Product Planning

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: 2016 Chevy Camaro slims down

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro will weigh in at 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation model, which will put curb weight for the SS versions at about 3,700 pounds and LS and LT models at about 3,500 pounds....
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Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin....
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Buick ponders more powerful engine option for the Encore

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Buick is considering a more powerful engine option for the Encore as it looks to extend the small crossover's sales success....
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Audi's high-performance division looks at entering new segments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Audi's Quattro GmbH division is expected to launch RS performance derivatives of Q crossover models and is considering a lightweight, high-powered derivative of the TTS roadster....
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Mini expects leaner lineup to boost profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

To boost Mini's prospects of long-term profitability, parent BMW Group has decided the British brand needs to shrink its lineup to four nameplates from seven....
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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET

Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters....
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Mercedes-Benz GLE uncovered

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover coupe, a tall wagon/sedan with swoopy coupelike styling, has been spotted largely uncovered during recent testing....
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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

BLOG: 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

BLOG: 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

BLOG: 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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