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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: How auto dealers can get behind safer driving, 1 teen at a time

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

This weekend, I experienced a community service program, born out of tragedy, that is tailor-made for local auto dealer cooperation.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Hooray for GM's 500 millionth vehicle?

10:39 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM today is celebrating its 500 millionth vehicle. But GM knows -- perhaps better than any company on the planet -- that the ability to manufacture a lot of product, in and of itself, is no cause for celebration.... Read More »

STEVE CANNON | CEO, MERCEDES-BENZ USA

At Mercedes, signs point to a strong year

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

Two years from now, Mercedes-Benz USA will be a different company with "a new level of energy," CEO Steve Cannon said.... Read More »

GM fund approves 7 more death claims

11:10 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM's ignition-switch compensation fund approved another seven death claims associated with ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 97 deaths, the office administrating GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

Isn't it lovely? Tesla ride thrills Wonder

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

Appearing on "Conan" last week, comedian Cedric the Entertainer told a story about giving Stevie Wonder a ride in C.T.E.'s Tesla.... Read More »

AUTOMECHANIKA CHICAGO TRADE SHOW

Repair shops strive to stay head of the pace

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

Insurance companies are increasingly savvy at reducing payments for repair work. Repair shops say insurers are steering them to aftermarket parts from China and other low-cost countries, which some say are inferior to factory-approved parts.... Read More »

VW board to discuss chairman search

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Volkswagen's supervisory board today will discuss finding a new chairman to fill the void left by Ferdinand Piech's sudden departure last month, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

TomTom eyes autonomous cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said.... Read More »

Aston to court females, add crossover

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

Aston Martin's new target buyer is an affluent California woman in her late 30s who wants a people- and cargo-hauling crossover. Andy Palmer, the British sports car maker's new CEO, plans to deliver just that as part of a product spree aimed at boosting global sales and profit.... Read More »

FCA to offer free college education to dealership employees

6:00 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler, seeking to curb the industry's “dramatic” turnover rate among dealership employees, said it will offer “no-cost, no-debt” college educations to workers at participating U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

Why so many more VW workers?

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

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

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

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »

Striving to get recalls done the right way

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

The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Among the strongest ideas: Making registration renewals contingent on completing recall repairs and assigning risk levels to make the more serious issues stand out.... Read More »

Civil settlements for price fixing rise

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

Civil settlements have exceeded $270 million in federal litigation stemming from the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier price fixing.... Read More »

Full speed ahead on 2016 Maxima launch

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

Nissan says its factory launch of the newly redesigned 2016 Maxima will be its most flawless. Tighter project deadlines eliminated the last-minute design changes. The precision will allow Nissan to reach full production on three shifts in only four weeks.... Read More »

Heat, tension and mistrust. But ‘the dominoes fall our way’

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

As director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Margo Oge helped lead the charge to implement federal regulations designed to slash vehicle emissions and double fuel economy to a 54.5 mpg average by the 2025 model year.... Read More »

2 industry titans in turmoil

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

Two of Europe's automotive titans, long used to getting their way in boardroom intrigues, suffered rare defeats in late April that threaten to alter permanently the empires they built.... Read More »

Caddy wants unique team, unique powertrains

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

Dave Leone, Cadillac's chief engineer, says he wants to differentiate Cadillac powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sound.... Read More »

Audi to focus on plug-in hybrids even as it plans EV to take on Tesla

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

Although Audi plans an electric crossover to challenge Tesla's Model X, CEO Rupert Stadler says he remains cautious about the future of electric vehicles.... Read More »

Marchionne: Here's what I'm not talking about

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

Addressing analysts on a conference call last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne made a presentation he called "Confessions of a Capital Junkie: An Insider Perspective on the Cure for the Industry's Value-destroying Addiction to Capital."... Read More »

Demand? Yes, but don't go capacity crazy

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

After six years of rising U.S. auto sales, we wondered: Is there any demand out there still pent up?... Read More »

Mercedes G class the next clone victim

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

At the Shanghai auto show last month, Land Rover was coming to terms with selling the Range Rover Evoque alongside its half-priced Chinese clone, the Land Wind X7.... Read More »

Marchionne: Automakers must consolidate

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

The world's automakers spend billions of dollars each to develop their own four-cylinder engines. That's a sure sign that the industry's business model is broken, said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

 
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