OEM Coverage

Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor

5:50 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu will keep his positions as chairman and CEO.... Read More »

Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in China. Jackson said there is a “question mark” over whether Citroen would sell the replacement in Europe.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S.... Read More »

Spanish supplier Ficosa opens third China plant

June 30, 2015 11:32 CET

Spanish supplier Ficosa has opened its third Chinese plant in the city of Shenyang to supply automakers in the north of the country, including BMW.... Read More »

BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car

8:50 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model.... Read More »

Philip Benton, former Ford president, dies at 86

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Philip Benton Jr., former president of Ford, died at his home in Massachusetts on June 14. He was 86.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017

June 29, 2015 21:34 CET

Volkswagen's Spanish brand Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its plans to be sustainably profitable, a company source said.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A role for dealers in lease transfers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

I read with great interest about James B. Treece's experience in assuming the short-term lease of a Chevy Volt ("Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt," June 8). I agree with him. Dealers should have a role in the lease-transfer process.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales incentive program.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned.... Read More »

Camo-free Cadillac XT5 crossover spied in Manhattan

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Cadillac's new XT5 -- the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover -- will get a bolder front end but keep many of the same proportions of its predecessor, based on recent spy photographs.... Read More »

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said.... Read More »

GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel coming this fall in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized trucks.... Read More »

Alfa's high-power reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. German premium competitors launch mainstream versions of their core models first and add high-performance variants later - RS at Audi, M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz. Alfa will do the opposite.... Read More »

Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan.... Read More »

Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is its global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior.... Read More »

BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.... Read More »

After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. The tariff also has had other effects, experts say, such as stifling pickup innovation and motivating Japanese automakers to build U.S. factories.... Read More »

FCA recalls small number of SUVs over suspension complaint

6:28 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a small number of new SUVs that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components.... Read More »

Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep delay highlights challenges to a potential merger

June 29, 2015 10:50 CET

The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne faces in his quest for a partner.... Read More »

Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. It hopes a presence in the nation's high-tech hub will help produce the types of innovations necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reason why the idea keeps resurfacing. This is at least the third time in the past eight years that executives have kicked the tires on a GM-Chrysler combination.... Read More »

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.... Read More »

 
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