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PSA seeks 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:02:31 EST

PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.



Truck craze, tech stretch purse strings, auto loans

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:34:20 EST

Americans' love of pricey pickups, crossovers and SUVs is stretching their wallets, leading lenders to bend over backward to keep monthly payments affordable.



Top Porsche engineer said to be arrested over VW emissions-rigging

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:31:16 EST

German police have arrested Porsche's powertrain development boss, Joerg Kerner, in connection with parent VW Group's diesel scandal, sources said. Porsche management board member Michael Steiner is also under investigation, a report said.



Tesla subcontractor's busted jaw triggered safety probe

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:19:20 EST

Days before Tesla defended its safety record this week, California began inspecting an incident involving a subcontractor who was hospitalized after a piece of factory equipment broke his jaw.



At Nissan-Renault, the hunt for an 'irreversible,' sustainable future

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:34:20 EST

The alliance between Renault and Nissan needs to come up with a sustainable plan -- something "irreversible" -- for a future when Carlos Ghosn is no longer around as chairman to guide the partnership, the top executive says.



Nissan to launch 8 electrified vehicles in Japan by 2022

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:30:30 EST

Nissan aims to stoke sales in Japan by launching eight electrified vehicles and overhauling its dealer network over the next five years.



PSA wants 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:02:31 EST

PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.



Nissan will cut jobs at UK plant as diesel demand slides, report says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:43:59 EST

Nissan will cut hundreds of jobs at its factory in Sunderland, England, as it tackles declining demand for diesel models across Europe, Reuters reported.



German politics split over diesel refit burden

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:47:21 EST

The question of how to deal with the fall-out from VW Group's diesel scandal continues to divide the German political class as transport minister Andreas Scheuer urges automakers to inform him how they plan to complete software upgrades on diesel...



German minister calls for diesel software upgrades by year-end

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:19:52 EST

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is asking automakers to tell him how they plan to complete by the end of the year outstanding software upgrades on diesel vehicles to reduce emissions.



GM Korea, union fail to reach wage deal

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:17:17 EST

GM's South Korean unit and its labor union failed to reach a wage deal after another round of talks that sought to avert a bankruptcy filing for the unprofitable operation. Talks will continue over the weekend.



First Shift: Nissan embarks on EV push, retail overhaul

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Nissan EV push, retail overhaul; Ghosn's 'irreversible' quest; VW Canada settlement; Chrysler, Lexus win in Texas; Barra among 'Greatest Leaders'; Hyundai showcases NFL prospects.



VW's $229M settlement with owners of 3.0-liter diesels cleared by Canada judge

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

An Ontario judge approved a settlement worth up to $229 million with about 20,000 owners of 3.0-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles in Canada affected by VW's emissions violations.



At Nissan-Renault, the hunt for an 'irreversible,' sustainable future

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:34:20 EST

The alliance between Renault and Nissan needs to come up with a sustainable plan -- something "irreversible" -- for a future when Carlos Ghosn is no longer around as chairman to guide the partnership, the top executive says.



Mercedes leads China luxury car sales despite Audi surge

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Mercedes brand retained its lead as China's top-selling luxury brand so far this year despite a surge in sales by Audi, last year's leader.



Vattenfall joins battle for EV charging market dominance

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:47:51 EST

Swedish utility Vattenfall has launched plans to become northwestern Europe's biggest operator of EV charging infrastructure within five years.



Chairman Mao's limousine may be revived with help from an EV startup

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:46:54 EST

China's FAW, the automaker that developed the "Red Flag" limousine for Chairman Mao Zedong six decades ago, is working with a local EV company led by former BMW managers to revive the brand.



Porsche's head of powertrain development arrested

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:11:25 EST

German police arrested the head of powertrain development at Porsche in connection with parent Volkswagen Group's sweeping diesel emissions violations.



Opel labor leaders fear Eisenach plant work force could halve

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:48:50 EST

German labor leaders fear Opel's Eisenach factory could lose half its 1,800-person work force unless a deal with owner PSA is struck.



Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner Renault's plant in Fins, France. Output peaked at more than 106,000 units in 2017, according to IHS Markit.



Seat boss outlines how Cupra will rev up brand's profits

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Seat's Cupra unit will soon have seven models in its lineup. The automaker's chief, Luca De Meo, expects the subbrand to account for 10 percent of Seat's sales within four years as he explained in an interview with Automotive News Europe.



Nexteer looks to North Africa to help it better serve Europe

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Nexteer, the steering specialist, is moving into the fast-growing Moroccan market. The executive leading the push, Herve Boyer, explained why the supplier is making the move to Automotive News Europe.



Faurecia positive for 2018 after Q1 sales rise 9%

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:22:01 EST

Faurecia sees a positive outlook for 2018 after its sales in the first three months rose 9.3 percent and the company predicts robust double-digit growth in the second quarter.



