Europe

UK production falls 13% in March on Brexit, diesel slump

April 26, 2018 11:03 CET

UK production fell 13 percent in March as bad weather disrupted supply chains and worries over export prospects after Brexit and the future of diesel vehicles dampened demand.... Read More »

Porsche appeals against file seizure in emissions raid

April 25, 2018 14:48 CET

Porsche has appealed against the seizure of files by prosecutors during a raid last week on the company's premises related to inquiries into emissions manipulations.... Read More »

Opel workers protest cuts as PSA's Tavares digs in

April 25, 2018 11:14 CET

Hundreds of Opel workers gathered outside the automaker's plant in Eisenach, Germany, to protest PSA's plans to rein in wages in return for production investments.... Read More »

Volvo, Amazon debut U.S. in-car delivery service

April 24, 2018 13:00 CET

Volvo is expanding its in-car package delivery delivery service that operates in three European countries to the U.S. after partnering with Amazon.... Read More »

Melrose gets green light from UK for GKN takeover

April 24, 2018 15:58 CET

UK Business Minister Greg Clark said there were no national security grounds to intervene in turnaround specialist Melrose's takeover of British engineering company GKN, giving the deal the green light from government.... Read More »

Opel CEO says German investments hinge on improving competitiveness

April 23, 2018 14:10 CET

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller reaffirmed that the automaker's new owner, PSA, wants to invest in Germany and keep open factories if it can reach an agreement with workers to improve their competitiveness.... Read More »

PSA wants 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

April 20, 2018 16:02 CET

PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union

April 20, 2018 09:16 CET

PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.... Read More »

German politicians split over diesel refit burden

April 20, 2018 15:47 CET

The question of how to deal with the fallout from VW Group's diesel scandal continues to divide the German political class as transport minister Andreas Scheuer urges automakers to inform him how they plan to complete software upgrades on diesel vehicles by the end of the year.... Read More »

Nissan will cut jobs at UK plant as diesel demand slides, report says

April 20, 2018 15:43 CET

Nissan will cut hundreds of jobs at its factory in Sunderland, England, as it tackles declining demand for diesel models across Europe, Reuters reported.... Read More »

German minister calls for diesel software upgrades by year-end

April 20, 2018 10:19 CET

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is asking automakers to tell him how they plan to complete by the end of the year outstanding software upgrades on diesel vehicles to reduce emissions.... Read More »

Vattenfall joins battle for EV charging market dominance

April 20, 2018 11:47 CET

Swedish utility Vattenfall has launched plans to become northwestern Europe's biggest operator of EV charging infrastructure within five years.... Read More »

Opel labor leaders fear Eisenach plant work force could halve

April 20, 2018 09:48 CET

German labor leaders fear Opel's Eisenach factory could lose half its 1,800-person work force unless a deal with owner PSA is struck. The French company wants concessions to raise the plant's profitability as a precondition for getting more production allocated to the plant.... Read More »

PSA's fight to cut Opel's production costs intensifies

April 19, 2018 13:27 CET

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.... Read More »

EU strengthens regulatory power over automakers after VW scandal

April 19, 2018 16:50 CET

The European Commission won the power to fine automakers up to 30,000 euros ($37,131) per faulty car and order recalls as part of more centralized market oversight approved by EU lawmakers to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions scandal.... Read More »

Freudenberg will mull 2019 Vibracoustic IPO later this year

April 19, 2018 10:09 CET

German technology group Freudenberg will decide in the autumn on a potential flotation in 2019 of its automotive vibration control technology business Vibracoustic.... Read More »

VW will open software development center in Portugal

April 19, 2018 09:33 CET

VW Group will set up a software development center in Lisbon employing 300 software engineers, web developers and other specialists to develop cloud-based solutions for corporate processes and online services for its vehicles.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover confirms 1,000 jobs to go as diesel sales slump

April 16, 2018 12:36 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two UK factories as demand for diesel cars slumps because of higher taxes and a regulatory crackdown.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs, reduce output amid Brexit, diesel concerns

April 13, 2018 15:27 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will cut about 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two of its UK factories due to uncertainty around Brexit and confusion over diesel policy leading to a fall in sales, a source told Reuters.... Read More »

