Manufacturing

Bosch CEO plays down diesel woes

Sept. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Bosch has felt the impact of the diesel-emissions crisis through its ties to Volkswagen. But the supplier has been able to offset any hit to sales through its strong commercial vehicle business, CEO Volkmar Denner said.... Read More »

Mexico's unshakable auto industry

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

The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.... Read More »

NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos

8:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2017

One key issue is America's goal to strengthen rules of origin for cars and light trucks, which dictate how much of a vehicle's components must originate from within North America to qualify for tax free status.... Read More »

BMW will build 8-series flagship coupe in German plant starting next year

Sept. 23, 2017 09:23 CET

BMW will build its 8-series flagship coupe in Germany next year as part of its push into high-margin, top-end luxury cars.... Read More »

VW, PSA, Volvo, others adopt 48-volt mild hybrids in response to diesel decline

Sept. 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Automakers in Europe are adopting 48-volt mild hybrids to reduce CO2 emissions in response to diesel's faster-than-expected decline.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Report: Bentley CEO Duerheimer to step down

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2017

Report: Bentley CEO Duerheimer to step down; GM strike's ripple effects; Tesla kills cheapest Model S; London strips Uber's license; Fiat, Alfa product plans; Barra's top ranking.... Read More »

Daimler, BYD plan new EVs for China

Sept. 22, 2017 12:18 CET

Daimler and BYD plan to expand their cooperation in China to bring new electric models to market under the Denza brand. Currently Denza sells just one model.... Read More »

Strike at Chevy Equinox plant pinches GM powertrain output

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

General Motors is reducing production at powertrain factories in Canada and the U.S. as a result of a strike at the Chevrolet Equinox plant in Ontario, now in its fourth day.... Read More »

GM invited to resume negotiations with striking Canadian union

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada's CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 50,000 Pacificas for seat belt issue

2:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

FCA is scheduled to recall 50,000 Pacifica minivans following a report that "extreme handling maneuvers" could cause a second-row seat belt to unbuckle.... Read More »

Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants

9:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler.... Read More »

Daimler plans $1B investment in Ala. to build EQ electric utility vehicles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

Daimler AG is investing an additional $1 billion in its U.S. factory in Vance, Ala., expanding the 20-year-old site to build fully electric utility vehicles under its EQ subbrand along with their battery packs.... Read More »

VW, Audi production hit by Mexico earthquake

Sept. 20, 2017 17:29 CET

VW and Audi halted production at their Mexico plants to inspect buildings and allow workers to check on family after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck near Mexico City.... Read More »

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BLOG: Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production in Puebla.... Read More »

GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant.... Read More »

China may relax restrictions on foreign EV makers

Sept. 20, 2017 09:24 CET

China may allow foreign automakers to set up wholly owned EV businesses in its free-trade zones, Bloomberg reported. A relaxation of the country's joint venture rule would enable companies such as Tesla to set up fully owned local manufacturing operations.... Read More »

Croatian automaker plans second electric supercar

Sept. 20, 2017 09:51 CET

Croatian automaker Rimac, which lays claim to the world's fastest electric car, is close to completing a $60 million financing package to give it the cash it needs to expand and develop a new model.... Read More »

Swiss tech company ABB will supply EV charging stations for German autobahns

Sept. 20, 2017 11:33 CET

Swiss company ABB will deliver 117 EV charging stations to help boost Germany's electric infrastructure. The units will be installed at service station operator Tank & Rast locations on German autobahns by the end of the year.... Read More »

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply EV boom

Sept. 20, 2017 15:01 CET

Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush as it seeks to profit from the boom in EVs whose batteries use the metal.... Read More »

GM, Unifor talking informally as strike continues, union says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

GM and Unifor, the union representing about 2,800 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant, have talked informally over the phone but aren't yet back the bargaining table, a union official said.... Read More »

Volvo plans U.S. plant expansion, doubling original investment, reports say

9:10 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

Volvo is doubling investment in its first plant in the United States, which is under construction, to add a second production line at a total cost of $1 billion.... Read More »

Petrochemicals giant's Land Rover Defender-style SUV could go into production in 2020

Sept. 19, 2017 13:20 CET

Petrochemicals giant Ineos plans to build 25,000 units a year of a model inspired by the Land Rover Defender but it may be thwarted because JLR is seeking trademark protection for its iconic off-roader.... Read More »

NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.... Read More »

Ford schedules downtime at 5 N.A. assembly plants amid slowing sales

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

Ford said it will temporarily shut down production lines at five assembly plants in North America before the end of the year to fix recalled commercial vans and reduce output of slow-selling cars.... Read More »

Ford to shut down Transit lines for a week

10:43 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

Ford plans to shut down Transit production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant for seven days starting next week amid slumping sales for the nation's best-selling large van.... Read More »

 
Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Luca Ciferri
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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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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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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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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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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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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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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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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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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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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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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