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$1 billion in payouts for supplier price-fixing

As the largest price-fixing case in U.S. history winds down, one thing is clear: Auto suppliers that conspired with competitors to rig their bids are paying a hefty price.

Inventories creep up as summer approaches

Total inventory was up on May 1, but the industrywide days supply retreated slightly from a year ago thanks to a strong selling rate.

Audi to skip 2019 Detroit auto show, joining BMW, Benz

UPDATED: 5/10/18 5:17 pm ET - adds details

In dropping out of the 2019 Detroit auto show, Audi said it will continue to evaluate auto shows case by case, relative "to the timing of our product introductions and the value the show brings from a media and consumer...

U.S. market settles into a comfort zone

While the overall light-vehicle market may look relatively stable, some underlying currents may be conspiring to bring the party to an end.

VW's Winterkorn knew for months, indictment says

A Justice Department indictment alleges former VW Group CEO Winterkorn tried to cover up efforts to cheat diesel emissions testing for months before the scandal broke.

What remains of Daimler in FCA's products?

You thought DaimlerChrysler was dead? The vehicles on FCA US dealer lots today, more than a decade after the merger's unceremonious demise, say otherwise.

Tom Stallkamp discovered that blending cultures would not be easy

Former Chrysler President Tom Stallkamp was a firsthand witness to the 1998 grouping of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler — and was the first victim of the "merger of equals."

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn indicted in Michigan

UPDATED: 5/3/18 9:09 pm ET - adds details, reactions

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged in federal court in Detroit with conspiring to mislead regulators about the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating.

VW's Electrify America subsidiary replaces McNabb as CEO

VW of America has cut the cord with its former head of sales in the United States, who's been laying the groundwork for more than $2 billion of planned electrical charging infrastructure.

FCA: Jeep, Dodge rise while Ram, Chrysler, Fiat slide

Sales at FCA US climbed 4.5 percent in April to 184,149 on the strength of a 20 percent gain at Jeep. The company's fleet mix was 22 percent for the month, up from 17 percent a year ago, while retail sales fell 1 percent.

Rough ramp-up for Ram

FCA US has spent more than $300 million to fix the production problems that have put the ramp-up of the 2019 Ram 1500 well behind schedule.

FCA spiffs dealers to spin Ram through loaner fleets

FCA US, battling a decline in demand for Ram pickups, is offering added April incentives to dealers in the United States who add new trucks to service loaner fleets and count them as sales.

A farewell toast to the Jeep 'JK' Wrangler

The two-door Jeep Wrangler JK and four-door Wrangler Unlimited JKU represent the bookend of a game-changing, if initially flawed, vehicle that was far successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams and unmatched by rivals.

Inventories stay high, but days-supply levels drop

Strong sales in March dropped industrywide days-supply levels at the beginning of April, but total inventory levels remain high.

VW's new way to sell Jetta: More car, less money

With the new Jetta, Volkswagen is moving away from the brand's traditional premium pricing in the compact sedan segment.

Hendrik Muth

UPDATED: 4/10/18 11:54 am ET - correction

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Cian O'Brien

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Stephanie Davis

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  • Title: Chief compliance officer, Volkswagen Group of America

Michael Lovati

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  • Title: Vice president, product line mid-/full-size, Volkswagen Group of...

FCA: Record Jeep volume drives 14% advance

FCA US snapped an 18-month losing streak with March U.S. sales increasing 14 percent to 216,063 cars and light trucks behind the strength of a 45 percent gain in Jeep deliveries.

VW: Volkswagen brand up 18%; Audi streak hits 101

Volkswagen brand sales rose 18 percent to 32,548 on growing strength of the brand's lineup of crossovers.

Who can make business case for VW pickup? Women.

Female buyers may be the key to success if Volkswagen decides to build its pickup concept.

Wrangler-based pickup to hit FCA dealerships by next April

The long-awaited Wrangler-based pickup will go into production this year and should be in FCA US dealerships by April 2019, FCA dealers learned during their make meeting at the NADA Show.

Volkswagen dealers 'don't want to be second-rate' in U.S.

Volkswagen dealers continue to struggle with profitability as they climb back from the diesel emissions crisis and the subsequent buyback and repair of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

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