OEM Coverage

Aston Martin loses another exec to Dyson

Aug. 17, 2017 11:00 CET

Aston Martin has lost its second executive to Dyson in a year as the carmaker's director of purchasing, David Wyer, will become Dyson's head of procurement. The latest hire fuels further speculation that the UK home appliances maker is building an electric vehicle.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler is not an acquisition target, Dongfeng says

Aug. 17, 2017 10:19 CET

Dongfeng has no current plans to acquire all or part of Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reported. The company was one of several cited in an Automotive News report that said "a well-known Chinese automaker" had made an offer this month for FCA.... Read More »

AN EARLY DISRUPTER

Roy Lunn, father of the Ford GT40, modern SUV, dies at 92

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

A mechanical and aeronautical engineer who led development of the first Jeep Cherokee and Ford's original GT40, Roy Lunn helped pioneer unitized bodies for SUVs to help meet fuel-economy requirements.... Read More »

MICHAEL WAYLAND

BLOG: Ford ups capability, convenience on F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

The freshened F-150 pickup enters a market in which the competition is expected to significantly increase, with redesigned pickups from top rivals.... Read More »

GM suspended Iacobelli following federal indictment, report says

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

GM suspended Alphons Iacobelli after federal officials accused him of being at the center of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar conspiracy while previously leading labor negotiations at FCA.... Read More »

U.S. judge in Takata bankruptcy halts lawsuits vs. automakers for 90 days

11:20 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

A federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Takata's business in the United States halted lawsuits for 90 days against automakers brought by victims of its faulty airbag inflators.... Read More »

M-B Financial, Mini Financial, TD Auto Finance score highest in dealer satisfaction

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mini Financial Services and TD Auto Finance topped their segments in lender services satisfaction among auto dealers, a JD Power report said.... Read More »

VW to reveal more details on EV microbus, source says

Aug. 16, 2017 17:01 CET

VW brand CEO Herbert Diess is expected to announce on Saturday more details regarding the production of the battery-powered I.D. Buzz microbus slated to debut in 2022, a company source told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Barra's role on Trump forum ends as group disbands

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

A group of business leaders and President Trump announced the disbandment of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum, which originally included GM CEO Mary Barra and more than a dozen other CEOs from several industries.... Read More »

GM's F&I product unit partners with MaximTrak

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

General Motors' F&I product group will use MaximTrak Technologies as an F&I platform provider for its U.S. dealers. As MaximTrak's capabilities expand, the relationship could extend to other dealership departments.... Read More »

Geely says it has no plan to buy FCA

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings denied that it planned to make a takeover bid for Fiat Chrysler, following an Automotive News report this week that it was a potential suitor for the Italian company.... Read More »

Geely earnings double on cars co-developed with Volvo

7:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

Geely Automobile Holdings said that first-half profit more than doubled, scoring its fastest earnings growth in eight years as cars designed with Volvo won over domestic consumers.... Read More »

Deutsche Post open to more EV van projects with Ford

Aug. 16, 2017 12:28 CET

Deutsche Post said it would consider broadening an EV van alliance with Ford. The two companies have developed the StreetScooter Work XL, for which Ford is supplying vehicle technology based on its Transit model.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA joins BMW-Intel self-driving team

8:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

FCA joins BMW-Intel self-driving alliance; Geely exec: No plans to buy FCA; AFL-CIO leaders quit Trump panel; GM said to have suspended Iacobelli; How natural gas fell out of favor.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving alliance

Aug. 16, 2017 10:05 CET

Fiat Chrysler is joining the self-driving alliance led by BMW, Intel and Mobileye, becoming the second automaker in the year-old group to opt to partner in developing an autonomous driving platform. The alliance plans to put both Level 3 and Level 4/5 automated driving technology into production by 2021.... Read More »

Uber considering sale of U.S. car-leasing business, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

Ride-hailing company Uber is evaluating options for its capital-intensive car-leasing business, including a sale of the unit, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG: ALAIN COHEN

BLOG: Why this Tesla fan thinks the company is losing its way

9:59 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Call me an early adopter. I bought the 892nd Tesla roadster to come off the line in 2010. There were problems. Then I bought a second, and a third.... Read More »

NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' start to talks

7:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an "ambitious" first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the 23-year-old pact by early next year.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Should Barra join CEOs quitting Trump panels?

11:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

As President Trump seemingly stumbles from one crisis to another, GM and CEO Mary Barra find themselves mired in a major public-relations dilemma.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

To win JLR's new plant, Slovakia resolved a long list of issues

Aug. 15, 2017 09:22 CET

Landing a new greenfield auto assembly plant project is a rare prize these days in Europe's mature auto manufacturing landscape. That makes Slovakia's recent success all the more notable.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

Spain's automotive comeback captures global interest

Aug. 15, 2017 13:07 CET

A series of measures adopted by Spain's automotive employers after the 2008 economic crisis have helped restore the country to growth mode.... Read More »

Three-wheeler producer Elio Motors seeks to raise $100M

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Three-wheel vehicle producer Elio Motors is seeking to raise $100 million -- and fast -- as the company seeks to shore up its deteriorating finances.... Read More »

MARK VAUGHN

BLOG: Infiniti Prototype 9 pays homage to '40s-styled racers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Infiniti may not have a vaunted motorsports pedigree but that hasn't stopped designers from creating a retro-looking race car and showcasing it at the year's most elevated celebration of automotive engineering, performance and design.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Activist investor Einhorn pares GM stake

8:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Activist investor Einhorn pares GM stake; Cox layoffs; Germany's Merkel open to internal-combustion vehicle ban; Carvana loss grows; Ditlow successor named; Acura's hopes for RLX.... Read More »

GM's in-house F&I brand thrives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

General Motors' F&I product branch tripled its contract volume last year and is planning to double it again in 2017, no easy feat for a relatively new F&I provider in a market saturated with seasoned veterans.
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A peek inside's VW's secret fortress

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10 2017

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VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg where the company's brightest ...
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German diesel summit must succeed in restoring confidence in fuel

Christiaan Hetzner
5:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2017

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What VW Group's emissions fraud failed to achieve, Stuttgart Mayor Fritz Kuhn may accomplish: turn G ...
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German industry fears image blow over cartel probe


4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

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Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12 2017

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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German sales rise 1.5% in July despite diesel slump
German registrations rose by 1.5 percent in July despite a 13 percent fall in diesel car sales. ...
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Spanish sales rise nearly 3%, boosted by tourism
Spanish new-car sales grew by 2.5 percent in July as business registrations continued to offset fall ...
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Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
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UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
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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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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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Skoda names VW Group veteran Stefani as design chief
Skoda has named Oliver Stefani as its new design head. Stefani replaces Jozef Kaban, who left Skoda ...
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Aston Martin names Maserati exec as powertrain boss
Aston Martin has named Maserati's Joerg Ross as its new head of powertrain. ...
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VW brand confirms Sengpiehl as marketing chief
VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core passenger ...
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VW brand names Sengpiehl as marketing chief
VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core Volkswage ...
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BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief
After 21 years with BMW, including six in the U.S., Ludwig Willisch will retire as the company's Americas chief as of Aug. 1. ...
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Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe
Former GM purchasing chief and CEO of AvtoVAZ Bo Andersson has returned to the industry to lead Euro ...
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
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BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter No ...
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Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
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KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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