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Volvo self-driving car to hit Swedish roads
Volvo Cars' Drive Me pilot program announced last week will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets by 2017. The vehicles will be driven by ordinary people in Volvo's home city of Gothenburg using a controlled 31-mile route. ...
Ford Flex: High ratings but low sales
The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and happy, loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports , and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U.S. nameplate last year, averaging just eight ...
Ultraluxury brands on course for near 40% rise by 2020
Ultraluxury brands Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are enjoying unprecedented success as all four set sales records in 2014. Strong demand for those brands -- as well as for Ferrari and Aston Martin -- has led forecasters to predict that overall global sales in the segment will grow
From behind the scenes to Honda's center stage
TOKYO -- Takahiro Hachigo wasn't the obvious choice to succeed Honda CEO Takanobu Ito. But a resume long on overseas assignments put him in a strong position to tackle the unfinished business left by Ito as Japan's No. 3 automaker pursues a mammoth overseas expansion. Over more than three decades
In a frigid winter, a torrid start to 2015
U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2001. It's still early in the year, but analysts say there are plenty of positive signs, including record-high lease penetration
Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec
DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. At issue is outsized consumer demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats and dealer practices that the company says are "unscrupulous" and perhaps
Group 1 names banker Doyle Arnold to its board
Group 1 Automotive Inc. has named a new director to its board seven days after another director resigned. Houston-based Group 1 said today its board of directors appointed longtime banker Doyle Arnold, 66, as a Class I director, effective immediately. He will stand for election by Group 1's ...
Honda counts on roomy Jazz for sales boost
LONDON -- Honda hopes features such as segment-leading interior space will boost sales of its Jazz subcompact in Europe. Honda will debut a European-specified version of the Jazz, which is soldandnbsp; as the Fit in the U.S. and Japan, at the Geneva auto show on Tuesday. European sales of the new
Marchionne raises FCA stake as Ferrari spinoff nears
MILAN (Reuters) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has increased his voting stake in the carmaker to nearly 1 percent after benefiting from a stock grant plan, just as the company readies to spin off luxury brand Ferrari. Marchionne now holds 14.4 million common shares in the ...
Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule
YOKOHAMA, Japan andndash; Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. He also said he targets increased North American operating profit margin of at least 8 percent, thanks
Fiat Chrysler to review its digital agency business, report says
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun a digital agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age , an affiliate of Automotive News . The former Chrysler Group in May 2010 named Sapient Corp.'s SapientNitro its digital agency of record, overseeing interactive duties for the ...
Why does Ford race? Because it can
DETROIT -- He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but Dave Pericak still has a full plate. The director of Ford Performance related some juicy details to a rapt Automotive Press Association audience today at the Detroit Athletic Club, fleshing out what the December ...
VW's sleek concept set to become image-carrier
FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen will preview a coupe-styled sedan at the upcoming Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model to boost the brand's image and attract customers from cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS. VW this week released sketches of the sleek four-door concept but gave no ...
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Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan
TOKYO -- The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. That won't happen in the U.S., says chief engineer Michio Tomiyama: "In America, it will be only gasoline." Mazda expects to sell 150,000 ...
GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat
DETROIT (Reuters) -- A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year. While GM will still sell cars like the Cruze sedan in parts of Southeast Asia, an ...
Former BMW exec Diess starts as VW brand boss in July
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Former BMW executive Herbert Diess will take the helm of Volkswagen's core passenger-car brand three months earlier than planned, VW said. Diess, 56, will start on July 1 rather than on Oct. 1 as originally announced late last year, VW said in a statement on Friday. Diess will
SsangYong Tivoli will join expanding small SUV segment
SsangYong will enter the booming subcompact SUV segment in Europe with the Tivoli, which will debut at the Geneva auto show on March 3. The car will compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, a SsangYong spokesman said. SsangYong says the Tivoli will be offered with a 1.6-liter
Mini designers dream up a racy Clubman for 'Gran Turismo 6' video game
Mini has joined a growing list of automakers that have released high-performance concepts for "Gran Turismo 6" on the PlayStation 3 game system. The Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo was released today. Its wide stance allows it to handle like a go-kart. After downloading an update, gamers can add
Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests
WASHINGTON -- A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf. Orbital ATK is an aerospace and defense contractor with expertise in rocket ...
U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel today. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends ...
Strike ends at Brazil GM plant after union flexes muscle
SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil (Reuters) -- Workers at a General Motors factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike today after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry. Later today the metalworkers union
Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg
TOKYO -- Japan's largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg. Toyota Motor Corp., not only Japan's, but the world's No. 1 maker, will be turning to its tried-and-true hybrid ...
The dream Mr. K offered in the Nissan 300ZX is alive and well
"If I had a Z andhellip; " That's the opening line to the car commercial that I most remember from my youth. It touted the Nissan 300ZX sports car. So I'm melancholy after hearing that the man behind the car, Yutaka Katayama, died last week at age 105. Mr. K, as Katayama was popularly known, was ...