How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief engineer for electrified vehicles said today. The gasoline-electric powertrain in the upcoming Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, for example, is nearly identical to that of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, even though both operate differently.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. That's too bad, because he would have been a good counter-point to some of the comments heard here about the difficulty of recruiting manufacturing workers.... Read More »

VIDEO: CAR's David Cole on suppliers, Sergio, 'a wild and crazy time'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

'Fast and furious.' That's how Center for Automotive Research chairman emeritus David Cole describes an auto industry that may never see stability again. He sees Sergio Marchionne's partnership quest as part of a necessary trend and says FCA may end up as the apple of another company's eye.... Read More »

At the half: N.A. car and truck production by plant

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2015.... Read More »

How a quiet visionary changed an industry

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Don Smith, "the real author of the management briefing seminars," was a quiet, thoughtful man content to let the facts and numbers speak for themselves.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota.... Read More »

Survey: Raw material costs are declining

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners.... Read More »

Acquisitions make Mahle a major player

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Just two years after German powertrain systems supplier Mahle GmbH acquired a majority stake in climate control specialist Behr Group, Mahle has agreed to acquire Delphi Automotive's thermal division. With the move, Mahle further consolidates its position as a leader in the thermal systems segment.... Read More »

Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors.... Read More »

Q&A

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Charlie Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell engineering, spoke recently about the partnership with Staff Reporter Richard Truett.... Read More »

GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.... Read More »

Mel Farr, Detroit Lion turned auto dealer, dies at 70

7:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Mel Farr, the former Detroit Lions running back who became owner of the nation's largest black-owned dealership group, has died at the age of 70.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: July winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

July U.S. sales winners, losers; 2016 Volt EV range: 53 miles; Toyota's earnings rise, BMW's slip; Dealer Mel Farr dies at 70; Army's self-driving aim.... Read More »

From hotel basement to global stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The Management Briefings Seminars launched 50 years ago in the basement of the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. The conference would evolve from a cozy gathering of academics and industry types into the auto industry equivalent of Davos: a neutral forum where those in the industry could meet and talk about the thorny issues and the technology challenges they faced.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower

7:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger’s performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Fiat brand chief Francois says next compact will be like Ikea

Aug. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Olivier Francois, Fiat brand's CEO, told Automotive News Europe that the Italian automaker's upcoming Aegea compact hatchback and station wagon for Europe will be “like Ikea, affordable but smart.”... Read More »

European car sales rebound continues in July

Aug. 4, 2015 10:57 CET

The recovery in European car sales continued in July as sales rose in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

Continental raises margin target as European recovery boosts profit

Aug. 4, 2015 09:35 CET

Continental raised its full-year profit outlook after second-quarter earnings jumped more than expected on a strengthening European car market.... Read More »

Toyota profit jumps 10% to quarterly record on cost cuts, currency gains

3:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Toyota posted a third straight year of record profit for its first quarter as cost cuts and currency gains made up for weaker vehicle sales. Net profit jumped 10 percent to $5.22 billion.... Read More »

BMW's second-quarter earnings fall 3% on China slowdown

Aug. 4, 2015 08:05 CET

BMW's second-quarter operating profit fell 3 percent to 2.53 billion euros ($2.77 billion) as a recovery in European car demand failed to offset a sales slowdown in China.... Read More »

Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model.... Read More »

JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year.... Read More »

AutoNation's online pilots edge forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

AutoNation Inc. says the rollout of AutoNation Express, its online car-selling platform, is ahead of schedule. But the retailer has slowed two key elements of the platform.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Washington dealer rejects dealer reserve and builds loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Denver Morford, dealer principal at Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Ephrata, Wash., doesn't believe in dealer reserve. He gives customers the wholesale rate for the loan, and it keeps them coming back.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2016 Acura ILX

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Acura ILX received a face-lift for the 2016 model year. The compact luxury sedan is assembled in Marysville, Ohio, on Honda's C-5 platform. The program code is 2TA. Suppliers to the ILX include American Mitsuba, Nissan Brake, Pancon and Weastec.... Read More »

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CAR's David Cole on suppliers, Sergio, 'a wild and crazy time'

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'Fast and furious.' That's how Center for Automotive Research chairman emeritus David Cole describes an auto industry that may never see stability again.
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