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VW C Coupe GTE will become green flagship in China

April 25, 2015 06:15 CET

VW plans to launch a production version of the C Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid concept in China, where it will be the flagship of the automaker's low-emissions lineup.... Read More »

Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions.... Read More »

Booming Ford banks on China product blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Ford, on a rampage in China, aims improve on its 4.3 percent market share in China this year by outpacing the market's expected 7 percent growth with an onslaught of new product, including a Taurus flagship sedan and a clutch of performance cars to burnish the brand's image.... Read More »

RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. RFJ, backed by private equity, aims ultimately to become one of the biggest dealership groups in the country.... Read More »

Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions.... Read More »

JLR sees Mexico as 'strong' option for N.A. assembly plant

5:04 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is considering building a plant in Mexico, following other luxury car makers lured by cheap labor and free trade agreements.... Read More »

Mazda quarterly profits fall on currency losses while sales rise

6:41 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Profits fell at Mazda in the January-March quarter, undercut by higher outlays for marketing and factory startups and foreign exchange losses, despite rising sales.... Read More »

Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. The recall covers the 2012-14 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ, all of which were built in Mexico.... Read More »

France to 'talk again' with Renault; reaffirms vote plan

April 24, 2015 20:50 CET

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he would "talk again" with Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn but reaffirmed his intention to boost the government's voting rights in the carmaker in defiance of Ghosn's wishes.... Read More »

VW leadership crisis escalates as board members criticize Piech

April 24, 2015 15:39 CET

VW's leadership crisis is refusing to go away, a week after its warring chairman and CEO officially put aside their differences, sources told Reuters. Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who was forced to back CEO Martin Winterkorn April 17, asked Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller this week to be ready to replace Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported Friday.... Read More »

Volvo will build new compacts in Belgium, CEO says

April 24, 2015 14:57 CET

Volvo will build a new family of compact cars on a common platform shared with parent Zhejiang Geely at its Belgian factory, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. The compacts may also be built in China, the CEO said.... Read More »

Mitsubishi posts first annual N.A. profit in seven years

7:47 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Mitsubishi booked double-digit profit increases in the latest quarter to propel the carmaker to record annual earnings and its first North America profit in seven years.... Read More »

GM paid Barra $16.2 million in 2014

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra received $16.2 million in total compensation during her first year leading the automaker, GM said in a regulatory filing today. Barra's payout included a base salary of $1.6 million, stock awards totaling $11.8 million, and $2.1 million from a short-term, nonequity incentive tied to several performance measures, such as GM's pretax profit and global market share.... Read More »

Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production.... Read More »

Lear Q1 net income, revenue up after Eagle Ottawa acquisition

11:25 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Seating and electronics supplier Lear acquired leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in the first quarter and said that net income during the period increased 20 percent and revenue jumped 3.7 percent from the year earlier.... Read More »

Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

10:18 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. And the distinct whirring and intermittent clicking are unique to its hydrogen drivetrain.... Read More »

VW, BMW are top brands among Chinese auto buyers, survey says

April 24, 2015 14:30 CET

Volkswagen is the top pick for Chinese consumers considering buying a vehicle followed by BMW and Buick, according to a survey on auto-purchase sentiment conducted by a research unit of Deutsche Borse.... Read More »

Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification for the next 10 to 15 years, he said.... Read More »

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BLOG: Buick chief says new China duties won't distract from 'a lot more to do' in U.S.

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

In the year since he took over the Buick and GMC brands in the U.S., Duncan Aldred has made a lot of fans among dealers.... Read More »

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Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. The rapid rise will come as automakers strive to meet tougher European CO2 rules that start to take effect in 2020.... Read More »

Skoda, unions agree on 3.5% wage hike

April 24, 2015 13:10 CET

Skoda has reached an agreement with workers on a 3.5 percent wage hike, the carmaker's main union group said. Unions threatened to strike last week after seeking a higher deal than the 3 percent offered by the automaker.... Read More »

Valeo posts quarterly sales gain on Europe, China

April 24, 2015 11:56 CET

Valeo's first-quarter revenue rose 15 percent, lifted by sales growth in Europe and China. The supplier sees vehicle production rising about 3 percent globally in 2015, with the same figure expected in Europe, excluding Russia.... Read More »

Haldex first-quarter profit rises 37%

April 24, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Haldex said operating profit rose 37 percent in the first quarter to 115 million Swedish crowns (12.2 million euros) as the company repeated its forecast for markets to grow at a slower pace this year.... Read More »

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Suzuki sees Vitara as its best-seller in Europe

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Suzuki expects the new Vitara to become its best-seller in Europe because of its more mainstream look, roomy interior and better fuel economy.... Read More »

GM profit rises, aided by North America

7:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

General Motors posted stout first-quarter profits from truck sales in North America, but trouble in Russia and Brazil and lingering fallout from last year's recall binge kept a lid on earnings. GM's operating income excluding onetime items -- the figure that GM says best reflects its core performance -- was $2.08 billion.... Read More »

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