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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: What auto dealers can learn from United Airlines

4:27 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Car dealers, take note: The world is a stage, and reputations are destroyed (or gained) with the tap of a cellphone's record button.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Why Einhorn's ploy to discredit credit rating agencies falls flat

2:49 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn thinks S&P and other ratings agencies are staffed by cretins. I disagree.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Criticism lingers over CFPB's handling of auto lending

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Auto lending wasn't among the priorities set out in December by Patrice Ficklin, fair lending director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, angering some members of Congress.... Read More »

GRAHAM KOZAK

BLOG: It's time to ignite a woodgrain wagon renaissance

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

Fake-wood paneling is as timeless as it is fade-free, but if we had to narrow down Peak Woodgrain to just one year, that year would have to be 1991.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2017

The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market.... Read More »

KATIE BURKE

BLOG: In the business of the future, beware certainty

12:06 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2017

When you're covering a technology such as self-driving cars that poses more questions than answers, reports such as last week's claiming to measure the progress of 18 companies can be tempting.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2017

After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: For some states, it's time to revamp CFPB structure

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2017

Last month 15 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief supporting the call to restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Attorneys general often pride themselves on being the voice and advocate of the consumer, so criticizing a group that claims to fight for consumer protection appears out of character. Even so, the situation sheds even more light on the unusual set up of the CFPB.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2017

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Infiniti preps QX80 Monograph concept for New York

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2017

Days after hinting of a big reveal at the New York auto show, Infiniti said it will introduce the QX80 Monograph concept to signal the brand's efforts to advance its standing in the large-SUV market.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2017

Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British Leyland, once the General Motors of the UK, offers a case history.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family

5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2017

Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority stake in VW Group ends a lifetime spent in almost constant conflict with relatives he saw little use for.... Read More »

PETER SIGAL

BLOG: Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2017

PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. So far, however, it appears that PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has most of the tools in place for success.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Slow March proves power of spiffs

5:00 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2017

Last month was a stark reminder that the current U.S. auto market is driven more by big incentives than demand.... Read More »

DUSTIN WALSH

BLOG: Why the U.S. auto industry would suffer in a trade war with China

5:29 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2017

An all-out trade war between the U.S. and China would bruise both economies but also holds major pitfalls for the automotive industry.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2017

Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales.... Read More »

LAURENCE ILIFF

BLOG: Like Trumpcare, border tax could roil Congress

10:11 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2017

After being burned on health care, Trump may be a bit wary of another outing with Paul Ryan and his unorthodox economic ideas.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis

3:59 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2017

Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally came to an end this month. Suprisingly, it was the China Automobile Dealers Association who brokered a deal, an organization often seen as acting more like bureaucrats than as advocates for its members.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Trump's labor chief nominee once ruled in favor of UAW

4:02 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2017

President Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department once had the UAW's back in a dispute with DaimlerChrysler.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Leave 'warranty' out of the service contract pitch

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2017

F&I managers encourage customers to buy a service contract, not a “warranty,” but does the sales team?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Powertrain innovations rev ahead despite mpg, emissions review

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2017

Ford's new three-cylinder engine demonstrates engineers are nowhere near done innovating.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Copycat cars continue to be a Chinese art form

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2017

Britain's Autocar is out with a compilation of great clones from China.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Lithium next German power play?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2017

BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so will the German companies join forces to secure a sufficient supply of lithium? BMW, for one, seems willing.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2017

At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs and become the next Tesla. With most of them having yet to reveal a single vehicle, the upcoming Shanghai auto show will be the best place to check out their progress.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2017

Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly embittered, family members believe.... Read More »

 
How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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Ex-Ferrari exec Lanzone hired by autonomous car start-up Zoox
Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox said Corrado Lanzone, former operations director of Ferrari's racing division, has joined the company as its vice president of manufacturing... ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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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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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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