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Last Build Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:00:00 EST


GM gets more support against Greenlight share plan

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:57:25 EST

GM said proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that shareholders reject Greenlight's plan to divide GM shares into two classes.

Gestamp opens randd center near Detroit

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:52:35 EST

Spanish-owned Gestamp North America, a metal parts supplier, opened its first randd facility in the US in suburban Detroit.

Valeo bets on 48-volt mild hybrid tech for growth

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST

Valeo is making a big bet on 48-volt "mild hybrid" technology, which the supplier sees as a cost-effective way for automakers to meet tightening emissions standards and to deliver power to new energy-consuming components such as electric...

Volvo loads midsize crossover with tech

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo expects strong demand for the XC60's optional air suspension, which lets the driver raise the vehicle for off-roading

Online dealer delivers for mail carriers

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST

An online used-vehicle retailer specializes in an obscure but profitable niche #8212; right-hand-drive Jeep Cherokees from Japan.

Dealer Bellavia rasing money for prostate cancer research

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST

A year ago, noted dealer lawyer Len Bellavia was told that he had terminal cancer and would soon be dead. That's not the way things turned out.

GM gets support in opposition to Greenlight stock proposal

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:06:46 EST

GM said proxy adviser Glass Lewis recommended shareholders to vote for GM's board nominees and against Greenlight Capital's proposal at the company's shareholder meeting in June.

Trump blasts German automakers' U.S. sales and threatens barriers

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:37:05 EST

President Trump criticized German automakers for selling too many vehicles in the U.S. in a meeting with EU officials, Der Spiegel said. "We're going to stop that," he was quoted as saying by the magazine.

Waymo hunt for smoking gun turns to Uber acquisition report

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:41:52 EST

Waymo's legal battle with Uber ratcheted up this week over a confidential report commissioned by the ride-hailing company.

BMW recalls older 7-series cars for doors that could fly open

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:24:45 EST

BMW is recalling 45,484 7-series sedans from the 2005-08 model years because doors may open inadvertently while the vehicle is being driven.

AutoNews Now: May U.S. sales may snap losing streak

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:00 EST

May U.S. sales may snap losing streak; Toyota, GM market share bump?; Bosch under suspicion; Volvo's record-breaking ride; Better economy, more driver deaths #8211; report.

GM still fine-tuning Trump's next presidential limo

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:17:12 EST

Another batch of spy photographs taken near GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich., show Cadillac One, the latest presidential limousine, undergoing development tests.

Bosch tied to diesel-cheating claims against fourth carmaker

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:17:29 EST

Bosch was linked to emissions-cheating allegations against a fourth automaker, raising questions about the supplier's role in the scandal gripping the car industry.

New litigation digs deeper grave for U.S. diesels as dirty accusations mount

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:44:17 EST

It's easy to imagine diesel will die in America. The troubles that started almost two years ago with the emissions scandal at Volkswagen just keep rolling on and on.

Senate bill aims to align NHTSA, EPA emissions programs

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:26 EST

A half dozen U.S. senators sponsored legislation to address technical discrepancies between separate federal programs that automakers say make it difficult to comply with carbon and fuel efficiency mandates.

Prosecutors confirm Bosch is under suspicion in Daimler emissions probe

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:17:25 EST

German prosecutors confirmed they are investigating whether Bosch employees were involved in an alleged fraud at Daimler to manipulate emission tests on diesel cars.

Mahle will build air conditioner compressors in Changshu

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:32:12 EST

Germany's Mahle Group has invested 24 million euros in a plant in the east China city of Changshu to produce compressors for automotive air conditioners.

Continental supplies control system for Great Wall gearbox

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:22:27 EST

Continental has started supplying a transmission control system to China's Great Wall Motor Co. for its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

First Shift: Trump versus 'bad' German carmakers

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST

Trump said to blast 'bad' German automakers over trade gap; Calif. finds shortcomings in VW plan; Path to cheaper EVs; Why Uber dropped Otto name?; Linking jobs, clean-car tech

GSR nears $1 billion deal for Nissan battery venture, report says

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:32:02 EST

GSR Capital, a Chinese private equity firm, is nearing a deal to acquire control of a Nissan's rechargeable battery unit for about $1 billion, Bloomberg reported. The venture makes the lithium ion cells for the automaker's Leaf electric car.

Tesla's Model X missing out on America's voracious hunger for SUVs, crossovers

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:37:35 EST

While Tesla's Model S has been a hit and thousands lined up to order the upcoming Model 3 sedan, the Model X crossover hasn't met the CEO's expectations.

Electric cars will become cheaper than gasoline models within a decade

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:41:12 EST

Battery powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows.

EVs seen as cheaper than gasoline models within a decade

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:12:30 EST

Electric cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, new research shows. Batteries currently account for about half the cost of EVs, and their prices will fall by about 77 percent between 2016 and 2030, a Bloomberg study says.

VW faces emissions-cheating damages claim in Italy

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:09:09 EST

An Italian court will hear a class action suit for damages against VW Group over its diesel-emissions cheating. The suit was filed on behalf of consumers from all of the group's affected brands, including Audi, Skoda, Seat and the core VW unit.

