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How Infiniti climbed quality chart
NASHVILLE -- The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped up the charts the way Infiniti did. Infiniti leapt into fifth place on this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study ranking, up from a below-industry-average 23rd place in 2014. The study ranks
Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling
CHELSEA, Mich. -- The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in mid-2016. "I think the overall styling, the overall shape, the overall accommodation of that vehicle is spot ...
Jaguar Land Rover in talks on setting up plant in Poland
WARSAW (Bloomberg) -- Jaguar Land Rover has made Poland one of two finalists for an auto factory involving more than 7 billion zloty ($1.85 billion) in investments, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said. A sixth round of talks on the proposal will take place Monday, Piechocinski told ...
Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals
BEIJING (Reuters) -- The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market. BYD, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., declined to immediately give a value for ...
Saab owner to build EV plant in China
TIANJIN, China -- China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in the northeast China city of Tianjin to produce an electric vehicles. NEVS said it would spend 1.2 billion yuan ($200 million) to build the plant, which ...
Honda to make English official language by 2020
TOKYO -- Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was "stupid" to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. Now that he's left the building, however, Japan's No. 3 carmaker is changing its tune. Honda, in its annual sustainability report ...
Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales
(Bloomberg) -- Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012. Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co., Japan's three biggest carmakers, have boosted sales in China this year ...
German carmakers are right: Grexit can save Europe
There is a big misconception that Germany's export-reliant carmakers favor another Greek bailout at any cost since a deal would serve their own narrow interests. It is wrong to believe they want to prevent a so-called Grexit by keeping Athens on permanent life-support as a way to maintain the ...
Ferrari's value to exceed $11 billion in IPO, Marchionne says
(Bloomberg) -- Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, expects the company's Ferrari supercar unit to be valued "at least" at $11 billion (10 billion euros) in an initial public offering scheduled this year. "There are clear expectations from ourselves as Ferrari brand is unique,"
Skoda may outsource non-core services
Skoda is examining whether to outsource certain parts of its non-manufacturing business such as peripheral services, and has initiated negotiations with local unions over such a move, a spokesman for the company told Automotive News Europe . Although Volkswagen Group's Czech brand had record sales
Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded
TURIN -- Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro SpA, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968. The move comes roughly five years after Giugiaro, 76, sold a 90.1 percent ...
NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings
WASHINGTON -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of some recalls under federal scrutiny. After a hearing on the company's recall and safety practices today, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark ...
BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota
MIRAMAS, France (Bloomberg) -- BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013. The company plans "a ...
Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2
(Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc. beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June. Tesla delivered 11,507 Model S sedans in the period, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturer said Thursday in a statement of preliminary figures
VW worker killed by robot in Germany
FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel, north of Frankfurt. The 21-year-old worker was part of a two-man team setting up the robot on Monday when it grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate, a company ...
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U.S. light-vehicle sales by nameplate, June and YTD
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June U.S. Sales Winners, Losers (7/2/15)
June U.S. Sales Winners, Losers; FCA, NHTSA to face off; Nissan axes hybrid Pathfinder; Magna Steyr to build JLR models; Robot kills VW worker; Cuban cars inspire reality show.
Hellcats star in new Dodge image campaign
Dodge is launching an ad campaign this weekend starring the Hellcat trims of the Challenger and Charger, along with the Viper GTS. The production, titled "Predators," has 30- and 90-second cuts and uses the Phil Collins hit "In the Air Tonight" as a surprisingly mellow backdrop while the roaring ...
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Truck, luxury car demand drive record June sales in Canada
TORONTO (Reuters) -- A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday. June auto sales also advanced at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the market's top seller, bolstered by healthy demand for
Art Moran, longtime Detroit-area dealer, dies at 89
Art Moran, a longtime dealer in suburban Detroit, died Wednesday. He was 89. Moran, a World War II veteran, got his start in the business selling used cars at Clohecy Pontiac in Detroit in the 1950s. Moran partnered with owner Tom Clohecy in 1957 and opened Art Moran Pontiac-GMC in Southfield, ...
Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module
Ford Motor Co. is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules. The glitch can allow the engine to continue running after turning the ignition to the "off" position or pressing the engine stop-start button, the company said . It's the
Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads
Toyota Motor Corp. has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads. For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. Yet eight months after Toyota began installing the devices
Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid
NASHVILLE -- Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups. The model lasted just over one year -- from October 2013 until January of this year, when Nissan stopped producing it in the face of ...