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Q&A

Nissan plans big strides in connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview.... Read More »

Where Toyota, Lexus got their leaders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While Scion served Toyota as a test bed for marketing and retail innovations, it was also an effective proving ground for executives. A truckful of current Toyota suits cut their teeth at the young brand, and movement between Scion and Lexus was fluid.... Read More »

Toyota Q3 earnings hit by N.A. incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

North America emerged as the only major growth market for Toyota in the latest quarter. Revenues and net rose, but rising incentives and foreign-exchange losses drove global operating income 5.3 percent lower during the period.... Read More »

N.A., Takata, currency sway Japanese earnings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Better business in North America helped Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi in the October-December quarter. But spiraling costs for the recalls of Takata airbags tempered earnings, and foreign exchange rates were a double-edged sword.... Read More »

Toyota's Carter to speak at Retail Forum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News Retail Forum on March 31.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Ditching quirky Scion is the right call for Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota's decision to pull the plug on Scion should come as no surprise. It was at the very least a distraction to busy Toyota dealers and probably a drain on engineering and marketing resources.... Read More »

Q&A: FORD'S JIM FARLEY

Ford of Europe boss aims for steady profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Ford of Europe increased vehicle sales 11 percent to 1.3 million vehicles in its core markets and finished 2015 with its first operating profit in three years. Jim Farley, who started his second year as Ford of Europe president on Jan. 1, wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent.... Read More »

Q&A: OPEL'S KARL-THOMAS NEUMANN

At last, Opel sees breakeven on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

This year Opel expects to break even financially after more than a decade of losses, finally rewarding parent General Motors' huge investment in its European division. Karl-Thomas Neumann, who next month begins his fourth year as Opel CEO, says the automaker has beaten all internal targets since he arrived.... Read More »

REBOUND IN EUROPE

Ford, Opel find footing as carmakers will count more on the region

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Opel is confident this is the year that it will break even after more than a decade of losses. Ford of Europe, which after three years of losses returned to profit in 2015 with the help of an accounting change, expects to once again become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle.... Read More »

FCA's 2018 lineup? Here's a guess

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

What will Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S. product lineup look like when CEO Sergio Marchionne's new business plan is fully executed?... Read More »

FCA delays ambitious Alfa plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has tapped the brakes on its plan to resurrect Alfa Romeo.... Read More »

Amid profit fall, Honda bets on new products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Takata airbag recalls and exchange losses undercut profits at Honda in the latest quarter, but the company sees a brighter 2016 thanks to an influx of new product for North America, the Japanese carmaker's biggest market.... Read More »

Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Cheap fuel forces industry to make tough choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's product shift to more trucks and fewer cars rests on the conclusion that low oil prices are permanent. Set aside considerations of why FCA made such a strong commitment. Focus on a larger question: Is it certain that oil prices will stay low?... Read More »

Ford share gains hinge on Fusion and Escape

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Updated versions of Ford's highest-volume car and crossover will be key to the growing market share this year, but both face big challenges that could hinder sales.... Read More »

Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e.... Read More »

SETTLING IN

Next wave of Toyota's Texas migration gets underway, with some 'growing pains'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Eventually more than 4,000 Toyota employees will be housed in a sprawling, 2.1-million-square-foot complex that is expected to be finished in early 2017. Most of those will come from Toyota's Torrance, Calif., campus, while about 1,000 are due from Erlanger, Ky. The move, announced in April 2014, is aimed at reorganizing the far-flung entities that make up Toyota North America (financial, sales, manufacturing) under one roof in tax-friendly Texas.... Read More »

Barack Obama: Once more, to the victory podium

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

President Obama's Jan. 20 visit to Detroit included a tour of the auto show and a speech at the UAW-GM headquarters. In text, tone and staging, it was a replay of the message Obama has been delivering for nearly six years at auto plants around the country.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Monthly reports should give fleet, retail sales details

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Auto manufacturers and suppliers complain that Wall Street consistently undervalues the industry, arguing that automotive stocks unfairly trade at earnings multiples below those of companies in other sectors.... Read More »

PORT AUTHORITY

Why Mercedes-Benz is reasserting control over connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Well-funded startups such as Automatic, Vinli and Zubie are selling under-the-dashboard dongles that can plug into a car's electronics and communicate data wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, effectively turning any car into a connected car. Automakers are pushing back.... Read More »

Cadillac preps to share Oscar night spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Cadillac is prepping for a red-carpet moment of its own during the Academy Awards next month. General Motors' luxury brand will use the Feb. 28 Oscars broadcast on ABC to air introductory commercials for its two new nameplates launching this spring.... Read More »

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

CEO Walker says Magna adapts to changes in a demanding industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

CEO Don Walker is leading Magna International Inc. through the headlong advance of technology, an evolving regulatory environment and industry globalization that have forced even the largest automotive suppliers to move nimbly to adapt.... Read More »

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Yanfeng CEO Roters says supplier will prove itself as a global company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, spawned when Johnson Controls packaged its interior trim unit into a joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., is the world's biggest producer of instrument panels, door panels and consoles. It is determined to dominate the North American market.... Read More »

Panasonic shifts from home electronics to cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Panasonic targets a 62 percent surge in automotive sales by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. The gambit wagers that Panasonic can leverage its electronics expertise to get a leg up on traditional automotive suppliers such as Denso Corp. of Japan and Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany.... Read More »

 
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