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Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says

June 19, 2018 06:01 CET
It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its chief operating officer. Mann is already seeing positive results at the brand, as he told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

Small used-car prices rise unexpectedly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Prices for small used cars are climbing to unexpected levels- a sign that demand is growing as price-sensitive consumers face dwindling options in the new-car market.

BMW makes X4 sportier, roomier for 2019

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive.

Why Ghosn's Renault paycheck depends on EV sales

June 18, 2018 10:09 CET
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has a new incentive to promote development and sales of electric vehicles: A significant part of his pay now depends on it.

EDITORIAL

Why the used-car biz remains a fount of innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
At auctions and in the used-vehicle side of a dealership, if a dealer wants to try something that might work better, there are no factory constraints.

Just arrived: 2019 BMW X4

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
A look at the newly-arrived 2019 BMW X4

Auto auction app uses machine learning to aid inspections

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
TradeRev-H, an enhanced version of the TradeRev app for one-hour online auctions, can change how vehicle inspections are done.

Service-to-sales can be a gold mine

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Mining a dealership's base of service customers for new-vehicle sales makes sense financially, says Nicole Tournaud, business development director of the LaFontaine Automotive Group in Highland, Mich.

Service lane can be a great place to talk vehicle trade-ins

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Service visits offer a great opportunity for dealers to get to know their existing customers, and learn who might be in market to purchase a new car or truck.

European sales flat in May on fewer sales days

June 15, 2018 08:34 CET
European sales rose a marginal 0.6 percent in May due in part to fewer working days. Jeep, Dacia and Lexus were among winners while premium brands BMW, Mercedes and Audi saw their sales fall amid talk of diesel bans.

Jaguar Land Rover launches subscription lease service

June 14, 2018 12:33 CET
Jaguar Land Rover has launched a subscription lease service in the UK that could be rolled out

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer rate poor in passenger-side small overlap crash test

12:15 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2018
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's tests of eight midsize and large SUVs and crossovers, three earned good ratings, three rated acceptable and two rated poor for passenger-side protection in the event of a small overlap front crash.

BMW sales fell 2% in May on China tariffs, German diesel bans

June 12, 2018 10:57 CET
BMW Group said its global vehicle sales fell 2 percent in May, weighed down by China tariffs and a steep drop in German registrations as cities such as Hamburg started banning older diesel vehicles from key streets.

China in control as industry enters new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the United States. But only recently has it reached a long-anticipated, and in many quarters, long-feared, tipping point.

Tariff tussles may threaten GAC's U.S. launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
GAC Motor, angling to become the first homegrown Chinese automaker to export light vehicles to the United States, is re-evaluating those plans after President Donald Trump's threat to level tariffs on imported vehicles.

Mercedes throws down the gauntlet with subscription program

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
Mercedes joins the subscription craze with a bang -- undercutting the luxury competition on price.

VIDEO: First Shift: Musk survives shakeup attempt, 'hellish' months

8:00 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2018
Emotional Musk survives shakeup attempt, 'hellish' months; BMW's new X5; NHTSA on AV guidelines; Lawmaker seeks VW update; Jeep catches subscription wave; Chevy's Bob Burger dies.

Sergio's survival guide

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
As fragile as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appeared to be in recent years, on Friday the company laid out a determined and doable strategy for the post-Sergio Marchionne era.

TALK FROM THE TOP

AMERICAN HONDA'S HENIO ARCANGELI: Touting dealer connections

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
"There are a lot of things we're working on to continue to improve our relationship," says Henio Arcangeli, six months into his stint at American Honda.

Likelihood of another 17 million year grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
Light-vehicle sales are still expected to decline for a second consecutive year in 2018, but implacable demand for high-profit SUVs and the extra cash that last year's income-tax changes put in some customers' pockets are helping to soften the fall.

Jeep rumbles into subscription market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will drive Jeep into the burgeoning subscription market next year, and it will allow some Jeep owners to borrow other FCA models as well.

LIVE BLOG

FCA's 5-year plan led by new Jeep, Ram, luxury products; company hits financial milestone

4:30 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2018
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signaled that it will have more cash on hand than debt on its books by the end of this month for the first time since the merger that created it in 2009 during a wide-ranging series of long-term plans presented in Balocco, Italy. Jeep, Ram and luxury products highlighted the early presentations.

U.S. MAY SALES

FCA, Ford, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, trucks drive industry gain

9:15 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2018
Led by strong Jeep sales at FCA and smaller gains at Ford, Honda, Hyundai-Kia and the VW brand, U.S. new-vehicle sales jumped 4.7 percent last month behind robust light-truck demand and holiday deals. The SAAR for May totaled 16.91 million.

MAY SALES

French May sales flat despite strong gains by Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda

June 1, 2018 11:40 CET
French new-car registrations rose 0.2 percent in May, with Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda, DS and Dacia recording strong gains following the launch of new SUVs and crossovers.

Marchionne's grand finale entails expanding Jeep, shrinking Fiat and Chrysler, reports say

10:35 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2018
Sergio Marchionne's last hurrah as CEO of Fiat Chrysler entails betting the carmaker's future on Jeeps and Maserati luxury cars while downsizing its namesake brands, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company is considering ending sales of Fiat cars in North America and China in the coming years, while mostly confining Chrysler to the United States.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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China in control as industry enters new era
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the U.S. ...
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European sales flat in May on fewer sales days
European sales rose a marginal 0.6 percent in May due in part to fewer working days. ...
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Jeep is biggest winner as Spain sales rise 7%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 7 percent in May with healthy demand from private and compa ...
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German market down 6% but VW bucks trend with new SUV
VW brand was among the few brands that gained new volume as German vehicle sales fell nearly 6 perce ...
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UK sales rise 3% in May on private demand
UK registrations increased 3.4 percent in May as growing demand from individual consumers offset a d ...
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Italy sales decline 3% on political uncertainty, diesel slump
Sales of new cars in Italy declined 2.8 percent in May, with political uncertainty after recent elec ...
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French May sales flat despite strong gains by Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda
French new-car registrations rose 0.2 percent in May, with Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda, DS and Dacia record ...
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VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demand
Volkswagen Group's China sales rose nearly 12 percent in April, led by demand at the Audi and Skoda ...
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that gre ...
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo
Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit in a sign that the iPhone ...
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GM names first female finance chief
General Motors CFO Chuck Stevens is retiring and will be succeeded by Dhivya Suryadevara, a 39-year- ...
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Former GM chief Henderson named interim CEO of seating supplier Adient
Fritz Henderson, who steered GM through its 2009 bankruptcy, has been named interim CEO of seating s ...
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Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor has left the automaker to "pursue alternative business inte ...
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Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor has left the automaker to "pursue alternative business inte ...
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Lotus CEO Gales steps down, replaced by top Geely executive
Jean-Marc Gales has stepped down as Lotus Cars CEO and will be replaced by Feng Qing Feng, chief tec ...
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Daimler's Winkler to step down as Smart CEO
The CEO of Daimler's Smart business, Annette Winkler, is stepping down after eight years as head of ...
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Kia Motors America names Michael Cole as COO
Kia Motors America has handed the COO reins to Michael Cole, who had the same position for its Europ ...
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Porsche Canada gets new marketing director with digital focus
Porsche Canada has tapped Colas Henckes to be its new marketing director. ...
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Tesla hires Snapchat exec to head engineering
Tesla hired Snapchat maker Snap's vice president of monetization engineering, Stuart Bowers, as head of engineering to work on its Autopilot software and other projects. ...
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BMW 8 series will offer 320-hp diesel in Europe
BMW is reintroducing the 8 series with a diesel engine, which the automaker said is unprecedented in ...
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Kia shakes up Ceed family
Kia is shaking up its Ceed compact car family in response to the rising popularity of SUVs and cross ...
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Ford gives new Focus multiple personalities
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BMW X5 gains space, off-road package
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Audi Q8 debuts with plans for autonomous parking system
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
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