Americas

VW picks ex-BMW manager to head core brand in North America

Jan. 19, 2016 16:21 CET

Volkswagen has picked ex-BMW manager Hinrich Woebcken to run the North American business of its core brand as the automaker faces growing criticism of its handling of the emissions scandal in the U.S....
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VW supplier Bosch defends diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Bosch, a key supplier of diesel components, says the technology has a future in the U.S. market, despite the troubles stemming from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal....
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LOST YEAR

Volkswagen's efforts to clear diesel cloud sputter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

A full four months into a crisis that has cast it a cheater, polluter and corporate villain, Volkswagen appears to be backsliding in its stated aim of regaining trust and credibility with consumers, dealers and regulators....
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A Rogue mission: Foil the Escape

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

This year, Nissan North America chief Jose Munoz says, the Rogue has a good chance to climb one more rung on the compact crossover ladder by overtaking the Ford Escape....
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Audi unhurt, undaunted by diesel crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Armed with fresh product in critical luxury segments, Audi is readying itself for another market-beating year, even as parent company Volkswagen trudges through its diesel crisis....
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Nissan aims to eclipse Honda sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Nissan trails the smaller Honda in sales at home in Japan and in the U.S. But this year, Nissan hopes to finally pass Honda in America, says Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz....
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Plastic Omnium sees N.A. growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Plastic Omnium has a $650 million bet that the U.S. car market hasn't topped out yet - and could add more. Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle said he may add another bumper plant in North America in addition to the factories in the works if talks with potential customers prove fruitful....
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BEST PRACTICES

Managers monitor calls to save business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Since Phillips Chevrolet in northern Illinois started requiring managers to listen to at least one employee-customer phone call a day, 10 to 15 customer experiences a month in sales or service have been saved. The two stores' customer satisfaction scores also have risen by about 20 percent....
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As sales lose sizzle, is industry prepared?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

After six years of rapidly rising car sales, the road ahead for the U.S. auto industry is going to be much tougher. Sales may set another record in 2016, but the rate of growth will almost certainly fall to the low single digits, and that may only come by squeezing margins....
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Ford plans new plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi, report says

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Ford is planning to announce a new auto plant in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi during the first quarter, two government officials familiar with company plans told Reuters today....
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U.S. says talks will continue to reach VW diesel emissions fix

Jan. 14, 2016 09:31 CET

U.S. environmental officials said talks will continue with Volkswagen aimed at reaching an agreement on a fix for nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles that emit up to 40 times legally allowable limits....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW CEO Mueller's pride sets him up for a fall

5:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

The air of self-confidence that convinced the Volkswagen Group's board that company veteran Matthias Mueller had what it takes to lead the 12-brand automotive giant came back to haunt him in an unpolished interview with a U.S. radio station....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW CEO Mueller's pride sets him up for a fall

5:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

The air of self-confidence that convinced the Volkswagen Group's board that company veteran Matthias Mueller had what it takes to lead the 12-brand automotive giant came back to haunt him in an unpolished interview with a U.S. radio station....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW CEO faces crucial meeting after California board rejects diesel fix

Jan. 13, 2016 10:57 CET

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller faces a crucial meeting today with U.S. regulators to discuss ways out of the emissions-cheating crisis, a day after California rejected VW's initial proposed diesel engine fix, calling it "incomplete."...
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Ford expects 2015 pretax profit to set record, says '16 may be even better

6:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Ford said it earned a record pretax profit of at least $10.5 billion in 2015 and that it would match or beat that result in 2016. It also said it would return $1 billion to shareholders in the form of a special 25-cent-per-share dividend, but the news failed to halt a three-month decline in the automaker's stock price....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Nissan's Munoz touts investment by megadealer Terry Taylor

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Nissan came under fire from some of its dealers recently, but Jose Munoz, chief of Nissan North America, says all the big groups that have invested in Nissan and Infiniti dealerships lately speak for themselves....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW says 6.7 billion euros is enough to cover diesel fixes

Jan. 12, 2016 11:11 CET

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker expects 6.7 billion euros ($7.28 billion) will be enough to cover fixes for about 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide involved in an emissions cheating scandal....
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Volkswagen's diesel fix plan rejected by Calif. regulators

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The California Air Resources Board said it rejected Volkswagen AG's plan to fix 2.0-liter diesel cars with software that allow them to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution....
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Denso adds 3,000 North America jobs since 2014

10:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso has invested more than $1 billion added 3,000 new jobs in North America since 2014 -- far more than its original plans first announced three years ago....
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Hyundai eyes Mexico output of new Accent car next year, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Hyundai is planning to build the new version of its Accent small car at a Mexican plant owned by sister company Kia Motors, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, shifting some output of lower-margin vehicles out of high-cost South Korea....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW will propose new catalytic converter to fix U.S. cars, Mueller says

Jan. 11, 2016 11:36 CET

Volkswagen will propose to U.S. authorities a new catalytic converter system that could be fitted to about 430,000 cars capable of cheating diesel emissions tests, CEO Matthias Mueller said....
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Kia packs Forte with technology as it shifts to Mexico plant

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Kia's freshened, technology-packed 2017 Forte will inaugurate its soon-to-open assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and join a growing list of inexpensive compact cars being produced at Mexican factories for the U.S. market....
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Kia's Telluride concept signals revived interest in SUV

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

A once-burned Kia signaled that it's thinking of getting back into the SUV business with the Telluride, a concept with an efficient, plug-in hybrid powertrain and a cushy cabin for rear passengers....
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Plastic Omnium ramps up North American expansion

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Plastic Omnium is a company in a hurry. While analysts are debating whether the U.S. car market has topped out, the French supplier has made a $650 million bet that the party isn’t over yet....
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Mazda moving its U.S. headquarters, but not far

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mazda, which has maintained a U.S. headquarters in Southern California since 1970, is joining the parade of automakers and brands that have decided to move their headquarters. But it’s not going very far -- or even leaving town....
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