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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 »

 

Pickup rollout pinches supply of GM vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
General Motors' full-size vans have been in short supply for months as GM scrambles to boost production at a St. Louis-area assembly plant, frustrating some fleet customers and dealers.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions.... Read More »

 

Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. 24, the start of production of the Mirai fuel cell sedan, was exactly five years after President Akio Toyoda was hauled before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's unintended acceleration recalls. The date was no accident. The Mirai symbolizes both Toyota's rebirth from that crisis and a return to its roots.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM management must earn respect of shareholders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
General Motors is being challenged to return more of its $25 billion cash hoard to shareholders, which is a big lift in an industry where huge reserves are required just to operate. But the only way for GM to attract more patient investors is to deliver superior long-term performance.... Read More »

 

Automakers and tech companies work to perfect seamless home to vehicle transition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Automakers and suppliers, imagining a day when vehicles and homes are connected over a so-called Internet of Things, are beginning to write software to make the transition between the two more comfortable than ever.... Read More »

 

Thirst for power fuels Nvidia's surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Nvidia Corp., best known for graphics cards for video gaming systems, boosted automotive revenue more than 80 percent in 2014 by capitalizing on car companies' hunger for high-powered computers.... Read More »

 

Connected car's connector: Ethernet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Across the auto industry, a transition is underway to Ethernet, the networking system widely used to connect PCs to the Internet and one another.... Read More »

 

Robot orders surge as vehicle output climbs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
In a bid to keep pace with rising production, automakers and suppliers are ordering record numbers of robots. Last year, companies ordered 17,678 automotive robots in North America, up 45 percent from 2013, said the Robotic Industries Association. Manufacturers are hustling to boost output now that annual North American light-vehicle production is topping 17 million units.... Read More »

 

S.C. testing center plans expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, S.C., is expanding in hopes of attracting work on advanced technology such as wireless charging, automatic parking and zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

 

Road trip led to a new life on Instagram

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
A couple of years ago, Kevin Lu got bored with his career as a biomechanical engineer designing artificial knees and hips.... Read More »

 

VW sees 'banner year' for certified-used sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Volkswagen division's certified used-vehicle sales rose 17 percent last month to 7,675. It was the brand's best certified used-vehicle sales for a January and the beginning of a "banner year," said Michael Ashton, VW's senior manager of CPO and used-vehicle operations.... Read More »

 

Is Acura too American to compete globally?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
"Acura is an American brand," said Honda's outgoing r&d chief. But if Acura doesn't evolve into a global brand, he says, the marque's business model is going to "get tough."... Read More »

 

Honda cuts production amid ports' labor disputes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Honda plans to cut back production at plants in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario because of labor disputes that have snarled shipments at 29 ports on the West Coast.... Read More »

 

Nissan needs more supply to hit U.S. goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Nissan's growth in U.S. sales and market share will force it to squeeze more vehicles out of its North American factories or find factory space in Asia. Without added supply, the automaker's target of 10 percent U.S. market share will be hard to reach, says Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman.... Read More »

 

Supplies soar in January -- as usual

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
U.S. stocks of light vehicles increased during January, whether that was a little or a lot depends on how you measure.... Read More »

 

Expecting truck boom, Honda takes Acura MDX to 2nd plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Honda Motor Co. plans to spend $85 million to enable its East Liberty, Ohio, plant to produce a fourth nameplate, a move stemming from the company's bullish outlook for North American truck sales.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Don't overreact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
It's overlooked sometimes, but currency exchange is a major factor in shaping the global strategies of automakers. The question is how should automakers and suppliers react when exchange rates shift dramatically.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

When fuel is down, everything else is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
I have found that when fuel prices drop, the economy revives and spending is up, creating jobs, new businesses and greatly increased car sales and sales tax revenue. That is good, not bad, news.... Read More »

 

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Joerg Sommer, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Volkswagen of America, says the automaker will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure by 2016.... Read More »

 

 
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