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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

BMW unveils concept previewing 9-series flagship

April 20, 2014 00:00 CET
BMW's Vision Future Luxury concept car closely previews a new brand flagship that will go on sale in global markets called the 9 series.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen has agreed budget car concept, design

April 20, 2014 05:31 CET
Volkswagen has agreed the basic concept and design of a budget car for emerging markets, said Hans Demant, who is in charge of the project.... Read More »

 

VW signals it will outsell GM in China for second straight year

April 19, 2014 14:34 CET
Volkswagen forecast that its sales in China will increase 10 percent or more in 2014, signaling that it will outsell General Motors in the world's biggest auto market for a second straight year.... Read More »

 

BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Ford shows 7-seat Everest Concept SUV in Beijing

11:22 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Ford Motor Co. unveiled a seven-seat, mid-sized SUV concept at the Beijing motor show which previewed a new vehicle that aims to tap booming demand for crossovers in China.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX to offer a 235 hp turbo or 194 hp hybrid in U.S.

11:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lexus unveiled the production version of the Lexus NX 200t compact crossover at the Beijing auto show and released more specific product details.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Ford showcases 7-seat Everest Concept SUV

April 20, 2014 03:13 CET
Ford is showing a seven-seat, mid-sized SUV concept at the Beijing auto show that previews a new vehicle to tap booming demand for crossovers in China.... Read More »

 

Fiat reaches deal to start making Jeeps in China in 2015

April 19, 2014 18:29 CET
Fiat plans to begin making Jeeps in China, the brand's second-largest market, by late 2015 after reaching an agreement with local partner Guangzhou Automobile. Fiat will produce three new Jeep vehicles in the southern city of Guangzhou.... Read More »

 

McLaren rules out making SUVs

April 19, 2014 19:45 CET
McLaren will stick to building sports cars and ruled out following rivals such as Lamborghini, Bentley and Maserati that are adding SUVs to their lineups. "We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world," McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce CEO predicts 5th year of record sales

April 19, 2014 19:26 CET
Rolls-Royce will probably post a fifth consecutive year of record sales, helped by demand in China and Japan, CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said. Sales also may rise in Russia this year as buyers look for investment vehicles to hold their value amid a slumping ruble, he added.... Read More »

 

SEAT RELIEF

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips.... Read More »

 

'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. But NHTSA believed GM hadn't gone far enough and opened an investigation last summer to determine whether the recall should include 400,000 vehicles instead.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Ohio man's collection of '36 Fords going to auction

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
As a young man, Emery Ward Jr. fell in love in 1936 -- with a Ford. He never got over the attraction. In fact, the older he got, the more it intensified.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange.... Read More »

 

U.S. dealers grapple with recall pain -- missing parts, overtime, lost sales

2:23 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
With multimillion-unit recalls by GM and Toyota, and numerous smaller recalls by other automakers, dealerships in the United States are grappling with missing parts, rising overtime costs for technicians, frustrated customers, and lost sales.... Read More »

 

Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation

3:04 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle’s subframe. The recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur, mainly those where roads get salted in the winter.... Read More »

 

Audi starts digital agency review

3:18 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Audi of America has begun a review of its digital agency business, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. The pitch is part of a routine process that Volkswagen's luxury brand initiates every few years, industry executives said.... Read More »

 

Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

11:58 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing to introduce new products while Renault prepares to start local production.... Read More »

 

Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

6:30 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai.... Read More »

 

VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

April 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its first car factory in the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

 

Nissan pins Europe growth hopes on new compact car

April 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan expects its new compact hatchback will help it reach its 5 percent European market share target. The hatchback will fill a market niche that Nissan quit when it stopped European sales of the Almera eight years ago.... Read More »

 

GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

9:24 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.... Read More »

 

GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

9:51 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles.... Read More »

 

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