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VW recalls 680,000 U.S. cars with Takata airbags

Feb. 10, 2016 14:27 CET
Volkswagen is recalling 680,000 cars of its namesake brand in the U.S. because Takata-made airbags in them could be defective.

Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

Feb. 10, 2016 12:41 CET
As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: winter weather. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway.

Renault will launch Koleos successor in Europe this year

Feb. 10, 2016 06:01 CET
Renault will begin selling a replacement for its Koleos SUV in Europe next year. Unlike its platform sibling, the Nissan X-Trail, the Renault model will not offer a seven-seat version.

NICK GIBBS

Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016
Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Other automakers including Nissan, Honda, Kia and Suzuki have also has been rewarded in the European countries where they have opened factories.

BMW drops to third place in luxury sales race during January

Feb. 10, 2016 11:56 CET
BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year.

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Honda hints at sporty Civic hatchback

Feb. 10, 2016 12:29 CET
Honda will preview its next Civic hatchback with a sporty prototype at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The five-door model will be rolled out globally next year including in the U.S.

Nissan profit boosted by strong U.S. demand, Europe loss widens on Russia

Feb. 10, 2016 10:28 CET
Nissan reported a 24 percent profit increase in the latest quarter on the back of booming North American sales and cost cutting. Russia dragged down the automaker's European performance.

Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns

Feb. 9, 2016 20:49 CET
Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million.

Google's self-driving car wins boost from U.S. safety regulators

Feb. 10, 2016 02:12 CET
U.S. vehicle safety regulators said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward winning approval for the use of autonomous vehicles on the roads.

Diesel Fiat 500X has excessive NOx emissions, lobby group claims

Feb. 9, 2016 15:16 CET
German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto-industry pollution by accusing Fiat of releasing excessive levels of NOx emissions with its diesel 500X small SUV.

Mercedes is not chasing luxury sales lead at any price, Zetsche says

Feb. 9, 2016 11:29 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes will not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake rival BMW and become the world's best-selling luxury brand.

Porsche CEO says profits will be hit by EV investment

Feb. 9, 2016 11:02 CET
Porsche is bracing for smaller profit gains in the future as the sports-car maker steps up spending on models such as its first EV, CEO Oliver Blume said.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Infiniti CEO calls Q30 a 'game changer' for brand; eyes adding a plug-in hybrid

Feb. 9, 2016 06:01 CET
Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. With Q30 production underway in England and output of the QX30 due to join it later this year, 2016 will be a breakout year for Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti CEO Roland Krueger told Automotive News Europe.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016
When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered.

Ferrari's 'family' car gets new name, more power

Feb. 8, 2016 15:41 CET
Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families.

Continental must ration parts for recall fixes

Feb. 8, 2016 06:01 CET
Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. But the German parts-maker says its action is nothing like the Takata airbag recall that has roiled the industry.

VW quality chief quits amid diesel scandal fallout

Feb. 8, 2016 17:32 CET
Volkswagen named company veteran Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as head of group quality assurance, replacing Frank Tuch who held the job for six years and, according to sources, was suspended amid the automaker's emissions scandal.

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET
Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.

Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department

Feb. 8, 2016 14:18 CET
VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyota, two automakers whose vehicles have killed people.

PSA will pay Iran partner $446 million compensation for quitting market, report says

Feb. 8, 2016 11:28 CET
PSA will pay its Iran partner $446 million in compensation for losses incurred after it quit the country due to sanctions, the Iranian company told a local news agency.

LUCA CIFERRI

'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016
Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said.

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW will offer U.S. diesel scandal customers generous compensation, paper says

Feb. 7, 2016 14:16 CET
Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, Ken Feinberg, the head of its claims fund, told a German paper.

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW delays 2015 earnings report until April due to diesel scandal

Feb. 7, 2016 13:52 CET
Volkswagen said it will publish its annual results as soon as April and may hold its annual shareholders' meeting in early June, four to six weeks later than scheduled as the company determines the financial fallout from the diesel emissions scandal.

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's Seat readies unveiling of its first SUV

Feb. 7, 2016 06:01 CET
VW Group's Seat brand this week will unveil its first SUV as the struggling brand seeks to benefit from a booming segment in Europe.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET
Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience.

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW sued by fourth U.S. state over excess diesel emissions

Feb. 6, 2016 18:38 CET
New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen and its Porsche and Audi units over the automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action.

BMW's laser headlights showcase Osram's mass-market goals

Feb. 6, 2016 06:15 CET
German supplier Osram is equipping BMW 7-series sedans with laser headlight modules, marking a move to the mass-market for the technology, which is already available on BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid suprcar and Audi's R8 LMX sports car.

Alfa Romeo, Maserati get new tech chief amid product launch delays

Feb. 5, 2016 11:53 CET
Fiat Chrysler has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW as the automaker faces technical challenges that have delayed the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Maserati Levante launches. Fedeli will be chief technical officer for both Alfa and Maserati.

U.S. retailer Group 1 buys London dealership group

Feb. 5, 2016 22:30 CET
Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S.

VW delays 2015 results due to open issues on emissions

Feb. 5, 2016 14:34 CET
Volkswagen said its emissions scandal will delay its publication of last year's results, as the automaker struggles to determine the financial impact of its cheating.

Volvo bets on wagons with V90 despite SUV boom

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Volvo will show its commitment to station wagons, whose sales are being hit by the global boom in SUVs, when it unveils its new V90 later this month.

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Feb. 5, 2016 13:13 CET
Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.

Mahindra mulls Pininfarina-designed premium car

Feb. 5, 2016 14:41 CET
Mahindra has begun talks with Pininfarina, the Italian design house it agreed to buy in December, to build a premium car for the Indian market.

VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing.

LUCA CIFERRI

Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016
In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. Now we have a special news item of our own: this year ANE is 20.

Renault-Nissan reports record EV sales in 2015 despite drop in Leaf demand

Feb. 5, 2016 11:37 CET
Renault-Nissan said global sales of battery-powered vehicles rose 2.5 percent to a record 84,754 last year even though there was a slowdown in demand for the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle.

Toyota quarterly net income rises 4.7% to $5.4 billion

Feb. 5, 2016 09:23 CET
Toyota posted a 4.7 percent gain in quarterly net income and raised its full-year profit forecast slightly due to strong demand in the U.S.

Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Italy continued to lead demand with double-digit growth.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Auto sector ends 2015 on a high

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
The European auto industry ended last year with strong gains in shareholder value across the board at automakers, suppliers and retailers, according to the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices.

PSA plans to cut 850 jobs at French factory, report says

Feb. 5, 2016 11:04 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to cut the night shift and 850 jobs at its Poissy factory near Paris to adapt to lower output levels as production of the Citroen C3 is moved to Slovakia next year, Reuters reported.

Ford will skip Paris auto show this year

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET
Ford will skip this autumn's Paris auto show, claiming the timing doesn't fit with its launch schedule.

Bentley preps fastback Bentayga

Feb. 4, 2016 19:00 CET
Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand's first SUV. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga variant are under way, though the program still needs formal approval.

Daimler earnings surge 22% on new models

Feb. 4, 2016 09:44 CET
Daimler's fourth-quarter operating profit surged by 22 percent, lifted by demand for SUVs, compact cars and sales of its C class. The company, however, warned of slower growth in 2016 as China cools.

 
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