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BMW begins 7 series production in Indonesia

Dec. 1, 2016 09:34 CET

BMW will begin assembling its flagship 7-series sedan in Indonesia as the automaker seeks to tap into the long-term demand for luxury vehicles in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.... Read More »

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GKN Driveline sees big gains for awd business on global success of SUVs

Dec. 1, 2016 14:10 CET

The automotive arm of British engineering firm GKN is in an enviable position as profits rise and growing global sales of SUVs boost demand for its all-wheel-drive systems. CEO Phil Swash expects business to continue thriving, as he explained to Automotive news Europe.... Read More »

Peugeot lobbied to replace Audi in Le Mans series, source says

Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Peugeot is being asked to re-join the World Endurance Championship to fill the hole left by Audi's departure from the race series, whose showcase event is the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans. Currently, only two automakers -- Porsche and Toyota -- have committed to participating in the WEC next season.... Read More »

ZF to sell 20% Haldex stake to Knorr-Bremse

Dec. 1, 2016 10:35 CET

ZF said it had agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Swedish brake systems firm Haldex to rival German bidder Knorr-Bremse. ZF and Knorr-Bremse have been locked in a bidding war over Haldex but ZF failed to win a majority and has been reviewing its options.... Read More »

Ford will expand Active crossover trim across lineup

Nov. 30, 2016 10:50 CET

Ford will roll out SUV-styled variants of its cars under the label Active to attract customers looking for high-riding vehicles. The new Fiesta will be the first Ford to have an Active variant with a raised ride height, roof bars and additional cladding. Other Active variants will be launched over the next few years.... Read More »

Ford seeks level terms with Nissan over Brexit

Nov. 30, 2016 13:58 CET

Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley will call for a level playing field for automakers when he meets with the British chancellor this week to discuss the financial implications of the UK's exit from the EU.... Read More »

Toyota President Akio Toyoda will head EV division

Nov. 30, 2016 11:41 CET

Toyota appointed its president, Akio Toyoda, to lead the automaker's newly formed electric car division, underlining its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace.... Read More »

Brexit tariffs could lift UK car prices by 1,500 pounds, trade group says

Nov. 30, 2016 09:27 CET

Brexit could lift the average price of imported cars in the UK by as much as 1,500 pounds (1,762 euros) if the country loses tariff-free access to the EU, an industry group said.... Read More »

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BLOG: BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that is calling it an "electric hot hatch."... Read More »

Ford packs new Fiesta with advanced tech; adds Vignale, crossover variants

Nov. 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford is adding upscale and crossover versions of its new Fiesta, along with advanced safety technologies, to boost the car's competitiveness in the tough subcompact segment.... Read More »

Ford, BMW, Daimler, VW Group plan fast-charging EV network

Nov. 29, 2016 09:48 CET

Ford, VW Group, BMW and Daimler plan to set up charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. The move will be an important step toward facilitating the mass-market adoption of EVs, the companies said in a joint statement.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to build Discovery in Slovakia

Nov. 29, 2016 16:05 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will build its next-generation Land Rover Discovery in Slovakia, the first model chosen for a $1.25 billion plant that is due to open in 2018.... Read More »

Fiat heir Lapo Elkann arrested in New York over false reporting of incident

Nov. 29, 2016 10:23 CET

Lapo Elkann, grandson of the late Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli, was arrested and charged in New York with falsely reporting an incident. Media reported that he was suspected of faking his own kidnapping.... Read More »

BMW hides tech under the hood in tepid 5-series revamp

Nov. 29, 2016 14:33 CET

BMW's new 5-series sedan can drive itself at speeds as fast as 210 kph (130 mph) per hour, turn up the radio with the wave of a hand and warn other cars of fog. But despite all that gadgetry, its looks have changed very little.... Read More »

VW stake in carbon-fiber maker SGL will fall after new share issue

Nov. 29, 2016 11:11 CET

Volkswagen Group will not buy into a new share issue by SGL, reducing its stake in the German carbon-fiber maker and allowing rival BMW Group more control over one of its key materials suppliers.... Read More »

BMW, Porsche, Nissan face sales ban on some models in S. Korea

Nov. 29, 2016 10:44 CET

South Korea plans to disallow sales of some Porsche, BMW and Nissan models after finding errors in certification documents for the carmakers' imported vehicles. The country's environment ministry also plans to fine the automakers a combined $5.56 million.... Read More »

VW extends 20-billion-euro loan to weather diesel fallout

Nov. 28, 2016 17:22 CET

VW Group has agreed to extend a 20-billion-euro ($21.2 billion) bank credit line, which is part of the automaker's efforts to maintain its financial strength while it counts the full cost of its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW says CC successor Arteon will debut new design language

Nov. 28, 2016 16:43 CET

VW brand said its new top model, the Arteon, will introduce its new "progressive" design language. The four-door, coupe-like car will be positioned above the Passat midsize sedan and will replace the Passat-based CC.... Read More »

VW Group's Porsche and Audi brands battle for EV jobs

Nov. 28, 2016 10:52 CET

Porsche and Audi are known as fierce competitors on the racetrack, but now the VW Group brands are also locked in a battle to develop and manufacture the next generation of electric cars. Porsche appears in the ascendant as Audi struggles with the group's diesel-scandal fallout.... Read More »

2017 Rising Star nominations sought

Nov. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions.... Read More »

VW forms JV in Algeria to make Golf, other models starting in 2017

Nov. 27, 2016 16:00 CET

VW Group has formed a joint venture to assemble cars in Algeria, aiming for production capacity of more than 100 vehicles a day starting next year. The models that will be made include the VW Golf, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Octavia.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK

Nov. 25, 2016 14:41 CET

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK in what would be a further boost to Britain's automotive sector after the Brexit vote. The automaker previewed its first EV, the I-Pace SUV, at the Los Angeles auto show this month. The I-Pace will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria.... Read More »

France has not ruled out banning some diesel sales

Nov. 25, 2016 09:58 CET

France will seek more information from criminal investigations into Renault and VW diesel emissions before deciding whether to ban any of their cars from sale, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said.... Read More »

FCA CEO expects earnings boost from strong dollar by year-end

Nov. 25, 2016 13:00 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne expects the automaker's earnings to start benefiting from a recent strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro toward the end of the year. "Let's hope it lasts as long as possible," Marchionne said.... Read More »

Daimler to invest 10 billion euros in EVs, r&d boss says

Nov. 25, 2016 23:35 CET

Daimler is planning to invest up to 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in developing electric vehicles, r&d head Thomas Weber told a German daily newspaper. German firms are investing heavily in EVs, which are benefiting from recent advances in battery technology and a backlash against diesels.... Read More »

 
Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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