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New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development boss Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S.... Read More »

After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. The tariff also has had other effects, experts say, such as stifling pickup innovation and motivating Japanese automakers to build U.S. factories.... Read More »

Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.... Read More »

How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018

9:16 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a newspaper interview published Sunday.... Read More »

European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target.... Read More »

Porsche mulls legal action over Macan copy in China, report says

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch next year at a price much lower than the Macan's.... Read More »

McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET

McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup.... Read More »

Jaguar r&d chief shuns driverless cars; says customers aren't 'cargo'

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will never make a driverless car, r&d boss Wolfgang Epple said. “We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B,” he added.... Read More »

Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute. French cities may use the ranking system to decide whether they want to ban diesels.... Read More »

Continental begins construction of brake factory in China

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Continental began construction of a factory in Chongqing in southwest China to supply brakes to automakers operating in the area.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET

Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption.... Read More »

German cartel office fines suppliers 75 million euros for price fixing

June 24, 2015 10:48 CET

Germany's cartel office has imposed about 75 million euros ($84.12 million) of fines on five automotive suppliers for price fixing.... Read More »

Toyota President Toyoda earns $10.3 million, surpassing Nissan's Ghosn

June 24, 2015 11:14 CET

Toyota President Akio Toyoda became the highest-paid auto executive in Japan last year after dividend payouts pushed his total compensation to $10.3 million, passing Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

Toyota HQ raided by police over executive's arrest, report says

10:28 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Toyota's headquarters was raided by police over the arrest of the company's new communications chief, Julie Hamp, for the alleged illegal import of painkillers, a Japanese newspaper reported today.... Read More »

VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share

June 23, 2015 15:20 CET

Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift.... Read More »

Toyota Europe's new sales boss must hold off surging Nissan

June 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's new European sales and marketing boss, Matt Harrison, faces the challenge of defeating Japanese rival Nissan's goal of becoming Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Nissan sales are surging thanks to new products while Toyota's aging lineup is holding back growth.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET

AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the country's best-selling car brand. AvtoVAZ resumed production today at its plant in Togliatti after output was suspended because of problems with the supply of parts.... Read More »

Ghosn's Nissan pay tops $8 million

June 23, 2015 10:48 CET

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn received a total of 1.03 billion yen ($8.3 million) in salary and bonuses for the year ended March 31, an increase of 4 percent from a year earlier, and the first time his pay has reached this figure.... Read More »

Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automaker.... Read More »

Alfa Romeo readies unveiling of key Giulia midsize sedan

June 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan, which will be unveiled Wednesday, is crucial to the struggling brand's revival. The Giulia will sit on Alfa's new rear-wheel/all-wheel-drive Giorgio platform and offer high-performance engines, including a Maserati-derived V-6.... Read More »

Mercedes's $230,000 Maybach S class defies China's cooling luxury market

June 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes-Benz is selling almost as many Maybach cars in China each month as it used to sell worldwide in a year when it targeted the super-rich with a stand-alone model.... Read More »

Daimler sells 15 German Mercedes dealerships to Chinese investor

June 19, 2015 17:03 CET

Daimler said it is selling 15 Mercedes-Benz dealerships in eastern Germany to a unit of China's Lei Shing Hong Group in a bid to lift profitability.... Read More »

Toyoda defends 'close friend' Hamp after arrest

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda defended his "close friend" and global communications chief Julie Hamp a day after her arrest for allegedly importing narcotic painkillers and promised the investigation will show that the company's first upper-level female executive had no intention of breaking Japanese law.... Read More »

Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient technology in Japan.... Read More »

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