CHATTANOOGA — CEO Scott Keogh is reorganizing Volkswagen of America using his onetime boss — luxury veteran Johan de Nysschen — as a relief valve and focusing his own efforts on the things he knows and does best: marketing and selling automobiles and working with dealers. The management restructuring comes as Keogh, 50, finishes his
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Skoda has sought to reassure its employees after reports suggested that its owner, Volkswagen Group, is considering repositioning the brand downward to compete with low-cost marques such as Renault’s Dacia. In an internal letter to employees seen by Automotive News Europe, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier wrote that brand values of space, functionality, value for money
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The 2020 Toyota C-HR doesn’t toe the company line like its showroom stablemates. Across the floor sits the comparatively conventional Corolla hatchback and RAV4 crossover, between which the C-HR slots with its funky looks and quirky personality. Fun fact: Underneath, all three are pretty much the same car. We rate the 2020 C-HR at 5.5
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Vans are awesome—they haul stuff and take you on epic adventures along with seven other people (you like). But what if said van also gives you thrills? That’s exactly what Hyundai Australia added to a humble iMax (also known as Starex in other global markets) passenger van. However, it didn’t just give it a couple
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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
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DETROIT — A proposed contract with General Motors that more than 46,000 UAW members are voting on this week contains lucrative bonuses and wage gains, but it doesn’t bring any production from Mexico to the U.S. or save three plants that shut down this year.The UAW’s national strike against the automaker will extend at least
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FRANKFURT – Tesla Inc.’s attempts to humble Porsche with a new lap record on Germany’s legendary Nordschleife racetrack have reignited a controversy about the value of lap times, as the circuit steps in to quash claims of cheating. Porsche and Tesla are battling to establish supremacy in lap times for four-door electric sports cars, but comparisons
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Honda blazed a trail in 1986 with its Acura luxury brand that Nissan and Toyota soon followed with Infiniti and Lexus, respectively. Although the Legend and Integra went on sale in the mid-1980s with the brand’s genesis (no pun intended), it wasn’t until the 1990s that both took off and established their respective claims on
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The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is an immense SUV with serious four-wheel-drive capability, with an off-road heritage unmatched by most rivals. It’s not exceptionally well-suited to urban or even suburban life, but that’s part of this big 4×4’s charm. We rate it 5.4 out of 10, a score earned by a combination of its spacious
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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.
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General Motors on Friday said it temporarily halted production of its Chevy Blazer midsize crossover in Mexico because of a parts shortage due to a month-old strike by 46,000 U.S. hourly GM employees. The UAW on Wednesday reached a tentative agreement with the Detroit automaker on a new four-year-contract but will remain on strike until
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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.
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