Product Planning

NICK BUNKLEY

Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. But the Volt may be GM’s most successful money-losing car ever....
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VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

1:01 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there....
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Chrysler names Winter head of product planning for North America

5:16 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Chrysler Group named its former minivan chief engineer to head the automaker’s product planning for North America....
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Ford's revamped 2015 Edge to roll out worldwide

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
The Ford Edge, first introduced in 2006 as an early entrant in the now-booming mid-sized crossover segment, is getting a major makeover and global push for 2015. The new vehicle, shown to journalists Tuesday, is longer, roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than its predecessor....
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Asian automakers still reluctant to embrace aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
As western carmakers such as Audi and Ford embrace aluminum to save weight and boost fuel economy, their Asian rivals remain reluctant to invest in the costly retooling required that would disrupt existing manufacturing processes and supplier relationships....
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Jaguar dropping XK coupe, convertible

8:12 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
With the all-new F-Type Coupe debuting, Jaguar is ending output of the more expensive and aging two-plus-two XK coupe and convertible....
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No decision on Elmiraj, but Welburn says reviews are great

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Worldwide reaction to the Cadillac Elmiraj concept has been so far, so good....
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FIAT CHRYSLER 5-YEAR PLAN

Maserati to add Alfieri coupe in 2016, cabrio in 2017

May 6, 2014 19:22 CET
Maserati will add the Alfieri sports coupe to its lineup in 2016 and an Alfieri cabriolet in 2017, brand CEO Harald Wester said Tuesday during a presentation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' new product lineup....
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Maserati to add Alfieri coupe in 2016, cabrio in 2017

1:22 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Italian luxury brand Maserati will add the Alfieri sports coupe to its lineup in 2016 and an Alfieri cabrio in 2017, Maserati CEO Harald Wester said today during a presentation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' new product lineup....
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Fiat Chrysler to invest $7 billion to grow Alfa Romeo

11:18 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to invest 5 billion euros ($7 billion) on Alfa Romeo, adding eight nameplates by 2018 with a goal of more than quintupling the brand's global sales....
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Jeep to expand global lineup, production

9:26 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Jeep plans to expand its lineup and broaden its global reach as it becomes the worldwide foundation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Chrysler Group’s most valuable brand will push to 1.9 million annual sales by the end of 2018 under the ambitious five-year global business plan revealed to analysts and journalists today in suburban Detroit....
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BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Mulally dangles the possibility of Escort compact's return to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Ford's revived Escort compact sedan, developed especially for Chinese consumers, could be sold in the United States, CEO Alan Mulally said....
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Infiniti names new product strategy head

March 27, 2014 11:32 CET
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Currently Bancon leads advanced product planning at parent Nissan....
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Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Honda said its decision to scrap the Insight, the first hybrid marketed in the United States, is part of a revised strategy to expand its U.S. lineup of fuel-saving cars and light trucks....
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Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

Feb. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford has completely redesigned the softtop on its new Mustang as the automaker prepares to take on Audi, Mercedes and BMW convertibles in global markets including Europe....
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Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
The top on the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will open in 7 to 10 seconds, roughly twice as fast as the 2014 Mustang....
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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

VW to build SUV in Tennessee, Corker reasserts

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Saturday doubled down on his claim that Volkswagen AG will build a new mid-sized SUV at its assembly plant in Tennessee now that the UAW has been turned away....
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Toyota revamps U.S. marketing operations to become more 'flexible'

8:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Toyota Division is overhauling its marketing operations in the United States and will require 80 employees to reapply for newly created positions or take a voluntary separation from the automaker. As part of the changes, employee roles and responsibilities are being redefined to be more "integrated, flexible and efficient," Toyota, whose operations have 6,100 employees in the United States, said in a statement late Thursday....
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Jeep Cherokee falls short in Consumer Reports testing

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
Consumer Reports is declining to recommend the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, describing the SUV after testing as an "uneven package" and deeming it "half-baked."...
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2014 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Mercedes' 'supreme' S-class coupe undergoes 'radical' makeover

4:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe, with its sensuous lines and sporty proportions, is going for the jugular of its pricey rivals....
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2015 Cadillac Escalade drops bare-bones model, starts $8,000 higher at $72,690

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade will start at $72,690, including shipping, a jump of nearly $8,000 from a base 2014 model....
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RICHARD TRUETT

A weighty matter: Chevy Colorado vs. Ford F-150

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
In the race to get the weight out of pickups, GM -- not Ford -- may actually be the biggest loser. Ford rolled out the long awaited 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 this week, and claimed the curb weight will be 550 to 700 pounds less than the 2014 version forged with steel sheet metal. Hats off to Ford. That's huge....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept hints at new Supra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
It's not the next Toyota Supra. Or is it? While paying tribute to the history of Toyota sports cars, the Toyota FT-1 concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show wasn't specifically designed to be the next Supra....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Redesigned Chrysler 200 is likely foundation for Journey replacement

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group's introduction Monday of an all-wheel-drive variant for its redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan makes me think about another future vehicle: the replacement for the Dodge Journey....
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