Ford's Hinrichs to speak at 2015 World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Joe Hinrichs, the executive guiding Ford Motor Co.'s high-stakes move to an aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, will speak at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. The low-slung coupe with swoopy curves and conventional doors is expected to cost about $120,000 and will compete with the Porsche 911.... Read More »

 

Toyota considers utility van entry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Toyota is considering a small utility-van concept vehicle that would compete with compact vans such as Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200. The Urban Utility, designed at the company's Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif., was shown last week.... Read More »

 

BMW 2-series droptop variants to get awd

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Two variants of BMW's new soft-top 2-series convertible will get all-wheel drive, an unusual offering for open-top luxury cars -- especially soft tops.... Read More »

 

Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum.... Read More »

 

BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved.... Read More »

 

Delphi's O'Neal to step down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rodney O'Neal, who led Delphi Automotive out of bankruptcy by slashing costs and reducing product lines to 33 from 131 during seven years as CEO, will stop down in March.... Read More »

 

Ferrari's profit power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari represents a tiny fraction of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sales but a significant part of its profits.... Read More »

 

Ford bites back at Apple hype: Your tech's old news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
During the Apple Watch two-hour webcast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to joke that its products already offered many of the new devices' most alluring features.... Read More »

 

Wall Street sees value in Group 1, Lithia acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In the dealership acquisition market, reward follows risk. The two most active acquirers among public dealership groups -- Group 1 Automotive and Lithia Motors -- are also the winners when it comes to rising valuations, according to a report released last week by dealership buy-sell adviser Erin Kerrigan.... Read More »

 

Urban development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Chevrolet's EN-V concept vehicles for urban mobility, on display at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit last week, were used to demonstrate the integration of electric powertrains with autonomous-driving and communications technology.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars?... Read More »

 

Hot August sales shrivel inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months.... Read More »

 

Sensor cuts self-driving car costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper.... Read More »

 

Harbour gave it to automakers straight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who died Sept. 6 at age 86, developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing efficiency.... Read More »

 

Japan exports fall despite favorable yen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Japan's auto exports finally may be decoupling from the yen after decades of yo-yoing up and down with exchange rates.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly.... Read More »

 

Edmunds: U.S. sales to stay strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The surge in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month could help lift this year's volume above levels last seen in 2006, Edmunds.com analysts said.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Tenneco cuts emissions with quick warm-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In Jan. 1, 2017, EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards will kick in, affecting the 2018-25 model years. Tenneco Inc., a major supplier of exhaust systems and emissions equipment, is getting ready.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Grupo Antolin's goal: 'World's largest interiors supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Grupo Antolin -- already global No. 1 for vehicle headliners -- wants to become the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors. To get there Grupo Antolin, which estimates it is a top 10 interiors supplier now, will have to pass giants such as Magna International, Faurecia and Johnson Controls.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Dealers featured this week include Carter, Joe, Willy and Gerard DeCormier of DeCormier Nissan in Manchester, Conn.; Ray Dennison, dealer principal at Ray Dennison Chevrolet in Pekin, Ill.; Marie Brooks at Ellis Brooks Honda in Yreka, Calif.; and Dan Dederick of Hendrick Chrysler-Jeep in Fayetteville, N.C.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

How one pol championed China EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. This year, the industry shook off its torpor, producing 25,946 EVs and plug-in hybrids in eight months.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

The long road to autonomous cars is also lucrative

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Completely autonomous vehicles will come in stages, not by the imminent introduction of a complete door-to-door driverless system. That was clear at last week's Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. It was a welcome dose of reality, but the underlying message was upbeat.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Chairman's style was part of Ferrari

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari has been a unique brand. So far, it has not followed high-end competitors like Porsche into major volume expansions. Maintaining exclusivity was part of Luca di Montezemolo's vision. That will likely change now that he has resigned.... Read More »

 

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