Automakers

A123 hires former JCI executive as chief technology officer

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
A123 Systems hired former Johnson Controls executive Patrick Hurley as its new chief technology officer....
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Saab's owner seeks partner to secure brand's future

Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 CET
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models....
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Magna CEO in a shopping mood in post-Stronach era

6:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Magna International, the largest auto supplier in North America, will consider purchases of as much as $4 billion as it distances itself from debt-averse founder Frank Stronach....
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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus

Aug. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative to hatchbacks that dominate Europe's compact segment....
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Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Aug. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line....
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Volvo CEO on new XC90: 'There is no second chance'

Aug. 18, 2014 15:00 CET
The new XC90 is crucial to Volvo's bid to close the sales gap with German premium rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi. "There is no second chance," Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said....
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Ford begins testing first right-hand-drive Mustang

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford has begun testing the first prototype of the right-hand-drive Mustang pony car. Ford said its engineers recently finished building the handmade prototype, which will be used in various developmental tests in coming months....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort....
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Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Bigland, 47, one of the rising stars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had been head of the company's fast-growing Ram brand. Robert Hegbloom, 50, director of Ram, will take over for Bigland, Chrysler said today in a statement....
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Suppliers see money in software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive product....
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Sonic details plans for used-car network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Sonic Automotive is naming its new used-vehicle business EchoPark and eventually aims to put the stand-alone stores in more than 50 markets across the country....
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China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers....
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China needs Europe-like open competition, Volvo Chairman says

Aug. 18, 2014 13:46 CET
Volvo Chairman Li Shufu says China should stop trying to hinder competition in the world's largest automaker. "It's best if it's completely open, like in the U.S. and Europe; whoever wants to produce cars can do it," Li said....
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Sensata to buy pressure-sensor maker Schrader in $1 billion deal

7:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Sensata Technologies Holding NV plans to buy Schrader International Inc. from Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for an enterprise value of $1 billion to expand in sensors that warn against low tire pressure....
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Ford unveils a seamless plan for 2015 F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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Dude, where's my Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Cadillac dealers nationwide are frustrated over the choppy rollout of the '15 Escalade, the first redesign of the luxury barge in eight years....
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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers....
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Crash rule threatens Aston Martin, dealer says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Aston Martin's U.S. stores could be put out of business when a new federal safety rule lands next month, a top dealer said in a petition....
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No key ring tags, GM tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags....
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PEBBLE BEACH

Jaguar's special performance unit shines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover's recently created Special Operations unit last week unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run....
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PEBBLE BEACH

BMW shows off limited M5, but holds on tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a 30th Anniversary Edition M5 to the portfolio, good luck....
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Lincoln: New boss, new market, new hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Lincoln is showing signs of life as Ford Motor Co.'s reinvention of Lincoln gains momentum....
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Ford puts fresh spins on its classics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford is returning to its roots with redesigned versions of two crucial home-market mainstays: the F-150 and the Mustang pony car....
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