Lexus goes bold with next RX crossover

9:15 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

In its latest expression of polarizing design, Lexus has drawn sharp creases along the sides of the 2016 RX crossover and given it an aggressive face. It's a risky move. The RX is Lexus' top-selling nameplate in the United States, and its customers aren't exactly used to an edgy look.... Read More »

MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

FCA squeaks out 2% March gain, extends streak to full 5 years

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler rode continued strong demand for Jeeps and Chryslers to a narrow 2 percent U.S. sales advance in March -- enough to extend its streak of monthly sales gains to a full five years. FCA was one of the few big automakers projected to record an increase for the month.... Read More »

Infiniti gives the QX50 a new life despite low sales

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Infiniti has given its low-selling, small QX50 crossover a quick makeover for 2016 with new front and rear designs and a re-engineered chassis.... Read More »

Toyota wants a Scion purchase to feel more like buying an IPad

6:46 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota wants buying a Scion car to feel more like ordering an iPad and less like the current four-hour ordeal.... Read More »

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First Shift: High-stakes car for Cadillac

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Brand boss: CT6 kicks off 'product offensive'; Scion iA, iM; Buffett's 'Ruth and Gehrig'; new Boxster Spyder.... Read More »

Mazda plans online orders to smooth Miata launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Before the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives on U.S. shores this summer, fans of the diminutive Japanese sports car will be able to preorder a car in any color they like -- as long as that color is red.... Read More »

Daimler predicts profit rise on boost from China

April 1, 2015 10:49 CET

Daimler predicted higher profit this year, lifted by stronger demand in China, where first-time buyers often opt for an upscale car. The company targets a 9 percent return on sales after generating a margin of 7.8 percent in 2014.... Read More »

France, Spain sales growth in March encourages European recovery hopes

April 1, 2015 12:12 CET

New-car registrations rose by 9.3 percent in France and 41 percent in Spain last month, adding to signs that the European auto market is recovering. France's auto industry body, the CCFA, raised its full-year forecast for the country to a 2 percent gain, close to many predictions for Europe as a whole.... Read More »

Fiat to halt output at Brazil factory on slumping demand

April 1, 2015 09:45 CET

Fiat Chrysler will halt production at a plant in Brazil due to lower demand and high stock levels. Fiat joins VW in cutting output as car sales slump in the country.... Read More »

Chevy Malibu sheds weight, gains room with sculpted 2016 makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will be larger, lighter, packed with new safety gear and wrapped in sheet metal that signals Chevy's ambition to turn the heads of midsize sedan buyers. The 2016 Malibu, to be unveiled at the New York auto show today, looks to be an all-out bid by GM to lift the car from its also-ran status.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GMC freshens Terrain for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

SUV gets new grille, fascia; Feds seek OK to stop sales for 'imminent hazard'; Magna interiors sale?... Read More »

PSA's Slovakia unit to boost output with new model

March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model.... Read More »

Scion packs new iM, iA with advanced electronics, safety gear

9:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Toyota is banking on new technology to give momentum to its struggling Scion brand. At the New York auto show on Tuesday, the automaker unveiled two new Scion nameplates, each boasting some advanced electronics and other features not often found in entry-level vehicles.... Read More »

Hyundai plans 2020 debut for autonomous driving tech

March 31, 2015 14:33 CET

Hyundai said it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the automaker plays catch-up with carmakers such as Mercedes and General Motors in the increasingly competitive technology.... Read More »

Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada.... Read More »

Bosch will plead guilty to price-fixing, pay $57.8 million U.S. fine

1:22 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

German auto parts giant Robert Bosch agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57.8 million fine for its role in conspiring to rig bids for spark plugs, oxygen sensors and starter motors sold to the Detroit 3 automakers, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.... Read More »

Cadillac touts big CT6 as driver's car, answer to Germans

8:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac continued its comeback quest by introducing the CT6, a rear-wheel-drive sedan rivaling the Mercedes S class in size while being touted for the driving performance of a smaller car. Extensive use of aluminum allowed GM to field a model 200 pounds lighter than BMW's 5 series.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Cox's Schwartz urges 3 dealer changes

5:15 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Sandy Schwartz has been campaigning this year with a stump speech that drives home a simple message: Dealers have to change the way they do business, and today's good times represent an opening to do so.... Read More »

Did Lincoln Continental rip off Bentley? Design chiefs clash online

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A row between Bentley and Lincoln's design chiefs erupted late Monday after Ford showed the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept ahead of the New York auto show. Bentley's chief designer, Luc Donckerwolke, took to social media to criticize Lincoln for the design of the new Continental, which from the side view seems to share some similarities with the Bentley Flying Spur, especially around the side windows.... Read More »

Jaguar XF redesign boasts more aluminum, interior room

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Jaguar is stepping up its game with the redesigned 2016 XF sedan, which features aluminum-intensive technology and boasts increased interior room and a host of high-technology safety and entertainment. Jaguar touts it as the car with “the brand’s most comprehensive suite of advanced performance, driver assistance and infotainment technology.”... Read More »

GMC Terrain undergoes facelift for 2016

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

GMC, riding a hot streak in sales of utility vehicles, introduced a face-lifted version of the midsize Terrain today ahead of its debut at this week's New York auto show. The vehicle gets new front and rear fascias, more safety equipment and other tweaks.... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Automotive targets growth, possibly abroad

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Automotive already is on the prowl to acquire more dealerships. And, top executives hinted today, that might include looking outside the US. Berkshire Hathaway closed on its purchase of Van Tuyl Group on March 9... Read More »

Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German automakers, the brand's chief, Johan de Nysschen, said today.... Read More »

Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. But no matter the demand, Ford won't make more than 250 GTs a year globally, due to carbon-fiber production constraints.... Read More »

DIANA T. KURYLKO

BLOG: Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now

10:45 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002. But don't look for the British marque this year.... Read More »

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