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GM now expects $5.5B charge from its sale of Opel

June 27, 2017 10:30 CET

Additional costs mean GM now expects the charge for its sale of Opel to PSA to reach $5.5 billion, GM finance chief Chuck Stevens said.... Read More »

Schaeffler cuts profit guidance on steel costs, electric shift

June 27, 2017 14:59 CET

Schaeffler has cut its annual profit guidance citing higher costs for steel and increased expenses for developing electric cars.... Read More »

VW will reduce management ranks in cost-cutting move

June 27, 2017 10:39 CET

VW brand plans to thin out its management ranks using the same early retirement schemes offered to shop floor workers, as part of a broader transformation at the marque following VW Group's costly diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

Germany will set up new emissions-testing body after VW scandal

June 27, 2017 09:49 CET

Germany said it will set up a new organization to test vehicle emissions after the VW Group scandal revealed an industrywide pollution problem. The body will test vehicles in real road conditions rather than in laboratory conditions.... Read More »

Aston Martin scales back plans for Tesla rival after losing Chinese backing

June 27, 2017 07:45 CET

Aston Martin has scaled back production plans for its first electric model, the RapidE, after investment partner LeEco pulled out of the project.... Read More »

Automakers seek Brexit certainty

June 27, 2017 06:01 CET

Automakers are frustrated at the lack of clarity over the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union and are looking for signs that will allow them to make decisions on long-term investments for their British operations.... Read More »

Ghosn's Nissan pay rises 2.5% to $9.8 million

June 27, 2017 11:49 CET

Nissan paid former CEO Carlos Ghosn 1.09 billion yen ($9.81 million) in the year ended March, up 2.5 percent from the previous year. Ghosn stepped down as Nissan CEO at the end of March, but remains chairman of the automaker.... Read More »

VW, Nvidia to cooperate on artificial intelligence

June 27, 2017 10:53 CET

Volkswagen will cooperate with U.S. chipmaker Nvidia on deep learning software that could be used to manage future mobility projects or make it easier for humans to work with robots.... Read More »

Volvo, Autoliv deepen self-driving ties with Nvidia

June 27, 2017 07:45 CET

Volvo and Autoliv are deepening their ties with chipmaker Nvidia to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars. The relationship between Volvo and Nvidia, which have been working together on research and development, now expands to a production-level venture.... Read More »

Berlin demands costly German recall of 12 million diesel cars, report says

June 26, 2017 14:27 CET

The German government is in talks with automakers about updating the engine management software in up to 12 million diesel vehicles to cut NOx pollution, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Seat unveils Arona, its second SUV, as it seeks to profit from SUV boom

June 26, 2017 18:50 CET

VW Group's Seat unit unveiled the Arona, the second model in the brand's plan to ride the SUV/crossover boom to sustainable profitability.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers end strike after wage deal

June 26, 2017 09:47 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory reached a pay increase deal with management to end a six-day strike. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

Audi top management criticized in internal dossier, paper says

June 25, 2017 09:38 CET

Audi's executive board, including CEO Rupert Stadler, shows no signs of being ready for a fresh start after the brand became embroiled in VW Group's diesel scandal, company managers say, according to a German newspaper report.... Read More »

Former VW engine chief told to stay in Germany or risk being detained in U.S.

June 24, 2017 09:59 CET

Germany is the only safe place for former VW Group executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the highest-ranking manager indicted in the U.S. in connection with the automaker's diesel-rigging scandal.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Land Rover Defender will appeal to new generation, design chief says

June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

The launch of the new Land Rover Defender is "not far away," the brand's design boss, Gerry McGovern, said.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers continue strike after talks fail

June 23, 2017 11:36 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory will continue to strike to win a higher pay rise after talks with management failed. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

Lotus cars may be built in China, Geely owner says

June 23, 2017 09:32 CET

Geely hopes to help Lotus to penetrate the global market, Geely owner Li Shufu said, after his company finalized a deal to buy the UK sports-car maker as part of its acquisition of Proton.... Read More »

VW agrees to buy back some 'cheat' diesels in Germany

June 23, 2017 10:13 CET

VW agreed to buy back diesel cars with rigged software from a handful of customers in Germany who took the automaker to court. VW played down the significance of the ruling, saying its decision stemmed from the low value of the vehicles in question.... Read More »

Mercedes production may be hit by EV dispute

June 23, 2017 10:43 CET

Workers at a Mercedes plant near Stuttgart may refuse to work overtime unless management allocates electric powertrain work to the factory to offset the loss of orders for conventional engines and transmissions.... Read More »

Daimler's Uber rival expands into Romania

June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Mytaxi, Daimler's Germany-based ride-hailing app, is expanding into eastern Europe. Daimler and rivals are investing in ride-hailing companies to ensure they do not become providers of low-margin commoditized hardware to companies such as Uber.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Ford sees LCVs as key to European profit despite Brexit headwinds

June 22, 2017 09:28 CET

A strong sales performance in light commercial vehicles will help Ford be profitable in Europe this year, the automaker's regional boss, Steve Armstrong, said.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Automakers can overcome industry disruptors, Seat president says

June 22, 2017 14:12 CET

Tech companies may have an advantage as innovators in the battle for leadership of the future market for mobility but only automakers have the industrial scale to make new developments a reality for the masses, Seat President Luca de Meo says.... Read More »

UK seeks to be world leader in autonomous and electric vehicles

June 22, 2017 10:23 CET

The UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emissions vehicle technology as it seeks to become a leader in the field, which it believes may be worth 28 billion pounds to the economy by 2035.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan plans driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services

June 22, 2017 12:45 CET

Renault-Nissan plans to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services as the alliance looks beyond making and selling cars. The alliance is testing a system with a Japanese software company and French public transport operator.... Read More »

Hard Brexit will put 18,000 German jobs at risk, study says

June 22, 2017 12:18 CET

Slumping new-car sales in the UK after a hard Brexit could put 18,000 German auto industry jobs at risk, a Deloitte study said.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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