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BAIC to tap old Mercedes platform to develop vehicles, report says

Aug. 19, 2016 14:20 CET

China's BAIC Motor won approval from partner Daimler to develop vehicles using an old Mercedes E-class platform, according to a media report, which said the first vehicle based on the technology, a midsize sedan, will hit the domestic market in 2018.... Read More »

VW eyes transportation deals to boost self-driving car plans

Aug. 19, 2016 15:44 CET

Volkswagen Group is planning further acquisitions in the market for new transportation technologies and services, said Johann Jungwirth, the automaker's digital chief and a former Apple exec.... Read More »

VW ready to seize withheld parts from supplier plants, report says

Aug. 19, 2016 15:56 CET

VW Group is preparing to seize components from two suppliers that are withholding parts in a contract dispute, Germany's Bild newspaper reported. VW faces production stoppages at four German factories after the suppliers halted deliveries of transmission and seat parts.... Read More »

VW to halt Golf production as supplier dispute hits 4 German plants

Aug. 19, 2016 11:23 CET

VW Group is stopping Golf production at its main German factory in Wolfsburg as a dispute with two key suppliers escalates, reports said. The automaker is also cutting working hours in three other plants across Germany.... Read More »

Opel cuts working hours at two German plants following Brexit vote

Aug. 19, 2016 11:54 CET

Opel is cutting working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for its Corsa and Insignia models after the UK's vote to leave the EU. The UK is the biggest market for the two cars.... Read More »

VW gets German approval for another 140,000 diesel-car fixes in Europe

Aug. 19, 2016 11:13 CET

Volkswagen has received approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority for technical fixes on another 140,000 2.0-liter diesel cars with illegal emissions control software.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2016

Auto executives in China are worried these days. They are not concerned about consumer demand, but rather the uncertainty surrounding key industry policies set by the Chinese government. In particular, they are worried that the government can't seem to make up its mind whether to extend a tax incentive for small-vehicle purchases which has really helped boost sales volumes.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe's auto sector slips again in Q2

Aug. 19, 2016 06:01 CET

The values of Europe's automakers, suppliers and retailers fell during the second quarter of this year, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices. For the second quarter in a row, all of Europe's publicly traded vehicle manufacturers recorded declines in shareholder value.... Read More »

Bosch had key role in VW emissions fraud, lawyers claim

Aug. 18, 2016 08:55 CET

Bosch began playing a key role in developing Volkswagen's emission-cheating technology as early as the late 1990s, lawyers for VW owners said in a U.S. court filing that includes detailed allegations against the German supplier.... Read More »

VW to cut hours at 3 German plants amid dispute with supplier, report says

Aug. 18, 2016 15:57 CET

VW will cut working hours for more than 10,000 staff at its Wolfsburg base and reduce output at two more German sites, Reuters reported. VW's production is being hit by a dispute with a key supplier.... Read More »

Audi replaces top exec ahead of new Mexico plant opening, reports say

Aug. 18, 2016 15:32 CET

Audi has replaced Mattias Rust, the human resources chief at its new Mexico factory, shortly before the plant's opening, German media reports said. Rust was replaced because of "irregularities," the reports said.... Read More »

VW's Wolfsburg plant hit by parts shortage in supplier row

Aug. 18, 2016 10:55 CET

VW said production at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, had been affected by a components shortage caused by a supplier refusing to keep to delivery commitments. The factory builds Golf, Tiguan and Touran cars.... Read More »

Mercedes, BMW hit as Korea widens emissions probe after VW scandal

Aug. 18, 2016 11:39 CET

South Korea expanded an investigation into the fabrication of emissions and noise-level test results to 23 foreign automakers, including Mercedes and BMW, after fining VW Group $16 million for violations.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2016

Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. Output is expected to peak at more than 5,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Daimler's top electric mobility exec moving to Bosch, report says

Aug. 17, 2016 16:21 CET

Daimler's top electric mobility executive, Harald Kroeger, is joining Bosch, Reuters reported. Bosch is building up its EV and autonomous car expertise and has worked with Google and Tesla.... Read More »

Nissan to export more Rogue SUVs from S. Korea on post-Brexit yen surge

Aug. 17, 2016 14:53 CET

Nissan wants to increase the output of its Rogue model at alliance partner Renault's factory in South Korea this year, as a stronger yen makes exports from Japan less competitive. The yen has jumped 20 percent against the dollar this year in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.... Read More »

Former Volvo exec seeks to raise $1 billion at China EV startup

Aug. 17, 2016 12:02 CET

Freeman Shen, a former top Volvo executive, aims to raise $1 billion in an initial fundraising round for the latest China electric-vehicle startup to challenge Tesla.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's Togliatti plant to move to shorter week

Aug. 17, 2016 12:41 CET

AvtoVAZ said its Togliatti plant will move to a four-day week from October to February as the Russian market continues to be hit by sluggish demand. The factory builds Lada, Nissan and Renault cars.... Read More »

UK car sales holding up despite Brexit vote, dealer group Lookers says

Aug. 17, 2016 11:32 CET

UK car dealership Lookers said Britain's vote to leave the EU has had little impact on demand for new and used cars.... Read More »

Hyundai says it's discussing partnerships with Google

Aug. 17, 2016 11:00 CET

Hyundai is in discussions with Google about partnerships as the automaker seeks external expertise to remain competitive. The two companies have some common areas that may require cooperation, Hyundai Motor President Jeong Jin Haeng said.... Read More »

Norway denies report that it plans to ban gasoline and diesel cars

Aug. 16, 2016 16:47 CET

Norway denied a media report that the country planned to outlaw the sale of all gasoline and diesel cars starting 2025.... Read More »

Wiring supplier Leoni defrauded of 40 million euros

Aug. 16, 2016 15:47 CET

German wiring systems maker Leoni has been the subject of a fraud which has cost the supplier 40 million euros ($45 million). Leoni said fraudsters had used falsified documents and identities to funnel company funds abroad.... Read More »

Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fire

Aug. 16, 2016 17:25 CET

Tesla is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive.... Read More »

Audi, China's luxury leader, continues to lose market share to BMW, Mercedes

Aug. 16, 2016 10:39 CET

Audi, the largest luxury brand in China, is losing market share to its two German rivals, BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

VW Group outsells GM to regain top spot in Chinese market

Aug. 16, 2016 10:55 CET

VW Group outsold GM in July as well as in the first seven months of the year to reclaim its position as China's largest automaker.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
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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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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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