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VW raises 2020 outlook on emerging-market growth, SUVs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:30:39 EST

VW Group raised its midterm revenue outlook on demand for new SUVs in emerging markets. The automaker also upgraded its pretax profit goal.



Mercedes steps up e-van push to counter Deutsche Post, Ford's StreetScooter

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:18:07 EST

Mercedes is ramping up its offering of electric delivery vans to counter the StreetScooter, a no-frills competitor from Deutsche Post and Ford.



First Shift: Nissan to send U.S.-built Titan to China

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:00 EST

Nissan to export Titan from Miss. to China, exec hints at need for new U.S. plant; VW factory shuffle; Ford phasing out C-Max in U.S.; Honda Odyssey recall; Why Adient is adapting.



VW shakes up German production as it bids to become EV leader

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:56:55 EST

VW Group is reorganizing production at its German factories to further its goal of transforming itself into a leading force in EVs.



Skoda will build EVs in Czech Republic in electrification push

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:36:52 EST

Skoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup



AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds.



Tesla's magic show diverts attention away from its problems

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Few companies can propose to take on both Freightliner and Ferrari in one night. But the dollars-and-sense business of automaking remains a deep and daily challenge for Tesla.



UK plans regulatory boost for driverless cars

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:31:41 EST

The UK's finance plan this week could include measures that will see fully self-driving cars to be on British roads in as little as three years.



Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as CEO of Nissan. But as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he continues to lay out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable.



How critical is the EV tax credit?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs.



In self-driving race, bet on Baidu over Waymo

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Consultant Michael Dunne said he is betting on China's Baidu, known in the West as the Google of China, to outmanuever Waymo in the self-driving wars.



Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast.



Infiniti's new turbo engine delivers fuel efficiency, performance

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50.



Jackson will speak at AN World Congress

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation and one of the industry's most influential leaders, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress in January.



GM maps route to profitable EV portfolio

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer. But other big challenges remain.



Dude, where's my flying car?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

After a century of failed efforts to make vehicles that can soar above gridlocked traffic, the idea that such contraptions are "just around the corner" might not be so far-fetched.



NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.






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PSA closes failing Berlin car sharing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

While PSA Group works on fine-tuning its mobility services in the United States, it is learning from at least one failed operation launched in Europe.



Mercedes to open Atlanta headquarters in March

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

By next fall, about 1,000 employees of the brand's U.S. distribution arm should be back under one roof for the first time since July 2015,



Mercedes pickup aims to mimic SUVs' success

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Daimler hopes the new Mercedes-Benz X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division by entering the booming global segment of midsize pickups.



Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did.



Some early insight into Geely's Li

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Few Westerners know more about the Chinese auto industry than Michael Dunne.



Lamborghini on the fast track to heaven?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

When you're the pope, you tend to get lavish gifts from visitors. Lamborghini just took it up a notch.



Sign of the 'Times'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The New York Times devoted its Nov. 12 Sunday magazine to the future of cars #8212; self-driving cars #8212; and the outsized impact they'll likely have on society.



GM's parting with Russia has been such sweet sorrow

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

General Motors pulled out of Russia in 2015, but still does pretty well there.



End the wait for safety technology

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

If an automaker has developed automatic braking and can install it as an option, then it can make the same technology standard on all its vehicles.



Consumers treated unequally, unjustly in antitrust case

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

A consumer or auto dealer in Texas or Ohio shouldn't be denied compensation because of where they live or transact business.



New technology shakes up the purchasing department

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

As automakers look for advanced technologies, their unfamiliar suppliers are bringing new ideas to old purchasing departments.



Why is catalytic converter supplier BASF smiling?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company.



At Bosch, to err can be divine

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Bosch wants to stimulate creative new ideas for the coming era of autonomous vehicles. To get there, it's willing to accept a few unsuccessful efforts.



Autoliv relearns lean manufacturing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course.



Flying cars were, and still are, a vision of the future

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Here's just a taste of a century's worth of unfulfilled flying-car promises. A few are fictional, but every one of them is a promise of a future that as yet hasn't come to be.



The industry's second chance to be first in safety

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

U.S. automakers failed to get out in front of the safety push of the 1960s, and paid a big price. They have a chance to take a different approach in the era of autonomous driving.



Lithia a winner on Wall St.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors Inc. #8212; which prioritized U.S. acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street.



Dealership's refresher class lures buyers back

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Subaru Superstore of Chandler has found a way for its customers to willingly come back to the store in droves.



Dealer anniversaries

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealers featured this week include Jim and John Warfield of Frederick Motor Co., in Frederick, Md.; Dealer Principal Chris Hoeye and Wally Henkel, general manager, of Big Two Toyota of Chandler in Chandler, Ariz.



Dealer cull also hurt customers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

To many of us Chrysler dealers, past and present, Tom Pappert was our favorite 'factory man.' I totally agree with him that there was no need to terminate all those dealers.



People will still want personal cars

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Everyone respects Bob Lutz, but I am disappointed that he is adding his personal credibility to projections of the death of the car.



Lutz has freedom to speak honestly

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Even at age 85, Bob Lutz continues to have a crystal-clear view of the future.



Lutz's vision needs problem-solving

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Throughout my automotive life, Bob Lutz has been my go-to guy for anything in the past, present or future of the auto industry.



'Industry' series is just what we need

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

I would like to commend the entire Automotive News team for 'Redesigning the Industry'.



Newbies fall short on manufacturing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The problem with Bob Lutz's bleak outlook for the automotive community is that whether vehicles are autonomous or human-driven, they still need to be manufactured.



German court releases on bail ex-Audi manager in emissions inquiry

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:40:22 EST

Former Audi manager Giovanni Pamio is being released following his arrest on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal.



Mexico, Canada shun U.S. demands for higher auto content under NAFTA

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:39:56 EST

Divisions over updating NAFTA showed no sign of easing on Sunday as Mexico and Canada signaled they would not offer counterproposals to American demands for far stronger automotive content rules, Reuters reported, citing people with knowledge of the...



Nissan hints at building new U.S. assembly plant

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:04:20 EST

Nissan is squeezing all it can from its U.S. assembly plants and will need to build a new factory if it keeps growing in the lucrative American auto market, a top executive says.



Ghosn says Nissan alliance will lean on suppliers for growth

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before.



Accord and Camry midsize sedans draw full-size marketing push

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The marketing efforts underway at Toyota and Honda aren't just about the horse race or bragging rights.



A true challenger to the king of cool

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo may be the one brand that can usurp Tesla's reign as the king of cool electric cars.