Manufacturers

FCA: Big-car output will stay in-house

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Even as Fiat Chrysler plans to outsource compact and midsize sedans to another manufacturer, CEO Sergio Marchionne says he is “totally” committed to engineering and building the company's large cars in-house. But the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger may be developed off different platforms.... Read More »

Alfa expects to unveil crossover by end of year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Alfa Romeo likely will reveal its new crossover by year end, brand chief Harald Wester said.... Read More »

GM plans stop-start fleetwide by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

General Motors is going all in on stop-start. By 2020, nearly every GM light vehicle produced globally will have at least one powertrain combination available with the fuel-saving feature, which turns off the engine when the vehicle isn't moving.... Read More »

Mobileye will supply 2 fully autonomous vehicles by 2021

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Mobileye reveals programs to supply two automakers with fully autonomous drive systems as soon as 2019.... Read More »

M-B: New variants to lift sales of C-class coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Mercedes-Benz expects the mix of coupes in the C-class family to potentially increase to 20 percent with the introduction of the redesigned 2017 model. The new coupe lineup includes all-wheel drive in the base model for the first time and a new midrange AMG model.... Read More »

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PACEMAKERS

Driving Indy's pace car is an honor and a huge responsibility

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

In those heart-thumping first trips around the track -- and later when caution flags are out -- the pace car is in command of the Indy 500. It's a terrific responsibility and an honor for the driver and for the make and model of car.... Read More »

Can PSA be most efficient carmaker?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Under PSA Group's Push to Pass plan, the automaker aims "to become the world's most efficient carmaker," CEO Carlos Tavares says.... Read More »

Ghosn warns small makers: Beware a U.S. downturn

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the robust U.S. market is covering over the vulnerabilities of small automakers.... Read More »

Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Google introduced an updated version of the Android operating system that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, radio and digital instrument clusters.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

There may be a way to zero deaths But is there a will?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

The auto industry is on the cusp of a startling prospect: What if nobody died in traffic accidents? It's a huge leap from the stance acceptance that road fatalities are regrettable but inevitable to an attitude closer to the commercial aviation standard: Any death is extraordinary and requires immediate remedial action. Such a shift wouldn't be easy.... Read More »

Eagles work in concert for Fiat ad shoot

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

To grab dramatic footage aerial footage of the Fiat 124 roadster, ad agency FCB Chicago used a trio of eagles with small Sony Action Cams attached to them, and tried to steer clear of crows.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: Why most new hybrids are cars, not crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

These are times of feast for crossovers and famine for cars. Meanwhile, automakers such as Hyundai and Honda are introducing new lines of green vehicles to meet global regulations -- and all of them are cars. Why not mix what consumers want with what automakers need to sell and make these vehicles crossovers?... Read More »

Alfa Giulia to debut with a more powerful engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships in September or October, says the CEO of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles-owned brand.... Read More »

'Honked off' Ford purchasing chief sees score go up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

John Henke, whose Detroit area consulting firm Planning Perspectives, Inc., conducts an annual survey of supplier attitudes toward carmakers, says the results largely reflect the influence of chief purchasing executives. So Ford purchasing chief Hau Thai-Tang was “royally honked off at me” when the 2015 results came out and Ford's score dipped.... Read More »

MPG grows into global foundry player

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

With plants in 13 countries, Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. now can compete for contracts to supply global platforms, says Doug Grimm, MPG's chief operating officer. To beef up its overseas presence, MPG also has formed alliances with GF Automotive of Switzerland and Riken Corp. of Japan.... Read More »

Full-size pickups depreciating faster (but not much)

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Prices of used full-size pickups are still high, but their rate of depreciation is quickening, analysts say. They blame the quickening price slide on two factors: a rising supply of used pickups and higher incentives on new pickups.... Read More »

Sales reverse course, with retail outpacing fleet

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Retail growth drove April's U.S. sales gains, reversing a first-quarter surge in fleet volume.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Automakers must learn to value supplier partners

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

How many times must automakers repeat errors before learning a lesson?... Read More »

Politicians not wanted for this Fiat Chrysler party

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

There were plenty of executives and workers and even kids on hand May 6 as Fiat Chrysler marked the launch of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at its renovated Windsor, (Ont.) Assembly Plant. But one group that is traditionally a mainstay at such celebratory factory events was notably absent from the shindig: politicians.... Read More »

The Musk Doctrine: Impossible deadlines are made to be missed

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Elon Musk's mindset goes something like this: People do paradigm-shifting work only when they’re under tremendous pressure, so the key is to ensure deadlines are always impossible.... Read More »

Changing current of opinion on BlueIndy service

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

When the BlueIndy electric-car-sharing service launched in Indianapolis last year, a firestorm of controversy quickly ensued. But some formerly vocal opponents seem to be changing their opinions.... Read More »

Fired up for Ford's big Le Mans anniversary

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Ford top brass will turn out en masse at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans next month to commemorate the anniversary of the company's historic 1966 race.... Read More »

Q&A: TIM MAHONEY, CHEVROLET

Chevy marketing rides on 'Real People' power

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2016

Chevrolet hired Tim Mahoney three years ago to help revitalize the image of the brand, which was still licking its wounds from General Motors' 2009 bankruptcy. Since then, he has overseen the global rollout of Chevy's "Find New Roads" marketing theme, which he says is the brand's first cohesive marketing effort in decades.... Read More »

Pat Frend, East region president, Razorfish

Digital agency Razorfish sees experience trumping message

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2016

In a digital world where consumers expect brands to truly engage with them, pitching products isn't always enough, says Pat Frend, East region president of Razorfish, a digital marketing agency that is helping Mercedes-Benz reach out to younger audiences.... Read More »

Buick droptop gets high marks for looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2016

The Cascada, Buick's first convertible since the 1991 Reatta, is a version of the Opel Cascada introduced in 2013. It was designed from the start as a convertible on General Motors' global Delta platform. The reviews are rolling in.... Read More »

 
Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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