Manufacturers

Car-sharing plan cuts owner costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers' vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars. The pilot program, Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, invites 26,000 select Ford Motor Credit Co. customers in six U.S. cities and London to rent their vehicles to other drivers for short-term use.... Read More »

GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel coming this fall in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized trucks.... Read More »

Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said.... Read More »

How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

Toyota's own glass house

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota last week unveiled architectural renderings of its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will house some 4,000 employees from divisions now scattered among operations in California, Kentucky and New York.... Read More »

Passing a big rig? Don't sweat it, Samsung says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane road is pretty harrowing. Now, Samsung has created a system that could take some of the guesswork out of overtaking large trucks.... Read More »

Gestamp along for VW's expansion ride in N. America

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Gestamp Automocion announced plans last week to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels, hot-stamped steel parts and chassis components for Volkswagen's new midsize SUV, which will enter production in 2016. Gestamp's $180 million expansion will add 510 jobs and triple production in Chattanooga. It also will give Gestamp a new North American product line - chassis components - to supplement its production of body panels and hot-stamped parts.... Read More »

Analysts doubt Sergio's lofty Alfa goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Analysts are skeptical that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne can achieve his ambitious sales goals for Alfa Romeo. "Despite our love of Alfa's past, we're unconvinced by its future," said Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. in Singapore.... Read More »

Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in the U.S.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple.... Read More »

Visteon affirms software shift

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

Now that Sachin Lawande has been named CEO of Visteon Corp., effective next week, his to-do list can be boiled down to one word: software. When Visteon was spun off from Ford Motor Co. 15 years ago, the company was a traditional metal-bending conglomerate. Now, Visteon specializes in cockpit electronics.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Eberspaecher, GKN, Marelli have key parts in new Fiat 500X

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

Eberspaecher, GKN Driveline and Magneti Marelli contribute key parts to the new Fiat 500X that include its NOx-reducing catalytic converter, rear-drive module and power transfer as well as its halogen and Xenon headlights.... Read More »

Sources: VW Phaeton to get plug-in hybrid variant

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

Volkswagen will offer the next Phaeton with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, sources told German sibling publication Automobilwoche.... Read More »

Fiat will stick with 500, roadster in U.S.

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

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles does not plan to add more Fiat models to its U.S. lineup beyond the Fiat 500 vehicle family and the forthcoming 124 two-seat roadster. Fiat brand chief Olivier Francois said other models wouldn't “fit the brand.”... Read More »

Chevrolet Silverado design to get more zing for '16

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

Chevrolet plans to freshen its light-duty Silverado pickup for the 2016 model year, an effort to spice up a design that some have criticized as dull since the truck came out two years ago.... Read More »

Tech propels Kia to best-ever IQS finish

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

While automakers continue to frustrate customers with glitchy technology, has Kia cracked the code? The Korean brand led all other nonpremium marques in the 2015 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study for the first time -- largely on the strength of improved in-car tech.... Read More »

GM to re-enter medium-duty commercial truck market

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

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales of pickups, vans and other trucks to fleet buyers.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

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

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety.... Read More »

GM to keep profitable JV in Russia

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

General Motors and AvtoVAZ will keep their profitable Russian joint venture, AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson said. GM is ending sales of mainstream Chevrolet models and all Opel cars in Russia, and closing its St. Petersburg factory, after sales slumped in the country's economic crisis.... Read More »

GM will slash output at small-car plant

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

Sluggish demand for the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano has led General Motors to cut their production by more than 20 percent, a symptom of a broader industry shift away from passenger cars.... Read More »

As selling rate soars, U.S. fleet sales slide

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

Fleet volume didn't contribute much to those booming May auto sales.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Big shoes to fill at FCA ahead of UAW talks

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

With Al Iacobelli's surprising departure on the eve of this year's UAW negotiations, his replacement, Glenn Shagena, will have to get up to speed quickly.... Read More »

Lincoln output will move to free Explorer capacity

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

Ford Motor Co. won't build the 2017 Lincoln Continental at the same plant that currently makes the Lincoln MKS sedan, freeing up some capacity to build more of the hot-selling Ford Explorer.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ boss: Few Russian plants compete

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

Most assembly plants in Russia are not cost-competitive because they do not produce enough vehicles, says Bo Andersson, CEO of Russia's largest carmaker, AvtoVAZ.... Read More »

Automotive electronics vet to lead Visteon

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

As Visteon Corp. transforms into strictly a supplier of automotive electronics, it will be led by a veteran in that field.... Read More »

 
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