In a frigid winter, a torrid start to 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2001. It's still early in the year, but analysts say there are plenty of positive signs, including record-high lease penetration in early February.... Read More »

 

From behind the scenes to Honda's center stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
Takahiro Hachigo's consensus-driven leadership style could help bring a sense of closure and cohesion to Honda after a tumultuous era marred by economic crises, natural disasters and quality glitches.... Read More »

 

Behind the scenes at the IIHS crash lab

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
Reporter Ryan Beene previews his feature on the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety with this look inside the institute’s crash lab. Read the complete feature in the Mar. 2nd issue of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec

9:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. At issue is outsized consumer demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats and dealer practices that the company says are “unscrupulous” and perhaps illegal.... Read More »

 

GM tells Ally that GM Financial will get all of Chevy's subsidized leases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
General Motors has notified Ally Financial that it will steer all of its lease subsidies for the Chevrolet brand to captive finance company GM Financial, instead of sharing them among Ally, GM Financial, and to a lesser extent, U.S. Bank.... Read More »

 

Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. And New England missed out on an otherwise robust month for US auto sales.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Why does Ford race? Because it can

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate.... Read More »

 

Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the root cause behind Takata airbag explosions. But this isn't the first time that Kelly has had to deal with airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... Read More »

 

Chevy Trax 'Hidden Gems' campaign leverages social media

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Chevrolet is getting creative with its social media approach, using it to introduce a new vehicle. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be introduced in a social media campaign dubbed “Hidden Gems.”... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Tucson takes a sharper turn

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Hyundai SUV, coupe-styled VW sedan head to Geneva; accelerating change at VW; Ford's hot commodity; Stein's got mail.... Read More »

 

VW Group reports record profit on Audi, Porsche gains

Feb. 27, 2015 15:56 CET
VW Group said its operating profit rose 8.8 percent to a record 12.7 billion euros ($14.25 billion) last year on double-digit gains in sales of luxury Audi and Porsche models. The company said its sales revenue rose 2.8 percent to a new high of 202.5 billion euros.... Read More »

 

Group 1 names banker Doyle Arnold to its board

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Group 1 Automotive has named a new director to its board seven days after another director resigned. The retailer said today its board of directors appointed Doyle Arnold, 66, as a Class I Director, effective immediately.... Read More »

 

GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat

11:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year.... Read More »

 

Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan

7:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. That won't happen in the US, says chief engineer Michio Tomiyama: “In America, it will be only gasoline.”... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park.... Read More »

 

Former BMW exec Diess starts as VW brand boss in July

Feb. 27, 2015 16:20 CET
Former BMW executive Herbert Diess will take charge of Volkswagen's core brand from Martin Winterkorn three months earlier than planned, VW said.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's sleek concept set to become image-carrier

Feb. 27, 2015 10:37 CET
VW will preview a coupe-styled sedan at the Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model that will attract customers from cars such as the Mercedes CLS.... Read More »

 

Marchionne raises FCA stake as Ferrari spinoff nears

Feb. 27, 2015 13:53 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has increased his voting stake in FCA to nearly 1 percent after raising his shareholding in the company by 2.3 million common shares to 14.4 million as the automaker readies to spin off Ferrari.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

China's Qoros mulls SUV launch in Slovakia

Feb. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Chinese automaker Qoros will debut its Qoros 3 City SUV at the Geneva auto show next week, but the company does not yet have a date for the model's launch in its European pilot market of Slovakia.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Chrysler 200 rollaway risk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Recall follows reports of cars not shifting into park; Nissan pushing ahead; GM Thailand cuts; shoppers' best source.... Read More »

 

Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source says

Feb. 27, 2015 10:06 CET
Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Honda counts on roomy Jazz for sales boost

Feb. 27, 2015 10:56 CET
Honda hopes features such as segment-leading interior space will boost sales of its Jazz subcompact in Europe. The third-generation Jazz is 95mm longer than the current car and its wheelbase has been extended by 30mm.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

SsangYong Tivoli will join expanding small SUV segment

Feb. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
SsangYong will enter the booming subcompact SUV segment in Europe with the Tivoli. The car will compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, SsangYong said.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Novelis helps make the Jaguar XE lean and green

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Novelis plays a key role in the new Jaguar XE's aluminum-intensive monocoque structure. The XE also is the first Jaguar to use an electric power steering system supplied by ZF.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Aston's clever distractions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Aston Martin is cleverly covering up its biggest weakness -- its slow-selling, money-losing, aging lineup -- by creating headline-grabbing limited-edition models.... Read More »

 

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