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Mazda sculptors, digital artists collaborate on design like never before

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2018
To perfect the voluptuous bends and molten-like reflections of Mazda's next-generation design language due to debut next year, Mazda's stylists had to break with tradition. For the first time, digital artists were thrust onto level ground with the vaunted clay sculptors.

Suppliers capitalize on move to electrified vehicles.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2018
Electric vehicle sales might still be low, but some suppliers are moving fast to capitalize on the market for parts and engineering.

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How electrification is shaking up supply chain

June 23, 2018 06:01 CET
Electrification – from drivetrains to smaller components such as heaters and suspensions – is shaking up the supply chain, analysts and industry executives say. That leaves an opening for small, agile companies to develop specialized components and forces larger ones to confront their future.

GM bets on a diesel revival

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2018
The northern Italian industrial city of Turin is home to a key operation in General Motors' drive to reduce fuel consumption in combustion engines used in the U.S. and globally.

Can regulators keep up with the pace of self-driving tech?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2018
Critics fear government authorities are falling behind in evaluating and approving guidelines for road readiness of self-driving technologies.

McLaren NA chief makes brand easier to find

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2018
McLaren North America President Tony Joseph has been with the brand since it set up shop nine years ago, watching it grow from fledging operations to a growing retail base.

Tesla suffers another fire at Calif. plant

12:32 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
A machine used for paper recycling caught fire late Thursday at Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif., outside the company's main EV assembly line, but manufacturing was unaffected.

BMW and Audi dealers call Trump tariff plans 'scary' and 'tragic'

4:10 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
Ask dealers about President Trump's threatening to tax imports of European models, and they'll tell you buyers of those cars might as well throw the money saved on their tax bills out the window.

VW may seek damages from Winterkorn over emissions violations

3:32 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
Volkswagen is reviewing whether to seek damages from former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was at the helm when the company disclosed it had cheated on emissions tests, VW supervisory board member Stephan Weil told a newspaper.

Joyson Safety Systems names Guido Durrer as CEO

10:57 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
Joyson Safety Systems, the Chinese-owned supplier that acquired the former Takata safety products business, said it appointed Guido Durrer as CEO.

Jeep Cherokee tops Cars.com's 2018 index of U.S.-made vehicles

3:07 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
The Jeep Cherokee SUV climbed to the top spot on a key index of American-made vehicles in the 2018 model year from second in 2017.

Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states, report says

6:44 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
Tesla's move to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial transaction, Reuters reported.

Audi engineer fired for diesel-cheat role wins $1.7M payout, report says

June 22, 2018 16:09 CET
Audi is paying more than 1.5 million euros ($1.74 million) in severance pay to an engineer caught up in its diesel-cheating scandal, a German media report said.

GM risks Trump's ire with plan to build Blazer in Mexico

6:11 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
Just as President Trump is threatening tariffs on imported autos, GM plans to resurrect the Chevrolet Blazer -- this time as a sleeker crossover -- made in Mexico.

Uber driver was watching video just before fatal self-driving crash, police report says

June 22, 2018 09:56 CET
Police in Arizona said evidence showed the safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted and streaming a television show on her phone right up until about the time of a fatal accident in March.

Daimler sales, HR expert is new Smart boss

June 22, 2018 14:38 CET
Daimler executive Karen Adt will become the head of the Smart brand, succeeding Annette Winkler.

Ghosn says 'zero' chance of Renault taking over Nissan, Mitsubishi

June 22, 2018 16:11 CET
Renault absorbing Nissan and Mitsubishi is not an option as the automakers look to strengthen their partnership while retaining their autonomy, alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn said.

PSA said to to lease China assembly plant to Nissan

June 22, 2018 10:49 CET
PSA, which operates well below production capacity in China, will lease one of its vehicle assembly plants in Wuhan to Nissan starting this year, according to a Chinese media report.

Germany's glitziest car awards canceled over diesel

June 22, 2018 14:57 CET
Germany's most prestigious automaker awards will go to no one this year as manufacturers reel from the latest turns in a diesel-emissions scandal plaguing the industry.

Paris ends electric car-share program amid big losses

June 22, 2018 09:26 CET
Paris was once a pacesetter in shared transport, launching a car-sharing service called Autolib in 2011. Now, taxpayers may have to pick up the bill for big losses.

VW Group hands over regional responsibility to brands

June 22, 2018 12:19 CET
Volkswagen Group is handing responsibility for managing regions to its different brands as part of a strategic overhaul to decentralize power at the automaker.

Bosch exec to head Turkish automotive project

June 22, 2018 06:01 CET
Turkey has recruited an executive from German supplier Bosch to lead its effort to establish a domestic car brand.

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Chevy resurrects Blazer as tech-savvy, sporty crossover

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2018
General Motors, aiming for more gains in the booming American market for utility vehicles, is resurrecting the venerable Chevrolet Blazer nameplate as a tech-savvy, yet sporty, crossover.

GM adjusts executive roles for Ammann, Reuss

11:13 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2018
General Motors is realigning responsibilities of two of its top executives, allowing GM President Dan Ammann to better concentrate on the automaker's development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Ammann, who was already overseeing the operations, is relinquishing responsibilities for Cadillac and GM's global portfolio planning to product chief Mark Reuss.

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Toyota bets on Camry hybrid to boost fleet sales in Europe

June 21, 2018 12:43 CET
Toyota will launch sales of its Camry midsize sedan in Europe early next year to replace the discontinued Avensis. The Camry is part of Toyota’s plan to boost fleet sales in the region.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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