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VW's German workers will seek above-inflation pay rises

Sept. 18, 2014 23:49 CET
Volkswagen's German workers will push for above-inflation pay rises next year, even as the carmaker seeks to cut costs and boost flagging profitability in its core division, the IG Metall labor union said.... Read More »

 

ZF net debt seen at $11 billion after TRW deal, report says

Sept. 18, 2014 18:05 CET
ZF's net debt will rise to some 8.5 billion euros ($11 billion), or about 2.4 times core earnings after it buys rival TRW, a banker familiar with the deal said.Earlier this week, ZF agreed to buy TRW for $13.5 billion including debt,... Read More »

 

7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

 

China's Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma with 2012 design, report says

4:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker's Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company's last year of production, people close to the companies said.... Read More »

 

Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala.... Read More »

 

Warren Buffett is bullish on GM, Detroit

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said today he is bullish on Detroit and General Motors -- and said he's impressed with CEO Mary Barra.... Read More »

 

Calif. grants 29 permits to test self-driving Lexus, Mercedes, Audi cars

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said today.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines.... Read More »

 

Lotus may cut workforce 27% in restructuring

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Group Lotus, the maker of exotic British sports cars, may reduce its workforce by 27 percent to cut costs. As many as 325 of the 1,215 people employed at the company could lose their jobs as the manufacturer restructures, Lotus said Thursday.... Read More »

 

Lotus plans to cut up to 325 jobs to reduce losses

Sept. 18, 2014 18:41 CET
UK sports car maker Lotus said it plans to cut as many as 325 jobs, a quarter of its workforce, as it seeks to reduce losses.... Read More »

 

ZF's Sommer sees more acquisitions beyond TRW purchase

Sept. 18, 2014 09:05 CET
ZF, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings for $13.5 billion including debt, sees a need for more acquisitions as even the largest auto suppliers seek size and technology.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler locates new HQ in London's West End

Sept. 18, 2014 15:58 CET
Fiat Chrysler will locate its new global headquarters in St James's Street in London's West End, near Buckingham Palace. London is neutral territory between the Italian carmaker's former HQ in Turin and Chrysler's historic association with Detroit.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Motor's record $10 billion bid for trophy property alarms investors

11:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group will pay a record $10 billion for the site of its new headquarters in Seoul's high-end Gangnam district, out-bidding Samsung Electronics and sparking investor concerns that it is wasting cash on a trophy property.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's new HQ will be a short stroll from Buckingham Palace

9:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Fiat SpA will locate its new global headquarters in London's West End, opting for the most expensive office district in the world.... Read More »

 

Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET
Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

SsangYong set to join expanding subcompact SUV segment

Sept. 18, 2014 11:46 CET
SsangYong will preview two subcompact SUV concepts in Paris next month, ahead of the launch of a production model, the X100, next year. SsangYong is the latest automaker to join the fast-growing small SUV segment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment.... Read More »

 

Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminating the practice at Detroit 3 plants in the United States.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track

5:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Magna Powertrain supplies the all-wheel-drive system for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. The supplier eliminated seal rings and bearings in the system to reduce drag by about 14 percent and decrease weight by more than 2kg.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Didier Leroy

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is this year's winner for European Operations CEO.... Read More »

 

Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks.... Read More »

 

Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass supplier with roots dating to the 1930s.... Read More »

 

Ford and Lincoln get connected with Apple's Siri

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
After years of negative customer reviews of its in-car voice-recognition technology, Ford may solve some of its lingering issues by partnering with Automatic Labs. Soon, drivers will be able to ask Apple's Siri system about the weather and turn on their home thermostat from the wheel of their Ford or Lincoln, the automaker said Tuesday.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Honda reveals longer, sleeker, sportier Jazz

Sept. 17, 2014 12:44 CET
Honda has released pictures of its near-production next-generation Jazz subcompact, which show a bigger, sportier-looking model than the current car. The Jazz is Honda's No. 3-selling model in Europe after the Civic and CR-V.... Read More »

 

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