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From hotel basement to global stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The Management Briefings Seminars launched 50 years ago in the basement of the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. The conference would evolve from a cozy gathering of academics and industry types into the auto industry equivalent of Davos: a neutral forum where those in the industry could meet and talk about the thorny issues and the technology challenges they faced.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower

7:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger’s performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Fiat brand chief Francois says next compact will be like Ikea

Aug. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Olivier Francois, Fiat brand's CEO, told Automotive News Europe that the Italian automaker's upcoming Aegea compact hatchback and station wagon for Europe will be “like Ikea, affordable but smart.”... Read More »

Continental raises margin target as European recovery boosts profit

Aug. 4, 2015 09:35 CET

Continental raised its full-year profit outlook after second-quarter earnings jumped more than expected on a strengthening European car market.... Read More »

Toyota profit jumps 10% to quarterly record on cost cuts, currency gains

3:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Toyota posted a third straight year of record profit for its first quarter as cost cuts and currency gains made up for weaker vehicle sales. Net profit jumped 10 percent to $5.22 billion.... Read More »

BMW's second-quarter earnings fall 3% on China slowdown

Aug. 4, 2015 08:05 CET

BMW's second-quarter operating profit fell 3 percent to 2.53 billion euros ($2.77 billion) as a recovery in European car demand failed to offset a sales slowdown in China.... Read More »

Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2016 Acura ILX

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Acura ILX received a face-lift for the 2016 model year. The compact luxury sedan is assembled in Marysville, Ohio, on Honda's C-5 platform. The program code is 2TA. Suppliers to the ILX include American Mitsuba, Nissan Brake, Pancon and Weastec.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2016 Cadillac CT6

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The brand-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 premium luxury sedan is assembled in Hamtramck, Mich., on General Motors' OMEGA platform. The program code is O1SL. Suppliers to the CT6 include HELLA, Inalfa, Nemak and Roechling. The data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Luxury titans: A case of too much variety?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable.... Read More »

VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

A V-series version of Cadillac's coming crossover? Don't count on it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen isn't interested in affixing a V badge to a crossover any time soon.... Read More »

Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil.... Read More »

New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight.... Read More »

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes.... Read More »

Storm hits automated driving car; human grabs the wheel

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Many people drove their cars to the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, but few traveled in the same style as Ibro Muharemovic, head of advanced engineering for supplier Continental in North America.... Read More »

How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Why Conti has the inside track on automated maps

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Now that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are buying Nokia's HERE navigation map unit for $3.1 billion, the big winner could be Continental AG.... Read More »

For GM, Clemson creates a party car

9:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Deep Orange 5 concept, shown here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout.... Read More »

Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here.... Read More »

ALLIANCE BREAKDOWN

How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded.... Read More »

BMW, Audi and Daimler open to other investors in map consortium, report says

Aug. 3, 2015 17:12 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to invite other investors to join the mapping consortium they have forged to compete with Google, Bloomberg reported. Talks have been held with other automakers including GM, according to the report.... Read More »

BMW, Audi, Daimler will boost self-driving push with Nokia maps acquisition

Aug. 3, 2015 08:05 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia's digital-map unit for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for self-driving cars.... Read More »

 
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