Automakers and Suppliers

Nissan teases Super Bowl ad; full reveal will wait until big game

11:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Nissan is using a dreary Harry Chapin song as the backdrop for its Super Bowl ad, but the overall message won't be seen until the game on Sunday. The automaker unveiled a 10-second teaser today featuring Chapin's song “Cat's in the Cradle.”... Read More »

 

Don't get mad, get a lawyer, panelists say

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Dealers who get warning letters from lenders accusing them of loan discrimination should resist the temptation to stick the letters in a drawer or, worse, fire off angry replies on their own, said panelists last week at a legal compliance workshop for dealers here.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ally Premier Protection enables 'one product, one system and one brand'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ally Financial is phasing in Ally Premier Protection brand for service contracts and other F&I products, plus an updated technology platform to help market and administer them. At the same time, it's phasing out its use of the GM Protection Plan brand.... Read More »

 

Leasing keeps growing; lenders debate possible peak

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Leasing, aided by low interest rates and factory incentives, is expected to keep increasing in 2015, but experts are divided on how high lease penetration will go.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's $4.1 billion operating profit in 2014 fueled by N.A.

8:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles met its full-year guidance as strong results from North America and improving operations in Europe managed to offset persistent weakness in Latin America.... Read More »

 

Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls.... Read More »

 

Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

9:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Nissan is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and federal regulators said today.... Read More »

 

Oil-price drop may threaten to undercut Obama's clean-energy legacy

7:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Last year's 33 percent drop in gasoline prices already has automakers laying the groundwork to challenge more stringent fuel economy targets for new cars.... Read More »

 

Cost-cutting VW baffles experts with Phaeton plans

Jan. 28, 2015 10:05 CET
With VW having embarked on a big cost-cutting drive, industry experts are baffled why the "people's car" maker plans to spend millions of euros upgrading the money-losing Phaeton premium sedan. Analysts say the costly car should be axed.... Read More »

 

Auto industry drives comeback in aluminum prices

6:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
At a time when other commodities are slumping, aluminum is making a comeback as automakers under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars increase their use of the lightweight metal.... Read More »

 

Automakers' push for fuel-efficiency boosts aluminum

Jan. 28, 2015 11:02 CET
Automakers, under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars, are driving demand for aluminum, even at a time when other commodities are slumping. Automakers including Jaguar and Ford are using the lightweight metal in a bid to shed weight and meet emissions goals.... Read More »

 

Zetsche, other top auto chiefs to lobby for EU-U.S. trade deal

Jan. 27, 2015 21:06 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and other captains of Germany's automotive industry have gathered in Berlin today to try to rally support for a transatlantic free trade deal that faces potential collapse.... Read More »

 

Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains.... Read More »

 

Mercedes plans to move R-class production to AM General in Indiana

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz plans to shift production of the R-class crossover from its Alabama plant to contract manufacturer AM General in Indiana this summer. The German automaker said it needed to free up space in its assembly operations near Tuscaloosa, Ala.... Read More »

 

Kia returns to Super Bowl for 6th consecutive year

6:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Kia's 2015 Super Bowl commercial will star Pierce Brosnan parodying his role as James Bond.... Read More »

 

TI Automotive to be acquired by Bain for $2.4 billion, report says

8:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Global fuel systems supplier TI Automotive, after months of wrangling and speculation, said today it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital LLC. The deal is valued at $2.4 billion, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin gets cash backing to overhaul lineup

Jan. 27, 2015 13:06 CET
Aston Martin's main financial backer has pledged to provide cash for a refreshed model lineup that the supercar maker plans to reveal at the Geneva auto show in March. "If Aston needs capital, we're there," Investindustrial Chairman Andrea Bonomi said.... Read More »

 

Germany plans driverless-car pilot project on autobahn

Jan. 27, 2015 10:36 CET
Germany plans a driverless-car pilot project on a portion of the A9 autobahn between Munich and Berlin. The project would be one of the first to equip a stretch of public highway specifically for testing autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

 

Renault poised for big boost from new SUV

Jan. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault's new Kadjar will become a top-seller in Europe's key compact SUV segment, according to a forecast. The French automaker needs a boost after its Koleos flopped in a fast-growing niche dominated by alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai.... Read More »

 

TrueCar: App can 'hypertarget' consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Online car-buying service TrueCar said the mobile app it will release this year will enable dealers and automakers to collect an unprecedented amount of information on customers.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products.... Read More »

 

EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces.... Read More »

 

Connected-car ecosystem will take a big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Automakers and suppliers are working on cars that not only maneuver independently but also communicate with one another and with the surrounding infrastructure, creating a buzzing community among themselves.... Read More »

 

THE CAT COMES BACK

Jaguar expects record rewards from huge investments in products and plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Jaguar appears poised to have a record 2015 and to keep increasing global sales to well more than 200,000 this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends, executives and analysts say.... Read More »

 

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