Automotive

DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for prodction electric and high-performance cars....
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New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics....
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Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2015 15:52 CET

Volkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, which also include Toyota, BMW and Mercedes, are stepping up exports as the local market shrinks....
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Monthly payments, loan terms up in Q2, Experian says

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

The average monthly payment increased and new-vehicle loan terms grew during the second quarter as average U.S. transaction prices for new cars and light trucks rose, Experian Automotive reported today....
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Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard....
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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement....
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2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut

Aug. 27, 2015 10:30 CET

Kia released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the model's debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it boost its competitiveness in the tough compact SUV segment....
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VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET

Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow....
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Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: E-contracting needs standard definition

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Although electronic contracting has gained traction, it’s still not widely embraced by dealers.
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Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test....
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Ford, UAW in talks to revive Ranger sales, output in U.S.

12:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ford is in discussions with the UAW about bringing the Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV back to the U.S. market, according to media reports and a person with knowledge of the talks. The company is considering a plan to build the vehicles at Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit after production of the Focus and C-Max ends in 2018, the source said....
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Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets....
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2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET

Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design....
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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant shut in blast

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work Thursday at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin....
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Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said....
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New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell....
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Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox will be lower, sleeker

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox will sport a streamlined face and lower, sleeker profile, based on recent spy photos. The shots and video, purportedly taken during hot-weather testing of the compact crossover, show a blacked-out, horizontally patterned grille with swept-back headlamps....
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Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park....
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Lexus rises to No. 1 in customer satisfaction study

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Lexus overtook Mercedes-Benz to come out on top in a recent U.S. customer satisfaction study while recalls and rising prices across the industry are driving down average new-vehicle customer satisfaction scores....
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Jeep hacker leaves Twitter

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said....
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Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles....
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