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Panoz street car advances despite suit
Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design. Panoz's company, DeltaWing Technology Group Inc., will develop a four-passenger road car based on the ...
Leases to get more expensive, ALG says
Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique. That's because the supply of used light vehicles -- especially those 3 to 5 years old -- returning to the market will rise significantly, lowering used-vehicle prices and
Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids
SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos drives 10,000 miles a year in his electric Nissan Leaf and burns no gasoline. Mary drives 12,000 miles a year in her Chevrolet Volt, using electricity for 9,000 miles and burning gasoline for the remaining 3,000. How much credit do Carlos and Mary deserve? This sounds like a
Buick Enclave upgrade gets Tuscan treatment
Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover. Dubbed the Tuscan, after the famed fertile region in central Italy, Buick said the edition "celebrates Enclave's achievement and rewards owners with a ...
Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones
PARIS (Reuters) -- Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. Valeo said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years. The French supplier ...
UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame
At this week's UAW bargaining convention, delegate after delegate rose to a microphone to pillory the Detroit 3 for Tier 2 excesses, stingy wages and, in the case of General Motors, a dubious $5 billion stock buyback to placate Wall Street investors. I thought the affair was pretty darn raucous. ...
Mercedes Planning a Pickup (3/27/15)
Truck would launch by decade's end; Tesla win, loss; Aston Martin sues Henrik Fisker; Ford car obeys speed limit.
Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020
FRANKFURT -- Daimler's Mercedes-Benz unit plans to launch its first pickup truck by 2020, targeting sales at the European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. No decision has been made about whether to launch the vehicle in the U.S., a Daimler spokeswoman said. The pickup will ...
GM board member Erroll Davis to retire
Erroll Davis, a member of General Motors boards before and since the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy, will retire in June. "We have made tremendous progress since Erroll joined the board and we owe him our deepest gratitude for his dedicated service," CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. "I also ...
GM shield in doubt as judge mulls ending bar on ignition suits
Editor's note: Several corrections have been made to this report since its initial publication. It now correctly reflects comments by Judge Robert Gerber during a Feb. 17 hearing, correctly reflects that Gerber said in 2009 that GM can be sued over vehicles made by Old GM under some exceptions, ...
Pirelli CEO sees strong future with ChemChina, no talks on counterbid
MILAN (Reuters) -- Italian tire maker Pirelli has a strong future with owner-to-be China National Chemical Corp. and is not talking to others about a possible counterbid, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. ChemChina on Sunday agreed to become the majority owner of the world's fifth-largest tire ...
AutoNation, analytics company Zubie join to monitor cars' service needs
Some AutoNation Inc. dealerships' service advisers will know which vehicles need fixing before they even talk to the driver, thanks to a new partnership with vehicle analytics company Zubie. The partnership will help dealerships organize service requests, bring business back to the service bays and
Manheim invests in vehicle inspection company
Manheim, the nation's largest auto-auction company, has invested in Alliance Inspection Management, a vehicle inspection and software company. With Manheim's minority stake in AiM, the two companies have formed a "strategic alliance" to develop inspection technologies that will lead to a more ...
Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks
TOKYO -- A Tesla Motors Inc. battery executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion. Japan ranks behind only North America as a source of parts for the
Ford cleared of technology patent infringement, jury rules
DETROIT (Reuters) -- A jury has found that Ford Motor Co. did not infringe on four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the company in a $240 million lawsuit. The jury in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., also found in Ford's favor on its claim that ...
Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief
LONDON -- Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfgang Ziebart. Rogers will assume board-level responsibilities for the UK automaker's global engineering operations reporting directly to CEO Ralf Speth, JLR said in a statement Friday. ...
Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rises 83%
Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford Motor Co.'s CEO in mid-2014, received compensation worth $22 million last year, the company said today in a regulatory filing. His successor, Mark Fields, earned $18.6 million. Mulally's payout, which included $1 million in salary and $10.2 million in stock awards,
Land Rover to consolidate advertising work with agency Spark44
Editor's note: An earlier version of this report mischaracterized the price positioning of the Land Roverandnbsp;Discovery and Defender. It has been corrected.andnbsp; Land Rover is shifting its global strategic and creative ad accounts to Spark44, the same agency that handles sister brand Jaguar.
Yes, millennials want to see a car dealer, Edmunds says
Millennials may love their phones, but they don't use them to make all of their car buying decisions, Edmunds.com says in a new report. Contrary to popular belief, tech-loving millennials value meeting with dealers face-to-face and taking test drives as well, the findings show. "This notion that ...
North America production downtime overtime - 03/30/15
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Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system
Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin. The Bose Panaray system, designed exclusively for Cadillac's CT6 rear-wheel-drive sedan, marks the debut offering of Bose Automotive's new line of Advanced Technology Series sound ...
Rewards of Being Ford CEO (3/27/15)
Fields earned $18.6M in 2014 to Mullaly's $22M; CFPB's sub-prime vigil; Stein: FCA and joy of a good winning streak.
Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall coverage
NEW YORK -- Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis. The Grand Neal, given by the Association of Business Information and Media Companies, marks the pinnacle of achievement in business-to-business media. It was the first time a Crain
Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls
TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- Takata Corp., the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today. Three plaintiffs in Windsor, Ontario, are seeking combined damages of 2.4 billion Canadian dollars ($1.9
Scion iA sedan uncovered
Toyota has been keeping the new Scion iA sedan under wraps in hopes of building suspense before its unveiling at the New York auto show next week. But the little car has been caught out in the open in San Diego, and spy photographs show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, ...