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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Next-gen Chevy Volt to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

10:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in at the Detroit auto show in January, Chevy's top marketer said today. Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Ford touts supplier innovations on Mustang, F-150

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Ford's purchasing chief is touting some of the innovations created with suppliers on the all-new Mustang sports car and F-150 pickup.... Read More »

 

China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said.... Read More »

 

Toyota queried by China regulator amid antitrust probe, report says

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is conducting an antitrust probe into the auto industry, has asked Toyota about its business practices, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. China's recent antitrust probes rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies.... Read More »

 

Wave of antitrust probes revive protectionism concerns in China

11:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's recent probes into Microsoft, Audi and Chrysler have rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies. The probes come as China's domestic auto brands have lost sales and share this year to global rival brands such as VW, Chevrolet and Audi.... Read More »

 

2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Automakers plan 25 global vehicle debuts at L.A. auto show, organizers say

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show will feature 25 global vehicle debuts from nine automakers, show organizers said today. Automakers are expected to introduce several zero-emission production and concept vehicles, according to a statement from show organizers.... Read More »

 

FBI recovers former Ford engineer’s work e-mail account

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
The FBI has recovered the work e-mail account of a fired Ford engineer as part of a probe into the discovery of listening devices planted inside the company.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

McDonald's and the dealer franchise system

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward. Or not.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan taking more time to hire new N.A. ad boss

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Nissan is taking its time to hire its next North American advertising chief, and it will not necessarily be someone from the auto industry who takes the job.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. But the Volt may be GM’s most successful money-losing car ever.... Read More »

 

Mazda, Hyundai dealer in N.J. faces complaints over deceptive ads, sales

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Bergen Auto Enterprises, which operates Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai in New Jersey, is accused of marketing previously rented or damaged cars as new, and advertised already-sold or leased vehicles that were no longer available, according to a five-count complaint with the state's Division of Consumer Affairs.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Volt marketing will get redesigned next year with new vehicle

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Chevrolet will overhaul its marketing plan for the Chevy Volt when it launches the second-generation in 2015, using existing Volt owners as product evangelists focusing marketing efforts regionally.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.... Read More »

 

Takata forecasts record $235 million loss on airbag recall

7:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Takata, the Japanese maker of faulty airbags causing millions of recalled vehicles this year, forecast a record annual loss on the callbacks.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

J.D. Power pans in-car voice recognition systems

5:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In-car voice recognition systems work so poorly that automakers should give up trying to add new features and go back to the basics, said Kristin Kolodge, JD Power's executive director of driver interaction.... Read More »

 

KAR Auction buys half of a dealer-to-dealer online auction company

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
ADESA has acquired a 50 percent stake in a software company that has created a system to help franchise dealers buy and sell vehicles among themselves, ADESA's parent company said.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European.... Read More »

 

Supplier exec pleads guilty to price-fixing, remains an employee

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
An executive from GS Electech, a supplier to Toyota, pleaded guilty Thursday to playing a role in an international conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices on auto parts, the Department of Justice said. He remains employed by the company, a spokesman said today.... Read More »

 

Superior’s Q2 net income drops 21%; Ark. plant to close

3:17 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries International said today that its second-quarter net income tumbled 21 percent from the year-earlier period to $5 million on flat sales of $199 million.... Read More »

 

BorgWarner net income up 9% for Q2 as engine division grows

2:24 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
BorgWarner, a supplier of turbochargers and emissions systems, reported a 9 percent increase in net income for the second quarter as its engine division grows and the European market -- which makes up about half of the company's customer base -- continues to recover.... Read More »

 

Future car colors inspired by Midwest homes, landscape, BASF says

1:38 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Future cars and light trucks will sport more sparkling oranges and browns, soft blues and greens, and pearly whites and grays -- all inspired by the clear skies, lush lawns and warm homes found in the nation's heartland -- according to trend spotters at BASF's automotive coatings divisions.... Read More »

 

Denso's quarterly profit falls on Japan labor costs, compact car shift

1:28 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Denso, the Toyota-affiliated auto supplier, posted a 16.7 percent drop in April-June quarterly operating profit from a year earlier as domestic labor costs rose and as automakers sold more compact cars in Japan that tend to be less profitable.... Read More »

 

Mazda, Subaru profit from strong U.S. sales amid downturn in Japan

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Japanese automakers Mazda and Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries said they are on track for record full-year profits after strong sales in the United States powered double-digit profit growth in the April-June quarter.... Read More »

 

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