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NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers.... Read More »

 

VW plans $1 billion investment in Mexico to support Tiguan output, report says

6:31 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
VW plans an investment worth around $1 billion in Mexico to expand its Puebla assembly plant, Reuters reported Thursday. The capital outlay, aimed at supporting production of the Tiguan compact crossover, is due to be unveiled on Monday and is expected to generate about 1,900 jobs.... Read More »

 

GM sued by 2 workers for not allowing unpaid religious days

6:27 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Two GM workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the company and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off.... Read More »

 

Snow crimps output at GM, Ford, Toyota plants in Kentucky

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
GM, Ford and Toyota canceled shifts at assembly plants in Kentucky on Thursday after more than two feet of snow pounded parts of the state overnight, prompting some government officials to declare an emergency.... Read More »

 

Lotus CEO leans towards SUV launch as sales pick up

2:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, focused on the British sports car maker's survival, says the next all-new Lotus vehicle is likely to be a crossover SUV.... Read More »

 

Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

VW's German workers get 3% wage increase

March 5, 2015 12:56 CET
Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs.... Read More »

 

BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car

March 5, 2015 15:23 CET
BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report.... Read More »

 

Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's Polish plant will build restyled Fiat 500, Lancia Ypsilon, reports say

March 5, 2015 11:09 CET
Fiat Chrysler will start producing restyled versions of its Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon models this year at its Tychy plant in Poland, reports said. The plant already builds the current versions of the two models alongside Ford's Ka minicar.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

No German-driven 'rat race' for Volvo

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. “They are in a rat race. We are not going to follow them,” he said.... Read More »

 

Next Malibu tackles weight, space challenges

9:49 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will have more interior space and weigh 300 pounds less than the current car, General Motors said today.... Read More »

 

Ford warns on UK leaving EU

March 4, 2015 16:23 CET
Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley said the UK needs to stay in the EU to keep its manufacturers at the forefront of global production. "We really believe that the UK being part of the EU is critical for business," Farley said in a radio interview.... Read More »

 

Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET
German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider

March 4, 2015 14:24 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5.... Read More »

 

NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.... Read More »

 

Jeep ramps up dealers in China as production commences

2:14 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Jeep will increase its dealerships in China by about a third this year and will start local production of its Cherokee SUV in November followed by the smaller Renegade model in 2016, CEO Mike Manley said.... Read More »

 

ZF-TRW deal to be approved by EU regulators, report says

1:48 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
EU antitrust regulators are expected to clear German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for US peer TRW Automotive Holdings with conditions, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?... Read More »

 

Toyota Financial explores how to improve e-commerce

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
As more shoppers turn to e-commerce as part of buying a car, Toyota Financial Services is turning to its U.S. dealers to find ways to improve its digital offerings. A major push: e-contracting, which Toyota Financial Services launched about two years ago.... Read More »

 

Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET
Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief.... Read More »

 

Audi spreads wireless connectivity to nearly all 2016 models

10:53 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Audi said it plans to equip nearly all of its 2016 model-year vehicles with 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to give drivers Wi-Fi access from the road.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward

6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. After a three-year plan that has brought success step-by-step, he now gets a new role with even more responsibility.... Read More »

 

Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Lexus reveals potential Mini fighter

March 3, 2015 14:55 CET
Lexus revealed the aggressively styled LF-SA subcompact concept at the Geneva auto show that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1.... Read More »

 

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