Automakers and Suppliers

Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intense.... Read More »

 

GM records show co-workers stymied in-house safety investigator

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
For about two years, General Motors engineer Brian Stouffer tried to figure out why faulty ignition switches now linked to at least 13 deaths were causing cars to stall.... Read More »

 

A walk through 50 years of Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Fastbacks, Fox bodies and Farrah Fawcett: A personal tour of some of the most pivotal cars to sport that famous pony-car badge.... Read More »

 

Despite high-profile recalls, GM hardly the worst offender

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Consumers in the United States may be watching in dismay as General Motors trudges through its high-profile safety recalls. But GM has recalled fewer units per 100 vehicles sold in the United States than several of its competitors during the past decade, according to data compiled by iSeeCars.... Read More »

 

FLAIR FIGHT

Nissan sees styling as the Altima's path to mid-sized sales leadership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
With the redesigned Nissan Murano, which debuts at the New York auto show this week, Nissan Motor Corp. aims to replicate some of the design magic that worked wonders for rival Hyundai Motor Co.... Read More »

 

GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

 

'65 Ford Mustang: A people magnet

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Americans didn’t waste any time getting behind the wheel of the first Ford Mustang. Young people flocked to the sporty, affordable car. Nearly 420,000 were driven off dealer lots in the first year – including 22,000 on the initial, craze-filled weekend.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan banks on radical makeover of Murano crossover

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's revamped Murano crossover will reach showrooms in the United States this year looking almost identical to the splashy auto show concept that teased it more than a year ago. Nissan released photos and details about the new Murano today and the formal unveiling is set for Wednesday at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mid-sized sedans and crossovers to square off in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Hyundai will roll out its 2015 Sonata while Toyota offers an aggressive midcycle freshening of the Camry at the New York auto show this week. And Subaru will pit its redesigned 2015 Outback crossover against the next Nissan Murano.... Read More »

 

Dodge tests innovative 1-year lease on '14 Charger, Challenger

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Dodge will defy industry convention this week with its "Double-Up" deal on the Charger and Challenger. The one-year lease on the outgoing 2014 editions comes with an incentive to switch to next year's refreshed models.... Read More »

 

Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there.... Read More »

 

Ruling on terminated dealers keeps Chrysler case in the courts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
About 150 dealerships that lost Chrysler franchises during the company's 2009 bankruptcy won a round in federal court last week.... Read More »

 

HOW HONDA GOT ITS GROOVE BACK

With the new Honda Fit, engineering solutions once again take priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
If there is any question about whether smart engineering is on its way back at Honda Motor Co., one need look no further than the second-row "magic" seats of the 2015 Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

PSA to halve lineup in push for 2% margins by 2018

April 14, 2014 09:11 CET
PSA outlined plans to cut its model lineup by almost half and to make Citroen's DS unit a separate brand in a bid to restore the automotive division's profit.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Peugeot unveils 340-hp plug-in hybrid

April 14, 2014 13:29 CET
Peugeot will unveil a plug-in hybrid concept car called the Exalt at the Beijing auto show that hints at a future upmarket design direction for the brand.... Read More »

 

Bosch plans automatic park system in 2015

April 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Bosch says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

 

SPEAKING ENGLISH

'Villains' campaign aims to recast Jaguar's reputation for badness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A Shakespeare soliloquy might seem out of place in a car ad, but Jaguar wants to make a key point -- that it is a quintessentially and unapologetically British challenger to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 Ford Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Ford Mustang include ADAC, Haartz, G.B.I.E., MacLean-Fogg, NASCO (NHK), Zanini Auto Group, General Bearing, Nemak, ThyssenKrupp, Dana, Diamond Electric, Faurecia, Eagle Ottawa, Takata, Nexteer, FTE Automotive, Brose, Cadillac Products and Uniseal.... Read More »

 

First Mulally, then Fields, then . . . ?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
To encourage donations, United Way of Southeastern Michigan has put up billboards in the Detroit area that show children portraying local heroes.... Read More »

 

Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging.... Read More »

 

Wrangler to the max

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance is one of six customized off-roaders that Jeep and Mopar are taking to the annual Easter Jeep Safari from Saturday, April 12, through Sunday, April 20, in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

 

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

 

Tests toughened F-150 bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. decided to increase the thickness of the aluminum used in the 2015 F-150's bed floor by almost half after conducting testing with three commercial fleet customers.... Read More »

 

Ram beefs up Power Wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will get a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability.... Read More »

 

Lincoln design director Wolff is quietly replaced

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Lincoln has installed a new design director after quietly replacing Max Wolff.... Read More »

 

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