Automakers

Toyota's next Prius hybrid takes on fastback styling

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may be getting a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. A five-door hatchback wearing heavy disguise spotted during testing in California could offer the best look yet at the next Prius....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: No, Bob Nardelli. Just no.

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today....
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Smartphonelike car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?...
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Mazda3 repackaged for 2016 with more features, new base price

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are getting more standard features for 2016 and a new base price. Mazda has discontinued the old base model and made the Mazda3 i Sport the new standard model, with a starting price of $18,665, including an $820 destination charge....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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Renault cuts global car market forecast on Russia, S. America woes

July 7, 2015 16:09 CET

Renault said global industrywide sales will probably increase 1 percent this year, rather than a 2 percent gain predicted earlier due to the slowdown in the Chinese market and the crisis in Latin America and in Russia....
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Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 38% on updated models

July 7, 2015 16:35 CET

Toyota and PSA increased first-half production by 38 percent at their joint car factory in the Czech Republic thanks to the launch of updated versions of the minicars the two automakers build together....
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Rich Russians beg Tesla to sell them 'IPhone on wheels'

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Almost 100,000 Russians follow Elon Musk's social media page, yet the Tesla founder seems to be promoting his dream car everywhere but here, forcing enthusiasts to go to great lengths -- and expense -- to own one....
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Google begins testing self-driving vehicles in Austin

9:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Google has begun testing its self-driving vehicles in Austin, Texas, expanding efforts to gather information on how the prototypes interact with traffic, road conditions and people....
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Takata, Autoliv named in Brazil price-fixing probe

8:39 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Brazil's antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into a suspected cartel involving local units of Japanese auto parts maker Takata and Swedish-American rival Autoliv, citing potential price collusion in safety belts, airbags and steering wheels....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody in Japan, report says

5:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Tokyo prosecutors plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota executive, on Wednesday after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, a report said....
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JASON STEIN

BLOG: Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

4:56 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?...
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Renault China boss counts on SUVs, Nissan to help win in key market

July 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is convinced it can become a key player in China because of the addition of two locally built SUVs and its strong ties to alliance partner Nissan, which is well established in the market. Renault's China boss, Jacques Daniel, outlined the automaker's plans to Automotive News Europe....
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New Honda CEO Hachigo wants exciting cars, maximum capacity use

July 6, 2015 08:39 CET

Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, aims to reboot the automaker by developing more exciting cars, steering clear of numerical targets and maximizing use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity....
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Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models....
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Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups....
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Renault taps Daimler expertise to boost Talisman quality

July 6, 2015 16:34 CET

Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. The Talisman is a "refined sedan with an assertive design," Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the car's unveiling....
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France to unify EV-charging networks

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported....
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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel....
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Renault says Talisman midsize sedan has 'racy' design, innovative technologies

July 6, 2015 08:28 CET

Renault says its new Talisman midsize car has robust and racy lines and delivers "intense driving enjoyment." The Talisman, which replaces the Laguna and Latitude cars, will have a key role in taking the brand upmarket by offering near-premium features....
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Automakers say they're open to outside dealership investors, despite skepticism

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Some automakers insist they are willing to take a chance on outside investors — provided they have a long-term focus and tap people with substantial dealership operation experience....
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Chassix finds support for Chapter 11 exit plan

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Debt-laden auto supplier Chassix Holdings Inc. entered its bankruptcy court confirmation hearing late last week with nearly unanimous creditor support for its Chapter 11 exit plan....
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UAW wages may be flat, but workers' pay is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In contract talks with the Detroit 3, the UAW will be looking to boost the pay of veteran Tier 1 workers, who haven't had a wage increase in a decade. But that doesn't mean their pay hasn't gone up....
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Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

July 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda and VW brand are heading in opposite directions. Skoda's car sales rose to a record last year and its profit margin was 7 percent, far higher than VW's 2.5 percent. Now Skoda's success is attracting the wrong kind of attention at VW Group headquarters in Wolfsburg....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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