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3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami
TOKYO -- Three years ago, Mazda dealer Eishi Kuramoto scrambled for his life as a mammoth black tsunami washed away two of his stores along Japan's northern coast. The March 11, 2011, earthquake-tsunami double punch sent his business back to square one -- and torpedoed the entire Japanese auto ...
GM's Missed Warnings (3/10/14)
Documents show GM didn't grasp scope of ignition glitch, blamed drivers; saluting William Clay Ford Sr.; Honda, Acura exec shift.
Chevy distances itself from viral dying-dog spot
They say you can't go wrong by using a cute dog in a TV commercial. But what about a dying dog? General Motors' Chevrolet is being lauded -- and ripped -- for an emotional new TV spot for the Equinox showing a woman saying goodbye to her pooch "Maddie" before the dying dog is euthanized. But the ...
Ford to end Champions League sponsorship
LONDONandnbsp; (Reuters) -- Ford Motor is ending its sponsorship of the Champions League soccer tournament after more than two decades. The partnership dates back to the 1992-93 season but will conclude with theandnbsp;Champions League final in Lisbon in May, European soccer's governing body, UEFA,
Audi, starting with A3, aims to update in-car software faster
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- In an era when smartphones are replaced every year or two, and seem downright prehistoric within five or six, Audi AG has decided that the auto industry's standard product cycle is too long to bear for in-car software. With the launch of the A3 sedan, Audi has launched a new
BMW says demand for i8 hybrid outstrips initial production run
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- BMW said there is strong demand for its i8 hybrid sportscar which will begin rolling out to customers in June. "Demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up," BMW said in a statement on Monday, without giving a more specific figure
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Mar. 1
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Mar. 1 Inventory
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on March 1
Inventory 1-Mar 1-Feb
Units 2014 2014
BMW div. car (I) * 29,500 * 54 * 68
BMW div. trk. (D/I) * 12,000 * 32 * 38
Total BMW div. (D/I) * 41,500 * 45 *
Inside Mazda's Salamanca factory
Within four months, Nissan, Honda and Mazda have opened assembly plants in Mexico. andnbsp; Mazda3s on display at a local Mazda dealership in Mexico Mazda's new Salamanca, Mexico, plant had its official opening on Feb. 27. The factory is the latest in a string of assembly plants opened in Mexico by
Like EVs, self-guided cars need infrastructure
GENEVA -- Autonomous driving features have become an industry obsession, judging by the buzz about them at Geneva's auto show. For some executives, though, there's an uneasy memory of a few years ago, when electric vehicles had the buzz factor. Automakers can build self-driving vehicles today. But,
CEO: Chase's top job is 'serve the dealers'
Thasunda Duckett can light up a room, even one filled with buttoned-down bankers and auto lenders. She did it in January at the American Financial Services Association Vehicle Finance Conference in New Orleans, where, as a panel discussion member, she had the audience laughing and applauding. ...
Ford of Europe works its way back
GENEVA -- After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity -- a prerequisite to profits, Chief Operating Officer Barb Samardzich says. The moves will put Ford in a position to attain "the profitability that we were targeting
Toyota chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share
The father of the original Toyota Prius has high expectations for the segment he helped create. "I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now," Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada told Automotive News Europe . That number was ...
American Honda splits marketing and sales operation by brand
LOS ANGELES -- American Honda has reassigned marketing boss Mike Accavitti to lead Acura, part of a restructuring of the automaker's North American sales and marketing operation that will create separate divisions for the Honda and Acura brands. Accavitti, currently in charge of marketing and ...
William Clay Ford Sr. remembered for 57-year legacy at Ford Motor
DETROIT -- William Clay Ford Sr., who took driving lessons at age 10 from his grandfather Henry Ford and once flew with legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, is being remembered for helping steer Ford Motor Co. for more than 57 years. The former company vice chairman and Henry Ford's last surviving
A crushing loss: School's out for vintage Vipers
It's a sight almost too painful for sports car aficionados to view: a large backhoe crashing down on a perfectly good classic Dodge Viper and crushing the life out of it. But that's what's happening to 93 Vipers Chrysler donated to vocational schools across the country. Chrysler, which retains ...
Obituaries: John Hall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Hall, who worked for Ford Motor Co. for 31 years, died March 1. He was 87. Hall joined Ford as a sales agent, was an assistant sales manager or district sales manager in several U.S. markets and spent several years in South Africa.
Ford of Europe works its way back
GENEVA -- After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity -- a prerequisite to profits, COO Barb Samardzich says. The moves will put Ford in a position to attain "the profitability that we were targeting in Europe," she said.
Opel maps comeback as Chevy's shadow lifts
GENEVA -- For the past few years, General Motors executives have fought a valiant battle in Europe on Opel's behalf: insisting that the brand was a premium marque above mainstream Chevrolet, while fending off persistent rumors of Opel's sale or demise. That battle is over. Opel is back to being ...
BMW, M-B reduce number of architectures
GENEVA -- BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development and cut costs. BMW and Mini will use only two architectures -- one for front-wheel drive and another for rear-wheel drive -- said Herbert Diess, board member for randd. Today, the two brands use
ELR 'Poolside' spot is refreshing
To the Editor: I have seen the Cadillac ELR "Poolside" commercial and read the March 2 story about it ("Cadillac clears the air on 'Poolside,'" autonews.com). Successful brands are meaningful, different and salient, and their advertising should be, too. The ELR commercial hits on all three, in my
Chrysler will stay in Canada for now
DETROIT -- Chrysler Group's decision last week to withdraw its request for almost $640 million (U.S. ) in government assistance from Canada and pay for renovations itself means minivan production will stay in Windsor, Ontario, for now. Reid Bigland, the company's head of Canadian operations, said
VW says power loss cut German plant output more than expected
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Volkswagen Group said it is still seeking the cause of a weekend power outage at its Wolfsburg plant in Germany and said production had been cut by several hundred vehicles, more than it initially estimated. The outage affecting generators at Wolfsburg occurred early on Saturday
Audi A3 gatherings target young, hip bacon lovers
Audi is planning blowout parties April 3 in New York and Los Angeles to mark the launch of the Audi A3, and it wants all of its dealers to throw their own get-togethers that night, either in-house or off-site. Just don't expect cocktail wieners and classic rock. In a 64-page directive to dealers ...
Dealers, captives battle in statehouses
A battle is heating up in several state capitals as dealer associations face off against carmakers and their captive finance companies over proposed state laws governing the sale of FandI products such as extended service contracts and guaranteed asset protection. "We're essentially interested in
GM Financial, Ally swap corporate profiles
A new and much bigger GM Financial is emerging this year -- a global, mostly prime-risk auto lender that looks a lot like the old GMAC captive finance company. In a mirror image of sorts, a new Ally Financial is emerging this year, too. The new Ally is smaller and its auto finance and insurance ...