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Tesla stock bounces back 10% after Musk disputes WSJ on Twitter

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that sales of the electric Model S rose 65 percent in North America last month and reached a “record high” worldwide.... Read More »

 

GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Geely's Horbury takes his auto design cues from a nation's style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
As a design leader at companies such as Ford and Volvo, Peter Horbury has always been the outsider with great insight, the foreigner able to identify style motifs native to a particular country and put them to good use.... Read More »

 

Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing

9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. Doug Betts, 51, who joined Chrysler from Nissan in 2007, will “pursue other interests,” Chrysler said in a statement today.... Read More »

 

Obama administration eyes leadership change at NHTSA, report says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The acting chief of the NHTSA, the top federal automotive safety regulator, is unlikely to be nominated for the job and an active search is under way to fill the position, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Europe to add ix25 small SUV, source says

Oct. 28, 2014 15:36 CET
Hyundai will sell a version of the ix25 subcompact SUV in Europe and the U.S. starting in 2017, a company source told Automotive News Europe. The move would give Hyundai a competitor in Europe's booming small SUV segment.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM's ignition switch rise to 30

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of mishaps caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors' vehicles has approved one new death claim, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the switch so far to 30, according to a report released today.... Read More »

 

Ghosn sees more recalls to ensure quality

Oct. 27, 2014 16:03 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says consumers can expect more recalls as automakers work to keep customers happy and ensure minimal fuss over quality issues.... Read More »

 

Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. dealers and for export.... Read More »

 

Dodge brothers back in action in new TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The last time a Detroit automaker resurrected a dead guy for an ad campaign, the result was widely panned.... Read More »

 

FOREIGN FLAIR

Chinese carmakers import design talent to compete globally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Not long ago, the styling of China's domestic brands was a laughingstock. Not anymore. Chinese automakers are hiring experienced foreign designers to mentor their fledgling programs.... Read More »

 

Continental eyes acquisition to reduce dependence on auto unit, report says

Oct. 27, 2014 15:37 CET
Continental is said to be looking for an acquisition in the industrial sector as it seeks to boost its proportion of industrial sales to 40 percent from close to 30 percent now to reduce its dependence on volatile car markets.... Read More »

 

Tenneco's adjusted Q3 net income rises 26% on record revenue

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Tenneco, a supplier of ride control components and emission control systems, said today its adjusted third-quarter net income rose 26 percent from a year earlier to $78 million.... Read More »

 

Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz design chief: S-class coupe is 'a revolution'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener draws his inspiration from traveling the world.... Read More »

 

GM plans to build on growth of minority-owned stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors added 21 minority-owned dealerships to its network so far this year, with plans to add a "couple more" this month and perhaps more by year end, said Eric Peterson, GM's U.S. vice president of diversity dealer relations.... Read More »

 

Viper plant to reopen next month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. The Viper plant in Detroit has worked just 10 days since April 14 and has been idled since July 3.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How to get off on the wrong foot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
I am neither an "armchair marketing expert" nor an indignant Detroit soul, but I do know arrogance when I see it, and I know what it takes to build teams.... Read More »

 

Asbury raises its acquisition goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. The nation's seventh-largest dealership group said that it now aims to buy stores that will add $500 million in annual revenue during the next 18 months.... Read More »

 

M-B captive hikes online sales of off-lease cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
An enhancement to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' 24/7 online remarketing tool has helped the captive finance company boost online sales of off-lease vehicles to dealers.... Read More »

 

Rivals see Buffett as just another competitor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing may mean more overall competition for acquisitions, but public dealership groups expect no interruptions to their growth plans.... Read More »

 

Ford plans to overhaul Lincoln with $5 billion push, report says

5:13 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
New Ford CEO Mark Fields, with the renewed backing of Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the company's board, has committed the automaker to a multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of Lincoln that includes a significant investment in a new premium vehicle platform that will underpin several future Lincoln vehicles, four sources told Reuters.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

Rick Case to sell first N.A. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C for charity's sake

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The first new Alfa Romeo to be sold in this country in 20 years will be auctioned next week for charity. That's thanks to Rick and Rita Case, owners of Rick Case Automotive Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's targets seen at risk as N.A. still pressured

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could find it tough to meet its 2014 profit guidance and may cut forecasts when it reports quarterly results next week as slowly recovering North America profit margins may fail to fully offset weakness in Europe and Latin America.... Read More »

 

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