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Auto economists eye troubling signs on horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Business is booming for auto dealers five years after the national economic crisis, so what could go wrong? Plenty, warns a number of auto industry economists.... Read More »

 

N.A. Sept. output rises 7 percent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
North America car and truck production in September rose 7 percent from the year-earlier month, to 1,524,207 vehicles. It marked a record 38th month in a row for production to top 1 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it.... Read More »

 

JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. has created momentum for further consolidation of the auto interiors business, says Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' seating and interiors business.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford shrinks its supplier 'watch' list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Despite a blitz of model launches this year -- topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup -- Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its "watch" list of suppliers that are struggling to meet production targets. Ford purchasing chief Hau Thai-Tang says the company learned its lesson about unreliable parts supply from the troubled Lincoln MKZ launch last year.... Read More »

 

Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours.... Read More »

 

Porsche expects to hit U.S. sales goal early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche will meet its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2015 -- three years earlier than originally envisioned, says Andre Oosthuizen, the brand's top U.S. marketing executive. "We would foresee 2015 would definitely be the year to surpass that threshold."... Read More »

 

Porsche: 918 Spyder nearly sold out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. Production of the plug-in hybrid supercar's 918 promised units will end next July, and planned production is sold out through late March or early April, said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc.... Read More »

 

NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater.... Read More »

 

EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with their real-world capability. A key area of focus will be the agency's "coast-down" test, which has been the source of mistakes that prompted Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mercedes-Benz to relabel several models since 2012.... Read More »

 

Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous driving features to help satisfy the demand.... Read More »

 

Fleet adds little to Sept. sales gain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Among the seven largest volume automakers, light-vehicle sales through dealerships rose 11 percent, while fleet was a mere 3 percent higher.... Read More »

 

Days supply rises, but it may be blip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
U.S. stocks of unsold light vehicles rose following moderating September sales, hitting a 64-day supply on Oct. 1. Is that significant? It depends on the measuring stick, and perhaps a calendar fluke.... Read More »

 

Nissan brand to benefit from Daimler partnership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Mass-market Nissan will begin receiving some goodies that have been flowing from the product-sharing partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a senior Nissan executive says.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

An mpg report card

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs.... Read More »

 

Chevy's marketing push for Colorado calls for precision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The strategy for a Chevrolet Silverado marketing launch is pretty straightforward: Target current owners in the loyalty-heavy segment.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

N.Y. move is not a vote against Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
I read the observations regarding Cadillac in Keith Crain's Oct. 6 column with interest. Without wishing to consume valuable column space elaborating the rationale behind the various changes taking place at Cadillac, I am, however, compelled to respond to some of the issues he has raised.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Panasonic Automotive Systems President Tom Gebhardt believes he has a solution.... Read More »

 

M-B system links vehicle, phone, dealer and company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A new offering called "Mercedes me" aims "to create a seamless integration between car and smartphone and the manufacturer and dealer so you have a portal with all the services Mercedes-Benz offers," said Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes-Benz board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: PRABHAKAR PATIL

Battery maker shrugs off Tesla competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
After years of disappointment, the EV market is ready to grow, predicts Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. Parent company LG Chem expects to grab 25 percent of global electric-vehicle battery sales by 2017 as battery prices fall and EV range rises.... Read More »

 

GMC will take its turn in the spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
GMC is planning a broad advertising campaign next year, an effort by General Motors to raise the profile of its successful, under-the-radar truck brand. GMC and Buick Vice President Duncan Aldred said he and ad agency Leo Burnett are working on a "big umbrella campaign" that will showcase GMC as a brand that stands for premium, refined trucks.... Read More »

 

Dealers to get Titan diesel training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Nissan executives have promised that next year's redesigned Titan pickup, with an optional 5.0-liter V-8 diesel, will be a bold new product for the brand.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Hard-won upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
As a business, General Motors is arguably better situated and better run than it was back when it lost its investment-grade ratings. GM's bean counters can make a case for getting an extra rung or two on the credit ratings scale.... Read More »

 

Eurostar winners honored in Paris

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Fourteen Automotive News Europe Eurostar winners were honored at a dinner in Paris last week.... Read More »

 

BMW: U.S. will get more i cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The U.S. will get a higher share of BMW i electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the coming months, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

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