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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM execs take on new roles ahead of EV push

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2018
GM execs take on new roles ahead of EV push; Caddy's catch-up crossover; F-150 'big dog' in new ad; Report: KKR unit lines up financing for Magneti Marelli buy; From Edison to Elon?

Calsonic lines up $5.9 billion for Magneti takeover, report says

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2018
Calsonic Kansei has lined up around 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) in financing from Japanese banks to help fund its proposed acquisition of FCA's Magneti Marelli unit, Reuters reported.

French minister optimistic over buyer for Ford's Blanquefort plant

Sept. 21, 2018 15:02 CET
French Economy minister Bruno Le Maire said that talks with Belgian transmissions supplier Punch Powerglide over the purchase of Ford's Blanquefort gearbox plant in southwestern France should be concluded next month.

Tesla reaches lithium deal with Chinese supplier

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2018
China's top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it reached a deal with Tesla to supply the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts.

Magna selling fluid pressure, controls unit to South Korean supplier for $1.23 billion

8:12 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2018
About 4,200 Magna employees at 10 operations in North America, Europe and Asia will transition to Hanon Systems in one of the biggest acquisitions of an overseas car parts unit by a South Korean company.

Sogefi wins deal to supply coolant module for electric sports car

Sept. 20, 2018 12:26 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi has won a contract to supply a coolant module for a new full-electric sports car being built by an unnamed German automaker. Production of the modules will begin next year at the supplier's plant in Orbey, France.

GREEN CARS

Germany to reach EV target later than planned

Sept. 20, 2018 08:07 CET
Germany will likely have to delay its target of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by two years to 2022, according to a government-sponsored report.

ZF plans $14 billion autonomous vehicle push, concept van

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2018
German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen said it is developing its own self-driving vehicle technology in the latest sign of how technology shifts are upending traditional roles in the auto industry.

Schaeffler cuts forecast for auto revenue on weaker China, Europe demand

Sept. 19, 2018 14:32 CET
Schaeffler has cut its forecast for revenue growth at its automotive unit to between 4.5 and 5.5 percent from 6 to 7 percent previously, due to weaker demand in China and Europe.

Bosch's auto unit targets 4% revenue growth in 2018

Sept. 19, 2018 12:37 CET
Robert Bosch's auto-parts unit aims to grow revenues by 4 percent this year, citing a 7 to 8 percent increase in sales to truck and SUV manufacturers.

Renault-Nissan alliance lets Google into its dash

Sept. 18, 2018 10:01 CET
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashboards to control navigation, infotainment and apps directly installed in vehicles.

With turnaround complete, Pininfarina bets on engineering, design

Sept. 18, 2018 06:01 CET
The Italian coachbuilding and design company has a new strategy based on two business areas — engineering and design — that have been split into separate legal entities.

INGENUITY UNLEASHED:
SURVIVING THE GREAT RECESSION

Tammy Darvish took dealers' fight to Capitol Hill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Darcars Automotive Group lost several franchises when General Motors and the then-Chrysler Group terminated hundreds of franchisees during the recession. Tammy Darvish channeled her energy and frustration into advocacy for dealership groups beyond her family's.

INGENUITY UNLEASHED:
SURVIVING THE GREAT RECESSION

As others liquidated, Charlie Brown loaded up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
When new-car sales slumped, Charlie Brown led his Oregon dealership on a used-car sales surge to keep the store going.

INGENUITY UNLEASHED:
SURVIVING THE GREAT RECESSION

Steve Germain harnessed the power of the network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Steve Germain says partnerships with others, as well as Cash for Clunkers and a rethinking of hiring policies, saved his dealership group.

THE BOLD ONE

A daring expansion in a dangerous economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Blaise Alexander over-ordered units going into the recession, allowing his Pennsylvania dealership group to grow rapidly afterward.

Bosch, Denso resume production at plants in S.C., N.C

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Automotive suppliers Bosch and Denso resumed production at their plants in the Carolinas over the weekend, following the deadly hurricane that chewed its way through the coastal states.

