Product Planning

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years....
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UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler....
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Cadillac chief envisions $250,000 flagship car -- in 2029

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Cadillac's new boss believes General Motors' luxury brand could eventually sell ultra-luxury cars that retail for a quarter-million dollars by 2029. Cadillac may also get more crossover models to supplement the SRX....
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PSA moves Xavier Peugeot to Citroen, names new Peugeot product chief

Nov. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named Xavier Peugeot as product planning chief of Citroen. He moves to the role from head of product planning for the Peugeot brand and is tasked with helping Citroen to achieve a coherent product range....
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Infiniti readies Q30 targeting young buyers

10:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatchback, which will hit showrooms in 2016. The new five-door will use the architecture of Mercedes-Benz's European-market A class and also will rely on a Daimler-designed, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine....
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BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program

6:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road....
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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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Tesla to end 'The D' suspense

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk today will unveil new technology that helps keep drivers from drifting off the road and what analysts predict will be an all-wheel-drive variant of its Model S....
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Mercedes sales top Audi in Sept. as global competition intensifies

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Audi sold fewer cars globally than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out....
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Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines....
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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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