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Honda aims to 'surprise' with '16 Civic coupe

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe is a near clone of the concept Honda showed at the New York Auto Show last spring and heads to dealerships in March. Like the re-engineered Civic sedan, the coupe is an effort by Honda to double down on one of its most popular models after the previous generation was criticized for being too frugal.... Read More »

Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness.... Read More »

Jaguar XE base price will be $35,895

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Jaguar will offer its all-new 2017 XE with one diesel and two gasoline engines and standard rear-wheel drive when the compact sedan goes on sale late this spring.... Read More »

Winterkorn resigns as Audi chairman in wake of VW scandal

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Volkswagen AG's former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned from his post as supervisory board chairman of the company's Audi brand, further scaling back his ties with Europe's largest automaker amid an investigation into violations of diesel-emissions tests that took place under his watch.... Read More »

L.A. show to get global debuts from Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitsubishi

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

The rebuilding of the Civic lineup continues in Los Angeles next week as Honda debuts the second of five new Civics. The Civic coupe will get its world debut at the L.A. show.... Read More »

Audi hikes pricing for redesigned Q7 more than $6,500

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

The second generation of Audi’s Q7 midsize crossover arrives in U.S. showrooms early next year offering loads of new technologies and a starting price that’s more than $6,500 higher than the model it replaces.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's 'goodwill package' squandered an opportunity

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

There's one thing Volkswagen needs to do to make sure the owners of its disgraced diesel vehicles get them repaired down the road, and stop fouling the air.... Read More »

Richard Newsted, chairman of supplier Chassix, dies at 58

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings and former CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems, died Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. He was 58.... Read More »

China auto sales rise most in 10 months after tax cut

2:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Light-vehicle sales rose at the fastest pace in 10 months after the government cut a tax on purchases, benefiting carmakers like Great Wall Motor and adding to evidence that demand is rebounding in the world's largest auto market after a summer slowdown.... Read More »

Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata.... Read More »

Tower explores sale of European business

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Auto parts supplier Tower International Inc. is considering selling its European operations. That would allow the structural metal components supplier, based in suburban Detroit, to strengthen its North American unit, Tower CEO Mark Malcolm said.... Read More »

Toyota to expand RAV4 output to 2nd Canadian plant

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Toyota will expand production of its RAV4 crossover to a second Canadian plant, beginning in 2019.... Read More »


BLOG: Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a barrage of concepts and autonomous-driving discourse.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz teases 'diamond' grille on freshened SL

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Mercedes-Benz's freshened SL features a retouched fascia and a new “diamond” radiator grille, a teaser photo released Tuesday by the automaker shows.... Read More »

Next-gen Mazda CX-9, updated with Skyactiv, to debut at L.A. show

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Mazda's next-generation CX-9 three-row crossover will debut at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, fleshing out the last of its lineup with the brand's Skyactiv technologies.... Read More »

VW, Porsche, Audi put all diesel sales on hold in U.S.

3:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

The American arms of Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen have halted sales of 3.0-liter diesel vehicles that the EPA on Monday said contain illegal software to manipulate emissions. The move puts sales of all new Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles on hold in the U.S. market.... Read More »


BLOG: Ending Tier 2 will put UAW-GM deal over the top

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

After a decade of concessions and a declining standard of living, UAW-represented workers at GM generally are not happy with their tentative four-year labor deal. But I believe they will ratify the contract this week -- probably with a 55 percent margin.... Read More »

VW recalls 91,867 cars for potential braking problem

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

VW is recalling 91,867 cars for flaws that can lead to the loss of power braking. The recall covers Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat models from the 2015-16 model years, each with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline engines... Read More »

Mercedes to recall 126,260 vehicles in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 126,260 cars for a defect that can cause airbags to inflate unexpectedly without a crash -- or not at all during one.... Read More »

AutoNation sales rose 14% in October

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

AutoNation's new-vehicle sales rose 14 percent in October from a year earlier, matching the pace set by the industry as a whole in the U.S. last month.... Read More »

Steve Jobs considered building an Apple car in 2008

10:21 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget.... Read More »

Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand to target 'savvy, affluent progressives'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

After years of flirting with the luxury and near-luxury segments, Hyundai has finally committed to a separate stand-alone brand named Genesis.... Read More »

Volkswagen avoids setback with hefty deals

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Volkswagen of America, helped by fatter discounts, recorded a tiny U.S. sales gain last month even as its compact car deliveries were gutted by an ongoing sales ban on 2.0-liter diesel models and overall weakness in car demand across the industry.... Read More »

Jeep to produce 50 special edition Wranglers in 2016 for Moab faithful

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Fiat Chrysler produced 11 customized vehicles to show this week at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Among them is a Wrangler Unlimited Red Rock concept that provides the underpinning for a special edition the brand will produce next year for the Easter Jeep Safari's 50th anniversary.... Read More »


BLOG: Will we set a sales record? (Do we want to?)

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

I’m calling it early. After a terrific October, I think 2015 light-vehicle volume will top the previous peak in 2000 of 17,395,142 sales.... Read More »