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Toyota scouting Mexico for assembly plant, reports say

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Toyota, the last of the world's major automakers without a full assembly plant in Mexico, is scouting the country for possible factory sites, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.... Read More »

 

Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta.... Read More »

 

Tesla tax breaks to be debated by Nevada lawmakers

6:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Nevada lawmakers convened a special legislative session in Carson City today to consider a package of tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3 billion aimed at cementing a deal with Tesla Motors for a $5 billion battery plant.... Read More »

 

AutoNation to buy 4 luxury dealerships in Seattle market

9:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
AutoNation is expanding its footprint in the Pacific Northwest by buying four luxury-brand dealerships in the Seattle market that generate more than $350 million in annual revenue.... Read More »

 

U.S. sales strength will hold through the year, Edmunds says

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
August's surge in auto demand in the United States could help lift this year's sales totals above levels last seen in 2006, Edmunds.com analysts said today.... Read More »

 

California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market.... Read More »

 

Bosch approaches Brazil regulator over spark plug cartel

Sept. 8, 2014 14:36 CET
Bosch says it approached Brazil's antitrust authorities after discovering it had been operating a cartel in spark plugs together with Japan's NGK Spark Plug Co. "We have reported ourselves to the authorities," the supplier said.... Read More »

 

Texas governor says lower tax, regulatory hurdles lure companies such as Toyota, Tesla

7:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential presidential candidate in two years, said companies such as Toyota will invest where they’re least burdened by taxes and regulation.... Read More »

 

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Hiking pay to get 'the pick of the crop'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Earl Stewart Toyota in Lake Park, Fla., examined its pay scale this summer. The conclusion: not high enough. So it hiked its pay scale. For the lowest-paid employees, the change meant a 38 percent jump in their hourly rate.... Read More »

 

Is this the new face of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to boost Alabama plant capacity to 300,000 units

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Mercedes-Benz plans to increase production capacity at its Alabama plant to 300,000 vehicles by the end of 2015, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Friday.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen spied on Brazilian union activists in 1980s, report says

Sept. 5, 2014 15:19 CET
Volkswagen spied on Brazilian union activists in the 1980s and passed sensitive information about wage demands and other private discussions to the country's military dictatorship, according to newly uncovered documents seen by Reuters.... Read More »

 

Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today.... Read More »

 

Musk sees Tesla's future in diamond-shaped Nevada 'gigafactory'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk plans "romantic" touches for the company's multi-billion-dollar battery plant in Nevada that he says is vital to Tesla's goal of mass-market electric car sales. Aside from its scale, the factory will be diamond-shaped, aligned to true north and able to get all its power on site from wind, solar and geothermal systems.... Read More »

 

Tesla picks Nevada for giant battery plant

7:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Tesla Motors selected Nevada as the site for a massive battery factory that will be key to the success of its next generation of electric cars. The EV maker is still hammering out the final details on the plant that will crank out cheaper and more efficient battery packs for Tesla's future cars, including the $35,000 Model 3 that is due in 2017.... Read More »

 

BMW, Audi, Mercedes help boost U.S. car sales with incentives

Sept. 4, 2014 11:44 CET
BMW, Audi and Mercedes all offered generous discounts to U.S. auto buyers in August that helped drive sales to the best month in eight years. Spending by vehicle averaged $4,912 at BMW last month, followed by $4,189 for Mercedes and $3,236 for Audi.... Read More »

 

AutoNation sales rise 7 percent in August

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today that its new-vehicle sales in the United States during August were the dealership group's best since 2002.... Read More »

 

Canada auto sales rise 8%, set record in August

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Canadian auto sales raced to an all-time record in August as consumers in the country's most populous province rushed back into the market, helping fuel a 8 percent jump in new vehicle sales, an independent industry analyst said.... Read More »

 

Tesla to announce plans for 'gigafactory' in Nevada

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Tesla Motors is expected to announce Thursday that it has selected Nevada to be the site of its "gigafactory," the large-scale lithium ion battery manufacturing plant estimated to cost up to $5 billion to build.... Read More »

 

Tesla says it didn't violate Georgia regulations

9:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors, facing a challenge from Georgia dealerships over how it sells cars, said claims made in a petition filed on behalf of auto retailers in the state that it breached its license agreement aren't valid.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How India went from boom to bust

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
After a period of rapid expansion, India's car market entered a slump indirectly triggered by the U.S. Federal Reserve's announcement that it would start to gradually phase out its ultra-loose monetary policy.... Read More »

 

California lawmakers adjourn without passing Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
California lawmakers adjourned for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state.... Read More »

 

Dealers in Georgia petition to shut Tesla down

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Auto dealers in Georgia are the latest seeking to shut down Tesla's factory-owned stores. The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association filed a petition of enforcement Friday with state regulators arguing that Tesla's direct-sales model violates state law.... Read More »

 

Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April.... Read More »

 

Ford launches '15 Mustang output in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford officially launched production of the redesigned Mustang at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. With the 2015 model, Ford is making the Mustang to suit global tastes for the first time. That will include a first-ever right-hand-drive version.... Read More »

 

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