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01/18/2018 02:38 AM
PSA to electrify global product lineup by 2025
French automaker PSA plans to bring electrified options to its full car and light-truck lineup by 2025, joining other automakers in pledging to widely deploy partial or fully electric powertrains to lower emissions, CEO Carlos Tavares said Wednesday.

01/18/2018 12:39 AM
Mood brightens on NAFTA's prospects
Suppliers are increasingly optimistic that negotiators will come to an agreement on NAFTA that preserves benefits for the auto industry.

01/17/2018 11:47 PM
GM faces similar challenges in U.S., China with electric vehicles
GM is expected to face some, but not all, of the same challenges in deploying electric vehicles across China as it does in the United States.

01/17/2018 09:16 PM
Waymo chief pops up at Detroit show with Chrysler Pacifica tester
Even though self-driving-car company and Google spinoff Waymo didn't make any news in Detroit this week, CEO John Krafcik showed up at Cobo Center in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica.

01/17/2018 11:26 PM
Volvo leader Gustafsson recalls 'painful' meeting with irate dealers
Four months into his new job, Volvo North America CEO Anders Gustafsson has already butted heads with dealers.

01/17/2018 11:10 PM
Magna keeps wide funnel for ideas
Swamy Kotagiri, Magna International 's chief technology officer, sees a wide variety of ideas come across his desk. It comes with the territory.

01/17/2018 10:54 PM
GAC's U.S. market drive runs into Washington opposition
Chinese automaker GAC Automobiles' plan to sell vehicles in the United States ran afoul of Washington trade politics on Wednesday, as the top Senate Democrat and President Trump separately criticized Chinese trade practices.

01/17/2018 09:25 PM
Barra celebrates Cruise AV, renovated HQ space with employees
General Motors CEO Mary Barra marked the completion of the latest renovation project at the company's world headquarters in Detroit with employees by publicly showing GM's newest self-driving vehicle.

01/17/2018 09:42 PM
Talent pool tops supplier concerns
Supplier executives say the drive toward electrification and autonomous vehicles is going to change nearly every aspect of their businesses.

01/17/2018 09:11 PM
Cox sees strong 2018 auto sales
Cox Automotive's chief economist sees strong 2018 auto sales, despite rising interest rates, but a shift toward used cars amid a torrent of off-lease vehicles.

01/17/2018 08:52 PM
Bangle untangles his design language
Chris Bangle knows you think his new car design is out there. That's the point.

01/17/2018 07:30 PM
2019 Ram 1500: The engineering behind FCA's newest truck
The retooled Ram will be smarter, tougher and more efficient than the outgoing model but what exactly do those claims mean?

01/17/2018 08:03 PM
Mazda sees Skyactiv-X as base for electrification
Mazda's North American chief said Skyactiv-X will be an "important base engine to add electrification" to the Mazda lineup.

01/17/2018 07:45 PM
Porsche's subscription plan draws new and younger customers
The Porsche Passport subscription plan being piloted in Atlanta is bringing new and younger customers to the Porsche brand at rates beyond expectation.

01/17/2018 05:16 PM
Audi's Scott Keogh says electric apocalypse can be a bonanza
Although not normally a contrarian, Audi of America President Scott Keogh says a coming age of electrified and autonomous connected cars won't be the end of the world for auto dealerships.

01/17/2018 04:31 PM
Adient expands to airplane seating with Boeing JV
Boeing is moving into making aircraft seats to try to reduce costly delays to deliveries by plane manufacturers, forming a joint venture with car seating leader Adient.

01/17/2018 04:06 PM
Quick spin: Daily mobility news for 1.17.18
Good morning from your friends at Quick Spin! We're wrapping up at the North American International Auto Show and looking forward to a long break from convention centers.

01/17/2018 02:49 PM
Subaru invests $2 million in American Center for Mobility
The American Center for Mobility secured $2 million in funding from Subaru of America, the suburban Detroit autonomous vehicle testing site said at the Detroit auto show.

01/17/2018 02:17 PM
Automakers put on show while policy storms loom
New models soaked up the spotlight at the Detroit auto show this week but policy decisions coming from Washington in 2018 may do more to determine the future health of the industry.

01/16/2018 08:56 PM
The Listening and Learning Tour
Washington politicians and bureaucrats are crawling all over the North American International Auto Show floor this week. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep.

01/16/2018 05:44 PM
Where are the cool concepts in Detroit?
This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars?

01/16/2018 03:00 PM
Hackett almost didn't take Ford CEO job, suggested someone else for role
When Jim Hackett was offered the position as CEO of Ford last May, he almost declined. "I needed time with my family and a deep moment to think about it," he said.

01/16/2018 07:08 PM
IndyCar's 2018 race car bows in Detroit
Some bold-faced names from open-wheel racing and the auto industry were on hand Tuesday for the introduction of the car to be used by teams during the 2018 IndyCar racing season.

01/16/2018 11:08 PM
BMW scratches the X in X7
The BMW Concept X7 was supposed to make its Detroit auto show debut this week but "the SUV was damaged while in transport to Detroit by truck," a BMW spokeswoman said Tuesday.

