GM'S WHIZ KID

In short order, Dan Ammann has soared to GM's top operations jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

After a surprise career change and startling ascension, Dan Ammann now oversees General Motors' operations around the world. The 43-year-old president is responsible for two tasks seen as key to the company's success: revitalizing Chevrolet and Cadillac, while unifying how the company's historically fractured regional businesses make and sell vehicles.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Shanghai show cleans up its act

6:36 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Automakers in China found a way around a much-ballyhooed ban of floor models at this year's Shanghai auto show. When doors opened to the press today, there were plenty of models striking a pose. But the tacky sleaze from past shows was way toned down.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why it could be the Volt's time to shine in China

7:17 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

How can GM drive down the Chevy Volt's cost enough to make it affordable to more people, and eventually turn a profit? Sell a boatload of them in a Chinese market that's fast warming to EVs.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's career battles will be his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Cadillac shows plug-in CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Electric range is 37 miles or more; Benz's X4-fighter?; Chinese company seeks U.S. dealers; helping Honda look ahead.... Read More »

Judge backs Mitsubishi in franchise lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Mitsubishi has prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with one of its largest dealers. But, an attorney for the dealer says the fight will continue as a new lawsuit is in the works.... Read More »

Ghosn says China needs to boost incentives to move EVs

8:25 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Nissan CEO and EV champion Carlos Ghosn says he is disappointed with electric vehicle sales in China and that the government needs to step up incentives to help the green cars.... Read More »

Geely takes aim at BMW, Mercedes with plans for sport sedan

7:56 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Geely will display a concept sport sedan at the Shanghai auto show starting this week, developed by a team led by former Volvo Cars design chief Peter Horbury. The segment is dominated by models like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz CLS.... Read More »

PSA plans joint small-car platform with Dongfeng

April 20, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will focus on two core platforms for its volume models including a small-car architecture that it will jointly develop with China's Dongfeng. PSA aims to reduce the number of its passenger-car platforms to two by 2022 from five now.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt

5:22 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Shanghai auto show's new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Piech's career battles will be his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

A GM-FCA hookup? 'Put' it in perspective

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Perhaps Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That's the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

Dealership employees, payrolls top prerecession levels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

U.S. dealerships added to their employee count for the fifth year in a row last year, causing the average store's payroll to rise sharply above its pre-recession levels. The average wage of $55,000 per employee ranks as one of the highest of any retail trade.... Read More »

FCA puts the squeeze on dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is squeezing U.S. dealerships’ profits by boosting vehicle invoice prices but not the corresponding sticker prices. The move is part of a larger effort by FCA US to increase profit margins, which trail those of Ford and General Motors.... Read More »

Ally change saves dealers big money

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The 4,200 dealerships that finance their vehicle inventory through Ally Financial are seeing savings from Ally's recent shift to peg interest rates to LIBOR rather than a prime-rate benchmark.... Read More »

Lackluster profits drive FCA's higher invoice prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The reason behind Fiat Chrysler's wholesale pricing action is simple: profits -- or the lack thereof.... Read More »

JAMES VERRIER, CEO, BORGWARNER

Electrification 'friend,' not threat, to BorgWarner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

BorgWarner CEO James Verrier, 52, sees electrification of the powertrain as a positive for his company despite the supplier's heavy reliance on parts that electric vehicles don't need.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Frank Audette, a suburban Detroit dealer, died April 10.... Read More »

S.C. called a contender for Volvo plant site

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against one in another Southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first U.S. plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Most mergers come from weakness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Once again, there is talk about consolidation of the global auto industry. The fundamental problem with mergers is that, historically, they almost always have been of two turkeys rather than two eagles.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

There's no need to come to blows over 2-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Detroit 3 and the UAW are headed for conflict this fall over the controversial two-tier wage system that was put in place in 2007 and helped those companies return to profitability.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there.... Read More »

U.S. at the center of VW's crisis in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The turmoil that nearly cost Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn his job last week is rooted in the company's travails in the U.S., where the VW brand has made precious little progress since Winterkorn took charge eight years ago.... Read More »

Cadillac's conundrum: Dare to change Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

To say the redesigned Cadillac Escalade is a hit would be an understatement. Cadillac's product planners already are mulling the next iteration of the hulking SUV, says Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen. That's where it gets tricky.... Read More »

Chevy's Man U sponsorship scores from miles away

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The crowd mobbing the Chevrolet stand at this month's Seoul Motor Show highlights the oft-overlooked upside of the brand's controversial Manchester United sponsorship.... Read More »

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