Europe

Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says

Sept. 30, 2014 13:13 CET
The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules.... Read More »

 

CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET
European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year.... Read More »

 

Fiat jobs matter more than HQ location, Italy prime minister says

Sept. 29, 2014 10:26 CET
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Fiat Chrysler's decision to have a home base in London matters less than the jobs and opportunities that the combined company will create in Italy.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

In Paris, excitement amid uncertainty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Europe has been happily seeing real signs of recovery, but the threat of interrupted energy supplies has to weigh heavily on minds there. Still, expect an upbeat mood in Paris this week.... Read More »

 

VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data.... Read More »

 

VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production.... Read More »

 

Opel says Adam, Corsa need checks for faulty steering

Sept. 26, 2014 22:16 CET
Opel has said that 8,000 of its Adam minicars and Corsa subcompacts delivered to customers in Europe since May 2014 need to be checked for faulty steering parts.... Read More »

 

Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers.... Read More »

 

Summer breaks pull UK car output 22% lower in August

Sept. 26, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production fell 22 percent in August because of the timing and length of holidays and repairs to a major plant. So far this year output has risen 1 percent and is expected to reach record levels by 2017.... Read More »

 

Russia slump drags on for most Chinese brands

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The sales slump continued for most Chinese automakers last month in Russia, which is their main export market. Lifan, Geely and Chery all suffered double-digit sales declines in August.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault's new Espace gets major makeover

Sept. 25, 2014 16:46 CET
Renault's big, boxy Espace large minivan will be transformed into a sleek-looking crossover that's more in line with what European customers want. Renault released photos but provided few details about the next-generation Espace Thursday.... Read More »

 

EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally.... Read More »

 

Renault recalls Clio, Kangoo on brake problems

Sept. 25, 2014 11:04 CET
Renault has recalled about 402,000 units of its top-selling Clio subcompact and 64,000 Kangoo vans because of brake problems. The Renault-built Mercedes Citan also has been affected, resulting in the second recall for the van since May 2013.... Read More »

 

Skoda to invest 450 million euros to expand Czech plant

Sept. 24, 2014 10:56 CET
Skoda will invest 450 million euros in its Czech plant in Kvasiny, a local news agency quoted a senior company executive as saying. The plant, which builds the Yeti compact crossover, also will build Seat's forthcoming SUV.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET
Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week.... Read More »

 

Germany to offer free parking to spur EV sales

Sept. 24, 2014 13:47 CET
Germany will offer free parking and the right to use bus lanes to buyers of electric, fuel cell and some plug-in hybrid cars in a bid to have 1 million EVs on German roads by 2020, up from about 21,000 at the start of the year.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at what it intends to bring to the compact SUV segment.... Read More »

 

S class leads Mercedes' plug-in offensive

Sept. 23, 2014 16:08 CET
Mercedes will roll out at least 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017 -- starting with its flagship S-class sedan -- as the premium car manufacturer looks to fulfill strict carbon emission requirements in Europe.... Read More »

 

Lotus CEO 'confident' he can return brand to profit

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales says he's “confident” he can make the money-losing brand profitable again by cutting jobs, adding dealers and boosting the sports car maker's lineup.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Lotus' timeless 'tub'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales sees no reason to change the British sport car maker's timeless bonded aluminum “tub" because he says it remains a benchmark for vehicle dynamics and fuel efficiency.... Read More »

 

Opel shakes up operations in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October.... Read More »

 

Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Sept. 19, 2014 18:00 CET
Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory.... Read More »

 

EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

Sept. 19, 2014 12:41 CET
EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year.... Read More »

 

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