OEM Coverage

Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the U.S. as part of an ambitious plan to jumpstart lagging sales. The company said it has identified potential locations for the factory but that the site selected and size of the final investment will be disclosed at a later date, without providing more details.... Read More »

Lincoln to bring back Continental name

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. Lincoln will then discontinue the MKS, which perennially has been one of the slowest-selling cars in its segment.... Read More »

Hunt for Easter Jeep parts leads to a surprise spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Jeep designers and engineers spend countless hours every year developing a series of one-off working concepts for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

The buzz about the Benz pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division.... Read More »

How the SUV drove luxury kings to power

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks.... Read More »

Caddy previews top-down strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal?... Read More »

Toyota's better cars get better plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. The streamlining -- which will slash capital investment costs, lead times and even the overall size of future factories -- will underpin a new generation of modularized product platforms.... Read More »

UAW delegates demand higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. Delegates at last week's UAW bargaining convention, the unofficial opening of negotiations with the Detroit 3, demanded that the car companies return to workers what they sacrificed before and during the recession.... Read More »

Aston Martin tells Porsche: Fine, we will lose GT3 name

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Porsche has wiped some of the shine off Aston Martin's Geneva auto show unveil of the track-focused, limited-edition Vantage GT3 by claiming trademark ownership of the GT3 name, which it uses for hard-core versions of its 911 sports car.... Read More »

Porsche’s Mueller: ‘Not too old’ for CEO job

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Open campaigning for CEO jobs at automakers rarely occurs, but Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he’s young and fit enough to be a candidate to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

While others stand up, Italy stands aside

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner.... Read More »

Delphi's driverless cross-country adventure

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In 1903, a 31-year-old physician named Horatio Nelson Jackson journeyed from San Francisco to New York in a Winton touring car, the first motor car to traverse the U.S.... Read More »

Winterkorn: Complacency cost VW in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Speaking to a German car magazine, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn acknowledged his team became complacent after the initial success of VW's Chattanooga-built Passat.... Read More »

Tesla’s Model X hits the streets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla’s Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.... Read More »

Chevy, supplier tweak Volt battery pack for more range

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

To boost the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's electric-only driving range to 50 miles from 38 on the outgoing first-generation car, engineers reduced the number of cells in the battery pack by about a third, to 192 from 288.... Read More »

Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge.... Read More »

Chevy plans hybrid version of '16 Malibu

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a full-hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu that debuts this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLC that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be roomier and more rounded than the GLK it replaces.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind.... Read More »

Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads.... Read More »

Tesla reboots in China as range anxiety, customs crimp sales

12:34 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Tesla is rushing to expand its network of charging stations across China to assuage range anxiety, add luxury features that suit local tastes and retrain a sales force that CEO Elon Musk previously described as "brain-dead."... Read More »

Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks

10:00 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Honda is going small and sporty with the release of the S660 mini roadster, a new open-top minicar that will be sold only in Japan, at least for now. The two-seater is powered by a three-cylinder 660cc turbocharged midship engine that matches the S660's diminutive 134-inch length. It musters just 63 hp.... Read More »

How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun

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

Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. The Frenchman has been tasked by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with re-establishing the brand.... Read More »

Panoz street car advances despite suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design.... Read More »

 
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