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NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof

5:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to supply the new Opel Cascada's folding softtop roof. Haartz supplies an acoustically enhanced three-ply composite that offers enhanced sound deadening and insulation.... Read More »

 

Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that broke cover at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China late last week.... Read More »

 

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

 

PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV

Nov. 25, 2014 10:48 CET
PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6.... Read More »

 

Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.... Read More »

 

Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China.... Read More »

 

South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market.... Read More »

 

Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. The auto industry can make it all stop right now, but will they?... Read More »

 

Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. "I learned about homologation and the tax breaks for different engine displacements. I learned the hard way, and we built that product plan from the bottom up."... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world's No. 1 carmaker.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff

9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff?... Read More »

 

German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade.... Read More »

 

Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said.... Read More »

 

Gestamp expects China to be its No. 3 market by 2015

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Gestamp, a Spanish supplier of metal auto parts, predicts that by 2015 China will become its third-largest market worldwide, after Germany and Spain.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In our package of stories on supplier price-fixing published Monday, one report said Carlos Ghosn inadvertently created the bid-rigging tradition. It was an intriguing scenario. But Carlos Ghosn begs to differ.... Read More »

 

UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors.... Read More »

 

Audi's China PR director faces corruption probe, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 10:39 CET
Audi's public relations chief in China, Lu Minjie, is under investigation by the central Chinese government's anti-corruption task force, according to Chinese media.... Read More »

 

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