JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive.... Read More »

 

YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, and profits are getting a big boost from favorable exchange rates.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict.... Read More »

 

Grand Cherokee, Durango plant will be idled for paint shop redo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Chrysler Group will stop production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for three weeks starting in December to upgrade the paint shop at the vehicles' assembly plant in Detroit. The revised shop will be able to paint the vehicles with more complex exterior colors.... Read More »

 

CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CORP.

Ghosn: 'We're going to continue the offensive' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, 60, is one of the auto industry's longest-serving chief executives. He is pressing the Japanese automaker to reach an 8 percent global market share by the end of March 2017 -- up from 6 percent on Sept. 30, the end of the first half of Nissan's current fiscal year.... Read More »

 

ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow 15 to 25 percent a year. Those technologies, which will underpin tomorrow's autonomous cars, also will be the "major" part of the combined company's $2.1 billion r&d budget, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Cardinale group makeover flexes digital muscle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
In 2008, the recession was raging, and dealer Joe Cardinale decided to make some changes. He committed heavily to online sales and marketing, and parted ways with third-party lead providers, developed his own systems and software to manage his online presence. And he set stringent goals for his staff and held them accountable for results. It has worked wonders.... Read More »

 

OSAMU MASUKO, CEO, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. He restructured the company around electrified drivetrains and cars for emerging markets, and he engineered the company's return to a regular shareholder structure that no longer gives outsized influence to Mitsubishi Group companies.... Read More »

 

MARK FIELDS, CEO, FORD MOTOR CO.

Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Now, Fields says, Ford can take that framework into a challenging future where it faces not only competing automakers but "fierce nontraditional competitors."... Read More »

 

Structural damage or fender bender?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
TrueFrame will inspect any vehicle, at a dealership's request, that has an accident on its history report. TrueFrame issues its own report if the vehicle passes its cosmetic and structural standards. The TrueFrame report is sent to the dealership that requested it and to vehicle history reporting companies such as Carfax Inc., which has agreed to link TrueFrame reports to its vehicle history reports.... Read More »

 

Next phase of multiplatform sales? Hold your horses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Remarketers, auto dealers and others had hoped to hear at a remarketing conference this month about when the next stage in online multiplatform auction selling would arrive. But when Jay Cadigan, who represents Manheim in conversations with other key players hammering out details of the initiative, was asked about its timeline, he demurred.... Read More »

 

Subaru boss on strong sales growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Talk From the Top With Fuji Heavy Industries President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi CEO promises new products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Talk From the Top With Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko... Read More »

 

2015 Rising Star nominations sought

Nov. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions.... Read More »

 

SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said.... Read More »

 

Chrysler blitzes American Music Awards with Fergie, Imagine Dragons, others

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Chrysler on Sunday night launched an ad blitz during the American Music Awards that linked five of its brands to A-list recording artists in spots that co-promoted both the vehicles and Interscope singles.... Read More »

 

How the stars aligned with Chrysler brands

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
How did Chrysler decide which star fit best with which auto brand? Marissa Hunter, director of global brand advertising and head of Ram Truck brand advertising, laid it out like this.... Read More »

 

VW on track to reach 2018 margin goal, report says

Nov. 23, 2014 20:41 CET
VW Group, which is cutting costs and overhauling its development and production, is on track to reach its goal of a pretax profit of 8 percent of sales by 2018, a German magazine reported.... Read More »

 

Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once impregnable market.... Read More »

 

Tesla, BMW in talks over batteries, light-weight parts, Musk says

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and light-weight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German weekly magazine.... Read More »

 

Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations.... Read More »

 

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