Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the more prosperous eastern regions.
Audi, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 480km range in 2018, has initiated talks with German and U.S. automakers about a shared network of 150-kilowatt fast chargers to rival the Superchargers that Tesla has built for its Model S and Model X.
Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy.
VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions.
Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a conservative, fuel-efficiency machine. Give it emotion, make it sexy. And somehow make it stay true to its iconic green-car DNA.
Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand.
Dongfeng said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position after the government launched an investigation into the executive for suspected graft earlier this month. Dongfeng owns a 14.1 percent stake in France's PSA and has joint ventures with PSA, Renault, Nissan and Honda.
VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its Dieselgate woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic.
Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories.
Audi's top labor representative said that CEO Rupert Stadler needs to "push on" with an investigation into the causes of emissions issues at VW Group's flagship luxury brand with no regard to who may be involved.
PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.
The Infiniti Q60 was photographed in Las Vegas this week ahead of its planned debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. The BMW 4-series rival is expected to go in sale in Europe toward the end of next year following its launch in the U.S.
South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.
Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The task seemed simple: Re-create the most popular Fiat ever sold in the U.S. for the 21st century. The reality, it turned out, was a little more complicated than typing “Miata” into Google Translate and choosing “Italian.”
Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. sales increase in three years, expects to top 100,000 vehicles as soon as 2017, an achievement that would help more dealers become profitable and legitimize the brand's comeback efforts, CEO Lex Kerssemakers said.
The California Air Resources Board has ordered Audi, Porsche and VW to recall and repair “illegal” emissions software in up to 16,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the state since 2009, the regulator said in a statement.
VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe even though technical fixes for the affected cars will likely turn out to be less complex than initially thought.
France's decision to secure double voting rights in Renault should not result in any changes to the structure of the automaker's partnership with Nissan, the country's economy minister said. Sources say Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to give Nissan more say over the alliance.
The California Air Resources Board has ordered Audi, Porsche and VW to recall and repair “illegal” emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the state since 2009, the regulator said in a statement.
PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China.
Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.
Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said.
German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified.
Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.
Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. A German environmental lobby group said the excess emissions were detected under new European testing cycles.
The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers.
The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group.
The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.
Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich.