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Last Build Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

 



Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions, reports say

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:22:52 EST

Audi has been ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles after Germany's motor transport authority detected illicit emission-control software in the automaker's latest Euro 6 diesel models, press reports said



'Good return' expected for dealers with Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

General Motors plans to expand its dealer network for medium-duty commercial vehicles this year from 240 to about 400 with the introduction of Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD trucks.



Jim Hackett is urging Ford to think, act in new ways

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Jim Hackett, the former furniture company CEO who expected to be spending his 60s enjoying retirement, is instead teaching a course on survival to a century-old automaker.



Business leaders see Trump's first year wins on taxes and regulation

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

In January 2017, gauging whether the administration of President Donald Trump would be pro-business or populist was a challenge. One year into the administration, it still is.



Nissan's ePower tech coming to U.S. vehicles

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Nissan's ePower technology has been something of a sensation in Japan. Now the automaker wants to bring it to the United States.



PETA auto show protest, aimed at FCA, is misdirected

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to protest FCA at the Detroit auto show for something one of its dealers is doing: sponsoring a long-time dog-sled race in Alaska.



Ram's ammunition against rival Silverado

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

From the Detroit auto show: Why the new Ram 1500 is like 'sitting in a Tesla,' Silverado keeps us guessing; Ranger, Bullitt hit, Forte, Veloster and Jetta miss. Plus, Molly McQueen on learning 'difficult' stick shift.



Renault strives to keep Zoe competitive in growing EV market

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Renault's Zoe has been Europe's top-selling EV for three years in a row, but the automaker is anticipating that the competition will get much tougher, and quickly.



With AI digital assistant, drivers talk to their cars

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

The auto industry is in the early days in utilizing smart digital assistants to create unique, in-car user experiences. Here's what CES attendees see in the future.



Paint pro gives high marks to automakers' Detroit palettes

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Part of the glitz of the Detroit auto show is the palette of colors selected and created for the occasion.



Subaru aims to get serious about micro sales in world's biggest market

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Subaru has a growing sense of urgency to get serious about China, where the brand is barely treading water.



Hyundai Motor America poised to get more say on production

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Hyundai Motor Group is going through a restructuring that will shift more decision-making power to regional markets such as North America.



Ram's ammunition against rival Silverado, Detroit auto show hits, misses

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

From the Detroit auto show: Why the new Ram 1500 is like 'sitting in a Tesla,' while Silverado keeps us guessing; Ranger, Bullitt hit, Forte, Veloster and Jetta miss. Plus, Molly McQueen on learning 'difficult' stick shift.



AutoNews Now: PSA to put regional HQ in Atlanta

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:45:00 EST

Southern charm? PSA to put regional HQ in Atlanta, plus, Alabama's auto appeal; NAFTA woes; Lexus 'Panther' placement; A limited Land Rover; GM exec's CarPlay critique; Bullitt benefit.



Government shutdown would impact auto regulation

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:31:49 EST

The federal government shutdown could have a broad impact on automotive regulatory activities, but next week's NAFTA talks are expected to continue as scheduled.



Thyssenkrupp to refine strategy amid investor concerns

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:21:31 EST

Thyssenkrupp will adapt its strategy following a planned steel tie-up with Tata Steel, CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said, responding to investor criticism that the group is too unwieldy.



Toyota will build new model at French plant, paper says

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:45:03 EST

Toyota will announce a second model for its factory in Valenciennes, France, on Monday, a paper said. Toyota builds the Yaris at the plant.



PSA increases van production in Portugal

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:49:19 EST

PSA will add a third production team at its plant in Mangualde, Portugal, in response to increased demand for the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans.






In China, outside contractors give GM a big hand on the plant floor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:38:45 EST

GM has deployed third-party logistics contractors inside all 17 of its joint-venture assembly plants in China to transport materials, manage nearby parts warehouses and deliver components to the shop floor.



Zurich pulls back on some dealerships' insurance

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:26:20 EST

Zurich North America no longer will offer property and casualty insurance to independent dealerships and some franchise dealerships. FandI products are not affected.



Ohio to develop smart mobility center, Kasich says

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:11:22 EST

Ohio is planning to develop a smart mobility center to prioritize connected technologies and pave the road for autonomous vehicles in the state.



PSA bringing N.A. headquarters to Atlanta

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:00 EST

PSA Group, steaming toward a return to the U.S. auto market, is poised to put its North American headquarters in the greater Atlanta area, Automotive News has learned.



Detroit auto show concept cars turned heads

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

There were darn few pure concept vehicles at the 2018 Detroit auto show, but the ones that did appear were true conversations starters.



