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Germany's self-driving rules put people before animals, property

Aug. 24, 2017 10:14 CET

Protecting people will be at the heart of new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, even if that means damaging property or hitting animals, the country's transport ministry said.
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UK car production rises 8% in July, reversing downward trend
Aug. 24, 2017 10:48 CET

UK production rose by nearly 8 percent in July as automakers increased output ahead of the key selling month of September. ...

 

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Audi will decide on management reshuffle on Monday, report says
Aug. 24, 2017 09:51 CET

Audi's supervisory board will meet on Monday to decide on which new executives will lead its finance, sales, production and human resources divisions, Reuters reported. ...

 




 
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Germany has vital interest in saving diesel, Merkel ally says
Aug. 24, 2017 11:21 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said Germany has a "vital interest" in ensuring diesel engines survive, citing their reduced CO2 emissions as a ...

 

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VW has high hopes for late-arriving T-Roc
Aug. 23, 2017 17:05 CET | UPDATED: Aug. 24 9:30 am CET - adds details

VW is positioning the T-Roc as its second offering in the compact SUV segment, where it will be sold alongside the larger Tiguan. ...

 

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Audi to pad nameplates with more numbers
Aug. 23, 2017 19:48 CET

Beginning with the launch of the new A8 sedan, Audi is adding a two-digit subdesignation to 2018 models to delineate respective power output, regardless of the makeup of ...

 

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Fiat Chrysler said to mull Maserati, Alfa spinoffs to boost value
Aug. 23, 2017 15:04 CET

Fiat Chrysler is considering spinning off Maserati and Alfa Romeo as well as its components operations, Bloomberg reported. Under the proposal, FCA intends to keep Jeep t ...

 

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China's Chery aims to boost overseas sales, but not through acquisitions
Aug. 23, 2017 10:02 CET

China's Chery Automotive aims to increase overseas vehicle sales to a third of its total volume but is not actively looking for mergers as it seeks to crack markets such ...

 

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Ferrari unveils its new entry-level model: the Portofino
Aug. 23, 2017 13:00 CET | UPDATED: Aug. 23 13:32 - adds details

Ferrari unveiled the Portofino, its new entry-level model that will replace the California. ...

 

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VW, Mercedes, Renault will update software in 600,000 diesel cars in Austria
Aug. 23, 2017 09:33 CET

VW, Mercedes and Renault are among automakers who have agreed a deal with the Austrian government to update the software in 600,000 diesel cars and offer incentives to bu ...

 

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Audi seeks to increase driving range of EVs with solar-embedded panoramic roofs
Aug. 23, 2017 10:42 CET

Audi and China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group plan to develop a panoramic glass roof with solar cells to help boost the driving range of the upcoming automaker's electri ...

 

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Isdera teams up with China's WM on EVs
Aug. 23, 2017 12:28 CET

German firm Isdera, which designs and engineers high-performance sports cars, is teaming up with Chinese EV startup WM Motor, to develop electric vehicles. ...

 

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Tesla sales chief may collect $700,000 for meeting targets
Aug. 24, 2017 01:27 CET

Tesla plans to pay $700,000 to its global sales and service chief, Jon McNeill, if the company meets certain performance goals in the second half of 2017 -- when the new ...

 

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2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW
China's Chery targets Europe with new brand
Aug. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

China's Chery Automobile said it will start sales of passenger cars in Europe in the next few years under an all-new nameplate. ...

 

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Ford offers UK drivers cash to scrap older diesels
Aug. 22, 2017 09:23 CET

Ford has joined BMW, Mercedes and Vauxhall in offering UK diesel owners incentives to trade in older cars. ...

 

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Audi expected to replace 4 board members by Sept.
Aug. 22, 2017 18:01 CET

Audi is preparing to appoint internal candidates to lead its finance, sales, production and human resources divisions in a management shuffle, sources said. ...

 

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UK-made cars may struggle to be British enough post-Brexit
Aug. 22, 2017 10:00 CET

UK-built cars might not be British enough to escape expensive tariffs after Brexit. Current trade pacts generally require exporters to prove that 50 to 60 percent of a pr ...

 

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Ford, China's Zotye plan new electric vehicle brand
Aug. 22, 2017 12:30 CET

Ford is exploring setting up a joint venture with Chinese automaker Zotye to build electric passenger vehicles in China under a new brand. ...

 

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Magna may choose Hungary over Slovenia for new paint factory, report says
Aug. 22, 2017 10:52 CET

Magna has won approval to build a paint factory in Hungary which could result in the supplier choosing the country over Slovenia for the new facility, a radio station rep ...

 

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Maybach: What an ultraluxury convertible could look like
Aug. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

In Pebble Beach, Mercedes is sharing its vision of an ultraluxury two-seat convertible. ...

 

    
 
Tesla pulls up short in Germany test run

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2017

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One of Germany's strongest EV proponents decided to ditch his Tesla Model S because of range anxiety ...
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A peek inside's VW's secret fortress

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10 2017

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VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg where the company's brightest ...
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German diesel summit must succeed in restoring confidence in fuel

Christiaan Hetzner
5:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2017

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What VW Group's emissions fraud failed to achieve, Stuttgart Mayor Fritz Kuhn may accomplish: turn G ...
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German industry fears image blow over cartel probe


4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

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Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
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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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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
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Ford names former Key Safety exec Luo to steer China unit
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Ford appoints head of smart mobility for Europe
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BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
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BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
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