Europe

London's black taxi cabs to launch in Paris next year

Oct. 18, 2018 13:28 CET

London Electric Vehicle Company plans to start selling an electric version of the iconic black cab in Paris next year as it continues its global expansion with the famous models.... Read More »

Suppliers warn hard Brexit may set UK back decades

Oct. 17, 2018 14:45 CET

Failure to secure a trade deal for Britain when it exits the EU next year could set the UK auto sector back two decades, leading parts suppliers said.... Read More »

Ross tests trans-Atlantic trade truce with outburst

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2018

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross challenged a fragile trans-Atlantic trade truce by accusing the European Union of dragging its feet over market-opening pledges.... Read More »

SEPTEMBER SALES

VW, FCA, Renault take sales hit in Europe on WLTP

Oct. 17, 2018 09:07 CET

VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers as Europe car sales fell 23 percent to 1.12 million in September following the introduction of a new testing regime, industry association ACEA said.... Read More »

Audi fined $927 million in Germany for diesel violations

Oct. 16, 2018 11:26 CET

Audi has been fined 800 million euros ($927.12 million) by German prosecutors for violations tied to V-6 and V-8 diesel engines that did not conform to anti-pollution standards.... Read More »

VW CEO issues warning to German automakers

Oct. 16, 2018 08:15 CET

VW CEO Herbert Diess says that Germany's automakers only have a 50 percent chance of remaining leading players in the fast-changing auto industry. To survive automakers will need to transform their businesses to meet new regulations and adapt their supply chains.... Read More »

BMW, Northvolt, Umicore team up on battery recycling

Oct. 15, 2018 13:38 CET

BMW will team up with Northvolt, which is building Europe's largest battery factory in Sweden, and Belgium's Umicore to develop a process for electric car batteries to be recycled.... Read More »

Trade woes aplenty for German luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2018

Both Brexit and the USMCA have the potential of redrawing the map when it comes to the complex web of vehicle and component production.... Read More »

Nissan delays UK pay talks pending Brexit clarity

Oct. 15, 2018 11:18 CET

Nissan, which operates the UK's biggest car factory, has delayed the start of pay talks with its staff in the country until the terms of Britain's exit from the EU become clearer. Nissan was due to start negotiating with its workforce this autumn.... Read More »

ELECTRIFYING EUROPE

Which countries are Europe's EV leaders

Oct. 13, 2018 06:01 CET

Europe's auto market is being electrified as EU regulators push automakers to add EVs to cut high CO2 emissions blamed for climate change and reduce NOx pollutants that are choking cities such as Paris and London.... Read More »

Germany eyes tougher sanctions post-VW scandal

Oct. 12, 2018 17:24 CET

The German government is committed to introducing tougher sanctions against companies that foster criminal behavior in the wake of VW Group's diesel-emissions cheating scandal, the country's justice minister said.... Read More »

Berlin welcomes automakers' diesel trade-in offers

Oct. 12, 2018 17:08 CET

The government has welcomed German automakers' moves toward making concrete trade-in offers to owners of older, dirtier diesel vehicles, adding that these latest maneuvers are precisely what Chancellor Angela Merkel had been expecting.... Read More »

UK will cut plug-in hybrid subsidies in push to EVs

Oct. 12, 2018 09:35 CET

The UK government's decision to cut incentives for plug-in hybrid vehicles could have a devastating impact on demand, industry association SMMT said.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

How WLTP emissions rules hit plug-in hybrid sales

Oct. 12, 2018 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrids have been dealt a huge blow by the new WLTP emissions regime in Europe because many of the models are no longer eligible for tax breaks.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2018

German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may have immediate benefits for the country's automakers, but in the future it could result in them suffering much more drastic measures as the country strives to meet bigger pollution targets.... Read More »

VW, Skoda, Audi and Seat take big WLTP sales hits

Oct. 11, 2018 15:27 CET

VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat took big sales hits in September after demand was hit by the introduction of the WLTP testing regime in Europe.... Read More »

