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Toyota keeps top spot despite strong VW challenge

2:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyota defended its crown as the world's biggest automaker in 2014, keeping a slim lead over Volkswagen. But Toyota forecast sales to slump 1 percent in the current calendar year, on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets.... Read More »

 

Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest.... Read More »

 

Paperwork error on GM loan will cost JPMorgan $1.5 billion, U.S. court rules

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
A 2008 paperwork error in a loan agreement with General Motors, before the automaker went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will cost JPMorgan Chase $1.5 billion, a federal appeals court ruled today.... Read More »

 

Why auto show display design is tricky

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show. Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing for display maker George P. Johnson Co., says display spending is getting smarter, not larger.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year.... Read More »

 

GM’s Treasury bailout records shouldn’t be secret, U.S. judge told

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
The Treasury’s role in shielding General Motors from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn’t confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge.... Read More »

 

Volvo appoints another U.S. chief amid sales decline

12:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volvo is reshuffling its North American management, moving CEO Tony Nicolosi to head of its finance company for the Americas and bringing global corporate product strategy chief Lex Kerssemakers to replace him.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices.... Read More »

 

Tom Kowaleski, PR mastermind for Chrysler, dies at 63

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Tom Kowaleski, who held key communications jobs for Chrysler, GM, BMW and most recently, Lincoln, died Tuesday. He is best remembered for being one of the masterminds behind the wildly successful Chrysler press conferences in the 1990s.... Read More »

 

Obama seeks authority to negotiate major trade deals

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
In his penultimate State of the Union address, President Barack Obama vowed to seek congressional authority to negotiate big ticket trade deals with European and Asian nations that could have significant implications for the auto industry, but have been stalled.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Acura dealers want bigger piece of the luxury action

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Suffering flat sales and a vanilla reputation, Acura is determined to reassert itself as a luxury performance brand and Acura dealers are looking to benefit.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Dealers like smoother Ford product launches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After several botched launches that frustrated dealers and customers, Ford Motor Co. orchestrated much smoother rollouts in 2014, said Brian Godfrey, chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Fox takes the helm at NADA; CFPB, Tesla top agenda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Bill Fox takes over as chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association at the group's convention in San Francisco as the 16,000-dealer organization is fighting for its members on two fronts. Fox is a former attorney who grew up going to auctions for his father's used-car business, which he eventually bought with his sister. Today, the Fox Dealerships carry nine brands across six rooftops in upstate New York.... Read More »

 

How to get online shoppers to stay put?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
As dealers rethink online operations, they often return to a common goal: Find ways to keep shoppers on their websites longer. And well they should, said A.J. Maida, digital marketing director for Papa's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in New Britain, Conn. The longer visitors stay on a site, the more likely they are to submit a lead or leave contact information.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainment and driverless cars. But when I chatted with Ali Sebt -- chief of Renesas' U.S. operations -- I was preoccupied with thoughts of floods, earthquakes and fires.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW

7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said.... Read More »

 

Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions.... Read More »

 

GM delivers record 9.9 million vehicles globally in 2014

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
General Motors posted its second straight year of record global vehicle sales, with deliveries growing 2 percent to 9.9 million units.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says

9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Ford isn't planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren't as compelling. The company sees better, more cost-effective ways to improve the fuel economy of its cars.... Read More »

 

Seinfeld upends Acura's Super Bowl ad for NSX

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
No supercar for you! At least, not until Jerry Seinfeld takes a test drive. Acura will forgo advertising in this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 1 even though it has a production-version NSX for enthusiasts to order for the second half of the year.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google in talks with OEMs, suppliers to build self-driving cars

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Internet giant Google has started talks with most of the world's top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to market, Chris Urmson, the head of the project, said today at the Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Suppliers learn to innovate quickly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed.... Read More »

 

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