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Lamborghini to build SUV in Italy; launch planned for 2018

May 27, 2015 16:35 CET
Lamborghini will produce its new SUV in Italy, with the model due to enter the market in 2018. The company will hire 500 new employees and almost double the physical size of its plant in Italy's Emilia Romagna region.

Renault resumes production in Turkey

May 27, 2015 16:39 CET
Renault resumed normal production at its plant in Turkey after employees ended a strike. The protest over working conditions also affected output at factories operated by Fiat and Ford.

GM sees growth for diesels in U.S. and China

May 27, 2015 14:36 CET
General Motors sees growth opportunities for diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. and China as it expands its diesel development center in Turin, Italy. The center provides global GM brands with diesel technology.

Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said.

Ford gives EVs a boost in UK car-sharing program

May 27, 2015 12:38 CET
Ford has joined automakers including BMW and Daimler in offering electric cars for short-term hire as it expands its car-sharing projects to the UK. GoDrive, which will operate in London, offers access to 50 vehicles, half of them EVs, to drive for one-way journeys throughout the city.

Valeo expects higher sales, profits this year

May 27, 2015 12:05 CET
Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich reiterated that the supplier's sales in 2015 will outpace growth in global markets. Aschenbroich expects an operating margin slightly higher than the 7.2 percent margin in 2014.

Toyota remains most valuable car brand despite airbag recalls

May 27, 2015 10:25 CET
Toyota kept its title as the most valuable car brand in 2015 despite recent airbag recalls denting its worth, according to a study that ranks the top 100 global brands. BMW remained No. 2, while Mercedes was third.

Porsche extends contract of production boss

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche has extended the contract of its production and logistics boss, Oliver Blume, by five years. Blume is a former head of global production planning at VW who started his career at Audi.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Heli Hassinen-Biberger

May 27, 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 Human Resources is Heli Hassinen-Biberger of Nissan.

GM president rebuffs Marchionne's merger talk

May 26, 2015 17:10 CET
General Motors sees no need to merge with another automaker to maintain profitability, the company's president, Dan Ammann, said.

Jaguar Land Rover profit declines most in two years on China

May 26, 2015 15:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover became the latest casualty of a slowdown in Chinese auto demand, reporting its steepest drop in quarterly profit in two years after retail deliveries slumped in the world's largest vehicle market.

Audi expects in-car electronics to become as important as horsepower

May 26, 2015 12:29 CET
Audi expects that electronics and digital features will become just as important as sheer horsepower for global automakers as they brace for a fundamental industry shift and new competitors and potential allies emerge.

Ford's Turkish unit halts output as labor dispute resumes

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET
The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again.

Volvo begins shipping Chinese-built S60 sedans to U.S.

May 26, 2015 11:16 CET
Volvo started exporting S60 sedans to the United States from its plant in Chengdu, China. Volvo says the exports will help to boost annual worldwide sales to 800,000 vehicles.

Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture

May 26, 2015 12:24 CET
Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. Services will include a feature that allows users to access content such as music and Internet services from smartphones via their dashboards.

VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales

May 26, 2015 10:51 CET
Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and Skoda vehicles a year.

Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

May 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are building record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation's ports.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin Martin

May 26, 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 General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain.

Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says

May 25, 2015 19:24 CET
Lamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. The carmaker has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand.

Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strike

May 25, 2015 11:08 CET
Oyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Turkey's automotive sector has been hit by wider labor unrest that has also affected Ford and Fiat units in the country.

BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET
The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.

Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

May 25, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler is forming a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables.

2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik Cantieni

May 25, 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 Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia.

European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'

May 24, 2015 06:01 CET
European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions.

Marchionne approached GM about a merger, but was rebuffed, report says

May 24, 2015 02:31 CET
As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors CEO Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported.

GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief

May 23, 2015 06:01 CET
General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars.

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.

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 new plant in eastern Europe that likely will build its next Defender SUV, reports said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 
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