Automakers and Suppliers

AutoCanada's Q1 net jumps 46%, but dealership group cuts dividend

10:12 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

AutoCanada's first-quarter net surged 46 percent to $7.3 million Canadian ($5.6 million U.S.) as revenue rose 5.3 percent to C$666.9 million, due largely to dealership acquisitions over the past year.... Read More »

UK car sales rise 2% in April but VW takes a big hit

May 6, 2016 11:58 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales at scandal-hit Volkswagen plunged, industry association data showed.... Read More »

Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April

May 6, 2016 14:50 CET

Western European car registrations rose 8 percent in April as Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain all saw a rise in sales last month, although momentum is slowing, according to data from a leading industry group.... Read More »

Skoda names new SUV after Alaskan bear

May 6, 2016 14:19 CET

Skoda said its new large SUV will be called the Kodiaq after a bear that lives on an island off Alaska. The seven-seat SUV will be a rival to the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe.... Read More »

Honda touts radical assembly line makeover

8:27 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

Honda, in its quest for manufacturing efficiency, has turned the traditional assembly line model on its head. A new approach launched in Thailand in March has a team of workers follow the car down the line, with the workers and vehicle sitting on disc-shaped platforms like frogs floating on a lily pad.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GM, Lyft to test self-driving

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

GM, Lyft to test self-driving taxis; TrueCar posts Q1 loss; Ford's clean-diesel move; '17 Honda Ridgeline output begins; New angle on car color; Museum's Mustang mashup.... Read More »

Toyota sees China sales on target, aided by cut in inventories, tax

7:06 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

Toyota, after posting a 9.2 percent rise in China sales last month, is on course to meet its full-year sales target for the world's largest auto market, driven by lower retail inventories and a tax cut on small-engine cars.... Read More »

Pakistan woos VW, Renault, FCA to put pressure on Toyota, Honda

May 6, 2016 11:13 CET

Pakistan is wooing VW, Renault and Fiat Chrysler with generous import duties as it seeks to loosen the grip of Toyota, Honda, and Suzuki on the market.... Read More »

Ford cleans up its diesels in Europe

May 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford has joined VW and PSA in switching to a technology said to be more effective in cleaning harmful emissions from diesel engines.... Read More »

Getrag, Dongfeng launch dual-clutch gearbox at China JV

May 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Dongfeng Getrag Transmissiob, a China joint venture between Getrag and Dongfeng, began production of six-speed dual-clutch transmissions at a plant in Wuhan.... Read More »

Mann+Hummel closes on Affinia acquisition

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

German supplier Mann+Hummel said it closed on its acquisition of North Carolina-based Affinia Group's filtration operations. The deal was reportedly valued at $513 million.... Read More »

Renault will invest $684 million to build new car in Spain

May 5, 2016 19:04 CET

Renault will invest more than $684 million to build a new car and engine at its plant in Valladolid, Spain, the automaker said.... Read More »

GM and Lyft to test self-driving Chevy Bolt taxis, report says

4:16 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

General Motors and Lyft will reportedly begin testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt taxis on public roads within a year.... Read More »

TrueCar losses stabilize as dealer count rebounds

5:35 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Car-shopping website TrueCar posted a first-quarter loss of $11.7 million, up slightly from $11.6 million, as the company expanded its roster of dealers and had a hand in more transactions.... Read More »

Tesla shares fall 5% on cash concerns, doubt about manufacturing goals

2:12 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Tesla Motors shares fell 5 percent today after the company, aiming to dramatically boost production, withdrew its projection to generate more cash than it uses this year and said it will probably need to raise capital.... Read More »

R8-ed MOVIES

Audi's Marvel tie-in helped propel the brand

10:07 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Marvel Cinematic Universe and its growing catalog of movies and shows is a lush environment for automakers looking to attach themselves to pop-culture icons and big audiences.... Read More »

CDK faces investor pressure to streamline or explore a sale

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Elliott Management stepped up pressure on dealership vendor CDK Global, saying the software company needed to streamline operations or explore a sale.... Read More »

Automakers, states urge White House to reject plan to open spectrum

9:11 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

A group of more than 50 automakers, state transportation agencies and other groups today urged the White House and other federal policymakers not to immediately open a portion of the wireless spectrum reserved for connected vehicles.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A good time to sell the store?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Good time to sell? Dealership prices high, deals fast, expert says; Ford invests in software firm; Automakers: Protect connected-car spectrum; Spied: Jeep Wrangler, GMC Terrain, Benz pickup.... Read More »

Magna's Q1 profit rises on increased vehicle production, Getrag acquisition

9:20 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Canadian auto supplier Magna International today reported an 8 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by higher vehicle production in North America and Europe along with the completion of a major acquisition.... Read More »

Nissan recalls 108,503 Rogues for potential liftgate corrosion

12:35 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Nissan is recalling 108,503 Rogue crossovers for potential corrosion in the rear liftgate support device.... Read More »

Honda says 2 more deaths linked to Takata airbags

May 5, 2016 12:08 CET

Honda said two fatal crashes in Malaysia involved ruptured airbag inflators made by Takata, bringing the global number of deaths linked to the defective devices to 13 as the U.S. ordered the Japanese supplier to widen the scale of its recalls.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler says self-driving car deal with Google not exclusive

10:18 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

A newly-struck deal between Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for a fleet of 100 self-driving cars is not exclusive, Fiat's Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said today.... Read More »

Billions are being invested in driverless cars that Americans don't want

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

The driverless revolution is racing forward, as inventors overcome technical challenges such as navigating at night and regulators craft new rules. Yet the rush to robot cars faces a big roadblock: People aren't ready to give up the wheel.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla goal: 500,000 cars by 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Tesla revs goal to 500,000 units by '18, EV-maker buoyed by Model 3 orders; Honda: Two more deaths linked to Takata inflators; Nissan recalls Rogues; Ford banks on Russia comeback.... Read More »

 
Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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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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UK car sales rise 2% in April but VW takes a big hit
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales at scandal-hit Volkswagen plunged, ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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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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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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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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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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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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