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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
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
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
GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief
General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role June 1 from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars. Suenner brings "a strong background in automotive engineering, including new energy vehicles, in
Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario -- Just two months ago, efforts by the Canadian union Unifor to organize two Toyota Motor Corp. plants in Ontario had all but ground to a halt. But an April announcement that Toyota will move production of the Corolla from its 27-year-old plant here to a new factory to be built
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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
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
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
Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall
Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story misstated the total recall figure. TOKYO (Reuters) -- Mazda Motor Corp, Mitsubishi Motors and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries today said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata Corp. The
Automotive News Europe salutes Armin Prommersberger
Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Armin Prommersberger, Harman International's vice president and general manager of automotive audio for Europe. For his full
VW to Shift Ad Agencies? (5/22/15)
Volkswagen Group to shift ad agencies?; U.S. keeping eye on GM; Audi to launch Q8 in 2019, EV in 2018; Airbag recalls at Mazda, Mitsu, Subaru; World's biggest tire turns 50.
Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Daimler will invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, northern Germany, in preparation to build two new models at the factory. The plant will build the next-generation C class, along with two additional models, Daimler said in
Wal-Mart revamps auto-care centers
BOSTON (Bloomberg) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s auto centers, the car-maintenance areas attached to many of its stores, are getting a service overhaul. To improve the experience and entice more customers, the company is dedicating staffing and training programs to the department. A new class of ...
How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media
The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card. That should only be the start nowadays -- especially in the age of social media, where salespeople can showcase their personalities and product ...
Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to 850,000 euros ($937,000), saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked. Porsche, part of Volkswagen, said the ...
Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study. By 2024, mobile networks ...