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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: Take a stand, Detroit

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2017

Detroit's fake-news factories are humming again with announcements of massive new investments in American manufacturing. Meanwhile, there's a sickening, shameful silence about the capricious travel and immigration restrictions imposed by the Trump administration.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Dealers' quest for the best retail approach

4:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2017

If you truly believe that the franchised dealer system is the best way to sell cars, then get out there and prove it.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW compliance chief's departure is chairman Poetsch's failure

8:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2017

The departure of Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt as VW Group's compliance chief suggests her appointment was a cynical publicity stunt to profit from her "brand" as a former judge and from her success in helping to clean up a corruption scandal at Daimler.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW compliance chief's departure is chairman Poetsch's failure

8:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2017

The departure of Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt as VW Group's compliance chief suggests her appointment was a cynical publicity stunt to profit from her "brand" as a former judge and from her success in helping to clean up a corruption scandal at Daimler.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

BLOG: Renewing the push for careers in auto retailing

6:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2017

NADA in New Orleans. Right after a second straight year of 17 million U.S. auto sales. That's not just the backdrop for this year's convention. It applied to 2002 as well, when we wrote a little story about teenagers' lack of interest in dealership careers. Fifteen years later, there's not much sign of progress.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: At 216 mph Ford GT is fastest car ever under the Blue Oval

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2017

The full spec sheet for the Ford GT is out, and the newest American supercar will be the fastest vehicle to wear a Ford badge.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Automakers, digital deals hinge on you

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2017

The online car-buying experience has become a major industry focus as consumers expect the process to be as simple as buying a book on Amazon.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Check your 6, Wrangler; Ford Bronco will have solid axles, too

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2017

Ford's midsize and body-on-frame Bronco coming in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have Dana solid axles front and rear, setting up a head to head off-road battle.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Trade talks are an accounting can of worms -- again

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2017

As the White House prepares to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, I'd like to throw out two sobering words: domestic content.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: VW raises stakes in fight to dominate China SUV market

4:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2017

Chinese consumers have an insatiable demand for crossovers and SUVs, but despite this, Volkswagen Group was initially slow to respond to customers' strong appetite for such models. That is about to change as the automaker plans to launch 10 new or redesigned models in China in the next three years.... Read More »

JOHN IRWIN

BLOG: Why Trump perception could become UAW's reality

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2017

The perception that President Donald Trump is creating jobs for American auto workers could spell trouble for the UAW in the Trump era if the union doesn't address it.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to an electric version of the model that closely resembles the original T1 that began life in 1950.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Auto shows are great places to expose consumers to F&I

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

Introducing F&I products to customers at an auto show, where they're relaxed and admiring cars they'd love to have, could lead to an easier sell for F&I managers down the line.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to an electric version of the model that closely resembles the original T1 that began life in 1950.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: More dark days ahead for the diesel

11:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2017

Another black eye is the last thing the diesel engine needs right now.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

BLOG: Why automakers must respect the spirit of cooperation at auto shows

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

Inside baseball? Or Ford's slap at the spirit of cooperation that holds big auto shows together?... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Hyundai takes (and makes) the Gold for eco cars

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

There's no gold medal for the most fuel-efficient car. So, when Hyundai's new Ioniq Hybrid and EV eco-vehicles took top-of-class in EPA ratings, the boss decided to make one.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2.0-liter diesels, former brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser appears to have perfected it, according to U.S. court documents. ... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2.0-liter diesels, former brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser appears to have perfected it, according to U.S. court documents. ... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: The cost of not knowing your F&I products

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2017

In a recent opinion piece, I was wrong in what I said extended service contracts cover. Smarter folks called me out on my error. The moral of the story: Know your F&I products inside out.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

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

The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and eye-popping concepts. That said, a few vehicles in the show are important and significant.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The most important vehicles at the 2017 Detroit auto show

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

The 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and eye-popping concepts. But several vehicles in the show are important and significant.... Read More »

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

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

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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. ...
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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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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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