OEM Coverage

VW labor boss suggests taking stakes in suppliers

Aug. 26, 2016 12:52 CET

Volkswagen Group should consider taking stakes in key suppliers after two parts makers brought production at six of the automakers factories in Germany to a standstill by refusing to deliver components, VW's labor boss said.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: One key software challenge to autonomous car ownership

7:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

Despite the stampede to develop self-driving cars that can negotiate an entire trip door to door, it may be awhile before ordinary motorists are actually allowed to own one.... Read More »

Takata shortlists Daicel, KKR, Ningbo, others in rescue search, report says

7:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

Takata has shortlisted six or seven companies, including a competitor and private-equity funds, as potential financial investors to bail out the Japanese supplier, people involved in the process told Reuters.... Read More »

Audi begins production of dual-clutch transmissions for A4 in China

Aug. 26, 2016 11:41 CET

Audi opened a transmission plant in Tianjin, China, to produce seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions for the Audi A4 sedan.... Read More »

German prosecutors review stolen Bosch data for VW diesel scandal clues

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are examining stolen Bosch data to see whether it contains clues about how Volkswagen cheated diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

Schaeffler to build 2 new plants in China

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Schaeffler plans to build a production complex housing two new plants in Xiangtan in central China's Hunan province to make bearings for customers in south and southwest China.... Read More »

GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of GM this year in a lawsuit over a recalled ignition switch that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths.... Read More »

Faurecia recasts interiors for self-driving cars

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

With self-driving cars expected on the road within three to five years, French supplier Faurecia is focusing on the cabin of future autonomous cars.... Read More »

Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016, report says

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The ride-hailing giant is not a public company, but its finance chief briefs investors on a conference call every three months.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Amazon accelerates in automotive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Amazon accelerates into autos; VW, dealers agree on compensation; UAW wins in Tenn.; U.S. approves Tesla's SolarCity buy; U.S. road fatalities rising; Boston to Detroit in '57 Chevy.... Read More »

VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact

10:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Volkswagen and its U.S. dealers have reached an "agreement in principle" to compensate its 650 U.S. retailers for damages sustained by their businesses in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. The deal is worth about $1.2 billion, Reuters reported.... Read More »

First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore

6:32 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its "robo-taxi" in a western Singapore hi-tech business district.... Read More »

UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee

10:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Workers at Magna's new Spring Hill, Tenn., plant voted nearly unanimously to join the UAW, giving the union a key victory in a right-to-work state. The UAW said workers voted 192-1 to join the union. About 230 workers are employed at the 122,500-square-foot plant, which opened in 2015 and produces seats for the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia.... Read More »

Tesla wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy SolarCity

10:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Tesla Motors won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solar panel installer SolarCity, the Federal Trade Commission said. The deal was announced on Aug. 1 and is part of an effort by Tesla to improve economies of scale in electrical energy management systems, battery production and marketing.... Read More »

Bentley names new head of exterior design

Aug. 25, 2016 11:34 CET

Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanced exterior design leader at VW Group's ultraluxury brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Robo-taxis hit Singapore streets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Self-driving robo-taxis hit Singapore streets; Honda's NSX returns to Japan; Tough emissions bill passes in Calif.; VW plant update; Hyundai labor deal; Buyers get into safety tech.... Read More »

Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit

Aug. 25, 2016 12:40 CET

Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electronics. Mueller succeeds Ricky Hudi, who is leaving Audi to lead his own technology and consulting firm.... Read More »

Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with union

7:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage pact with its South Korean labor union, potentially avoiding more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base.... Read More »

UK production rises nearly 8% in July, but growth slows

Aug. 25, 2016 11:10 CET

UK car production rose 7.6 percent in July, which was a slower pace than the month before, as the industry contemplates the repercussions of a vote in Britain to leave the EU.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel touts Ampera-e's performance, long range and roomy interior

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel says its Ampera-e hatchback, the brand's first full electric vehicle, will have acceleration and overtaking times equal to the performance of its sporty OPC models. Opel will debut the Ampera-e, a sister model to the Chevrolet Bolt, at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

Mercedes names new U.S. sales exec in management shuffle

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA is shuffling some senior managers to new jobs. Bart Herring becomes general manager of sales operations, overseeing the development and implementation of all policies, programs and activities in support of new-vehicle sales and objectives. Herring also will head up sales volume planning.... Read More »

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

Aug. 24, 2016 21:49 CET

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Analysts blast Tesla tweet, upgrade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Tesla tweet, upgrade blasted by some analysts; Lamborghini to 'push like hell' to double global production; Kia's re-engineered Rio; Ford, Lincoln recalls; Mercedes, Federer serve up new ad.... Read More »

Instrument cluster supplier to occupy part of former Jeep plant site in Toledo

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC broke ground on a 102,000-square-foot factory on the former Jeep plant site in Toledo that will produce instrument clusters for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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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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