FCA said to seek other suitors for Magneti Marelli after low KKR bid

Sept. 17, 2018 10:08 CET
KKR offered less than the $6.98 billion minimum valuation Fiat Chrysler sought for Magneti Marelli, which ended the exclusivity of the talks, Bloomberg reported.

Knorr-Bremse announces plans for IPO

Sept. 17, 2018 10:41 CET
German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse says it plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange this year. The supplier is expected to be valued at about 12 billion euros ($13.9 billion), sources say.

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Job opportunity: How new fixed ops manager got Ganley in shape

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Adding a fixed ops director allowed Ohio's Ganley Automotive Group to leverage the group's size and standardize procedures, cutting costs and boosting revenue.

Adient's next CEO gets head start on turnaround

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
When Doug DelGrosso becomes Adient's CEO on Oct. 1, he won't have to start his turnaround of the struggling seat maker from scratch.

NO STONE UNTURNED

Grieving a death, grappling with a recession

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Corina Diehl had just finished learning to run her recently deceased husband's two dealerships when the recession hit.

Smart lighting brightens Varroc's prospects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
The lighting segment is hot in part because it is going through a smart technology revolution.

Honeywell bets on internal combustion with new spinoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
Honeywell's automotive business will spin off next month to turbocharge future powertrains.

Q&A: REBECCA LIEBERT

Paint makers feeling pinch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2018
The rising price of raw materials is putting pressure on the automotive coatings industry. PPG executive Rebecca Liebert explains why.

 
Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. ...
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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. ...
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Tesla readies a surprise in Europe

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel auto show, according to an invitation s ...
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Moving out of Sergio's shadow

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marc ...
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ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Richard Truett
1:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28 2018

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Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ram ...
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Why domestic automakers will not dominate China's luxury EV market

Yang Jian
7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24 2018

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Beijing realizes that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional combus ...
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W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover
Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear sto ...
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UK sales increase 23% on WLTP
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the ne ...
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Italy sales rise 10% on smooth WLTP changeover
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German sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP
German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to re ...
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Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out
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French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test
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Western European sales jump 9% ahead of WLTP tests
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Skoda, BMW among winners as Russia sales rise 11%
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Europe's crossover craze drives market gains
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Peugeot, Toyota commit to midsize sector despite slump
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European electric-car sales growth slowed in first half
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CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-deca ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
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Hyundai Motor promotes heir apparent Chung Euisun as succession looms
Euisun Chung moves a step closer to succeeding his 80-year-old father, Chung Mong-koo, who has presi ...
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Adient names DelGrosso CEO, succeeding interim chief Fritz Henderson
Seating supplier Adient named turnaround veteran Douglas DelGrosso as its next CEO, replacing former GM chief Fritz Henderson. ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Aston Martin names Penny Hughes chairman ahead of London listing
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Musk elevates Tesla's little-known fixer to steer past drama
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Tesla accounting chief, HR head resign
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VW Group names finance exec as new sales chief
VW Group appointed Christian Dahlheim as its new head of group sales. Dalheim replaces Fred Kappler, ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Former Land Rover designer Phil Simmons joins Great Wall
Great Wall appointed former Land Rover stylist Phil Simmons as design director for the Haval brand. ...
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Lotus names former Bentley, JLR exec as product strategy chief
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Peugeot touts Rifter's space and tech features
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Seat counts on Tarraco to retain rich customers
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Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features
The Audi e-tron will offer a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of inter ...
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Mercedes gives new GLE semi-autonomous tech
The Mercedes GLE gets semi-autonomous technologies and all-new engines including a plug-in hybrid. ...
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Renault's revived Alpine races to keep pace with demand
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BMW returns to roadster market with Z4
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Peugeot aims sleek 508 at SUV buyers
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Jaguar showcases I-Pace's SUV skills
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Audi adds connectivity features to bigger Q3
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Porsche gives updated Macan improved handling
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