Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”... Read More »

 

Ford taps top engineer to lead Lincoln

11:52 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
In his first round of major personnel moves as Ford CEO, Mark Fields appointed the company's top engineer to lead Lincoln worldwide, replacing Jim Farley. Kumar Galhotra, 48, vice president of engineering since August 2013, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1, reporting directly to Fields.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Taking charge at Lincoln

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Automaker 'serious' about brand, Fields says; oversight moves from Farley to top engineer; Detroit 3 advice for small suppliers.... Read More »

 

Buick Regal, Volvo S60 join Consumer Reports' list of top upscale, sports sedans

6:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
The Buick Regal, refreshed with a revamped powertrain for 2014, now ranks among the top upscale sports sedans tested by Consumer Reports, just behind the BMW 328i but high enough to easily top the magazine's road test scores for the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans.... Read More »

 

Lighter Ford F-150 to feature less standard hp, torque

12:34 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied F-150 will come with less standard horsepower and torque than today's pickups. In the lighter truck, drivers won't miss it, Ford executives said today.... Read More »

 

Lockheed exec Washington succeeds Mascarenas as Ford's chief technical officer

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford has hired Lockheed executive Ken Washington as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, effective August 18, in a series of changes to the company's leadership team. He succeeds Paul Mascarenas, 53, who will retire after 32 years at Ford, effective October 1.... Read More »

 

VW CEO to address workers about billions in planned cost cuts

1:49 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Volkswagen's CEO will address thousands of workers at its biggest plant on Wednesday as he attempts to win their support for cost cuts at the carmaker's core VW brand.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

 

Asbury posts Q2 double-digit profit, revenue gains

7:07 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Improving car sales and a double-digit revenue jump helped drive second-quarter profits up 33 percent at Asbury Automotive Group, as all parts of its business showed gains, the auto retailer said today.... Read More »

 

Metals and plastics company NN to buy supplier Autocam in $300 million deal

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A Tennessee metals and plastics company said it has agreed to acquire auto parts supplier Autocam in a deal valued at $300 million.... Read More »

 

Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm

9:16 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offices in Boston, San Francisco and New York.... Read More »

 

Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

July 22, 2014 15:29 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market.... Read More »

 

Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says

July 22, 2014 09:09 CET
Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customers who in the past bought Chevrolets, a report said.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year.... Read More »

 

Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. BMW says the i8's laser lights use half the energy of light-emitting diode headlamps.... Read More »

 

Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

July 22, 2014 10:35 CET
Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models.... Read More »

 

Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said.... Read More »

 

AutoNation preps for online sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit.... Read More »

 

Credit union backs off ads blasting dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A Florida credit union has backed off from an advertising and social medial campaign called “Expose the Truth,” which described dealer reserve as an unfair trade practice most consumers don’t know about.... Read More »

 

First Shift: GM halts some CTS sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Key bump may shut engine; Volt redo to skip Europe; Nick Scheele remembered; AutoNation online push; rise of aluminum parts.... Read More »

 

Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers.... Read More »

 

Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

3:59 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Toyota's Hispanic edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Protecting an 18% share; Honda to dealers: Boost service hours, bays; Russia's Severstal sheds 2 U.S. steel plants.... Read More »

 

Dealers' phones ring again

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone.... Read More »

 

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