German coalition parties fight over diesel fines

Oct. 11, 2018 11:00 CET

Ministers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives attacked a proposal by their coalition partners, the Social Democrats, to fine automakers who fail to offer diesel hardware retrofits, opening a new battle front in their fragile government.... Read More »

Magna opens Czech plant to serve BMW in Europe

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2018

Magna International has opened a new seating factory in the Czech Republic that will employ 300 people and supply BMW in Europe.... Read More »

UK auto industry launches contingency program for no-deal Brexit

Oct. 10, 2018 09:34 CET

A no-deal Brexit could have "devastating consequences" and businesses must plan for all eventualities, including the worst, the SMMT industry association warned.... Read More »

SEPTEMBER SALES

Russia sales rise 6% ahead of VAT increase

Oct. 9, 2018 06:01 CET

Russian new-car sales rose 6 percent in September as consumers moved to purchase vehicles ahead of a planned tax rise.... Read More »

Ford starts production of Transit-based electric van

Oct. 9, 2018 16:15 CET

Ford has started production of an electric delivery van in Germany using technology provided by Deutsche Post startup StreetScooter.... Read More »

German court bans older diesel cars in parts of Berlin

Oct. 9, 2018 15:20 CET

A Berlin court ordered Germany's capital to ban older diesel vehicles from some of its roads, dealing a blow to the government's attempts to avoid such restrictions while it strives to reduce air pollution.... Read More »

Bosch will launch electric van-sharing service to compete with automakers

Oct. 9, 2018 15:45 CET

Bosch will launch an electric van-sharing service in Germany this year, expanding its reach in the field of pay-per-minute vehicle rental services and pitting it against some of its automaker clients.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2018

Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-digit margins even in dark days of 2009 when he was a fresh senior executive.... Read More »

EU nations divided on 2030 CO2 curbs for cars, vans

Oct. 9, 2018 09:14 CET

EU governments are divided over what 2030 limits to impose on Europe's powerful automakers. Germany backs a 30 percent reduction while France is pushing for a stricter limit of 40 percent.... Read More »

 
Could Jaguar become an EV-only brand?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2018

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Could Jaguar become an EV-only brand? That's the strategy under consideration by company leaders, on ...
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German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

Christiaan Hetzner
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2018

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German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may hav ...
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Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

Christiaan Hetzner
8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9 2018

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Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-di ...
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How women are tackling the industry's glass ceiling

Peter Sigal
7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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To say that the automotive industry is male-dominated is an understatement. ...
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Why China is by far the world's largest market for full-electric cars

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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China is the largest market for EVs in the world after finding the simple formula for success: Combi ...
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Why Russia's Rolls rival fails to impress

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2018

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Russia's luxury Aurus brand aspires to rival Bentley and Rolls-Royce, not just in Russia but in Euro ...
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Riding in ZF's 'flying billboard'


9:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2018

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ZF Friedrichshafen began making gears for the Zeppelin airships back in 1900. ...
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Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. ...
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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. ...
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Russia sales rise 6% ahead of VAT increase
Russian new-car sales rose 6 percent in September as consumers moved to purchase vehicles ahead of a ...
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Spanish sales drop 17% on WLTP disruption
Sales had jumped 49 percent in August as carmakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ahead of the S ...
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W. European car sales fall 23% on WLTP
Western European car sales dropped 23 percent in September in the wake of a summer discounting actio ...
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Italy sales plunge 25% on WLTP change
After pushing deliveries up in July and August, when some carmakers had to register older vehicles t ...
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German sales fall 31% on WLTP
German registrations plunged 31 percent last month as sales dried up following the introduction of t ...
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UK sales drop 21% after WLTP introduction
UK new-car registrations dropped 21 percent in September following the introduction of a new testing ...
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French sales slip 13% in September on WLTP
New-car registrations in France fell 13 percent in September as the market continued to be affected ...
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Renault, VW Group, FCA sales surge 30% in August
Renault, VW Group and Fiat Chrysler led a 30 percent surge in European car sales last month, data fr ...
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W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover
Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear sto ...
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UK sales increase 23% on WLTP
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the ne ...
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New arrivals from Volvo, Jaguar, BMW propel premium compact SUV sector
Europe's premium compact SUV category is experiencing a breakthrough year in terms of sales as new m ...
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Europe's crossover craze drives market gains
SUVs and crossovers accounted for one-third of European sales through June for the first time. Their ...
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Peugeot, Toyota commit to midsize sector despite slump
Peugeot and Toyota are the latest automakers to commit to Europe's volume midsize segment despite cu ...
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European electric-car sales growth slowed in first half
Sales growth of electric cars slowed across the EU's major markets during the first half because of ...
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CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-deca ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi's Keogh to succeed Woebcken as CEO of VW Group in North America
Scott Keogh, who has steered Audi to 107 straight months of U.S. sales gains, will become CEO of par ...
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Delphi's Butterworth to lead Melrose's automotive division
Liam Butterworth, who stepped down as head of Delphi last week, has been named CEO of the automotive ...
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Daimler CFO to leave after missing out on top job
Daimler CFO Bodo Uebber will leave the company, marking the first top-level departure after the auto ...
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Chery hires former Mazda Europe, BMW stylist Rice as design chief
Chery has hired Kevin Rice, a former designer at Mazda Europe and BMW, to head styling at the state- ...
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Renault's former No. 2 Pelata picked to steer France into electric, autonomous era
Patrick Pelata, Renault's former chief operating officer, has been tasked by President Emmanuel Macr ...
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Audi CEO Stadler in line for $8 million payout
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is in line for a 7 million-euro ($8.1 million) payout if he is cleared of in ...
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Fiat Chrysler's new Europe boss has big tasks ahead
Fiat Chrysler's new Europe chief, Pietro Gorlier, must tackle some big problems. ...
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BMW appoints new purchasing chief amid reports of board tension
BMW's promotion of company veteran Andreas Wendt to head of purchasing comes amid reports that board ...
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BMW appoints new purchasing chief amid reports of boardroom tension
BMW's promotion of company veteran Andreas Wendt to head of purchasing comes as reports say boardroo ...
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Daimler names first non-German CEO as Zetsche era ends
Ola Kaellenius will be Daimler's first non-German CEO, taking the post next year. Current chief exec ...
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Audi enters electric era with e-tron crossover
Audi hopes the 400-plus-km range of its new e-tron electric crossover and the vehicle's reproducible ...
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Ferrari Monza supercars will earn $755 million in revenue
Ferrari plans to sell 499 units of the Monza SP1 and SP2 supercars with a 1.6 million euro ($1. ...
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Ferrari's Icona retro line aimed at top of the market
Ferrari's limited-edition, retro-styled Monza supercars are part of the automaker's new Icona line. ...
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Peugeot touts Rifter's space and tech features
Peugeot has designed the new Rifter, the passenger variant of the automaker's small cargo van, to ap ...
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Ferrari seeks profit boost from retro-styled Monza
Ferrari's latest special-edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's ...
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Seat counts on Tarraco to retain rich customers
Seat expects its new Tarraco flagship SUV to further boost the company's profitability by retaining ...
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Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features
The Audi e-tron will offer a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of inter ...
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Mercedes gives new GLE semi-autonomous tech
The Mercedes GLE gets semi-autonomous technologies and all-new engines including a plug-in hybrid. ...
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Renault's revived Alpine races to keep pace with demand
Since Renault launched the Alpine A110, the new brand has taken 5,000 reservations, resulting in a 1 ...
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BMW returns to roadster market with Z4
BMW is returning into the roadster market with the revival of the Z4 -- a car whose predecessor help ...
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