Smartphone-like car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?... Read More »

Rich Russians beg Tesla to sell them ‘IPhone on wheels’

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Almost 100,000 Russians follow Elon Musk’s social media page, yet the Tesla founder seems to be promoting his dream car everywhere but here, forcing enthusiasts to go to great lengths -- and expense -- to own one.... Read More »

Trouble selling grandma's cars sowed seed for $1 billion startup

6:35 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Auto1 values and buys used cars from individual sellers based on its own inventory and that of dealerships and manufacturers that use its platform. It then sells them on for a higher price to dealerships.... Read More »

Ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody in Japan, report says

5:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Tokyo prosecutors plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota executive, on Wednesday after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, a report said.... Read More »

Greece's June car sales slide amid broader European rebound

July 7, 2015 10:35 CET

New -car sales in Greece fell 22 percent last month, the sharpest drop of any western European car market, amid political uncertainty. Registrations across the region rose 14 percent to 1.31 million as the UK, Germany, France and Spain delivered double-digit percentage gains.... Read More »

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BLOG: Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

4:56 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?... Read More »

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Renault China boss counts on SUVs, Nissan to help win in key market

July 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is convinced it can become a key player in China because of the addition of two locally built SUVs and its strong ties to alliance partner Nissan, which is well established in the market. Renault's China boss, Jacques Daniel, outlined the automaker's plans to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler, PSA could be at risk from Greek euro turmoil

July 6, 2015 16:52 CET

Industry watchers say a Greek exit from the euro after the country's no vote to austerity terms could impact southern European markets, along with Fiat Chrysler and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, the automakers most exposed to those markets.... Read More »

Renault taps Daimler expertise to boost Talisman quality

July 6, 2015 16:34 CET

Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. The Talisman is a "refined sedan with an assertive design," Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the car's unveiling.... Read More »

France to unify EV-charging networks

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel.... Read More »

Renault says Talisman midsize sedan has 'racy' design, innovative technologies

July 6, 2015 08:28 CET

Renault says its new Talisman midsize car has robust and racy lines and delivers "intense driving enjoyment." The Talisman, which replaces the Laguna and Latitude cars, will have a key role in taking the brand upmarket by offering near-premium features.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Midsize-sedan sales meltdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Midsize-sedan sales meltdown; How Infiniti boosted quality rating; Private-equity dealership investors gain favor; Scion iA's luxury tech; A cool Chevy feature.... Read More »

Automakers say they're open to outside dealership investors, despite skepticism

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Some automakers insist they are willing to take a chance on outside investors — provided they have a long-term focus and tap people with substantial dealership operation experience.... Read More »

Chassix finds support for Chapter 11 exit plan

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Debt-laden auto supplier Chassix Holdings Inc. entered its bankruptcy court confirmation hearing late last week with nearly unanimous creditor support for its Chapter 11 exit plan.... Read More »

Mexico auto production, exports rise in June

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mexico auto production rose 6.7 percent in June to 306,694 units versus the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said.... Read More »

UAW wages may be flat, but workers' pay is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In contract talks with the Detroit 3, the UAW will be looking to boost the pay of veteran Tier 1 workers, who haven't had a wage increase in a decade. But that doesn't mean their pay hasn't gone up.... Read More »

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Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

July 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda and VW brand are heading in opposite directions. Skoda's car sales rose to a record last year and its profit margin was 7 percent, far higher than VW's 2.5 percent. Now Skoda's success is attracting the wrong kind of attention at VW Group headquarters in Wolfsburg.... Read More »

Average fuel economy drops to 25.4 mpg in June

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was down 0.1 mpg in June, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.... Read More »

Mini, Lexus, BMW stores most-improved in responding to potential buyers

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mini, Lexus and BMW dealerships achieved the industry's biggest improvements in building rapport with potential buyers, while Mercedes-Benz stores led the way for a seventh-consecutive year, according to a newly released study.... Read More »

Eberspaecher said to explore partnership or partial sale

July 6, 2015 15:01 CET

German supplier Eberspaecher is exploring a partnership with an overseas peer or a partial sale as it seeks to expand internationally, several sources familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mercedes a 'mystery' hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz dealerships score with mystery shoppers; CEO plans 'new Honda'; Chevy's swipe at F-150; Dodge dealer is big on detail; Hellcat ad unleashed; Transaction-price trend.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 19% in June on China, Europe demand

July 6, 2015 12:24 CET

Mercedes deliveries rose 19 percent in June as strong demand in China and Europe helped boost sales. Six-month deliveries rose a record 15 percent, the carmaker said.... Read More »

Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

July 6, 2015 11:30 CET

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars.... Read More »

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