Manufacturers

N.A. output rose 5.3% in April

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in April rose 5.3 percent from the year-earlier month to 1,561,094 units.... Read More »

LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

Willisch is eager for more crossovers from Spartanburg

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch is focused on the hot-selling crossover segment. There may be no market for the 2-series five- or seven-seat wagon/minivan in the U.S. But The X7, a full-size crossover coming in three years, is what the U.S. market needs, he said. In general, there's a shortage of crossovers - especially the compact X3 and midsize X5.... Read More »

Volvo U.S. plant a long time coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo long toyed with building cars in this country before announcing last week that it had chosen a site in South Carolina for its first U.S. plant.... Read More »

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure.... Read More »

Book offers tasty tidbits on Tesla CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a new book by Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance, is getting plenty of buzz - mainly due to its morsels about the Tesla CEO's personal style.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS MARKETING SEMINAR

Marketers pitch family, sports across cultures

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Faced with a rapidly diversifying customer base, the auto industry's top marketing minds are increasingly turning to a pair of unifying forces: family and sports.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Can GM regain trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group.... Read More »

Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye.... Read More »

IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

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

The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping around the track during next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500 - the engineers who develop the cars.... Read More »

Toyota's HQ plans find good company in Texas

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

Toyota's giant 2.1-million-square-foot headquarters will be a big presence in the increasingly crowded Plano, Texas, neighborhood known as Legacy West. Across the street, the new headquarters for FedEx Office are nearly complete. Other neighbors include Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut and J.C. Penney.... Read More »

Cadillac CTS trim levels likely to trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Cadillac is working to revamp and simplify the trim packages on the CTS sedan, as the brand continues to look for ways to draw more buyers to the car.... Read More »

Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance.... Read More »

Buick targets affluent viewers of 'black-ish,' 'Knife Fight'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

GM's Buick has launched a big product placement with ABC's hit comedy blackish and other shows. The brand hopes to attract affluent multicultureal attention to its products and shatter outdated stereotypes of the brand.... Read More »

Well-heeled houseguests experience Lincoln luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Lincoln Motor Co., to woo demanding luxury consumers, is offering getaways in finely decorated dwellings that showcase the colors and high-end materials of its Black Label auto trim.... Read More »

Mitsubishi mulls EV crossover as Evo heir

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Mitsubishi is about to discontinue the Lancer Evolution, yet the Evo name may survive in the form of a speedy plug-in crossover.... Read More »

4 fleet strategies yield similar April sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four of the top seven automakers outperformed the U.S. light-vehicle market in April by almost exactly the same level while using wildly different fleet strategies.... Read More »

Retailers cheer FCA's free college program for U.S. dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's plan to offer free college educations to employees of its U.S. dealerships will allow dealers to attract and keep high performing employees, the chairman of the National FCA Dealer Council said.... Read More »

Tucker's approach with Nissan: Efficient tenacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Jeremy Tucker was named Nissan North America vice president of marketing communications and media last September as Nissan prepared for a series of key projects.... Read More »

BMW expands event marketing after success in '14

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

BMW is expanding its event marketing because 25 percent of last year's participants who drove a vehicle later bought one, says BMW's chief marketer.... Read More »

Q&A WITH PAUL EDWARDS AND GARY PASCOE

Chevy seeks youthful audience with humor, surprises

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2015

Chevrolet and its ad agency, Commonwealth//McCann, are out to prove that the brand's advertising can be fresh and interesting.... Read More »

Porsche U.S. chief: Raise customer satisfaction

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

Porsche has been at the top of many automotive customer satisfaction surveys. But that's not enough for US chief Detlev von Platen, who is calling for dealers and the company to improve their performance.... Read More »

Freshened GM full-size pickups

9:24 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Recent spy photos signal that General Motors is freshening its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size, light-duty pickups, which have been panned for bland exterior styling.... Read More »

Why so many more VW workers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined.... Read More »

Champion of mpg pact says it will hold up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

One of the chief architects of U.S. mandates for huge gains in fuel economy by 2025 says automakers have made so many technical advances they'll pass on their chance to push for less-stringent rules.... Read More »

 
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