VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 5
A vintage VW Beetle is displayed at a dealership in Nuremberg, Germany. (Bloomberg)
Volkswagen bosses are considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. Small, impractical two-doors coupes are losing favor with buyers, so the solution for the next Beetle may be an electric-only model.
VW brand chief Herbert Diess has set himself the task of improve the marque's profitability to 6 percent by 2025, and the best way to do that is sell large, expensive, margin-rich models such ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 24
Tesla aims to disrupt the commercial truck market with an all-electric semi.
Volkswagen Group and Daimler are looking to simplify their businesses amid rapid changes in the industry and the obvious candidates to be auctioned off have always been their commercial vehicles operations.
In the past, this would have made perfect sense, since standard components between passenger cars and heavy trucks are not shared.
But, if ever there was a time when meaningful synergies coul ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel
Posted 5:14 am U.S. ET, Nov. 22
BMW's covered cycleway could help cut pollution and congestion in crowded cities.
As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels.
BMW has come up with a concept that it compares with the Hyperloop tunnel proposed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Rather than Hyperloop's high-speed trains, BMW's concept would create a network of covered el ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's
Posted 9:46 am U.S. ET, Nov. 16
Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become. It also reveals how much further autonomous driving features have to go before automakers and lawmakers will confidently allow drivers to remove their hands from the wheel.
The Bentayga SUV's self-driving features are not as advanced as the Level 3 Traffic Jam Pilot hands-free system on the new A8 sedan ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough
Posted 5:53 am U.S. ET, Nov. 14
Lamborghini's Terzo Millennio (third millennium) concept uses supercapacitors to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy.
Those looking for the next big thing in automotive battery technology would do well to follow the career of Ulrik Grape. The Norway-born executive has just been made CEO of French tech company NAWA Technologies, which wants to sell automakers ultracapacitor batteries. Given Grape's CV, the industry should be paying attention.
Grape started out in the 1990s promoting lithium ion, first for use in ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump
Posted 4:56 am U.S. ET, Nov. 13
Vauxhall has started selling the Crossland X, pictured, the first of two new SUVs based on PSA technology.
PSA Group's strategy to reduce non-profitable new-car sales is having a significant effect on the automaker's Vauxhall brand in the UK.
Vauxhall's sales slide was illustrated most starkly in October, when the brand finished sixth after its registrations fell 35 percent in a market down 12 percent. In the first 10 months, Vauxhall sales are down 21 percent.
For many years, Vauxhall has been the U ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 12
Volvo says that buying an XC40 (shown) with the Care by Volvo subscription service will make having a car as easy and hassle free as having a phone.
Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, transparent and hassle free. It's also not likely to cause a dealer rebellion.
The automaker's new Care by Volvo is described as a subscription service. The offer mirrors what mobile phone companies do to win customers in a highly competitive market. Some of the perks of Care by Volvo are a monthl ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines
Posted 6:08 am U.S. ET, Nov. 10
| Luca Ciferri is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News Europe.|
The European Union's target to reduce CO2 emissions from Europe's new-car fleet to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 must be keeping car company executives awake because it will tough to achieve. But Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller probably can sleep a little easier.
PSA Group will be providing Opel with enough turn-key electrification technology to enable Opel to reach its emissions reduction g ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets
Posted 4:36 am U.S. ET, Nov. 9
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining stridently about the EU Commission's proposed fleet emission targets through the next decade. Behind closed doors however it's a good bet that they are breaking out the champagne. They shouldn't, since it would be short sighted mistake to view this as a victory.
As the EU Single Markets Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, the most vociferous practitioner ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 9
"No one rejects the car," Seat CEO Luca de Meo told the Automobilwoche Congress in Berlin.
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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "totally false."
Seat's research has found that by 2025 the car will be the primary mode of transportation for 60 percent of people and that just one out of 10 people are contemplating giving up their car in the near future.
"No one rejects the car," he told the Automobilwoche Congress in Berlin on W ...
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PSA Group's purchase of Opel means that the French automaker now has three mass-market European brands (four if you count Vauxhall). Could that be one too many?
One path of speculation has focused on Citroen being the odd man out.
Excluding Opel, Peugeot accounts for 61 percent of PSA's European sales, while Citroen has 36 percent with the shrinking upscale DS brand accounting for the rest. Afte ...