OEM Coverage

Robot kills worker at German VW plant

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria

July 2, 2015 08:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build some vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Austria. Magna Steyr will build an unspecified number of models in its Graz factory, which also builds Mercedes and Mini vehicles, because JLR's three British plants are operating close to capacity.... Read More »

It's Fiat Chrysler vs. NHTSA in public showdown

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will face off with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today in a rare public hearing to determine whether the automaker violated U.S. safety laws with its handling of 23 recalls affecting more than 11 million vehicles.... Read More »

GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. GM says a similar defect subsequently detected in an additional 10 million vehicles is ineligible for compensation because the company recalled the cars immediately after discovering the flaw. Some victims and their advocates think GM should expand the fund for other victims.... Read More »

Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan

4:34 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, 55, notified Toyota of her intent to resign, the company said in a statement today.... Read More »

Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid

7:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Honda, Toyota, Nissan captives face charges of discrimination, report says

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

The captive finance arms of Honda, Toyota and Nissan may have to limit how much they allow dealers to increase the cost of auto loans after regulators accused the lenders of unintentional discrimination against minority consumers. The CFPB plans to cite American Honda Finance, Toyota Motor Credit and Nissan Motor Acceptance as early as this month for unintentional discrimination, according to consent orders American Banker obtained.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler will start Jeep output in India in 2017

July 1, 2015 16:10 CET

Fiat Chrysler will invest $280 million to begin Jeep production in India in 2017 through an expanded joint venture with Tata Motors.... Read More »

Porsche labor chief joins VW board

8:41 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will make China chief its Europe boss, source says

July 1, 2015 10:45 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will move Bob Grace, its China chief, to lead its European unit, a source said. The company's new China chief will have to deal with slowing industrywide demand amid a prolonged government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption, which has hit luxury car sales.... Read More »

GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise.... Read More »

Germany's Getrag getting interest from Magna, Dana, China, report says

3:36 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Getrag, one of the biggest independent makers of transmissions, has attracted interest from automotive suppliers including Canada's Magna International Inc., people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in China. Jackson said there is a “question mark” over whether Citroen would sell the replacement in Europe.... Read More »

Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor

5:50 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu Suzuki will keep his positions as chairman and CEO.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs.... Read More »

Bain Capital completes buyout of TI Automotive

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

TI Automotive said its sale to private equity firm Bain Capital LLC has been completed. Terms of the sale were not disclosed in a statement today.... Read More »

GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths.... Read More »

Mexican supplier Nemak to launch $750 million IPO

11:38 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Nemak SAB's expected $750 million initial public stock offering today marks the first stock offering of a Mexican auto supplier since at least 2000.... Read More »

Toyota's new shares are popular in Japan

10:17 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Japanese retail investors are flooding stock brokers with orders for a new class of Toyota shares, indicating the carmaker can fetch a good price for the issue and secure a new group of long-term investors.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S.... Read More »

Spanish supplier Ficosa opens third China plant

June 30, 2015 11:32 CET

Spanish supplier Ficosa has opened its third Chinese plant in the city of Shenyang to supply automakers in the north of the country, including BMW.... Read More »

Camo-free Cadillac XT5 crossover spied in Manhattan

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Cadillac's new XT5 -- the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover -- will get a bolder front end but keep many of the same proportions of its predecessor, based on recent spy photographs.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017

June 29, 2015 21:34 CET

VW Group Spanish subsidiary Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its effort to be sustainably profitable, a company source said.... Read More »

Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior.... Read More »

BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car

8:50 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model.... Read More »

 
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