New system, but no quick fix for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
When General Motors last week unveiled a new way for dealers to order parts for the ignition-system recall, it reminded dealers of a hard truth: They'll be waiting for parts -- and placating impatient customers -- at least well into the autumn.... Read More »

 

Daimler says new Beijing plant has potential capacity to build 350,000 Mercedes cars

April 22, 2014 03:03 CET
Daimler can expand production at its Beijing plant to 350,000 vehicles a year if demand calls for it, said Rene Reif, the head of manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive. By the end of 2014, output in Beijing will be about 140,000 cars.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe set to challenge Mercedes CLA

April 22, 2014 02:42 CET
The Volkswagen NMC (New Midsize Coupe) concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA.... Read More »

 

Ford will soon name Fields next CEO, replacing Mulally, Bloomberg reports

April 21, 2014 20:10 CET
Ford plans to name Mark Fields its next CEO, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the pending announcement.... Read More »

 

UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

8:29 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.... Read More »

 

Plug Power, Hyundai steel supplier teaming up to make fuel cells

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fuel cell maker Plug Power said today it had agreed to form a joint venture with South Korea's Hyundai Hysco, a steel supplier to Hyundai Motor, to develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells in Asia.... Read More »

 

Jackson: We'll get our own leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
CEO Mike Jackson put the big Internet shopping sites on notice last week: AutoNation is building Web products that will slash the number of leads the group's 229 stores get from AutoTrader, Cars.com, TrueCar and others.... Read More »

 

NHTSA opens probe of Bosch EV chargers

11:43 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of electric-vehicle chargers made by German supplier Robert Bosch LLC after a driver of a 2013 Nissan Leaf reported one emitted smoke while charging.... Read More »

 

Blue sky high, acquisition action is, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Auto dealers are scrambling to buy new stores despite record high dealership values. They figure the earlier they can buy before the next downturn, the sooner they’ll earn profits and pay down acquisition costs.... Read More »

 

Tesla will build cars in China within 4 years, says Musk

11:07 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who's preparing to begin deliveries of the Model S electric vehicle in China, said he expects to be making cars in the country in the next three to four years.... Read More »

 

Plaintiffs call GM bid to freeze ignition suit a 'red herring'

10:49 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
GM's bid to freeze a lawsuit over faulty ignition switches may compromise public safety, plaintiffs told a judge in California, calling the automaker's claim that its 2009 bankruptcy shielded it from the old GM's liabilities “irrelevant” and a “red herring.”... Read More »

 

Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars.... Read More »

 

NHTSA closes 4-year probe into Saturn Ion power steering problems

9:19 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Gridlock and chaos on the Beijing auto show floor

7:30 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The Beijing auto show is renowned for being a full-contact sport of sorts. Walking the aisles, nay, even trying to enter the venue, can be a survival-of-the-fittest tussle.... Read More »

 

BMW luxury concept gives a preview of 9-series sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
BMW was set to preview a range-topping 9-series sedan at the Beijing auto show last weekend in the guise of its Vision Future Luxury concept car.... Read More »

 

SEDAN SHOOTOUT

As Sonata turns cautious, Camry flees good-but-frumpy image

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Sales of mid-sized sedans may be off 8 percent so far this year, but redesigns from Toyota and Hyundai unveiled at the New York auto show indicate the segment has plenty of fight left in it.... Read More »

 

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Land Rover Discovery Sport debuts line of 'versatile' SUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Land Rover said the first vehicle in its new family of SUVs will be called the Discovery Sport.... Read More »

 

Lincoln's China startup plans 20 stores by 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
China is giving the 97-year-old Lincoln luxury brand a new lease on life. In a series of events last week, Lincoln launched a sleek new concept vehicle and a new retail vision. Lincoln will begin selling vehicles in China this fall, starting with eight stores in seven cities and growing to 20 dealerships by the end of the year. By the end of 2016, Lincoln plans to have 60 stores in 50 cities.... Read More »

 

Spring sales thaw spawns optimism for full year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Sales thawed out in March and early April after the frigid winter, and auto executives at the auto show in New York City were optimistic about the rest of the year. They see growing consumer confidence and strong demand for pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

 

Manufacturers brace for the used-car flood

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
A projected increase in the supply of used vehicles will be good news for U.S. dealers who have been battling a lingering effect of the recession. But it will be a double-whammy for new-car buyers: lower value on their trade-ins and less-attractive lease terms.... Read More »

 

Iacocca links Mustang's lines to Mark I

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, discussion and debate rages anew about the design of the original pony car.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Crossovers will be vital in Hyundai's 3-year product blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Hyundai will soon return to the strategy that won it major sales and market share gains earlier this decade: a blitz of new products.... Read More »

 

BIG SOFA, LITTLE CAR?

When Scion's too tiny, Toyota pilot program allows a larger loaner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Scion is rolling out a pilot program that will allow vehicle owners to use other Toyota models as short-term loaners.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Subaru sees wider appeal for Outback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The redesigned Subaru Outback is more agile, has better driving dynamics, more contemporary styling and better fuel economy.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Voice of the fans brings back Audi A3 sportback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
In its past life as a five-door, the Audi A3 never sold that well in the United States.... Read More »

 

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