Automakers

TIM LEULIETTE, CEO, VISTEON CORP.

Visteon zeros in on 1 segment: The connected car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With Visteon Corp.'s announcement last month that it would sell its division that produces heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the supplier is concentrating on one product segment: cockpit information systems....
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Audi readies Q1 compact SUV after Fiat rebuff over name

Jan. 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi is reluctantly using the Q1 badge for its new compact SUV after failing to gain permission from Fiat Chrysler to call it the Q2, a name held by Alfa Romeo....
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Volvo's revival plan 'starts now'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
After its U.S. market share fell to the lowest level since 1978, Volvo has put its global product strategy chief in charge of North America and significantly boosted its marketing budget in preparation for an upcoming blitz of new vehicles. Lex Kerssemakers, a 55-year-old native of the Netherlands, replaces Tony Nicolosi as CEO of Volvo Cars of North America after a 15-month period in which sales continued to fall....
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PHIL MARTENS, CEO, NOVELIS

Game on with steel, says aluminum supplier Novelis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Phil Martens, CEO of aluminum giant Novelis, knows both sides of the auto metals business....
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STEFAN SOMMER, CEO, ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

With TRW, ZF can offer advanced driverless tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
ZF Friedrichshafen AG's acquisition of TRW Automotive will make it a key player in collision avoidance and driverless cars....
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For Infiniti Q50, 'we need to give it some love' in ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Infiniti's new global ad agency will help "re-stimulate" the brand's volume leader, the Q50 sedan, this spring, nearly two years after its U.S. launch....
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Super Bowl advertisers hype their messages early and often

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Building an elaborate pregame hype machine reflects a growing trend among Super Bowl advertisers: To get the most bang for the buck from the biggest advertising event of the year, use social media early and often -- emphasis on "early."...
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How VW veered off target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Competition has heated up, the Jetta and Passat have cooled off, and with back-to-back yearly declines, VW has missed out on a key boom period in U.S. auto sales -- a sore spot with dealers who made big bets on sustained sales growth....
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2014 N.A. output up 6%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
North American car and truck production rose 6 percent to 17,568,729 vehicles in 2014, according to preliminary estimates. It is the third-largest year ever, surpassed only by 17,598,866 in 2000 and 17,582,611 in 1999....
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Exec: Enterprise holds steady on program cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Unlike its two closest competitors, Hertz Corp. and Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings is not increasing the percentage of its 2015 fleet filled by program cars, vehicles for which the automaker takes responsibility for remarketing, said the executive in charge of the company's vehicle acquisitions....
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Renegade comes through, on-road and off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. The new Renegade SUV fixes those brand sins with a powertrain that is peppy but, Jeep says, still achieves in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. And the vehicle is rugged enough off-road to wear the brand's Trail Rated badge....
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Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. The pocket rocket is capable of 395 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds....
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Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini brand in Europe. But the prospect is likely several years off....
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Land Rover has high conquest goals for new Discovery Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With a more mainstream design, optional seven-seat configuration and improved technology, the new Discovery Sport compact SUV is expected to draw mostly new buyers to Land Rover, executives say....
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Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products....
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NO COWBOYS

With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies....
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Ford again wins customer-loyalty title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Ford Motor Co. retained the crown in the 2014 model year for most-loyal customers, while Maserati won top honors for conquests, according to the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards....
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GM's got no beef with suppliers' dough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
If Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking for an ally to wring price concessions from suppliers, he won't find one in Steve Kiefer, General Motors' new head of purchasing....
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Auto writers go ga-ga for the Ford GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Hardly ever (let's back up, never) can we recall a car getting such a warm auto show welcome as the Ford GT, the surprise stunner at the 2015 Detroit extravaganza. Auto writers were left gasping for air....
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Acura boss: What would Taco Bell do?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Acura boss Mike Accavitti let a case of the Mexican munchies get the better of him when he conceded Taco Bell was a source of marketing inspiration for his luxury auto marque....
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EDITORIAL

Be bold, spend big -- and don't go overboard Go global; think local

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers, automakers and suppliers enter the new year on an investment kick....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not....
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THE CAT COMES BACK

Jaguar expects record rewards from huge investments in products and plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Jaguar appears poised to have a record 2015 and to keep increasing global sales to well more than 200,000 this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends, executives and analysts say....
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