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VW goal: 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025

Volkswagen Group expects it will have to sell about 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a year worldwide by 2025 to fulfill increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits in major markets.

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Can Volvo play small ball?

Volvo's first entry into the compact crossover segment, the XC40 arriving late next ...

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Race cars are laps ahead on connectivity

Although some might think the fuss about connected cars is a relatively recent ...

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Race cars are laps ahead on connectivity

Although some might think the fuss about connected cars is a relatively recent phenomenon, it's not. Race cars have been transmitting fuel and performance data to pit crews for decades. And some

VW goal: 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025

Volkswagen Group expects it will have to sell about 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a year worldwide by 2025 to fulfill increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits in

Can Volvo play small ball?

Volvo's first entry into the compact crossover segment, the XC40 arriving late next year, is meant to the Swedish brand to capitalize on the market's seeming unquenchable thirst for these vehicles.

FCA’s sales streak rides on minivans

If Fiat Chrysler ekes out its 74th consecutive year-over-year sales increase in May, as expected, it will likely do so with a big assist from a segment often dismissed as a has-been - minivans.

VW weighs second EV platform

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

Toyota patent activity soaring

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-

Mazda ventures back into premium tier

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.

Renault-Nissan's savior Ghosn turns his attention to Mitsubishi

Carlos Ghosn turned around Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s. Now he must work his magic on scandal-hit Mitsubishi after Nissan took a controlling stake in the smaller company.

Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China

Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the gap.

AutoNews Now: Rich history of Indy 500 pace cars

Stoddard-Dayton to Camaro: The rich history of Indy 500 pace cars; May U.S. sales drop expected; GM moving pickup work from Mexico?; 'Make or break' for Alfa; Hyundai's at-home update.

First Shift: Buick dropping Verano in U.S.

Buick drops Verano in U.S.; GM's 2-for-1 credit move; 12 million vehicles with Takata inflators recalled; Daimler spending more to cut emissions; Premium versus regular gasoline.

Molinaroli will lead JCI-Tyco for 18 months; successor named

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

Indy 500 delivers speed, safety advances, innovation for 100 years

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.

Alfa will start Europe sales of 'make or break' Giulia next month

Alfa Romeo is pinning its revival hopes on the Giulia, which will go on sale in Europe next month. The credibility of the brand's revival depends on the car, Fiat Chrysler Chief Technology Officer

Former Texas dealer fails in bid to overturn U.S. money laundering sentence

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

FCA launches digital ad campaign for 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Fiat Chrysler's new digital campaign for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica introduced the group of small experts in a video launched Thursday night.

Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata airbags

Eight automakers said today they are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles for defective Takata airbags, expanding the largest-ever auto safety push, documents posted by U.S. regulators showed.

GM may shift some pickup production from Mexico to Michigan, report says

Some General Motors light-duty pickup production is going to shift to Flint, Mich., from Mexico, according to a report.

Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit

Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked with developing new products and services for the brand.

Ford bumps driving range of 2017 Fusion Energi to 610 miles

Ford has bumped the range of the 2017 Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid, to a diesel-like 610 miles on one tank of fuel. That's up 60 miles from the 2016 model.

Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run

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

AutoNews Now: Ghosn's Mitsubishi rescue mission

Ghosn's Mitsubishi rescue mission; Ford improves driving range of Fusion Energi by 60 miles; Study: SUV buyer loyalty soaring; Software-related complaints on the rise, J.D. Power says.

McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. The 570GT was hoisted 95 meters to the 10th floor patio area of the Ritz-Carlton Abama on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

More research emerges showing consumers uninformed, wary of new vehicle technology

Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don't know what benefits they

VW targets $1.1 billion in savings from MAN, Scania integration

Volkswagen Group boosted its target for cost cuts at its trucks division to $1.1 billion as cooperation between its Scania and MAN units makes progress after years of tepid results.

VW sees mobile robots on future assembly lines

For Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for future manufacturing includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they'll do next.

First Shift: Investors eyeing Takata?

