VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Seeking the next Sergio

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

Seeking the next Sergio; Nissan Versa recall; Ford, VW Russia plans; Labor of Corvette love; Marathons and Priuses.... Read More »

Dodge joins the Star Wars promotional blitz with Stormtrooper Chargers

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Dodge provided eight Chargers, including a Hellcat, for a Hot Wheels promotion with Uber today in New York that coincides with the toy car maker's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.... Read More »

Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars.... Read More »

Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking.... Read More »

Bentley says its new Bentayga will be the world’s fastest SUV

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Bentley says its first SUV won’t just be the most expensive in an increasingly crowded market, it’ll also be the fastest.... Read More »

Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts

11:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 18% in August on China surge

Sept. 4, 2015 15:28 CET

Mercedes' brand sales increased 18 percent in August, marking the 30th consecutive month of record sales at the automaker. Demand was particularly robust in China, where sales rose 53 percent. Eight-month brand sales were up 15 percent to 1.18 million.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor

5:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former VW patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing Winterkorn from succeeding him as chairman. Now Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, will take Piech's former role.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Detroit 3 embracing health co-op?

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

Detroit 3 embracing health co-op?; Sam's Club, TrueCar team up; Vette museum milestone; Land Rover's 'transparent' trailer; BMW as Instagram star.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Marchionne's Fiat-GM merger plan may wait for Ferrari spinoff

8:18 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't known for his patience, he's likely to wait until next year before making a bid for General Motors after months of talk about the potential of a deal. The spinoff of Ferrari SpA, which is slated for early 2016, could be the catalyst for Marchionne to make an offer for the U.S. automaker.... Read More »

Western Europe car sales rise 10% in August, boosted by Germany, UK, Spain

Sept. 4, 2015 13:58 CET

Western European car sales jumped 9.6 percent in August, boosted by buoyant demand in Germany, the UK and southern Europe, data from analysts LMC Automotive showed.... Read More »

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 of the automaker to maintain the support of the often-divided stakeholders while improving the carmaker's profitability. Analysts and observers wonder whether his likely consensus-oriented approach is what VW needs right now.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech gets his way by blocking Winterkorn as his successor

5:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Ferdinand Piech looks to have prevailed in the end. The former VW patriarch sparked a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn in April with the aim of preventing Winterkorn from succeeding him as chairman. Now Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, will take Piech's former role.... Read More »

Jaguar F-Pace teaser picture shows SUV's shape

Sept. 4, 2015 11:34 CET

Jaguar's latest teaser picture of its F-Pace shows that the SUV/crossover has stayed faithful to the 2013 C-X17 concept.... Read More »

Detroit 3 show interest in UAW health care overhaul idea

7:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

The Detroit 3 automakers are showing increased interest in the UAW's proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues.... Read More »

Ford opens engine plant in Russia to reduce dependency on imports

Sept. 4, 2015 11:02 CET

Ford opened its first Russian engine plant, which will help to make its locally produced vehicles less dependent on imported components and currency fluctuations.... Read More »

UAW negotiators pledge they’ll prevail in Ford contract talks

6:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

UAW negotiators said they will prevail in their contract talks with Ford as a deadline to strike a deal approaches. "We believe now is our time," Mark Payne, president of UAW Local 1250, which represents workers at a Ford engine plant near Cleveland, said in a YouTube video.... Read More »

Continental's finance chief calls China stock effect an 'overreaction'

Sept. 4, 2015 12:31 CET

Continental's finance chief, Wolfgang Schaefer, called last week's China-related global stock slide an "overreaction" and said he still sees growth in the nation's auto industry next year.... Read More »

UK new-car sales rise 10%, helped by cheap financing deals

Sept. 4, 2015 11:58 CET

UK car sales jumped by nearly 10 percent in August as consumers took advantage of attractive financing deals that helped drive the 42nd consecutive month of sales increases.... 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 »

ANE's September e-magazine goes live Monday

Sept. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 7. This month's edition examines how Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been able to boost their combined market share in Europe without hurting the profits or image.... 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 »

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 »

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