Industry

FCA’s planned merger with PSA Group is a risky move, but it’s probably less risky than not doing it. For PSA, the deal looks like a no-brainer: It diversifies the company’s geographic portfolio — giving it entree to the lucrative U.S. market and a well-established dealer network — as it adds a strong brand in
0 Comments
GREER, S.C. — With one exception, all of Mini’s 121 U.S. dealers are also BMW franchisees, reflecting BMW’s desire to keep its small-car brand within the family. That could change now. Mini’s new Americas boss, Michael Peyton, intends to take a more brand-agnostic approach with the line and says he is open to bringing non-BMW
0 Comments
DETROIT — Its president has stepped aside. One former vice president is headed to prison, and two of the three chief negotiators during 2011 contract talks are accused of taking sizable kickbacks. Five other ex-officials have pleaded guilty to corruption-related crimes. After two years downplaying the scandal as isolated misdeeds, the UAW is acknowledging the
0 Comments
To focus on the need to turn used-vehicle inventory quickly, Erich Gail likes to think about those cars as if they were fresh fruit. “When the oranges come off the truck on day one, they’re juicy and they’re ripe. They’re ready to go,” the CEO of Cardinale Automotive Group told Automotive News. “And every day,
0 Comments
DETROIT — The Tesla Model 3 has a 15-inch touch screen in the middle of the dashboard. Ford Motor Co. is planning to top that next year with a 15.5-inch screen available on the fourth generation of its Sync infotainment system. Sync 4 will offer over-the-air software updates, which could eliminate some of the trips
0 Comments
LAS VEGAS — One of the tenets of Lincoln’s reclamation is a focus on building interiors that feel like sanctuaries. The brand has found an ideal platform to push this messaging: Pinterest, a website that allows users to search for photos or videos and “pin” them on virtual boards showing their interests. The boards often
0 Comments
DETROIT — General Motors projects the cost of the UAW’s 40-day strike to be almost $3 billion, but the new labor pact that emerged from it takes the automaker one step closer to an electrified future. Executives said the four-year contract keeps GM competitive and allows the manufacturing flexibility needed as the market transitions to
0 Comments
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley made three trips across the Atlantic Ocean recently – one to Frankfurt, two to Paris – with a scrapped merger with Renault still fresh in his memory. On the other end of those excursions, according to a person familiar with the matter, awaited someone he considers a friend: PSA
0 Comments
50 with Toyota Jerry Schneider, fourth from left, dealer principal of Metro Toyota in Brook Park, Ohio, received a 50-year award from Toyota Motor North America. Also pictured are, from left, Marty Schneider, inventory control manager; Ken Schneider, general manager; Dan Schneider, used-car sales manager; Barry Greenfield, general sales manager; and Jim Greenfield, sales consultant.
0 Comments
LOS ANGELES — Not long ago, it looked like Guangzhou Automobile Group would be the first Chinese automaker to set up shop on U.S. shores. It had twice made appearances at the Detroit auto show, showing off SUVs under the Cobo Center lights and winning respect for its designs and quality credentials. Between those events,
0 Comments
TOKYO — At first glance, Mazda’s first mass- market electric vehicle, the MX-30, looks like neither an EV nor any of Mazda’s other models. The compact crossover unveiled at last month’s Tokyo Motor Show gets a long hood and slung-back cabin befitting something with cylinders up front rather than a petite electric motor. And in
0 Comments
Toyota is looking to tear a page out of Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar playbook by expanding its catalog of accessories and up-fits for its performance and off-road vehicles that can either be installed at the factory or through its network of dealers. The Japanese brand has had dealer accessories for several years, but through the recent
0 Comments
Nissan called its IMk EV concept a “little box,” but one that showcases the automaker’s next-generation plans for the crucial K-car segment of its Japanese home market. “The IMk is our vision for every day, every moment and every millimeter of life in Japan,” Nissan Senior Vice President for Global Design Alfonso Albaisa said when
0 Comments
By virtually every rule of finance, Tesla’s third-quarter numbers represented a step back. Its profit, revenue, operating margin and free cash flow were all lower than a year earlier. But, as everyone should know by now, Tesla doesn’t always follow the accepted rules of the auto industry. Neither does its stock, which jumped 18 percent
0 Comments
The redesigned Toyota Yaris gets the company’s first application of a new platform for small cars that aims to spice up driving dynamics in the gas-sipping, utilitarian runabout. And on the outside, the next-generation Yaris sports expressive new looks for a peppy new persona, with large front air intakes, dramatic side creasing and flared rear
0 Comments
TOKYO — The auto show here is typically quirky and innovative. But like other once-global events, the Tokyo show is largely a regional one these days. But the biennial expo still serves the world’s third-largest auto market, and most of the big brands here are big players in North America, too. Automotive News Asia Editor
0 Comments
The hardball tactics started in an airport parking garage. Car owners arrived at Orlando International Airport expecting to hand keys to their vehicles to arriving guests, who had arranged to borrow them on the Turo car-sharing platform. Instead, they received citations for illegally operating businesses on airport property. A Turo executive who examined the rash
0 Comments
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reported a quarterly profit after seeing a big boost to sales in China. The firm made a pre-tax profit of £156m in the three months to 30 September, with revenues up 8% to £6.1bn. Sales in China – a key market for car manufacturers – were up by nearly a
0 Comments
TOKYO — Just three years ago, when his competitors were already selling all manner of electric vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda finally ordered the startup of his company’s EV project. But he took a surprising approach. Toyoda asked its leaders to think like a startup. Funding wasn’t guaranteed, he told them: Make a
0 Comments
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. doesn’t yet have a long-range electric vehicle on the market, but it’s working to woo on-the-fence consumers by rolling out plans for a robust charging infrastructure. The automaker last week announced details about its charging strategy for the first time. It will offer free mobile charge cords so customers can
0 Comments
As an autonomous future looms large, automakers such as General Motors, Ford and Toyota are racing to capitalize on self-driving technology. And while the technology itself still faces significant hurdles, there is even more uncertainty about the best ways to commercialize it. With billions of dollars of investment at stake, it is critical for automakers
0 Comments
Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking. The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target
0 Comments
New paint plant projects are keeping Giffin Inc. busy these days. The U.S. turnkey paint shop supplier has multiple projects underway in Michigan, Ohio and Texas, and a line of other customers reviewing a proprietary technology that captures paint emissions using less water and energy. It’s not always good times in the automotive paint sector.
0 Comments
DETROIT — With plans to reshape its vehicle lineup, cut its work force, shut down several plants and invest heavily in electric-vehicle production, General Motors is transforming its business model for the future, CFO Dhivya Suryadevara said. That transformation includes cultural shifts within the company. “We will be taking deliberate, tough decisions that we need
0 Comments
DETROIT — The industry’s push into electrification is bringing innovations out of some of its key suppliers in the growing field of battery technology. New solutions are emerging in battery safety, performance and thermal management. In some cases, suppliers are reaching beyond their traditional expertise to carve out roles in the realm of battery components.
0 Comments
Sales employees noticed the issue first. Spanish-speaking customers would send questions to Toyota of Irving because they couldn’t find information while browsing the dealership’s website, said Jereme Schoemaker, general manager of the suburban Dallas store. While the dealership employs Spanish-speaking sales reps, he said, its website lacked adequate translation into foreign languages — a problem
0 Comments