Executives

Cadillac's new flagship sedan to define innovation, excellence, Reuss vows

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
GM global product chief Mark Reuss said that a large luxury sedan being developed for Cadillac will "define its brand" and is a prerequisite to competing against rivals BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus. Reuss declined to discuss specifics but said Cadillac's entry in the large luxury sedan segment "has got to be a symbol of excellence."... Read More »

 

Honda's Mendel says U.S. sales 'near top,' warns market may suffer from 'stupid things'

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Auto sales in the United States are approaching the highest levels that the market can sustainably support and could suffer long-term damage as automakers increasingly turn to subprime financing and seven-year loans to boost market share, the top sales executive at American Honda warned today.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why Honda's John Mendel wants customers to buy a Treasury bond on wheels

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Jittery stock market? Honda's John Mendel wants you to take your money out of Google, Apple and Tesla -- and put it in Hondas. Not Honda stock. Actual Hondas. They're like Treasury bonds on wheels, with cupholders.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
General Motors' website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said.... Read More »

 

Magna CEO in a shopping mood in post-Stronach era

6:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Magna International, the largest auto supplier in North America, will consider purchases of as much as $4 billion as it distances itself from debt-averse founder Frank Stronach.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Aug. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line.... Read More »

 

Volvo CEO on new XC90: 'There is no second chance'

Aug. 18, 2014 15:00 CET
The new XC90 is crucial to Volvo's bid to close the sales gap with German premium rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi. "There is no second chance," Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.... Read More »

 

Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort.... Read More »

 

Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement.... Read More »

 

China needs Europe-like open competition, Volvo Chairman says

Aug. 18, 2014 13:46 CET
Volvo Chairman Li Shufu says China should stop trying to hinder competition in the world's largest automaker. "It's best if it's completely open, like in the U.S. and Europe; whoever wants to produce cars can do it," Li said.... Read More »

 

PEBBLE BEACH

Jaguar's special performance unit shines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover's recently created Special Operations unit last week unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run.... Read More »

 

PEBBLE BEACH

BMW shows off limited M5, but holds on tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a 30th Anniversary Edition M5 to the portfolio, good luck.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Dealership group's chaplain connects with employees

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
The services of Chaplain Roy Inzunza is part of the spiritual and wellness benefits for employees of the 12-franchise dealership group.... Read More »

 

Outside companies make inroads with inventory software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Independent automotive software companies have begun to recognize the potential for inventory management analytics and now offer their own tools, with a price tag attached.... Read More »

 

Chevy big wheel gets a rude awakening to 'city life'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
What happens when a suburban boy from south Jersey moves to Detroit?... Read More »

 

Jay Leno: Hollywood 'car guys' are a joke

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
You wouldn't believe how many people Jay Leno meets in Hollywood who haven't a clue about their cars and go through new Lambos and Porsches on a regular basis.... Read More »

 

Blessing from Pope Francis may help sell a few Souls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Kicking off a five-day visit to South Korea last week, the pope slipped into the back of a Kia Soul and rolled down a window to wave at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye.... Read More »

 

Simplify communication? Marketers will tell how at seminar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
How are automakers simplifying communication with consumers in a digital environment that is constantly growing and changing?... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Loose lips can sink supplier-carmaker relationships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants some of the profits that suppliers are getting.... Read More »

 

Chrysler fills safety officer position

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance.... Read More »

 

Saleen, bullish on EVs, reinvents Tesla Model S

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Saleen Automotive pushed in a new direction with the unveiling of its first electric car, the 4Sixteen, based on the Tesla Model S. And the company's founder and CEO, Steve Saleen, says it has him sold on electric cars.... Read More »

 

Self-driving tech will make Volvos even safer, r&d boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
As self-driving cars become increasingly important, Volvo has unveiled an ambitious plan to position itself at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology.... Read More »

 

POWERING FORWARD

Porsche's record sales could endanger exclusivity, tech leadership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Sales are surging, but some industry watchers worry emphasis on volume could rob the brand of exclusivity and increase the danger of quality problems.... Read More »

 

BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as of today, and BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch says the automaker is in no hurry to let go of it.... Read More »

 

Tesla raises warranty on Model S to 8 years, 'infinite' mileage

4:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors said the drive unit warranty for its Model S sedan has been increased to match that of the battery pack and will now be covered for eight years and "infinite" miles.... Read More »

 

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