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Nissan may pull the plug on some battery-plant production, buy from LG Chem

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Nissan may begin purchasing electric-vehicle batteries from LG Chem as it opens procurement to external suppliers in addition to its own manufacturing with NEC Corp., CEO Carlos Ghosn said today.... Read More »

 

205,000 Ford Fiestas investigated for door-latching issue

11:43 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 205,000 Ford Fiesta small cars after receiving consumer complaints that doors failed to properly latch or stay closed.... Read More »

 

Renault plans to build electric Fluence for Chinese brand

Sept. 15, 2014 14:55 CET
Renault plans to build its Fluence electric sedan in China for an unspecified local brand, CEO Carlos Ghosn said.... Read More »

 

Sell? Grow? IPO? Marchionne ponders Ferrari's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Sergio Marchionne rules out closer ties between Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he prepares to take direct control of the independently run Italian sports car maker. But what will the Fiat Chrysler CEO do with Ferrari when he replaces longtime chairman Luca di Montezemolo next month?... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Dieter Zetsche

Sept. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is this year's Eurostar winner for Group CEO.... Read More »

 

Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick.... Read More »

 

Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers.... Read More »

 

Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered.... Read More »

 

Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to guide the car at highway speeds.... Read More »

 

Lambo waits for the OK to join superlux crossover parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Lamborghini is awaiting approval of an all-new SUV/crossover by its parent Volkswagen AG.... Read More »

 

Growing Maserati to add 1st SUV in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Maserati, after selling more vehicles in the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, is on track to reach its goal of 30,000 global sales this year.... Read More »

 

Crossover key to lifting Bentley sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Bentley is expanding its lineup with a crossover and possibly another vehicle: a two-seat sports car or a four-door with coupelike styling.... Read More »

 

Supercar reality check: It's crossover time

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Reality is intruding into the realm of elite vehicles, both in terms of market trends and government regulation.... Read More »

 

Ferrari turns to turbos and hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari will continue to refine its lineup with new technologies to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021.... Read More »

 

Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In his last appearance before Sen. Claire McCaskill's consumer protection subcommittee, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration left plenty of questions about his agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch defect unanswered.... Read More »

 

Sell more Dodges, get more Hellcats, brand tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Dodge will give more new 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers who sell more other Dodge vehicles. Challenger SRT Hellcat allocation is based on the total of Dodge vehicles that a dealer sold in the previous 180 days, brand head Tim Kuniskis said.... Read More »

 

Redesigned Mazda2 aims to break from subcompact pack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Not long ago, the term "subcompact car" was all but synonymous with "Japanese import."... Read More »

 

Ford's Hinrichs to speak at 2015 World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Joe Hinrichs, the executive guiding Ford Motor Co.'s high-stakes move to an aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, will speak at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. The low-slung coupe with swoopy curves and conventional doors is expected to cost about $120,000 and will compete with the Porsche 911.... Read More »

 

Toyota considers utility van entry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Toyota is considering a small utility-van concept vehicle that would compete with compact vans such as Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200. The Urban Utility, designed at the company's Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif., was shown last week.... Read More »

 

BMW 2-series droptop variants to get awd

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Two variants of BMW's new soft-top 2-series convertible will get all-wheel drive, an unusual offering for open-top luxury cars -- especially soft tops.... Read More »

 

Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum.... Read More »

 

BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain.... Read More »

 

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For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved.... Read More »

 

 
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