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Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The UK's car industry staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda.... Read More »

 

Land Rover production will continue to boom in UK despite new China plant

Oct. 23, 2014 09:39 CET
Range Rover Evoque production in China will not reduce output at the UK factory where the SUV is also built. The Evoque is the first model produced in Jaguar Land Rover's new factory in Changshu, northwest of Shanghai.... Read More »

 

EU will allow car emissions into carbon trading market

Oct. 23, 2014 13:55 CET
The European Union will make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases.... Read More »

 

EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET
The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development.... Read More »

 

GKN sees growth in 2014 helped by auto-unit performance

Oct. 21, 2014 15:07 CET
UK supplier GKN said it was on track for growth in 2014 after posting third-quarter profit of 160 million pounds ($258.62 million), boosted by a strong performance at its automotive unit.... Read More »

 

Daimler eyes stake in motorcycle maker MV Agusta, report says

Oct. 21, 2014 10:39 CET
Daimler is said to be in talks to take a stake of up to 25 percent in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta. Carmakers' interest in motorbike technology is growing as they introduce smaller engines aimed at meeting anti-pollution rules.... Read More »

 

Ford will invest 240 million euros in UK on cleaner diesels

Oct. 20, 2014 11:31 CET
Ford will invest a further 240 million euros (190 million pounds) in its factory in Dagenham, southern England, as part of a new diesel engine program. Ford will start producing low-carbon 2.0-liter diesels at the factory late next year.... Read More »

 

Europe's new-car sales rise 6% on price cuts

Oct. 17, 2014 09:19 CET
Car sales in Europe rose 6 percent in September, helped by automakers' price cuts and strong demand in the region's top markets of Germany, the UK and France.... Read More »

 

Renault stake sale not a priority for French gov't

Oct. 16, 2014 11:12 CET
The French government has no plans to sell its 15 percent stake in Renault, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. The government is selling off assets as part of a privatization drive.... Read More »

 

Ford may join VW in selling plug-in hybrids in Europe

Oct. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford may join rival Volkswagen by introducing plug-in hybrid models in Europe. Ford already sells plug-in versions of its Fusion and C-Max in the U.S., but the company hasn't launched plug-ins in Europe because of low demand.... Read More »

 

Volvo will add jobs, boost production in Sweden

Oct. 16, 2014 11:45 CET
Volvo will add 1,300 jobs and a third shift at its plant in Sweden next year to meet rising demand for its cars, including the new flagship XC90.... Read More »

 

Toyota tests car-sharing in French city

Oct. 16, 2014 10:08 CET
Toyota has launched its first car-sharing service outside Japan in the French city of Grenobles. Consumers can hire EVs using a smart phone app in a scheme that may be expanded to other cities after a three-year trial.... Read More »

 

Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler loan restructuring opposed by bondholder

Oct. 15, 2014 11:57 CET
Schaeffler's proposed changes to terms governing $7.9 billion of high-yield bonds, including a new 1.8 billion euro ($2.3 billion) loan, are being opposed by Schroders Plc., which manages some of the supplier's debt.... Read More »

 

Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bentley from the dealer group Porsche Holding Salzburg.... Read More »

 

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Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

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How the XE will help Jaguar forget the failed X-Type

Oct. 13, 2014 06:15 CET
Jaguar says it has learned from the mistakes of the Ford Mondeo-based X-Type as it launches the XE, a model that aims to win sales from the BMW 3 series and Audi A4 in the fiercely competitive premium midsize market.... Read More »

 

ANALYSIS

UK's foreign-owned auto industry rebounds to top French production

Oct. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades, mostly for foreign-owned automakers including BMW, Nissan and Tata Motors.... Read More »

 

British automakers, in foreign hands, overtake France

11:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades. And in a dramatic turnabout, the value of British car exports has doubled in the past 10 year.... Read More »

 

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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and five doors. These features could help it pass the Fiat 500 to lead Europe's hotly contested minicar segment.... Read More »

 

Germany frustrates Nissan's No. 1 goal

Oct. 10, 2014 10:08 CET
Nissan says its goal of becoming the top-selling Asian brand in Europe is being held back by Germany and its preference for domestic brands. To help boost sales, Nissan aims to improve its brand image and retail network in the market.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi will add two more plug-in hybrids to European lineup

Oct. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will add plug-in hybrid versions of its next ASX compact crossover and Pajero SUV, CEO Osamu Masuko said.... Read More »

 

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EU industry director wants to boost auto trade in Asia; warns of tougher CO2 rules

Oct. 9, 2014 06:30 CET
The new European Commission that takes office next month will make several decisions affecting automakers, including potentially tougher post-2020 CO2 emissions targets, its industry and enterprise director, Carlo Pettinelli, said.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017.... Read More »

 

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Renault, Peugeot, Opel get big boost from booming small SUV segment

Oct. 8, 2014 06:30 CET
Mass-market automakers such as Renault, Peugeot and Opel are getting a much-needed boost from Europe's booming small SUV segment, which is forecast to more than double in western Europe to nearly 1 million sales by 2020.... Read More »

 

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