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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I damned the Demon

12:33 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Let the record show: I wrote the Automotive News editorial suggesting a ban on the legal registration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I don't regret it.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Public to test self-driving Pacificas

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2017

Phoenix residents to test Waymo's self-driving Pacificas; AutoNation profit rises; Ghosn: Not merging Nissan, Mitsubishi; Tesla doubling charger network; CarMax's closest rival?... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Keep the Dodge Demon off our roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

The 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from Fiat Chrysler is so inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists that its registration as a road-worthy automobile should be banned.... Read More »

Jeep finds green groove with 7-seat, plug-in hybrid SUV concept

7:37 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2017

Jeep is flexing its green and connectivity chops at the Shanghai auto show with a luxury seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV that could herald a new flagship for China, a key market for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: $4.3 billion punishment for VW

3:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2017

VW hit with $4.3B in fines, penalties; book claims U.S. exec blew whistle; Plug-in hybrid Jeep; GM plans China-made EV; Crossing Antarctica in a Hyundai; Flying cars for sale.... Read More »

PRO AND CON

Dodge Demon: Devilishly clever or evil incarnate?

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

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, unveiled at the New York auto show, traded in the performance brand's halo for horns with performance numbers normally associated with much more expensive brands. Staff writers Mike Wayland and Richard Truett debate the logic of Dodge's decision.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Genesis plots crossover course

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2017

From NY: Genesis plots CUV course with GV80 concept, a 'sure-footed' Hyundai Sonata, double win for Jaguar F-Pace, 707-hp Jeep; GM retooling downtime; Maserati U.S. HQ move?... Read More »

FCA pumps up performance cred with Dodge Demon, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

7:30 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

Dodge created a specialized version of its 8-year-old Challenger coupe specifically for drag racing by cutting weight, increasing horsepower and making other changes to boost acceleration off the line. Jeep, meanwhile, unveiled a fire-breathing variant of the Grand Cherokee called the Trackhawk.... Read More »

Ram getting all up in Silverado's grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2017

There used to be miles of sales daylight between the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ram pickup, but the gap has narrowed considerably over the years.... Read More »

COOLING DOWN

Hellcat fever may be easing as Dodge preps Demon

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2017

Dodge will unveil the worst-kept secret in muscle car history this week at the New York auto show when it introduces the Demon, a heavily modified Dodge Challenger for the drag strip that is intended to be the brand's new performance halo.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Speedy rides to take stage in NY

2:30 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2017

Putting some zip in NY auto show: Fast rides from Audi, Lexus, Nissan, Benz, Alfa, Dodge; Ex-Saab execs acquitted; Harder to buy a car?; Mexico's boom; Printing the future in 3-D.... Read More »

FCA: Jeep weak in 7th straight monthly loss

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2017

Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales declined for a seventh consecutive month in March, dropping 4.6 percent despite sales gains from Ram and Dodge.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: March U.S. sales dip

3:45 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2017

March U.S. sales dip; Ford's model-clearing spiffs; Pacifica Hybrid delay; Piech cuts Porsche SE stake; Honda's Mendel up for TrueCar seat; Gig for ex-NHTSA boss; Toyota meets 'Machete.'... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for April

April 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at the next steps PSA will need to take to make its purchase of Opel and Vauxhall a success.... Read More »

Fan site: Next Wrangler looks a lot like today's

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2017

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler doesn't veer far from tradition.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Distraction's deadly toll

2:15 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2017

Distraction dangers: Rise in pedestrian deaths, GM exec's tragic tale; Ford CEO's compensation up 19%; Apple-car clue?; Jeep's Easter Safari concepts; Lexus, Honda holiday humor.... Read More »

ANE's April issue goes live Monday

March 31, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, April 3. The new edition looks at the next steps PSA will need to take to make its purchase of Opel and Vauxhall a success.... Read More »

Jeep's next Wrangler to look like current off-roader, fan site says

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2017

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler, due out this fall, will be new from the wheels up, but if images posted on a Jeep fan forum this week are accurate, the 2018 model looks like little more than a face-lift.... Read More »

Jeep, despite fleet cuts, sees flat to higher U.S. sales in 2017

3:41 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2017

Jeep chief Mike Manley said Thursday that despite a deliberate reduction in fleet sales by the brand, full-year 2017 U.S. sales should still be up or on pace with last year's tally.... Read More »

Toyota forges new urban, off-road concept for N.Y.

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2017

Toyota, perhaps with an eye on Jeep's Wrangler, will introduce an off-road concept with urban chops called the FT-4X Concept at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Classics of tomorrow for the right price today

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2017

Want to buy a reasonably priced car that stands a chance of becoming a classic? You start by acquiring something that is hot and sporty and not produced in the hundreds of thousands.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Will Jeep Wrangler pickup be forged from a Ram platform?

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2017

Might Fiat Chrysler's long-awaited Wrangler-based pickup show up on dealer lots as a Ram in Jeep's clothing?... Read More »

Santander Consumer will reject some FCA dealers, reward others

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 8, 2017

Santander Consumer USA, the lender behind Chrysler Capital, is heightening scrutiny of its dealership partners, saying it wants to end relationships with some stores and deepen successful ties with others. Fiat Chrysler dealerships in the lender’s portfolio could fall into either group.... Read More »

NAFTA needs to be modernized, Mexican economy minister says

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2017

Mexico is prepared to negotiate changes to NAFTA to modernize the 23-year-old open trade pact grouping the U.S., Canada and Mexico, a Mexican economic official said.... Read More »

FCA: Sales fall 10% despite Ram boost

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2017

Fiat Chrysler extended its losing streak to six consecutive months in February, falling 10 percent with only Ram brand pulling out a small sales gain in the month.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Newsletters & Alerts
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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