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Philip Benton, former Ford president, dies at 86

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Philip Benton Jr., former president of Ford, died at his home in Massachusetts on June 14. He was 86.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A role for dealers in lease transfers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

I read with great interest about James B. Treece's experience in assuming the short-term lease of a Chevy Volt ("Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt," June 8). I agree with him. Dealers should have a role in the lease-transfer process.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales incentive program.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned.... Read More »

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said.... Read More »

GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel coming this fall in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized trucks.... Read More »

Alfa's high-power reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. German premium competitors launch mainstream versions of their core models first and add high-performance variants later - RS at Audi, M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz. Alfa will do the opposite.... Read More »

Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan.... Read More »

BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.... Read More »

After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. The tariff also has had other effects, experts say, such as stifling pickup innovation and motivating Japanese automakers to build U.S. factories.... Read More »

FCA recalls small number of SUVs over suspension complaint

6:28 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a small number of new SUVs that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components.... Read More »

Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep delay highlights challenges to a potential merger

June 29, 2015 10:50 CET

The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne faces in his quest for a partner.... Read More »

Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. It hopes a presence in the nation's high-tech hub will help produce the types of innovations necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reason why the idea keeps resurfacing. This is at least the third time in the past eight years that executives have kicked the tires on a GM-Chrysler combination.... Read More »

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.... Read More »

How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. But a yearlong audit released last week by the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general zeroed in on NHTSA's own failures, and made clear that its problems go much deeper than funding.... Read More »

Car guy Lutz still has the vision for flying high

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Bob Lutz, the former General Motors product development chief who turned 83 in February and is getting married this summer, is still involved with sports car startup VL Automotive - and is still flying jet airplanes.... Read More »

Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge and SRT brands, said the additional V-8 engines will help Dodge catch up to a "huge flood" of orders for Hellcat-powered versions of the Challenger and Charger.... Read More »

In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry.... Read More »

Toyota's own glass house

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota last week unveiled architectural renderings of its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will house some 4,000 employees from divisions now scattered among operations in California, Kentucky and New York.... Read More »

'The Future' is now: Lexus will test hoverboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

It's been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989.... Read More »

Passing a big rig? Don't sweat it, Samsung says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane road is pretty harrowing. Now, Samsung has created a system that could take some of the guesswork out of overtaking large trucks.... Read More »

 
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