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In Toledo, it's not an overstatement to say Jeep and its local plant -- a mainstay for decades -- are a big deal to local residents.
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| Richard Truett covers engineering for Automotive News.|
MGB. 500. 280SL. G8. XK120. 2002Tii. TR6. 318is. 2CV. 300TD. XLR. GT6.
Car names derived from letters, numbers, and letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s.
The blowback from Cadillac’s recent announcement that it will name its big new sedan CT6 has been hurricane force on GM’s luxury brand boss Johan de Nysschen. Why the big fuss?
On one hand, I can sympathiz ...
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PARIS -- My hometown completely freaked out Thursday.
Lost its mind, flipped its lid, blew a gasket -- pick any phrase you like, because they all apply.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed here in Paris that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else other than in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio.
Nobody would lose their jobs if it happe ...
Continue reading "Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO" »
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Wolfgang Schneider's title with Ford of Europe.
PARIS -- Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.
Then the two countries decided to allow each other’s cars on their streets. Eventually, says Schneider, Ford of Europe’s head of governmental af ...
Continue reading "Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream" »
With his 1 million-plus Twitter followers and his celebrity status, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a tendency to act like a one-man marketing department.
He set the Internet abuzz Wednesday night with a tweet declaring that it was "about time to unveil the D," accompanied by an image of a car behind a garage door and a date: Oct. 9, 2014.
Speculation instantly began about what the “D&rdquo ...
Continue reading "Musk's mysterious 'D' is probably an awd Model S" »
| Dave Guilford is news editor for Automotive News.|
PARIS -- Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.
Stadler's not looking for a break from meeting standards like the U.S. 54.5 mpg CAFÉ goal, or the European Union's target of 95 grams of CO2 emissions per ...
Continue reading "Will the customer buy what governments demand?" »
| Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.|
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the two Corsa models unveiled Wednesday.
PARIS -- It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms.
But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.
Opel unveiled three-door an ...
Continue reading "What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common" »
PARIS -- It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the U.S., but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?
At the Renault-Nissan dinner tonight, CEO Carlos Ghosn challenged the scrum that engulfed him to name America's No. 1 Leaf-loving town, the place where 1,000 of the electric vehicles were sold in August alone.
The repo ...
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PARIS -- How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late?
He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.
"We are obviously a target for headhunters, but we are simultaneously recruiting the best and the brightest," he said.
Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen recently went to Cadillac and Nissan planni ...
Continue reading "Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent" »
PARIS -- Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.
The Discovery Sport sprinted out of a grassy mountain, through several feet of water, to be greeted by seven giant boots -- or wellies as the Brits call them. The Discovery Sport was introduced by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who h ...
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| Larry P. Vellequette is a reporter for Automotive News.|
PARIS -- Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera.
The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show.
Like the ...
Continue reading "Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight" »
| Nick Bunkley is an enterprise reporter for Automotive News.|
The Big 3 are back. Though maybe not for long.
The top of September’s U.S. sales chart would look fairly routine to anyone who was asleep for the past decade and plans to spend this weekend browsing dealer ads in the Sunday newspaper for a good deal on a new PT Cruiser.
No. 1: General Motors.
No. 2: Ford Motor Co.
No. 3: Chrysler Group.
You know, just like it’s always been.
Continue reading "The Big (Detroit) 3 are back on top, with nudge from Fiat" »
In the second of what’s shaping up to be a series of attacks on subprime auto finance -- the first was in July -- The New York Times last week made a breathless page one story out of a years-old device: the vehicle starter interrupt.
Starter-interrupt devices enable auto lenders to remotely disable a vehicle’s ignition if a subprime borrower misses a payment. The devices have been aro ...