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VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017

June 29, 2015 21:34 CET
Volkswagen's Spanish brand Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its plans to be sustainably profitable, a company source said.

Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET
Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand.

BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET
BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013.

Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET
Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep delay highlights challenges to a potential merger

June 29, 2015 10:50 CET
The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne faces in his quest for a partner.

Alfa Romeo's high goals doubted by analysts

June 29, 2015 06:01 CET
Analysts are skeptical that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne can achieve his ambitious sales goals for Alfa Romeo. "Despite our love of Alfa's past, we're unconvinced by its future," said Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein.

VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018

June 28, 2015 15:16 CET
VW plans to launch a family of low-cost cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said. The cars will cost between 8,000 euros ($8,930) and 11,000 euros, he told a German newspaper.

LE QUEMENT'S LANDMARKS

Sparks flew when French designer and Bob Lutz met - and when they collaborated

June 27, 2015 06:01 CET
When it came to vehicle styling Patrick le Quement, Renault's longtime design chief, never could hold his tongue. The French designer, who received a lifetime achievement award this month, had strongly held beliefs.

Mahindra's offer for Pininfarina rejected by creditors, paper says

June 27, 2015 18:11 CET
An offer by India's Mahindra & Mahindra to take over Pininfarina has fallen through due to opposition from some of the Italian car design company's creditor banks, an Italian newspaper said.

Fiat 124 Spider spy shots hint roadster is more than rebadged Mazda

June 26, 2015 19:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler isn't saying much about the upcoming Fiat 124 Spider but the first spy photos answer some questions about the Mazda MX-5/Miata-based small sports car.

Aston Martin collaborates with ad giant WPP

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Aston Martin is collaborating with advertising giant WPP on the automaker's global marketing communications in a step toward a formal working partnership next year.

GM to keep profitable JV in Russia

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET
General Motors and AvtoVAZ will keep their profitable Russian joint venture, AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson said. GM is ending sales of mainstream Chevrolet models and all Opel cars in Russia, and closing its St. Petersburg factory, after sales slumped in the country's economic crisis.

European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET
The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target.

Porsche mulls legal action over Macan copy in China, report says

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch next year at a price much lower than the Macan's.

Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute

June 26, 2015 13:27 CET
Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the Japanese automaker.

McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET
McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup.

Jaguar r&d chief shuns driverless cars; says customers aren't 'cargo'

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will never make a driverless car, r&d boss Wolfgang Epple said. “We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B,” he added.

Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET
Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute.

Continental begins construction of brake factory in China

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET
Continental began construction of a factory in Chongqing in southwest China to supply brakes to automakers operating in the area.

Continental says it's 'working heavily' on electrified turbo

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET
Continental is working on an electrified turbocharger to compete with a similar unit made by France's Valeo that is scheduled to debut on an Audi next year.

Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

June 25, 2015 20:26 CET
Google has started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Californian roads, with safety drivers aboard.

Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

June 25, 2015 12:17 CET
Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags. Takada bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting.

GM readies wireless downloads of new features

June 25, 2015 06:11 CET
GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development said. Under the new electrical architecture, called Global B, much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile Internet, or cloud.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

June 25, 2015 13:31 CET
Engineers have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident.

Toyota expands airbag recall to Europe

June 25, 2015 08:56 CET
Toyota is expanding a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata. Toyota said it would recall another 2.86 million vehicles, including 1.7 million in Europe, 360,000 in Japan and 190,000 in China.

ZF will invest $71 million to boost r&d at U.S. tech center

June 25, 2015 06:01 CET
ZF plans to spend more than $71 million to expand its U.S. technical center to boost r&d on transmission, steering, axle and chassis components.

Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET
Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption.

BRUCE GAIN

Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015
Renault's large, vertically mounted touchscreen on its new Espace large minivan seems like a smart move as connectivity increasingly becomes a key selling point for new vehicles.

Mini's car-sharing plan will help owners rent their cars

June 24, 2015 17:03 CET
Mini has joined the rush to solve the problem of customers abandoning car ownership in favor of car sharing, launching a scheme that offers buyers the chance to offset the purchase price by renting out their vehicles.

Mini to cut 3 models as competition prompts overhaul

June 24, 2015 17:50 CET
Mini will cease production of its coupe, roadster and Paceman crossover, reversing course on a strategy of adding variants as those three models failed to spark growth.

Alfa unveils high-performance Giulia

June 24, 2015 18:42 CET
The Alfa Romeo Giulia's most sporty version will offer more power than rival models from BMW and Mercedes because it will use Maserati's Ferrari-derived 510-hp V-6 engine. Dubbed the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the car was unveiled Wednesday at the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese, Italy.

Renault says new motor will cut EV losses

June 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault's losses on EV sales will be reduced after the automaker introduced a version of its Zoe electric car powered by a motor built in-house, a company executive said. The new motor and its optimized battery increase the Zoe's range to 240km (149 miles).

German cartel office fines suppliers 75 million euros for price fixing

June 24, 2015 10:48 CET
Germany's cartel office has imposed about 75 million euros ($84.12 million) of fines on five automotive suppliers for price fixing.

Toyota President Toyoda earns $10.3 million, surpassing Nissan's Ghosn

June 24, 2015 11:14 CET
Toyota President Akio Toyoda became the highest-paid auto executive in Japan last year after dividend payouts pushed his total compensation to $10.3 million, passing Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Alfa Romeo will launch top Giulia version first as BMW M3 fighter

June 23, 2015 21:10 CET
Alfa Romeo will unveil the range-topping version of its new Giulia sedan. The car is called the Giulia Quadrifoglio and it will be a competitor to the BMW M3 and Audi RS 4.

Fiat Chrysler could win merger partner with Alfa Romeo revival

June 23, 2015 16:10 CET
The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be the lynchpin of the brand's turnaround plan and potentially an opportunity to attract a cash-rich merger partner for Alfa parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share

June 23, 2015 15:20 CET
Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift.

Ford enters car-sharing, e-bike markets

June 24, 2015 04:30 CET
Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transportation options.

Denso sees 15-year wait for self-driving car

June 23, 2015 21:30 CET
The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won't be established until at least 2030, according to Denso, which is Toyota's largest supplier.

Toyota Europe's new sales boss must hold off surging Nissan

June 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Toyota's new European sales and marketing boss, Matt Harrison, faces the challenge of defeating Japanese rival Nissan's goal of becoming Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Nissan sales are surging thanks to new products while Toyota's aging lineup is holding back growth.

Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

June 23, 2015 18:00 CET
Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production.

Gestamp to expand U.S. stamping line for VW's new SUV

June 23, 2015 16:30 CET
Gestamp said it plans to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga in the U.S. state of Tennessee to produce body panels for VW's new midsize SUV.

AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET
AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the country's best-selling car brand.

 
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Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25 2015

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VW pays the price for failing to respond to evolving customer needs in China

Yang Jian
5:00 am U.S. ET | June 19 2015

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Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

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5:34 am U.S. ET | June 16 2015

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12 2015

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The steep road ahead for Alfa in the U.S.

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8:17 am U.S. ET | June 8 2015

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Mitsubishi should focus on SUVs to boost Europe sales

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2015

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VW says the Golf will be first car to offer gesture controls

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3 2015

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Honda works smart to fill UK plant

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

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Piech casts shadow over Porsche's annual meeting

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