Dahl takes FCA's safety post

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance.... Read More »

Penske sticks with luxury with N.J. buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Penske Automotive Group has made another strategic acquisition, staying with premium luxury franchises, by buying New Jersey's Schneider Nelson Auto Group. The purchase covers stores selling Audi, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover.... Read More »

Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. sales increase in three years, expects to top 100,000 vehicles as soon as 2017, an achievement that would help more dealers become profitable and legitimize the brand's comeback efforts, CEO Lex Kerssemakers said.... Read More »

It's back to basics for Lamborghini

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Lamborghini, after years of creating supercars that were almost exclusively all-wheel drive, is returning to rear-wheel-drive basics with the debut of the Huracan LP 580-2.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler launches 3 youth-targeted ads during American Music Awards

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in another high-profile advertising move, launched three spots during Sunday night's broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC.... Read More »

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Nov. 22, 2015 23:34 CET

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.... Read More »

Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi.... Read More »


German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

German automakers and suppliers fear that America's audacious tech companies are grabbing the initiative within the auto industry as cars become more about software and successful data manipulation and less about traditional hardware. Their response is to try to ingrain that risk-taking Californian ethos into their own companies.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.... Read More »


Spider 'ain't a badge exercise'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2015

The task seemed simple: Re-create the most popular Fiat ever sold in the U.S. for the 21st century. The reality, it turned out, was a little more complicated than typing “Miata” into Google Translate and choosing “Italian.”... Read More »

VW cuts 2016 capital investment 8% due to cost of fixing emissions cheat

7:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Volkswagen today cut 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) -- or about 8 percent -- from its investment plan for next year, as the German carmaker braces for a multi-billion-euro hit from its emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

FCA names Dahl to replace Kunselman as safety and regulatory chief

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Fiat Chrysler named Michael Dahl as its new director of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance. He replaces Scott Kunselman, who is retiring Nov. 30.... Read More »

GM won't shy away from diesels, Reuss says

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

GM is moving forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from VW's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said. But GM won't seek to build a diesel base as large as that of VW, which counts on diesel engines for about a quarter of its U.S. sales.... Read More »


BLOG: Pressure on XT5 to deliver amid Caddy's lineup quagmire

11:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Cadillac and its dealers are counting on the clean-slate redesign of the XT5 crossover to help the brand snap out of a sales funk before an influx of fresh product begins arriving in 2018.... Read More »

Daimler to invest $375 million to build diesel engines near Detroit

10:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The head of Daimler's commercial truck operation said the company will invest $375 million at a complex near Detroit to build diesel engines for medium duty trucks, expanding a strategy of building and selling trucks, engines, transmissions and axles as a package.... Read More »


VW will shorten investment program timing, report says

Nov. 19, 2015 15:06 CET

VW will abandon its practice of setting a rolling five-year investment budget as it grapples with its emissions-cheating scandal, Bloomberg reported. VW's supervisory board meets Friday to discuss investment cuts as well as potentially shortening its spending plan to three years or less to maintain flexibility, sources said.... Read More »

Ford CFO says 'Friends' promo not costly

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Ford's incentive spending declined slightly in the first few weeks of its year-end “Friends & Neighbors” promotion, evidence that it’s not a profit-damaging blowout sale, CFO Bob Shanks said today.... Read More »


VW will delay China JV stake increase due to scandal costs

Nov. 19, 2015 12:43 CET

VW is delaying its plan to boost its stake in its joint venture with China's FAW Group after reviewing the investment in the wake of its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »


VW takes apology tour to L.A. show, readies U.S. repair plan

Nov. 19, 2015 09:05 CET

VW made even more public acts of contrition at the Los Angeles auto show. VW of America CEO Michael Horn apologized again to customers and dealers for its diesel emissions deception. He said that the company will soon have a remedy for cars sold in the U.S. involved in the scandal.... Read More »

U.S. House passes bill revoking CFPB auto lending guidance

5:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

A bill that would limit the CFPB's 2013 auto lending guidance passed the House of Representatives late Wednesday by a 332-96 vote. The bill still faces several hurdles before it could become law.... Read More »

New DARCARS CEO starts shopping

10:55 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group is in talks with several U.S. dealerships about possible acquisitions after completing its first store purchase since John Darvish Jr., son of the founder, took over as CEO last year.... Read More »

VW's Horn: Plan for emissions fix coming 'soon'

8:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen Group of America may soon disclose how it intends to fix 482,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with illegal emissions software, the company's chief said. The automaker is approaching a Friday deadline to submit draft plans for the fixes to the California Air Resources Board. CARB and the EPA must approve VW's repair plans before a recall can begin.... Read More »

Legendary automotive artist Art Fitzpatrick dies at 96

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away this week in Carlsbad, Calif., at age 96.... Read More »

BMW confident X1, 7 series will drive N.A. sales growth in 2016

4:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

BMW is confident its U.S. sales will continue expanding in 2016 even as the overall market reaches a phase of little or no growth, says Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW North America.... Read More »

Audi says gift cards help it identify owners of tainted diesels

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen AG's “goodwill gesture” of $1,000 worth of gift cards to owners of cars with engines that pollute more than the law allows is helping the company identify those autos when it comes time to fix them, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said.... Read More »

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