Porsche plans network of 500 fast chargers for U.S.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Porsche aims to have at least 500 fast chargers available at dealership and highway locations across the U.S. by the end of 2019, the same year the automaker plans to launch its first EV, based on the Mission E concept.



PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:16:04 EST

PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.



Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for auto loan, mortgage abuse

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:12:21 EST

The settlement with the CFPB cites Wells Fargo's practice of forcing auto insurance on some customers who took out loans to buy new vehicles. Wells Fargo also will "remediate harmed consumers," the bureau said.



PSA's fight to cut Opel's production costs intensifies

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:27:28 EST

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.



GM Korea, union fall short of deal before deadline

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:31:03 EST

Wage talks between GM's South Korean unit and its labor union ended without an agreement on Thursday, a day before the deadline the company has set for filing for bankruptcy.



Ousted Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen: 'It's not personal, it's business'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:58:13 EST

Johan de Nysschen unapologetically challenged leadership and the Cadillac team, while drawing the ire of many U.S. dealers with his ambitious -- and contentious -- Project Pinnacle plan to overhaul the brand and its retailers.



Daimler may buy tiny stake in Volvo, report says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:24:21 EST

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish automaker, a German business magazine reported, raising the possibility of increased ties between Mercedes and Volvo's Chinese owner, Geely.



PSA fight to slash Opel factory costs intensifies

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:27:28 EST

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.



GM adds eBay CEO to board of directors

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:06:16 EST

GM CEO Mary Barra said Devin Wenig will bring "significant expertise in technology, global operations and strategic planning" to the automaker's board.



Tim Russi to leave Ally Financial

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:04:44 EST

Tim Russi, the Ally Financial auto finance president who led many digital initiatives and helped expand the lender's dealership reach, is leaving the post, effective immediately.



NAFTA talks resume amid push for quick deal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:34:20 EST

The trio of ministers leading talks to retool NAFTA meet again in Washington beginning Thursday as they continue to push for a deal in principle within weeks.



AutoNews Now: Tough task for 'back-to-basics' Cadillac boss

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:30:00 EST

Tough task for 'back-to-basics' Cadillac boss; Ally management shakeup; Infiniti China push, 'Avengers' ad; FCA profit-margin goal: Beat GM, Ford; Sales weaken in Europe.



Ford claims pickup mileage crown with 30 mpg rating on diesel F-150

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

The first diesel F-150 will get 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup when it hits showrooms in May.



A self-driving car cash cow

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:30:05 EST

Coca-Cola



New GM Canada president should feel right at home given his past

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:53:58 EST

The decline of Canada's auto assembly might feel familiar to Travis Hester. He spent his early years with GM at Holden, the Australian unit that ceased production last year, ending mass auto assembly there.



Quick Shift: Tesla's workplace practices under investigation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:30:44 EST

California's Division of Occupational Health and Safety said Wednesday it was investigating the automaker over allegations of workplace hazards and misreporting injuries.



EU strengthens regulatory power over automakers after VW scandal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:50:46 EST

The European Commission won the power to fine automakers up to 30,000 euros ($37,131) per faulty car and order recalls as part of more centralized market oversight approved by EU lawmakers to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions scandal.



As GM mulls options, how does bankruptcy work in S.Korea?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:40:53 EST

GM's Korean unit has warned that it would file for bankruptcy if there isn't a restructuring deal by Friday, as the operation is running out of cash to pay employees and suppliers amid slumping sales.



Customer Incentives

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:01:50 EST




Daimler may buy small stake in Volvo Cars, report says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:24:21 EST

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish automaker, a report said, raising the possibility of increased cooperation between Mercedes and Volvo's China owner Geely.



First Shift: Ford claims mpg leadership with diesel F-150

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:30:00 EST

Ford claims mpg crown with diesel F-150; McQueen's 'Bullitt' Mustang hits the Mall; Calif. agency probes Tesla workplace safety; CDK acquisition; What driver data can buy.



Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing customers to SUVs and crossovers.



Mercedes will preview Maybach SUV aimed at China's billionaires

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:34:34 EST

Mercedes looks ready enter the ultraluxury SUV segment and join rivals Bentley and Rolls-Royce in targeting wealthy buyers who are choosing high-riding crossovers instead of sedans.



Skoda's China SUV keeps family look

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:19:07 EST

After record sales in China last year, Skoda aims for a further boost in its biggest single market by introducing what it calls a "mainstream urban SUV."



Freudenberg mulls IPO for Vibracoustic unit

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:09:18 EST

German technology group Freudenberg will decide in the fall on an initial public offering in 2019 of its automotive vibration control technology business Vibracoustic.



Infiniti sets ambitious plan to hike China output

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:14:38 EST

Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand, looking to duck steep tariffs, aims to triple sales in the world's biggest auto market in five years by ramping up production of five new nameplates in China.



Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior will attract more families and additional female buyers to its new Sante Fe SUV.