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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Wolfgang Schneider's title with Ford of Europe.
PARIS -- Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.
Then the two countries decided to allow each other’s cars on their streets. Eventually, says Schneider, Ford of Europe’s head of governmental af ...
Continue reading "Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream" »
With his 1 million-plus Twitter followers and his celebrity status, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a tendency to act like a one-man marketing department.
He set the Internet abuzz Wednesday night with a tweet declaring that it was "about time to unveil the D," accompanied by an image of a car behind a garage door and a date: Oct. 9, 2014.
Speculation instantly began about what the “D&rdquo ...
Continue reading "Musk's mysterious 'D' is probably an awd Model S" »
| Dave Guilford is news editor for Automotive News.|
PARIS -- Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.
Stadler's not looking for a break from meeting standards like the U.S. 54.5 mpg CAFÉ goal, or the European Union's target of 95 grams of CO2 emissions per ...
Continue reading "Will the customer buy what governments demand?" »
| Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.|
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the two Corsa models unveiled Wednesday.
PARIS -- It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms.
But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.
Opel unveiled three-door an ...
Continue reading "What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common" »
PARIS -- It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the U.S., but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?
At the Renault-Nissan dinner tonight, CEO Carlos Ghosn challenged the scrum that engulfed him to name America's No. 1 Leaf-loving town, the place where 1,000 of the electric vehicles were sold in August alone.
The repo ...
Continue reading "The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?" »
| Richard is print editor of Automotive News.|
PARIS -- How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late?
He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.
"We are obviously a target for headhunters, but we are simultaneously recruiting the best and the brightest," he said.
Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen recently went to Cadillac and Nissan planni ...
Continue reading "Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent" »
PARIS -- Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.
The Discovery Sport sprinted out of a grassy mountain, through several feet of water, to be greeted by seven giant boots -- or wellies as the Brits call them. The Discovery Sport was introduced by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who h ...
Continue reading "Making a splashy entrance in Paris" »
| Larry P. Vellequette is a reporter for Automotive News.|
PARIS -- Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera.
The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show.
Like the ...
Continue reading "Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight" »
| Nick Bunkley is an enterprise reporter for Automotive News.|
The Big 3 are back. Though maybe not for long.
The top of September’s U.S. sales chart would look fairly routine to anyone who was asleep for the past decade and plans to spend this weekend browsing dealer ads in the Sunday newspaper for a good deal on a new PT Cruiser.
No. 1: General Motors.
No. 2: Ford Motor Co.
No. 3: Chrysler Group.
You know, just like it’s always been.
Continue reading "The Big (Detroit) 3 are back on top, with nudge from Fiat" »
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
In the second of what’s shaping up to be a series of attacks on subprime auto finance -- the first was in July -- The New York Times last week made a breathless page one story out of a years-old device: the vehicle starter interrupt.
Starter-interrupt devices enable auto lenders to remotely disable a vehicle’s ignition if a subprime borrower misses a payment. The devices have been aro ...
Continue reading "Lenders must look through consumers' eyes" »
| Richard Truett covers engineering for Automotive News.|
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler’s hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA’s mileage tests.
Ford has said very little about the fuel economy of the revamped F-150, focusing mostly on the 700 po ...
Continue reading "Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math" »
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan’s global head of planning and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. The three former auto brand No. 2s will have the spotlight all to themselves at the Paris auto show this week.
Tavares, 56, rose as high a second-in-command to Carlos Ghosn at Renault before getting restless. He left Renault in summer 2013 and offi ...