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Ferrari '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.

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.

Continental says 5 million vehicles need to be recalled for defective airbags

Feb. 4, 2016 14:03 CET
Continental said five million vehicles need to be recalled to fix their airbag control units, adding to the challenges for an auto industry already struggling to replace millions of faulty airbags made by Takata.

VW replaces top U.S. lawyer as it seeks approval on emissions fix, report says

Feb. 4, 2016 17:33 CET
Volkswagen has replaced the head of its U.S. legal department with an outside lawyer as it works to win approval to fix nearly 600,000 vehicles with excess emissions, Reuters reported.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.

VW brand sales fall again in UK as market grows 3%

Feb. 4, 2016 11:06 CET
VW brand’s UK car sales fell 14 percent in January, the fourth consecutive monthly drop since the automaker admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests. Total new-car registrations rose nearly 3 percent, making it the market's best January since 2005.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales

Feb. 4, 2016 06:01 CET
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales rose 9 percent, exceeding initial analyst expectations of 3 percent growth at most.

BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai

Feb. 4, 2016 06:01 CET
Hyundai has laid out a product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Albert Biermann may be the most important of those hires.

Ford will cut jobs in Europe to boost profits

Feb. 3, 2016 10:13 CET
Ford plans to cut white collar jobs in Europe to help lift its weak profitability in the region. Ford also said it plans to reduce its European manufacturing expenses by 7 percent.

Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET
Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal.

VW Microbus-styled minivan to use new electric platform

Feb. 3, 2016 06:01 CET
The Volkswagen BUDD-e concept will see production in the near future, the UK's Car magazine reported.

Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET
More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S.

GM reduces European loss as global profits soar

Feb. 3, 2016 13:19 CET
General Motors posted pretax profit of $10.8 billion for 2015, including $2.8 billion in the fourth quarter. The automaker reduced its losses in Europe by more than 40 percent to $800 million for the full year.

Kia plans first sports sedan next year to rival BMW 4 series, Audi A5, report says

Feb. 3, 2016 16:13 CET
Kia plans to launch its first sports sedan next year to take on the BMW 4 series and Audi A5, Reuters reported, as the brand seeks to burnish a sporty, younger image as larger sibling Hyundai builds up its premium offerings.

VW's sales in Germany slip amid diesel scandal

Feb. 3, 2016 08:30 CET
VW, Skoda and Seat sales fell last month in Germany in a market where total registrations rose 3.3 percent. VW brand sales declined by 8.6 percent in a sign that the automaker's diesel scandal may be deterring buyers.

German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Feb. 3, 2016 11:56 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market.

Renault-Nissan plan cheap EV for China

Feb. 3, 2016 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan will develop an affordable electric car for China because the alliance's current offering, the Nissan Leaf, is too expensive for the local market.

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