulally joins Google board

4:16 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined the board of directors of Google as the technology giant ramps up development of autonomous light vehicles.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM revises way legal staff handles safety suits

9:35 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
GM has hired an outside legal firm to review the company's litigation practices and has revised the way it handles civil lawsuits so that cases involving serious injuries or deaths will be reviewed by the company's general counsel and engineering staffs, GM's top lawyer plans to tell a Senate panel on Thursday.... Read More »

 

How Warren Buffett landed a new Cadillac (and not a Subaru)

3:43 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Warren Buffett, who has made himself and others enormously wealthy by investing in some of America's biggest brands, says he's not about to go with Japanese wheels, no matter how practical.... Read More »

 

VW aims to save 5 billion euros to lift profitability

July 15, 2014 15:27 CET
VW Group plans to reduce costs at its namesake brand by 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) by 2017 as it seeks to lift sagging profitability after efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs.... Read More »

 

Obama touts progress on 'talking' cars

11:20 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
President Barack Obama highlighted government-backed research on technology being developed by companies including Ford and Toyota to allow cars to communicate with each other.... Read More »

 

VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals

July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. Sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle.... Read More »

 

Toyota's massive engine overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota, after long neglecting the internal combustion engine in favor of hybrids, is preparing a sweeping powertrain makeover. It is designing common parts to spread costs across large numbers of engines that will allow it to economically customize engines for specific vehicles with fuel injection, turbocharging and more.... Read More »

 

Sales staff gets more responsibility, higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Sonic Automotive began preparing its staff for the transition to its One Sonic-One Experience initiative years ago when it launched its playbooks, or guides for how to sell used cars, new cars, finance and insurance products and so on.... Read More »

 

BMW expects to meet global sales target of over 2 million vehicles

4:44 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
BMW expects to meet its target of selling more than 2 million vehicles globally this year, sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

A VULNERABLE GIANT

Volkswagen's soaring growth under Piech masks troubles

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
During his two-decade reign, Volkswagen Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech has created an automotive giant with broad geographic reach. But industry analysts say the No. 3 global automaker may be too vast and fractured to stay cohesive after Piech's departure.... Read More »

 

New Caddy boss knows luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Having spent nearly two decades in various roles at Audi and the past two years as global president of Infiniti, Johan de Nysschen, 54, comes to Cadillac as it's new boss with intimate knowledge of the luxury market and some of the key competitors he'll be up against.... Read More »

 

BMW expects to meet global sales target of over 2 million vehicles

July 14, 2014 10:44 CET
BMW expects to meet its target of selling more than 2 million vehicles globally this year, sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW X4 fills tall order

July 14, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowering the height of the seats. The X4 is lower to the ground than the X3, on which it is based, because of its coupe styling.... Read More »

 

40 UNDER 40

Larry Pickett Sr. brings broadcast skills to car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Automotive News 40 Under 40 honoree Larry Pickett Sr. talks about how personalized video is the future of salesmanship.... Read More »

 

40 UNDER 40

Erin Ramsey improves dealer logistics with technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Automotive News 40 Under 40 honoree Erin Ramsey tells of how she turned around a troubled business development center despite having no sales or service experience.... Read More »

 

 
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