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SLICING THE PIE

At 'bid meetings,' suppliers aimed to maintain one another's market share

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
When Japanese auto suppliers schemed to fix prices, it was as much about protecting market share as pumping up profits, an industry insider said. In textbook Japanese fashion, in which consensus rule trumped individual agendas, rival companies agreed to protect the status quo, lest someone was pushed out altogether.... Read More »

 

Chevy eyes Buick's regional ad style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
Chevy's approach to its so-called Tier 2 advertising, under which regional dealer groups pool money to buy ads, is in something of a transition.... Read More »

 

VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources.... Read More »

 

Costco-GM promo moves more metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
A promotion between GM and Costco Wholesale Corp.'s auto-sales arm helped three GM trucks make the list of most-requested vehicles for dealership referrals among the warehouse club's members in October.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia vow to raise mpg 25% by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors aim to raise the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25 percent by 2020.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

All aboard at GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors purchasing managers also must buy in to the importance of improving relations with suppliers.... Read More »

 

Replacement for Bugatti's supercar gets a name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
As the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron's almost decadelong production run nears its end, details about the replacement due next year are emerging.... Read More »

 

N.A. offsets global slump to lift Toyota profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Surging sales in North America and favorable exchange rates drove Toyota Motor Corp. to double-digit profit gains in the latest quarter, despite slumping volume in all other major markets.... Read More »

 

M-B Metris van targets fleet buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The midsize Mercedes-Benz cargo and passenger van coming next year will be called the Metris in North America.... Read More »

 

Duncan aims to improve service, ads, dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Faced with declining sales and a more mature brand that's launching revamped vehicles, new Mini leader David Duncan is making marketing, customer service and increased dealer profitability his priorities.... Read More »

 

Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone.... Read More »

 

Fleets give October a big boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Fleet volume sharply outpaced retail sales in October, turning what would have been a below-par sales month into an above-average one.... Read More »

 

Tesla expects 50% jump in deliveries this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. said last week it expects to deliver 33,000 units of the Model S sedan in 2014, a 50 percent increase over 2013, due to the completion of assembly-line upgrades at its Fremont, Calif., factory this summer.... Read More »

 

VDPs prove to be MVPs for online vehicle sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
By using advanced inventory software, Trent Waybright can predict when one of his used vehicles is about to sell based on how many people click into its vehicle detail page.... Read More »

 

Toyota to pack track-tested tech into next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Toyota is testing technology to be used in the Prius in its high-performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer.... Read More »

 

Nissan is bumping into N.A. capacity constraints

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Nissan's steady U.S. sales gains are putting the squeeze on its North American production capacity. The company will hire 1,000 more workers at a Mississippi plant to reach production goals by the end of 2017, bringing the work force to 7,000.... Read More »

 

Battle of the brands

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
How some tight brand races and model matchups are shaping up after 10 months... Read More »

 

ZF and TRW usher in new era of deals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
In the wake of ZF's $13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive, other merger and acquisition deals are bubbling up. Delphi Automotive reportedly wants to sell its thermal products division, and key semiconductor suppliers have been buying smaller competitors. Automotive suppliers are expected to close 211 deals this year, up 13 percent over 2013.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz adds 4wd, safety tech to Sprinter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, running true to form, is turning to safety and powertrain technology to keep the 2015 Sprinter van on fleet buyers' shopping lists as newly launched Ford and Ram entries heat up the full-size van segment.... Read More »

 

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Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions.... Read More »

 

Ram chief: No one's asking for an aluminum pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The buzz in Detroit is that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage.... Read More »

 

Feds push Takata to outsource inflators Rivals TRW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Under pressure from federal regulators, airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's customers.... Read More »

 

Infotainment software is center of attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The battle for the center stack will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin gets safety-rule reprieve

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Aston Martin has been granted a temporary exemption to new U.S. safety rules that would have stopped it selling hundreds of cars in one of its key markets.... Read More »

 

Jag-Land Rover's 2017 sales goal? Half of M-B

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover executives are confident that new products in new segments will drive their global sales sharply higher in three years.... Read More »

 

 
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