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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

1 great leader can turn GM around

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Great leaders of other large, struggling companies have demonstrated conclusively that GM is just one great leader away from regaining and surpassing its former greatness.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.... Read More »

 

Toyota aims to hold U.S. Hispanic market lead as segment grows

6:49 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Toyota plans to remain the top-selling auto brand among U.S. Hispanic customers as competing automakers boost efforts to win a bigger share of business from the nation's largest ethnic minority group, a top executive said Sunday.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels.... Read More »

 

Renault puts more focus on India, Iran

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is splitting its Asia Pacific region in two to help boost sales growth in India and the Middle East. Renault expects China and India will become the world's two leading economies within the next 20 years.... Read More »

 

Muscular Challenger bulks up its interior

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
The 707-hp SRT Hellcat will generate the most smoke at the drag strip, but it's the rest of the re-engineered Dodge Challenger lineup that likely will fire the interest of consumers.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Top lawyer keeps pall over GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
The changing perception among some of GM CEO Mary Barra's toughest critics suggests that she is maneuvering GM out of the worst of the recall crisis. But the praise came with a scorching indictment of her decision not to fire chief counsel Michael Millikin.... Read More »

 

Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70

4:43 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter and tough-nosed negotiator who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. Scheele, working under then-CEO Bill Ford, led the troubled automaker's turnaround plan after the departure of former CEO Jacques Nasser.... Read More »

 

PSA to start Nigeria production this year

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA will start producing cars in Nigeria this year through a local
 manufacturing partner. Rival Renault-Nissan began SUV output in Africa's largest economy in April.... Read More »

 

EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler

2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
What appears on the surface to be just another twist in the ego-driven soap opera between VW's visionary leader Ferdinand Piech and FCA's scrappy boss Sergio Marchionne may actually presage the next round of auto industry consolidation.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

GM waive liability shield? It can't

3:22 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Is it conceivable that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is both a lawmaker and lawyer, has only a tenuous grasp of the law?... Read More »

 

CLEPA names new CEO

July 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the automaker's top lawyer. But Barra said she intended to keep Michael Millikin, GM's general counsel since 2009, defending him as “a man of incredibly high integrity” whose subordinates failed him.... Read More »

 

Nissan's Ghosn offers auto-driving reality check

10:40 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, whose company made waves last year by pledging to develop autonomous cars by 2020, dialed back those expectations.... Read More »

 

BMW will raise China capacity to 400,000 vehicles

July 16, 2014 13:23 CET
BMW said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years and double the range of locally made vehicles to six models.... Read More »

 

VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

1:01 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Experts disagree on how to handle massive data from self-driving cars

July 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Experts have differing views on what to do with the mountain of data that is likely to be generated by autonomous vehicles when computers control much of our cars' functions in the future.... Read More »

 

Mulally joins Google board

4:16 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined the board of directors of Google as the technology giant ramps up development of autonomous light vehicles.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM revises way legal staff handles safety suits

9:35 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
GM has hired an outside legal firm to review the company's litigation practices and has revised the way it handles civil lawsuits so that cases involving serious injuries or deaths will be reviewed by the company's general counsel and engineering staffs, GM's top lawyer plans to tell a Senate panel on Thursday.... Read More »

 

How Warren Buffett landed a new Cadillac (and not a Subaru)

3:43 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Warren Buffett, who has made himself and others enormously wealthy by investing in some of America's biggest brands, says he's not about to go with Japanese wheels, no matter how practical.... Read More »

 

VW aims to save 5 billion euros to lift profitability

July 15, 2014 15:27 CET
VW Group plans to reduce costs at its namesake brand by 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) by 2017 as it seeks to lift sagging profitability after efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs.... Read More »

 

Obama touts progress on 'talking' cars

11:20 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
President Barack Obama highlighted government-backed research on technology being developed by companies including Ford and Toyota to allow cars to communicate with each other.... Read More »

 

VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals

July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. Sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle.... Read More »

 

Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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