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Honda Europe counts on Civic to help end sales drought

Dec. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

After nearly a decade of falling or stagnant demand, Honda is on track to increase European sales in 2016. Honda's top executive for the region, Jean-Marc Streng, shared the automaker's future plans with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

U.S. seeks to expedite Takata airbag replacements

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation today said it will press the auto industry to accelerate the pace of replacements for defective Takata airbag inflators and signaled a likely widening of the industry's largest ever recall.... Read More »

Detroit wants to maintain control of technological advances

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Detroit is willing to let Silicon Valley into the car, but it’s not ready to hand over the keys. Automakers and suppliers said today that while the technology coming from the West Coast has been key to industry advancement, traditional companies still will control the fate of future vehicles.... Read More »

Former Mitsubishi plant in Ill. may house startup automaker

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

The former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Ill., soon could be purchased by little-known startup automotive firm Rivian Automotive. Rivian is in discussions to buy the plant, which was shuttered in May, and invest up to $175 million in it by 2024 and create 500 jobs by 2021, the state said.... Read More »

PSA scouts for startups to counter Silicon Valley threat

Dec. 9, 2016 12:12 CET

PSA is ramping up its venture-capital investments to compete against tech companies such as Apple and Uber as it seeks to gain access to technologies for next-generation cars, from ride-sharing apps to batteries and cloud computing.... Read More »

Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer

Dec. 9, 2016 11:16 CET

Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief technical officer. He succeeds Ian Minards, who moved to consumer electronics manufacturer Dyson.... Read More »

BMW selects Magna to replace Lear for X5, X6 seating business in S.C.

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Magna International will replace Lear as the seat supplier to the BMW X5 and X6 with seats manufactured in its new Spartanburg, S.C., seating plant.... Read More »

How VW is being reshaped by a former GM Europe boss

Dec. 8, 2016 09:48 CET

When Matthias Mueller took over the top job at VW Group, he inherited a company in turmoil over its emissions-cheating scandal. Mueller turned to industry veteran Thomas Sedran, who restructured GM's European operations.... Read More »

Nissan to focus on cost, technology with emphasis on what it can control

10:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Nissan, the Japanese automaker that's become symbolic of what it means to be a truly global manufacturer, has a simple plan to navigate an unprecedented level of uncertainty around policy and regulation: focus on what's in its control.... Read More »

New headlight criteria mean fewer vehicles get highest IIHS safety rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Headlights that failed to measure up led to fewer new vehicles earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top accolades in the latest batch of group's coveted safety evaluations.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR).... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR).... Read More »

German supplier Brose breaks ground on China plant to supply VW, Volvo, JLR

Dec. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, Volvo and Geely.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Opening the door to car theft

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

'Mystery' device opens door to car theft; Dodge plans AWD Challenger; BMW's 'Valley of Tears'; More tests for '17 F-150; Extended-cab Nissan Titan spied; 'Cars 3' at car show.... Read More »

Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Lucid Motors, a California-based, EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in its sedan set to debut next week.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse wins Haldex takeover battle against ZF

Dec. 7, 2016 11:52 CET

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems firm's shares. Knorr's offer is still conditional on the company obtaining clearance from antitrust regulators.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration

Dec. 7, 2016 10:50 CET

Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and transmissions. The change comes as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace of integration between the powertrain divisions of the alliance partners.... Read More »

ZF to sell body control systems division

Dec. 7, 2016 14:27 CET

German supplier ZF will sell its body control systems division as it seeks to shed assets it no longer deems essential after its takeover of rival TRW.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: From better eyesight to better EVs

8:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Using contact-lens tech to recharge EVs; Failure to block EPA?; Judge tosses M-B suit; Volvo picks head of R&D; Ed Welburn's Oscar-worthy auto prize.... Read More »

PSA to invest $320 million in Argentina

Dec. 6, 2016 19:14 CET

PSA agreed to invest $320 million in Argentina with the aim of producing more cars to be sold on the local and international markets starting in 2019.... Read More »

Ford conducts additional tests on 2017 F-150 and Raptor 10-speed transmissions

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Ford's 2017 F-150 and Raptor trucks with a new 10-speed transmission began arriving on some dealer lots last month, but the automaker said it is holding some models for additional testing as part of its normal launch ramp-up.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: What's holding back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Auto manufacturing remains a particularly expensive undertaking, even more so when a company actually has to develop new products.... Read More »

Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg; More cars get rear-seat alert; Infiniti expects sales record; Mazda's one-two punch; Report: Renault-Nissan powertrain shakeup; Chevy Blazer spied?... Read More »

 
Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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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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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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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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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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