Manufacturing

Can Continental score big with 48-volt hybrids?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2017

Continental's previous hybrid solutions failed to win over automakers because they were too "exotic," the supplier's powertrain boss, Jose Avila, said.... Read More »

Musk disputes claims Tesla's Calif. factory workers are overworked, underpaid

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot back against claims that workers at the company’s California factory are overworked and underpaid, calling them “disingenuous and outright false.”... Read More »

Dana CEO keeps open mind as member of Trump jobs panel

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Dana CEO James Kamsickas, part of President Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, said he's keeping an open mind on issues such as a border tax and renegotiation of NAFTA and determined to speak up for suppliers.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Flat sales, fat spiffs in Feb.

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Forecasters see flat Feb. sales, fat spiffs; Peek at VW Arteon; Tesla's cash-burning ways; Pensions hang over Opel talks; Cadillac takes on 'nation divided' in Oscars ad.... Read More »

Magna Q4 report warns about 'protectionist sentiments' in North America

6:46 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Diversified Canadian auto supplier Magna International said increased protectionist measures in North America could pose a substantial risk to the supplier achieving “desired results” in the future.... Read More »

Key Safety, Takata aim to reach deal by end of March, source says

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Key Safety Systems is expected to sign a definitive agreement to acquire troubled Japanese auto supplier Takata by the end of March, according to a person close to the negotiations.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

How Spain could deliver swift savings in PSA-Opel deal

Feb. 24, 2017 09:39 CET

Spain is the only European country where PSA's production overlaps with that of Opel, and the market could deliver the quick cost savings sought by the French automaker if it buys GM's European unit. Workers at PSA's Villaverde plant in Madrid are worried that its output could be absorbed by the French firm's larger factory in Vigo or Opel's site in Zaragoza.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Waymo alleges Uber got stolen tech

8:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Waymo sues Uber, alleging stolen tech; Benz pickup for U.S.?; Audi board backs Stadler, Diess said to win support at VW; Car owners' biggest gripe: Tech glitches.... Read More »

Tesla's cash burn raises concerns on Wall Street

11:46 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Elon Musk is burning through cash and may need to raise more soon to produce the mass-market electric sedan Tesla is banking on to reach the mainstream consumer.... Read More »

Visteon builds on electronics segment gains in Q4

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Electronics supplier Visteon said it swung to a $31 million profit on its continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with a loss of $68 million last year.... Read More »

GM worker released from hospital after stabbing at Wentzville plant

11:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

A worker at General Motors' Wentzville assembly plant in Missouri has been released from the hospital after being stabbed five times Wednesday night at the plant, according to officials.... Read More »

Brexit-induced fall in pound left Nissan worse off in UK

Feb. 23, 2017 11:26 CET

Nissan said the Brexit-induced fall in the pound, which dropped by some 15 percent against the euro after the June referendum, had left it slightly worse off in the UK as the extra cost of importing euro-denominated parts outweighed the currency benefits of exporting cheaper cars.... Read More »

UK car production reaches 9-year high in January

Feb. 23, 2017 10:16 CET

UK car production rose by an annual 7.5 percent in January to hit its highest level since 2008, as strong demand for exports compensated for a decline in demand at home, according to data from the SMMT industry body.... Read More »

Interiors supplier AGM being acquired by Flex Ltd.

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Flex Ltd. is buying automotive supplier AGM Automotive. AGM, headquartered near Detroit, supplies interior systems including overhead consoles, interior lighting, electronic components and carpet.... Read More »

GM supplier organized after strike by UAW in Kansas City

2:42 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Workers at a Kansas City factory that supplies General Motors on Tuesday ratified their first UAW-bargained contract with a nearly unanimous vote after a three-week strike.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Lexus, Porsche top dependability study

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Lexus, Porsche top dependability study, Fiat struggle continues; PSA eyes partnership with Lotus owner Proton; BMW inks deal with Mobileye; Boost in range for VW's e-Golf.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Automakers take case to new EPA boss

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

Automakers take case to new EPA boss; Poll puts Takata reputation on 'critical' list; Smoother CUE?; New Range Rover model: Velar; Benz dealers get a break; 'One price' expansion.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Leadership shift at American Honda

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

American Honda's Mendel retiring, Conrad assumes duties; Lithia wants in on FCA's store expansion; Shell, Toyota team up on hydrogen stations; Spy photos of '18 Buick Enclave.... Read More »

Automakers urge new EPA chief to withdraw Obama CO2 rules

9:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

A trade association representing GM, Toyota, Volkswagen and nine other automakers on Tuesday asked new EPA's new chief to withdraw an Obama administration decision to lock in vehicle emission rules through 2025.... Read More »

Daimler's Russia plant will help strengthen Mercedes as luxury leader

Feb. 21, 2017 16:17 CET

Daimler aims to strengthen its position as Russia's top-selling luxury brand by opening a factory to build Mercedes SUVs and the E-class sedan. Daimler's investment follows signs of a recovery in the Russian car market, with Ford the first major foreign automaker to see sales in Russia grow following three lean years.... Read More »

Cadillac expects revamped CUE infotainment system to boost customer satisfaction

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys.... Read More »

Takata ranks last in reputation among 100 most-visible companies in U.S.

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata took last place on a list ranking the reputations of the 100 most-visible companies in the U.S., landing in the “critical” score category, the Harris Poll said Tuesday.... Read More »

Toyota's giant hydrogen leap gets an assist from Shell

7:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell will build seven fueling stations for hydrogen cars in California through a partnership with Toyota, laying down their latest bet on the demise of the internal-combustion engine.... Read More »

VW may face UK emissions probe

Feb. 21, 2017 10:14 CET

VW Group could face a UK government investigation over its diesel scandal. British politicians will decide after holding talks next month with their German counterparts.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

China's Techrules will debut Giugiaro-styled supercar

Feb. 21, 2017 11:40 CET

Chinese startup Techrules will debut a supercar at the Geneva auto show next month styled by Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio. The as yet unnamed car will be the production version of the 1,030-hp GT96 concept unveiled in Geneva last year.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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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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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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