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BMW's larger 2-series droptop hits U.S. in early 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
BMW's 2015 2-series convertible goes on sale early next year after debuting in October at the Paris auto show. The soft-top two-door will be launched in the U.S. as the 228i, 228i xDrive with all-wheel drive and M235i. The M235i xDrive is due next year.... Read More »

 

Nissan taps BMW's Krueger to head Infiniti

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Nissan has poached BMW veteran Roland Krueger to head its leaderless Infiniti luxury unit, lending a touch of German flair to a brand struggling to break out of the second tier. Krueger, 48, steps into a brand twice stung by recent defections, first by brand President Johan de Nysschen's departure in July, then by the exit of its chairman, Andy Palmer, last week.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream.... Read More »

 

GreenTech electric vehicle venture anticipates U.S. production in 4th quarter

5:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
A Chinese-affiliated electric vehicle venture that has generated more curiosity than cars during the past five years anticipates launching U.S. production by the end of this year.... Read More »

 

Icahn-controlled Federal-Mogul to split into two public companies

9:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Carl Icahn-controlled auto supplier Federal-Mogul Holdings said today it plans to split its two business units into two publicly-traded companies.... Read More »

 

AUGUST U.S. AUTO SALES

Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota post big gains as August volume leaps 6%

8:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by double-digit increases at Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor, rose 6 percent in August, helped by generous Labor Day holiday deals and higher demand for pickups, SUVs and crossovers. The seasonally adjusted annualized pace of sales soared to 17.5 million, nearly 1 million units above the 16.6 million estimate. Toyota Motor edged Ford for the second straight month, and Honda sold 51,075 Accords, a monthly record.... Read More »

 

Tesla to announce plans for 'gigafactory' in Nevada

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Tesla Motors is expected to announce Thursday that it has selected Nevada to be the site of its "gigafactory," the large-scale lithium ion battery manufacturing plant estimated to cost up to $5 billion to build.... Read More »

 

Next MX-5 Miata will help Mazda define itself

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Mazda, which has staked its future on making its cars lighter, more efficient and more fun to drive than their competition, on Wednesday revealed the purest execution of that strategy: a redesigned MX-5 Miata built with Mazda's full suite of Skyactiv technology.... Read More »

 

Ford keeps top sales spot in Canada

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Ford of Canada said today that it was the country's top seller of new vehicles in the month of August, as sturdy truck demand helped it maintain leadership for a fifth consecutive month.... Read More »

 

Disney exec to lead Nissan U.S. marketing

3:22 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Nissan has named Disney ad executive Jeremy Tucker as its chief of U.S. marketing, fulfilling the automaker's pledge to market the brand in nontraditional ways.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why more women are willing to haggle with dealers

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Car dealers who believe that men like to haggle and women don't had better think again. A new study suggests that women are more keen than men to negotiate -- a reversal from just a couple of years ago.... Read More »

 

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging some bigger trucks.... Read More »

 

Toyota raises prices on 2015 Sienna minivans

11:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota bumped up the manufacturer's suggested retail prices for its redesigned 2015 Sienna minivan. The retail pricing spans from a base of $28,600 for a Sienna L grade to $46,150 for a Sienna Limited Premium all-wheel drive, Toyota said in a statement Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Daimler buys smartphone apps but seeks to avoid Uber controversy

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Daimler said it had bought Mytaxi and RideScout, two smartphone applications that will help the maker of Mercedes-Benz limousines provide services to people who do not own cars.... Read More »

 

Tesla says it didn't violate Georgia regulations

9:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors, facing a challenge from Georgia dealerships over how it sells cars, said claims made in a petition filed on behalf of auto retailers in the state that it breached its license agreement aren't valid.... Read More »

 

GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup

6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since General Motors began taking orders for the mid-sized truck -- about five times more than the company had forecast.... Read More »

 

Land Rover sets base Discovery Sport price at $38,920

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
The seven-seat Discovery Sport, the first vehicle in a new family of Land Rovers aimed at buyers in the middle of the luxury market, will go on sale in early 2015 with a base price of $38,920, including shipping.... Read More »

 

GM ignition switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received claims for 107 deaths as of Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the lawyer overseeing the program.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. But a new animated spot set to debut on Gas Station TV touting the fuel and ecological advantages of a Fiat 500 minicar may be the brand's most wry offering yet.... Read More »

 

AUGUST U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales rate to top 16 million for 6th month in a row, analysts predict

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Auto sales volume in the United States is expected to keep rolling along in August, with two independent forecasters predicting a sixth straight month of 16 million-plus selling rates. TrueCar predicts a seasonally adjusted annual selling rate of 16.6 million for August and LMC Automotive/J.D. Power is just behind at 16.5 million.... Read More »

 

Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in the first half of 2016, the company said in a statement.... Read More »

 

Keith Crain will be honored at Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Keith Crain, editor in chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications, will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to ditch M-class in favor of GLE as part of renaming strategy

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is ditching the M-class nameplate as part of a comprehensive renaming strategy. When the vehicle receives a face-lift in early 2015 for the 2016 model year, it will be called the GLE class.... Read More »

 

BMW joins Cadillac wooing Silicon Valley to combat Tesla

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
BMW scored a coup this month when former Apple executive Tony Fadell became one of the first owners of the new $136,000 i8 plug-in sports car in the United States. Car companies covet Californians, who are seen as trendsetters for the rest of the country. All the better if they can win adherents among executives at companies striving to stay at the cutting edge of technology.... Read More »

 

Subaru casts wider net with safer, greener WRX

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Subaru hopes the redesigned WRX line will capture a wider customer base with better fuel economy and safety features after spinning off the nameplate from its Impreza stablemate.... Read More »

 

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