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DOUGLAS A: BOLDUC

BLOG: XC60 forced Volvo designer to 'break free'

5:00 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2017

Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath knew when creating a successor for the XC60 he needed to preserve the features that made the car a success while still pushing hard to achieve more. “At some point you just have to break free,” he said.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover

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

The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. Is this an error, or a clue as how the British brand will reposition the next Range Rover Sport and other models?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel

2:55 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2017

GM's sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA will have wide-ranging effects on the U.S. automaker as an engineering organization.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

The sale of GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Group will have wide-ranging effects on General Motors as an engineering organization. And some will be positive.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Renault's big gamble on Alpine

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

Renault picked a difficult time to launch the A110 two-seat coupe from its revived Alpine brand. Europe's sports car sales are in the doldrums and the shrinking niche is dominated by well-established premium brands.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel comes to its senses on Crossland X

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

Opel has come to its senses. The brand planned to focus on the wrong product at the Geneva auto show -- its second-generation Insignia -- while leaving its all-new Crossland X small crossover behind. Thankfully, the company changed its mind.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: McLaren aims to shake up carbon fiber output

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

McLaren's 650S replacement, which will debut this week at the Geneva auto show, is poised to benefit from the British automaker's aim to revolutionize the production of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: BMW helps fill free time given by piloted cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2017

As autonomous driving becomes a hot topic, BMW provided a peek at the opportunities drivers will have when they don't have to worry about steering their car.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Running out of levers to pull

4:45 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2017

Did February's auto sales results seem familiar?... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: For millennials, it's all about the payment

11:55 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2017

As millennials age, the vehicles they choose to buy may change, but the way they look at affordability will likely remain consistent.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Small still beautiful in Japan with latest Suzuki minicar

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2017

The latest iteration of the Suzuki Wagon R minicar, for a long time the best-selling vehicle in all of Japan, is more irrefutable proof -- if any were still needed -- that small is beautiful in Japan. Not on the outside, but definitely on the inside.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

BLOG: The skeptics didn't know Carlos Ghosn

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

Bob Lutz didn't think Nissan could be saved. At that moment in the late 1990s, Nissan was on the brink of failure. Then entered Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: FCA's quality woes are systemic

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Take a good look at today's J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Scroll down that long list of brands. There they are: FCA's brands, bringing up the rear. Looks familiar, doesn't it?... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Keep the buying process flexible

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

In the evolution to the online car-buying process, it's important to remember there is no one-size-fits-all solution.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Lexus electrifies LS 500 for Geneva auto show

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Lexus will unveil the hybrid version of its LS 500 March 7 in Geneva. Lexus has said little about the vehicle, but the gasoline-powered LS 500, the last LS hybrid and the LC 500h offer a few clues.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

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

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?

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

As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old idea -- becoming one-stop cockpit integrators.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

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

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Lenders, help borrowers break the subprime cycle

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

Americans have mostly recovered from the 2008-09 recession, but it can still be difficult for many subprime consumers to bounce back, especially when interest rates are high and auto insurance costs are almost as much as the loan itself. Lenders and credit bureaus should use alternative data to help subprime borrowers break the cycle.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: GM's talks to sell Opel are a blow to a strong management team

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

GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow for Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and the best management team the unit has had in years.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Building a business case for GM's fuel cells

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

Though General Motors has been beaten to the market with hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles -- Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are marketing them now in California -- GM has a shot at being a leader in another and more important way: the first to make a profit selling them.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Some cold water for Musk's UAW claims

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made some eyebrow-raising claims when he fired back against accusations that the company overworks and underpays workers at its California assembly plant.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Melissa McCarthy's SNL cameo was a gift for Kia Super Bowl spot

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Melissa McCarthy's outrageous star turn on Saturday Night Live as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on the eve of the Super Bowl paid off for one of the game's biggest advertisers -- Kia.... Read More »

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

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

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At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
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Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

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

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Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
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Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

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PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
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How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
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Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
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As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
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Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
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Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2017

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The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
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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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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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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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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
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Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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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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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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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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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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