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Audi begins production of dual-clutch transmissions for A4 in China

Aug. 26, 2016 11:41 CET

Audi opened a transmission plant in Tianjin, China, to produce seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions for the Audi A4 sedan.... Read More »

VW's U.S. dealer accord said to add $1.2 billion to diesel-scandal costs

Aug. 26, 2016 11:10 CET

VW Group's agreement to pay U.S. dealerships for losses caused by its diesel scandal could cost the automaker about $1.2 billion, Bloomberg reported. This may raise VW's settlements in the U.S. to $16.5 billion, with the automaker still facing investor claims and possible criminal charges.... Read More »

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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales will be relatively small. The Ioniq will be offered as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or a full-electric car, the first time an automaker has offered those three green drivetrains in one body style.... Read More »

Schaeffler to build 2 new plants in China

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Schaeffler plans to build a production complex housing two new plants in Xiangtan in central China's Hunan province to make bearings for customers in south and southwest China.... Read More »

Bentley names new head of exterior design

Aug. 25, 2016 11:34 CET

Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanced exterior design leader at VW Group's ultraluxury brand.... Read More »

Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit

Aug. 25, 2016 12:40 CET

Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electronics. Mueller succeeds Ricky Hudi, who is leaving Audi to lead his own technology and consulting firm.... Read More »

UK production rises nearly 8% in July, but growth slows

Aug. 25, 2016 11:10 CET

UK car production rose 7.6 percent in July, which was a slower pace than the month before, as the industry contemplates the repercussions of a vote in Britain to leave the EU.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel touts Ampera-e's performance, long range and roomy interior

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel says its Ampera-e hatchback, the brand's first full electric vehicle, will have acceleration and overtaking times equal to the performance of its sporty OPC models. Opel will debut the Ampera-e, a sister model to the Chevrolet Bolt, at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

Aug. 24, 2016 21:49 CET

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

VW sees car output back to normal by Monday after supplier deal

Aug. 24, 2016 17:37 CET

VW said production of cars at its German plants should be back to normal by next Monday after it resolved a dispute with parts suppliers over contract terms.... Read More »

Lamborghini to double output by 2019 on SUV launch

Aug. 24, 2016 11:31 CET

Lamborghini expects to at least double annual production to 7,000 vehicles by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, CEO Stefano Domenicali said. The VW Group brand will cap annual production of its sports cars at 3,500 units to maintain exclusivity.... Read More »

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VW's crippling supplier feud shows limits of cost-cutting push

Aug. 24, 2016 10:51 CET

Volkswagen Group's agreement to end a standoff with a resistant supplier shows the limits of the automaker's push to reduce spending in the wake of record fines over its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW said to pay nearly $15 million compensation to supplier to end standoff

Aug. 24, 2016 09:10 CET

VW will compensate Prevent Group as part of a deal to end a supply dispute that stopped Golf and Passat production in Germany, sources said. The agreed-upon figure is $14.7 million, a German newspaper said.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Kia gives new Rio a sporty look

Aug. 24, 2016 11:58 CET

Kia is giving its Rio subcompact hatchback a sporty look to help it compete better against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.... Read More »

Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles

Aug. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Borgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring.... Read More »

VW says production will resume after deal agreed with suppliers

Aug. 23, 2016 09:08 CET

VW said the two suppliers with which it has been at loggerheads over a contract dispute had agreed to start delivering parts again and that plants hit by production stoppages would gradually resume output.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW production stoppages caused by defiant Bosnian supplier

Aug. 23, 2016 10:50 CET

In a year of almost non-stop crises following revelations of cheating on emissions tests, the force that brought VW factories to a halt wasn't regulators or a court ruling, but a defiant parts supplier from Bosnia-Herzegovina protesting at the cancellation of a contract.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 250,000 units in 2017.... Read More »

Bosch calls VW owners' diesel-cheating claims in U.S. 'wild and unfounded'

Aug. 23, 2016 11:24 CET

Bosch rejected as "wild and unfounded" car owners' claims in the U.S. that 38 of its employees conspired with VW Group to develop technology that enabled diesel vehicles to evade pollution-control tests.... Read More »

PSA-Dongfeng's China sales plunge 17% through July

Aug. 23, 2016 11:59 CET

Sales of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles built by PSA Group's China joint venture, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co., slumped 17 percent in the first seven months, a report said.... Read More »

Daimler fights $45M compensation claim from supplier in VW dispute

Aug. 22, 2016 16:19 CET

Daimler is fighting a $45 million compensation claim from the supplier Prevent Group, which is also seeking damages from Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Mercedes says China H2 sales may slow as new E-class output is raised

Aug. 22, 2016 15:35 CET

Mercedes says sales in China may slow in the second half of 2016 while the company ramps up production of its new E-class long-wheelbase model. The automaker's China chief, Hubertus Troska, said he does not expect local production of the new E class to reach full capacity until the fourth quarter of 2016.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2016

Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life.... Read More »

VW says 6 plants hit by production stoppages

Aug. 21, 2016 20:28 CET

VW is extending production cuts to six factories in Germany after a supplier dispute halted delivery of car seats and transmission parts. Golf and Passat production has been hit by the dispute.... Read More »

Aston Martin launches Vanquish Zagato Volante roadster

Aug. 20, 2016 12:36 CET

Aston Martin will build only 99 units of the Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible, a sister car to the Vanquish Zagato coupe that debuted earlier this year.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
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