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NHTSA's Rosekind lays down the law, and the industry is rattled
WASHINGTON -- As the newly appointed head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind vowed in January to work closely with the auto industry to promote safety andmdash; and to hammer companies that stepped out of line. Five months into his tenure, Rosekind is delivering on
European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'
European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions. The new rule will require diesel vehicles sold in the EU to undergo tests on roads rather than in laboratories starting in September 2017. The laboratory
Redesigned Mazda2 hatchback sits out U.S.
LOS ANGELES -- Cheap gasoline and tight supplies from a new factory in Salamanca, Mexico, have persuaded Mazda Motor Corp. to forgo selling the redesigned Mazda2 in the U.S., a top executive said. Last year, as Mazda's international sales offices jostled for allocation of the fuel-sipping ...
Now, Nissan will build up products, tech
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- After several years of opening factories, Nissan Motor Corp. now will channel investment into new products and technologies, said CEO Carlos Ghosn. Top priorities will be electrified drivetrains, fuel cell technologies, autonomous drive systems and connected-car products, Ghosn
Marchionne approached GM about a merger, but was rebuffed, NYT reports
DETROIT (Reuters) -- As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors CEO Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported on Saturday . Quoting two people with ...
Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 seen in Detroit
DETROIT -- A 2016 preproduction Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 showed up Saturday at a Cars and Coffee event in suburban Detroit. It's the first time the car has been spotted on the streets of metro Detroit. The GT 350 also features a new Shelby logo.
Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Daimler AG is forming a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc. to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables. The move forms part of a broader push by Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz,
Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV
SEOUL (Reuters) -- Hyundai Motor Co. said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States. Hyundai, which with sister firm Kia Motors is the world's ...
Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing
CINCINNATI -- In 2008, the second-generation Honda Pilot crossover came to market with all the style and curves of a shipping container. The timing was unfortunate. The Pilot's design had been frozen several years earlier, when gasoline was cheap and brawny SUVs such as the Hummer H2 were in their
GM to stay under strict U.S. oversight
DETROIT -- Federal safety regulators have extended for at least a year a consent order that subjects General Motors to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition placed on GM in the wake of last year's ignition switch recall. In the sweeping consent order, the automaker last year agreed to ...
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Spiffing Up for the Holiday (5/22/15)
Ram, GMC, Chevy truck deals; May U.S. sales outlook; VW needs 'a bit of time' to replace Piech; Honda Pilot's takeoff; Mazda, Subaru get a break in Calif.; new view of Tesla 'gigafactory.
Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. Ford Ottoman, the automaker's Turkish arm, said operations had restarted at its Gluck and Yenikoy plants in the northwest of the country. Tofas, a
Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu
NECKARSULM, Germany (Reuters) -- Audi will enhance connected-car services in China to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market. Audi said today it will jointly develop navigation map data, positioning algorithms and ...
Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit
NECKARSULM, Germany -- Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. "It's important to ensure free availability of the data," Hackenberg said on the sidelines of Audi's shareholder meeting in Neckarsulm, ...
Audi will add Q8 in 2019, electric SUV in 2018
(Bloomberg) -- Audi today said it will begin sales of the Q8 flagship SUV in 2019 and launch an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment in 2018. The company will also add the entry-level subcompact Q1 crossover next year. The Q1, the Q8 and SUV with electric drive are intended to ...
Road Map to Cooperation? (5/21/15)
Audi, Benz, BMW finding common ground in quest for maps?; Automakers say U.K. departure from European Union would harm industry; Jeep Renegade update; GM plans big paint shop at Corvette plant.
Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show
Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs. Consumer website Autotrader, in ongoing study results, found that the U.S. recall completion rate in
Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says
The Justice Department has determined that General Motors' failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the automaker's former employees, The New York Times reported late Friday . The report said GM
Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock
DETROIT -- Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industry's version of a Catch-22. The system works well only if enough vehicles are equipped with transponders to broadcast
Autobytel acquires rival Dealix for $25 million
Autobytel, one of the largest providers of sales leads to auto dealers, has purchased longtime rival Dealix for $25 million in cash, Autobytel said today. Autobytel bought Dealix, and a smaller company, Autotegrity, from CDK Global, the industry's largest provider of dealership operating software.
VW will evaluate ad agency work, report says
Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age , an affiliate of Automotive News . VW Group, which owns both Audi and Porsche, currently works with WPP's Mediacom in various markets, ...
Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says
Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a new plant in eastern Europe, the Financial Times reported. The UK automaker has shortlisted Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as potential countries for the factory, the paper reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. JLR
Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show
TOKYO -- For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October. The Detroit 3 bailed on Japan's flagship auto show after the 2007 event and haven't come back since. They
Winterkorn says it will take time to replace Piech on Audi board
NECKARSULM, Germany (Reuters) -- Audi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said it will take "a bit of time" to replace Ferdinand Piech on the carmaker's supervisory board. Former Volkswagen Group Chairman Piech quit his Audi board role along with other VW Group posts last month after a public showdown with