Automotive News Table of Contents
Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.
Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google is responding.
Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett, who spent two decades running a Michigan office-furniture-maker, will be a keynote evening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress in January.
Dealers expect the auto market will remain strong in the near term, but profitability is constrained by market conditions and competition, a new survey found.
The first compact sedan out of Hyundai's premium Genesis brand is aiming squarely at the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C class.
Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar .
Mazda has embarked on a three-year dealership upgrade targeting more than 100 outlets across the United States as part of its push to polish its brand image and achieve 2 percent market share.
When IAC decided to spin off its global soft-trim business, an old friend in China was the first person they called.
Bentley will roll out Level 3 autonomous driving capability across its range starting two years from now, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.
After letting Mercedes dominate the large SUV segment for more than a decade, BMW aims to overtake its rival with the upcoming X7 and its dramatic front end.
BMW has imposed a year-end deadline for industry partners to join its autonomous vehicle alliance. It believes more carmakers will follow FCA in joining.
PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America.
In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, Porsche will not bring the diesel-powered variant of the redesigned Cayenne midsize crossover to the U.S.
Spread out over an area roughly the size of Delaware but with better currywurst, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show is the perfect place to take in the sights and flavors of the German auto industry while bleeding through your loafers from all the walking.
Toyota debuts a GR sports car series for Japan and beyond. The U.S. may not get the name, but its future products will get a healthy dose of the line's sporty spirit.
While electrified vehicles account for a tiny fraction of global auto sales today, few industry leaders are concerned about whether consumers will ever truly want to own battery electrics and plug-in hybrids.
The diesel disaster, made public two years ago today, has done more to move electric cars front and center than anything I can imagine
With General Motors' market about to be inundated by aftermarket manufacturers at levels we haven’t seen before, is it possible its directive to dealers is a stop-gap measure by the company to get a handle on its parts and service revenue stream.
Too much regulation on a nascent industry could indeed stifle innovation. But a completely hands-off approach from the federal government will turn drivers on public roads into unwitting lab rats, and it could result in fatalities.
As I witnessed the mass evacuation in Florida this month, it crossed my mind that commonsense, true-life circumstances trump current mindsets and technology advances.
The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will require increased global scale and infrastructure investments to catch on.
What began as a favor to one employee ended up being extended to almost 40 more people, including children, six dogs, six cats and a pet rat.
Smart is discontinuing its gasoline-powered models and losing two-thirds of its U.S. dealers, but the brand's CEO believes sales won't fall very much.
CEO Matthias Mueller said the Sedric self-driving concept shown in Geneva and Frankfurt was only the beginning.
The free Saturday drives at Porsche Plano are so popular that all 50 spots fill up within minutes.
As Aston Martin transforms itself from a low-volume builder of just a few grand touring models into a high-end purveyor of supercars, it's changing its marketing to match.
After leaving FCA on a hot streak in 2015, Saad Chehab is back in the advertising game, this time as chief marketing officer for Kia Motors America. He'll have a lot on his plate.
Cadillac's New York journey has taken it on helicopter rides to the Hamptons, virtual-reality expeditions at auto dealerships, and forays into the worlds of art and fashion.
Cadillac's CMO calls Super Cruise "the perfect product" for showcasing Cadillac's heritage as an innovator.
Tito Melega, the new creative chief of Ford's agency plans to invoke the company's long and global legacy of moving people.
Ad agency Grey Group is taking advantage of Volvo's brand transformation to introduce ad campaigns built around unconventional storytelling. Matt O'Rourke, who leads the Volvo account at ad agency Grey Group, explains this new direction.
The stadium sponsorship will put the Mercedes brand in front of millions of football, soccer and music fans. Those fans include many younger consumers who may not realize the breadth of the brand's expanding lineup.
Mercedes-Benz USA's Drew Slaven talks about the brand's shift of resources to social media.
Automakers continue to feed buzz about self-driving cars, but their marketing strategies are still very much hands-on.
Dealerships that have adopted online purchase tools have also altered their marketing strategies to promote the shopping experience.
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic believes its association with Tesla will help it leapfrog into the top 10 global auto suppliers in just five years.
ZF needs the fresh thinking of tech startups to help it into an autonomous technology future. Enter ZF's investment operation, Zukunft Ventures.
Visteon's emerging technology in augmented reality head-up display first required customers to consider a different way of controlling vehicle features.
Industry watchers think Silicon Valley tech companies will take over as Tier 1 systems suppliers. Big manufacturers respond: 'Good luck with that.'
Chrysler's thin product lineup will be bolstered — eventually — with a pair of crossovers while its only sedan will stay on its current platform for another cycle.
With the exception of a few major projects for its Jeep and Ram brands, FCA has slowed some product development activities while trying to hit aggressive financial targets for 2018 that the automaker set in 2014.
Dodge will put the Challenger and Charger through yet another refresh cycle. The next step will be a redesign for both models onto the platform underpinning the Maserati Ghibli.
Fiat's U.S. lineup will be freshened over the next three years, including the 500 minicar.
A more fuel-efficient Wrangler will debut in early 2018, with a Wrangler-based pickup to follow the next year.
With three nameplates now making up Alfa Romeo's U.S. lineup, Fiat Chrysler's resurrection of the brand gets more complicated given the global decline in sedan and coupe sales.
Ram and Chevy's Silverado are in a horse race for second place in the lucrative full-size pickup segment behind the Ford F series this year.
Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing.
A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.
The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024.
Personal avatars, windshield TVs and portable steering wheels. Automakers reached deep into their imaginations to combat fears of “autonomous anonymous.”
GM has rebuilt its own IT organization rather than rely on third-party vendors and is confident it won't repeat the mistakes of its past.
General Motors and its information technology operations have had a complicated relationship over the last 30 years.
Many drivers say they want no part of a robo-car. But that might be an opportunity for suppliers.
Dealers featured this week include Gary Force, left, of Gary Force Honda in Bowling Green, Ky.; and Jeff Enright, managing partner of Randall Reed's Park Cities Ford-Lincoln in Dallas.
Diarmuid O'Connell, who led Tesla's fight to sell its cars through factory-owned stores, has left the company.
A number of other Chinese brands with global ambitions made their presence felt at Frankfurt, including Future Mobility Corp., a startup created by veterans of BMW's electric-vehicle program.
Ghosn's new six-year business plan for the Renault-Nissan Alliance will develop more EVs and autonomous vehicles. It also will accelerate the pace of platform-sharing between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
Lee Grey, who worked for Ford Motor Co. for three decades, died Aug. 29. He was 97.
A 9-year-old Washingtonian impressed the audience at a recent U.S. EPA hearing with a heart-warming plea to keep the Obama-era standards on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy intact.
Honda made waves last week at the Frankfurt auto show by unveiling an electric car that at first glance appears to be a 1970s Volkswagen Rabbit.
Ford reveals that it was behind a seemingly driverless Transit Connect spotted last month on the streets of Virginia.
Dozens of Volkswagen vehicles repurchased from customers for violating diesel emissions standards have been caught up in a second scandal. They were stolen from their purgatory outside the abandoned Pontiac Silverdome in suburban Detroit and in some cases fraudulently resold.
The "Carlos and Dieter Show" did not take place at this year's Frankfurt auto show. That could be a sign of trouble.
Rolls-Royce is canvassing opinions from customers on how a Rolls electric car should look as it develops its first plug-in model.
Ian Cartabiano enjoys a good bowl of ramen and cruising backstreet boutiques in Tokyo. But it's his California flair that's giving his U.S. design studio outsized influence at Japan's No. 1 carmaker.