Manufacturers

Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power.... Read More »

 

'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Honda welds the upper body -- without the sheet metal -- to the lower body as a single "inner frame."... Read More »

 

Honda Fit raises the ante for subcompacts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In the subcompact segment, small can no longer mean cheap. It's not only price but a product's execution that makes the difference between a sale and a walkaway. With the 2015 Fit, Honda looks to be leading the pack -- at least on the execution side.... Read More »

 

Q&A

CEO defends Audi's record for innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
BMW and Mercedes-Benz get top marks for their technical prowess, but Audi chief Rupert Stadler says his company is keeping up with its German rivals, especially in areas such as lightweight construction, lighting and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

Hype, hipness, price propelled the Mustang to early success

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Behind the record-breaking sales and cultural shockwave created by Ford Motor Co.'s original pony car was a massive advertising campaign with a scale and message that broke new ground for the era. Automotive News at the time called the Mustang's advertising bonanza "one of the largest promotional splurges in history."... Read More »

 

The pony car's first dream team

8:54 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A look at the men who came together to envision, design, build and market one of the most successful cars in automotive history.... Read More »

 

Whereabouts of the first Mustang remain a mystery

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Because precise production records were not kept at the time and the early cars were not built in sequential order, no one knows the serial number of the first Mustang built.... Read More »

 

50 nifty things you may not know about the Mustang

9:07 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A look back at a few factoids about the 50-year-old Mustang... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM's debacle: A lesson for the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Viewing last week's congressional hearings through the prism of history, you would get the impression that the industry hasn't progressed a millimeter on safety since Ralph Nader exposed the instability of the Chevy Corvair a half century ago.... Read More »

 

Marchionne: No money in diesel-powered small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Chrysler Group's plans for new smaller engines -- due to be revealed May 6 -- are unlikely to include a four-cylinder diesel for the company's compact and mid-sized cars.... Read More »

 

IDEA FACTORIES

Innovation is quirky, but suppliers coax ideas with well-tested methods

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
To mark the 20th anniversary of the competition, this story looks at the state of supplier innovation, and lessons learned over the years.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Views mixed on DS's chances as stand-alone brand

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares wants the company's Citroen DS marque to become a stand-alone brand that can compete with premium German carmakers' products. Market watchers, however, have mixed views on this goal.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How PSA lured Tavares

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Carlos Tavares' disclosure that he didn't want to remain No. 2 at Renault got him fired, but it also got him what he wanted: the chance to be CEO of a major global automaker.... Read More »

 

Report: Aston, Daimler discuss crossover cooperation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Aston Martin and Daimler AG could extend their cooperation to include sharing the underpinnings of a new full-sized crossover, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

U.S. average fuel economy hits record

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since they began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

Stung by Ram, Chevy steps up truck spiffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
After the Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, a General Motors spokes-man said it was easy for Ram to "buy market share" with incentives.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association is one large gorilla, and Crain certainly does not want to cross it.... Read More »

 

Honda's 'Fit Kit' skit is a hit on April Fools' Day

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
April Fools' Day gags in the car biz used to be inside jokes between automakers' press departments and the media.... Read More »

 

The upside of poking fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Since Ford's video hit the Web in late March, Pashon Murray, founder of composting company Detroit Dirt, said she has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from media, talent agents casting commercials and businesses with consulting offers.... Read More »

 

Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans... Read More »

 

Prices of GM used cars unhurt by recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Wholesale prices of General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches are unscathed by the highly publicized recall of the vehicles, analysts say. That's because the recalled 1.6 million 2003-07 small cars are valued at about $2,000 to $5,000 each in the wholesale market so there is little room for the prices to fall.... Read More »

 

Lawsuits seek to pierce GM's liability shield

9:33 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Lawyers across the United States are using a variety of strategies, including allegations of bankruptcy fraud, in hopes of overcoming the legal immunity that General Motors gained through its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LAREAU

Rick Wagoner: Amiable introvert in extrovert's job

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
General Motors' former CEO Rick Wagoner was undoubtedly the Sisyphus of the auto industry.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

An alpha exec hemmed in by GM's massive troubles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Sometime in the prior decade I was part of a bleary-eyed band of journalists arriving in Tokyo during a General Motors press trip.... Read More »

 

CHARLES CHILD

Cheesey key told a sad story

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
What I recall about the Rick Wagoner years boils down to a key.... Read More »

 

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