Europe

Audi's unions demand electric model for German plant

March 30, 2017 09:34 CET

Audi labor leaders have asked the company to assign production of an all-electric model to the carmaker's main plant in Germany. Unions are concerned that Audi's German workers might lose out as EVs gain in importance.... Read More »

ZF acquires stake in German radar sensing tech firm

4:15 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2017

ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a 45 percent stake in Astyx Communication & Sensors, which develops and produces ultra-high-frequency radar sensors and modules.... Read More »

Auto industry demands tariff-free access to EU as UK triggers Brexit

March 29, 2017 11:44 CET

Automakers said the UK must secure a Brexit deal that preserves tariff-free access between Britain and the EU after Prime Minister Theresa May formally launched Brexit divorce proceedings.... Read More »

VW files legal complaint over searches at law firm handling diesel scandal

March 29, 2017 14:14 CET

VW Group has filed a legal complaint with a Munich court, seeking to prevent German prosecutors from using information seized during searches of the law firm it hired to investigate its emissions scandal. Some VW board members had misgivings about contesting the prosecutors' action, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Daimler shareholder demands right to be naked at annual meeting

1:52 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2017

Daimler's annual meeting threatened to veer off course for a second year after a shareholder pontificated on his right to be naked.... Read More »

Paris and London plan scoring system to monitor emissions

March 29, 2017 17:14 CET

The mayors of Paris and London announced a scoring system for monitoring emissions from vehicles to help improve air quality in the two capitals.... Read More »

Opel managers in line for big bonuses after PSA deal, report says

March 29, 2017 09:44 CET

GM will pay Opel's senior managers million-euro bonuses following the sale of the German brand to PSA, regardless of whether the executives remain with the company, a German report said.... Read More »

Volvo battery lab catches fire; production unaffected

March 28, 2017 14:33 CET

A fire broke out on Tuesday in a building housing an auto battery laboratory at Volvo's plant in Gothenburg, western Sweden, the company said.... Read More »

Italian police foil plot to steal Enzo Ferrari's body

10:15 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2017

Italian investigators said on Tuesday they had foiled a plot to steal the body of legendary Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari and demand a ransom.... Read More »

Volvo says lab fire won’t affect production

7:35 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2017

A fire broke out on Tuesday in a building housing an auto battery laboratory at Volvo's plant in Sweden.... Read More »

Hyundai's Czech workers get big pay increase

March 28, 2017 11:38 CET

Workers at Hyundai's Czech plant will get on average a 12 percent pay raise this year, the latest big increase at a major manufacturer in Europe's tightest labor market.... Read More »

London black cab company will build electric vans in UK

March 28, 2017 09:49 CET

The London Taxi company will invest an additional 25 million pounds (29 million euros) in its new assembly plant near Coventry, England, to produce electric-powered vans alongside traditional black cabs.... Read More »

Audi halts A4, A5 output at German plant

March 27, 2017 14:20 CET

Audi will halt production of the A4 and A5 at its Ingolstadt factory this week until Thursday due to a parts shortage after a fire at a supplier. The break in production is expected to result in 5,600 fewer vehicles being built at the German plant.... Read More »

France digs in as Peugeot shareholder with stake shift

March 27, 2017 22:02 CET

France's state holdings agency sold its stake in PSA to the Bpifrance sovereign wealth fund in a move signaling the government's intention to remain a shareholder in the automaker for years to come.... Read More »

UK manufacturers urge PM to drop threat of no Brexit deal

March 27, 2017 10:46 CET

Britain's manufacturers told Prime Minister Theresa May to drop her threat that she might take the country out of the EU without a new trade deal, a move that could leave automakers facing tariffs averaging 5.3 percent. A little more than half of the UK's manufactured exports go to the EU.... Read More »

French Mercedes owners take legal action after German emissions probe

March 24, 2017 19:18 CET

Three French Mercedes car owners filed legal complaints against the automaker's parent Daimler, alleging consumer fraud in relation to diesel engine emissions, following the opening of a formal investigation by prosecutors in Germany.... Read More »

Renault's use of EU-backed loans questioned amid diesel-cheat inquiry

March 24, 2017 16:17 CET

The European Investment Bank has asked French investigators to find out whether EU-backed loans to Renault could have been used to develop test-cheating diesel engines, according to documents seen by Reuters.... Read More »

German motor authority sued over VW scandal by environmental lobby

March 24, 2017 12:32 CET

A German environmental group has filed a suit against the country's KBA motor authority, accusing it of failing to act robustly enough over VW Group's diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

SEGMENTS ANALYSIS

SUV sales rise to 25% of European market

March 24, 2017 06:01 CET

SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai continue to lure buyers from minivans, wagons and hatchbacks.... Read More »

Spain's Gestamp sets price range in $3.8 billion IPO

March 24, 2017 09:33 CET

Spanish supplier Gestamp will price its IPO at 5.6 to 6.7 euros per share, valuing the company at around $3.8 billion in one of Europe's biggest stock market listings so far this year.... Read More »

Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe

March 23, 2017 11:39 CET

Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. Toukura succeeds Takashi Shirakawa, who will be chief vehicle engineer at Nissan's global product development division.... Read More »

VW Group's retail company to sell 275 dealerships

March 23, 2017 11:20 CET

Volkswagen Group's retail chain, Porsche Holding Salzburg, one of Europe's biggest dealers, is selling 275 sales locations to independent group Emil Frey to concentrate on selling cars only from VW's 12 brands.... Read More »

Superior Industries offers $715 million for Europe's Uniwheels

6:30 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2017

Wheel supplier Superior Industries has launched an offer to buy Uniwheels for around $715 million after winning the support of the German company's biggest shareholder.... Read More »

UK car production hits 17-year high in February

March 23, 2017 12:34 CET

UK car production rose by 8 percent in February to its highest level in 17 years as a strong rise in exports helped by a weaker pound compensates for a slump in demand at home.... Read More »

France likely would reduce Renault 20% stake at right price

March 23, 2017 10:53 CET

France does not rule out reducing its stake in Renault under the best possible market conditions, its finance minister said. The country has increased its stake in the automaker in recent years, currently holding just under 20 percent of the company's share capital.... Read More »

 
Lithium next German power play?

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28 2017

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BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so wi ...
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Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

Yang Jian
4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24 2017

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At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
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Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Christiaan Hetzner
8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
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Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

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PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
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How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
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Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
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As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
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Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

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

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Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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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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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
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Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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