Automotive

JIM HENRY

Why Group 1 finds F&I a tougher sell overseas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Think F&I managers have it tough making a sale in the United States? It’s a lot tougher in the United Kingdom and in Brazil, Group 1 Automotive says.... Read More »

 

J.D. Power to buy Korrelate to measure digital ad spending effectiveness

10:00 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
J.D. Power is acquiring analytics company Korrelate in a move to measure consumer online shopping behaviors and trends, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Siemens, BAIC to jointly build parts for green vehicles in China

April 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's Siemens and state-owned Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive will form a joint venture to produce motors and inverters for hybrid and full-electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

April 22, 2014 13:22 CET
Daimler and Chinese partner BYD unveiled a production-ready version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show ahead of a sales launch in September.... Read More »

 

Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

3:22 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
GM and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored. The museum, which plans to keep the damaged Corvettes on display through the summer, may decide to leave some unrepaired as part of a permanent display.... Read More »

 

Daimler says new Beijing plant has potential capacity to build 350,000 Mercedes cars

April 22, 2014 03:03 CET
Daimler can expand production at its Beijing plant to 350,000 vehicles a year if demand calls for it, said Rene Reif, the head of manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive. By the end of 2014, output in Beijing will be about 140,000 cars.... Read More »

 

UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

8:29 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.... Read More »

 

Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars.... Read More »

 

SEDAN SHOOTOUT

As Sonata turns cautious, Camry flees good-but-frumpy image

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Sales of mid-sized sedans may be off 8 percent so far this year, but redesigns from Toyota and Hyundai unveiled at the New York auto show indicate the segment has plenty of fight left in it.... Read More »

 

Iacocca links Mustang's lines to Mark I

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, discussion and debate rages anew about the design of the original pony car.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Crossovers will be vital in Hyundai's 3-year product blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Hyundai will soon return to the strategy that won it major sales and market share gains earlier this decade: a blitz of new products.... Read More »

 

BIG SOFA, LITTLE CAR?

When Scion's too tiny, Toyota pilot program allows a larger loaner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Scion is rolling out a pilot program that will allow vehicle owners to use other Toyota models as short-term loaners.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Snow-covered sensors are no help

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
I was fascinated and dismayed to read "Camera Ready?" in the April 7 issue.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Russian fallout

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fallout from Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine already is affecting the auto industry in Europe.... Read More »

 

Nissan, burned on taxi deal, teases N.Y. with a prototype

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
First New York reneged on its contract to make the Nissan NV200 the city's official taxi last year. Now the cops want to write it a ticket.... Read More »

 

New TLX is key to Acura's sedan revival

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Acura is counting on the 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan tol reverse a slide in the brand's sedan sales. Acura's U.S. sedan sales skidded 10 percent last year and have dropped 23 percent this year through March. On the flip side, Acura's crossovers are red hot, up 21 percent last year and up 38 percent through March.... Read More »

 

Famed Mustang modifier Saleen will soup up Tesla's Model S

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The first company to give Tesla's Model S battery-powered sedan a styling and performance makeover has stepped up.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Midcyle, Camry is overhauled to make it best 'ever built'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
In 2011, Toyota touted the newest Camry for its "bold, sophisticated" design.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan to offer smart mirror in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Nissan's newly developed smart rearview mirror -- which it had planned to offer only as an aftermarket dealer option in Japan -- will become a U.S. factory feature next year.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Limited-run CTS-V coupe on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Cadillac plans to make a limited-edition CTS-V coupe for an abbreviated 2015 model year, closing out a five-year run that helped the brand earn back credibility among luxury buyers.... Read More »

 

Automakers grow cautious as output rises

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
North American auto production continues to rise with the economy, but automakers are watching inventory closely and starting to get cautious about their second-quarter production schedules.... Read More »

 

Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target.... Read More »

 

Q&A: TOM BONEY, GENERAL MANAGER, AUTOMOTIVE, NOVELIS NORTH AMERICA

Aluminum gains automotive momentum with F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The Ford F-150 pickup will switch to an aluminum body late this year, and more mass-market vehicles are bound to follow. But aluminum will have to fight for its place on autos with carbon fiber, magnesium and high-strength steel, says Tom Boney, general manager of automotive for Novelis North America, a major aluminum supplier.... Read More »

 

Q&A: BOB CONRAD, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AUTOMOTIVE MICROCONTROLLER DIVISION, FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR

Vehicles add computer power for high-tech tasks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that automakers are racing to add infotainment systems, collision avoidance systems and even self-adjusting seats, it seems like a good time to be in the computer business. Bob Conrad, 54, is senior vice president of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s automotive microcontroller division.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion.... Read More »

 

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