Manufacturers

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

At issue: U.S. jobs vs. Mexico jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

My point: Ford wasn't going to cut jobs at Louisville as it planned to increase production of the Escape -- agreed; the issue was that MKC production was going to Mexico -- no guarantee the Escape demand would fill the plant -- and more jobs were being planned in Mexico.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Rear-seat reminder should be loud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

After reading "GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models", I am happy General Motors is adding this feature to cars.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Send a signal to disable texting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

I have a simple solution: When a driver sits in a car, a signal would be sent -- just as one is with seat belts -- to disable the phone from texting.... Read More »

60 people driving the self-driving movement

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

From driverless taxi pilot programs to cars equipped with self-driving hardware already on the market, autonomous technology has progressed at a remarkable pace in 2016. With help from industry experts, Automotive News has compiled a list of 60 people who have contributed heavily to the development of autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

STEFAN KROENUNG

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

Under Stefan Kroenung, 57, Autoliv has been developing a suite of collision-avoidance technologies and has developed self-driving prototypes to allow its customers, which include Tesla, Ford and General Motors, to test individual features.... Read More »

JOSH HARTUNG: Pushing automakers, suppliers to save cost and let software experts do the heavy lifting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

Josh Hartung, 32, wants to make automakers’ jobs easier — even if it means taking them out of their comfort zones.... Read More »

Seeing r&d through the customer's eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2016

Q&A with Charlie Baker, who was recently named senior vice president of R&D, engineering and program management at Dayco, a Detroit supplier of engine components.... Read More »

Hyundai's equity mining digs deeper

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2016

Hyundai Capital America is taking equity mining a step further, stirring in as many as 18 variables culled from third-party sources to deliver more potent leads to Hyundai and Kia dealerships.... Read More »

Lear drops some BMW seats; Magna steps in

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2016

Magna International Inc. will take over production of seats for the BMW X5 and X6 crossovers in Spartanburg, S.C., next year after Lear Corp. decided to end the business.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Be aware of tax risks on VW payments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2016

Regarding the proper treatment of the Volkswagen cash payments to dealers who agree to the class-action settlement terms, I am convinced there are serious underlying problems for dealers and their certified public accountants if they do not properly handle these payments for tax purposes.... Read More »

Distributor fine-tunes radio advertising

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2016

What good is a dealership radio ad if the target customer is tuned to another station? There's a handy way to improve the odds.... Read More »

Lear venture advances on 3 projects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

Lear says it is partnering with three automakers to bring advance-concept vehicle seating to market as early as 2019 through its Crafted by Lear pilot program.... Read More »

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. 1, opened a one-car gallery 20 miles outside of Detroit.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Same old song from VW. Or is it?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.... Read More »

Mini's redesigned Countryman stretches into new segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

The redesigned Mini Countryman has grown enough in size to compete in the compact crossover segment where it will take on both premium and volume players.... Read More »

VW to export U.S.-built Atlas to Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Volkswagen will export the seven-seat Atlas crossover to Russia from the United States starting at the end of next year, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

JK Wrangler’s final act: Special editions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Jeep is stretching out consumer interest in the outgoing JK Wrangler by offering a number of special limited-edition packages over the next year while consumers await the arrival of the redesigned JL Wrangler in the second half of 2017.... Read More »

Ford steps up effort to hire people with autism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Ford Motor Co. is expanding a program to employ adults with autism, bringing on an additional 12 to 24 hires next year.... Read More »

Japan's holdouts begin to embrace EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2016

Japanese automakers that never seemed interested in electric vehicles before are suddenly very interested.... Read More »

Audi's Keogh sees 2017 as another record-breaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2016

Audi's U.S. chief expects the luxury brand to post another record year of U.S. sales in 2017 on the back of a continued product offensive that includes the first major redesign of its top-selling nameplate.... Read More »

Toyota seeks to smooth supply stream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Sean Suggs, vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, spoke with News Editor Lindsay Chappell during last month's Southern Automotive Conference.... Read More »

VW revamp spares North American jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Volkswagen's North American operations will be spared from most of the 7,000 job cuts being made outside of Germany as part of a massive cost-saving effort.... Read More »

Only a few will get Maybach convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

With 379 dealerships and only 75 units of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet, how will Mercedes pass the vehicles around? By approaching its best customers first.... Read More »

EcoSport to be Ford's first import from India

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

The EcoSport crossover will be the first vehicle Ford Motor Co. imports from India, the latest sign of that country's importance to the Blue Oval.... Read More »

Versa Note now in sync with Nissan style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

For model year 2017, Nissan brings the hatch version of its Versa in line with the rest of the brand's design look.... Read More »

 
VW raises stakes in fight to dominate China SUV market

Yang Jian
4:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2017

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Chinese consumers have an insatiable demand for crossovers and SUVs, but despite this, Volkswagen Gr ...
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VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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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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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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