Ford's new Europe boss says region is 'in good shape'

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:36:36 EST

Ford of Europe's new president, Steven Armstrong, believes the automaker is in great shape and has the right products for the region after undergoing major restructuring. The automaker posted a record $1.2 billion pre-tax profit in Europe last year.

Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:34:17 EST

Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and India, replacing Bernard Cambier, who has held the post since 2014.

VW's clean vehicle push has shortcomings, Calif. says

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:17:33 EST

California regulators say VW's spending plan on clean vehicle infrastructure has shortcomings and lacks details on how the program, Electrify America, will help disadvantaged communities as well as promote hydrogen fuel cells.

Off-lease vehicles could send U.S. sales tumbling, analyst warns

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 EST

An incoming "tsunami" of off-lease vehicles could send annual U.S. new-vehicle sales tumbling as low as 13 million by 2021, according to one Wall Street analyst.

GM accused in lawsuit of using VW-like defeat devices

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:32:28 EST

GM was accused of putting defeat devices in its trucks to beat emissions tests, the sixth carmaker linked to diesel cheating since 2015, when VW admitted to installing software to bypass pollution rules.

Cox, Holman team up on subscription sales model

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:15:00 EST

Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises are teaming up to#8203; expand a retail vehicle-subscription service dubbed Flexdrive.

BMW 8-series concept stakes claim for luxury leadership

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:40:20 EST

BMW say its new 8-series flagship will raise the benchmark for luxury coupes. The automaker unveiled a concept for the car, which will rival the Mercedes S-class coupe and convertible models.

BMW brand management boss Wortmann will speak at Europe congress

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:02:07 EST

BMW's head of brand and product management, Hildegard Wortmann, will be among the speakers at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Barcelona on June 21.

Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:35:30 EST

Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. In other changes Raj Nair will be president of Ford North America and Peter Fleet will take charge of the Asia Pacific region.

AutoNews Now: GM accused of rigging diesel pickup emissions

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:15:00 EST

GM accused of rigging diesel pickup emissions; Ford's Hackett builds team; BMW unveils 8-series concept; Tesla's new 'people' boss; Toyota's integrated marketer.

May U.S. auto sales projected to rise -- slightly

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:49:26 EST

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines.

BMW eyes global luxury crown again with 8-series concept

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:30:00 EST

BMW unveiled a concept of its revived 8 series that will become a new flagship coupe and try to help it supplant German rival Mercedes-Benz for leadership in luxury vehicle sales worldwide.

Ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp working as adviser to PR firm

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:58:40 EST

Julie Hamp, who left Toyota following an arrest for suspicion of violating Japan's drug laws, is working for global public relations firm Finsbury.

New way to measure success

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:29:35 EST

One of former Ford CEO Mark Fieldsandrsquo; common refrains regarding the future came from fears that the automaker would devalue itself by focusing too much on hardware.

Customer Incentives

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:06:59 EST

Tesla split pits tech analysts vs. car analysts

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:27:40 EST

The Wall Street split on Tesla boils down to analysts who see the next Apple and those who perceive a lot more similarity with Studebaker.

Faraday Future aims to raise $1 billion in new funds as chief backer struggles

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:04:20 EST

Faraday Future plans to raise $1 billion in new funding as it seeks to protect itself from the financial woes of its main backer, China's LeEco.

Prosecutors investigate Bosch employees in Daimler probe, report says

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:55:55 EST

German prosecutors who searched Daimler's offices this week as part of a probe into diesel pollution are also investigating employees at Bosch, a report said.

Chevy extends marketing deal with Detroit Red Wings at new arena

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:06:56 EST

Chevrolet extended its sponsorship contract with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, becoming the official vehicle of Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena.

First Shift: Cox, Holman team up on car subscriptions

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:00 EST

Cox, Holman team up on car subscriptions; $13.4M for Ford's Hackett, a reported $57.5M for Fields; GM cuts in Singapore; Toyota hires VW marketer; Lexus 'no-haggle' grows slowly; AutoNation freebie.

Renault sees wireless charging as answer to EV range anxiety

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:00 EST

As automakers and governments work to add more charging stations to ease electric vehicle range anxiety, Renault is touting dynamic wireless charging as a technology that could eliminate that fear.

Bosnian activists fail to secure seats on Grammer board

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:46:08 EST

Bosnia's Hastor family failed in a bid to get three representatives onto the supervisory board of German supplier Grammer at the annual shareholder meeting.

Late Easter pulls down UK production by 18%

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:29:26 EST

UK car production fell 18 percent in April as the number of manufacturing days in the month was reduced by a later Easter break.

EU probes aid for Jaguar Land Rover's Slovak factory

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:13:17 EST

EU regulators are investigating the legality of Slovakia's plan to grant $139.7 million to Jaguar Land Rover to support a new plant in the country. The facility, which will build up to 300,000 cars annually, is due to open next year.

Tesla names new HR head amid worker allegations

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:46:42 EST

Tesla replaced Arnnon Geshuri, vice president of human resources, with Gaby Toledano, a former executive at video game company Electronic Arts, amid employee claims of a harsh work environment at the EV maker's California plant.