Automotive

2014 Eurostar winner Klaus Zehender

Sept. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Klaus Zehender, Daimler head of procurement and supplier quality, is this year's winner for Purchasing Executive....
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A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year....
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Transit PTV: Ford's fresh take on the paddy wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Don't expect much in the way of in-car entertainment in the newest version of Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van. That's because the purpose is incarceration....
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Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. Blame the unraveling on an immutable truth: Japan's carmakers have stopped expanding at home....
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No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater....
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Chrysler revamps line to boost pickup output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
With thousands of suggestions from line workers, Chrysler Group modified the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day or 28,500 per year....
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ANALYSIS

UAW-Lear fight shows 2-tier's grip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The UAW this summer vowed again to end the practice of paying workers in the same plant different wages for the same work....
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GM victim fund begins payout offers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week....
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Mazda design chief insists no new RX without rotary engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Motor Corp.'s global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car and whose father penned the RX-7, wants to resurrect the signature RX series....
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CR-V goes 'aggressive and bold'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Honda released an image of the updated CR-V that goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1....
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Gear hauler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas last week, Chevrolet introduced the 2015 Colorado Sport, a midsize pickup shown in this sketch with GearOn, a storage system that handles bicycles, kayaks and other equipment....
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GMC boss pushing for Denali version of new Canyon pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
None of the new GMC Canyon midsize pickups that began shipping to dealerships this month wears a Denali badge signifying the truck brand's high-end trim line....
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Mazda's old-school design secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Breaking with the modern-day reliance on computer-generated design, design chief Ikuo Maeda took Mazda old school. He has overhauled the design process to begin every project with sculpting and handed the clay modelers even more clout in steering a vehicle's style....
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A cool way to cool the Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. But on the Hellcat version, what looks like a headlight is actually a combination turn signal/ parking lamp and air scoop that Chrysler calls an "air catcher."...
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ANALYSIS

Is M-B design finally on right road?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. But the view has started to change....
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Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens....
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Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. And they continue to fascinate and inspire him now that he is Cadillac's exterior design chief....
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Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013....
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VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data....
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Toyota design chief erases the rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. That's why he was elevated to Toyota's board in June and made president of its Lexus luxury brand....
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French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles....
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