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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled.... Read More »

 

FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. But one key breakthrough -- making a hydrogen-fueled vehicle as easy to drive and refuel as a gasoline-powered one -- remains elusive.... Read More »

 

Daimler to revive Maybach with 3 sedans but no SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Daimler plans three variants of its ultraluxury Maybach version of the flagship S-class sedan, including one aimed at Chinese buyers. But the company has ruled out a Maybach SUV for now.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008.... Read More »

 

M-B tweaks model names

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
In the interest of "logic and transparency," Mercedes-Benz plans new names for almost every model other than the core A, C, E and S class.... Read More »

 

Fields: But how many parodies do your ads have?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
What does Mark Fields think of all those spoofs of the Lincoln MKC commercials starring Matthew McConaughey?... Read More »

 

Ex-CEOs take Honda to task on quality issues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Nobuhiko Kawamoto and Hiroyuki Yoshino were CEOs in some of the most glorious of Honda's glory days.... Read More »

 

N.A. output rises 3% in October

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
North American car and truck production in October rose 3 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,672,685 vehicles.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A big production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Nissan's expanding its Mississippi plant is another sign that North American auto production is more competitive.... Read More »

 

Suppliers start moving closer to GM plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors' drive to cut $900 million a year from its North American logistics spending in 2015 and 2016 is beginning to bear fruit. Early this year, the company called on its suppliers to build factories close to GM's assembly plants. Now the suppliers are starting to comply.... Read More »

 

Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers.... Read More »

 

LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. The consortium led by Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a single LED light source that can emit 256 pixels -- each a separate beam of light that can be individually controlled.... Read More »

 

HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles.... Read More »

 

GM's Shop-Click-Drive sales are climbing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors has sold more than 13,000 new vehicles via its online shopping tool Shop-Click-Drive since it debuted for use on dealership websites a year ago, the automaker said.... Read More »

 

Confessions of a price fixer

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
As one after another Japanese auto supplier gets snagged for price fixing, it is the unwritten rule, say insiders and lawyers, that middle managers sometimes take the fall for superiors and get rewarded for not airing the company's dirty laundry in public court. This is one such story.... Read More »

 

Supplier upheaval fueled price fixing

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
To hear auto industry insiders in Japan, the country's problems with bid rigging began to spiral in the early 2000s. Or, more specifically, with the arrival of Carlos Ghosn, the cost-cutting CEO who parachuted into a nearly bankrupt Nissan Motor Co. and blew up the carmaker's ossified supplier network.... Read More »

 

SLICING THE PIE

At 'bid meetings,' suppliers aimed to maintain one another's market share

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
When Japanese auto suppliers schemed to fix prices, it was as much about protecting market share as pumping up profits, an industry insider said. In textbook Japanese fashion, in which consensus rule trumped individual agendas, rival companies agreed to protect the status quo, lest someone was pushed out altogether.... Read More »

 

Chevy eyes Buick's regional ad style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
Chevy's approach to its so-called Tier 2 advertising, under which regional dealer groups pool money to buy ads, is in something of a transition.... Read More »

 

VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources.... Read More »

 

Costco-GM promo moves more metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
A promotion between GM and Costco Wholesale Corp.'s auto-sales arm helped three GM trucks make the list of most-requested vehicles for dealership referrals among the warehouse club's members in October.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia vow to raise mpg 25% by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors aim to raise the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25 percent by 2020.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

All aboard at GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors purchasing managers also must buy in to the importance of improving relations with suppliers.... Read More »

 

Replacement for Bugatti's supercar gets a name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
As the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron's almost decadelong production run nears its end, details about the replacement due next year are emerging.... Read More »

 

N.A. offsets global slump to lift Toyota profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Surging sales in North America and favorable exchange rates drove Toyota Motor Corp. to double-digit profit gains in the latest quarter, despite slumping volume in all other major markets.... Read More »

 

M-B Metris van targets fleet buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The midsize Mercedes-Benz cargo and passenger van coming next year will be called the Metris in North America.... Read More »

 

 
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