Americas

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 »

Mexico auto exports, output rise in November

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said.... Read More »

BMW says 120 vehicles damaged in S.C. train derailment

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

About 120 BMW X models were damaged when train cars carrying the vehicles derailed on Sunday afternoon en route to the Port of Charleston, S.C., for export to overseas markets.... Read More »

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall

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

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. 1, opened a one-car gallery 20 miles outside of Detroit.... Read More »

Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2016

Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House.... Read More »

MEXICO: Sales surge 23%, break Nov. record

6:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Sales of cars and light trucks set new records in Mexico for November and for the year to date as strong automaker financing overcame rising interest rates and a weaker peso.... Read More »

Ford recalls 650,000 Fusions, Lincoln MKZs in N.A. to fix seat belts

10:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Ford Motor Co. today recalled approximately 650,000 vehicles in North America with faulty seat belt anchor pretensioners associated with at least two accidents and two injuries.... Read More »

Mexican officials hail NAFTA as critical to U.S.

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

Mexican auto industry officials defended NAFTA as critical to U.S. economic competitiveness as they braced for talks between the Mexican government and Donald Trump's administration over the accord's future.... Read More »

CANADA: Nov. sales rise 10% behind GM, Ford gains

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

Canada light-vehicle sales rose 10 percent in November behind strong double-digit gains at General Motors and Ford Motor Co. -- two of the country's three biggest automakers ranked by volume.... Read More »

Denso to help study car-sharing technologies in Mich.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso and the University of Michigan-Dearborn said Thursday a car-sharing technology study would take place on the university's campus.... Read More »

Tesla cleared to open store in Virginia capital

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

In a decision released Wednesday, the commissioner of Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles reversed a September ruling denying Tesla a dealership license to operate a store in Richmond. It's a victory for Tesla in its ongoing battle with states over dealership franchise laws.... Read More »

All-American pickups aimed at China's wealthy

7:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors are aiming the pickup, a staple in the United States, at upmarket buyers in China, where most associate trucks with farmers and construction workers.... Read More »

Electric car startup Lucid plans $700 million plant in Ariz.

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Electric car startup Lucid Motors plans to invest $700 million to build a new production facility in Casa Grande, Ariz., the automaker said today.... Read More »

Fiat heir Lapo Elkann arrested in New York over false reporting of incident

Nov. 29, 2016 10:23 CET

Lapo Elkann, grandson of the late Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli, was arrested and charged in New York with falsely reporting an incident. Media reported that he was suspected of faking his own kidnapping.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: A plan to juice up Europe's highways

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Ford, VW, BMW and Daimler to juice up Europe's highways; GM's Plan B for Super Cruise; Nissan dips into connected cars; Ontario OKs self-driving car tests; Toyota tough-terrain tour.... Read More »

Otto broke Nevada's self-driving car testing laws, report says

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Otto, the self-driving truck startup owned by Uber, broke Nevada's autonomous vehicle testing laws, according to a report published by tech website Backchannel. And there's little the state can do about it.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota's 7-year, 130,000-mile worldwide quest to conquer the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Last week, Automotive News Asia Editor Hans Greimel for three days joined the Argentina leg of Toyota's Five Continents Drive, the automaker's audacious seven-year gambit to reboot its mindset toward making better cars for a new era.... Read More »

BMW boosts tech startup fund as self-driving challenge grows

7:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

BMW plans to boost its investments in startups, as competition intensifies with rivals over technologies that make cars smarter and more energy efficient.... Read More »

VW to export U.S.-built Atlas to Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Volkswagen will export the seven-seat Atlas crossover to Russia from the United States starting at the end of next year, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Sales staff slips into something more comfortable

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

By blending a casual-attire work environment with a collection of high-end art on the walls, World Subaru in Tinton Falls, N.J., has outperformed other regional dealerships and achieved high customer-satisfaction ratings.... Read More »

Trump is a 'game changer' for N.A. auto industry, Marchionne warns

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's critical stance toward free trade could affect Fiat Chrysler's business in North America, CEO Sergio Marchionne says. Trump's election “certainly is a game changer, mainly because I think that there are a number of conditions in the U.S. which are not yet spelled out,” Marchionne told Bloomberg on Thursday.... Read More »

U.S. transportation officials looking for driverless car proving grounds

6:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a competition to identify proving grounds for the development of self-driving cars, and the new American Center for Mobility in Michigan could be a contender.... Read More »

ON THE ROAD WITH HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Thin mountain air, treacherous terrain test Toyota team's limits

10:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

FIVE CONTINENTS DRIVE, DAY 3: The stakes are especially high today, because the caravan will reach elevations of 13,000-plus feet, where headaches and dizziness pose real risks. Switchback roads and sheer cliffs demand a laser focus that must not be derailed by a sudden wave of wooziness.... Read More »

Construction of $80 million driverless car testing site begins in Mich.

9:05 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

Leaders of the American Center for Mobility testing site for driverless cars formally kicked off construction of the planned $80 million project, saying Michigan will be competitive in a race for a federal autonomous vehicle testing designation.... Read More »

VW prepares a blitz of trucks, EVs in North America

6:33 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

Volkswagen is going on the offensive in North America, challenging the likes of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. with a wave of new light trucks and battery-powered cars. VW's namesake marque will expand its range of SUVs, crossovers and sedans and start making electric autos in North America in 2021 in a bid to “evolve from a niche supplier” into a successful mainstream carmaker in the region.... 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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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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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 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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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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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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