Mercedes shrinks SUV with GLC coupe concept

4:34 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is looking at bringing out an all-new compact SUV coupe as early as 2016 as buyers continue to favor sporty models.... Read More »

Canadians show one way out of Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

As UAW contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 begin, the Canadian model for dealing with entry-level workers could provide a guide to solving the Tier 2 probelm in the United States.... Read More »

At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd.... Read More »

Shanghai GM to spend $16 billion to boost China product portfolio, market share

6:19 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC, plans to spend $16 billion over the next five years developing new vehicles and to lift its Chinese market share.... Read More »

China's Guangzhou Auto seeks U.S. dealers ahead of 2017 SUV launch

9:58 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Guangzhou Auto is searching for dealership partners in the United States and is researching how to comply with regulations to prepare for its planned 2017 launch there, the company's top executive said.... Read More »

Cadillac CT6 to offer plug-in hybrid electric technology

3:28 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Cadillac will add an available plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system to its upcoming range-topping CT6 sedan. The new PHEV system is expected to more than double the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings.... Read More »

Volkswagen mulls budget SUVs, minivans for China

April 19, 2015 11:13 CET

Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget SUVs and minivans in China to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said. VW is considering a product family of low cost models, he said.... Read More »

Piech's grip on VW weakened by row with CEO

April 19, 2015 18:12 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech's iron grip on the German carmaker has been severely weakened following a dramatic confrontation with senior board members last week that nearly resulted in a push to oust him, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital display, making it easier to follow navigation directions and park in a BMW or Mini.... Read More »

Japan, U.S. seek deals on auto parts, rice to secure trade pact

1:19 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Japanese and U.S. negotiators will seek to resolve the most contentious issues on auto parts and rice to help the two countries reach a trade pact, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said.... Read More »

PSA and Dongfeng will develop platform for compact and subcompact cars

April 19, 2015 11:45 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and China's Dongfeng will jointly develop a platform for small cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Dongfeng brands. The platform will become operational starting in 2018 and can be used to develop up to 20 models from sedans to SUVs, PSA and Dongfeng said.... Read More »

New markets, production for GM Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

General Motors' massive operation in South Korea lost a big reason for being when bosses in Detroit decided in late 2013 to pull the plug on the Chevrolet brand in Europe.... Read More »

Scion shifts ad model for iA, iM launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

In September, Toyota's Scion will launch the new iM hatchback and iA sedan with the most-expensive marketing campaign since the brand was launched in 2003. The effort reflects Toyota's admission that new products won't revive sales without a much more aggressive approach to promotion.... Read More »

THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it.... Read More »

VW board members came close to demanding Piech's resignation, paper says

April 18, 2015 22:33 CET

Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported. Piech had initially resisted pressure from other board members to back Winterkorn during an emergency meeting.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

Ford's Taurus redesign debuts in China while big sedans slump in U.S.

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Ford unveiled a redesigned Taurus here Saturday, saying the sedan will be aimed specifically at the Chinese market. There's still a growing appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans, while in the United States demand has stagnated amid a consumer shift to roomier, utilitarian crossovers.... Read More »

BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying.... Read More »

2015 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Audi aims Q7, A6L plug-in hybrids at Chinese buyers

April 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will aim plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV and long-wheelbase A6 at Chinese customers as the company seeks to maintain its sales lead over rivals BMW and Mercedes in the world's largest vehicle market.... Read More »

Subaru aims to expand STI performance line

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line.... Read More »

Fiat 500X seeks to fill holes in Italian brand's lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

With the 500X, a new crossover with optional all-wheel drive, Fiat hopes to make inroads in the snow belt. For $1,900, consumers can get awd in the 500X. The system disconnects the rear driveshaft and rear differential automatically when additional traction is unneeded, improving fuel economy.... Read More »

BMW says new 7 series can park itself

April 18, 2015 00:15 CET

BMW says the 7-series flagship sedan will be the world's first series-production car that can be parked without anyone at the wheel. The remote control parking feature will help make the car the most technologically advanced model in its class, r&d boss Klaus Froehlich said.... Read More »

Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to stay in defeat for Piech

April 17, 2015 11:59 CET

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn won the "full support" of the automaker's top-level committee to continue serving as chief executive in a defeat for Ferdinand Piech, the automaker's powerful chairman and patriarch of its founding family.... Read More »

Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years.... Read More »

Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford, confirming reports from earlier this week, will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The company will build a new engine line within its engine plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. The company will also build a transmission plant in the central state of Guanajuato.... Read More »

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