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AvtoVAZ's new CEO takes softer line on job cuts

Sept. 23, 2016 15:14 CET

AvtoVAZ has a civic responsibility to preserve Russian jobs, the company's new CEO, Nicolas Maure, told Reuters, rowing back on a politically sensitive policy of redundancies in the face of plummeting sales and record losses.... Read More »

Honda projects declining U.S. auto sales to 'good industry' pace

8:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Auto sales in the U.S. may not set a record this year and will probably decline from 2015's record in the coming years, said Honda's top American sales executive.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models from Audi, Jaguar and BMW. The sector is likely to remain hot for years to come, according to a top analyst.... Read More »

Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the automaker embarks on ambitious plans to add self-driving and full-electric vehicles to its lineup.... Read More »

VW vows to fix all diesels with defeat device in Europe by '17

Sept. 22, 2016 10:46 CET

VW Group pledged to fix all diesel cars equipped with illicit engine software in Europe by autumn 2017, the European Commission said after talks with the carmaker. VW has repaired less than 10 percent of the 8.5 million affected models in Europe since admitting it rigged engines to cheat emissions tests.... Read More »

UK car output rises 9%, but Brexit worries remain

Sept. 22, 2016 11:40 CET

UK car production rose 9.1 percent in August, but a leading industry group has cautioned that future growth will depend on Britain continuing to trade competitively after its vote to leave the European Union on June 23.... Read More »

CarMax quarterly earnings fall 5.7%

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

CarMax's quarterly earnings dropped 5.7 percent, as customer demand leaned toward older, less expensive used vehicles, the retailer said. It also said a test to deliver used vehicles to customers' homes rolled into Charlotte, N.C.... Read More »

ONLINE BREAKTHROUGH

Canadian dealership group rolling out 100% online sales goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

A Canadian dealership group from Winnipeg has developed its own system for fully digitized sales done completely online by the customer, eliminating mountains of paperwork and “revolutionizing” the finance and insurance business.(From Automotive News Canada)... Read More »

France may seek compensation from automakers exceeding CO2 goals

Sept. 21, 2016 16:03 CET

France may seek compensation from automakers whose vehicles far exceed carbon dioxide emissions targets in normal driving, a government minister said. France currently offers subsidies for cars with lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.... Read More »

Online used-car retailer Vroom gets $50 million in new funding

9:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2016

Online used-car retailer Vroom raised $50 million in a funding round from existing and new investors, bringing the total funding to $218 million.... Read More »

Brexit hit feared by Slovak gov't before auto-output boost in 2019

Sept. 20, 2016 11:07 CET

The UK's decision to leave the EU may curb some demand for Slovak exports and constrain the market's economic growth, but this will be offset by a boost in auto production due in 2019, the Slovak government said.... Read More »

BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV

Sept. 19, 2016 14:19 CET

BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 joint venture between BMW and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.... Read More »

Hyundai's great leap forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

After pressing pause on years of breakneck expansion to nail quality, restock the product pipeline and streamline production, Hyundai is on the offensive again.... Read More »

Choosing the right used cars for leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

As off-lease vehicles return to the market and expand used-vehicle inventory, some dealers and lenders are leasing those vehicles.... Read More »

Cars.com adds VIN scanning to app

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Cars.com is making shopping more interactive for consumers perusing dealership lots.... Read More »

Munoz banks on trucks to lift Nissan share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz says Nissan's biggest growth opportunity is on the truck and crossover side.... Read More »

What to expect after disaster strikes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2016

After a major natural disaster, dealerships in the affected area can expect to see vehicle sales stall for 30 days.... Read More »

Cost-cutting deal with unions key to VW's recovery

Sept. 16, 2016 15:43 CET

VW Group's ability to agree to a big cost-cutting plan with its powerful labor unions in the coming weeks could determine whether the automaker makes a full recovery from its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

EU plans action against states over car emissions

Sept. 16, 2016 17:35 CET

The EU will take legal action against some member states for failing to police car emission rules, Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said. Action would be taken in several weeks, she said, declining to name which EU nations would be affected.... Read More »

Japan industry head says U.S. market was 'overheated'

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Japan's auto industry is unfazed by the plateauing of the U.S. market, despite nearly across-the-board sales declines in what is for many makers their most important market. The drop in August sales represents a return to normal, but still healthy, volume for a market that was “overheated,” the head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association says.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Tesla is a different story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what Apple has been able to do. European rivals can only look on with envy.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler said to explore China JV with BAIC

Sept. 15, 2016 10:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler and BAIC are exploring a joint venture in China that would allow FCA to broaden its locally built models beyond the Jeep and Fiat brands, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August

Sept. 15, 2016 09:05 CET

New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Daimler, Toyota and Kia beat the market average with double-digit growth while VW Group, mired in an emissions scandal, continued to lose ground.... Read More »

Toyota engineer aims to recharge sales for Prius plug-in

6:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

The chief engineer of Toyota's Prius gasoline hybrid cars said he would like to see the automaker sell 1 million units of the new plug-in version over its product life cycle, saying the vehicle is set to become its showpiece "eco" car in the next decade or so.... Read More »

Collateral data key to evaluating used-car lease candidates, Black Book says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

As off-lease vehicles return to the market and expand used-vehicle inventory, some dealers and lenders are leasing those vehicles. But not all vehicles are suited for a used lease, according to a white paper published by Black Book on Tuesday.... Read More »

 
Nissan's self-driving tech in high demand

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2016

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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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BMW appoints European sales chief to replace retiring CFO
BMW Group appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner w ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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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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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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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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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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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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