Manufacturers

Could this be a victory for the UAW?

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

Donald Trump's populist message, especially on free trade, resonated among the union's 408,000 members and gives the UAW immediate common ground with what would be an otherwise hostile Republican administration.... Read More »

TRUMP: THE ROAD AHEAD

Hope and clenched teeth in Mexico

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

Election Day in the U.S. fell on the same day that the Mexican auto industry trotted out its monthly numbers on production, exports and sales, which again set records in October.... Read More »

TRUMP: THE ROAD AHEAD

Japan's twin worries: Trade and yen

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

Japan's carmakers fear a double whammy on free trade and foreign exchange.... Read More »

TRUMP: THE ROAD AHEAD

Europe makes a plea to keep trade open

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

BMW CEO Harald Kruger appealed to the incoming Trump administration to maintain free trade, not just because of BMW's new $1 billion Mexican factory but also to protect the automaker's plant in Spartanburg, S.C.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Industry can't turn global tide, so it has a choice to make

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

The relentless pursuit of order and efficiency on a global scale has left a good deal of chaos in its wakthat e. But no matter the voters' verdict, the industry can't really afford to turn back. now. After all, it has billions of dollars in investments and fixed assets deployed to suit this world order.... Read More »

VW could become a powerhouse in charging

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

VW's $14.7 billion diesel cheating settlement requires the company to invest $2 billion in zero-emission vehicle projects over the next decade. How it spends the money could have big implications for the electric-vehicle market.... Read More »

Higher yen hammers profits at Mazda, Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Profits tumbled in the latest quarter at Subaru and Mazda, two of Japan's smallest carmakers, as foreign exchange losses hammered earnings.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Can't take the heat? Then this is not your industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Turns out George Hotz is the rare kind of automotive engineer who runs from a challenge rather than relishes it.... Read More »

Japan Inc. steps up autonomous-drive push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2016

Japan is stepping up efforts to develop a world-leading intelligent transport system by 2020 through the deployment of autonomous and connected car technologies.... Read More »

Mapmaker seeks Japanese part owner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Here, the digital mapping company owned by Germany's top automakers, wants to bring a Japanese automotive partner into its ownership as it expands to provide the high definition maps and cloud computing necessary for self-driving cars, an executive said.... Read More »

GM wants OnStar to predict drivers' needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

OnStar Go, set to launch in the first quarter of next year, is GM's latest effort to leverage the connectivity system it's been building into vehicles since 1996 as a competitive advantage in Detroit's race against Silicon Valley.... Read More »

Startup drops autonomous-drive system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2016

Months before it could even celebrate its one-year anniversary, Comma.ai is halting development of its most newsworthy product, Comma One, an aftermarket system that promised to turn regular cars into semi-autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

Tesla to install self-driving hardware in all new vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Tesla Motors Inc. will equip all models it builds from now on with hardware that enables fully autonomous driving, says CEO Elon Musk.... Read More »

BMW reviving 8 series, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

BMW is reviving the 8 series, the big coupe built from 1989 to 1999, sources tell Automobilwoche, a German sibling publication of Automotive News.... Read More »

Report: Maserati delays Alfieri till '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Maserati has delayed its Alfieri sports car until 2020, according to a new report.... Read More »

Ford signals limited support for cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

CEO Mark Fields says Ford isn't giving up on cars -- even as the automaker abandons most U.S. production of them -- but it also won't keep piling on discounts to boost sales "unnaturally."... Read More »

Cybersecurity threat helps forge friendships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Regulating cybersecurity attacks has forced automakers to make friends with former foes and to start sharing information with competitors.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A perfect spot to test autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Perhaps we need a new Convergence on autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

PICK-UP POSSIBILITIES

How will Nissan and Mitsubishi connect?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Now that Nissan has taken a controlling stake in Mitsubishi, the two automakers are still figuring out how they might cooperate in North America. But in an executive shuffle, Nissan North America boss Jose Munoz gets an additional job: global chief performance officer.... Read More »

NXP bid would thrust Qualcomm into dogfight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Qualcomm's bid to get NXP would make it an automotive chip colossus - but the competition won't be easy.... Read More »

Toyota leaps into transportation planning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Toyota is working with the city of Plano, Texas, along with nearby municipalities, transit agencies and local employers on a broad study of how to reduce traffic congestion and improve the use of public transportation.... Read More »

Honda planning to increase its share of hybrids by 2030

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo wants more than two-thirds of the company's U.S. sales in 2030 to come from green cars such as traditional hybrids, plug-ins, fuel cell vehicles and EVs.... Read More »

Unusual alliance key to network of self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2016

Automakers, suppliers and governments must work together to develop truly autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

Hachigo says Honda is just fine on its own

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2016

Suddenly, Honda looks like the odd man in Japan. Toyota just added Suzuki to its growing stable of partners, and Nissan is poised to take control of Mitsubishi. Meanwhile, Honda is left by its lonesome in the face of industry consolidation.... Read More »

Japan Inc. gets serious about cybersecurity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2016

Japan's carmakers are still seen as slow to adapt to the vulnerabilities of connected cars. But with the advent of autonomous driving just over the horizon, Japan Inc. is finally getting serious about cybersecurity.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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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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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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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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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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