TomTom CEO says its maps destined for use in self-driving cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said.... Read More »

Audi's race to catch up with BMW hurts profit margin

May 4, 2015 11:29 CET

Audi's race to catch up with German rival BMW is hurting its profit margin. Audi's operating margin slipped to 9.7 percent from 10.1 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said today, while reaffirming its 8 percent to 10 percent target range.... Read More »

French vehicle sales rise 1.8% in April

May 4, 2015 11:03 CET

French vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in April with Renault's performance outpacing its peer PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The figures confirm the positive trend so far this year, which led industry association CCFA to upgrade its annual forecast from flat to 2 percent growth.... Read More »

Aston to court females, add crossover

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

Aston Martin's new target buyer is an affluent California woman in her late 30s who wants a people- and cargo-hauling crossover. Andy Palmer, the British sports car maker's new CEO, plans to deliver just that as part of a product spree aimed at boosting global sales and profit.... Read More »

JOE HINRICHS INTERVIEW

Ford rides truck wave as small cars fizzle

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

After preparing for a future built on small cars, Ford is now straining to keep up with demand for SUVs and crossovers. What's more, the main reason Ford upped its profit guidance last week is demand for the new F-150 pickup, Americas chief Joe Hinrichs says.... Read More »

FCA to offer free college education to dealership employees

6:00 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler, seeking to curb the industry's “dramatic” turnover rate among dealership employees, said it will offer “no-cost, no-debt” college educations to workers at participating U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

Why so many more VW workers?

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

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

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

Late-arriving European brands in China such as Renault, Fiat and Jaguar have reason to be optimistic because most Chinese customers are ready to leave their current brands.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production.... Read More »

VIDEO: Smart use of phones, sales teams lift Wash. stores

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

Sales employees at Ford and Hyundai of Kirkland have tapped smartphones to show how customers are “buying a relationship” with the group. They shoot videos and snap pictures of clients during the delivery process and quickly post them to social media sites. And Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers is using sales staffers to greet service customers. The move has increased new-car sales and boosted hours per repair order.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

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

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's fall is a familiar tale in this industry

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

Let's see, patriarch of giant auto group and acclaimed automotive genius late in life squabbles with members of his own family and is forced to give up power.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

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

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

A colossal month for crossovers

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

Crossovers pulled into the fast lane and sped ahead in April, driving a 4.6 percent rise in the month's U.S. sales to 1,455,242 light vehicles.... 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 »

Striving to get recalls done the right way

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

The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Among the strongest ideas: Making registration renewals contingent on completing recall repairs and assigning risk levels to make the more serious issues stand out.... Read More »

Dodge Dart lease subsidies eliminated

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

Fiat Chrysler is telling dealers in one region to consider cutting back orders of the Dodge Dart after the company said it is reducing lease support for the compact car.... Read More »

Civil settlements for price fixing rise

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

Civil settlements have exceeded $270 million in federal litigation stemming from the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier price fixing.... Read More »

He's sold Floyd Mayweather 39 cars and counting

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

Los Angeles exotic-car dealer Obi Okeke was sound asleep when his phone rang one morning at 3 a.m. last year.... Read More »

Full speed ahead on 2016 Maxima launch

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

Nissan says its factory launch of the newly redesigned 2016 Maxima will be its most flawless. Tighter project deadlines eliminated the last-minute design changes. The precision will allow Nissan to reach full production on three shifts in only four weeks.... Read More »

M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

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

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Industry learns how to manage in good times

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

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of growth and prosperity.... Read More »

Heat, tension and mistrust. But ‘the dominoes fall our way’

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

As director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Margo Oge helped lead the charge to implement federal regulations designed to slash vehicle emissions and double fuel economy to a 54.5 mpg average by the 2025 model year.... Read More »

Beat goes on for Subaru, Audi, FCA

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

Audi, Subaru and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles kept their U.S. sales streaks alive in April. Audi marked the brand's 52nd straight monthly sales record. Subaru reported its 41st consecutive month of growth. FCA US posted its 61st straight month of year-over-year gains.... Read More »

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