VW's unassuming CFO emerges from boardroom wars as chairman

Sept. 4, 2015 08:22 CET

Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, faces a massive task in his future role as chairman to maintain the support of the often divided stakeholders while improving the carmaker's profitability. But analysts and observers wonder whether a consensus-oriented approach is what VW needs right now.... Read More »

Ford, GM, JLR, China's Lifan make big changes to European car assembly footprint

Sept. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford, GM, JLR and China's Lifan have made the biggest moves affecting European production in the past year. Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants features data on more than 140 plants.... Read More »

VW finance chief Poetsch proposed as next chairman

Sept. 3, 2015 14:54 CET

Volkswagen Group's controlling parent company, Porsche Automobil Holding, said it has proposed Hans Dieter Poetsch as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board, a post that Ferdinand Piech quit earlier this year.... Read More »

NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 million U.S. fine for price-fixing, obstruction

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Japanese auto supplier NGK Insulators has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $65.3 million fine for fixing prices of automotive parts and attempting to obstruct the ongoing global investigation into auto parts bid rigging, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.... Read More »

Ex-Tesla engineer charged with illegally accessing employee evaluations

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web.... Read More »

TrueCar inks partner deal with Sam's Club

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

TrueCar gained a key ally today with the announcement that it will partner with Sam's Club to offer members access to a new-car buying program. The Auto Buying Program will allow Sam's Club -- a membership-only warehouse division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. -- to offer targeted savings through TrueCar on specific brands.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Bringing Jaguars within reach?

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

Jaguar tries lower prices, free maintenance; Benz takes aim at Tesla, Debut set for Model 3; The next VW chairman?; Labor Day bargain buys.... Read More »

Takata settles U.S. patent infringement case for airbag sensors

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Two units of Japanese auto supplier Takata are settling a six-year patent infringement dispute with International Electronics & Engineering and its Detroit area subsidiary for $1.1 million.... Read More »

Alcoa plans new r&d center for advanced 3D printing processes

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its r&d center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors.... Read More »

Jaguar offers free maintenance, cuts prices in U.S.

10:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Jaguar is lowering its prices and rolling out free scheduled maintenance in the United States to remove what customers cite as key reasons consumers reject the British brand: high purchase and maintenance costs.... Read More »

Lear buys downtown Detroit office building

10:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Seating and electronics suppler Lear has purchased a 50,000-square-foot building in downtown Detroit for an undisclosed price.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla Model X coming Sept. 29

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

Tesla Model X coming Sept. 29; Dealer sues Maserati; BMW, Audi, Benz clear hurdle in 'Here' buy; Honda recalls '15 Fit; VW's mini Darth Vader, 4 years later; Safest driving cities.... Read More »

Mercedes is working on Tesla Model S fighter, r&d chief tells paper

Sept. 3, 2015 12:08 CET

Mercedes is working on an electric car to compete with the Tesla Model S and the vehicle will be launched "soon," the automaker's development chief, Thomas Weber, told a German auto magazine.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari

Sept. 3, 2015 11:18 CET

Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand's iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus.... Read More »

Turkish auto sales rise 37% in August

Sept. 3, 2015 11:44 CET

Turkish sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles jumped 37 percent in August, helping eight-month registrations rise by 47 percent.... Read More »

Tesla will begin deliveries of Model X on Sept. 29

Sept. 3, 2015 11:17 CET

Tesla will begin delivering its Model X electric crossover at the end of the month. The Model X will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature series that will cost between $132,000 and $144,000.... Read More »

Average U.S. new-vehicle mpg falls in August

2:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

The average stated fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States fell in August and is down nearly 2 percent from the record high set a year ago, a University of Michigan report released today said.... Read More »

Nissan marketing exec Mohnke adds U.S. sales duties

11:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

Nissan North America's chief marketing officer Dan Mohnke will add U.S. sales to his responsibilities beginning today, the automaker said in a news release.... Read More »

Former Saab CEO charged with giving false testimony

Sept. 2, 2015 16:44 CET

Former Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson was charged with giving false testimony when the aftermath of the Swedish automaker's bankruptcy played out in court.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

PSA's DS upscale brand to launch crossover-styled DS 4

Sept. 2, 2015 15:18 CET

DS Automobiles will launch a crossover-styled version of its DS 4 compact car. The DS 4 Crossback will help fill a new product gap until DS adds all-new models to its lineup.... Read More »

Maserati dealer sues factory, alleging padded sales

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

A Maserati dealer has sued Maserati North America, saying the auto company insisted the dealership misrepresent sales, reporting 2014 vehicle sales as much as quadruple what they actually were, and discriminated against dealers who refused to participate, according to a complaint filed Friday, Aug. 28.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: From Hellcats to Heavy Duty Rams

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

Hellcats to Heavy Duty Rams: FCA's 2016 lineup; Ford open to health-care pool; L-R's U.S. diesel debut; Model X decision time; Official Prius teaser.... Read More »

AutoNation August sales drop 5% on calendar quirk

11:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

AutoNation’s U.S. new-vehicle retail sales fell by 5 percent from a year prior to 31,032 vehicles in August, a decline driven largely by a drop in import sales and the Labor Day weekend falling completely in September this year.... Read More »

Navistar reports a surprise Q3 loss amid U.S. investigation

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

Navistar International, the truck- and engine-maker that counts Carl Icahn as its biggest investor, posted a slight third-quarter loss when analysts had projected a profit.... Read More »

Bill Ford says health care co-op possible in UAW talks

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the company is considering a health-care co-op, an issue the UAW has raised in negotiations on a new contract.... Read More »

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