JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes.... Read More »

JULY U.S. SALES

Crossovers, trucks drive Nissan, Honda, GM, Ford, FCA to healthy gains

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

Nissan Motor, American Honda, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and Ford all posted healthy U.S. sales gains for July, helping the industry begin the second half of the year on a strong note. FCA projected the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate for July at 17.4 million, while Ford and GM estimated 17.6 million -- both well above analysts' forecasts.... Read More »

For GM, Clemson creates a party car

9:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Deep Orange 5 concept, shown here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's fuel cell ideas take on new relevance

10:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When GM decided to own fuel cell technology about 15 years ago, one of the ways the company used to justify the massive investment in the technology was that the stacks could be used to generate electricity in emergencies. That idea has taken on new life.... Read More »

BMW, Audi and Daimler open to other investors in map consortium, report says

Aug. 3, 2015 17:12 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to invite other investors to join the mapping consortium they have forged to compete with Google, Bloomberg reported. Talks have been held with other automakers including GM, according to the report.... Read More »

BMW, Audi, Daimler will boost self-driving push with Nokia maps acquisition

Aug. 3, 2015 08:05 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia's digital-map unit for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for self-driving cars.... Read More »

Q&A

High-tech turbos, rear axles push Continental's sales

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Continental AG's sales rose nearly $1 billion last year compared with 2013. One reason: turbochargers. Continental's new turbos are on such vehicles as the redesigned Mini Cooper and the BMW i8 hybrid sports coupe.... Read More »

Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. By 2020, about 35 percent of vehicles sold in North America will feature stop-start systems, up from 10 percent this year, predicts Navigant Consulting, a Chicago research firm.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers.... Read More »

Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to improve fuel economy in small and midsize cars.... Read More »

Jet design inspired interior of 2016 Maxima

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

To design the interior of the 2016 Maxima, Nissan designers were looking for ways to present drivers a lot of safety, navigation and entertainment information - without overloading their senses. Product planning manager Vishnu Jayamohan said Nissan designers found clues and inspiration in the cockpits of F-18 fighter jets.... Read More »

Q&A

Plastic Omnium: Stiffer emissions rules will fuel gains

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, is a high-energy executive who at 65cq says he plans to retire “sometime in the next 50 years.” There is no time to slow down because Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks founded by his family in 1946.... Read More »

ALLIANCE BREAKDOWN

How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong

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

The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs.... Read More »

Repeat repairs on older Volvos are free

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

Volvo Cars of North America has launched a new parts and labor warranty for older cars to drive more business to dealerships. If an off-warranty vehicle is repaired at a Volvo dealership and comes back with the same problem, the fixes are free.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: BMW, Audi, Daimler buy Here

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

BMW, Audi, Daimler buy Nokia mapping unit; Hacking risk in Harman car radios?; Subaru parent puts suppliers on notice; High tech, high pressure on automakers; CAR gathering turns 50.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition highlights Europe's first-half sales winners and looks at whether Greece's financial crisis will slow the region's stronger-than-expect rebound.... Read More »

New York hedge fund takes Suzuki stake on India, end to VW arbitration

Aug. 3, 2015 11:21 CET

Suzuki rose to a record in Tokyo trading today after a New York-based hedge fund said it had acquired an undisclosed stake in the automaker.... Read More »

French car sales rise 2% percent in July

Aug. 3, 2015 09:23 CET

French car sales rose 2.3 percent in July, led by strong gains at Fiat, Hyundai and Toyota. Most volume brands boosted volume except Renault, whose sales fell on aging products.... Read More »

Ford, Ram adopt low-tech solution for tough IIHS test

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

After releasing a split decision on the crash worthiness of the Ford F-150, the IIHS is continuing to crash test multiple versions of other automaker's pickups. Ram, meanwhile, is taking a page from Ford's playbook.... Read More »

Luxury titans: A case of too much variety?

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

Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable.... Read More »

NHTSA uses FCA order to clean up industry

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's July 24 consent decree with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks to punish and remedy the automaker's safety shortcomings while also addressing recall issues vexing the entire industry.... 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 »

HARD-CORE SOFTWARE

A new breed of software engineer

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

As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush.... Read More »

35 with Mazda

Dealers

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

Thane Hawkins, left, dealer principal at Polar Mazda in White Bear Lake, Minn., receives a 35-year award from Scott Farabee, Mazda North American Operations' Midwest regional general manager.... Read More »

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