New VW CEO inherits Russian alliance clouded by Trump sanctions

10:52 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2018

Volkswagen's ties to GAZ Group, the vehicle maker owned by billionaire Oleg Deripaska, could expose the world's biggest auto manufacturer to the United States crackdown on Russian oligarchs... Read More »

Kia Europe names Herrera new COO

April 12, 2018 21:29 CET

Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chief operating officer following the promotion of Michael Cole.... Read More »

VW's warring stakeholders to hash out a new strategy

April 12, 2018 13:29 CET

VW Group's directors will meet on Thursday to discuss a far-reaching shake-up of its structure and leadership, in a test of unity for the automaker's often divided management, labor chiefs and other stakeholders.... Read More »

Merkel skeptical about hardware refits for diesel cars

April 11, 2018 16:04 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down the possibility of forcing automakers to make expensive modifications to diesel car exhaust systems, as her new government tries to avoid driving bans in cities with air quality problems.... Read More »

EU plans more powers for consumers to sue companies

April 11, 2018 15:59 CET

The EU plans more powers for consumers to sue firms such as VW Group after its diesel-emissions scandal showed the limits of consumer protection authorities to curb corporate cheating. "Consumer authorities will finally get teeth to punish the cheaters," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said.... Read More »

Mueller's abrupt exit heralds sweeping change to come at VW

7:07 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2018

Volkswagen's board abruptly ended the tenure of CEO Matthias Mueller, a caretaker who revived the carmaker after its worst crisis on record, turning instead to a leader who can implement deeper changes, people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 
Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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Mercedes leads China luxury car sales despite Audi surge
Mercedes brand retained its lead as China's top-selling luxury brand so far this year despite a surg ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as Europe sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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W. Europe sales drop 6% on falling UK, German demand
Western European car sales fell 6 percent in March, weighed down by falling demand in the UK, German ...
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Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018
Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected ...
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Spain sales rise 2% despite accelerating diesel slump
New-car sales in Spain rose 2 percent in March, despite a big drop in diesel registrations and two f ...
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Italy sales fall 6% amid political uncertainty
New-car sales in Italy fell 6 percent in March, partly hit by customers postponing purchases as poli ...
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UK sales slump 16% as diesel demand plunges
Demand for new diesel cars in Britain plunged by more than a third in March, pushing down total regi ...
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German market falls 3% as diesel decline accelerates
Registrations in Germany fell 3 percent in March with the decline in diesel-car sales accelerating a ...
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Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%
French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording stro ...
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Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai make big gains in Spain as sales rise 13%
Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai and Dacia were among the big winners as Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent i ...
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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, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Tesla's Autopilot chief steps down after two years
Tesla's Autopilot chief, Jim Keller, has left the company, the latest in a rash of executive departu ...
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GM replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen
GM, seeking an accelerated turnaround at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle preside ...
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Renault shuffles Dacia, AvtoVAZ bosses
Renault has shuffled the leadership of its Dacia and Lada subsidiaries, appointing Antoine Doucerain ...
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Kia Europe names Herrera new COO
Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chie ...
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Bugatti names former Lambo exec as sales chief
Bugatti has named Christian Mastro, a former executive at Lamborghini, as its new sales and marketin ...
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VW names its top U.S. engineer to head new division
VW Group has picked Matthias Erb to lead a newly created interdisciplinary division that spans devel ...
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JLR lures Renault's Alpine boss to head its performance unit
Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Michael van der Sande, the head of Renault's sporty Alpine brand, to ...
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PSA creates new electric vehicle unit
PSA has created a new electric vehicle business unit as it prepares to launch electrified versions o ...
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Rolls-Royce appoints BMW Group veteran as sales chief
Rolls-Royce has appointed veteran BMW Group executive and current head of Mini in China, Henrik Wilh ...
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Nissan names de Ficchy new Europe boss
Nissan has picked finance expert Gianluca de Ficchy to lead its automotive business in Europe. ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior ...
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
McLaren has added practical features to its 720S supercar in response to research that showed that m ...
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to ...
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman
Assembly of the third-generation Porsche Cayman began in July 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group’ ...
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Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra
Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner RenaultR ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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