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Brexit worries blamed for weaker UK car sales

June 6, 2016 11:13 CET

UK new-car registrations rose only slightly in May, possibly reflecting uncertainty over an impending referendum on whether the country remains in the EU. Sales were up 2.5 percent.... Read More »

ACEA raises Europe sales forecast to 14 million cars in 2016

June 2, 2016 16:17 CET

European industry group ACEA revised its car sales estimate to 14 million in 2016, a 5 percent rise, up from the 2 percent sales growth predicted in January.... Read More »

MAY U.S. SALES

May sales drop 6.1% on weak car sales; SAAR stays strong

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

The U.S. auto industry recorded its biggest monthly sales drop in nearly six years in May as most automakers posted declines amid plunging demand for passenger cars. May volume fell 6.1 percent to 1.5 million vehicles. Still, the SAAR came in at 17.46 million, a level on par with last year’s record sales.... Read More »

EU emissions inquiry chief seeks rules revamp

May 29, 2016 06:01 CET

Kathleen Van Brempt, the head of an EU investigation panel set up after the VW scandal, says emissions loopholes need to be closed and enforcement established at a European level. Van Brempt's committee will report at the end of this year or in early 2017 on Europe’s regulatory failings.... Read More »

Brexit a risk to UK's 'wafer-thin' car-industry profit margins

May 27, 2016 19:09 CET

A British exit from the EU risks subjecting the country's $100 billion car industry to export tariffs that would hurt profitability, according to the country's auto industry association.... Read More »

Fiat's snub of Germany over emissions backed by Italy

May 20, 2016 09:22 CET

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt criticized Fiat for not showing up for a meeting to discuss emissions irregularities in its diesel vehicles. However, Fiat won the backing of Italian authorities.... Read More »

BMW has no plan B if UK quits EU

May 13, 2016 11:51 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said it's too early to plan for possible changes that could affect the automaker if Britons vote to leave the EU. BMW builds Mini and Rolls-Royce cars in the UK.... Read More »

Audi's diesel scandal continues to weigh on automaker

May 12, 2016 11:43 CET

Audi expects the fallout from rigged diesel-engine emissions systems to continue to weigh on the company this year, but the automaker is still sticking to plans to increase sales and generate operating profit in a range of 8 percent to 10 percent of revenue.... Read More »

APRIL U.S. SALES

Sales advance 3.5% on fatter deals, truck volume; SAAR rebounds to 17.42M

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Led by gains at Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Ford, U.S. light-vehicle sales increased 3.5 percent to 1.506 million in April, a record for the month. After a lackluster March that disappointed some automakers, April produced solid gains across the industry, with fatter deals and light trucks driving volume higher.... Read More »

Toyota gets another boost from light trucks

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales posted a 3.8 percent sales increase in April, moving 211,125 vehicles for the month. Sales at the Toyota division, including Scion, rose 5 percent to 186,243 vehicles. The gains were largely buoyed by the strength of Toyota's light trucks, which set a record for April sales, rising 16 percent for the month to 96,033 vehicles.... Read More »

Record car sales charge up Nissan in April

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Big gains in Altima, Maxima and Sentra deliveries helped lift the Nissan brand to 113,429 sales in April, a 14 percent increase over April 2015 and a record for the month.... Read More »

American Honda gets lift from core cars, Odyssey to set record

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

American Honda posted its best April on record, with U.S. sales rising 14 percent to 148,829 vehicles on strong car and light-truck demand. The Honda division set a monthly record, as well, with volume advancing 15 percent to 132,623 vehicles. Car volume rose 14 percent and light-truck deliveries advanced 16 percent.... Read More »

Hyundai blames ‘softness’ in cars for Elantra’s spring swoon

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Just three months after Hyundai Motor Co. launched a clean-sheet redesign of the Elantra sedan, its best-selling car in the U.S. last year, sales of the compact car plunged 44 percent in April, suggesting the Korean automaker may have hit a snag in a market segment that has recently been among its strongest.... Read More »

Canadian sales rise 6%, set new monthly record

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Light-vehicle sales in Canada grew 6 percent in April to a record 200,327 deliveries, according to an industry report. Ford and FCA led the way with double-digit gains.... Read More »

GM sales drop 3.5% as rental sales slide; retail deliveries rise 12th straight month

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

GM's April sales fell 3.5 percent, amid another big drop in deliveries to rental companies. GM sold 259,557 vehicles last month. Its retail sales rose for the 12th straight month, up 3.3 percent, to 200,656, driven by strong demand for pickups and SUVs.... Read More »

Ford advances as F-series volume tops 70,000 for 2nd straight month

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Ford sold more than 70,000 F-series pickups in back-to-back months for the first time in a decade, helping the automaker increase its total U.S. sales by 3.6 percent in April.... Read More »

FCA sees 5.6% gain on small Jeeps, pickups, minivans

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Continued strong demand for Jeeps and Ram pickups, as well as rebounding minivan volume, boosted FCA US sales 5.6 percent in April.... Read More »

Mercedes widens lead over Lexus, BMW with SUVs

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz led U.S. sales of luxury autos in April, solidifying its top spot ahead of Toyota's Lexus and the BMW brand as demand for SUVs stayed strong.... Read More »

VW's U.S. slump hits 6-month mark

12:30 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Continued weakness in the Volkswagen brand's core lineup of passenger cars dragged down its U.S. sales for the sixth consecutive month in April while Audi continued to roll, notching its 64th-straight monthly record.... Read More »

U.S. threatens to block easing of EU car exports in trade talks, reports say

May 2, 2016 10:43 CET

The U.S. is threatening to prevent the easing of export controls on European cars in talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal, German media reported.... Read More »

Daimler establishes task force to evaluate Brexit risk

April 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler has set up a task force to assess the potential impact of a UK exit from the EU. The automaker believes a so-called "Brexit" could lead to a rise in market volatility.... Read More »

Automakers cut CO2 emissions more than EU regulatory target

April 14, 2016 11:57 CET

A strategy by automakers to downsize engines and reduce weight to help meet Europe's stricter CO2 emissions targets is paying dividends, official data showed. Emissions from new cars sold in the EU in 2015 were 8 percent below the goal set by EU lawmakers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Dad-vans are one thing, but 7-year loans for a Dodge Dart?

4:09 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2016

You have to give Tim Kuniskis credit for one thing: He's not the guy who chooses the well-worn path when it comes to marketing.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ghosn welcomes Model 3 zeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2016

Why Ghosn welcomes Model 3 zeal; 'Hubris' hinders Tesla deliveries; JLR's new store look; GM Korea labor tension; Ford South Africa plans.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Automakers fight to regain trust in wake of VW scandal

April 3, 2016 06:01 CET

VW's cheating on emissions tests has left Europe's automakers with the challenge of persuading buyers that diesel engines are clean. Car companies have invested billions into diesel technology to help meet stricter CO2 regulations.... Read More »

 
Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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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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