2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin Martin

May 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain.... Read More »

Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation’s ports.... Read More »

Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says

May 25, 2015 19:24 CET

Lamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. Lamborghini has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand.... Read More »

ROADSTER REVIVAL

4th-gen MX-5 Miata tries to renew interest in small sporty cars

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

Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segment.... Read More »

Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors

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

Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affulent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability. For more than $53,000, buyers get an interior appointed with quilted leather door panels, real wood trim and brushed-aluminum accents.... Read More »

Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup

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

A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon.... Read More »

Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

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

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits.... Read More »

Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

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

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Japanese automakers fear new outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China

7:51 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaching, Japan is watching nervously to see whether its carmakers will be hit by another anti-Japan backlash in China.... Read More »

BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.... Read More »

Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strike

May 25, 2015 11:08 CET

Oyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Turkey's automotive sector has been hit by wider labor unrest that has also affected Ford and Fiat units in the country.... Read More »

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik Cantieni

May 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

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

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe.... Read More »

Kansas City bids to become EV mecca

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

A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales.... Read More »

Software issues hold back some Renegades

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

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?... Read More »

Dealers

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

Members of the Jacobs family at Jacobs Ford in St. Paul, Neb., receive a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford's Kansas City regional manager; William Jacobs; Bradford Jacobs; and Dustin Jacobs.... Read More »

GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

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

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans.... Read More »

California dealers sue TrueCar

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

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure.... Read More »

JLR aiming high with SVO unit

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

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants.... Read More »

Chrysler awd minivan dilemma: Electrify axle or ditch Stow 'n Go

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

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne.... Read More »

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

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

Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tag line: "Driving Matters."... Read More »

BMW to build X2 crossover, report says

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

BMW will produce a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said.... Read More »

Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off?

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

Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima.... Read More »

Automotive News adds reporter

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

Hannah Lutz has joined Automotive News as finance and insurance reporter, writing for the website, weekly print issue and weekly F&I newsletter. Lutz, 23, is based in Detroit. Lutz has covered breaking news and written feature stories as an Automotive News intern since August.... Read More »

VIDEO: Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

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

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017. With the company's sales -- and dealership profits -- on the rise, he's counting on the retail body to pull its weight, despite complaints that Nissan's stair-step sales targets are too hard to achieve.... Read More »

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Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017.
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