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Tesla fired hundreds of employees in past week, reports say

8:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2017

Electric vehicle maker Tesla fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, according to a local news report and a former employee.... Read More »

U.S. seeks to include steel, aluminum in NAFTA autos rules

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

The Trump administration is seeking to use NAFTA to boost the United States steel and other basic materials industries by proposing stricter automotive content rules.... Read More »

Canada, Mexico pledge trade unity as Trump threatens NAFTA

8:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

The leaders of Mexico and Canada presented a united front for trade talks with Donald Trump, committing to continued trilateral negotiations over NAFTA.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM tension in Canada, downtime in Detroit

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

GM tension in Canada, downtime in Detroit, investment in Argentina; Exploding problem: Shattered sunroofs; Cargurus IPO; Branson invests in Musk-inspired 'hyperloop' venture.... Read More »

U.S. lawmakers propose making it easier to meet mpg rules

5:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill to make it easier for automakers to comply with federal fuel efficiency requirements, as the Trump administration weighs softening standards that require nearly doubling the fuel economy of the nation's new vehicle fleet by 2025.... Read More »

GM appoints Pamela Fletcher to VP of global EV programs

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

General Motors promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle programs.... Read More »

Ford to triple number of employee-only EV charging stations in North America

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

Ford plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations for its North American employees from 200 to 600 over the next three years as it places a greater emphasis on electrification.... Read More »

Nissan names new chief information officer

6:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

Nissan is getting a new chief information officer to oversee the Japanese carmaker's digital and information technology.... Read More »

Finbarr O'Neill to retire as CEO of J.D. Power; search for successor underway

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2017

Finbarr O'Neill plans to retire as CEO of JD Power in March 2018. Power's board has hired an executive search firm to help identify a successor for O'Neill, 65, who previously led Hyundai Motor America, Mitsubishi North America and Reynolds & Reynolds.... Read More »

Car dealer, pro gambler Billy Walters reports to prison

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2017

Mega car dealer Billy Walters is now in federal prison for insider trading. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website lists him as an inmate at a minimum security federal prison camp in Pensacola, Fla.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

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

If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ZF CEO Stefan Sommer is also reluctant -- in certain situations.... Read More »

Trump could envision U.S. trade deal with Canada without Mexico

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump said he would be open to doing a bilateral trade deal with Canada but not Mexico if talks between the three countries over NAFTA fall apart.... Read More »

U.S. content in Mexican-built autos higher than argued, says industry group

7:11 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2017

Mexico's main automotive industry group on Monday said U.S. content in vehicles made south of the border is far higher than Trump administration officials have argued.... Read More »

U.S. Chamber issues battle call to save NAFTA

2:56 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2017

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sounding alarm bells about the need to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement.... Read More »

Former auto dealer Hecker still in prison

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2017

Former auto dealer Denny Hecker is still in federal prison, contrary to last week's reports by several news outlets that Hecker was released to a halfway house in Minneapolis.... Read More »

VW plans to shrink dealer network, launch online sales

Oct. 10, 2017 12:10 CET

Volkswagen plans to reduce the size of its European dealer network and introduce online sales as it adjusts to changing buying habits.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler pushes back on tie-up with Great Wall

Oct. 10, 2017 09:35 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he was not sure a tie-up with Great Wall was the answer to his quest for consolidation to reduce costs, pushing back against the Chinese automaker's earlier expressed interest in his company.... Read More »

M-B's Seeger will speak at World Congress

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

Britta Seeger has achieved plenty since taking over Jan. 1 as head of global sales and marketing for Mercedes-Benz Cars. She will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 16.... Read More »

Used-vehicle leasing to see 'big lift,' MUSA says

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

MUSA Auto Finance has its sights set on a heavy leasing market, especially used-vehicle leasing. It just launched automated decisioning for leases submitted through Dealertrack, RouteOne and its own online portal. Richard Frunzi, the company's president, spoke last month with Staff Reporter Hannah Lutz.... Read More »

High-flying Hecker lands at halfway house

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

Denny Hecker, the Minnesota megadealer and leasing giant who defrauded Chrysler Financial out of millions, is out of prison.
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Q&A: CELESTE BRIGGS

Plan ahead to help daughters become dealers

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

In this Q&A, the head of GM's Women's Retail Network discusses father-to-daughter dealership succession issues and more.... Read More »

Trump pick no stranger to EPA air office

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

President Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA's air office, who has opposed calls to regulate carbon as a pollutant, faces a tough confirmation fight.... Read More »

ANDREA MALAN

Marchionne fights tide on battery EVs

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

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne relied on alternative facts in decrying the industry's shift toward electric vehicles.... Read More »

Takata’s pain, Autoliv’s gain

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

Takata's acquisition is nearly a done deal and should calm down the airbag market. But Sweden's Autoliv is busy snapping up the majority of the contracts it bids on.... 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 »

 
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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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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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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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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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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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 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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