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EU fines 5 airbag, seat belt suppliers over cartel

Nov. 22, 2017 12:23 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined five suppliers including Autoliv and Takata a total of 34 million euros ($40 million) for taking part in cartels to fix prices for seat belts, airbags and steering wheels sold to Japanese automakers.
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Hyundai outlines 10-model electrification offensive for Europe
Nov. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai has big plans to electrify its European lineup. Along with battery-powered models and plug-in hybrids, the automaker's product offensive will include an additiona ...

 

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Uber hack raises 'huge concerns' with UK data regulator
Nov. 22, 2017 12:40 CET

A major hack of Uber's user data involving 57 million customers and drivers globally is being examined by the UK regulator in charge of data privacy, who said the breach ...

 




 
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Renault will tap Pakistan market to boost growth
Nov. 21, 2017 15:50 CET

Renault has signed an agreement to assemble and sell passenger vehicles in the fast-growing Pakistan market by 2019, as the automaker seeks to expand its presence in deve ...

 

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Aston Martin's new Vantage aimed at younger buyers
Nov. 21, 2017 13:05 CET

Aston Martin is pitching the new-generation Vantage to a younger customer group, helped by a radical redesign that gives the coupe greater differentiation compared with c ...

 

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Giugiaro luxury EV concept shuns speed for comfort
Nov. 21, 2017 09:14 CET

Giorgetto Giugiaro, famous for styling sports cars, is putting comfort before speed for his latest project, an electric four-seat sedan he is developing with a Chinese co ...

 

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Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou look to deepen China ties
Nov. 21, 2017 09:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile are in talks to deepen their joint venture in China. This comes as officials in the world's largest car market look to relax some r ...

 

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VW, Daimler, BMW set for record production on demand from Asia
Nov. 21, 2017 15:26 CET

German automakers including VW, Daimler and BMW may increase output significantly this year from record 2016 levels, powered by Asian demand, the VDA said. ...

 

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Ford may exit some S. American markets, analyst says
Nov. 21, 2017 19:04 CET

Ford is on the verge of taking dramatic action to turn around its money-losing business in South America, including possibly exiting some markets, an analyst said after m ...

 

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Global EV sales jump 63% as China demand surges
Nov. 21, 2017 11:25 CET

Global EV sales surged 63 percent in the third quarter, largely driven by strong demand in China. The world's No.1 market accounted for more than half of sales, while Eur ...

 

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Key Safety Systems signs deal to acquire Takata
Nov. 21, 2017 14:47 CET

Key Safety Systems said it signed the long awaited definitive agreement to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion. The announcement comes weeks after the formal deal was submitt ...

 

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Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research
Nov. 22, 2017 03:56 CET

Apple's internal research on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians with fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's ...

 

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China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plant
Nov. 21, 2017 10:53 CET

China's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market. ...

 

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Ghosn pressing to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer
Nov. 21, 2017 06:01 CET

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and mor ...

 

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Ghosn's ace for growth: Suppliers
Nov. 21, 2017 06:01 CET

Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before. ...

 

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REDESIGNING THE INDUSTRY
Toyota: A giant that wants to act small
Nov. 21, 2017 06:01 CET

Convinced that his company's unbridled size is a liability, President Akio Toyoda is wants to create a new Toyota with the mindset of the world's biggest little startup. ...

 

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE
ZF's partnerships help it keep pace with megatrends
Nov. 21, 2017 06:01 CET

ZF has spent the year aggressively building up expertise and partnerships to help it capitalize on the move toward autonomous driving. Board member Peter Lake explained t ...

 

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VW reorganizes German production for EVs
Nov. 20, 2017 10:56 CET

VW Group is reorganizing production at its German factories to further its goal of transforming itself into a leading force in EVs. ...

 

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Mercedes steps up e-van push to counter Ford's StreetScooter
Nov. 20, 2017 12:18 CET

Mercedes is ramping up its offering of electric delivery vans to counter the StreetScooter, a no-frills competitor from Deutsche Post and Ford. ...

 

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Volvo wins Uber's first robotaxi order
Nov. 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Volvo has signed a deal to sell Uber up to 24,000 cars that will become part of the ride-sharing giant's first robotaxi fleet. Volvo will supply XC90s with autonomous dri ...

 

    
 
BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 2017

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
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Ford expands Fiesta family
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
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