Americas

Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's threats

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2017

President Donald Trump's "America First" brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement.... Read More »

VW says some employees cooperated with Brazil's military regime

Dec. 15, 2017 10:09 CET

VW has said security staff at its Brazilian unit cooperated with the country's former military regime in allowing interrogations inside the factory and providing cars for detainees to be taken away in, according to a study commissioned by the company.... Read More »

TrueCar, California Dealers Association settle lawsuit

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2017

TrueCar agreed to change parts of its business model, including its billing, to settle litigation brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.... Read More »

Ontario to introduce rebates to boost electric truck demand

11:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2017

Canada's biggest province, Ontario, will introduce a new rebate program worth up to C$75,000 for buyers of electric trucks, in a move that could boost purchases of models by Tesla and rivals like China's BYD.... Read More »

Ford denies Mondeo will be imported into Europe from China

Dec. 14, 2017 10:47 CET

Ford denied it will import the Mondeo sedan into Europe from China after ending output in Spain as CEO Jim Hackett seeks to cut production costs.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Financial launches expansion of Texas operations

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services said it will shift business operations into a new facility at its AllianceTexas operation in Fort Worth.... Read More »

Automakers question Calif. zero-emission mandate as feds reassess mpg rules

12:57 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2017

Automakers are again challenging California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, saying it undermines the goal of a single national standard for fuel economy.... Read More »

Dealers' optimism strongest in the South

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2017

Dealers are positive about the next quarter, but that optimism varies widely by region, a Cox Automotive survey found.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Looks like they got it right

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2017

I don't know how successful Lincoln will be in China, where it is starting a huge marketing and product push, but the luxury brand looks to be making the right moves in North America.... Read More »

An 'olive branch' for BMW dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2017

BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt is working to revamp the company's culture and improve its relations with the dealership network.

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Tennessee plant may be VW's EV factory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2017

By building EVs at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen is hoping to get a better return on its billion-dollar investment in the facility.... Read More »

Canadian ambassador to U.S. hopeful for NAFTA deal by March

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2017

Canada's ambassador to the U.S. said he thinks reaching a March target to revamp NAFTA is still possible.... Read More »

Average U.S. fuel economy falls 0.1 mpg in November

2:56 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

The average fuel economy of new light vehicles in the U.S. in November fell to 25.0 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from October.... Read More »

Volkswagen Mexico executive sees scope to boost NAFTA auto content

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

An executive at VW's Mexico unit said there is room to boost regional tariff-free content for autos made in North America, a central plank of the Trump administration's plan to overhaul NAFTA.... Read More »

Ford EV moving to Mexico to make room for autonomous vehicles in Mich.

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Ford is moving planned production of an electric crossover with a 300-mile range to Mexico from Michigan to make way for additional investment on autonomous vehicles in its home state.... Read More »

California wildfires smoke out sales, service work

6:43 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Wildfires near Los Angeles have effectively shut down, though not destroyed, many dealerships in the area. It also forced a shutdown of one of the busiest freeways in the nation, the 405.... Read More »

Toyota's Lentz: There's work to do in Plano

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz is finally comfortable that he's got his people where he wants them to enable better communication and faster decision-making.... Read More »

Pending Toyota site selection becomes political banter in Ala. race for U.S. Senate

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

The pending Toyota-Mazda plant site selection decision is becoming part of the mud-slinging political banter in the race for Alabama's open Senate seat.... Read More »

Tesla notches legal victory in Missouri

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Tesla can add Missouri to its win column as the electric automaker continues to wage its battle to sell vehicles directly in the United States, state by state.... Read More »

California bill to banish fossil-fuel cars by 2040 in the works

7:04 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels.... Read More »

107-year-old Stelco, once seen as a relic, is stirring to life

7:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

After decades of crisis, a renewed sense of purpose has settled over 107-year-old Stelco, which just completed the first initial public offering of a North American steel maker in seven years.... Read More »

Ohio firm eyes major steel plant in Michigan to serve automakers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

An Ohio steel technology firm is eyeing nearly 1,000 acres of rural Michigan farmland to build a massive steel plant along Interstate 69. GM and Tesla may have interest in the project.... Read More »

Aston Martin's Palmer: U.S. buyers prefer 'pure'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

Drivers in China might want more and more autonomous technology in their luxury cars but that's not true of the U.S.... Read More »

THE DEALER SPEAKS: Maine dealer says being green is second nature

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

In this Q&A, Maine dealer Adam Lee talks of selling cars while supporting the environment, and why dealers shouldn't pay third-party websites for leads.... Read More »

GM sued over groundwater pollution near Michigan proving ground

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2017

Six residents near GM's Milford Proving Ground in Michigan filed a lawsuit blaming the automaker for decades of sodium chloride contamination of groundwater.... Read More »

 
Rising Stars finish year with a flourish

Douglas A. Bolduc
1:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2017

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Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success. ...
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How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 2017

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In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking ...
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BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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European light-vehicle sales rise in November
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. ...
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will li ...
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. ...
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertaint ...
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
New-car sales in Italy rose 6.8 percent in November, despite a slump in market leader Fiat brand's v ...
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
Renault and Peugeot were among the winners as sales of new cars in Spain rose 12 percent in November ...
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
Skoda and Peugeot were among winners as French new-car registrations increased 10 percent in Novembe ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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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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Toyota Europe sets up mobility, connectivity units; shuffles r&d, purchasing leadership
Toyota Europe will establish two business divisions to focus on mobility services and connectivity a ...
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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
PSA has shuffled its digital leadership by appointing veteran executive Christophe Rauturier as chie ...
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. ...
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
Marc Ouayoun will become CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, moving from his current role heading the autom ...
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand. ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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