Manufacturing

Ito named CEO of Denso International America

3:53 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Kenichiro Ito has been named CEO of Denso International America as part of several top management changes at the Japanese auto parts supplier, the company said in a press release.... Read More »

Nissan will recall 3.53 million vehicles because airbags may not deploy

2:50 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Nissan said it is recalling 3.53 million vehicles worldwide because passenger-side airbags may not work properly because vehicle sensors may malfunction.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: AutoNation, TrueCar to try again

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

AutoNation, TrueCar give it another try; No price pressure from VW, Conti says; Acura marks 30 years; Gender gap persists; Cars shed leather to lose weight.... Read More »

FCA offers DIY Siri Eyes Free software update

1:43 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Fiat Chrysler released a free software package that allows owners of certain 2013-15 vehicles equipped with its Uconnect infotainment system to integrate the Apple iPhone's Siri Eyes Free feature.... Read More »

Driverless cars could save lives, kill businesses

10:56 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

The automotive and tech companies pursuing the driverless car share a utopian belief: Autonomous vehicles will benefit society, eventually saving most of the nearly 33,000 people killed each year in road accidents in America alone.... Read More »

Autoliv sees annual sales growth of 7% after robust Q1 earnings

April 29, 2016 12:43 CET

Autoliv, continuing to generate new business in the wake of the Takata airbag recall crisis, reported a bigger than expected rise in first-quarter earnings and raised its forecast for like-for-like sales this year while affirming its margin outlook.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

VW offers a look inside the diesel scandal — and it is not pretty

April 29, 2016 11:24 CET

Buried in VW's 400-page annual report are crucial details on the diesel-emissions scandal that investors can't afford to ignore. They show that the automaker failed to understand the costs of the scandal when it broke in September and it still can't guarantee the estimate now, many months later.... Read More »

Continental raises margin target after Q1 profit gain

April 29, 2016 10:19 CET

Continental raised its profit margin target for this year after stronger demand for tires and industrial components pushed first-quarter profit and sales higher.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. Output is expected to peak at more than 75,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

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BLOG: Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that makes the substitute.... Read More »

Visteon reports drop in Q1 net income but gross margin rises

3:31 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Visteon, the former Ford parts unit that supplies various automotive electronics, on Thursday reported net income of $19 million on revenue of $802 million.... Read More »

Bosch set aside 650 million euros for legal costs in '15

April 28, 2016 11:20 CET

Bosch set aside 650 million euros in 2015 for potential legal costs, including for an investigation into the company's role in VW Group's emissions scandal. Bosch makes an engine management program used by automakers including VW.... Read More »

Ford will shut one F-150 line for a week over mechanical issues

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Ford is idling its F-150 assembly line in Missouri for one week in May to address mechanical issues that had been hindering the plant's output. The temporary shutdown comes as F-series inventory reaches its highest level in nearly a decade.... Read More »

BorgWarner Q1 adjusted earnings rise 5%

11:19 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Turbocharger and emissions systems supplier BorgWarner said today its first-quarter adjusted earnings rose on higher sales, even as one-time costs dragged down its net income.... Read More »

Supplier Tower International cancels plan to sell European unit

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Tower International, which makes heavy metal components and assemblies for cars and trucks, said today it will not sell its European division, citing the industry's growth in the region.... Read More »

Mich. bills would make hacking electronic vehicle systems a felony, with life in prison

3:41 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Hacking into an electronic vehicle system would have serious consequences under bills introduced today in the Michigan Senate: life in prison for the offender.... Read More »

Gen Y more likely than older drivers to trust self-driving tech, study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

More than half of those born after 1976 say they trust autonomous tech, compared with 41 percent in Generation X, 23 percent of baby boomers and 18 percent of the pre-boomer generation, J.D. Power's annual U.S. Tech Choice Study found.... Read More »

Denso's fiscal-year net falls 5.8%; Aisin Seiki's climbs 14%

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Denso's net income fell 5.8 percent in the fiscal year which ended March 31, even as revenue rose 5 percent, the parts supplier said. Separately, Aisin Seiki said its net rose 14 percent as revenue rose 9.4 percent.... Read More »

VW eyes new partners; not talking with Google, Apple

April 28, 2016 10:47 CET

VW will open itself up to more partnerships and strategic investments to help generate a "substantial proportion" of its revenue from new business models, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Discussions are already at an "advanced stage," but Google and Apple are not among tech companies VW is in discussions with, he said.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A drop-off in drop-tops

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Can Buick counter the drop-off in drop-tops?; Ford issues 5 recalls; Getting Germany to go green; Volvo to test autonomous cars in U.K.; GM plant investments; May I rent your Mini?... Read More »

High warranty costs reflect Tesla's struggle with quality

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has told investors his electric car company will stop burning cash and turn a profit this year, and corralling costs associated with quality problems will be critical to making good on that pledge.... Read More »

Superior Industries more than triples Q1 net income

3:21 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Aluminum-wheel supplier Superior Industries more than tripled its first-quarter net income, driven by a 25 percent gain in wheel shipments.... Read More »

Icahn's Federal-Mogul returns to profitability in Q1

2:21 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Carl Icahn-controlled Federal-Mogul today reported a $35 million profit in the first quarter as sales in its aftermarket parts division rose 7.5 percent.... Read More »

GM to build new engine line in Tennessee, create 800 jobs

2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

General Motors plans to spend $789 million to prepare its Spring Hill, Tenn., plant for production of a new engine program, creating nearly 800 jobs, GM said today.... Read More »

Automakers face deadline to challenge deposition orders in supplier price-fixing litigation

1:44 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and other automakers by next week must decide if they will challenge an order that they give depositions in the massive Detroit civil lawsuit alleging price-fixing in the supply chain.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced conne ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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