Automakers and Suppliers

Hackett almost didn't take Ford CEO job, suggested someone else for role

10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

When Jim Hackett was offered the position as CEO of Ford last May, he almost declined. "I needed time with my family and a deep moment to think about it," he said.... Read More »

Ford expects autonomy, mobility to take $300M bite out of 2017 earnings

6:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Ford expects its investment on mobility and autonomous vehicles to reduce its 2017 earnings by $300 million, providing a breakout of its investments in the future for the first time. Despite that hit, Ford said 2017 preliminary net income grew 70 percent due in large part to a much lower effective tax rate.... Read More »

GM picks Mich. plant to build new Silverado diesel engine

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

The new turbodiesel engine coming in the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be manufactured in a General Motors engine plant in Flint, Mich.... Read More »

Cadillac projects record global sales in 2018

7:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Project Pinnacle, Cadillac's overhaul of dealership operations, is working as designed and is expected to help the brand reach record global sales in 2018, according to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.... Read More »

Infiniti will go mostly electric by 2021, Nissan CEO says

6:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

All new Infiniti models launched after 2021 will either be all-electric vehicles or will rely on Nissan's new range-extender electric motor-powered technology called ePower, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said.... Read More »

Mercedes expects 25% of sales will go online by 2022

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Mercedes-Benz estimates that 25 percent of its new- and used-vehicle sales will be completed online by 2022, sales chief Britta Seeger says.... Read More »

BlackBerry exec warns against cybersecurity 'Band-Aid'

5:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Automakers and suppliers must make enhancing cybersecurity a key focus if the connected, autonomous vehicles of the future are to be safe, the president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions said.... Read More »

VW's Woebcken credits U.S. rebound to regional autonomy

5:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Hinrich Woebcken said heeding its dealers with a product lineup and business model that catered more to U.S. tastes helped the automaker rebound in sales and market share in 2017.... Read More »

Auto industry has historic opportunity, AutoNation CEO says

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

The auto industry can slash pollution and fatalities through production of electric and autonomous vehicles, said AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson.... Read More »

GM expects 2018 profit in line with 2017; AV investment increased

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

General Motors is forecasting its financial results this year to be in line with expected earnings in 2017, followed by an "even better" performance in 2019.... Read More »

DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Audi A7 is brand's 'secret weapon' to win Porsche and Tesla buyers

Jan. 16, 2018 11:18 CET

The A7 has become Audi's secret weapon for attracting new customers from rivals such as Porsche and Tesla, Anthony Foulk, the automaker's head production manager, said.... Read More »

Continental hires JP Morgan for possible structural overhaul, report says

Jan. 16, 2018 11:55 CET

Continental has hired JP Morgan to advise on a possible reorganization that could see a breakup of the company's business units as it repositions for a market focused on electric and self-driving vehicles, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker

Jan. 16, 2018 14:58 CET

Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue other interests. The automaker has not yet announced a successor for the position.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler will keep Jeep to help boost profits, Marchionne says

Jan. 16, 2018 12:45 CET

Fiat Chrysler has no intention of breaking up the company or selling Jeep to a Chinese company because it is relying on the marque to drive future profits, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

Opel will skip Geneva auto show

Jan. 16, 2018 13:20 CET

Opel will skip the Geneva auto show in March as the brand comes under pressure from new owner PSA to cut costs in an effort to reverse years of losses.... Read More »

Trump administration's California fuel-efficiency talks intensify

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: New turbo, fresh look for Jeep Cherokee

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

At Detroit show: New turbo, fresh look for Jeep Cherokee, Benz and BMW to test U.S. subscription plans, Peek at powerful Ford pony, Chao's 'tech neutral' pledge; GM's hot profits.... Read More »

Chevrolet geared for 'significant' presence during Winter Olympics but mum on Super Bowl

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Chevrolet will once again go for advertising gold at the Winter Olympic Games, but it won't tip its hand on the Super Bowl.... Read More »

Former NHTSA head grills legislators on self-driving bill

2:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

For safety advocates, the promise of expedited accident-prevention technology doesn't justify relaxed standards.... Read More »

Jeep Cherokee gets new engine, nip and tuck for 2019

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Jeep's midsize SUV, the Cherokee, gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a new face and a number of fixes as part of an extensive freshening for the 2019 model year.... Read More »

