Automotive News Automaker News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140722/ANE/140729985/germanys-rheinmetall-forms-new-jv-with-chinas-hasco Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:16:35 EST Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said. Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140722/ANE/140729987/mercedes-seeks-to-outpace-premium-rivals-in-china-with-more-dealers Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:35:34 EST Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models. Buick Regal, Volvo S60 join Consumer Reports' list of top upscale, sports sedans http://www.autonews.com/article/20140722/RETAIL03/140729989/buick-regal-volvo-s60-join-consumer-reports-list-of-top-upscale Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST The Buick Regal, refreshed with a revamped powertrain for 2014, now ranks among the top upscale sports sedans tested by Consumer Reports, just behind the BMW 328i but high enough to easily top the magazine's road test scores for the Cadillac ATS and... Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20140722/COPY01/307229961/opel-vauxhall-to-woo-budget-clients-with-low-end-cars-report-says Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:09:52 EST Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customer who in the past bought Chevrolet cars, a report said. Smart to offer EV, convertible variants of new ForTwo http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140722/COPY/307259990/smart-to-offer-ev-convertible-variants-of-new-fortwo Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater ForTwo it unveiled in Berlin last week. Rolls-Royce names new China boss http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140722/ANE/140719845/rolls-royce-names-new-china-boss Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rolls-Royce named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the brand's global car sales to a record 3,630 last year. Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140722/ANE/140729988/opel-vauxhall-to-woo-budget-clients-with-low-end-cars-report-says Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:09:52 EST Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customer who in the past bought Chevrolet cars, a report said. Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140722/CUTAWAY01/140639991/osram-provides-bmw-i8-s-laser-lights Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. BMW says the i8's laser lights use half the energy of light-emitting diode headlamps. Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/BLOG06/140729990/gobsmacked-by-nick-scheeles-kindness Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:34:43 EST I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit. ZF needs TRW's tech know-how, CFO says http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140721/COPY/307229996/zf-needs-trws-tech-know-how-cfo-says Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST ZF Friedrichshafen believes buying TRW Automotive would give it a better foothold in the market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief told a German paper.