LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

CEO media scrums are as ineffective as they are dangerous

9:22 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Journalists chasing a meaty story can act like a pack of wild dogs sometimes. But this week in New York -- and earlier this year at the Detroit auto show after landing her new job -- GM CEO Mary Barra and her entourage must have realized how injured wildebeests feel as they are set upon by jackals.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing to introduce new products while Renault prepares to start local production.... Read More »

 

First Shift: GM exploring victims' fund

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Disaster-compensation expert Feinberg discloses effort, Continental sued over recall; Ford legal setback; Kia's 'muscular' minivan.... Read More »

 

Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

6:30 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai.... Read More »

 

VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

April 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its first car factory in the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

 

Nissan pins Europe growth hopes on new compact car

April 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan expects its new compact hatchback will help it reach its 5 percent European market share target. The hatchback will fill a market niche that Nissan quit when it stopped European sales of the Almera eight years ago.... Read More »

 

GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

9:24 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.... Read More »

 

GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

9:51 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.... Read More »

 

Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday.... Read More »

 

GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars, U.S. judge rules

1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors doesn't have to take the unprecedented step of telling car owners that 2.59 million vehicles it recalled are unsafe to drive until faulty ignition switches are fixed, a federal judge ruled. Federal regulators are better able than courts to tell the automaker how to manage its recall, District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos held today in Corpus Christi, Texas.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: NY auto show highlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Subaru updates Outback, Honda shows photo of HR-V crossover, Infiniti goes long on Q70; GM judge denies 'park it' request.... Read More »

 

Lincoln maps out China strategy, sees learning lab for world

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Lincoln set up a showcase called The Lincoln Space in a busy pedestrian area of central Beijing today to outline its strategy for entering the world's largest auto market. An initial presence of eight dealerships in seven cities this fall will grow to 20 stores by the end of the year.... Read More »

 

Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout

2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved.... Read More »

 

VW's Winterkorn plans new strategy called Future Tracks

April 17, 2014 11:55 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will unveil a new strategy for the automaker called Future Tracks by year end, a report said. The plan will set fresh profitability and sales goals, Winterkorn told Manager Magazin in an interview.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart.... Read More »

 

First Shift: In NY, spotlight on luxury

7:45 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Acura shows 'backbone,' BMW unveils X4, Mercedes meets 'Mad Men,' and Land Rover displays Vision; face-lift for VW Jetta.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chinese needs bring Infiniti a roomier sedan

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Infiniti plans to market the long wheelbase Q70 as a luxury sedan that simply offers a roomier back seat -- a premium sedan with the roominess of an SUV.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine, boosting its performance to 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque in a new Challenger Scat Pack model.... Read More »

 

GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

4:19 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil.... Read More »

 

AutoNation says Q1 net income rose 15% to $95.1 million

7:11 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Despite 10 weeks of problematic winter weather to start the year, a late March rebound in dealership traffic helped drive AutoNation's net income 15 percent higher in the first quarter of 2014 from the year-earlier period, the company said today.... Read More »

 

AutoNation stepping away from third-party leads

7:15 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
AutoNation, tired of paying high prices for online leads, plans to de-emphasize third-party lead providers such as TrueCar, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, CEO Mike Jackson says. He says he will strengthen AutoNation's Web site and digital presence to build traffic and sales.... Read More »

 

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