ZF acquisition of TRW cleared by FTC

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

ZF Friedrichshafen’s acquisition of TRW Automotive, a transaction valued at $12.4 billion, was cleared by the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.... Read More »

Russia to ease ruble risk for foreign automakers, report says

May 5, 2015 08:44 CET

Russia's government is planning to introduce measures to reduce the risk of ruble volatility for foreign automakers that have localized production in the country, a report said. After several years of growth in excess of 10 percent, car sales in Russia have plunged on a weaker ruble, dampened by Western sanctions over Ukraine and a slide in oil prices.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ferdinand Piech may cause VW's leadership more headaches than ever before. At VW's annual meeting today, the shadow of the VW patriarch seemed to follow CEO Martin Winterkorn wherever he went.... Read More »

Ford removes Chicago Assembly managers amid sexual harassment investigation

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ford has replaced the plant manager, human resources officials and labor relations officials at its Chicago Assembly Plant after a federal investigator found evidence to support allegations of rampant sexual harassment and racial discrimination against dozens of female employees there.... Read More »

Jeep, Dodge wiring repairs being probed by NHTSA

3:23 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

NHSTA is investigating the effectiveness of repairs after calling back 661,888 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in July for mirror lighting wires that could short circuit and cause a fire.... Read More »

TRW says Q1 revenue up 7%, profits rise

3:36 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

TRW Automotive, which is being acquired by German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, said today that first quarter revenue grew 7 percent from last year, excluding effects of currency and divested business.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford Chicago-plant shakeup

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ford replaces Chicago factory managers amid harassment suit, report says; debate over dealerships selling cars on Sunday; Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox lead April crossover boom; FCA worker killed.... Read More »

DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years.... Read More »

VW to discuss new leadership structure as it seeks Piech successor

May 5, 2015 10:22 CET

Volkswagen's board will meet next month to discuss a new structure such as aligning individual brands more closely as the automaker seeks to return its focus to business following the shock ouster of former patriarch Ferdinand Piech.... Read More »

FCA worker dies accidentally at Jefferson North plant

8:33 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

An employee at Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant died accidentally this morning after being crushed doing maintenance work. The UAW identified the victim as Donald Megge, 53, of Sterling Heights, Mich.... Read More »

Supplier to the 2016 Honda HR-V

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2016 Honda HR-V is the first generation of the compact CUV. It is assembled in Celaya, Mexico, on Honda’s GSP (2) platform. The program code is 2XP. Suppliers include Axalta, Mitsuba, Takata. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade

11:41 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the fourth generation of the premium SUV. It is assembled in Arlington, Texas, on GM's K2XX platform. The program code is K2UL. Suppliers include Eaton, Magna, Sika. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 Ford Edge

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 Ford Edge is the second generation of the midsized CUV. It is assembled in Oakville, Ontario, on Ford’s CD4 platform. The program code is CD539. Suppliers include Magna, PPG, Superior Industries. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X6

12:33 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 BMW X6 is the second generation of the premium CUV. It is assembled in Spartanburg, S.C., on BMW’s L4 platform. The program code is F16. Suppliers include Bosch, BorgWarner, Johnson Controls. The supplier data is compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Scion FR-S gets light refresh for 2016

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Toyota is giving the rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The interior gets most of the attention, with silver trim accents and a new standard 7-inch touch screen. The FR-S also will feature voice-recognition technology, Toyota says.... Read More »

German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound

May 5, 2015 15:59 CET

German car sales rose 6.3 percent in April as Europe's No. 1 market joined France, Italy and Spain in reporting higher registrations. The VDA industry association forecasts that German registrations could reach 3.1 million this year.... Read More »

Lamborghini offered tax breaks to build SUV in Italy, report says

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume.... Read More »

Freshened GM full-size pickups

9:24 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Recent spy photos signal that General Motors is freshening its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size, light-duty pickups, which have been panned for bland exterior styling.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: 'Calmer waters' for VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

VW reports 'calmer waters' amid search for Piech successor; Russia said to be planning move to shield automakers from volatile ruble; Nissan takes steps to ease launch of 2016 Maxima.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ferdinand Piech may cause VW's leadership more headaches than ever before. At VW's annual meeting today, the shadow of the VW patriarch seemed to follow CEO Martin Winterkorn wherever he went.... Read More »

Chinese automakers Dongfeng, FAW halt trading on merger reports

May 5, 2015 08:09 CET

Chinese automakers Dongfeng Motor, which has a 14 percent stake in PSA, and FAW Group, a joint venture partner of VW, today halted trading in shares of their listed subsidiaries, with Dongfeng saying it checked into reports that the two companies would merge.... Read More »

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BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes.... Read More »

Bentley concept coupe aims for Aston's turf

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

Bentley wants a piece of Aston Martin's sports car business. It's testing the waters with a two-seat concept coupe that has received acclaim on the auto show circuit.... Read More »

Sleek Malibu may be just the start for GM

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

Much of General Motors' sedan lineup in coming years will go on the same diet that shaved a whopping 300 pounds from the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.... Read More »

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