Engineers say the internal combustion engine still has many improvements in store -- and Automotive News PACE Awards judges agree. Four of the nine 2012 product awards, announced tonight at a black-tie event here, are for new ways to squeeze performance out of the industry's mainstay powerplant.
Sonic Automotive Inc. aims to have its stores average at least 100 used-vehicle sales a month by year end. Meanwhile, Sonic reported a 24 percent gain in earnings for the first quarter, but the company's shares plunged 5 percent during a down day on Wall Street.
MG Motor UK's Icon concept unveiled at the Beijing auto show combines the British marque's sports car heritage with a more modern design direction pursued by the brand's Chinese owners, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.
Chrysler Group said Monday it had agreed to a marketing tie-up with USA Basketball that makes the Jeep Wrangler the official vehicle of the men’s and women’s U.S. basketball programs, including the 2012 U.S. Olympic teams.
Renault rode to the rescue of Nissan when the Japanese company was on the brink of collapse in 1999. Now Carlos Ghosn – who heads of both automakers as CEO of their 13-year alliance – says it is Nissan's turn to return the favor.
Two Republican senators have asked the Obama administration to explain why it approved a $529 million loan to startup Fisker Automotive, which has suspended production of a heavily touted plug-in electric car as it revamps its business plan.
Mercedes-Benz sells extended-length versions of its S-class and E-class sedans in China to give back seat passengers space to stretch out and maybe do some work while riding in one of Beijing's miserable traffic jams.
GM may be China's biggest foreign automaker, but Volkswagen AG dominates the Beijing auto show. At the convention center, the German automaker filled an entire building with various models of its own brands.
MG, the famed British brand now owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., revealed sketches of the Icon concept vehicle. The compact SUV, scheduled to be unveiled at this week's Beijing auto show, is said to preview a production model to be introduced in China in 2014.
I thought that I had a rough trip from my hotel to the opening of the Beijing auto show. Then I learned I got to the show with fewer delays than Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's police-escorted motorcade.
Honda wants Chinese tastes in cars to add more flavor to its global lineup. At the Beijing auto show, CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled two new concept cars, one of which will be manufactured and sold first in China before being introduced worldwide.
Renault and China's Dongfeng Motor have signed a framework agreement on a joint venture, a senior Renault executive confirmed on Monday. In March, the two signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly produce vehicles in China.
Chrysler plans to relaunch brand sales in China this June with the 300C large sedan, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on the sidelines of the Beijing auto show on Monday. The automaker, which sells the Jeep brand in China, last sold Chrysler-badged cars in China three years ago.
For more than a decade, the Ford Escape has chugged along with a conservative, boxy design firmly rooted in SUV tradition. For 2013, the Escape has undergone a radical transformation, trading its squarish look for a sleek, curvy, carlike design.
Although fears of a nylon resin shortage appeared to ease last week, the flurry over nylon 12 exposed a lingering auto industry problem: In the lower tiers of the supply chain, a fire, flood or natural disaster that chokes off supply of an obscure but vital component can instantly create the threat...
Massive computing power and advanced graphics have revolutionized video games. Now they're doing the same to the auto industry. Engineers and designers are using computers to create and test new parts and vehicle technology at astonishing speeds.
Automotive News is looking for 40 achievers who are rising stars at auto dealerships. Are you part of that mix? Or do you know someone who is? Automotive News will spotlight those stars in "40 Under 40," a special section July 16.
The market for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles is perking up, just when many were ready to write it off. In the first three months of 2012, U.S. sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs shot up 44 percent from the year-ago quarter, to 113,457.
Dean Evans admits to taking a few potshots over the years at automakers' chief marketing officers. Now Evans is a chief marketer himself; he took over at Subaru of America in September. But he still thinks most of his peers are out of touch when it comes to Internet sales and marketing