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Mercedes working on Tesla Model S fighter, report says

Sept. 3, 2015 12:08 CET
Mercedes-Benz is working on an electric car with a range of up to 500km that could compete with Tesla's Model S sedan, Thomas Weber, Mercedes' development chief, told a German auto magazine.

Turkish auto sales rise 37% in August

Sept. 3, 2015 11:44 CET
Turkish sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles jumped 37 percent in August, helping eight-month registrations rise by 47 percent.

Tesla will begin deliveries of Model X on Sept. 29

Sept. 3, 2015 11:17 CET
Tesla will begin delivering its Model X electric crossover at the end of the month. The Model X will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature series that will cost between $132,000 and $144,000.

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari

Sept. 3, 2015 11:18 CET
Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand's iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus.

Former Saab CEO charged with giving false testimony

Sept. 2, 2015 16:44 CET
Former Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson was charged with giving false testimony when the aftermath of the Swedish automaker's bankruptcy played out in court.

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

PSA's DS upscale brand to launch crossover-styled DS 4

Sept. 2, 2015 15:18 CET
DS Automobiles will launch a crossover-styled version of its DS 4 compact car. The DS 4 Crossback will help fill a new product gap until DS adds all-new models to its lineup.

BMW, Audi and Mercedes win U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia maps

Sept. 2, 2015 18:14 CET
BMW, Audi and Mercedes have won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia's maps business for around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion).

VW plans to extend CEO Winterkorn's contract until 2018

Sept. 2, 2015 10:02 CET
Volkswagen plans to extend the contract of CEO Martin Winterkorn until the end of 2018, a victory for the executive after he clashed with former Chairman Ferdinand Piech.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW should strengthen oversight of CEO Winterkorn

9:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015
VW Group should strengthen oversight of CEO Martin Winterkorn, who is set to receive a two-year contract extension, by appointing Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker to its steering committee.

German car sales rose 6% in August

Sept. 2, 2015 10:46 CET
German new-car registrations rose 6 percent in August, slowing from a growth rate of 7 percent in July. Germany joins France, Italy and Spain in reporting increased sales during a normally quiet month.

Volvo sales rise 3% in August as U.S. demand offsets slowing China

Sept. 2, 2015 11:38 CET
Volvo's global car sales rose 3.2 percent in August as strong growth in the U.S. helped offset a continued slide in China, which has been hit by slowing growth and stock market turmoil.

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Mercedes completes S-class family with luxury convertible

Sept. 2, 2015 09:03 CET
Mercedes will complete its S-class family with the sixth and final derivative of its flagship sedan next year, when it launches its first top-of-the-line four-seat convertible since 1971. The S-class cabriolet will be “the world's most comfortable convertible,” Mercedes says.

Opel will launch online retail banking in Germany

Sept. 2, 2015 12:24 CET
Opel will push into online retail banking in Germany and use consumer deposits to broaden the base of its financing operation.

GM expects to be profitable in India in 5 years

Sept. 2, 2015 12:53 CET
General Motors expects to be profitable in India in five years as it cuts costs and works toward increasing local content in its cars, the automaker's India chief told Reuters.

Enzo Ferrari continues to fascinate Hollywood

Sept. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
There's something irresistible about the life of Enzo Ferrari that continues to fascinate filmmakers.

Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET
Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold.

Germany's Kiekert buys out Chinese partner

Sept. 1, 2015 13:02 CET
Kiekert, a global supplier of automotive locks, has acquired full ownership of China's Henan North Xingguang Locking Systems Co., a manufacturer of door, hood and trunk locks.

French new-car sales rise 10% percent on extra selling day

Sept. 1, 2015 11:05 CET
French new-car sales rose 9.7 percent in August, traditionally a slow holiday month, boosted by an extra selling day. All major brands increased sales except Toyota and Ford.

