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Merkel says German car industry must work to rebuild trust

Sept. 15, 2017 15:33 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's car industry should do everything in its power to repair its damaged reputation, pointing to the combustion engine's uncertain future as she opened the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Ford expands Russian production on SUV demand

Sept. 15, 2017 10:51 CET

Ford's Russian joint venture plans to increase production to meet growing demand for SUVs and light commercial vehicles.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan deepens alliance with EV, savings push

Sept. 15, 2017 08:41 CET

The Renault-Nissan alliance will expand its electric car range and increase savings from closer integration as part of a six-year strategic plan that also fully integrates Mitsubishi.... Read More »

PSA-Dongfeng China sales fall 38% in August

Sept. 15, 2017 11:58 CET

PSA-Dongfeng's China sales fell 38 percent in August. PSA, which assembles Peugeot and Citroen cars and light trucks with the Chinese automaker, said demand at the JV has fallen 46 percent in the first eight months.... Read More »

Mazda plans electrification of all models after 2030, report say

Sept. 15, 2017 11:32 CET

Mazda plans the electrification of all its vehicles by the early 2030s, a Japanese report said. Currently Mazda's lineup does not include any all-electric vehicles, though it sells one hybrid model, a version of its Mazda3.... Read More »

European sales rose 6% in August

Sept. 14, 2017 08:30 CET

European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Skoda and Seat brands among the winners.... Read More »

Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief

Sept. 14, 2017 09:23 CET

Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move expected to help the automaker reverse its fortunes in China.... Read More »

Skoda still open to partnerships on India low-cost car

Sept. 14, 2017 14:00 CET

Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier says the company remains open to teaming up with other automakers to build a low-cost car for emerging markets such as India, despite the collapse of talks with prospective partner Tata last month.... Read More »

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Chery will focus on electrified models in Europe

Sept. 14, 2017 15:29 CET

Chery will sell its Exeed TX compact SUV in Europe with three electrified powertrains.... Read More »

Samsung will form new business unit for self-driving to build on Harman buy

Sept. 14, 2017 10:52 CET

Samsung plans to become a major player in autonomous driving following its $8 billion acquisition of supplier Harman. The electronics giant will form a separate business unit to house self-driving products and is investing $300 million in a fund for new startups.... Read More »

BMW calls Brexit an 'uncomfortable scenario'

Sept. 14, 2017 14:38 CET

BMW became the latest carmaker after Toyota and PSA to weigh in on the Brexit debate. The introduction of tariffs between the EU and UK would have repercussions for the automaker's business, BMW's head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, said.... Read More »

Autoliv eyes split of business into two listed companies

Sept. 14, 2017 11:44 CET

Autoliv intends to create two publicly traded companies, one focused on passive safety equipment such as airbag systems and one focused on electronics.... Read More »

Hyundai readies Kona EV debut

Sept. 14, 2017 10:27 CET

Hyundai will launch sales of a full-electric version of its new Kona small SUV after a debut at the Geneva show in March.... Read More »

VW will recall nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Sept. 14, 2017 10:26 CET

VW Group and its Chinese joint ventures will recall nearly 5 million vehicles in China due to potential issues with Takata airbags.... Read More »

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BLOG: Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2017

Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is once again fully engrossed in cars after a self-imposed exile from the automotive styling studio.... Read More »

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Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines

Sept. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines to its fuel-saving gasoline-electric models. The new engines be fitted to the core hybrid models in the automaker's current range. Toyota will reveal more details about its high-performance hybrids early next year.... Read More »

EV focus risks handing jobs to China, EU suppliers warn

Sept. 13, 2017 14:36 CET

A fixation on EVs risks damaging Europe's supplier industry and handing jobs to China, the region's component manufacturers warned at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Continental still interested in mapping firm Here

Sept. 13, 2017 15:59 CET

Continental says it is still interested in working with digital mapping firm Here. A German report in July said the supplier was in talks to acquire an 8 to 10 percent stake in the company, which is controlled by BMW, Audi and Mercedes.... Read More »

European automakers offer conditional 20% cut in CO2 by 2030

Sept. 13, 2017 12:55 CET

European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average CO2 emissions in the next round of EU targets currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars.... Read More »

Jaguar to launch Formula E support series in 2018

Sept. 13, 2017 15:07 CET

Jaguar will launch an all-electric support series of races to accompany the Formula E championship late next year. Up to 20 cars will take part in 10 races that will be held on the same circuits and weekends as Formula E in cities around the world including Hong Kong, New York and Paris.... Read More »

VW's ruling Porsche-Piech clan against asset sales

Sept. 13, 2017 11:19 CET

VW Group's controlling Porsche and Piech families are against selling any of the company's assets, the clan's most senior member, Wolfgang Porsche, said.... Read More »

VW has no plans to divide up group, Mueller says

Sept. 13, 2017 10:28 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker has no plans to follow rival Daimler in considering changing the company's legal structure. Such a move could unlock 50 billion euros in value, analysts said.... Read More »

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Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019

Sept. 13, 2017 10:45 CET

Honda said it will launch a production version of the Urban EV concept in Europe in 2019.... Read More »

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Ferrari's entry-level Portofino faces $2.5 million Mercedes

Sept. 13, 2017 09:21 CET

Ferrari has introduced its new "entry-level" Portofino supercar that costs 196,000 euros ($234,000), while Mercedes has revealed the Project One concept, which will have a sticker price of 2.2 million euros ($2.5 million), as the two automakers vie for the world's wealthiest customers.... Read More »

BMW fails in bid to oveturn limit on state aid for its Leipzig plant

Sept. 13, 2017 10:46 CET

An EU court dismissed BMW's bid to overturn a decision limiting state aid toward expanding production of the i3 and i8 cars in Leipzig, Germany.... Read More »

 
Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill a promise to transfer his company's F1 ...
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First impressions of Audi's self-driving system

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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The Level 3 autonomous driving technology in the new Audi A8, which will be on display at the upcomi ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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