Why Jim Hackett is wrong about Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:46:44 EST

Ford CEO Jim Hackett candidly admitted that he wishes the automaker still owned Volvo and JLR. It's important to remember why this didn't work out for Ford.



Customer Incentives

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:02:31 EST













A floating car is born after Japan's tsunami

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:08:34 EST

A former employee of a Toyota subsidiary started to build a watertight EV that can float in floods, or even cruise at low speeds. His startup has notable backers and a functioning prototype.



Lithium makers for EV batteries get a dedicated hedge fund

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:19:41 EST

Will Smith, a former partner at Michael Hintze's investment firm CQS UK, is starting a hedge fund that will bet on companies that could gain from the expected boom in electric cars.



Quick Shift: Daily mobility news for 1.19.2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:16:54 EST

It's almost the weekend, so go ahead and spike your coffee and grab a drone #8212; unless you live in New Jersey #8212; and let's jump right into the news.



PSA wins union backing for 1,300 domestic job cuts

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:54:32 EST

PSA said it has won the backing of several unions for plans to eliminate 1,300 jobs using a new form of voluntary cuts introduced by President Emmanuel Macron.



First Shift: GM gets a $1 billion legal reprieve

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:30:00 EST

GM gets a $1 billion legal reprieve; Ford's 'do not drive' directive raises questions; Audi still ahead in China; New way to send cars Down Under; Blackberry's cybersecurity tips.



BASF aims to be major player in EV battery materials

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:31:40 EST

BASF is prepared to dig deep, pouring money and expertise into developing materials for electric-vehicle batteries to catch up with rivals like Tesla supplier Sumitomo.



Ford may export to Europe from Russia

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Ford's Russian factories are busy now that the market is recovering but the company may still export vehicles to Europe from its local joint venture.



Bosch to meet French gov't over diesel injectors plant

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:51:33 EST

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will hold talks with Bosch to address concerns about the future of the supplier's diesel injectors factory in Rodez, which is heavily exposed to a downturn in diesel sales.



Trump losing patience over NAFTA talks

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:14:18 EST

The U.S. is running out of patience with Canadian and Mexican resistance to key American proposals ahead of talks next week on a new NAFTA, sources told Bloomberg.



Lexus, Infiniti test ways to fight BMW, Mercedes, Audi

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:17:34 EST

Lexus and Infiniti are testing ways to regain momentum against German luxury automakers with concepts that present connectivity and self-driving technologies.



Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:59:03 EST

Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turkey. Output peaked at more than 190,000 units in 2017, according to IHS Markit.



Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has paid off handsomely. The two models easily outsold their predecessors in 2017, helping the brand's global sales to jump 10 percent last year.



Land Rover Defender returns briefly

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Land Rover has taken its utilitarian Defender and turned it into high-performance limited-edition rival to the most expensive versions of the similarly rugged but costly Mercedes G class.



VW will build Polo, Passat in Rwanda in sub-Saharan expansion

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:14:25 EST

VW will begin assembling the Polo and Passat models at a new plant in Rwanda in May for local sale and use in its new ride-sharing service.



PSA's Tavares says UK plants uncompetitive, open to alliance in South America

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:34:47 EST

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said he planned to meet next week with UK unions and government officials to discuss the future of the automaker's Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port. Separately, Tavares said he is open to a potential alliance in Latin America.



PSA to tap GM expertise in return to U.S.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:37:47 EST

France's PSA Group has found a bonus benefit in engineers from its newly acquired Opel unit. The former GM employees are helping make PSA products compliant with United States regulations,



Judge tosses out $1 billion GM settlement deal

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:56:20 EST

The trust set up to handle GM's bankruptcy claims acted in bad faith in reaching a $15 million class-action settlement that would have forced the company to contribute as much as $1 billion in new stock, a judge ruled in throwing out the accord.



Ford faces questions from U.S. senators over 'do not drive' warning

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:55:11 EST

Two senators asked the Transportation Department to explain why a "do not drive" directive issued last week by Ford is limited to about 2,900 older pickup trucks and if other vehicles are potentially at risk from defective airbag inflators.



Audi outsells BMW, Mercedes in China's luxury race

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:41:55 EST

Audi is still China's top luxury vehicle seller after outselling both BMW and Daimler in the world's biggest market.



Jeep sees banner year with new products, Manley says

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:06:09 EST

While other mainstream auto brands head for sliding United States demand this year, Jeep is rolling out new models to buck the trend and bring 16 straight months of sales declines to an end.



AutoNews Now: VW's struggle to become a U.S. sales leader

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 EST

AN World Congress: VW's struggle to rise above niche status in U.S., Volvo exec sold on subscriptions; Buick to expand Avenir line; Ghosn proclaims alliance global sales title.