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Ghosn's successor will have work to do

Carlos Ghosn is handing the CEO reins for a vastly improved Nissan. Despite nearly two decades of gains, Nissan still has much to work on.

FTC checks lenders' use of 'kill switches'

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the practice of installing GPS trackers ...

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SUV? Electric car? They'll kill 2 birds with 1 Bentley

Bentley Motors is eyeing a new strategy for both its SUV lineup and its ...

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Can Continental score big with 48-volt hybrids?

Continental's previous hybrid solutions failed to win over automakers because they ...

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Ghosn's successor will have work to do

Carlos Ghosn is handing the CEO reins for a vastly improved Nissan. Despite nearly two decades of gains, Nissan still has much to work on.

FTC checks lenders' use of 'kill switches'

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the practice of installing GPS trackers and "kill switches" on vehicles to disable them if the owner fails to make timely payments.

SUV? Electric car? They'll kill 2 birds with 1 Bentley

Bentley Motors is eyeing a new strategy for both its SUV lineup and its electrification plans: combining them.

Can Continental score big with 48-volt hybrids?

Continental's previous hybrid solutions failed to win over automakers because they were too "exotic," the supplier's powertrain boss, Jose Avila, said.

Subaru sees Impreza as gateway to young buyers

How is Subaru reaching out to millennials? With a puppy, of course. It's one of the images Subaru of America is using to reach millennials in its national ad campaign for the all-new 2017 Subaru

Organized labor's Trump predicament

The UAW and other unions finally have a friend on trade in the White House. But much of the rest of President Trump's agenda stands in stark contrast to labor's priorities.

VW caps executive pay, tightens bonus eligibility

VW said it is shaking up its executive pay with a cap on earnings as it looks to quell widespread anger over bonuses paid even as the carmaker suffered record losses in the aftermath of its emissions

Jeep Compass priced from $22,090

The redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass will start at more than $22,000. The compact crossover is expected to be the second most-fuel efficient Jeep after the Renegade.

VW brand chief Diess gets backing from Porsche-Piech clan, report says

Volkswagen Group's embattled VW brand chief Herbert Diess still has the backing of the clan that controls the carmaker, Reuters reported.

New Audi S5 Coupe campaign pits man against beast

Audi is launching a new ad campaign for the 2018 S5 Coupe, slated to hit dealerships this spring. The ad, titled “Monster,” was released Friday, targeting thrill-seeking drivers.

Musk disputes claims Tesla's Calif. factory workers are overworked, underpaid

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot back against claims that workers at the company’s California factory are overworked and underpaid, calling them “disingenuous and outright false.”

Dana CEO keeps open mind as member of Trump jobs panel

Dana CEO James Kamsickas, part of President Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, said he's keeping an open mind on issues such as a border tax and renegotiation of NAFTA and determined to speak up

Acura lands jersey sponsorship deal with Columbus Crew soccer club

Acura will be the official jersey sponsor and automotive partner for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. The deal calls for the Acura logo to appear on the front of Crew jerseys for the next three

Key Safety, Takata aim to reach deal by end of March, source says

Key Safety Systems is expected to sign a definitive agreement to acquire troubled Japanese auto supplier Takata by the end of March, according to a person close to the negotiations.

Cadillac takes on 'divided nation' in Oscars ad

Add Cadillac to the list of advertisers using an ad in an attempt to bridge political divides. In a TV spot that will run during Sunday's Oscars, the GM unit seeks to dispel the notion that America

GM, PSA haggle over $9 billion pension gap, report says

As GM tries to hammer out a deal to sell its long-struggling Europe business to PSA, one multibillion-dollar issue looms large: how the companies will manage an underfunded pension plan for retirees.

AutoNews Now: Flat sales, fat spiffs in Feb.

Forecasters see flat Feb. sales, fat spiffs; Peek at VW Arteon; Tesla's cash-burning ways; Pensions hang over Opel talks; Cadillac takes on 'nation divided' in Oscars ad.

VW's profit boost clouded by $6.8 billion diesel-crisis charge

VW Group's provisions for its diesel scandal increased by 6.4 billion euros ($6.8 billion) last year. The costs overshadowed improving business as VW's operating profit rose to 14.6 billion euros,

GM said to demand non-compete clauses in return for Opel patents

GM has told PSA it would only sell licenses for the manufacture of Opel cars to the French company if it agreed not to sell them in North America, Russia or China, a German magazine reported. Opel

February forecasts see flat U.S. sales despite heavy discounts

U.S. new-vehicle sales this month, driven by higher incentive spending, are expected to be about the same as a year ago or down slightly.

Audi supervisory board backs CEO Stadler

Audi's supervisory board backed CEO Rupert Stadler, saying allegations brought against him by a former Audi employee suing for wrongful termination were not accurate.

First Shift: Waymo alleges Uber got stolen tech

Waymo sues Uber, alleging stolen tech; Benz pickup for U.S.?; Audi board backs Stadler, Diess said to win support at VW; Car owners' biggest gripe: Tech glitches.

Magna says Q4 profits remained stable as revenues grew

Diversified Canadian auto supplier Magna International said increased protectionist measures in North America could pose a substantial risk to the supplier achieving “desired results” in

Mercedes studying U.S. sales of new pickup

Mercedes is looking closely at growing demand in the U.S. for midsize pickups to determine whether there is potential to launch the new X class in the market.

