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Bosch opens new infotainment, component plant in China

May 25, 2018 10:39 CET

Bosch opened a second plant in the east China city of Wuhu this week to expand output of infotainment and other connectivity systems for vehicles produced in China.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Google

May 25, 2018 06:01 CET

A few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned.... Read More »

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Skoda's strong growth brings major challenges

May 25, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda may be one of the most successful brands in VW Group's sprawling empire as it posts record sales and profits, but the automaker must balance ambitious growth plans with the pay demands of Czech workers in its two overstretched factories.... Read More »

China said to back private investment in state automakers

May 25, 2018 10:26 CET

China is considering encouraging state-owned automakers to bring in private car manufacturers as investors as it seeks to create an industrial champion to compete with global companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Niclas Pfueller

May 25, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Niclas Pfueller, who is general manager of Brose's factory in Ostrava, Czech Republic.... Read More »

Iran ties could dent European automakers' U.S. business

May 24, 2018 06:01 CET

PSA and Renault have spent hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild their businesses in Iran. Those investments are at risk following the U.S. decision to withdraw from a nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on companies that do business in both Iran and the U.S.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2018

Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be concentrating too much authority in a single manager.... Read More »

France pledges strategic contract with automakers, suppliers in EV push

May 24, 2018 13:50 CET

The French government has pledged to work with automakers and suppliers to increase sales of EVs sharply and build up the network of charging stations, as part of a new "strategic contract" with the automotive sector.... Read More »

Daimler ordered to recall Mercedes Vito diesel van over emissions

May 24, 2018 15:56 CET

Germany's road vehicle authority has ordered Daimler to recall Mercedes Vito vans with 1.6-liter diesel engines, saying two of the van's engine control features to reduce exhaust emissions were in breach of regulations... Read More »

PSA 'cautious' about Iran business after successful Citroen C3 launch

May 24, 2018 15:13 CET

PSA remains cautious about its Iran business, Citroen CEO Linda Jackson said, after the launch of the C3 model in the market.... Read More »

Volvo will expand XC40 output; promises to widen compact family

May 24, 2018 10:00 CET

Volvo will expand output of its XC40 in Belgium and start production of the compact SUV in China next year. The automaker also said it will widen its compact family with a range of new models to replace the current V40.... Read More »

U.S. auto import probe threatens European automakers

May 24, 2018 10:18 CET

European automakers could be in for a bumpy ride after President Donald Trump's administration started an investigation into whether car imports threaten national security. The move could lead to new U.S. tariffs on foreign vehicles and it would also impact Japanese and South Korean automakers.... Read More »

U.S. auto import probe borders on 'provocation,' German trade group says

May 24, 2018 12:01 CET

A U.S. decision to launch a national security investigation into car imports borders on provocation, and marks a further low point in business ties with Europe that will hit both manufacturers and consumers, Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industries and Commerce said.... Read More »

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Renault-Nissan gains on merger talks

May 24, 2018 06:01 CET

The prospect of Renault and Nissan consolidating their alliance with a full merger boosted the shareholder value of the French company by 17.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices.... Read More »

Apple turns to VW for self-driving tech after being spurned by BMW, Mercedes, paper reports

May 24, 2018 08:21 CET

Apple signed a deal with VW for self-driving cars after failing to get an agreement with BMW and Mercedes, the New York Times reported.... Read More »

China sees potential in AI, self-driving, digitalization cooperation with Germany

May 24, 2018 09:46 CET

China's commerce ministry said it sees good potential in cooperation with Germany in sectors such as digitalization, new energy cars, artificial intelligence and driverless cars.... Read More »

Toyota will build fuel cell stack plant in bid to ramp up sales of hydrogen-powered cars

May 24, 2018 09:22 CET

Toyota plans to build a plant to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to increase global annual sales of the vehicles to at least 30,000 from 3,000 now.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Monika Gutenschwager

May 24, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Monika Gutenschwager, who is executive director of quality at Adient.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will spend $5.3 billion on new models, tech

May 23, 2018 15:34 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend about 4.5 billion pounds ($5.3 billion) in the current financial year on new models and technologies as the UK-based automaker looks to spur slow vehicle sales.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Donald Trump does a favor for BMW and Mercedes

May 23, 2018 09:26 CET

The biggest beneficiaries of President Donald Trump's drive to get China to "play fair" on trade are automakers such as BMW and Mercedes, which export expensive sedans and SUVs from Germany and the U.S. to wealthy customers in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

Diesel fears become reality with first driving ban in Germany

May 23, 2018 11:11 CET

Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city, will restrict older diesel vehicles from selected urban areas starting next week, marking the first driving ban in the country for the embattled technology.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size SUV, the heart of the premium EV market.... Read More »

Ford will add second model at Romania plant

May 23, 2018 10:47 CET

Ford won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan invests in China, U.S., French startups

May 23, 2018 09:51 CET

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance's new venture capital fund is backing autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and solid-state battery startups.... Read More »

Tesla trims up to $14,000 off Model X in China after tariff cuts

May 23, 2018 11:29 CET

Tesla has cut the price of the Model X in China by up to $14,000 after Beijing announced tariff cuts for imported cars.... Read More »

 
VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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