The French government may buy a stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen if it is necessary to save the ailing automaker, a minister said. The comment came after PSA announced second-half writedowns of 4.13 billion euros ($5.53 billion) as Europe's plunging auto sales pushed down the value of its assets.
Optimism about electric cars is fading as manufacturers scale back investment in response to weak sales. Just 8 percent of auto executives said their companies would invest in pure battery technologies over the next five years.
Daimler is determined to build its Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars in half the time it took just six years ago. Back then, the average production time at the Daimler subsidiaries was 60 hours, excluding the powertrain.
Powertrain component producer Dana this month became the 100th member of the European suppliers association, CLEPA. Partsmakers are counting on the Brussels-based lobby group to help them cope with tough times in Europe, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said.