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Microbus-styled mini-MPV to use new electric platform

11:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

The purely electric and distantly Microbus-related Volkswagen BUDD-e will see production in the near future, Britain's Car magazine reports.... Read More »

Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded.... Read More »

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Opel CEO on reaching breakeven in 2016: 'We can see the target now'

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Karl-Thomas Neumann says Opel has beaten all internal targets since he arrived four years ago as CEO and this year the automaker expects to break even after more than a decade of losses. Neumann spoke with Automotive News Europe about the challenges that need to be overcome to reach this point.... Read More »

Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”... Read More »

Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies.... Read More »

Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse.... Read More »

DeLorean to make comeback after Congress nixes red tape

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

The DeLorean Motor Co. of Humble, Texas, plans to start production of a souped-up version of the super-cool gull-wing icon from the three-decade-old Back to the Future franchise, and it's all thanks to an act of Congress.... Read More »

Nissan recalling 870,000 Altimas in U.S., Canada for hood latch problem

9:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan said it will recall about 870,000 Nissan cars in the United States and Canada for potentially faulty hood latches, marking the third time since 2014 the automaker has recalled vehicles to address the problem.... Read More »

Cox Automotive acquires stake in F&I company

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Cox Automotive has acquired a minority interest in SilverRock Holdings, which owns three service-contract and insurance companies. The purchase will give dealers affiliated with GO Financial and NextGear Capital the ability to offer consumers extended service contracts, GAP and other insurance, as well as vehicle-theft recovery products.... Read More »

GM names executive to lead autonomous driving efforts

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles. Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to global product chief Mark Reuss.... Read More »

GM, Lithia, Koons settle advertising allegations by FTC

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM and two dealership companies, Jim Koons Management and Lithia Motors, will settle allegations that they advertised cars as being carefully inspected when, in fact, they had unrepaired safety recalls, the FTC said.... Read More »

How GM ignition-switch plaintiffs' lawyer botched his big case

11:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Hilliard has litigated some 1,300 cases against General Motors over its deadly ignition switches, but he suffered a stunning blow in the middle of a high-visibility trial last week in New York. It was a lucky "Perry Mason" moment for GM.... Read More »

Automatic braking reduces rear-end crashes, IIHS study finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Automatic braking systems were shown in a new study to reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average, adding momentum to a push by safety groups, regulators and some automakers to equip all new cars with the technology.... Read More »

Harman posts strong quarterly gains from auto business

11:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Harman International Industries, which supplies audio and telematics systems to the auto industry, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong demand from automakers.... Read More »

Lexus recalls RX350, RX450h crossovers for airbag flaw

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Toyota is recalling 6,000 new Lexus RX350 and RX450h crossovers from the 2016 model year to fix issues related to airbags.... Read More »

ZF TRW signs office lease for global electronics business

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

ZF TRW plans to open its global electronics headquarters in suburban Detroit by the end of the second quarter following a lease of a 171,000-square-foot office building.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Beware the pitfalls of digital ads

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

The industrywide push to put much of the car buying and financing process online, including ads, is a good thing. But dealers should make sure that online ads don’t come back to haunt them.... Read More »

Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Takata declared another 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag, federal auto safety regulators said.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades.... Read More »

Over-the-air updates on varied paths

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Over-the-air vehicle updates aren't just for Tesla anymore. But other manufacturers lack such easy remote access to their vehicles in service. So they're choosing from several ways to get software updates into cars, including options that loop in the owner's smartphone.... Read More »

PORT AUTHORITY

Why Mercedes-Benz is reasserting control over connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Well-funded startups such as Automatic, Vinli and Zubie are selling under-the-dashboard dongles that can plug into a car's electronics and communicate data wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, effectively turning any car into a connected car. Automakers are pushing back.... Read More »

Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed.... Read More »

Takata seeks automaker aid, eyes airbag deal with Daicel, reports say

6:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Airbag supplier Takata plans to request financial support from Japanese automakers and also wants to team up with competitor Daicel to produce airbag inflators, Reuters reported.... Read More »

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