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Audi evolves from bureaucrat's ride to women's favorite in China

Nov. 28, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the more prosperous eastern regions.... Read More »


VW finds 1.9 billion euros in savings as cost-cut push takes shape

Nov. 27, 2015 16:08 CET

VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions.... Read More »

VW labor boss says CO2 scandal has hit car orders

Nov. 27, 2015 15:21 CET

VW Group is dealing with a slowdown in new-car orders in the wake of admitting this month that it understated CO2 emissions in about 800,000 vehicles, VW's top labor representative said.... Read More »


Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015

Assembly of the sixth-generation BMW 7 series began in July 2015 at the automaker's factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 70,000 units next year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit

Nov. 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand.... Read More »

PSA stakeholder Dongfeng removes president after gov't graft probe

Nov. 26, 2015 11:41 CET

Dongfeng said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position after the government launched an investigation into the executive for suspected graft earlier this month. Dongfeng owns a 14.1 percent stake in France's PSA and has joint ventures with PSA, Renault, Nissan and Honda.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's surreal fix turns Dieselgate drama into a comedy

9:54 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its Dieselgate woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic.... Read More »

Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017

Nov. 26, 2015 11:52 CET

Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories.... Read More »


Audi CEO told to 'push on' with emissions probe

Nov. 26, 2015 20:26 CET

Audi's top labor representative said that CEO Rupert Stadler needs to "push on" with an investigation into the causes of emissions issues at VW Group's flagship luxury brand with no regard to who may be involved.... Read More »


Audi suspends 2 engineers following U.S. emissions stumble

Nov. 26, 2015 12:45 CET

Audi has suspended two engineers after its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were found to have evaded emissions limits in the U.S., Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, was quoted as saying in a newspaper report.... Read More »

PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says

Nov. 26, 2015 16:40 CET

PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.... Read More »

Infiniti Q60 caught on road ahead of Detroit debut

Nov. 26, 2015 14:59 CET

The Infiniti Q60 was photographed in Las Vegas this week ahead of its planned debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. The BMW 4-series rival is expected to go in sale in Europe toward the end of next year following its launch in the U.S.... Read More »


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.... Read More »


BLOG: Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords.... Read More »


VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recall

Nov. 25, 2015 12:50 CET

VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe even though technical fixes for the affected cars will likely turn out to be less complex than initially thought.... Read More »

France opposes changes to Renault-Nissan structure

Nov. 25, 2015 21:52 CET

France's decision to secure double voting rights in Renault should not result in any changes to the structure of the automaker's partnership with Nissan, the country's economy minister said. Sources say Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to give Nissan more say over the alliance.... Read More »


VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy

Nov. 25, 2015 15:36 CET

The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth.... Read More »

Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU

Nov. 25, 2015 11:04 CET

The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc.... Read More »

PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next year

Nov. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant

Nov. 25, 2015 11:28 CET

Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017.... Read More »

EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET

Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said.... Read More »


VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels

Nov. 24, 2015 12:48 CET

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.... Read More »

Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test

Nov. 24, 2015 11:59 CET

Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. A German environmental lobby group said the excess emissions were detected under new European testing cycles.... Read More »

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