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Russian car sales plunge as automakers raise prices
MOSCOW (Bloomberg) -- Russian car sales plunged more than forecast in September, slumping the most in three months as a weaker ruble pushed automakers to raise prices. Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles contracted 29 percent to 140,867 from a year earlier after a 19 percent drop in ...
A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw
PALO ALTO, Calif. (Bloomberg) -- It's nothing more than a dune buggy on a cordoned-off street but it's headed for trouble. A jumble of sawhorses and traffic' cones simulates a road crew working over a manhole and the driverless car has to make a decision -- obey the law against crossing a ...
Volkswagen guarantees 4.2 billion euro investment in Spain, minister says
MADRID (Reuters) -- Volkswagen Group has guaranteed a 4.2-billion euro ($4.8 billion) investment in its Seat and VW brands in Spain, despite vowing to cut costs to cover the expense of a scandal over rigged emissions tests. "Yesterday I had a meeting in Germany with the [VW] chairman and he ...
Range Rover plans limited run of Evoque cabrios
LONDON -- Land Rover will unveil the Range Rover Evoque Convertible at the Los Angeles auto show next month. Land Rover will start sales of the open-air SUV next spring in most of the markets where the hardtop Evoque is available, a company spokeswoman said. This will include Europe, the U.S. and
VW's emissions cheating has taken the gloss off my Touran
Last year I bought a 2011 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI with the promise of super-frugal motoring, clean diesel technology and a zippy little engine. But now the gloss is wearing off the VW badge on my minivan. For three long weeks I've watched the whole emissions crisis evolve with a sinking heart, ...
Volkswagen's U.S. boss blames 'individuals' for cheating
BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Volkswagen's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said. "To my understanding, this was not a corporate decision; this was something individuals did," Michael Horn,
Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo
TOKYO -- Lexus is promising a new concept car at this month's Tokyo Motor Show but is holding back details until the unveiling. The vehicle may preview a luxury hydrogen fuel cell car. The powertrain choice would tap a push by parent company Toyota Motor Corp. to expand the use of fuel cells. ...
Jaguar's leaner XF takes aim at BMW 5 series
Jaguar believes that its lighter, smaller XF is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment. "Within Jaguar we were quite clear: the [BMW] 5-series was the one we had to beat dynamically. I think we have," Vehicle Engineering Manager Jon Darlington told Automotive News ...
Frankfurt show featured many beasts, few beauties
The Frankfurt auto show may have slipped behind Shanghai when it comes to the amount of exhibition space offered, but it remains the unrivaled No. 1 in terms of vehicle debuts. There were 210 debuts at this year's Frankfurt show, based on one count. This column, however, is not about numbers, it is
Volkswagen offices raided by German prosecutors
BERLIN (Reuters) -- German prosecutors raided Volkswagen's headquarters and other offices as part of their investigation into the carmaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests. Prosecutors from Brunswick, close to the German company's home town of Wolfsburg, said they were targeting documents and ...
New FCA-UAW contract deal would raise Tier 2 pay to $29 an hour, report says
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering so-called second-tier United Auto Workers members as much as $29 an hour -- up from $25 previously proposed -- under a new tentative agreement which avoided a strike by 40,000 union members, two people familiar with the matter told ...
Aston Martin to cut jobs as part of turnaround
LONDON (Reuters) -- Aston Martin is planning job cuts as part of a restructuring that will involve the company expanding into electric vehicles and crossovers. "There will be a net reduction in the overall workforce at the company," said a spokesman on Thursday, adding that the cuts would be ...
Audi's global sales rise 7% despite diesel-emissions scandal
MUNICH (Bloomberg) -- Audi's global sales rose nearly 7 percent in September despite the diesel emissions-rigging scandal that has affected the brand's A3 compact hatchback and Q5 midsize SUV. Deliveries at the Volkswagen Group unit were up 6.8 percent to 170,900 cars last month, lifted by demand
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Oct. 1
U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Oct. 1 Inventory
U.S. Car and light-truck inventories, on Oct. 1
Inventory 1-Oct 1-Sep
Units 2015 2015
BMW div. car (I) 30,000 39 41
BMW div. trk. (D/I) 8,000 28 29
Total BMW div. (D/I) 38,000 36 37
Horn: Was Unaware of 'Defeat Devices' (10/8/15)
VW scandal: Horn denies knowing of 'defeat devices,' Mexico workers on edge, HQ raided; FCA to hike Tier-2 pay?; Trio of Toyota concepts; Tiny robot, big debut.
Older VW diesels will need software and hardware fixes, Horn tells lawmakers
WASHINGTON -- A software fix won't be enough to bring most of Volkswagen's 482,000 vehicles that violate diesel emissions rules into compliance with U.S. clean air laws, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn testified in a congressional hearing today. Horn told lawmakers on a U.S. House ...
VW cheat software was switched on in Europe, report says
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Volkswagen's software used to cheat emissions tests was switched on in diesel vehicles in Europe, German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported today. VW admitted last month to cheating U.S. emissions tests and has since said about 11 million cars worldwide had the software ...
VW picks Skoda randd chief to run technical development, report says
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Volkswagen Group will pick Skoda development chief Frank Welsch to replace suspended executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser as head of technical development at the VW brand, Auto Motor und Sport reported , citing officials at VW. Neusser was suspended last month together with Audi randd
Audi picks ex-China boss to replace de Meo as sales chief
FRANKFURT -- Audi has picked its former China boss, Dietmar Voggenreiter, as its new sales and marketing chief to succeed Luca de Meo. The move, which takes effect Nov. 1, rewards Voggenreiter for his contribution in making China the brand's single-largest market. During Voggenreiter's nearly nine
Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobs
STRASBOURG, France -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged a member of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk. Addressing the European ...
Canada light-vehicle sales by nameplate, Sept. and YTD
Canada light-vehicle sales by nameplate, Sept. and YTD Sheet1
Canada Car and Light-Truck Sales, SEPT. & YTD
Sept. 9 mos.
Sept. Sept. percent 9 mos. 9 mos. percent
2015 2014 change 2015 2014 change
1 series (I) 0.0 0.0 0.0 3 2 50.0%
2 series (I) 143 101 41.6% 1,186 567 109.2%
Mitsubishi's EV crossover concept shows off new design language
TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions. The eX Concept embodies Mitsubishi's rugged new Dynamic Shield styling while packing in technologies, such as ...
Next step for UAW, FCA (10/8/15)
Strike averted, UAW plans vote on new FCA deal; '16 VW diesels delayed; U.S. CEO previews testimony; GM's new family spiff; Mitsu EV concept; Chevy Traverse's world of comedy; Neiman-Marcus Mustang.
Suppliers shouldn't pay for VW diesel scandal, executive says
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Volkswagen should not try to make up for the costs of its emissions scandal by putting pressure on suppliers to lower their prices, the head of a German engine parts maker ElringKlinger andnbsp;said today. The company supplies various components including gaskets, battery and
3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing
Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain's ongoing price-fixing scandal. Keiji Kyomoto, Mikio Katsumaru and Yuji Kuroda are accused of conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for weather ...