Investors eyeing Takata?; UAW endorses Clinton; Google plans Detroit-area facility; Milestone at FCA factory; At Ford: Autism, opportunity; Automakers building on JFK's challenge.

Takata holds talks with possible buyers, report says

Takata, the airbag maker facing billions in possible costs for the biggest recall in automotive history, is said to be in talks with potential buyers.

'Top Gear' returns with new lineup

The UK motoring show "Top Gear" will return to television screens this weekend with a new lineup of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programs.

GM's China joint venture to recall 2.16 million vehicles

GM's joint venture with China's SAIC will recall about 2.16 million vehicles starting Aug. 15 because the engine crankcase valves may corrode, China's principal consumer protection watchdog said

BMW to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs, report says

BMW plans to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs as CEO Harald Krueger builds a younger management team to lead the automaker into the future, a German business magazine reported today.

Autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing could push insurance premiums down 30%, study finds

Auto insurance premiums could decline by as much as 30 percent over the next 25 years as autonomous vehicles and sharing services become more prevalent, a study found.

Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism

Ford is launching a pilot program on June 1 to hire adults with autism. Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the

May U.S. sales expected to drop on fewer selling days

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to be lower this month than in May 2015, as slower growth combines with a calendar that gives dealerships one fewer weekend to draw in shoppers.

Ford recalls nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after brake failures

Ford is recalling nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after a three-month investigation by federal safety regulators into dozens of complaints about front brake failures and nine crashes.

Crash test dummies get in back seat to make Uber riders safer

Crash test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back.

Dodge hires new ad agency

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has selected GSD&M as lead agency for Dodge after a review, according to people familiar with the matter. The Omnicom Group agency will replace Wieden & Kennedy, which

Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant

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

AutoNews Now: When car-making meets ride-hailing

Car-making meets ride-hailing: GM, Toyota, VW hop in; Back-seat dummies; Dodge's new ad agency; F-150 recall; Elkann: No FCA deal to sell stake; Nissan Sentra Nismo, Titan spy shots.

Toyota, recovering from earthquakes, plans full production in Japan next week

Toyota said all production lines at its factories in Japan would operate between May 30 and June 4, after output was partially suspended following earthquakes in southern Japan last month.

VW argues penalties sought by U.S. over diesel scandal are excessive

Volkswagen argued in a court filing that fines sought by the U.S. government to penalize the company for rigging diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests are excessive.

Daimler's Detroit Diesel union workers ratify new labor contract

UAW members at Detroit Diesel ratified a contract Tuesday that includes a wage increase and commits Daimler Trucks North America to new engine production.

Toyota's Green Bonds provide the green for auto lending

Toyota Motor Financial's Green Bonds have proved to be a successful innovation and deserve a salute.

Mitsubishi names new r&d chief, restates earnings

Mitsubishi said Nissan executive Mitsuhiko Yamashita will become its r&d chief, part of a management overhaul in the wake of a fuel-economy scandal that also prompted the automaker to restate its

FCA has no deal to sell stake to China's GAC, Elkann says

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not made any agreement with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group to sell a stake, the Italian carmaker's chairman John Elkann said today.

Toyota-Uber places automakers in rival ride-sharing alliances

Toyota's investment in Uber Technologies has drawn the battle lines between the world's largest automakers, which have now solidified partnerships with competing ride-hailing apps in the burgeoning

Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to be the worst. Now the country is deservedly paying a humiliating price after being snubbed by Fiat

Google plans r&d center for self-driving cars in suburban Detroit

Google plans to open a 53,000-square-foot operation in suburban Detroit to conduct further r&d for the company's self-driving automotive technology.

Classic Olds, Jaguar share screen in X-Men movie

Vintage Jaguar and Oldsmobile models get screen time in the superhero flick X-Men: Apocalypse, which hits U.S. theaters Friday.

First Shift: New Mitsu R&D chief, lower profits

Mitsu names R&D chief, reports 39% profit drop; Toyota forms partnership with Uber; Judge: VW, U.S. making 'substantial progress'; Flex-N-Gate, Cosworth plants; How GM lightens up.

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