OEM Coverage

Volvo CEO on new XC90: 'There is no second chance'

Aug. 18, 2014 15:00 CET
The new XC90 is crucial to Volvo's bid to close the sales gap with German premium rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi. "There is no second chance," Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.... Read More »

 

U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger.... Read More »

 

Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study.... Read More »

 

Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement.... Read More »

 

Suppliers see money in software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive product.... Read More »

 

China needs Europe-like open competition, Volvo Chairman says

Aug. 18, 2014 13:46 CET
Volvo Chairman Li Shufu says China should stop trying to hinder competition in the world's largest automaker. "It's best if it's completely open, like in the U.S. and Europe; whoever wants to produce cars can do it," Li said.... Read More »

 

Sensata to buy pressure-sensor maker Schrader in $1 billion deal

7:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Sensata Technologies Holding NV plans to buy Schrader International Inc. from Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for an enterprise value of $1 billion to expand in sensors that warn against low tire pressure.... Read More »

 

Ford unveils a seamless plan for 2015 F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups.... Read More »

 

Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers.... Read More »

 

No key ring tags, GM tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags.... Read More »

 

PEBBLE BEACH

Jaguar's special performance unit shines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover's recently created Special Operations unit last week unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run.... Read More »

 

PEBBLE BEACH

BMW shows off limited M5, but holds on tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a 30th Anniversary Edition M5 to the portfolio, good luck.... Read More »

 

Lincoln: New boss, new market, new hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Lincoln is showing signs of life as Ford Motor Co.'s reinvention of Lincoln gains momentum.... Read More »

 

Ford puts fresh spins on its classics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford is returning to its roots with redesigned versions of two crucial home-market mainstays: the F-150 and the Mustang pony car.... Read More »

 

Ford's big launch year includes 2 icons

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
The company is in the midst of its most prolific launch year in history, and much of the action is coming in the second half of this year.... Read More »

 

Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise.... Read More »

 

BIG DATA PLAN

Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting.... Read More »

 

Ford, Chevy titans clash on incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet — both looking to claw back market share they have relinquished this year — have touched off an earlier-than-usual round of late-summer incentives.... Read More »

 

Ford's 'unminivan' is an undisputed hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford's decision to offer a long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the Transit Connect Wagon for the 2014 model year is paying off.... Read More »

 

Jay Leno: Hollywood 'car guys' are a joke

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
You wouldn't believe how many people Jay Leno meets in Hollywood who haven't a clue about their cars and go through new Lambos and Porsches on a regular basis.... Read More »

 

Blessing from Pope Francis may help sell a few Souls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Kicking off a five-day visit to South Korea last week, the pope slipped into the back of a Kia Soul and rolled down a window to wave at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye.... Read More »

 

BMW plans to produce X2 crossover, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
BMW plans a third model based on its new front-wheel-drive UKL platform -- an X2 crossover.... Read More »

 

How the Miata is shaping up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Previous spy shots of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata have shown engineering mules hidden under current Miata shells.... Read More »

 

Volvo gives a peek at redesigned XC90's headlights and grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Volvo's latest tease of the redesigned XC90 crossover focuses on the headlights and grille, and evokes the Swedish brand's future and its past.... Read More »

 

Toyota's FT-1 revealed -- again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota pulled the cover off a second concept version of the FT-1 super sports car in Monterey, Calif., a sign that a production version may not be far behind.... Read More »

 

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