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Winterkorn to step down from remaining VW Group posts, report says

Oct. 12, 2015 09:38 CET

Martin Winterkorn, who quit as VW Group CEO last month, will step down from his remaining posts at the company that include the Audi chairman position and CEO of Porsche SE, German media said.... Read More »

Mitsubishi to unveil new design direction with crossover concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

A low-slung, all-electric compact crossover concept Mitsubishi will debut this month at the Tokyo Motor Show showcases a new design language for the brand. With its beefed-up fenders and floating roof treatment with blacked-out rear pillars, the eX Concept embodies Mitsubishi's rugged new Dynamic Shield styling.... Read More »

Scion frees ad agency to go for the weird

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

The latest TV campaign for Scion's new iM hatchback and iA compact sedan uses a mix of familiar ingredients: cars driving through beautiful landscapes, close-ups of the interiors and a script that ticks off standard features such as backup cameras and dual-zone climate control. But then, apropos of Scion, things get weird.... Read More »

21 suppliers named PACE Award finalists

10:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Twenty-eight innovations from 21 different automotive suppliers have been named finalists for the 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards.... Read More »

Former Fiat N.A. chief Stoicevich leaves FCA

9:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

The Fiat Chrysler executive who, until last week, was overseeing the struggling Fiat brand in North America, has resigned. Jason Stoicevich, 36, resigned Oct. 7, Automotive News has learned. An FCA spokesman confirmed the resignation, which had not been announced, this morning.... Read More »

EU emissions drive may price diesel cars out of market, industry body says

Oct. 12, 2015 13:31 CET

Changes to European emissions tests in the wake of the VW cheating scandal should not be overly tough or diesel vehicles will become so expensive that automakers have to stop selling them, industry association ACEA said.... Read More »

Mercedes' monthly global sales top BMW, Audi again

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Mercedes-Benz was the world's best-selling luxury car brand for the third consecutive month in September, surpassing BMW and Audi as demand for coupelike SUVs helped its sales grow twice as fast as at either competitor.... Read More »

VW's Horn takes heat, scolds his bosses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

In testimony before a U.S. House oversight committee last week, the Volkswagen of America CEO played both the public spokesman for a proud German automaker and the incredulous outsider, aghast at how his employer of 25 years had been able to cheat regulators and customers.... Read More »

Ferrari heir, steered away from racing, will end up a billionaire

Oct. 12, 2015 12:46 CET

Piero Ferrari grew up shielded from becoming a racing driver like his father Enzo, who founded the iconic sports car maker. Now Piero will end up a billionaire in an initial public offering of the automaker.... Read More »

Ford commits $1.8 billion to r&d in China

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Ford will invest $1.8 billion over the next five years to expand r&d in China, the latest effort by the U.S. carmaker to secure a larger slice of the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »


China quality watchdog 'highly concerned' about VW emissions issue

Oct. 12, 2015 11:33 CET

China's quality watchdog said it was "highly concerned" about manipulated software in VW Group diesel cars designed to trick emissions tests and would take appropriate follow-up measures.... Read More »

FCA shuffle could cut squabbles, find successor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

A shuffling of top executives last week leaves Fiat Chrysler with one champion for cars in the U.S. and another for pickups, crossovers and SUVs -- instead of multiple brands fighting for attention and limited marketing resources.... Read More »


Wagons give lift to Europe's severely weakened volume midsize segment

Oct. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

The VW Passat and Ford Mondeo wagons are helping to stabilize sales in Europe's volume midsize segment which is being hit by stronger competition from SUVs and premium midsize vehicles.... Read More »

Auction prices of used diesel VWs slump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Prices of VW diesel vehicles fell an average of 13 percent between mid-September and Oct. 2, Kelley Blue Book said.... Read More »

Mercedes will task dealers to step it up for AMG

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

With the new AMG Sport models starting to arrive, Mercedes-Benz USA is asking dealers to invest in more training and showroom space for the high-performance line. U.S. chief Steve Cannon sees a sharp increase in AMG sales ahead.... Read More »

Chehab: A Super Bowl MVP sidelined

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Saad Chehab walked away this month from his post as Maserati's head of marketing for personal reasons. But in the six years he spent with Chrysler and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, after a stint at Ford Motor Co., the 48-year-old Lebanon native, working under Olivier Francois, left an indelible mark on FCA's marketing... Read More »


Fiat Chrysler's free degrees score with Fla. dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Florida Fiat Chrysler dealer Randy Dye says the automaker's pilot program to offer no-cost college educations to dealership employees has helped with recruiting, employee retention and morale.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Jeff Greenberg, right, dealer principal of Bedford Nissan in Bedford, Ohio, receives a 45-year award from Bryan Dumais, Nissan North America's Midwest regional vice president.... Read More »

Mercedes looks to cap number of stores per group

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA is talking to dealership groups about putting a cap on the number of rooftops any single dealership group can own. But it doesn't plan a uniform cap for all groups, which makes some of its retailers wary.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Jim Thomas, who worked in automotive sales, marketing and public relations, died Sept. 23. He was 67.... Read More »

GM claims victory even as its market share slips

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

General Motors' U.S. market share is on pace to decline again this year, just as it has nearly every year of the last 10. But GM CEO Mary Barra urges a closer look at the numbers, which she says offer proof that - after years of talking about it - GM is repressing that deeply ingrained instinct to chase market-share growth at the expense of the bottom line.... Read More »

VW-brand days supply rises in Sept.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

The supply of unsold vehicles started to swell at U.S. Volkswagen dealerships after the mid-September stop-sale order on diesel cars.... Read More »

3 execs tied to supplier accused of price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. have been indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in a price-fixing scheme.... Read More »

Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel cell car, likely based on the brand's flagship LS.... Read More »

Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept targets social media junkies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Nissan will unveil a concept minicar this month at the Tokyo Motor Show in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is envisioned laminated with touch-screen displays. Dubbed the Teatro for Dayz, the concept anticipates a generation of social media junkies whose members will be getting their driver's licenses after 2020.... Read More »

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