Automakers and Suppliers

Just because rebadging hasn't worked so well before ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. In fact, it's hard to think of a rebadged or “captive import” that has been successful.... Read More »

Dual-sourcing dilemma hits Japan again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota is suspending production at all assembly lines in Japan because of an explosion at a steel plant. The six-day shutdown raises questions as to whether Toyota learned, as it claimed after Japan's 2011 earthquake, the value of dual sourcing all components.... Read More »

Q&A: NISSAN'S RICHARD CANDLER

Nissan plans big strides in connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview.... Read More »

Compliance, accuracy trump F&I speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Speeding customers through the F&I process is often a top priority for dealerships as they strive for higher customer satisfaction. But F&I insiders caution that speed should not shortchange compliance.... Read More »

Toyota Motor Credit settles lending bias charges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million and to limit its retail margins on auto loans to settle U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegations that it overcharged thousands of minority borrowers on their auto loans.... Read More »

Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Porsche North America boss Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring the diesel-powered Macan to the U.S. But he needs Volkswagen to make a technical fix so the engines will meet emissions requirements.... Read More »

Kia plans 1st sport sedan, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Kia Motors Corp. plans to launch its first sport sedan next year, sources told Reuters. Kia aims to start producing the sedan, code-named CK, in May 2017 and will target annual output of 60,000 vehicles, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.... Read More »

EV to use new VW platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Volkswagen will build a production version of its BUDD-e electric vehicle concept, a senior VW executive told Britain's Car magazine. The VW Microbus-inspired BUDD-e debuted last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas using a new platform designed for EVs.... Read More »

GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain General Motors uses in the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt could end up in competitors' vehicles.... Read More »

Q&A: FORD'S JIM FARLEY

Ford of Europe boss aims for steady profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Ford of Europe increased vehicle sales 11 percent to 1.3 million vehicles in its core markets and finished 2015 with its first operating profit in three years. Jim Farley, who started his second year as Ford of Europe president on Jan. 1, wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent.... Read More »

Q&A: OPEL'S KARL-THOMAS NEUMANN

At last, Opel sees breakeven on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

This year Opel expects to break even financially after more than a decade of losses, finally rewarding parent General Motors' huge investment in its European division. Karl-Thomas Neumann, who next month begins his fourth year as Opel CEO, says the automaker has beaten all internal targets since he arrived.... Read More »

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory.... Read More »

REBOUND IN EUROPE

Ford, Opel find footing as carmakers will count more on the region

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Opel is confident this is the year that it will break even after more than a decade of losses. Ford of Europe, which after three years of losses returned to profit in 2015 with the help of an accounting change, expects to once again become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011.... Read More »

Texas dealer tunes into aftermarket audio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Huffines Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram Lewisville in suburban Dallas last year took a shot at selling specialized aftermarket audio accessories and has amped up profits as a result.... Read More »

Dealer anniversaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Dealers featured this week include Greg Wills and Chris Wills of Wills Toyota in Twin Falls, Idaho; Adam Greene, owner of Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, N.J.; Steve Plante, dealer principal of Tri-City Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Somersworth, N.H.; Dealer Craig Sisk at Sisk Buick in Longview, Texas; and Mark Woods, dealer at Northside Ford in San Antonio.... Read More »

Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand.... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW will offer U.S. diesel scandal customers generous compensation, paper says

Feb. 7, 2016 14:16 CET

Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, Ken Feinberg, the head of its claims fund, told a German paper.... Read More »

SUNSET FOR SCION

Toyota's youth brand fulfilled its purpose, if not its potential

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Fourteen years after Scion's introduction, Toyota has decided to shutter the brand. But within the failed experiment are crucial successes that Toyota will draw on long after Scion fades to a footnote on Wikipedia.... Read More »

Stars and cars, Jeeps and sheep: Super Bowl auto ad roundup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sat a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW delays 2015 earnings report until April due to diesel scandal

Feb. 7, 2016 13:52 CET

Volkswagen said it will publish its annual results as soon as April and may hold its annual shareholders' meeting in early June, four to six weeks later than scheduled as the company determines the financial fallout from the diesel emissions scandal.... Read More »

Christopher Walken was the only choice for Kia's Super Bowl ad

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Only one person could've done Kia's “Walken Closet” Super Bowl spot. Christopher Walken was the lone option. There was no Plan B.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler rollaway reports draw more NHTSA scrutiny

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Federal regulators are escalating an inquiry over complaints that certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles can roll away when a driver thinks the transmission has been set to park.... Read More »

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term.... Read More »

Dealers pay high price with latest recall wave

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Honda's order that U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous airbags or other safety defects.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's Seat readies unveiling of its first SUV

Feb. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

VW Group's Seat brand this week will unveil its first SUV as the struggling brand seeks to benefit from a booming segment in Europe.... Read More »

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