VW recalls Audi A4s in China over airbag issue

Oct. 29, 2014 10:33 CET
VW Group's joint venture with FAW Group will recall 270,635 Audi A4s in China due to an airbag software issue, the country's quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The recall involves 4,692 imported A4 allroad variants and 265,943 China-made A4Ls.... Read More »

 

2 Chrysler recalls involve more than 566,000 vehicles

8:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 381,876 Ram trucks equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines globally to upgrade wiring harness terminals and replace their fuel-heater housings, if needed. Separately, it is recalling an estimated 184,186 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees to update the vehicles' electronic stability control software.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's growth plans clouded by Brazilian outlook

Oct. 29, 2014 11:52 CET
Fiat Chrysler aims to boost sales in Latin America by 44 percent over five years but a recent big drop in volume and weakening outlook in Brazil, the region's biggest economy, threaten to spoil its ambitions.... Read More »

 

Ally swings to $356 million Q3 profit on higher auto-loan demand

8:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ally Financial said that its third-quarter profit jumped from a year-earlier loss because of higher demand for loans from car dealerships.... Read More »

 

Huntington Bank focuses on internal auto loan growth

7:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Huntington Bank, of Columbus, Ohio, switched gears in the last year from expanding its footprint and adding new markets to cultivating more business with its existing dealer network.... Read More »

 

Captives see big rise in leases

7:10 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Leases accounted for almost half of GM Financial originations in the United States and Canada in the quarter. That's a big increase for the GM captive finance company and part of an industry trend that carried leasing to new highs. Last week, Ford Motor Credit Co. also reported an increase in leasing during third quarter.... Read More »

 

Tesla car owners get exemption from $12,000 Shanghai plates

6:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Tesla car owners in Shanghai can register their electric vehicles for free after the city exempted them from paying $12,000 for a license plate.... Read More »

 

VW closes sales gap with Toyota in race for No. 1

Oct. 29, 2014 11:56 CET
VW Group has narrowed its global sales gap with market leader Toyota as the world's two largest automakers enter the fourth quarter in a tight race for the industry's top spot. VW Group trailed Toyota by 72,000 vehicles after nine months.... Read More »

 

Mazda readies CX-3 for Europe's hot small SUV segment

Oct. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda will join Europe's hot subcompact SUV segment early next year with the CX-3, a company spokesman said. Mazda will sell more than 25,000 CX-3s in Europe next year, analysts at IHS Automotive predict.... Read More »

 

Car dealer Lookers to beat expectations

Oct. 29, 2014 10:55 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer group, Lookers, forecast better-than-expected 2014 results on Wednesday after seeing strong new car sales. Lookers said retail new car sales rose 12 percent in the first nine months of the year.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Quality chief leaves Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Doug Betts' departure follows poor showing in reliability study; 'emotional' Camry re-do; Kia and LeBron; Ford Halloween prank.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Volt to get bigger engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
'16 model also to have U.S.-made electric drive unit; Honda expects profit dip; AutoNation gains; Snyder: Chaos or opportunity?... Read More »

 

VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET
Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution.... Read More »

 

Tesla stock bounces back 10% after Musk disputes WSJ on Twitter

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that sales of the electric Model S rose 65 percent in North America last month and reached a “record high” worldwide.... Read More »

 

AutoNation plans December launch of digital storefront

9:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
AutoNation said it will launch its digital storefront in December in the south Florida market with a new pricing moniker it calls Smart Choice.... Read More »

 

On Twitter, 140 characters = $716 million in car sales

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
It's a burning question for auto marketers on Twitter: Are our tweets influencing people to buy cars? To tackle this question, the social network released new data today that attempts to show just how much 140 characters are worth.... Read More »

 

Q&A

BorgWarner's Verrier expects supplier to thrive despite increased competition

11:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
James Verrier, BorgWarner Inc. CEO since January 2013, is working to double the size of the giant supplier from $7.5 billion in revenue to $15 billion by 2022.... Read More »

 

AutoNation halts sales of used cars under Takata recalls

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
AutoNation has stopped selling used vehicles that are subject to the Takata airbag recalls and warnings. The action affects fewer than 400 cars, AutoNation said today.... Read More »

 

GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why the XC90 can't come soon enough for Volvo dealers

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Some Volvo dealers are expecting the brand’s image to blossom this spring with the arrival of its redesigned flagship crossover. And they can’t wait to see what image emerges.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Geely's Horbury takes his auto design cues from a nation's style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
As a design leader at companies such as Ford and Volvo, Peter Horbury has always been the outsider with great insight, the foreigner able to identify style motifs native to a particular country and put them to good use.... Read More »

 

Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing

9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. Doug Betts, 51, who joined Chrysler from Nissan in 2007, will “pursue other interests,” Chrysler said in a statement today.... Read More »

 

Obama administration eyes leadership change at NHTSA, report says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The acting chief of the NHTSA, the top federal automotive safety regulator, is unlikely to be nominated for the job and an active search is under way to fill the position, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.... Read More »

 

TRW's revenue slips 1%, net income falls 4% in Q3

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Automotive safety technology supplier TRW Automotive Holdings, preparing for its $13.5 billion acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen, today said its third-quarter revenue dropped 1 percent to $4.16 billion from a year earlier, while net income fell 4 percent.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket.... Read More »

 

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