Manufacturers

Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs.... Read More »

 

Hellcat, Scat Pack liven up lineup of 2015 Dodge Charger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Dodge bumped the base sticker of the freshened 2015 Charger up $1,000 and added two high-performance trim levels of the large four-door car.... Read More »

 

Takata warnings intensify

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAN HETZNER

Tesla shares overvalued? Why Daimler dumped them

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Daimler's leaders apparently believe investors have gotten ahead of themselves in their exuberance for Elon Musk's California-based electric vehicle manufacturer.... Read More »

 

Michigan governor blocks Tesla, and takes punches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill ensuring that Tesla can't sell cars directly to consumers in the state.... Read More »

 

No jolt out of normal-looking Focus Electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
After two years of paltry Focus Electric sales, the question is: Do customers want their battery-electric vehicles to look just like normal cars?... Read More »

 

Viper plant to reopen next month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. The Viper plant in Detroit has worked just 10 days since April 14 and has been idled since July 3.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Moving the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Rail shipments of new vehicles to market are frustratingly slow and often delayed. Automakers suspect some other shippers are getting preferential treatment, but they haven't had the data to be sure.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How to get off on the wrong foot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
I am neither an "armchair marketing expert" nor an indignant Detroit soul, but I do know arrogance when I see it, and I know what it takes to build teams.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

All Cadillac needs is superior product

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
I could not agree with Keith Crain more about Cadillac ("Cadillac is making big mistakes," Oct. 6). I was wondering myself: What are these people thinking? First they lose the wreath from the shield to make it more hip and now copycat BMW and Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours.... Read More »

 

918 Spyder nearly sold out, Porsche says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. Production of the plug-in hybrid supercar's 918 promised units will end next July, and planned production is sold out through late March or early April, said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc.... Read More »

 

FIVE YEARS LATER

Auto economists eye troubling signs on horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Business is booming for auto dealers five years after the national economic crisis, so what could go wrong? Plenty, warns a number of auto industry economists.... Read More »

 

N.A. Sept. output rises 7 percent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
North America car and truck production in September rose 7 percent from the year-earlier month, to 1,524,207 vehicles. It marked a record 38th month in a row for production to top 1 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it.... Read More »

 

JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. has created momentum for further consolidation of the auto interiors business, says Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' seating and interiors business.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford shrinks its supplier 'watch' list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Despite a blitz of model launches this year -- topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup -- Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its "watch" list of suppliers that are struggling to meet production targets. Ford purchasing chief Hau Thai-Tang says the company learned its lesson about unreliable parts supply from the troubled Lincoln MKZ launch last year.... Read More »

 

Porsche expects to hit U.S. sales goal early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche will meet its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2015 -- three years earlier than originally envisioned, says Andre Oosthuizen, the brand's top U.S. marketing executive. "We would foresee 2015 would definitely be the year to surpass that threshold."... Read More »

 

NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater.... Read More »

 

EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with their real-world capability. A key area of focus will be the agency's "coast-down" test, which has been the source of mistakes that prompted Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mercedes-Benz to relabel several models since 2012.... Read More »

 

Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous driving features to help satisfy the demand.... Read More »

 

Fleet adds little to Sept. sales gain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Among the seven largest volume automakers, light-vehicle sales through dealerships rose 11 percent, while fleet was a mere 3 percent higher.... Read More »

 

Days supply rises, but it may be blip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
U.S. stocks of unsold light vehicles rose following moderating September sales, hitting a 64-day supply on Oct. 1. Is that significant? It depends on the measuring stick, and perhaps a calendar fluke.... Read More »

 

Nissan brand to benefit from Daimler partnership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Mass-market Nissan will begin receiving some goodies that have been flowing from the product-sharing partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a senior Nissan executive says.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

An mpg report card

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs.... Read More »

 

 
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