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Audi rules out entry into Formula One

May 18, 2015 16:06 CET

Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company has said, seeking to end speculation that the carmaker was tempted to broaden its commitment to motor racing.... Read More »

NORA NAUGHTON

BLOG: Celebrating David Letterman's top 10 automotive moments

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

David Letterman, whose final “Late Show” airs Wednesday night, is quite a car buff, keeping his collection hidden away, a CBS spokesman says. Here's a look at his top 10 automotive moments.... Read More »

Ghosn sees no need to change Renault-Nissan alliance after French gov't stake increase

May 18, 2015 08:36 CET

Carlos Ghosn sees no need to change Nissan's capital alliance with Renault after France raised its stake in the French automaker. Some analysts had expected Ghosn to reduce Renault's stake in Nissan to below 40 percent.... Read More »

Consensus-builder Krueger takes the reins at BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Charismatic consensus-building helped Harald Krueger become BMW's new chief executive.... Read More »

Volvo: Back 'on the attack' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo's proposed South Carolina car plant is far bigger than its current U.S. sales volume. But a big factory will be critical to helping Volvo catch up with luxury competitors that have already invested in local manufacturing.... Read More »

DETLEV VON PLATEN, CEO, PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA

Porsche's U.S. boss prepares for more growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Porsche's U.S. CEO expects this year to reach the brand's target of selling more than 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. The increased sales aren't enough to justify U.S. production. But Porsche does have plans for more U.S. dealerships and higher expectations of its dealers to go along with the growth.... Read More »

LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

Willisch is eager for more crossovers from Spartanburg

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch is focused on the hot-selling crossover segment. There may be no market for the 2-series five- or seven-seat wagon/minivan in the U.S. But The X7, a full-size crossover coming in three years, is what the U.S. market needs, he said. In general, there's a shortage of crossovers - especially the compact X3 and midsize X5.... Read More »

AutoNation marks milestone with $20 million ad campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

AutoNation is celebrating a pending milestone — 10 million vehicles sold — with its largest advertising campaign in history. The auto retailer run national television ads for the first time as part of the $20 million campaign.... Read More »

Book offers tasty tidbits on Tesla CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a new book by Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance, is getting plenty of buzz - mainly due to its morsels about the Tesla CEO's personal style.... Read More »

GM's O'Connell was down but not defeated

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Bob O'Connell, who died last week at 76, was among the casualties of the revolution at General Motors in 1992, the one that ushered in the Jack Smith-Rick Wagoner era and displaced the team of Bob Stempel and Lloyd Reuss.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Chevrolet arranged for journalists to test drive V-6 models of the redesigned 2016 Camaro back to back with V-6 versions of the 2015 car around the same race track that will be used for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix race this month.... Read More »

Turin's past as global design hub inspire new event

May 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Two Italian design companies will unveil high-performance sports coupes at an event that aims to recall the glamor of auto shows held in Turin when the city was a global design hub.... Read More »

Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine

4:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which GM vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling.... Read More »

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Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal.... Read More »

How Ernie Boch Jr. closed the book on labor fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Dealership rock star Ernie Boch Jr., known for his zany commercials and big-volume sales, lost an NLRB case in April at Boch Honda but won the war against organized labor at the store.... Read More »

PSA will debut self-driving features on 508

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

Peugeot will debut self-driving features on its next 508 midsize car as the brand seeks to move upscale in Europe. The 508 will offer hands-free steering and braking control in stop-and-go traffic and along highways.... Read More »

Penske seeks $1 billion for truck parts unit, report says

3:38 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Roger Penske's holding company is exploring a sale of Truck-Lite in a deal that could value the maker of lighting, wiring harnesses and mirrors for trucks at close to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft as Uber rivalry grows

11:51 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Lyft raised an additional $150 million, led by an investment of $100 million from Carl Icahn's investment company, raising the stakes in the car-hailing service's rivalry with Uber Technologies.... Read More »

Munoz open to new Nissan dealers of all sizes

10:51 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Nissan's North American chairman Jose Munoz says he doesn't care whether his future dealers are large chains, small family owners or non-U.S. corporations -- so long as they perform.... Read More »

VW will invest 4.2 billion euros in Spanish factories

May 15, 2015 11:02 CET

VW Group will invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion) to upgrade its vehicle assembly plants in Martorell and Pamplona, Spain, in preparation for the assignment of new models.... Read More »

Aston Martin likely to shun Mercedes' platform for DBX crossover

May 15, 2015 12:48 CET

Aston Martin may modify its new sports car platform for its DBX crossover rather than use underpinnings from a Mercedes SUV, CEO Andy Palmer said. The DBX is due to launch in 2019.... Read More »

Nvidia plans leap from Audi navigation systems to self-driving cars

May 15, 2015 11:52 CET

Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying powerful graphics processors for video game consoles and laptop computers when VW Group asked it to adapt the same three-dimensional displays for the dashboards of Audi vehicles. Now the chipmaker has its eye on self-driving cars.... Read More »

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Audi's move to e-charger will boost Valeo, Honeywell, other turbo makers

May 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will be the first automaker to use electrically boosted turbocharging in a mass-production model. The trend toward electrifying turbos is expected to benefit suppliers Valeo, Honeywell and BorgWarner.... Read More »

Retiring GM director Isdell sees turnaround taking 10 years

2:03 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Retiring GM board member Neville Isdell has a parting message for CEO Mary Barra: Yes, GM has come a long way since the bankruptcy and is in capable hands, but the turnaround is far from complete.... Read More »

Ford profit decline poised for a reversal in 2015, Fields says

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Ford CEO Mark Fields, presiding over his first annual meeting, addressed shareholder concern about the company's lagging stock by promising the company is poised for a profit liftoff in the year's second half.... Read More »

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