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Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Dec. 6, 2016 09:36 CET | UPDATED: Dec. 6 11:29 CET - adds comment

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines. The automaker will increase staffing of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent through 2021.
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Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales
Dec. 6, 2016 10:33 CET

Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest ...

 

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Why Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth changed his view on EVs
Dec. 6, 2016 11:50 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth gave the impression last year that the automaker would be one of the last premium brands to add an EV. Last month, Jaguar previewed the I ...

 




 
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Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs
Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making ...

 

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VW's German executives said to hire lawyers as U.S. justice officials gather evidence
Dec. 5, 2016 12:48 CET

Dozens of VW Group executives in Germany have hired U.S. criminal defense lawyers as the Justice Department ramps up meetings with managers to gather evidence that may le ...

 

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VW's Moia brand will challenge Uber
Dec. 5, 2016 09:40 CET

VW Group will challenge ride-hailing company Uber with a new mobility services brand called Moia that eventually will have its own electric passenger vehicle. Establishin ...

 

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BMW's ride-hailing project takes on Uber with autonomous cars
Dec. 5, 2016 09:44 CET

BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Germany as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms such as Uber. The automaker will test self-driving functions in Munich before ...

 

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BMW sees battery costs weighing on EVs
Dec. 5, 2016 13:52 CET

BMW sees no quick way to boost profit from electric cars, with battery capacity and cost set to weigh on EV development for the foreseeable future. With driving ranges li ...

 

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Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says
Dec. 5, 2016 10:12 CET

Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics ...

 

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Audi extends job guarantees for German workers until 2020
Dec. 5, 2016 15:32 CET

Audi has extended employment guarantees for its 61,000 workers in Germany until 2020, even as it grapples with the fallout from parent VW Group's emissions scandal. ...

 

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BMW accelerates EV, self-driving strategy
Dec. 4, 2016 20:43 CET

BMW will accelerate its shift toward autonomous and electrified vehicles by developing flexible platforms for conventional, plug-hybrid and all-electric cars. ...

 

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Chinese cars could shake up European sales
Dec. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers failed to establish themselves in Europe in the past because of outdated designs and technology. New brands such as Borgward and Lynk & CO are tapping ...

 

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Apple signals a readiness to join the self-driving car race
Dec. 4, 2016 06:06 CET

Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regula ...

 

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Rolls-Royce previews its first SUV as road tests start
Dec. 2, 2016 14:19 CET

Rolls-Royce released pictures of the prototype that will be used to develop the brand's first SUV-styled vehicle due to launch in 2018. The prototype will now be tested u ...

 

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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Dec. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the brand will take the full-year title from BMW. ...

 

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VW given wish list by California for cheating penance
Dec. 2, 2016 12:36 CET

California's regulator that played a key role in busting Volkswagen for cheating on emissions tests laid out a detailed list of options for how the automaker will have to ...

 

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Porsche expects 20,000 annual sales for EV
Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche expects its Mission E electric car to account for about 10 percent of its vehicle sales after the car is launched in 2019. ...

 

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Peugeot lobbied to replace Audi in Le Mans series, source says
Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Peugeot is being asked to re-join the World Endurance Championship to fill the hole left by Audi's departure from the race series, whose showcase event is the annual 24 H ...

 

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Mini Countryman grows to take on new rivals in compact crossover segment
Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

The redesigned Mini Countryman has grown enough in size to compete in the compact crossover segment with premium and volume players. As a compact SUV, the Countryman will ...

 

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BMW's X7 large crossover takes shape
Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Spy photos of an X7 prototype show the seven-seat model that will be based on the same platform as BMW's range-topping 7-series sedan. ...

 

    
 
Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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