FRANKFURT, Nov 22- SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fibre reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with several other carmakers to supply carbon fibre for a wider range of automotive components, its chief executive said. He added the mooted new supply contracts were not as big as the BMW venture. Uncertainty remains over the success of BMW "i"...» Read More
Automakers racing to find affordable ways to make cars environmentally friendly are zeroing in on polluted, fuel-scarce China to help them take clean car concepts from the laboratory to the market.
A U.S. federal appeals court Thursday threw out planned federal fuel economy standards for many sport-utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks.
Here's a tough one: you've been put in charge of marketing a struggling automaker that has many positives, but just as many, maybe even more, negatives. How would you change that automakers image?
Forget about L.A. being tinsel town, and style capital. At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show the automakers are trying to wrap themselves in the "Green Leaf" of fuel efficiency. Ford announced a new sustainability plan that will include developing direct injection gas engines, lighter cars, and more hybrids.
As I'm getting my first peak at the Los Angeles Auto Show, there's some good news for a couple of struggling automakers. Ford CEO Alan Mulally had dinner with a handful of reporters Tuesday and shot down the suggestion Ford will need to partner up with another automaker or private equity firm. In fact, he says Ford is in "terrific" shape for growing the business globally.
It is a unique experience, riding along in a Ferrari GTO. Unique because if you could figure out a way to ride in every one every made, you'd only get 36 chances. "It embodies, it combines, everything about beauty and strength. So it's very difficult to combine beauty and strength...
As I fly into the Los Angeles Auto Show, I'm wondering if this year's show and the slew of "green" models being rolled out will matter to people. Don't get me wrong, I think there is a growing appetite among buyers for hybrids and fuel cell cars. But the new models being introduced don't stand out.
Ford Motor has narrowed the auction of its Jaguar and Land Rover brands to three bids, two of them involving Indian companies, people familiar with the matter said Monday.
I admit it, this is not what I expected when I landed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I didn't expect to travel halfway around the world to see first hand that the automaker in my back yard is highly regarded. Last night, I went to the GM Style showcase here in Dubai where stars and cars share the runway.
Chrysler plans to offer a new round of rebates in December in preparation for what is expected to be a tough sales year in 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday citing people familiar with the matter.
Ford Motor posted a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss Thursday and said it was nearing a deal to spin off British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover.
So there I am driving to the Northwestern/Iowa football game last Saturday when my friend Bruce says, "Hey, what do you think of the Buick Enclave? I think it's pretty sharp." Well Bruce, you are not alone. The latest stats from J.D. Power's Power Information Network shows the Buick Enclave was the fastest selling vehicle in the U.S. last month.
Stocks are striking a much-improved tone after Wednesday's high energy selloff, as investors await testimony this morning from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Monthly chain store sales and some big earnings could also influence direction.
GM's record loss of $39 billion is a stunner that has investors once again questioning whether the country's largest automaker is any closer to consistently turning a profit. For what it's worth, I think GM will get there, and I'll explain why in a bit.
The takeaway from the GM numbers is that expectations for auto sales, particularly in North America, appear too high and is exacerbating concerns about a softer U.S. consumer. Forget about the somewhat confusing $39 billion non-cash charge.
General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner sees "tough circumstances" in the marketplace, but expects "no cash impact" from a massive charge that left his company with a record $39 billion third-quarter loss.
Toyota Motor, the world's biggest and most profitable automaker, posted a 2.7 percent rise in quarterly operating profit thanks to a weaker yen, cost cuts and stronger sales, and it raised its full-year forecasts.
I'm not a car geek, but I have to admit, there are certain models that immediately make me smile. Ford's Bullitt Mustang is one-mainly because I still say the chase scenes in Steve McQueen's movie "Bullitt" are among the best I've ever seen ("The French Connection" is another favorite).
General Motors said it would book a $39 billion non-cash charge in the third quarter, reflecting the risk of a slower turnaround that could keep it from claiming expected future tax credits in key markets. GM will report third-quarter results on Wednesday.
The trade as U.S. automakers prepare to report earnings.