Manufacturers

Jeep, Subaru keep rolling in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

FCA US eked out its 60th straight monthly sales gain in March, with a 1.7 percent increase to 197,261. But the Jeep brand, a big reason for FCA's successful run, is not only still streaking but still racking up big monthly percentage gains.... Read More »

BMW takes the lead in luxury sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus were separated by just more than 1,300 sales in the first quarter. BMW was tops with sales of 78,492, Mercedes was second (78,156) and Lexus was third (77,180).... Read More »

Back to 2007 market share, but with one big difference

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

When its string of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains began in April 2010, what is now Fiat Chrysler was, literally, a different company.... Read More »

Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China.... Read More »

Porsche’s Mueller: ‘Not too old’ for CEO job

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Open campaigning for CEO jobs at automakers rarely occurs, but Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he’s young and fit enough to be a candidate to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Chevy, supplier tweak Volt battery pack for more range

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

To boost the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's electric-only driving range to 50 miles from 38 on the outgoing first-generation car, engineers reduced the number of cells in the battery pack by about a third, to 192 from 288.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Cadillac needs to change its tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). It's a far cry from the old "Standard of the World" posture.... Read More »

LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.... Read More »

Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads.... Read More »

Panoz street car advances despite suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design.... Read More »

N.A. output falls 1.7% in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

North American car and truck production in February slipped 1.7 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,397,838 vehicles. Following January's 1.1 percent drop, February marked the first time since September-October 2009 that output fell for two consecutive months.... Read More »

Porsche nears a decision on 7th model line

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Porsche is close to announcing plans to expand its model lineup. "In the not-too-distant future, we will present a seventh model line" that would hit the market by 2020, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said at the automaker's annual press conference this month.... Read More »

Honda recalls 104,000 vehicles for inflators

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda Motor Co. last week added more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. to existing recalls for flawed airbag inflators made by Takata Corp.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Dealer profits riding on Wrangler decision

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

FCA's ultimate decision on Wrangler is likely to have an outsized impact on every dealership in the nation that sells Jeeps.... Read More »

Driving schools a chance to rev sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

BMW's Future Retail program includes two driving schools -- programs not only for customers but potential conquests. "This, too, is part of Future Retail," said Peter Miles, vice president of sales channel development and customer relations for BMW of North America. "It is huge."... Read More »

Cars hear you, but when will they get you?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Almost all vehicles sold in America today are programmed to respond to a driver's voice commands. But still on the frontiers of automotive research are vehicles that can determine what a driver really wants -- and respond intelligently. Getting to that point is a profound engineering challenge that is leading researchers beyond voice recognition and into the realm of artificial intelligence.... Read More »

IT'S ABOUT TIME

Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone.... Read More »

How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. But Saline now has three key ingredients for survival: an owner with deep pockets; a loyal customer, Ford; and a pragmatic union.... Read More »

In era of streaming music, radio rocks on

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S., about half of new cars sold will be outfitted with a service called HD Radio, which offers a crisper signal and thousands of extra stations.... Read More »

Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

Game-changing suppliers seek PACE Awards

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

With pressure mounting to save fuel, cut weight, improve safety and connect to the Internet, automakers increasingly are turning to major suppliers for solutions.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Hot water over Hellcats

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

Dealers operate in a retail market where information on the Internet often helps consumers shave thousands from a vehicle's sticker price.... Read More »

 
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