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Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta.... Read More »

 

Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911.... Read More »

 

Audi mines its Q's to fuel its already rapid growth pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Audi sees crossovers and SUVs as its biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. and around the world.... Read More »

 

After Golf, Volkswagen will start crossover countdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Volkswagen will roll out the rest of the hatchback family, then enter a two year lull before taking the next big step toward a daunting goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018.... Read More »

 

VW's luxury brands set product pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
To understand why Volkswagen Group is one of the world's most profitable car companies, one need only look at the product cadence for Audi and Porsche.... Read More »

 

Cadillac, amid U.S. sales slump, mulls more features to hold luxury prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Cadillac, hoping to maintain pricing amid a sales slump even as the U.S. luxury market has expanded, may add features such as heated seats to lower-level versions of the CTS sedan to entice U.S. buyers. Cadillac officials are also weighing "significant changes" to the brand's marketing in the first quarter.... Read More »

 

AutoNation sales rise 7 percent in August

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today that its new-vehicle sales in the United States during August were the dealership group's best since 2002.... Read More »

 

Canada auto sales rise 8%, set record in August

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Canadian auto sales raced to an all-time record in August as consumers in the country's most populous province rushed back into the market, helping fuel a 8 percent jump in new vehicle sales, an independent industry analyst said.... Read More »

 

Luxury brands lead way in hiking spiffs to drive U.S. sales

1:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz unit were among a series of automakers doling out higher discounts to U.S. buyers in August, helping drive sales to the best month in eight years.... Read More »

 

Lincoln has high aspirations for football season's 2015 MKC campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The ad campaign for the 2015 Lincoln MKC launches this weekend on major college and professional football games and will run at least through next April, substantially longer than some other Lincoln campaigns.... Read More »

 

Autonomous car era brings risk of hijacking by hackers

5:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The prospect of autonomous cars being controlled by remote navigation and computer systems is troubling to government regulators and law enforcement agencies. Self-driving vehicles could be exposed to threats from hackers who could hijack cars and potentially control them remotely, turning them into mules for criminal purposes or even using them as weapons.... Read More »

 

Mobileye Q2 revenues jump, sees strong growth in 2014

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
One month after going public, Mobileye posted lower net income but sharply higher revenue on strong demand for its camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions.... Read More »

 

Cooper Standard hikes stake, gains control of Chinese auto sealing joint venture

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Cooper Standard Holdings agreed to purchase an additional stake in its Chinese automotive sealing joint venture for $60 million.... Read More »

 

Nissan nixed Palmer's proposal to buy Aston stake, report says

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Nissan turned down proposals by senior executive Andy Palmer to invest in Aston Martin before Palmer jumped ship to lead the British sportscar maker, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

 

CarMax recruiting for more than 1,000 jobs

6:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
CarMax said it is recruiting for more than 1,000 positions to fill across the country. The used-car retailer said in a statement Wednesday it is offering full- and part-time permanent positions.... Read More »

 

Toyota will expand active safety systems to entire U.S. lineup

9:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota Division plans to make active safety technology -- including anti-collision systems -- available throughout its entire lineup in the United States by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager.... Read More »

 

Toyota sponsors new 'People Now' show on Web

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota, in a move to expand its digital media marketing efforts, began sponsoring a new entertainment Web program that debuted Wednesday.... Read More »

 

Ford launches '15 Mustang output in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford officially launched production of the redesigned Mustang at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. With the 2015 model, Ford is making the Mustang to suit global tastes for the first time. That will include a first-ever right-hand-drive version.... Read More »

 

Automakers still dogged by Bluetooth glitches, Power study finds

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Bluetooth technology aims to leave drivers hands-free, but some drivers end up connection-free, according to a study of multimedia quality and satisfaction released today.... Read More »

 

Toyota targets shoppers with location-based mobile ad tool

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Toyota is using a location-based mobile ad tool to supercharge its annual clearance sale. The tool, Opera Mediaworks' Dynamic Sales Event platform, enables Toyota to target shoppers who are intent on making a purchase with banner ads on Web pages and apps that display the annual percentage rate for loans at dealerships in their regions.... Read More »

 

Global price-fixing crackdown threatens supply chain's 'business model'

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
As antitrust regulators, most recently in China, go after auto suppliers in what has become a worldwide probe into price fixing, a longtime "business model" in the supply chain is now in danger, says an automotive purchasing executive. That model essentially sees parts makers collude to keep prices relatively high for new components they supply to car manufacturers, and then charge even more for the same parts supplied as replacements to dealerships and repair shops.... Read More »

 

Transmission parts supplier to invest $42 million in Mich. plant

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Transform Automotive is expanding in Michigan after landing a new contract to build transmissions parts. The machined, metal-stamped and laser-welded parts supplier plans to invest nearly $42 million to lease and build out a new manufacturing plant in Shelby Township, Mich., a suburb east of Detroit.... Read More »

 

GM plans to move some Chevy Equinox assembly to Mexico, report says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
General Motors and the UAW on Wednesday trumpeted the news that production of the Cadillac SRX would be shifted from Mexico to Tennessee, but Reuters has learned that GM also plans to move some other assembly work in the opposite direction.... Read More »

 

Lear agrees to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in $850 million deal

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Lear agreed to buy automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in a deal valued at $850 million that aims to strengthen the company's global seating business.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group.... Read More »

 

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