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CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

9 Chevys get the Redline treatment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Nine Chevrolet vehicles will get the Redline treatment, featuring black wheels with red hash marks and blacked-out nameplates, Chevy logos and grilles.... Read More »

Amid sales push, RAV4 goes in a more rugged direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

With Toyota's RAV4 expected to seize the brand's sales crown from the Camry this year, the compact crossover is getting a more rugged version that may portend the shape of things to come.... Read More »

Gentex reflects on the future of the mirror

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2017

Advance tech thinkers imagine cars with no mirrors. Gentex, a top producer of auto-dimming mirrors, says bunk. The supplier is betting that rearview mirrors will be around for a while... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'

Feb. 11, 2017 06:15 CET

Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. To stand out in the crowded sector the automaker has done something out of character -- it has given the C-HR a polarizing design.... Read More »

Mopar marks 80th birthday with limited-run Dodge Challenger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Fiat Chrysler's Mopar parts and service brand, in celebration of its 80th anniversary this year, will offer a pair of 80-car limited edition, hand-painted, customized Dodge Challengers.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler scraps Alfa Giulia Sport Wagon

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Alfa has determined that a Giulia sport wagon would be a little too much like the brand's first-ever crossover, the Stelvio.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Citroen sees small SUV concept replacing C3 Picasso

Feb. 9, 2017 06:01 CET

Citroen will reveal a small SUV concept at the Geneva auto show next month that previews a future rival to the Renault Captur and Fiat 500X as well as a replacement for the C3 Picasso in the shrinking subcompact minivan segment.... Read More »

Nissan rounds out Titan lineup with King Cab variant

3:17 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Nissan introduced the fifth of its five full-size Titan pickup variations here Thursday, declaring that the brand is now a serious contender in the Detroit-dominated segment.... Read More »

Chevrolet offers Redline special-edition trim on 9 vehicles

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Chevrolet will offer Redline special-edition trim on nine of its vehicles. It is the largest cross-brand special edition ever offered by Chevrolet.... Read More »

Nissan expands 'Midnight Edition' to six models

6:57 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Nissan's trial run at an edgy, urban Maxima “Midnight Edition” package last year proved so popular that it has expanded the black-trim accessory package across its line.... Read More »

Fiat Toro pickup headed to U.S.? FCA sends mixed signals

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Is Fiat Chrysler thinking about adding the Fiat Toro -- a small lifestyle pickup on sale in Latin America -- to its U.S. Fiat lineup? The company is sending mixed signals.... Read More »

Hyundai Elantra GT packs more tech, interior space for 2018

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Hyundai is prepping to sell a freshened Elantra GT starting this summer to capitalize on a growing appetite for hatchbacks in the U.S. and inject some pizazz into its small-car lineup.... Read More »

Toyota adds rugged, sport trims to 2018 RAV4, Tundra, Sequoia

10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Toyota, aiming for a bigger slice of a robust light-truck market, is targeting outdoor and performance enthusiasts with new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup, Sequoia large SUV, and RAV4 crossover.... Read More »

Chicago Auto Show pilots epass system to help stoke sales leads

10:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

The Chicago Auto Show is testing new attendee registration technology to fortify its position as a critical provider of sales leads for dealers and automakers.... Read More »

BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand

Feb. 8, 2017 15:25 CET

BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills the hole left by Karim Habib's departure last month and helps address some of the upheaval at the luxury carmaker's styling department.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW mulls steps against Piech

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

VW mulls steps against Piech; Expanded Renault-Nissan alliance closes in on GM; Food, hope in storm-hit New Orleans; Lincoln's blues groove; BMW taps Skoda exec; Putin hosts VW CEO.... Read More »

VW tips hat to pop-up campers with Atlas 'Weekender'

9:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

Volkswagen is featuring an accessory-laden “Weekender” concept of its new Atlas crossover at the Chicago auto show, with a visual -- if not completely functional -- hat-tip to its pop-up camper vans.... Read More »

Ram adds color-themed special-edition pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

Ram is unveiling two color-based special editions at the Chicago Auto Show for its pickup lineup.... Read More »

FCA readies another hot-rod SUV with Dodge Durango SRT

2:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

For consumers torn between an SUV and a muscle car, FCA has a new 475-hp solution. The Dodge Durango SRT, billed as the world's most powerful three-row SUV, joins a hot-rod version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee sold under FCA's Street & Racing Technology line.... Read More »

Ford Expedition slims down with aluminum body for 2018

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

The 2018 Ford Expedition's sweeping overhaul includes a slimmed-down aluminum body, updated powertrain, more interior legroom and 40 new technology features. Ford is counting on the makeover to make the aged Expedition more competitive in a large SUV market that grew 15 percent to 621,277 vehicles in 2016.... Read More »

Cute-utes and swinging gates: What people are saying about the Ford EcoSport

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

Ford is arriving late to one of the hottest segments in the U.S. auto industry: subcompact crossovers. Ford will formally offer a subcompact crossover when the North American version of the EcoSport goes on sale in early 2018. Here's what people are saying about the EcoSport.... Read More »

Ford plans to nearly double SUV models in U.S. by 2020

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

Ford plans to expand its lineup of Ford and Lincoln SUVs and crossover vehicles in the U.S. to 13 models from seven by 2020, according to company officials and supplier sources, in response to rapid growth in sales.... Read More »

Hyundai preps big styling changes for crossovers

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

Big styling changes are headed to Hyundai's crossovers, according to new spy photos. Photographers caught a prototype of Hyundai's next-gen Santa Fe undergoing cold-weather testing in Sweden. Hidden under the camouflage is a preview of what to expect when the midsize crossover debuts in 2018 as a 2019 model.... Read More »

Opel makes new Insignia wagon lighter, longer

Feb. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel/Vauxhall has made the new Insignia wagon 200kg lighter and longer than rivals from Mercedes and Audi while borrowing heavily from its 2013 Monza concept to give the midsize model a sleek look. The Insignia Sports Tourer will debut at next month's Geneva auto show.... Read More »

Chicago Auto Show: What's on tap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

The Chicago Auto Show -- one of the largest in terms of attendance -- has in recent years become a showcase for freshened and special-edition vehicles. Such entries are expected to dominate the headlines again this year.... Read More »

 
Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Why China's new EV policy could cause a rift with Germany

Yang Jian
3:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 2017

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Germany's ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, is a vocal opponent of Beijing's environmental plans ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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