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UK car sales rise 2% in April but VW takes a big hit

May 6, 2016 11:58 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales at scandal-hit Volkswagen plunged, industry association data showed.... Read More »

Volvo plans to raise 500 million euros in first bond issue

May 6, 2016 18:27 CET

Volvo aims to raise 500 million euros ($571 million) by issuing the first corporate bond in its 89-year history, the carmaker said on Friday.... Read More »

Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April

May 6, 2016 14:50 CET

Western European car registrations rose 8 percent in April as Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain all saw a rise in sales last month, although momentum is slowing, according to data from a leading industry group.... Read More »

Skoda names new SUV after Alaskan bear

May 6, 2016 14:19 CET

Skoda said its new large SUV will be called the Kodiaq after a bear that lives on an island off Alaska. The seven-seat SUV will be a rival to the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe.... Read More »

Pakistan woos VW, Renault, FCA to put pressure on Toyota, Honda

May 6, 2016 11:13 CET

Pakistan is wooing VW, Renault and Fiat Chrysler with generous import duties as it seeks to loosen the grip of Toyota, Honda, and Suzuki on the market.... Read More »

Ford cleans up its diesels in Europe

May 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford has joined VW and PSA in switching to a technology said to be more effective in cleaning harmful emissions from diesel engines.... Read More »

Getrag, Dongfeng launch dual-clutch gearbox at China JV

May 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Dongfeng Getrag Transmissiob, a China joint venture between Getrag and Dongfeng, began production of six-speed dual-clutch transmissions at a plant in Wuhan.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric roof may be adopted by some rival automakers.... Read More »

Renault will invest $684 million to build new car in Spain

May 5, 2016 19:04 CET

Renault will invest more than $684 million to build a new car and engine at its plant in Valladolid, Spain, the automaker said.... Read More »

Honda says 2 more deaths linked to Takata airbags

May 5, 2016 12:08 CET

Honda said two fatal crashes in Malaysia involved ruptured airbag inflators made by Takata, bringing the global number of deaths linked to the defective devices to 13 as the U.S. ordered the Japanese supplier to widen the scale of its recalls.... Read More »

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PSA CEO defends new targets; demands pricing discipline over volume

May 5, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares has turned the automaker around since taking the helm in 2014. Now Tavares' new Push to Pass plan aims to triple PSA's profit target to 6 percent by 2021, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

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McLaren boss outlines supercar maker's ambitious growth strategy

May 5, 2016 06:01 CET

McLaren, which has remained consistently profitable since it started making supercars in 2009, now plans to invest 1 billion pounds to boost annual sales to as many as 5,000, the automaker's boss, Mike Flewitt, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Magneti Marelli opens China headquarters in Shanghai

May 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Italian supplier Magneti Marelli has opened its new China headquarters in Shanghai to support the growth of its local businesses.... Read More »

Daimler plans Mercedes engine factory in Poland

May 4, 2016 10:30 CET

Daimler said it plans to invest about 500 million euros ($575 million) in a new engine factory in Poland to broaden its production footprint outside its German home market.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combination with PSA Group has been a recurring rumor for years. The reason that the subject won't die is because the deal makes sense on a number of levels.... Read More »

PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran

May 4, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker's commercial operations to improve synergies between its Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands.... Read More »

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Suppliers to the new Audi A4

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 217,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Continental expects no major hit from carmakers' price cuts

May 4, 2016 12:01 CET

Continental is bracing for tough talks with Volkswagen and other carmakers over prices, though it does not expect to take a major hit on its results, finance chief Wolfgang Schaefer said.... Read More »

Volvo swings to profit in first quarter

May 4, 2016 07:50 CET

Volvo swung to a profit in the first quarter as its new XC90 helped to drive growth. Operating earnings rose to $392 million from a year-ago loss.... Read More »

German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains

May 3, 2016 13:33 CET

German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spain. Fiat, Volvo and Porsche were among brands with big gains.... Read More »

Volvo sales rise 11% in April as U.S., Europe growth offsets China slowdown

May 3, 2016 21:33 CET

Volvo's vehicle sales grew 11.3 percent in April as gains in the U.S. and Europe offset lower demand in China.... Read More »

Renault pressed by French gov't to cut Ghosn's pay after investor revolt

May 3, 2016 17:38 CET

France will maintain pressure on Renault to rein in Carlos Ghosn's pay, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said, after shareholders voted against the CEO's $8.3 million payout for 2015.... Read More »

BMW i brand sales fall 23% as key execs join Chinese EV startup

May 3, 2016 16:18 CET

BMW's i subbrand of electric and plug-in hybrid cars saw sales plunge in the first quarter while it also suffered the defections of key executives to a Chinese startup.... Read More »

Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company

May 3, 2016 15:22 CET

Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emissions scandal. His successor is Michael Steiner, the brand's head of quality management.... Read More »

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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster

May 3, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine.... Read More »

 
Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April but VW takes a big hit
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales at scandal-hit Volkswagen plunged, ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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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
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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