Automotive

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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Chinese supplier YFS to build plant in Detroit

3:08 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Chinese auto supplier YFS Automotive Systems said it plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot plant on 30 acres of vacant industrial property in Detroit....
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Ally's Q2 auto lending flat despite GM pullback

1:12 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Ally Financial's second-quarter auto lending originations declined just 1 percent from a year earlier to $10.8 billion, despite a sharp drop in lease originations for General Motors vehicles, the company said today....
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Aston Martin looks at more than 10 sites for new factory

July 28, 2015 06:01 CET

Aston Martin is reviewing more than 10 sites in Europe, the U.S. and other global locations for a new factory to build its first crossover....
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Daimler in talks on truck partnership, Iran Khodro says

July 28, 2015 12:01 CET

Daimler is exploring a partnership with Iran Khodro as it weighs a return to Iran's market for trucks, vans and buses, the Iranian automaker's CEO said. European carmakers are planning their return to Iran after the country agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy....
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Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market....
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Dodge cancels unfilled '15 Hellcat orders, doubles '16 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Dodge will more than double Hellcat Charger and Challenger production for 2016. But about 900 unfilled 2015 orders will be canceled....
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Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as part of a far-reaching consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 safety recalls since 2009....
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At last, Honda and Toyota prepare for turbo charge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of setting the pace in fuel economy without relying on technologies like turbocharging, direct injection or CVTs, Japan's big three will spend the next several years playing catch-up....
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1,100-hp supercar's problem? 'Too powerful'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The founder of Denmark's Zenvo might have to go to a four-wheel-drive system for the next model, just to make the replacement for the 1,104-hp ST1 more drivable. “It's too powerful,” founder Troels Vollertsen told Automotive News....
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Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. But the industry's response is only now ramping up, as automakers come to terms with the implications of building devices that increasingly function as networked computers on wheels....
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R&D HUB

Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley r&d lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners....
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Honda's Accavitti leaves top post at Acura

5:45 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mike Accavitti, vice president and general manager of Acura, has abruptly left the company and has been replaced by Jon Ikeda, American Honda Motor said. Ikeda was formerly division director of auto design at Honda's R&D Americas division and has been with Honda since 1989....
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Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal with union

9:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

General Motors' South Korean unit tentatively reached an annual wage deal with its labor union today, averting a major strike at one of its key Asian production bases, a union spokesman told Reuters....
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U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations....
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Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia, S.E. Asia after closing U.S. plant

July 27, 2015 08:42 CET

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia after closing its U.S. plant, the automaker's president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said. Mitsubishi currently builds cars in Thailand and the Philippines and will open a factory in Indonesia....
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Daimler will test self-driving trucks this year, report says

July 27, 2015 11:23 CET

Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, Wolfgang Bernhard, chief of the automaker's trucks business, told a German newspaper....
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Mitsubishi throws in towel on fading era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s decision last week to sell its only U.S. assembly plant illustrates an emerging new-world order in car production. Mitsubishi's Normal, Ill., plant was part of a wave of Asian-brand joint-venture auto plants in North America that opened in the 1980s and 1990s to do whatever was necessary to crack the all-important U.S. retail market....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Chasing profits, JCI jumps out of seats

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Johnson Controls' spinoff of its $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit, announced last week, underlines an uncomfortable truth for suppliers: Sometimes it's not enough to be No. 1. Seats don't generate the profits that they once did, and that's due to a new trend in purchasing....
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Driverless driving induces a range of anxiety on road

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When Delphi engineers undertook a nine-day, 3,400-mile journey from San Francisco to New York in a driverless research vehicle in March, they got some interesting reactions from other motorists....
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N.A. output rises 4.6% in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in June rose 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 1,608,369 units. It was the 47th consecutive month for production to exceed 1 million units....
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Infiniti uncovers its A3 fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The production version of Infiniti's Q30 compact hatch unveiled last week stays faithful to the striking, and somewhat polarizing, looks of the 2013 concept....
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Here come the Kia crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Kia is gearing up for a run at the fast-growing subcompact crossover segment with a dedicated hybrid model, spy photos suggest. About the size of a Honda HR-V, the unnamed Kia is likely to share a platform with a Hyundai model....
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Fiat working on Abarth variant of 124

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat plans a high-performance version of the upcoming Fiat 124, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler's Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England's Auto Express in an interview....
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