PSA could sell Opel cars outside of Europe

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares laid out his vision for Opel that includes expanding the German brand outside its European home market.

VW said to renew India push with Tata alliance talks

VW Group is in advanced talks to team up with Tata Motors as the German automaker takes another stab at India's fast-growing demand for cars, Bloomberg reported. Competition for India's booming

AutoNews Now: 'Audacious' Ghosn tough act to follow

'Audacious' leader Ghosn tough act to follow at Nissan; Tavares' Opel ambition: Create 'European car champion'; Stabbing at GM plant; Mercedes creates special-edition roadsters.

Ghosn hands Nissan reins to cost-focused lieutenant

Newly promoted to CEO at Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa will bring a gruff, tough, no-nonsense approach to leading Japan's second-biggest car maker at a time of rapid technological change in the industry.

PSA takes first steps to U.S. market entry with ride-sharing service

PSA will be a partner in TravelCar, a ride-sharing service set to begin in April at airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as the automaker takes the first steps toward re-entering the North

The skeptics didn't know Carlos Ghosn

Bob Lutz didn't think Nissan could be saved. At that moment in the late 1990s, Nissan was on the brink of failure. Then entered Carlos Ghosn.

First Shift: Ghosn gives up Nissan CEO title

Ghosn gives up Nissan CEO title; Tesla narrows Q4 loss; Arraignment set for VW exec; PSA a partner in LA, San Francisco airport car-sharing venture; Sweet spots for EV sales.

VW exec Schmidt pleads not guilty, but must stay behind bars, judge says

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt will remain behind bars as an extreme flight risk even after not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf during his arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in

VW board expected to support Audi's Stadler despite criticism over scandal

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is expected to win the backing of top officials at the carmaker and parent company Volkswagen Group this week, despite criticism of his handling of the group's emissions

Visteon builds on electronics segment gains in Q4

Electronics supplier Visteon said it swung to a $31 million profit on its continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with a loss of $68 million last year.

Tesla's cash burn raises concerns on Wall Street

Elon Musk is burning through cash and may need to raise more soon to produce the mass-market electric sedan Tesla is banking on to reach the mainstream consumer.

All networks are vulnerable to hackers

The establishment of self-driving tests on public roads would create a monumental vulnerability that if exploited could collapse society with a keystroke, writes one reader.

Waymo claims former employee stole self-driving tech secrets

Waymo claims Anthony Levandowski downloaded 14,000 files before leaving to start his own company, Otto, later bought by Uber, according to a California lawsuit.

PSA ready for 'opportunities' as profit gain helps Opel stance

PSA's earnings jumped 18 percent last year on cost cuts, underscoring the automaker's revival and helping its efforts to buy GM's struggling European operations.

Nissan can manage just fine without Ghosn at the wheel

Nissan, which has counted Carlos Ghosn as chairman, CEO and president for most of the period since Renault saved it from the brink of collapse in 1999, is going to have to make do with less of him.

GM worker released from hospital after stabbing at Wentzville plant

A worker at General Motors' Wentzville assembly plant in Missouri has been released from the hospital after being stabbed five times Wednesday night at the plant, according to officials.

PSA's Tavares says Opel deal would find 'speedy' savings

PSA's proposed acquisition of Opel would swiftly create savings and value for both companies, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said. PSA could attract new customers currently reluctant to buy French cars,

Interiors supplier AGM being acquired by Flex Ltd.

Flex Ltd. is buying automotive supplier AGM Automotive. AGM, headquartered near Detroit, supplies interior systems including overhead consoles, interior lighting, electronic components and carpet.

AutoNews Now: Lexus, Porsche top dependability study

Lexus, Porsche top dependability study, Fiat struggle continues; PSA eyes partnership with Lotus owner Proton; BMW inks deal with Mobileye; Boost in range for VW's e-Golf.

GM supplier organized after strike by UAW in Kansas City

Workers at a Kansas City factory that supplies General Motors on Tuesday ratified their first UAW-bargained contract with a nearly unanimous vote after a three-week strike.

First Shift: Automakers take case to new EPA boss

Automakers take case to new EPA boss; Poll puts Takata reputation on 'critical' list; Smoother CUE?; New Range Rover model: Velar; Benz dealers get a break; 'One price' expansion.

German lawmakers call for inquiry into VW compliance chief exit

Lawmakers from Volkswagen's home region called on Wednesday for an inquiry into the sudden departure of the German carmaker's compliance chief last month, saying they were concerned the supervisory

EPA rates VW's 2017 e-Golf at 126 mpg-e and boosts range to 125 miles

An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor have enabled the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf to achieve a 126 mpg-e city rating and a doubled estimated range to 125 miles from U.S. regulators.

KAR Auction's Q4 net income drops despite gain at ADESA

ADESA parent company KAR Auction Services reported a 5.8 percent decline in fourth quarter net income on higher service costs and selling and administrative expenses.

Lexus, Porsche rank as most-dependable brands, J.D. Power says

Lexus and Porsche are the most dependable brands after three years of vehicle ownership, while Toyota leads non-premium labels, according to a J.D. Power study. Fiat Chrysler posted four of the

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