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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
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
ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday
The latest issue of theandnbsp; Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 6. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, Volkswagen Group. Last year marked a record for Skoda with volumes rising 13 percent to hit the
NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag's presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, but getting American race fans to comply may prove difficult. On the eve of a big holiday race weekend in Daytona Beach, David Childress ...
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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
FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast
There was a bit of chest-thumping Wednesday when it was discovered that Fiat Chrysler in June had sold 278 more vehicles at retail (excluding fleet sales) in the U.S. than did rival Ford Motor Co. Various news stories -- including some in Automotive News -- said it was the first month in which Fiat
Fleet's Role in Detroit 3 Sales (7/2/15)
Synder: How fleet factored into Detroit 3 sales; BMW slips past Mercedes; Famed designer Giugiaro quits his firm; 17th Ford Escape recall; Volvo's twist on child safety seats.
North America production downtime overtime - 07/06/15
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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 ...
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 ...
Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded
TURIN andndash; 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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria
LONDON (Reuters) -- Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build some vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Austria, the UK automaker said today. Magna Steyr will produce an unspecified number of JLR models in its Graz factory, which also makes Mercedes-Benz and Mini vehicles, because the ...
Citroen CEO sees positive changes for women in auto industry
One year into her role as Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says she hasn't encountered any prejudice as a woman working a man's world. In fact, she says it's an advantage. "Being a women you can ask questions that men don't ask because they're supposed to know all these things," she told me during a ...
German car sales rose 13% in June, helped by extra sales days
BERLIN (Reuters) -- New-car registrations in Germany jumped 13 percent in June, helped by two extra sales days and a growing economy. The surge in June registrations mirrors strong gains in France, Italy and Spain, suggesting the region is maintaining its steady recovery despite worries about a ...
Toyota prices 'Model AA' shares at top range
TOKYO (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. set the price for its "Model AA" class shares at the top of its range, as retail investors flocked to the $4 billion issue the world's biggest automaker hopes will secure its longer-term shareholders. Toyota set the issue price at 10,598 yen ($85.8) each, above
AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry
AutoNation Inc. said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales rose 9 percent in June from a year earlier to 27,862, making it the retailer's best June since 2005. Industrywide, U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 3.9 percent in June. For the second quarter, the nation's largest new-vehicle retailer posted sales
Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name
Editor's note: Update corrects date of the Giugiaro and Italdesign Giugiaro statements. TURIN -- Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro has left the styling and engineering company he built, and which still bears his name. The move comes roughly five years after Giugiaro, 76, sold a 90.1 percent
Greek exit from euro could bring stability, German auto lobby group says
FRANKFURT -- Germany's auto industry lobby group believes a Greek exit from the eurozone may be necessary despite the setback this may bring for Europe's fragile recovery in new-car sales. Automakers are monitoring the potential effects on capital markets and exchange rates if Greece leaves the ...