Manufacturers

O'Neal's goal: Smaller but stronger Delphi

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

When Delphi Automotive took journalists for rides in its driverless Audi SQ45 this winter during the International CES, the retrofitted crossover wasn't restricted to the highway.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Face it: Cadillac has too many dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Despite great new products, there's one big problem that Cadillac can't seem to face: It has too many dealers.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Pickup leasing is lucrative but carries big risks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Lease rates for pickups are climbing as the workhorses add capabilities and features that rival those of more traditional luxury vehicles.... Read More »

Supplies tight before spring selling season

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

U.S. auto sales softened in a stormy final week of February, but automakers still started March with relatively tight stocks. The industry's 69-day supply on March 1 was below the 71-day average for that date over the previous decade. Stocks fell sharply from an 82-day supply on Feb. 1 despite the slower selling pace.... Read More »

Top luxury brands have luxury of growing lineups

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

When it comes to winning share in the ultracompetitive luxury car market, it helps to have more models on sale than your competitors. The 2014 sales champion, BMW, offered more models - 27 - than any of its competitors. Audi was second with 25, followed by Mercedes-Benz with 19, Lexus with 16 and Cadillac with 12.... Read More »

Toyota will add engineers in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 30 percent more than it added a year earlier. The biggest increases are coming in engineering and manufacturing operations.... Read More »

Nissan plants and suppliers ready to meet Ghosn's 8% target

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Nissan has up to 400,000 units of Japanese factory capacity standing at the ready to help the automaker meet CEO Carlos Ghosn's mission to capture 8 percent of the world's auto market in 2017.... Read More »

Will drivers need logins for tomorrow's cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Might drivers someday need to log into their vehicles instead of just unlocking and starting them? Such a day may be drawing closer as vehicles begin to collect enough information to raise the privacy and data security concerns that have long existed with computers.... Read More »

Ram expands CNG options

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ram will offer a less-expensive heavy-duty pickup powered by compressed natural gas. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab model with four-wheel drive and a long bed.... Read More »

Infiniti drives Nissan's win over Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Nissan North America outsold American Honda Motor Co. in the first two months of 2015 -- just as it did in January and February 2014.... Read More »

Lexus heats up luxury sales race

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

The U.S. luxury sales race is shaping up to be another barnburner in 2015 between Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.... Read More »

Hitachi eyes growth on electronics

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Hitachi Automotive Systems CEO Kunihiko Ohnuma says he targets double-digit global sales growth from 2016 to 2020 as the company taps surging demand for auto electronics.... Read More »

Magna enters mobility race with partnership

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Automakers aren't the only ones with a hand in the mobility game. Don't forget about suppliers such as Magna International, for instance, that could slide in and make a play as well.... Read More »

RideScout CEO: An Army vet's view of mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Serving in the Iraqi desert helped spark Army veteran Joseph Kopser's idea for mobility app RideScout.... Read More »

Hyundai hires golf celeb to pitch Genesis, show it's a luxury player

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Seeking more customers for its upscale Genesis, Hyundai is relying on a tried-and-true interest of affluent shoppers: golf.... Read More »

GMC ads: 'This is precision'

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

You won't see GMC trucks clambering over rocks in new commercials that are part of the brand's broadest advertising campaign in 15 years,... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Takata airbag crisis must be solved ASAP

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Public safety must be the paramount concern. The auto industry and regulators must work to solve the immediate airbag recall crisis as rapidly as possible. And both must prepare to intensify efforts if the current recall expands.... Read More »

Porsche: New variants to boost Cayenne sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Porsche Cayenne sales will rebound in 2015 as several variants of the freshened crossover go on sale, the brand's U.S. sales chief said. Cayenne sales dipped 12 percent in 2014 to 16,205 vehicles, from a peak of 18,507 in 2013. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen attributed the decline to fewer available vehicles because of the production changeover to the freshened version.... Read More »

Porsche's pricey special editions find frenzy of customers in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Porsche sold nearly one-third of its 918 Spyders in the U.S., making the country the largest market for the limited-edition supercar. And Porsche's U.S. sales chief expects a repeat of the U.S. as the top market when the special-edition Cayman GT4 sports car arrives this summer.... Read More »

Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology.... Read More »

Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda Motor Co. meet stricter emissions standards and deliver fun-to-drive performance that sets the Civic apart, global r&d head Yoshiharu Yamamoto said.... Read More »

Caddy works on twin-turbo, V-8-powered CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 sedan eventually will get a performance model with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said last week that the CT6's lightweight structure will allow for "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo," which presumably would wear a V-series badge.... Read More »

FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air conditioner. The coupling is between the engine's exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter.... Read More »

Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... Read More »

Year to year, IIHS moves the goal posts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added its more demanding Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2012.... Read More »

 
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