The European Commission sees "no grounds" to give German automakers more time to comply with EU law requiring a less polluting coolant to be used in vehicle air-conditioning, a letter seen by Reuters said, despite safety concerns.
Ulrich Hackenberg isn't yet a household name but if Volkswagen's $70 billion bet on his big idea pays off, he may join the likes of Henry Ford, Alfred Sloan and Taiichi Ohno in the canon of auto industry pioneers.
PSA's finance arm was granted temporary EU approval to receive a French government guarantee backing the issuance of 1.2 billion euros of new bonds. France must submit a restructuring plan covering the entire PSA group within six months to win final approval.
Honda is cutting jobs in the booming UK auto market because it says there are no signs that Europe's car sales slump will end soon. Analysts believe Honda's problems go beyond the slump, especially since rival Nissan continues to add workers and production at its UK factory.
Fiat will concentrate global production of the next 500 minicar in Poland, ending output of the model for North America at Chrysler's Mexico plant by 2015. The move provides additional work for Fiat's top-performing Tychy factory.