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Honda says it's committed to hybrids in Europe

Oct. 15, 2014 11:10 CET
Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid lineup in the region due to slow sales.... Read More »

 

Citroen mulls production of SUV-styled C1

Oct. 14, 2014 10:36 CET
Citroen will launch a production version of the C1 Urban Ride concept if public response is favorable, the brand's CEO Linda Jackson said. The SUV-styled concept is based on the brand's C1 minicar.... Read More »

 

Bentley crossover is coming to U.S., along with store upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Bentley expects its U.S. dealers to comply with a new corporate identity standard that is being rolled out for dealerships globally by the time they receive a new, as-yet-unnamed crossover.... Read More »

 

Hybrid Chrysler minivan will hit market in '15, a year early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year.... Read More »

 

Infiniti plans family of smaller, more powerful engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
PARIS — Infiniti is developing a family of aluminum engines that will begin hitting the market within two years, promising more horsepower for its higher end cars.... Read More »

 

Porsche rejects entry-level roadster -- again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
After thinking about it long and hard, Porsche has abandoned the idea of building an entry-level roadster.... Read More »

 

Paris show hits and misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
There were more hits than misses at the Paris auto show, a sign that even with a sluggish European market, automakers are willing to take chances with new designs.... Read More »

 

Horbury crafts Geely design team, language

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Peter Horbury has faced three mind-bending design challenges in his career: Injecting style into Volvo starting in the early '90s, rejuvenating Ford's moribund North American styling in the mid-2000s, and his current assignment — creating a design team and a design language for China's Geely.... Read More »

 

Crossover appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
For the Toyota C-HR compact crossover concept, “we wanted a very strong lower mass to give a crossover feeling, but also wanted it to have agility and a dynamic aspect,” said Lance Scott, head of the Toyota studio in Nice, France, that created the concept.... Read More »

 

Betting on Russia, despite turmoil

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
It sounds risky, but many auto executives say that the best response to Western sanctions against Russia is to continue investing there.... Read More »

 

Bugatti is shielded from VW cost reductions as it works on Veyron successor

Oct. 5, 2014 10:31 CET
Volkswagen keeps lavishing money on supercar maker Bugatti even as the company plans painful cuts in its core auto business. Bugatti is working on a successor to the Veyron that may deliver even more power than the current model.... Read More »

 

Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations.... Read More »

 

Monza to set tone for next Buick Regal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
The next-generation Opel Insignia -- which will be rebadged as the next Buick Regal sedan for the U.S. -- will be more premium and take styling cues from the lithe Monza concept car that Opel revealed in 2013.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology.... Read More »

 

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

 

Bentley joins ultra-luxury fast lane with Mulsanne Speed

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Bentley is moving into the fast lane of ultra-luxury cars with a new version of its flagship saloon, aiming to grab a bigger slice of a market expected to double in size by 2018. The 95-year-old brand is launching the Mulsanne Speed under the strapline "the world's fastest ultra-luxury driving experience."... Read More »

 

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp plug-in hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the 910-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid supercar concept unveiled at the Paris auto show is a "ground-breaking, crucial step" for the VW-owned company.... Read More »

 

Luxury brands standardize models to aid buyers, boost margins

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Mercedes-Benz and BMW are aiming to sell more standardized cars and services to boost profit margins and simplify the complex list of options for buyers -- while also giving them the choice of a bespoke car if they want.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Fiat expects 500X's Italian styling to win sales in booming segment

Oct. 2, 2014 12:37 CET
Fiat is touting the 500X's Italian styling as a standout feature that will help the car win sales in the booming but hotly contested subcompact crossover segment.... Read More »

 

BMW to boost i3, i8 availability in U.S.

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
BMW plans to allocate a higher share of i electric and plug-in hybrid output for the U.S. in the coming months. The company has sold 10,000 i3 compact electric vehicles and 280 i8 plug-in hybrid supercars worldwide to date, BMW's top sales executive said today.... Read More »

 

Opel chief Neumann vows to make good on Barra's profit promise

11:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
A day after his boss assured investors of a return to profitability in Europe by 2016, Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann outlined the reasons he believes he can deliver.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Oct. 2, 2014 10:46 CET
Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles.... Read More »

 

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