GM sued by 2 workers for not allowing unpaid religious days

6:27 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Two GM workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the company and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off.... Read More »

 

Supplier Chassix buys times with debt holders

3:32 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Chassix, the auto-parts maker owned by billionaire Tom Gores' Platinum Equity LLC, said its bondholders agreed to refrain for a month from pursuing a default after the company missed an interest payment.... Read More »

 

Lotus CEO leans towards SUV launch as sales pick up

2:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, focused on the British sports car maker's survival, says the next all-new Lotus vehicle is likely to be a crossover SUV.... Read More »

 

GM hires new media-strategy director

12:33 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
General Motors has hired Jonathan Halvorson as director of global media strategy and branded entertainment. The appointment is effective April 1.... Read More »

 

Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car

March 5, 2015 11:50 CET
Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said.... Read More »

 

VW's German workers get 3% wage increase

March 5, 2015 12:56 CET
Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs.... Read More »

 

BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car

March 5, 2015 15:23 CET
BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report.... Read More »

 

Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Lower oil prices to boost global auto sales 1.5%, forecast says

9:53 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Falling oil prices will boost global auto sales 1.5 percent through 2019, with the biggest windfalls coming in North America, IHS Automotive said in a new forecast.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Record-breaking Rolls-Royce expects further gains from growing lineup

March 5, 2015 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce set a new sales record in 2014 and looks likely to keep raising deliveries in the future following the announcement last month that it would develop an ultraluxury SUV. Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the brand's CEO, discussed this and other topics with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's Polish plant will build restyled Fiat 500, Lancia Ypsilon, reports say

March 5, 2015 11:09 CET
Fiat Chrysler will start producing restyled versions of its Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon models this year at its Tychy plant in Poland, reports said. The plant already builds the current versions of the two models alongside Ford's Ka minicar.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

No German-driven 'rat race' for Volvo

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. “They are in a rat race. We are not going to follow them,” he said.... Read More »

 

NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.... Read More »

 

Loan amounts, payments reach new highs

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The average amount financed for a new vehicle reached a record $28,381 in the fourth quarter of 2014, Experian Automotive said today. That was an increase of $950, or 3.5 percent, from the year-earlier quarter and a rise of $582, or 2.1 percent, from the previous high of $27,799, set in the third quarter last year.... Read More »

 

Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: A cool take on Feb. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Snyder on snow, luxury war and road to 17M; Malibu tease; 124 Spider comeback; Audi spoofs 'Birds'; another CNG Ram.... Read More »

 

Next Malibu tackles weight, space challenges

9:49 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will have more interior space and weigh 300 pounds less than the current car, General Motors said today.... Read More »

 

First Shift: February winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Nissan advances in weather-beaten month; Toyota diversifies leadership; Sprinter van plan?; watching Apple, Google.... Read More »

 

Ford warns on UK leaving EU

March 4, 2015 16:23 CET
Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley said the UK needs to stay in the EU to keep its manufacturers at the forefront of global production. "We really believe that the UK being part of the EU is critical for business," Farley said in a radio interview.... Read More »

 

Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET
German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider

March 4, 2015 14:24 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5.... Read More »

 

BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor

March 4, 2015 21:46 CET
The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert Reithofer, said.... Read More »

 

Fiat brand will never again be a mass-market player in Europe, Marchionne says

March 4, 2015 19:42 CET
The Fiat brand will never again be a mass-market marque in Europe, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. The change reflects Fiat's increasing strategic emphasis on profit and brand discipline.... Read More »

 

U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

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