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Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says

May 22, 2015 21:33 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a factory in eastern Europe, the Financial Times reported. The automaker has shortlisted Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as potential countries for the plant, the paper said.

Audi will add Q8 in 2019, electric SUV in 2018

May 22, 2015 11:35 CET
Audi today said it will begin sales of the Q8 SUV in 2019 and launch an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment in 2018. The company will also add the subcompact Q1 crossover next year.

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk

May 22, 2015 18:05 CET
Porsche launched a worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked.

Winterkorn says it will take time to replace Piech on Audi board

May 22, 2015 16:10 CET
Audi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said finding a board replacement for Ferdinand Piech will take time. Piech quit his Audi board role along with other VW Group posts last month after a public showdown with Winterkorn.

Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET
Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models.

Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit

May 22, 2015 15:34 CET
Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Armin Prommersberger

May 22, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Harman's Armin Prommersberger.

Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET
Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's...

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall

May 22, 2015 11:04 CET
Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata.

Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET
Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market.

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

May 22, 2015 06:01 CET
For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi is adopting a cautious approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure.

Fiat unveils new model for key compact segment

May 21, 2015 13:31 CET
Fiat unveiled the first model in its new compact car family - the Aegea sedan. The car will go on sale in Turkey starting in November followed by a rollout in 40 countries in the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strike

May 21, 2015 15:02 CET
Renault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week.

PSA, Dongfeng plan to start production in Vietnam

May 21, 2015 11:12 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group will open an assembly plant in Vietnam and have already begun production in Malaysia.

PSA plans factory in low-cost Morocco, report says

May 21, 2015 17:05 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to build a car factory in Morocco to help increase sales in Africa, a report said. The plant would have an initial annual capacity of under 100,000 vehicles and would build vehicles from the middle to lower portion of PSA's product range.

German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET
Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said.

VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board

May 21, 2015 15:40 CET
The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman.

Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EU

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
A UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. The comments add to concerns expressed by automakers such as Ford, BMW and Nissan about the UK quitting the 28-nation economic and political union.

Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro

May 21, 2015 11:41 CET
German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro.

Citroen creates Trip Advisor-style Web forum

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen has launched a website where customers can rate their experiences at dealerships and workshops in France, the UK and Germany. By the end of 2016, the automaker also expects to roll out its Advisor web sites throughout Europe, Turkey, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.

JLR sees big potential in tapping into drivers' subconscious

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover may change the way it engineers its models as data from connected cars gives the automaker an insight into drivers' subconscious actions.

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators have ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles.

Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata.

Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Virginie Maillard

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Renault's Virginie Maillard.

Citroen names former BMW exec as China director

May 20, 2015 13:06 CET
Former BMW executive Sabine Scheunert is the new head of Citroen in China. Scheunert is the first woman to become director of a European brand in China and is responsible for Citroen's largest single market.

Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET
Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators.

Ford's Turkish plant cancels shift as labor unrest hits suppliers

May 20, 2015 08:27 CET
Ford Otosan, the Turkish arm of Ford, cancelled an extra working shift, citing supply chain problems amid widening labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector.

Renault bets on cheap car with high-end features in India

May 20, 2015 10:24 CET
Renault hopes to succeed where Nissan's Datsun brand has stumbled by introducing the Kwid minicar in India. The hatchback will start at $4,700 and offer equipment not common in the country's best-selling small cars such as an airbag and navigation functions.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Massimo Frascella

May 20, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Design is Massimo Frascella of Jaguar Land Rover.

NICK GIBBS

Honda works smart to fill UK plant

4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015
Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by inviting suppliers to utilize the empty space.

Borgward revival led by former Daimler China boss

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET
Borgward named former Daimler China boss Ulrich Walker as its CEO as the company prepares to resurrect the German brand with Chinese backing.

Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

May 19, 2015 15:30 CET
After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata acknowledged that its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, a decision that sharply expands the scope of the airbag crisis and could prompt one of the largest recalls for a safety defect in U.S. history.

Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech

May 19, 2015 11:07 CET
Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology.

Supercar makers neglect women at their peril

May 19, 2015 15:49 CET
Supercar makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin are seen by some industry observers as failing to communicate properly with female customers. But they may need to learn quickly or risk losing out on sales, particularly in emerging markets.

European car sales rose nearly 7% in April as market recovers faster than expected

May 19, 2015 08:58 CET
European car sales rose for a 20th consecutive month in April, bolstered by a reviving economy and new models. Registrations increased 6.9 percent to 1.21 million vehicles, industry association ACEA said. Four-month sales jumped 8.1 percent to 4.85 million cars.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Alessio Franco

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Communications is Ford of Europe's Alessio Franco.

Price cutting by VW, GM and Ford threatens automakers' rich margins in China

May 19, 2015 12:57 CET
Automakers including VW, GM and Ford are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins.

Aston Martin CEO says Alabama 'obvious choice' for U.S. plant

May 19, 2015 12:01 CET
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the U.S state of Alabama is the “obvious choice” for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover.

BMW approves launch of X2 crossover, report says

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW has approved the launch of a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said.

Mopar head Gorlier gets additional component role

May 18, 2015 20:16 CET
Pietro Gorlier, the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' global parts and service organization, has been named the automaker's COO for components, effective June 30.

Automotive News Europe announces the 2015 Rising Stars

May 18, 2015 06:01 CET
Fourteen young and talented automotive executives have been chosen as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Olivier Rabiller

May 18, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Aftersales and Service is Olivier Rabiller of Honeywell.

 
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Honda works smart to fill UK plant

Nick Gibbs
4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20 2015

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Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by... ...
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Piech casts shadow over Porsche's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
9:43 am U.S. ET | May 13 2015

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Ferdinand Piech upstaged his cousin Wolfgang Porsche and former protege Martin Winterkorn by missing the annual meeting of the family holding company that holds a majority... ...
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BMW's days of easy money in China are over


6:30 am U.S. ET | May 8 2015

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Why VW tops rivals Toyota and GM in workforce size

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7 2015

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VW Group has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined. ...
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Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2015

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Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. Bu ...
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Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
6:43 am U.S. ET | May 5 2015

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Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2015

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Late-arriving European brands in China such as Renault, Fiat and Jaguar have reason to be optimistic because most Chinese customers are ready to leave their current brands. ...
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Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2015

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Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'

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5:59 am U.S. ET | April 30 2015

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will need a powerful, influential mother-in-law to help initiate the megamergers that he covets. ...
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German automakers' bonus from weak euro may be hit by U.S. Fed shift


8:54 am U.S. ET | April 30 2015

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German carmakers and suppliers expect currency effects to add hundreds of millions to their bottom lines. But moves by the Federal Reserve to prop up the U.S. ...
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Europe's automakers boosted shareholder value 41% in first quarter
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W. Europe car sales rise nearly 7% on new models, discounts
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German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound
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Italy sales rose by 25% in April boosted by big discounts
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Europe recovery continues in March
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Western European sales recovery accelerated in March
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Russian new-car sales fall 43% as economy slides
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UK sales rise 6% in best March this century
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