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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Motors' U.S. factory in Orion Township, Michigan. The Ampera-e is sold as the Chevrolet Bolt in North America. Output of the sister models is expected to peak at more than 40,000 units in 2020, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

A factory in flux

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Twice in about seven years, Ford has significantly changed its product plan for the Michigan Assembly Plant. It's a process that costs billions in construction, new machinery and worker retraining.... Read More »

HALL OF FAME: Alberto Bombassei won 1st big break for Brembo

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

In 1975, Alberto Bombassei organized a meeting that turned out to be the big break for the company his father, Emilio, and Italo Breda started in 1961.... Read More »

Ford plant's tax cuts leave city broke, bitter

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

In Wayne, Mich., Mayor Susan Rowe is considering selling City Hall to help close a $500,000 budget deficit that she blames partly on Ford.... Read More »

Ficosa nurtures auto startups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

The Spanish mirror supplier says a new initiative aimed at identifying promising companies "goes beyond venture capital."... Read More »

Q&A

Superior CEO looks to Asia after Uniwheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Don Stebbins talks about the supplier's $715 million deal to buy its German competitor and where it goes next.... Read More »

Freudenberg steps up fight against friction

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Automakers seeking better fuel economy are asking suppliers for innovations to help reduce engine friction.... Read More »

HALL OF FAME: For Jack Roush, failure wasn't an option

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2017

At 75, the Hall of Fame inductee has no plan to retire from his wide-ranging empire -- or to slow down.... Read More »

Doing more washing with less water

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2017

New vehicles will have more lights and cameras to keep clean with windshield fluid, but environmental concerns weigh on automakers and their customers.... Read More »

Honda recalls 2.1 million Accords worldwide after engine fire reports

10:20 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2017

American Honda will voluntarily recall 2.1 million Accord models worldwide made between 2013 and 2016, after five reports that the vehicle's battery sensors caused engine fires.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.33 million vehicles over fire, airbag risks

6:40 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2017

Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.33 million vehicles worldwide in two separate campaigns for potential fire risks and inadvertent airbag deployments.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: How the iPhone has changed our industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2017

We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry.... Read More »

Jaguar expects E-Pace to become its top-seller

July 13, 2017 21:00 CET

Jaguar predicts that its new E-Pace premium compact SUV will become its top-seller, overtaking the larger F-Pace crossover because it will more attainable than its big brother. The E-Pace will start at 28,500 pounds in the UK and 34,950 euros in the rest of Europe.... Read More »

Daimler to make batteries at German Mercedes plant

July 13, 2017 14:37 CET

Daimler has struck a deal with workers to make EV components and batteries at a Mercedes factory in Germany. Employees at the Untertuerkheim plant went on strike this month over worries that jobs could be at risk as the automaker moves toward EVs.... Read More »

Faurecia opens 2nd Moroccan factory, plans 3rd

July 13, 2017 16:51 CET

Faurecia plans to open a third Moroccan plant to build car interiors and emissions control parts for customers including its parent, PSA. The supplier announced the plant while inaugurating its second Moroccan production site, which will build seats.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover taps Magna, China for E-Pace output

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain's biggest automaker, will build its new E-Pace compact crossover in Austria and China, the first of its vehicles only to be manufactured outside of its home market, the U.K.... Read More »

FCA to shut down Conner Assembly in Detroit

6:00 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

Fiat Chrysler will permanently close its Conner Assembly Plant in Detroit on Aug. 31, as production of the Dodge Viper ends.... Read More »

Audi labor boss criticizes management over plant plan

July 12, 2017 19:23 CET

Audi's labor boss has criticized top management for lacking a roadmap for production as workers at the luxury carmaker's core German plants fear they could be left behind in the race for orders and projects.... Read More »

Continental, Osram plan vehicle lighting joint venture, report says

3:56 pm U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

Auto suppliers Continental and Osram are planning to set up a joint venture to develop lighting products for the automotive industry, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: High-stakes game for automakers

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

Study: Many contenders, few winners in next-gen car tech; Ride-hailing vs. car-sharing; Audi: States must OK use of hands-free tech; Demon indemnity; Toddler has knack for nameplates.... Read More »

Billions at risk to be first with self-driving cars

July 12, 2017 10:07 CET

The race to produce the first fully autonomous car will be a process of elimination, with more than 50 major competitors spending billions of dollars, only for the field to be reduced to a handful of winners over the next decade, according to a new study.... Read More »

High stakes as automakers wager on new connected transport ecosystem

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

The auto industry is betting billions of dollars in a global game of roulette involving connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, with clear winners and losers.... Read More »

Valeo eyes selling unit to win EU OK for FTE deal

July 12, 2017 10:29 CET

Valeo is considering selling a hydraulic actuator business to Italian company Raicam to get regulatory clearance for its planned takeover of German clutch maker FTE.... Read More »

U.S. says 2.7 million additional Takata inflators to be recalled

12:28 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2017

NHTSA said new testing is prompting Takata to declare 2.7 million airbag inflators defective in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles built from 2012 to 2015.... Read More »

Fiat's Serbia workers urged by PM to end strike

July 11, 2017 10:09 CET

Workers at Fiat's plant in Serbia have been urged by the country's prime minister to end a strike which has entered its second week, a local news agency reported. Workers have demanded better wages and a reduced workload from the automaker.... Read More »

 
How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12 2017

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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Continental's speaker-less solution slashes weight, satisfies the ear

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30 2017

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Continental's speaker-less car audio solution reduces weight by up to 90 percent compared with today ...
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Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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Porsche and Toyota patriarchs cement friendship at Le Mans

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Porsche's friendly reception of the Toyota team they defeated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans highlights ...
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Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
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UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
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Italy June sale surge 13%
Italy's new-car registrations increased 13 percent in June to 187,642 units, according to figures fr ...
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
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French sales rise nearly 2% in June
Registrations of new cars in France rose 1.6 percent to 230,940 vehicles in June, with Daimler, Toyo ...
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Spain sales rise 7%; troubling trends seen
New-car sales in Spain were up 6.5 percent last month to 131,797 units, according to industry associ ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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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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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
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Ford's European design boss promoted to global role, source says
Ford of Europe's design director, Joel Piaskowski, has been promoted to global head of design for ca ...
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Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
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KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
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Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV
Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. ...
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VW names veteran Europe exec to steer N. America sales, marketing
VW Group named Werner Eichhorn, a longtime executive from its European operations, as the new head o ...
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PSA hires Renault-Nissan exec to lead push in Africa
PSA Group has picked veteran Renault-Nissan executive Samir Cherfan to lead its sales and marketing ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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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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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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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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