Spain's car sales jump 23% in 24th consecutive month of growth

Sept. 1, 2015 12:36 CET
Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent in August in the best result for the month since 2009 and the 24th consecutive month of growth as the market benefits from a government-backed subsidy program.

Top Renault exec sees European rebound continuing in second half

Sept. 1, 2015 11:23 CET
Renault's Chief Competitive Officer, Thierry Bollore, expects Europe's rebound to continue as the region's economy improves and drivers replace aging vehicles. Bollore discussed this outlook and the challenges facing Renault with Automotive News Europe.

Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese bid to create Tesla rival

Aug. 31, 2015 21:13 CET
A group of deep-pocketed China-based Internet entrepreneurs and financial investors is backing an effort to create NextEV, a new rival to Tesla. The backers have hired ex-Ford executive Martin Leach and opened offices in Europe and the U.S.

Grupo Antolin completes purchase of Magna interiors unit

Aug. 31, 2015 19:33 CET
Grupo Antolin closed on its acquisition of Canadian auto supplier Magna International's interiors operations in a deal valued at about $525 million.

Suzuki will defend its independence after 4-year dispute with VW ends

Aug. 31, 2015 11:14 CET
Suzuki plans to defend its hard-won independence after arbitrators upheld the Japanese automaker's request to terminate a 2009 agreement with Volkswagen. VW will sell its 19.9 percent Suzuki stake, valued at about $3.8 billion.

JASON STEIN

Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015
Merger or no merger, General Motors, once unassailable in corporate America, is vulnerable. The really bad news for GM: A dragon stands again at the gates. And he's wearing a black sweater.

Big Alfa Romeo investment begins launching models

Aug. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
No brand in the Fiat Chrysler's portfolio is getting more attention - or investment - in the next four years than Alfa Romeo. New vehicles are planned in six-month intervals until the brand's eight-vehicle lineup is filled by 2019.

Renault, Nissan halt $756 million India investment, report says

Aug. 31, 2015 11:43 CET
Renault and alliance partner Nissan have halted plans to invest 50 billion rupees ($756 million) in India because they say they are owed 46 billion rupees by the Tamil Nadu state government for investment promotion subsidies and tax refunds, a report said.

Sergio may stay till 2020, hunts for next top leader

Aug. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
Sergio Marchionne is 63 and the first to admit that he won't stick around as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles forever. But he may remain a bit longer than expected.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity'

Aug. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
Compared with its larger and far richer global counterparts, Fiat Chrysler faces a huge set of problems. CEO Sergio Marchionne knows he has challenges but says he also has a plan that is working.

Volkswagen must sell shares in Suzuki, court decides

Aug. 30, 2015 10:54 CET
Volkswagen must sell its shares in estranged partner Suzuki, an international court decided, ending a nearly four-year battle over a dysfunctional alliance between the two carmakers.

Marchionne puts the squeeze on GM; GM's response: 'Why bail out FCA?'

Aug. 31, 2015 00:00 CET
General Motors has flatly rejected the advances of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an interview that there is far too much upside in a merger of FCA and GM to let a deal go undone, or at least unexplored.

Citroen prepares new models with an eye on China

Aug. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen is preparing a series of model launches to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's recovery from near bankruptcy.

Marchionne's shared views with UAW chief could help U.S. contract talks

Aug. 29, 2015 06:01 CET
Sergio Marchionne said he believes his straightforward relationship with UAW President Dennis Williams will help Fiat Chrysler reach a new labor agreement with the union.

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

Aug. 28, 2015 15:43 CET
Bosch has bought Seeo, a U.S.-based company that has developed next-generation lithium ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars.

Shelby will bring high-performance Ford Mustangs to the UK

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
Shelby American, which turns Ford Mustangs into high-powered street racers, will put its performance cars on the streets of China, England and South Africa. Shelby American's international expansion has become possible because Ford has made the Mustang a global car.

PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars.

DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET
DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.

 
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12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14 2015

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