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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Dealer sues VW over diesel scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2016

Dealer sues VW over diesel scandal; FCA cuts factory shift; Readers react to plan for Ford Mexico factory; Small cars, big dilemma; Depreciation disparity?... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Is Japan prepared for the Big One?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2016

By all accounts, Japan's automakers were scared straight by the 2011 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown triple punch. But are they really better prepared for the next big one?... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

Will Ford prove Trump right after all?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2016

As it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford Motor Co. Sort of.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at least from their point of view.... Read More »

What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Score another one for Donald Trump.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

'Un-Honda-like' problems plague new plant in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City, has been struggling to meet demand amid problems caused by a green labor force, language barriers and a rail system prone to delays and occasional thefts, according to dealers who have discussed the matter with Honda officials.... Read More »

GM idling Michigan plant 3 weeks to trim Cadillac ATS, CTS supplies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014

General Motors plans to idle the Michigan plant that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS for three weeks amid a glut of inventory. The move comes as U.S. sales of the ATS and CTS sag, pushing inventories to unusually high levels.... Read More »

Daimler and Nissan hit the gas

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014

Daimler and Renault-Nissan's global product-sharing partnership got a lot bigger last week.... Read More »

N.A. output rises 1%

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014

North American car and truck production rose 1 percent in April from the year-earlier month to an estimated 1,479,033 units.... Read More »

BMW considers raising U.S. capacity, expects pretax profit to rise 'significantly'

6:36 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014

BMW is looking at raising production capacity at its plant in the United States and releasing 12 new models as it chases record car sales and a rise in pretax profit in 2014.... Read More »

Honda's U.S. exports exceeded imports in '13

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014

Honda exported more vehicles from its U.S. factories in 2013 than it imported into America from Japan -- a first for the automaker. Honda exported 108,705 American-made Honda and Acura vehicles, compared to 88,537 it brought in from Japan.... Read More »

Strained N.A. plants expected to approach record output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2013

Can North America's stressed-out assembly plants handle near record production? We're about to find out.... Read More »

THE BIG BUILDUP

Subaru, Toyota discuss Camry move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013

Subaru and Toyota are in talks to halt production of the Toyota Camry sedan at Subaru's Lafayette, Ind., assembly plant, likely timed to the introduction of the nameplate's next generation.... Read More »

Overdue Cherokees are on their way at last

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013

New Jeep Cherokees were due in dealerships almost two months ago but have been held while Chrysler developed and installed new software to smooth out the way the engine, nine-speed transmission and innovative disconnecting drivetrain interact. The process has been cumbersome, but after many weeks of delay, sources said Jeep expects to begin delivering Cherokees over the next 10 days.... Read More »

Spot shortages of parts looming for 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2013

Automakers are likely to face spot shortages of parts next year if North American vehicle production tops 16 million units, a new survey of suppliers concludes.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Auto industry must help tool makers make it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013

Automakers must come up with innovative ways to reverse a dangerous decline in the number of tool and die companies supplying the North American industry.... Read More »

New plant will boost sales, profit margin for Mazda3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013

Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on its Mazda3 small car, predicting global sales will jump by nearly a third with the just-released redesign. It also expects a Mexico-built version will help North America capture a bigger chunk of worldwide volume while providing fatter profit margins.... Read More »

Sources: Nissan, Daimler to build small luxury cars in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013

Nissan and Daimler will build small Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars at a Nissan plant in Mexico, sources said.... Read More »

Toyota hiking transmission output at West Virginia plant nearly 50%

11:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2013

Toyota is investing $102 million at its West Virginia engine and transmission plant and aluminum casting factories in Missouri and Tennessee to boost production of six-speed automatic gearboxes.... Read More »

As Toyota rebounds, the mantra is 'more'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013

Osamu Nagata, the troubleshooting Toyota executive who now heads North American manufacturing and r&d, is on a mission to boost capacity and do it quickly -- first by expanding existing factories and then probably adding an assembly plant in Mexico. Toyota is ready to go on the offensive.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales ros ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced conne ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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