To Topple Toyota, Volkswagen Must Accelerate in the U.S.

VW has set a hefty goal for itself: to displace Toyota as the world's No. 1 car company. The German automaker is actually within reach, thanks mainly to its huge lead in China. To overtake Toyota, however, VW will need to really ramp up sales in the American market.

Porsche, VW Merger Deal May Fall Apart

If you're still waiting for a merger between VW and sports car maker Porsche to close, don't hold your breath. VW's CEO is warning that it may not happen at all. "The chances are 70 to 30 that it comes to that," Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an interview with Automobilwoche on the edge of a vehicle presentation.

September Auto Sales: Don't Expect Much Sizzle

Overall demand for new cars and trucks, while better than a year ago, is likely to be lower than that recorded in August, itself an unimpressive month. That would mean auto sales are stuck in a four-month-long rut.

Bentley Recalls 596 Cars Over Faulty Hood Ornaments

Recalling luxury cars to fix faulty hood ornaments might sound like a joke, but ultra high-end automaker Bentley Motors isn't dismissing reports that its famous "flying B" metal emblem on some models may fail to collapse in a crash: It's fixing the problem in its $200,000-plus vehicles.

Volkswagen Taps Ex-GM Exec as CEO of U.S. Unit

Volkswagen has tapped a veteran with deep knowledge of the U.S. domestic auto industry to head its U.S. operations. The German carmaker named Jonathan Browning, who has worked for both General Motors and Ford Motor, as CEO of Volkswagen of America.

Dogged By Weak Economy, August Auto Sales Slump

As expected, automakers Wednesday reported sluggish sales for August. The nation's anemic economic recovery kept consumers away from dealerships, despite generous end-of-model-year incentives on the part of many manufacturers.

August Auto Sales May Be the Worst in 28 Years

Auto sales braked sharply in August, starting out strong, then slowing to a level that may be the lowest in 28 years. The slowing economy made nervous consumers hesitant to buy, despite the bevy of end-of-model-year deals.

U.S. Auto Sales May Have Revved Up in July

Analysts' expectations are that sales rose to the highest levels of the year last month, reaching an annualized rate of 11.9 million units. Eager to make room for 2011 models on dealers' lots, automakers have hiked incentives, drawing summertime bargain-hunters.

March Sales: Ford Zooms Into the Lead in Europe

The carmaker's Ford Fiesta subcompact is popular in Europe and has helped push sales there into the top spot, surpassing Volkswagen. The European gains come when Ford is also revving up in the U.S. Can it keep up the speed?

Ford, GM Sales Surge in January as Toyota Tumbles

Ford Motor and General Motors, the two largest U.S. auto makers, reported higher sales in January, as consumers steered cleared of the showrooms of the companies' nearest Japanese competitor, Toyota Motor, which is mired in massive recall involving millions of vehicles.

Who might buy Saturn?

Saturn is to be closed now that Penske (PAG) has decided against buying the brand from GM. Or is GM being coy? There are several car companies that...

VW: A car company that works

Almost every major car company in the world lost money in the latter part of 2008 and most are projected to lose money in 2009. The industry's...