Classic thunk, front axles, newfound opulence: What scribes are saying about '19 Mercedes G class

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

After several rounds of teaser photos and camouflaged shots, Mercedes-Benz officially pulled the covers off the next-gen G class. The iconic SUV, which has morphed from a military vehicle to a high-end luxury ride, had a memorable unveiling with an assist from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and what's left of Detroit's Michigan Theatre. Here's some initial G-class reaction from the automotive media.... Read More »

Ferrari plans electric supercar as lineup expands

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

Ferrari will make a battery-powered supercar to challenge Tesla Inc. at the high end of the electric-auto market, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

Trump fuel economy target set for March release, NHTSA acting chief says

11:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2018

NHTSA will propose new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks by the end of March, signaling how the Trump administration plans to alter automobile efficiency rules.... Read More »

VW brand 2017 sales hit 6.23 million as China offsets Europe diesel backlash

Jan. 16, 2018 06:01 CET

VW brand reported record sales last year as China, its biggest market by far, offset falling demand for its vehicles in Europe, where a backlash against diesels hit demand.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover picks Ireland for self-driving software tech center

Jan. 16, 2018 15:42 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will open a software engineering center in Ireland to work on advanced automated driving and electrification technologies.... Read More »

 
Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Yang Jian
5:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2018

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Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them ha ...
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How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3 2018

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Nissan has turned to NASA to help it with what could be a challenging task in the future: remotely p ...
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Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29 2017

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant. ...
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Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23 2017

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Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed. ...
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Conti exec learns when art tops science

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22 2017

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Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. ...
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PSA got a bargain with Opel, former GM Europe boss says

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19 2017

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PSA got a "good deal" when it bought General Motors' European operations, Opel/Vauxhall, says Nick R ...
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Rising Stars finish year with a flourish

Douglas A. Bolduc
1:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2017

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Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success. ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Western European registrations fell 5% in December
Western European registrations fell 5 percent in December, which had two fewer selling days than a y ...
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UK sales drop most since recession on Brexit, diesel fears
UK registrations fell nearly 6 percent in 2017 in their biggest annual slide since the global recess ...
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Spain's 2017 sales get big boost from discounting
Spanish new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent last year, although dealers said the increase was helped ...
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German sales rose nearly 3% in 2017 as diesel demand plunged
German new-car sales rose nearly 3 percent last year but fell 1 percent in December on fewer selling ...
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Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability
Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russia ...
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Incentives push Italy's 2017 sales to eight-year high
Italian new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent in 2017 as incentives helped push demand to its highest ...
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EVs and hybrids accounted for more than half of Norway's new-car sales in 2017
Sales of electrified cars exceeded half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by ge ...
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French 2017 sales rise nearly 5% but diesel share falls below 50%
French registrations rose by nearly 5 percent in 2017, led by increases of more than 10 percent at S ...
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European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue oth ...
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Industry veteran Norman tasked with Vauxhall turnaround
PSA named industry veteran Stephen Norman to lead its UK Vauxhall brand, just days after the automak ...
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PSA promotes Germany boss Chopelin to lead global sales and marketing
PSA promoted its Germany boss, Alberic Chopelin, to head global sales and marketing operations, incl ...
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VW brand accelerates push to be EV leader with new e-mobility division
VW brand is creating an e-mobility division as it seeks to be the leader in mass-market electric car ...
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VW taps Skoda's UK boss to lead U.S. sales
VW of America has tapped Skoda's UK boss Duncan Movassaghi to take over sales operations for the VW brand in the U.S. ...
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VW brand loses U.S. sales chief amid sales decline
Ron Stach, who has headed U.S. sales for the VW brand for nearly two years, has left the automaker. ...
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BMW names former Mini boss Goller as new China chief
BMW named former Mini boss Jochen Goller as its new head of China operations. ...
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PSA replaces China chief amid sales slump
PSA named new chiefs for its China and Latin America regions as part of a management shuffle. The mo ...
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Gestamp elevates CFO Pena to CEO
Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp said it named Francisco Lopez Pena as CEO. ...
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Renault's Le Vot will run Nissan North America
Nissan tapped Denis Le Vot of Renault to serve as chairman of Nissan North America. He will succeed Jose Munoz as Nissan's top North American leader. ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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