OEM Coverage

Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. BMW says the i8's laser lights use half the energy of light-emitting diode headlamps.... Read More »

 

Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said.... Read More »

 

Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers.... Read More »

 

Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

American Axle's push to diversify drives growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.... Read More »

 

Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming.... Read More »

 

Volvo, ABB to develop fast-charging buses

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Swiss engineering group ABB and Volvo said they were setting up a global partnership to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with fast-charging systems.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

A VW-FCA deal would be risky, reasonable

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
If Volkswagen does buy Fiat Chrysler -- despite the companies' denials of a report that they are in talks -- it would be because the fixations of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech may line up perfectly with the needs of the family that controls Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

 

Opel will discontinue weak-selling Ampera, sources say

July 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel will discontinue the weak-selling Ampera plug-in hybrid, according to people familiar with the company's plans.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

The 'better Golf'

July 21, 2014 08:09 CET
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roominess, easier access and higher seating position of a minivan, leading some commentators to dub it “the better Golf.”... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

No talented folks at Cadillac?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A corporate automotive talent search should be quite different from the shuffling of NBA or NFL mercenaries.... Read More »

 

Ticket to Automotive Hall of Fame: Great ideas, staying power, impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
This year's Automotive Hall of Fame inductees -- Keith Crain, Ferdinand Piech, Dave Power and Alex Tremulis -- have a lot in common.... Read More »

 

Ford's affable troubleshooter Scheele dies at 70

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nick Scheele, a globe-trotting, troubleshooting executive who held several key positions at Ford Motor Co., including president, died on Friday at age 70.... Read More »

 

Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year.... Read More »

 

Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. market, VW also mapped out plans for a new vehicle r&d center at its Chattanooga site, deviating from a tradition of central planning from Wolfsburg.... Read More »

 

Ford, Ram escalate towing war

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford launched a salvo in the escalating heavy-duty pickup towing rivalry last week. And Ram promptly fired right back.... Read More »

 

Hyundai's Sprinter fighter?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
This lightly disguised Hyundai being tested in the California desert shows the Korean automaker preparing a move into the newly crowded commercial van segment against the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster.... Read More »

 

GM won't offer version of next Volt in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
GM's Opel division will discontinue the Ampera, a rebadged Volt, after the redesign of the 2016 Volt, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.... Read More »

 

Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week.... Read More »

 

Lemon law suit squeezes Tesla to buy back 'S'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Given Tesla's bare-knuckled response to Milwaukee lawyer Vince Megna's lemon-law suit in April, it seemed unlikely the electric-car maker would be caving in anytime soon.... Read More »

 

The Cadillac chief who stuck around

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
When former Audi and Infiniti executive Johan de Nysschen was named head of Cadillac this month, a few veteran wags wondered aloud: Is de Nysschen the new John Grettenberger?... Read More »

 

Alfa 4C's power, intrigue wows 'em on press row

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return to North America with the lightweight 4C sports car finally happens this fall.... Read More »

 

Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors.... Read More »

 

Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave.... Read More »

 

 
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