Automakers and Suppliers

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. Shown by Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer to a select few customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the stately convertible was intended for production. But after Duerheimer's departure in 2012, his successor, Wolfgang Schreiber, killed the project.... Read More »

 

RISING DAUGHTERS

In culture shift, female engineers take the wheel in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Japanese carmakers, long a preserve of tight-knit, workaholic old boys' clubs, have finally tuned into the need for more diverse input into developing, making and selling their products.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM, with ignition parts shipped, must now find recalled cars' owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
GM has passed a significant milestone in its campaign to replace potentially defective ignition switches in millions of cars recalled worldwide: It cleared its backlog of parts orders. Now comes another tough task: Finding the roughly 1 million owners of cars covered by the recall who haven't contacted a dealership.... Read More »

 

Canadian JCI workers reach tentative pact

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Canadian union workers at an interiors plant that supplies General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike at the supplier plant.... Read More »

 

Some 2015 Ford F-150 buyers will have to wait until next year

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Some retail and all fleet customers who order their 2015 F-150s early won't see their trucks until February. Ford's 3,000 dealers in the United States will still get some stock by the end of the year, but customers who order a specific truck with unique trim and colors will have to wait until February to take delivery.... Read More »

 

Nissan stands pat on 2015 Frontier pricing, raises Xterra about $300

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Nissan announced pricing on the 2015 models of its Frontier pickup and Xterra SUV today. Pricing on the Frontier is unchanged in the 2015 model year, starting at $18,850, including shipping, while the 2015 Xterra starts at $24,520, including shipping, about $300 more than the 2014 model.... Read More »

 

Barra's career path shows how a woman becomes CEO, but can more follow?

7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Mary Barra made corporate history seven months ago when she became the first female CEO of a major global carmaker. Yet for all the gains made by women in the highest levels of major corporations, most are still in the wrong jobs if they want to follow Barra's career path.... Read More »

 

GM opens IT center in Phoenix, plans to hire 1,000 workers

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
General Motors said it opened its fourth information technology center today -- this one in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.... Read More »

 

Toyota to expand Highlander production in Indiana, invest $100 million

11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Toyota said today it will spend $100 million to increase production of the Highlander crossover in Princeton, Ind. The Highlander has been bumping against its production ceiling at the Indiana assembly plant.... Read More »

 

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 starts at $78,995

11:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will start at $78,995, including shipping, General Motors said today. The convertible model will start at $83,995, including shipping.... Read More »

 

Infiniti seeks U.S. trademark for Formula One landmark

9:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Infiniti is seeking a trademark in the United States for “Eau Rouge,” the name of a storied Formula One racetrack bend in Belgium, for a potential luxury car that may cost more than $100,000.... Read More »

 

GM reviews timing of Russia plant expansion

Aug. 22, 2014 17:19 CET
General Motors is reviewing the timing of the expansion of its Russian plant near St Petersburg because of a slump in the country's auto market.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

U.S. probes GM lawyers' role on vehicle recalls, reports say

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Federal prosecutors have learned that lawyers for General Motors were present at key meetings during which information about problems with some of its vehicles were discussed, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Honda to modify 12,000 redesigned Fits sold in U.S. to enhance crashworthiness

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Honda plans to modify 12,000 redesigned 2015 Fit models in customer hands in the United States following a mid-model-year engineering change that improved the subcompact's showing in a key industry crash test.... Read More »

 

GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

Aug. 21, 2014 15:49 CET
General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market.... Read More »

 

New 2015 Lincoln MKC ads star Matthew McConaughey

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Lincoln has signed a multiyear endorsement contract with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey that will begin in September with a series of spots promoting the 2015 MKC compact luxury crossover.... Read More »

 

Recalls have little to no impact on residual values, study says

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Recalls have almost no effect on vehicle depreciation rates, a new study found. Even widespread recalls that generate sweeping publicity had little to no effect on residual values, which represent the value of a used vehicle. The study comes as the U.S. auto industry will set a record in 2014 for vehicle recalls.... Read More »

 

2015 Chevy Silverado to offer more pizzazz on high-volume models

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chevrolet will offer a bold new trim package on light-duty Silverado pickups for the 2015 model year, adding some pizzazz to its highest-volume models.... Read More »

 

Leaked stickers suggest a thirstier 2015 Ford Mustang as weight creeps up

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Adding independent rear suspension, numerous electronic safety features and other items raised the weight and lowered the fuel economy of several models of the rebuilt 2015 Ford Mustang, according to window stickers leaked on the Internet today.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Skoda releases images of the new Fabia

Aug. 21, 2014 15:21 CET
Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October.... Read More »

 

Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European design operations.... Read More »

 

Study sees dealership throughput breaking records in 2014

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
For the third consecutive year, U.S. dealership throughput -- the average number of vehicles sold per store -- is expected to break records in 2014, a study released today found. But the experts behind the study warn that a downturn is inevitable.... Read More »

 

Acura TLX's new assembly line is on Twitter

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Acura is advancing the social marketing spectrum with an interactive TLX launch campaign that allows Twitter users to build their own versions of the premium sedan within a tweet.... Read More »

 

Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop selling some C-Max, Focus models

11:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Ford told its dealers in the United States to stop test-driving and selling C-Max and Focus models produced during a week this month because of potential problems with the steering gear assembly, a notice sent to dealers on Wednesday shows.... Read More »

 

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