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DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April.... Read More »

 

Volvo to start online car sales, skip some big auto shows

Dec. 15, 2014 08:39 CET
Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said.... Read More »

 

UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers.... Read More »

 

Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars.... Read More »

 

Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund

11:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today.... Read More »

 

Volvo to skip most auto shows; focus will be on Detroit, Geneva, China

2:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volvo is shifting its focus from auto shows to market more directly to buyers as part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts that will place more focus on digital outreach. Starting next year, the company will take part in just one auto show per region, including the Detroit and Geneva auto shows.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Poached from BMW, Diess in position for VW CEO job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volkswagen's decision to poach BMW product development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in the pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of what could soon be the world's largest automaker.... Read More »

 

Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Dec. 15, 2014 10:12 CET
Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said.... Read More »

 

YELLOW TAXI BLUES

How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate.... Read More »

 

BIG TO-DO LIST

BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals.... Read More »

 

Daimler's new CEO contender

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.... Read More »

 

Hyundai moves money to regain mojo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea.... Read More »

 

2015 WORLD CONGRESS

Panelists to focus on retail trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Three experts with rich backgrounds in auto retailing will discuss the convergence of trends and what they mean for the future during next month's Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.... Read More »

 

Mini to pare lineup to 5 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
By 2020 at the earliest, Mini's lineup will have only five models, down from seven today.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Longtime auto dealer Bob Moore died Dec. 1. He was 81. Sam Swope, who developed one of the nation's first regional auto malls, died Tuesday, Dec. 9. He was 88.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Revolving doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The challenges facing sales consultants are familiar: long and irregular hours, uncertain and variable pay and relatively low income.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem.... Read More »

 

GM dealers take on more loaners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
Dealers are seeing a huge expansion of General Motors' Courtesy Transportation Program, a bid to create better loyalty via the service lane and by getting more people to try vehicles.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation.... Read More »

 

Ford elects former FCC chairman Kennard to its board

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Ford elected William Kennard, former US ambassador to the European Union and FCC chairman, to its board of directors.... Read More »

 

VW has 10 million sales in sight despite flat November

Dec. 12, 2014 12:54 CET
VW Group's global vehicle sales increased just 1 percent in November as its business was hit by slumps in Russia and Brazil. The automaker, however, remains confident it will meet a full-year target of 10 million deliveries.... Read More »

 

Tesla’s China president resigns after less than 9 months in post

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Tesla Motors said its top manager in China is leaving the company after less than nine months in the position.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler says it has no plan to move Ferrari's tax base from Italy

Dec. 11, 2014 16:07 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denied a report that it is considering moving the tax residence of its Ferrari supercar unit outside Italy. The possibility of the move to save on corporate taxes caused an outcry in its home country.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler sells stock at discount after NY slump

Dec. 11, 2014 11:06 CET
Fiat Chrysler's share sale will carry a discount of 4 percent after the stock plunged the most in New York since the company's October debut. CEO Sergio Marchionne is seeking to raise about $5 billion to counter mounting debt.... Read More »

 

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