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ZF exec looks for help to reduce traffic deaths

Aug. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Torsten Gollewski, ZF's head of advanced engineering and a former Audi manager, is determined to reduce the 1.25 million traffic deaths that occur globally each year. He aims to do this through the company's Zukunft Ventures program, which acquires stakes in small companies that help bolster ZF's expertise in autonomous driving.... Read More »

Ford settles racial, sexual harassment probe for $10.1 million

11:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2017

Ford agreed to pay $10 million to settle sexual and racial harassment allegations by workers at two Chicago plants, resolving an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.... Read More »

Canada pushes back as NAFTA talks heat up

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2017

The Canadians may be characteristically polite as they carry out negotiations to amend NAFTA, but apparently they won't be pushovers.... Read More »

U.S. takes hard line as NAFTA talks kick off

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

The federal government isn't interested in incremental changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and instead will pursue a major overhaul of the treaty that includes tighter rules of origin,... Read More »

Germany's Merkel reaffirms her million EV pledge

Aug. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to speed up Germany's transition to electric vehicles, saying that efforts would need to be increased if a target of having a million such cars on the roads by 2020 were to be met.... Read More »

U.S. judge in Takata bankruptcy halts lawsuits vs. automakers for 90 days

11:20 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

A federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Takata's business in the United States halted lawsuits for 90 days against automakers brought by victims of its faulty airbag inflators.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Trump CEO panels disband under pressure

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

Trump advisory panels, including Barra's, disband under pressure; U.S.: No 'mere tweaking' NAFTA; Takata lawsuits on hold; A three-wheeled IPO?... Read More »

U.S. too slow to require rear seat belt warnings, lawsuit says

3:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

A new lawsuit accuses the federal government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts.... Read More »

Barra's role on Trump forum ends as group disbands

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2017

A group of business leaders and President Trump announced the disbandment of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum, which originally included GM CEO Mary Barra and more than a dozen other CEOs from several industries.... Read More »

UK dealer Lookers lowers British market outlook on Brexit

Aug. 16, 2017 09:57 CET

Andy Bruce, the CEO of Lookers, one of the UK's biggest car dealerships, says he now expects the British new car market to shrink by 3 percent this year, downgrading his outlook due to Brexit and political uncertainty.... Read More »

NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' start to talks

7:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an "ambitious" first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the 23-year-old pact by early next year.... Read More »

UK car sector presses for post-Brexit market access

Aug. 15, 2017 20:43 CET

Britain's car industry welcomed government plans for an interim customs union agreement with the EU after Brexit but said the sector also needed to retain full participation in the single market to give firms certainty.... Read More »

Dodge deletes 'Roadkill' posts after social-media backlash

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

After taking flak on social media, Dodge took down posts promoting drag races that took place the same day the driver of one of its vehicles killed a protester in Charlottesville, Va.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Stay or go? Barra's Trump dilemma

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

Stay or go? Barra's Trump predicament; Keeping a 'delicate balance' in re-negotiating NAFTA; Frankfurt's no-shows; Selling Opels at the mall.... Read More »

Center for Auto Safety names Ditlow's successor

6:39 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2017

The Center for Auto Safety has appointed an official with a track record in federal government consumer protection agencies as its new executive director, the advocacy group said Tuesday... Read More »

Canada lays out its NAFTA priorities

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Canada's negotiating objectives for NAFTA include reducing red tape associated with border transport, harmonizing regulations and guaranteeing labor rights and environmental protection.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: For Fiat Chrysler, anybody but a Cerberus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Chinese ownership of FCA is far more desirable — in terms of the U.S. economy and employment — than the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne unsuccessfully tried to engineer in 2015.... Read More »

NAFTA rewrite: Who wants what

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Key players, negotiating strategies, wish lists and more for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, automakers, suppliers and organized labor... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Broken promises harm employees

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

As I've had a chance to read about Michelle Savoy I can readily see how one can find oneself in her situation.... Read More »

Why Toyota is doubling down on N. America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Toyota is forging ahead in all three NAFTA countries at a time when other automakers are sounding more cautious.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where are all the other mandates?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

In public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not prescribe, under threat of penalty, a date by which pharmaceutical companies shall produce a drug to immunize against a certain disease. With cars, it's different.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

To fix NAFTA, make labor standards enforceable

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

The U.S. and Mexico aren't opponents on a tennis court. They are next-door neighbors, and each one has a considerable stake in the economic health and success of the other.... Read More »

Merkel criticizes German auto execs in election rally

Aug. 13, 2017 10:29 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened her re-election campaign with an attack on the country's auto executives, pressing them to innovate to secure jobs, and win back trust lost by a diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

NAFTA's touchiest issue: rules of origin

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

Automakers and free-trade proponents warn that even minor adjustments to the rules of origin could upset the carefully constructed balance of economic interests among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.... Read More »

U.S. opens comment period for review of mpg rules

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2017

The federal government began seeking public comments for a review of tougher U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration. The review by the Department of Transportation and EPA is widely seen as a preamble to loosening fuel-economy standards, handing a victory to the auto industry.... Read More »

 
A peek inside's VW's secret fortress

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10 2017

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VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg where the company's brightest ...
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German diesel summit must succeed in restoring confidence in fuel

Christiaan Hetzner
5:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2017

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What VW Group's emissions fraud failed to achieve, Stuttgart Mayor Fritz Kuhn may accomplish: turn G ...
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German industry fears image blow over cartel probe


4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

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Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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German sales rise 1.5% in July despite diesel slump
German registrations rose by 1.5 percent in July despite a 13 percent fall in diesel car sales. ...
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Spanish sales rise nearly 3%, boosted by tourism
Spanish new-car sales grew by 2.5 percent in July as business registrations continued to offset fall ...
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Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
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UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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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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Skoda names VW Group veteran Stefani as design chief
Skoda has named Oliver Stefani as its new design head. Stefani replaces Jozef Kaban, who left Skoda ...
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Aston Martin names Maserati exec as powertrain boss
Aston Martin has named Maserati's Joerg Ross as its new head of powertrain. ...
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VW brand confirms Sengpiehl as marketing chief
VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core passenger ...
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VW brand names Sengpiehl as marketing chief
VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core Volkswage ...
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BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief
After 21 years with BMW, including six in the U.S., Ludwig Willisch will retire as the company's Americas chief as of Aug. 1. ...
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Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe
Former GM purchasing chief and CEO of AvtoVAZ Bo Andersson has returned to the industry to lead Euro ...
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
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BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter No ...
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Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
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KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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