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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs

Jan. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A class and SUVs from all brands steal market share from the volume players in Europe's third-largest segment.... Read More »

Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016

Jan. 17, 2017 10:14 CET

European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was driven by growth across the region's key markets. December registrations were up 3.2 percent.... Read More »

Audi to expand EV range in China with FAW

Jan. 17, 2017 12:52 CET

Audi said it will expand its model portfolio in China to include five additional electric e-tron models in the next five years that will be built by FAW VW.... Read More »

Volkswagen will copy Apple's User-ID strategy

Jan. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

VW brand is copying a strategy from tech companies such as Apple by introducing its own "Volkswagen User-ID." This will allow customers to take their favorite music, screen configurations and pre-programmed seat positions with them when they use different VW vehicles.... Read More »

VW charges in U.S. breach German constitution, says defendant's lawyer

Jan. 17, 2017 12:18 CET

A lawyer for Heinz-Jakob Neusser, one of the VW executives charged last week by U.S. prosecutors over the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal, said the way authorities handled the legal process would have been unconstitutional under German law.... Read More »

Citroen C4 diesel exceeds emissions limits, report says

Jan. 17, 2017 12:47 CET

A Citroen C4 Cactus diesel model produced emissions that are much higher than allowed under EU law, according to a study by the Joint Research Center, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

Renault reports record 2016 sales, expects further growth

Jan. 17, 2017 12:35 CET

Renault Group sales rose 13 percent in 2016 to a record 3.18 million vehicles thanks to growth in Europe and in overseas markets such as India and Iran as the automaker expects more progress this year.... Read More »

Italy rejects Germany's emissions allegations against Fiat Chrysler

Jan. 17, 2017 11:10 CET

Tests conducted on Fiat Chrysler vehicles show they are compliant with regulations and contain no emissions defeat devices as alleged by Germany, Italy's transport ministry said. Germany last year claimed certain FCA diesel models contained hidden software that allowed excessive engine emissions.... Read More »

UK to test Jeep model after U.S. emissions accusations

Jan. 16, 2017 11:25 CET

The UK will carry out tests on the Jeep Grand Cherokee following U.S. accusations that Fiat Chrysler mislead regulators on diesel emissions.... Read More »

BMW to push on with Mexico plant despite Trump tariff threat

Jan. 16, 2017 09:38 CET

BMW plans to finish construction of a new $1 billion plant in Mexico undeterred by threats from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on cars imported into the U.S. from its southern neighbor.... Read More »

French emissions probes could widen beyond Renault, minister says

Jan. 15, 2017 09:46 CET

A judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen beyond Renault after tests showed other carmakers had exceeded the authorized levels, the French environment minister said.... Read More »

Germany seeks recall of Fiat cars with 'illegal' shut-off devices, report says

Jan. 15, 2017 19:35 CET

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt wants the European Commission to ensure that Fiat cars that break pollution rules are taken off the market, a newspaper reported.... Read More »

VW pulled out of Daimler deal before embarking on diesel cheat

Jan. 14, 2017 11:12 CET

VW Group might have stayed clear of the diesel cheating that led to the worst business crisis in its history had the company not pulled out of a promising deal with Daimler more than a decade ago.... Read More »

Diesel emissions inquiries widen to Renault and Fiat Chrysler

Jan. 13, 2017 18:49 CET

European carmakers were drawn into a widening probe of diesel emissions testing, with French prosecutors examining Renault and British authorities seeking answers from Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler, Italy face EU questions over diesel emissions

Jan. 13, 2017 09:30 CET

European lawmakers called on Italy to provide proof against Germany's allegation that Fiat Chrysler used illegal exhaust emissions defeat devices. German authorities say that hidden software on the Fiat 500X, Fiat Doblo and Jeep Renegade have allowed excess diesel emissions.... Read More »

Renault emissions are being investigated by French prosecutors, report says

Jan. 13, 2017 12:11 CET

French prosecutors are investigating Renault over suspected cheating on vehicle exhaust emissions, a source at the Paris prosecutor's office told Reuters.... Read More »

Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016

Jan. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country's four-year slump will end in 2017.... Read More »

Tata names new chairman to stabilize group

Jan. 13, 2017 11:27 CET

For Tata Group's new chairman, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, restoring order at India's largest conglomerate will be top of his agenda after the ouster of his predecessor Cyrus Mistry triggered one of the country's biggest corporate power struggles in years.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2.0-liter diesels, former brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser appears to have perfected it, according to U.S. court documents. ... Read More »

Nissan picks UK for first European on-road autonomous car tests

Jan. 13, 2017 16:01 CET

Nissan will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models in the country despite concerns over Brexit.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2017

Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2017

Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL SCANDAL

VW officials destroyed files, emails as cheating unraveled, U.S. prosecutors say

Jan. 12, 2017 10:15 CET

Volkswagen's plot to cheat U.S. emissions tests was quickly unraveling by 2015. On August 19, an employee told regulators for the first time that VW's diesel cars were designed to behave differently during tests, leading some executives and engineers to begin deleting files and emails, U.S. prosecutors claim.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL SCANDAL

VW faces reforms, oversight for 3 years under U.S. settlement

Jan. 12, 2017 07:37 CET

VW Group agreed to sweeping reforms, new audits and oversight by an independent monitor for three years as part of a $4.3 billion settlement with U.S. regulators.... Read More »

Renault expects 30% production boost for Clio in Slovenia

Jan. 12, 2017 11:17 CET

Renault's Slovenian unit will create 340 new jobs by the end of this month as it expects production of a face-lifted Clio model, which begins in March at the plant, to help boost annual output by 30 percent.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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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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