Business and Finance
Toyota patent activity soaringSat, 28, May 2016
EV-related technologies have triggered a boom in automotive patents, and they are streaming out of Toyota. And the gap between the number of new Toyota patents and those at the industry's second-place company, Robert Bosch, is enormous.
VW weighs second EV platformSat, 28, May 2016
Volkswagen is examining whether its modular architecture for electric cars under development, dubbed MEB, is flexible enough for a top-of-the-line Phaeton, or whether a second groupwide platform is needed.
Mazda ventures back into premium tierSat, 28, May 2016
For more than a decade, Mazda has talked about occupying a quasi-premium space in the U.S. The redesigned CX-9 is a step in that direction.
Molinaroli will lead JCI-Tyco for 18 months; successor namedFri, 27, May 2016
Johnson Controls Inc. CEO Alex Molinaroli, who has steered his company away from the automotive seating and interiors businesses during his two-and-a-half-year tenure, will serve as CEO for the combined JCI-Tyco International for 18 months.
Charging for prepaid maintenance trumps giving it awayMon, 16, May 2016
H&H Chevrolet found that charging customers for prepaid maintenance plans produced better results overall than giving the plans away for free.
Indy 500 delivers speed, safety advances, innovation for 100 yearsFri, 27, May 2016
Technological advancements first tested on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historic 2.5-mile oval have transitioned to everyday production models since the very first race.
Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plantWed, 25, May 2016
Two auto industry executives with ties to NFL football franchises -- Bill Ford of the Detroit Lions and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- played key roles in bringing a top-tier auto parts plant to Detroit.
FCA launches digital ad campaign for 2017 Chrysler PacificaFri, 27, May 2016
Fiat Chrysler's new digital campaign for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica introduced the group of small experts in a video launched Thursday night.
GM may shift some pickup production from Mexico to Michigan, report saysFri, 27, May 2016
Some General Motors light-duty pickup production is going to shift to Flint, Mich., from Mexico, according to a report.
Former Texas dealer fails in bid to overturn U.S. money laundering sentenceFri, 27, May 2016
A suburban Dallas ex-dealer has failed to overturn his 188-month prison term in a money laundering conspiracy that enabled drug dealers, pimps and other criminals to pay cash for luxury vehicles without reporting the transactions to the IRS.
Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 runThu, 26, May 2016
The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. The move spotlights how automakers are rethinking product portfolios amid what many executives and analysts believe is a permanent shift toward crossovers and SUVs.
Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleetsMon, 23, May 2016
General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets.