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BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET
BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf.... Read More »

 

Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S.... Read More »

 

Ford cites 6 dealers for efforts in community service

11:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Ford Motor Co. has honored six auto dealers for dedication to their communities. Ford’s Salute to Dealers, conducted under the guidance of Edsel Ford II, a member of Ford’s board, was held here Thursday.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Jeep executives might be praying for more snow days

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
For most of its life, Jeep has been at best an under-developed niche brand, relegated to an automotive sales backwater by a series of owners who always suspected it had sales potential -- they just couldn't figure out how to properly exploit it.... Read More »

 

FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement. The automaker's corporate program, Motor Citizens, provides its salaried employees with as many as 18 hours of paid time off per year to volunteer with charitable agencies of their choice.... Read More »

 

New Mini boss is former Audi executive

Jan. 22, 2015 09:32 CET
BMW named former Audi executive Sebastian Mackensen as head of its Mini brand. BMW is seeking ways to boost Mini's long-term profitability and is expected to discontinue three slow-selling Minis -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's 7% global sales growth outpaces biggest peers

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
U.S. car buyers' thirst for Ram trucks and Jeep SUVs sent Fiat Chrysler's sales up faster than those of the biggest three carmakers last year, an early positive sign for CEO Sergio Marchionne's ambitious five-year growth plan.... Read More »

 

JCI quarterly net income grows 12% on higher volume

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Supplier Johnson Controls said today its quarterly net income grew 12 percent, reaching $507 million, compared with $451 million during the same quarter last year. JCI is typically one of the first suppliers to release quarterly earning results, serving as a bellwether for supplier financial trends.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Luddites? Really?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Maybe you saw this: Four states received a “Luddite Award” from a think tank for laws preventing Tesla from opening its own stores. The four are Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas.... Read More »

 

About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal announced today by BMW, Volkswagen and EV-charging network operator ChargePoint.... Read More »

 

Takata executive indicted in U.S. for fixing prices of seat belts

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
An executive at embattled Japanese auto supplier Takata was indicted today for conspiring to fix the prices of seat belts sold to carmakers, the US Justice Department said.... Read More »

 

Toyota's Carter says dealerships must change to look like new customers

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Successful auto dealers must make their dealerships look like their future customers with more women, minorities and the young, Toyota's head of automotive operations in the US says.... Read More »

 

Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Luxury retailer is in for long haul

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Living a teenage boy's fantasy of driving exotic cars is part of Tom O'Keefe's job at Midwestern Auto Group, a 15-franchise group of mostly exotic and luxury dealerships in Dublin, Ohio, that offers valet service to its high-line customers.... Read More »

 

A Ford Quick Lane sized for Texas

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
On a clear day, you can see Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube and Firestone service shops from Planet Ford-Lincoln in Spring, Texas. Still, the dealership is building the largest Ford Motor Co. Quick Lane operation, with 28 lanes. While oil change intervals may be getting longer, dealership managers firmly believe fast oil changes can be the key to retaining service customers.... Read More »

 

GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace tires that are prone to cracking.... Read More »

 

Hyundai profit falls 19% on weak yen, ruble plunge

Jan. 22, 2015 11:39 CET
Hyundai's fourth-quarter profit fell 19 percent after the weaker yen and ruble eroded overseas earnings. A weaker yen gave rivals including Toyota a competitive edge in the U.S., while a plunge in the ruble lowered the value of earnings in Russia.... Read More »

 

PSA winds down hybrid air fuel-saving project, still seeks partner to share costs

Jan. 22, 2015 12:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it will continue development of its Hybrid Air technology to reduce fuel use, despite reports in the French press that the project almost certainly will not see commercialization.... Read More »

 

Chinese aerospace firm pursues acquisition of U.S. supplier Henniges, report says

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
AVIC, China's biggest aerospace company, is among bidders pursuing an acquisition of US auto supplier Henniges Automotive Holdings, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. AVIC could pay $1 billion for the acquisition, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

 

Chevy to expand Spark EV sales to Maryland

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Chevrolet will begin selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, its first East Coast entry and third state overall since the electric minicar was launched in California and Oregon in 2013.... Read More »

 

Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest.... Read More »

 

VW mulls separate listing of trucks business, report says

Jan. 21, 2015 15:16 CET
Volkswagen may restructure its truck business so that it could be spun off to raise cash, a German magazine reported. VW has hired former Daimler manager Andreas Renschler to integrate the unit, which includes Scania and MAN.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year.... Read More »

 

Paperwork error on GM loan will cost JPMorgan $1.5 billion, U.S. court rules

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
A 2008 paperwork error in a loan agreement with General Motors, before the automaker went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will cost JPMorgan Chase $1.5 billion, a federal appeals court ruled today.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

 

 
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