Thursday morning car news roundup, October 16, 2014


  • US: Marchionne defends his ambitious Jeep plans – Just-auto: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne was on the floor of the New York stock market on Monday, the newly merged company’s first day of trading – we wonder what he was thinking two days later when the world’s financial markets plummeted after poor data from the US heightened fears for the global economy.
  • JAPAN: Carmakers bring home foreign-made models – Just-auto: Japan’s carmakers are bringing more foreign-built models into their domestic market as the yen continues to weaken, a move seen by the Nikkei’s Asian Review as a sign that companies are steadily establishing global production systems immune to exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Ford F-150 a ‘Bold Move’ For Industry, Vehicle Line Manager Says – Wards: The new ’15 F-150 boasts a new aluminum body over a frame composed of different steel alloys.
  • Infiniti to enter British Touring Car Championship in 2015 – Autocar: Premium car manufacturer lends its support to new not-for-profit Support our Paras race team for tin-top assault. Infiniti will enter the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship next year as title sponsor of a new not-for-profit motorsport team named Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing. Two new Infiniti Q50 race cars built to the BTCC’s NGTC rulebook will join the domestic tin-top series. The cars will be driven by Richard Hawken, who has won three championships at club level and tested for the…
  • Luxury carmakers explore lower prices – Via Google News: Exotic car companies, eager to extend their reach beyond the super-rich, … Italian luxury automobile company Maserati, too, has gone down-market.