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Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.... Read More »

 

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

 

Bentley joins ultra-luxury fast lane with Mulsanne Speed

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Bentley is moving into the fast lane of ultra-luxury cars with a new version of its flagship saloon, aiming to grab a bigger slice of a market expected to double in size by 2018. The 95-year-old brand is launching the Mulsanne Speed under the strapline "the world's fastest ultra-luxury driving experience."... Read More »

 

Penske testifies Detroit, like GM, will be cleansed by bankruptcy

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Detroit can benefit from a trip through bankruptcy, just as GM used court protection to turn itself around, Roger Penske on Friday told the judge weighing whether to approve the city's $7 billion debt-cutting proposal.... Read More »

 

Automakers in 'race' to secure aluminum supply, Constellium CEO says

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Automakers are in a "race" to secure aluminum supplies as they use more of the lightweight metal instead of steel, Constellium's CEO said. The company said Friday it is buying another aluminum fabricator in the U.S. for $455 million.... Read More »

 

GM halts 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon deliveries to fix airbag flaw

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM instructed dealers to halt deliveries of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag defect, just two weeks after shipments began for the high-profile launch.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out.... Read More »

 

Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was once Asia’s premier auto exhibition.... Read More »

 

Ray Lambrecht, dealer who auctioned 500 vintage Chevys, dies at 96

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Ray Lambrecht, the Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who auctioned off more than 500 cars last year, died Sept. 22 at age 96, his family confirmed to The New York Times on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Luxury brands standardize models to aid buyers, boost margins

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Mercedes-Benz and BMW are aiming to sell more standardized cars and services to boost profit margins and simplify the complex list of options for buyers -- while also giving them the choice of a bespoke car if they want.... Read More »

 

Subaru adds EyeSight technology to Impreza, plans big rollout

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Subaru said it will add its new third-generation EyeSight pre-crash system to the Impreza small car this year as part of a drive to boost margins and burnish the brand's image as a safety leader.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sees GLA crossover drawing more new U.S. buyers to brand than CLA

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Mercedes-Benz expects its new GLA compact crossover that went on sale this week to draw even more entry-level buyers to the brand than the year-old CLA compact sedan has done.... Read More »

 

GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the law in some states. A bulletin GM sent to dealers this week says they should tell customers not to use the “valet mode” of the car's performance data recorder until the software is updated.... Read More »

 

Iowa pulls the plug on Tesla test drives

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors cut short a test-drive event in Iowa earlier this month after state regulators said the electric-vehicle maker was improperly acting as a dealer.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to idle Ontario minivan plant for 12 weeks in 2015 for product changeover

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant will be idled for 12 weeks for upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015 to prepare for production of the company's next-generation minivan, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

 

Ram 1500 wins top tailgate vehicle status

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
With football season well underway, the CarGurus Blog this month ranked the top 10 vehicles for tailgating, dubbing the Ram 1500 No. 1.... Read More »

 

Is Ford due for ratings boost after GM upgrade?

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford's profit topped $7 billion in 2013 just as it did back in 1999 amid surging demand for Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups. Yet five years into its recovery, Ford's credit ratings remain one level above junk -- six notches lower than they were back in the SUV boom of 1999.... Read More »

 

Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

How to drive dealers back to Washington, D.C.?

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Martens Volvo-Volkswagen were the first car dealerships in Washington, D.C. – and the last.... Read More »

 

Daimler works council to meet UAW in Alabama

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the UAW.... Read More »

 

GM and Isuzu to jointly develop midsize pickup for global markets

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
GM and Isuzu Motors agreed to jointly develop a midsize pickup truck for sale in several markets around the world, but not for the United States and Canada.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate.... Read More »

 

GM says ratings upgrade will aid lending arm, support global sales push

12:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
GM plans to leverage its return to investment grade, which could lower borrowing costs, by strengthening its lending arm, CFO Chuck Stevens said. GM was forced to sell control of its former GMAC lending arm to raise money, and it now has a smaller, more strategic, finance unit that is getting stronger.... Read More »

 

Hyundai unions plan more strikes to protest $10B land deal

6:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Workers at Hyundai Motor Group pledged more strikes as the two carmakers and their biggest supplier finalized a $10 billion purchase of plum real estate in Seoul's ritzy Gangnam district for a new headquarters.... Read More »

 

GM debt bumped up to investment grade by S&P

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
General Motors' corporate debt was raised by Standard & Poor's to investment grade, another critical step in the automaker's long recovery from its 2009 bankruptcy and reorganization.... Read More »

 

Special Report
No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

Texas dealer Greg May encourages his staffers to provide input and solve problems on their own. Mon., October 20
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