01/16/2018 06:46 PM
Detroit auto show swag: 2018 edition
It's not an auto show without swag, gewgaw and tchotchkes.

01/16/2018 11:42 PM
Mercedes-Benz expects 25 percent of its sales will happen online by 2022, sales chief Britta Seeger says
Mercedes-Benz estimates that 25 percent of its new- and used-vehicle sales will be completed online by 2025, sales chief Britta Seeger says.

01/17/2018 01:30 AM
GM, Ford repeat as loyalty champions
For a third year in a row, GM finished as the top manufacturer in IHS Markit's Loyalty Awards, while Ford extended its streak to eight years for customer loyalty to a specific make.

01/16/2018 06:57 PM
GM picks Michigan plant to build Silverado diesel engine
The new turbodiesel engine coming in the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be manufactured in a General Motors engine plant in Flint, Mich.

01/16/2018 11:34 PM
Ford expects its investment on mobility and autonomous vehicles to reduce its 2017 earnings by $300 million, providing a breakout of its investments in the future for the first time.

01/16/2018 06:04 PM
Ferrari plans EV supercar
Ferrari will make a battery-powered supercar to challenge Tesla Inc. at the high end of the electric-auto market, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

01/17/2018 12:13 AM
Cadillac expects Project Pinnacle to lift brand to record global sales in 2018
Project Pinnacle, Cadillac's overhaul of dealership operations, is working as designed and is expected to help the brand reach record global sales in 2018, according to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

01/16/2018 11:50 PM
Nissan CEO Saikawa says Infiniti will go mostly electric by 2021
All new Infiniti models launched after 2021 will either be all-electric vehicles or will rely on Nissan's new range-extender electric motor-powered technology called ePower, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said.

01/16/2018 10:57 PM
BlackBerry exec Chennakeshu warns against cybersecurity 'Band-Aid'
Automakers and suppliers must make enhancing cybersecurity a key focus if the connected, autonomous vehicles of the future are to be safe, the president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions said.

01/16/2018 10:02 PM
VW's Woebcken credits U.S. rebound to regional autonomy
Hinrich Woebcken said heeding its dealers with a product lineup and business model that catered more to U.S. tastes helped the automaker rebound in sales and market share in 2017.

01/16/2018 10:34 PM
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson sees EVs, autonomous cars as pivotal chance
The auto industry can slash pollution and fatalities through production of electric and autonomous vehicles, said AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson.

01/16/2018 01:00 PM
General Motors expects 2018 results in line with 2017; autonomous-vehicle investment increased
General Motors is forecasting its financial results this year to be in line with expected earnings in 2017, followed by an "even better" performance in 2019.

01/16/2018 08:46 PM
Trump administration's California fuel-efficiency talks intensify
California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.

01/16/2018 05:00 PM
Where's Chevy's midengine Corvette?
Chevrolet's Corvette C8 was a no-show in Detroit this week.

01/16/2018 08:01 PM
Chevrolet ready for Winter Olympics but mum on Super Bowl
Chevrolet will once again go for advertising gold at the Winter Olympic Games, but it won't tip its hand on the Super Bowl.

01/16/2018 07:11 PM
Former NHTSA head grills legislators at Detroit auto show
For safety advocates, the promise of expedited accident-prevention technology doesn't justify relaxed standards.

01/16/2018 05:01 AM
2019 Jeep Cherokee gets new engine, a nip and tuck
Jeep's midsize SUV, the Cherokee, gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a new face and a number of fixes as part of an extensive freshening for the 2019 model year.

01/16/2018 04:16 PM
Trump fuel economy target set for March release
NHTSA will propose new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks by the end of March, signaling how the Trump administration plans to alter automobile efficiency rules.

01/16/2018 02:32 PM
Jeep tweaks an anchor
Jeep CEO Mike Manley introduces the freshened 2019 Cherokee, a pillar in the Jeep lineup

01/16/2018 05:01 AM
Circle of life

01/16/2018 11:30 AM
Detroit ditches more cars for trucks, SUVs
With lucrative SUV and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint them money.

01/16/2018 11:30 AM
AutoNation expects to save millions after Trump tax cuts
AutoNation expects to save as much as $100 million in 2018 because of the tax overhaul. It will use much of its savings to invest in employee training and benefits.

01/15/2018 05:01 AM
Cheap leases take toll on used market
It's easy to see why wholesale prices for used midsize sedans are declining: aggressively priced, subvented leases adopted two and three years ago to clear out the cars as consumer preferences shifted to crossovers and SUVs have begun to ripple...

01/15/2018 04:39 PM
Quick spin: Daily mobility news for 1.15.18
We're zooming into the North American International Auto Show in Detroit straight off the plane from CES in Las Vegas. No rest for the tech-loving weary. Here's a look at what's making news today.

01/15/2018 05:01 AM
Vic Doolan, left, is a former head of BMW North America who

01/16/2018 12:25 AM
Ford Mustang 700+ horsepower Shelby GT500
Ford next year will launch its most powerful street-legal Mustang ever: a 700+ hp Shelby GT500.

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