Overall, automakers spent an estimated $128 million on TV ads for the week. NFL Football was the most popular choice for the week’s automotive advertisers, with over $43 million spent among the various games....More
Art Wheaton of the Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell University says the tentative contract likely reflects GM’s greater profitability than FCA US, whose UAW members ratified a new 4-year agreement last week....More
GM surveyed 300 Volt owners after nearly three years of service and found they still were getting the car’s 35-mile EPA-estimated electric range and 15% were achieving 40 miles on battery power....More
With the industry offering a plethora of dazzling, pleasing colors to appeal to everyone’s tastes, GM Korea has decided to offer special editions of four of its top Chevrolet models in dazzling black topcoat, including the wheels....More
Toyota has created a new class of stock that locks shareholders into holding their certificates for at least five years. Toyota says it needs a financial instrument that will allow it to fund long-term investments that won’t pay off for years. How will U.S.-based automakers compete against that?...More
The Association of European Businesses Automotive Industry Committee says year-to-date deliveries are down 33.0% at 1,192,723 units, and committee Chairman Joerg Schreiber says a poll of members indicates a full-year slide of 37%....More
GM estimates the overall cost of closing its Russian business at $600 million, with a significant portion earmarked for reimbursing former dealers for their investments. But some dealers have filed lawsuits claiming the compensation is inadequate....More
Opel’s Vienna plant manufactured 534,246 engines, 375,333 5-speed transmissions and 347,209 6-speed transmissions in 2014. The automaker expects similar production volumes for this and next year....More
Lighter vehicles are more fuel efficient, and the mass savings pave the way for adding technologies such as battery propulsion and autonomous-driving hardware in the future, GM’s Mark Reuss says....More
The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better....More
GM’s future includes two new car-sharing and ride-sharing projects meant to test existing hardware and software systems, gain insight into the habits of users and add to the automaker’s bottom line....More
The biggest drag is the key Brazilian export market, where a corruption scandal, political crisis and high inflation have thrust its economy into recession. Argentina sells about half of its vehicle output to Brazil....More
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.