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Small German city challenges nation's automakers on diesel pollution

Feb. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Wiesbaden, a leafy city in Frankfurt's commuter belt, is opening a new front in the battle against vehicle pollution after a court ordered the state government to clean up diesel exhaust fumes by September or face a fine.... Read More »

Tougher emissions tests in Europe could hit small diesel cars, auto lobby says

Feb. 17, 2016 16:16 CET

A tougher European testing regime following Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal could mean new small diesel car models are modified or withdrawn by automakers, the region's auto lobby said.... Read More »

N. America powers Nissan profit surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2016

Nissan's net jumped 24 percent in the October-December quarter, paced by strong earnings in North America.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience.... Read More »

Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal.... Read More »

JANUARY 2016 U.S. SALES

Snowstorms drive sales down 0.4%; SAAR rises to 17.55 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

U.S. auto sales declined 0.4 percent last month, as severe winter weather pushed some consumers to put off car shopping until February. With two fewer sales days, the sales rate still rose to 17.55 million. Automakers posted stronger results than many forecasts had predicted for a month that began with stocks taking a dive and ended with the storm.... Read More »

Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by outselling Toyota last year. But Nissan's total was nearly 100,000 less than Toyota's. So which automaker won?... Read More »

EU seeks more powers over car regulations after VW scandal

Jan. 27, 2016 14:44 CET

The EU is seeking sweeping powers over national car regulations, aiming to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions rigging. Under proposed new rules, Brussels would be able to order spot checks on vehicles, order recalls and impose penalties for failure to comply with environmental laws.... Read More »

EU regulators fine Japanese suppliers 138 million euros for price fixing

Jan. 26, 2016 13:09 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Ltd. a total of 137.8 million euros ($149.8 million) for fixing prices of car alternators and starters. Supplier Denso avoided a fine after alerting officials to the existence of the cartel.... Read More »

Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change.... Read More »

VW CEO calls for new emissions tests

Jan. 25, 2016 22:44 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller called for emissions tests in Europe to be reworked to close the gap between laboratory and real-world results, an issue brought to public attention by the German car manufacturer's cheating scandal.... Read More »

PSA, Renault, FCA eye deals as Iran president tours EU

Jan. 25, 2016 16:14 CET

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Italy on Monday for the first stop of a European tour that may see him explore manufacturing partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, PSA and Renault. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said he sees opportunities in Iran.... Read More »

Renault CEO Ghosn sees need for new rules amid emissions scrutiny

Jan. 22, 2016 10:54 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators need to determine new rules for checking vehicle emissions after probes sparked by VW Group's test cheating exposed differences between laboratory results and on-street performance.... Read More »

VW refuses to offer emissions scandal compensation in Europe

Jan. 21, 2016 18:09 CET

Volkswagen said there were no grounds to replicate in Europe a compensation program it plans for U.S. drivers affected by its diesel emissions scandal, rejecting a demand from the European Union's industry commissioner.... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY

Renault raid exposes EU's flawed plan on clean diesel

Jan. 15, 2016 14:50 CET

The raid on Renault premises over emissions tests highlights Europe's flawed emissions-testing system. Largely at the behest of Germany, the European regulators are moving to severely water down tighter emissions limits.... Read More »

EU Parliament delays vote on car pollution limits

Jan. 14, 2016 14:46 CET

The European Parliament has delayed a vote, due next week, on whether new car pollution testing rules are too lax.... Read More »

European Investment Bank puts loans to VW on hold

Jan. 14, 2016 13:41 CET

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has stopped loans to Volkswagen Group pending an investigation into whether some of its previous funding could been used by the German carmaker to cheat diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: For 2016, some growth, but watch out

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

It's wonderful to be starting an expected seventh straight year of U.S. auto sales growth.... Read More »

Forecasters see U.S. sales up this year, but softer 2017

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. are cruising towards a new record in 2016, analysts agree, though they add that sales may then soften in 2017. In addition, Tom Webb, Cox Automotive's chief economist, warns of an “unhealthy disregard for the downside risks.”... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

Facing U.S. storm, VW set for easier ride in Europe on emissions scandal

Jan. 9, 2016 10:52 CET

Volkswagen is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany's determination to protect its car industry, EU sources and legal experts say.... Read More »

Czech new-car sales jump to record in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 12:17 CET

Czech new-car sales rose 20 percent in 2015 to a record number on the back of a fast-growing economy.... Read More »

DECEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. auto sales break record in 2015

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

The U.S. auto industry set a sales record in 2015 as solid December gains by the biggest automakers pushed the annual tally above 2000's 17,402,486 mark. Volume, driven by low gas prices, pent-up demand, widespread credit availability, an increase in leasing and job gains, rose 8.9 percent last month and 5.7 percent for the year.... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW investigated by EU over loans amid diesel scandal

Dec. 16, 2015 14:43 CET

The European Union's anti-fraud office is investigating loans Volkswagen Group received from the European Investment Bank to produce cleaner engines.... Read More »

 
Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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