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Tesla Inc.’s stock price isn’t the only part of the business that’s growing. The electric vehicle maker continues to ramp up production of its Model Y crossover and has two plants — one in Germany and another in Texas — under construction. It plans to broaden its lineup with the Cybertruck pickup and a semitruck
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Audi will offer a sportback version of its top-selling Q5 crossover in the first half of next year, following a product diversification strategy the brand has employed across much of its lineup. The 2021 Q5 Sportback shares most design and technology features with the latest-generation Q5, but with a steeply sloped rear roofline to give
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SHANGHAI — Just like Americans, Chinese shoppers are developing an insatiable appetite for crossovers and SUVs. And that is where automakers are targeting a growing number of their products. At the Beijing auto show, opening Saturday, Sept. 26, global brands will attempt to wow audiences with new vehicles for those segments. Two years ago, Volkswagen,
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TOKYO — Shortly before Thanksgiving 2018, American auto executive Greg Kelly got an urgent message saying he was needed in Japan for important business at Nissan Motor Co., where he was a director. Kelly initially balked at the idea. The longtime Nissan human resources executive was at home outside Nashville, preparing for the holiday and
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After adding the Voyager minivan to its small lineup last year, Chrysler is back with new technology and revamped styling for the Pacifica and a slimmer set of offerings for the aging 300. The brand goes into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ planned merger with France’s PSA Group with three vehicles, and it remains to be seen
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Dodge is going all-in on performance. The Grand Caravan has ended production, and the Journey won’t live past this year, leaving the attitude-laden brand with only the muscular Durango, Challenger and Charger. All three nameplates are getting power boosts for the 2021 model year, with the Durango joining the Hellcat family for a limited run
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Ike has always done things differently from the rest of Silicon Valley’s self-driving companies. Executives from the autonomous trucking startup have fastidiously avoided public road testing and frowned upon using miles driven as a metric of overall progress. Last year, Ike became the first company not actually testing on public roads to file a safety
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Volkswagen last week cut ties with a Mexico City dealership after photos circulated on social media showing a picture of a Beetle at a Nazi rally hanging inside the store. Coyoacan Volkswagen said on Twitter that it took down the photo and extended its “greatest apologies” to those offended. The dealership had a number of
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the ongoing Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. A new age for Jeep is taking shape. By the end of next year, Jeep will have a varied powertrain portfolio that plays in the electrified and diesel spaces, in addition to new three-row options and a redesigned Grand Cherokee.
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TOKYO — As Nissan mounts a new push for U.S. retailers to meet monthly sales objectives, the Japanese parent company is restructuring the North American board of directors to focus on profitability and better communication. The reworked five-member board will be chaired by Nissan’s global COO, Ashwani Gupta, the man leading the automaker’s performance revival
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After five long years, the scars of the largest, most expensive scandal in automotive history are finally starting to fade. As a brand, Volkswagen’s U.S. market share is back to where it was in the days before its $33.3 billion diesel emissions scandal exploded in public on Sept. 18, 2015. Its dealer network is once
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General Motors is trying to stop a dealership group in rural Iowa from selling Chevrolets and Cadillacs in the same showroom as Jeeps and Rams, but the group says state law trumps GM’s objections and that separating the store into two again could put one of them out of business. A federal judge last month
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German carmaker Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, has agreed to pay $1.5bn (£1.2bn) to resolve US government claims that it designed its diesel vehicles to cheat air pollution tests. The firm was investigated for installing software to evade emissions laws in 250,000 Mercedes cars and vans. US officials said they hoped the fine would deter future
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Project Apollo, Ford Motor Co.’s scramble to pivot from making cars and trucks to manufacturing lifesaving medical equipment during the coronavirus crisis, is the subject of a short documentary from the director of “Friday Night Lights.” In On the Line, a nine-minute film released this month on YouTube, several Ford workers who volunteered to make
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This week, Volkswagen expects to emerge from its U.S. court-appointed monitorship under Larry Thompson. When the former deputy FBI director cleans out his office in Wolfsburg, Germany, it will mark the end of the government’s involvement in the diesel scandal it helped uncover five years ago. Automotive News Europe Correspondent Christiaan Hetzner spoke with Hiltrud
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. After years of waiting, Volkswagen’s first competitive battery-electric vehicle, the Tiguan-size ID4 compact crossover, will make its way to U.S. showrooms beginning late this year and spreading across the dealer network in the first half of 2021. The ID4 will
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SHANGHAI — Delayed from late April, the Beijing auto show is set to begin on Sept. 26, making it the sole survivor, so far, of all the major international auto exhibitions canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether anyone attends is another matter. The pandemic has remained largely contained inside China since mid-March,
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DETROIT — A decade ago, toward the beginning of Subaru of America’s remarkable streak of sales records, the automaker identified one region that would be critical to the brand’s success. The Sunbelt. Unlike the Northeast and Northwest’s sometimes harsh climates and challenging terrains, which were natural selling points for Subaru’s all-wheel-drive models, the Sunbelt was
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The luxury pedigree of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is well known. But designers of the latest model had to ensure it wasn’t beholden to the past as they reimagined the upscale utility for the 21st century. The Grand Wagoneer emerged in 1984 as a pioneering premium SUV with a slew of standard features such as
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Uber has said that all taxis available through its app will be electric by 2040 – and by 2030 in US, Canadian and European cities. The ride-hailing firm said the move was part of its “responsibility” to tackle the challenge of climate change. The company said that it would spend $800m (£614m) to help drivers
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Each month at South Motors Automotive Group in Miami, employees focus on a different aspect of their health. Depending on the time of year, the dealership group’s 1,200 staff members could be participating in voluntary wellness programs that target cardiovascular health, stress relief, diabetes, eating disorders or a gamut of other activities designed to improve
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. Mazda’s addition of the CX-30 crossover this year has paid off big for U.S. sales, allowing the Japanese automaker to weather the coronavirus crisis better than its bigger rivals. As it awaits another new crossover next year — from its
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Three nations. Three auto shows. Three different plans that illustrate the challenge of finding the right balance between putting on an effective show and protecting people from COVID-19 exposure. The Beijing show is set to begin in September — after being postponed from April by the outbreak. Safety protocols are promised, though it’s unclear whether
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The next six to eight months are critical for the Ford brand. That’s when four high-profile products — the Mustang Mach-E and Bronco Sport crossovers, F-150 pickup and Bronco SUV — are expected to begin production. The automaker is relying on these vehicles, three of which are new to the lineup, to boost profits and
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Gentex, the Zeeland, Mich., supplier of mirrors and other automotive electronics, has added a new feature to its camera-based rearview mirror: a built-in digital video recorder that automatically preserves accident footage. The first vehicle to use the built-in DVR is the Toyota Harrier, a RAV4-based crossover sold in Japan, Korea, China and other markets. The
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The boss of carmaker Rolls-Royce has said global demand for luxury vehicles is rebounding after the pandemic. Chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös told the BBC that markets in Asia, Europe and the US were now “more or less back to normal”. Mr Müller-Ötvös was speaking at the launch of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, the company’s latest
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida, fighting to reboot the carmaker as it braces for its biggest-ever operating annual loss, expects business to start rebounding in the new year. Earnings should show a turnaround in the January-March period, or the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, Uchida said. That comes too late to
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