Automotive

VW board demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

8:44 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. His ouster also leaves a void at the top of Europe's largest carmaker and a host of questions about the future shape of the company. Most urgent among them is who will replace Piech in the crucial role of chairman....
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SAE WORLD CONGRESS

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. It was a hot topic last week as auto executives debated the technology of driverless cars during SAE's annual world congress in Detroit, an event that attracted thousands of engineers....
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Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that....
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Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed....
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With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the best from Germany....
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Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions....
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Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions....
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Volvo will build new compacts in Belgium, CEO says

April 24, 2015 14:57 CET

Volvo will build a new family of compact cars on a common platform shared with parent Zhejiang Geely at its Belgian factory, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. The compacts may also be built in China, the CEO said....
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Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production....
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Lear Q1 net income, revenue up after Eagle Ottawa acquisition

11:25 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Seating and electronics supplier Lear acquired leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in the first quarter and said that net income during the period increased 20 percent and revenue jumped 3.7 percent from the year earlier....
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VW, BMW are top brands among Chinese auto buyers, survey says

April 24, 2015 14:30 CET

Volkswagen is the top pick for Chinese consumers considering buying a vehicle followed by BMW and Buick, according to a survey on auto-purchase sentiment conducted by a research unit of Deutsche Borse....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. The rapid rise will come as automakers strive to meet tougher European CO2 rules that start to take effect in 2020....
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Skoda, unions agree on 3.5% wage hike

April 24, 2015 13:10 CET

Skoda has reached an agreement with workers on a 3.5 percent wage hike, the carmaker's main union group said. Unions threatened to strike last week after seeking a higher deal than the 3 percent offered by the automaker....
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Valeo posts quarterly sales gain on Europe, China

April 24, 2015 11:56 CET

Valeo's first-quarter revenue rose 15 percent, lifted by sales growth in Europe and China. The supplier sees vehicle production rising about 3 percent globally in 2015, with the same figure expected in Europe, excluding Russia....
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Haldex first-quarter profit rises 37%

April 24, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Haldex said operating profit rose 37 percent in the first quarter to 115 million Swedish crowns (12.2 million euros) as the company repeated its forecast for markets to grow at a slower pace this year....
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GM profit rises, aided by North America

7:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

General Motors posted stout first-quarter profits from truck sales in North America, but trouble in Russia and Brazil and lingering fallout from last year's recall binge kept a lid on earnings. GM's operating income excluding onetime items -- the figure that GM says best reflects its core performance -- was $2.08 billion....
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Pricing pressure in U.S., China raises fears about future auto profits

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

The strength of the US and China economies has helped companies like General Motors offset weakness in others parts of the world, but growing pricing pressure in those lucrative markets could be a warning sign for future profits....
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Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. The plant builds the Focus and C-Max, whose sales are down a combined 22 percent this year after falling 15 percent last year....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Midsize with a four-banger or large and loaded? How auto insurance affects consumers' buying power

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. That's because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, according Insure.com...
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Goodyear to spend $550 million on tire plant in Mexico, report says

10:54 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Goodyear Tire & Rubber is planning to spend $550 million on a new tire plant in Mexico, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a string of investment pledges in the country's booming auto sector....
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GM gets boost from smaller pickups, but doubters question for how long

10:29 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

General Motors' return to selling smaller pickups in the United States has resuscitated a moribund market segment, but new data highlights the risk that the automaker's new trucks are cannibalizing sales of higher-priced models....
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UK car production rises 1.9% in March

April 23, 2015 14:22 CET

UK car production rose 1.9 percent last month, the best March figure since 2006, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Through March output fell 0.6 percent, the SMMT said....
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Hyundai may boost SUV capacity in U.S., China after Q1 profit dips

10:04 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

South Korea's Hyundai Motor may boost production of SUVs in the United States and China after reporting profits fell again, squeezed by the cost of promotions to bolster car sales and unfavorable foreign exchange trends....
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PSA's Tavares open to adding partners to Toyota JV

April 23, 2015 13:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is open to bringing in more partners to its existing collaboration with Toyota to share the cost of designing and manufacturing minicars, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

4:30 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

I cannot imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet, but after testing a set of digital goggles from Mini I am not convinced yet that I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW's interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass....
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