Japanese automakers’ combined share of the Chinese market in first-half 2014 was 16.5%, a slight uptick from 16.4% a year ago, but well short of the more than 20% level before the 2012 islands dispute....More
Volkswagen has developed a new engine that works well with B20 diesel. But the fuel in the U.S. is not as stable as the product elsewhere, so the new engine will be available in Canada but not the U.S....More
We arrived in Traverse City with the trip computer reporting we averaged 35.2 mpg (6.7 L/100 km), just 0.8 mpg short of the official EPA number, even though the last leg of the trip has some significant hills....More
“The industry is in good shape. We’re not over our skis,” Visteon CEO Tim Leuliette says. “Not just Visteon, but as an industry we are all running pretty good balance sheets and being very conservative.”...More
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
If the Cayenne proved to be an easy layup for German engineers who knew nothing about SUVs, then the Macan is Air Jordan soaring through the lane, tongue wagging, ball raised like a lethal tomahawk about to find its target....More
Derived from the capable Audi Q5, the Macan proves Porsche’s absorption into the VW Group in 2012 hasn’t been all bad. Yes, it unflinchingly carries over the Q5’s general shape, but there the similarities end.
“This is the greatest day ever!” declares Thomas Semaan, whose ’80 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fueled up for a mere $8.60 instead of the $38 he would have paid for the same amount in today’s dollars....More
In honor of National Collector Car Appreciation Day, Hagerty Classic Cars, which insures about 900,000 lovingly restored autos nationwide, celebrated by offering owners (many of them customers) up to 10 gallons (37.8 L) of fuel at a deep, deep discount.
“Obviously, we have challenging targets for CAFE and ZEV-mandate states,” says Audi of America President Scott Keogh. “(But) we’d like to have a business case that makes sense for us and our dealers.”...More
The industry’s prediction it would see its best July since 2008 was borne out Tuesday, when 4,264 new cars were registered on the first day of the new “142” registration plate. The total was more than double the 1,924 cars registered July 1, 2013....More
The German luxury brand marked its second-best month ever in the U.S. in June, driven by a successful launch of its all-new A3 entry model. With more models on the way, the outlook for the rest of 2014 appears bright....More
Domestic suppliers in China have had to correct bad habits such as altering specs to save a few cents. Now, a growing number are producing world-class parts in response to demand by, and with help from, global automakers and suppliers....More
The prevailing view that automated systems first will be used in Europe and North America is being challenged by Chinese interest in what Magna International executive Frank O’Brien calls the digital lifestyle....More
The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world....More
Model-year changeovers in the truck business these days bring with them more updates than in the recent past. Competitive pressures are too intense to let a product go untouched, GM marketers say....More