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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's second foray into electrified powertrains. Yet the brand's marketing chief revealed that the model came close to getting a different name.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to make a film that plays on how many different ways a minivan can be used.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

Unifor goes toe-to-toe with General Motors in contract talks

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2016

Unifor certainly isn't taking the easy way out. In selecting General Motors on Tuesday as its target company for pattern negotiations, the union is setting itself up for a fight as the Sept. 19 deadline approaches.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Rising credit scores, volume on the used lot

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2016

As a rising number of vehicles come off lease, used-vehicle sales are climbing. Reliable cars at lower cost are drawing more prime-quality customers to the used side of the showroom.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Why Unifor picked a fight with GM

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2016

Unifor certainly isn't taking the easy way out. In selecting General Motors on Tuesday as its target company for pattern negotiations, the union is setting itself up for a fight as the Sept. 19 deadline approaches.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2016

A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engines to fool emissions tests. Two weeks later, VW's cheat was made public. The time in between cost some investors dearly.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: A year on, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2016

A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engines to fool emissions tests. Two weeks later, VW's cheat was made public. The time in between cost some investors dearly.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: For 2016, record hangs on strength of last legs

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2016

Despite the 3.5 percent decline in U.S. auto sales last month, the industry is still running ahead of last year's record pace. But will it finish the full year strong enough to set a new volume record?... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Start prepping now for mobility sea change

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2016

Car ownership and financing are ripe for innovation over the next 25 years, with most changes leading to more options for consumers and decisions for dealers.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Chevy slots 8-speed gearbox, hikes V-6 power in 2017 Colorado

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2016

Chevrolet is refreshing the midsize Colorado pickup truck for 2017 with a new version of its 3.6-liter V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2016

It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. Past winners Olivier Rabiller, Thomas Mueller and Bernard Bradley have made big career moves.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands

7:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

How do you create a meaningful brand experience when driving becomes only a means to an end? That is the question facing automakers as Mobileye and Delphi announced a technology deal that could accelerate the arrival of automated cars for the masses.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: One key software challenge to autonomous car ownership

7:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

Despite the stampede to develop self-driving cars that can negotiate an entire trip door to door, it may be awhile before ordinary motorists are actually allowed to own one.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: In defense of service contracts

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Consumer advocates who bad-mouth service contracts are off base. A cost-benefit analysis that relies only on actuarial logic misses the point.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: EPA signals it will start looking at mandating higher octane gasoline

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

Raising the octane in gasoline looks like it will get some attention from the EPA. That's the good news. Now for the bad: It's going to take a while.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2016

Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2016

Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2016

Auto executives in China are worried these days. They are not concerned about consumer demand, but rather the uncertainty surrounding key industry policies set by the Chinese government. In particular, they are worried that the government can't seem to make up its mind whether to extend a tax incentive for small-vehicle purchases which has really helped boost sales volumes.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Why dealers' role in lending should tamp subprime fears

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2016

The fear of a subprime auto loan bubble persists despite the industry's insistence over the past few years that the worries are unwarranted.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: For automakers, Detroit's Dream Cruise should be prime turf to recruit engineers, designers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

For an industry struggling to attract top engineers and designers, automakers are making a mistake by letting events such as the Woodward Dream Cruise pass them by each year.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Will industry trends undercut Unifor's mission?

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

If Unifor has trouble persuading the Detroit 3 to invest in Canada, it will largely be due to factors out of its control.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: How speed plays a role in CFPB's 'regulation by enforcement'

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2016

When some politicians accused the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of regulation by enforcement in the spring, many auto insiders wondered why the regulator wouldn't make a rule that auto lenders would know they would have to follow.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Harley's V-Rod offers glimpse of what Chevy faces with midengine Corvette

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

If Chevrolet product planners in Detroit want to know what they are facing in trying to lure younger buyers to the Corvette, all they need to do is look some 386 miles west to Milwaukee.... Read More »

SHARON SILKE CARTY

BLOG: Why Trump's politics turn Detroit upside down

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

As is often the case with Donald Trump, when he speaks, the world seems like it's upside down.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: A growing urgency over cybersecurity

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

The notion that bad people can — or would — electronically hack vehicles and cause havoc and destruction is not easy for an industry built on optimism.... Read More »

 
PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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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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