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BMW design boss Habib is quitting automaker

Jan. 20, 2017 11:56 CET

BMW's design boss, Karim Habib, is leaving the automaker, a company source said. Habib's departure follows the exit of two other key designers, exacerbating a period of upheaval in BMW's design department.... Read More »

Nissan is the only automaker to receive Brexit letter, UK minister says

Jan. 20, 2017 16:05 CET

Nissan is the only automaker to be sent a letter about the UK's policies toward the auto industry after the country quits the EU, Britain's Industry Minister, Nick Hurd said.... Read More »

Ghosn says Nissan will review UK investment once Brexit terms clear

Jan. 20, 2017 15:02 CET

Nissan will review the case for future investment in the UK when the terms of the country's departure from the European Union finally become clear, CEO Carlos Ghosn said.... Read More »

Daimler will begin building Russia plant in 2018, report says

Jan. 20, 2017 12:23 CET

Daimler will begin building a Mercedes car plant in Russia next year, the country's trade and industry minister told a business publication. The automaker confirmed last year that it was in talks with authorities to build cars in the country.... Read More »

BMW said to plan more purchasing with Daimler

Jan. 20, 2017 09:18 CET

BMW plans to expand its cooperation with Daimler in purchasing components, the automaker's new head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, told a German newspaper. BMW will have to alter its procurement to meet the trend for EVs and autonomous driving, Duesmann also said.... Read More »

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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2017

Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2015. Output is expected to peak at more than 80,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

VW joins Ford, BMW to offer Amazon's 'Alexa' voice service

Jan. 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen will offer the first embedded application of Amazon's Alexa voice service in a vehicle, as the growing focus on network-connected appliances and other home devices inspires collaborations between automakers and technical service providers.... Read More »

UK looks to ensure best EU market access for 'key' auto industry

Jan. 20, 2017 10:47 CET

Britain's car industry is a key part of the economy and the government is looking to ensure the best possible EU market access after the country quits the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said. May plans to enact a "hard" Brexit, meaning the country would leave the single market, which could make exporting from UK factories less lucrative.... Read More »

Bollore's EV venture hits investors

Jan. 20, 2017 09:47 CET

French billionaire Vincent Bollore's push into electric vehicles has been a huge success, at least in terms of publicity and eye-catching contracts. For investors, it hasn't worked out so well.... Read More »

French state will keep stake in PSA Group

Jan. 19, 2017 21:43 CET

The French government will keep its stake in PSA Group, the office of president Francois Hollande tweeted.... Read More »

VW plans to build first EVs with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year

Jan. 19, 2017 14:54 CET

VW Group plans to build its first cars with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year. VW and JAC signed a preliminary deal to explore making electric vehicles in September.... Read More »

Winterkorn denies early knowledge of VW diesel emissions cheating

Jan. 19, 2017 11:10 CET

Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told German lawmakers he did not know about the company's systematic emissions cheating earlier than VW has officially admitted.... Read More »

Kia Stinger aims for halo effect in Europe

Jan. 19, 2017 10:58 CET

Kia will launch its Stinger four-door fastback model in Europe in the fourth quarter. The brand hopes the rwd Stinger will serve as a halo model and will offer the car with a 3.3-liter engine variant that will be Kia's fastest production car to date.... Read More »

Germany's Merkel seen putting EU values ahead of car lobby in Brexit talks

Jan. 19, 2017 09:34 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to put EU principles ahead of the German car industry's interests in her dealings with the UK over Brexit, the head of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce said.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan's Ghosn intent on staying ahead in electric cars

Jan. 18, 2017 18:03 CET

Renault-Nissan has sold more than 400,000 electric cars globally and is planning further investment to maintain its market lead, the alliance's CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

Nissan, Toyota back UK plants despite 'hard Brexit' plan

Jan. 18, 2017 18:09 CET

Toyota and Nissan say they will continue to build cars in the UK despite Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU's single market, which could make exporting from British factories less lucrative.... Read More »

Opel will unveil Crossland X next month

Jan. 18, 2017 12:59 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will debut the Crossland X, a small crossover that replaces its Meriva minivan, in Berlin on Feb. 1 as part of the General Motors unit's latest product offensive.... Read More »

Germany's auto industry warns 'hard Brexit' will stifle UK investment

Jan. 18, 2017 16:14 CET

Germany's automakers warned that uncertainty about future tariffs in the wake of a "hard Brexit" could deter investment in Britain over a number of years, hampering their largest export market.... Read More »

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BLOG: VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

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

It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to an electric version of the model that closely resembles the original T1 that began life in 1950.... Read More »

VW delays bid to boost Audi's China sales with SAIC deal

Jan. 18, 2017 09:22 CET

VW Group says it will not produce or sell any Audi cars with SAIC in China until at least 2018, seeking first to strengthen ties with existing Audi partner FAW. A partnership with SAIC, China's largest automaker, could boost Audi's slowing sales as rival Mercedes gains ground in the market.... Read More »

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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech

Jan. 18, 2017 06:01 CET

Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with help from Renault. At 160 km, the Daimler subsidiary's electric drivetrain has a 10 percent longer range under the European testing regime than the previous powertrain.... Read More »

VW Group ordered to take back emissions-cheating Skoda by German court

Jan. 18, 2017 10:33 CET

Volkswagen Group has been ordered by a German court to take back a Skoda Yeti caught up in its emissions scandal and pay the buyer the full price of his car.... Read More »

Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers

Jan. 18, 2017 06:01 CET

Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has joined the UK car dealership Lookers as managing director.... Read More »

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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra

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

Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Ellesmere Port, England, in October the same year. Combined output from the two facilities will peak at more than 260,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

BMW urges Britain to retain tariff-free access to EU single market

Jan. 17, 2017 15:57 CET

BMW said it was best for business for the UK to be in the EU single market and urged London to ensure the country retained tariff-free access to the bloc. BMW's comments were made after the government said the UK would no longer be a full member of Europe's tariff-free zone after Brexit.... 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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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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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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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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