Hyundai snags NFL sponsorship, replacing GM

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Hyundai and the NFL jointly announced a four-year sponsorship deal today as the Korean automaker continued its push into sports marketing. The new sponsorship, which replaces General Motors, allows Hyundai to use NFL trademarks in its own advertising. Hyundai also gains preferred marketing access to annual events such as the Scouting Combine for draft-eligible players, the NFL Draft and the Super Bowl.... Read More »

Toyota uses geography-targeted Snapchat ads

10:33 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota is driving "Let's Go Places" to some new digital venues that are decidedly local.... Read More »

FCA recalls small number of SUVs over suspension complaint

6:28 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a small number of new SUVs that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan plans longer-range Leaf

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan to boost Leaf range in midcycle update; Moving up Chevy Bolt; Dodge to make more Hellcat engines; VW planning budget car; Urgent FCA recall; Outlook for new Prius.... Read More »

Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.... Read More »

LOST IN TRANSLATION

NYC dealership must provide documents for non-English speakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

As part of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office, a New York City dealership group must begin providing translations of sales documents to customers who negotiate their vehicle purchases in languages other than English.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep delay highlights challenges to a potential merger

June 29, 2015 10:50 CET

The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne faces in his quest for a partner.... Read More »

Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. It hopes a presence in the nation's high-tech hub will help produce the types of innovations necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reason why the idea keeps resurfacing. This is at least the third time in the past eight years that executives have kicked the tires on a GM-Chrysler combination.... Read More »

Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said.... Read More »

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.... Read More »

How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. But a yearlong audit released last week by the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general zeroed in on NHTSA's own failures, and made clear that its problems go much deeper than funding.... Read More »

Car guy Lutz still has the vision for flying high

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Bob Lutz, the former General Motors product development chief who turned 83 in February and is getting married this summer, is still involved with sports car startup VL Automotive - and is still flying jet airplanes.... Read More »

Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge and SRT brands, said the additional V-8 engines will help Dodge catch up to a "huge flood" of orders for Hellcat-powered versions of the Challenger and Charger.... Read More »

In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry.... Read More »

Toyota's own glass house

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota last week unveiled architectural renderings of its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will house some 4,000 employees from divisions now scattered among operations in California, Kentucky and New York.... Read More »

'The Future' is now: Lexus will test hoverboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

It's been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989.... Read More »

Passing a big rig? Don't sweat it, Samsung says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane road is pretty harrowing. Now, Samsung has created a system that could take some of the guesswork out of overtaking large trucks.... Read More »

Isn't it obvious? It'll be a Caddy crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors announced last week that it will invest $245 million at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan Lake Orion, Mich., assembly plant for production of an unnamed model. What might that model be? Speculation has centered on a small Cadillac crossover.... Read More »

Gestamp along for VW's expansion ride in N. America

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Gestamp Automocion announced plans last week to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels, hot-stamped steel parts and chassis components for Volkswagen's new midsize SUV, which will enter production in 2016. Gestamp's $180 million expansion will add 510 jobs and triple production in Chattanooga. It also will give Gestamp a new North American product line - chassis components - to supplement its production of body panels and hot-stamped parts.... Read More »

Mini gets serious with the new Clubman

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Mini will take a more serious tone in marketing for the new Clubman, which it is aiming at premium compact buyers.... Read More »

Analysts doubt Sergio's lofty Alfa goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Analysts are skeptical that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne can achieve his ambitious sales goals for Alfa Romeo. "Despite our love of Alfa's past, we're unconvinced by its future," said Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. in Singapore.... Read More »

GLE Coupe's goal: Style, not off-road use

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is targeting the GLE Coupe at style conscious buyers, not off-roaders. The Coupe won't be available with the Mercedes off-road package. It will be sold only as a high-performance model in the U.S.... Read More »

Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in the U.S.... Read More »

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