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Audi sued by Australia's consumer watchdog over VW Group emissions

March 8, 2017 10:13 CET

Australia's consumer watchdog is suing the local Audi unit of VW Group for intentionally selling more than 12,000 vehicles with software that hid levels of toxic emissions.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Tata's Racemo sports car shows brand's global ambitions

March 7, 2017 10:43 CET

Tata showcased a preproduction version of the Racemo sports car from its new upscale subbrand, TAMO. The company said the model signals its aim to sell cars outside India. The automaker did not rule out eventually offering the car in Europe.... Read More »

Honda places high-stakes bet on software, robotics with new r&d unit

7:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2017

In the new era of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, Honda is planning its own transition from metal-bender to software-coder.... Read More »

VW said to renew India push with Tata alliance talks

Feb. 22, 2017 19:53 CET

VW Group is in advanced talks to team up with Tata Motors as the German automaker takes another stab at India's fast-growing demand for cars, Bloomberg reported. Competition for India's booming market of middle-class drivers is intensifying, with global manufacturers from Fiat Chrysler to PSA expanding in the country.... Read More »

PSA seeks Southeast Asia expansion with Proton bid

Feb. 22, 2017 10:40 CET

PSA confirmed it had submitted a bid for a partnership with Proton, putting the French automaker in a potential bidding war for the ailing Malaysian owner of the UK-based Lotus Cars unit. China's Zhejiang Geely Holding has also made an offer for Proton, reports said.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Japan sales need more analysis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

In "Trump talk reminds us of previous Japan deal" in the Feb. 6 issue, Hans Greimel manages to do a "news analysis" without any analysis.... Read More »

Geely, PSA will bid for Lotus owner Proton, reports say

Feb. 20, 2017 15:05 CET

Chinese automaker Geely and France's PSA Group are expected to bid for struggling Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings, owner of the UK sports-car maker Lotus, reports said.... Read More »

PSA already got its hands on a classic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

While PSA Group is talking to General Motors about acquiring Opel, it already has bought one stately brand this year - in India.... Read More »

PSA buys Ambassador nameplate to win in India

Feb. 16, 2017 10:56 CET

PSA has bought the rights to the Ambassador nameplate as part of its plan to return to India after a 20-year absence and win over local car buyers who are unfamiliar with the Peugeot marque. The Ambassador brand is best known for the Hindustan sedan, arguably India's most famous vehicle.... Read More »

Toyota sees plug-in hybrids catching on faster than conventional hybrids

7:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

Toyota's chairman, who led the development of the Toyota Prius, expects the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles will catch on with consumers far more rapidly than the original Prius did.... Read More »

Nissan, BMW, Porsche face fuel economy probes in S. Korea

Feb. 14, 2017 10:38 CET

South Korea has filed a complaint against Nissan alleging the automaker manipulated the fuel economy test results of its Infiniti Q50. BMW and Porsche are also being investigated. The latest action comes after sales of some Nissan, BMW and Porsche cars were banned because of emissions and noise-level irregularities.... Read More »

With Trump-Abe bromance, Japan delegates trade issue to deputies

8:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

On trade, an issue that has caused prior tensions between Japan and the U.S., Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to distance the topic from his burgeoning friendship with President Trump -- and assign it to Vice President Mike Pence.... Read More »

Japan's trade mission: Get through to Trump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Japanese automakers are hoping the country's prime minister can hit it off with President Trump and win him over on trade issues.... Read More »

Nissan used defeat device in SUV, S. Korean court rules

Feb. 9, 2017 15:53 CET

A South Korean court ruled against Nissan in an emissions case, siding with the government in its accusations that the automaker had used a so-called defeat device in some diesel variants of its Qashqai SUV. The models were produced at Nissan's UK plant and use 1.6-liter diesels from Renault.... Read More »

Subaru parent's earnings fall on Takata costs, incentives, currency

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

The maker of Subaru vehicles said spiraling warranty costs, higher incentives and big foreign exchange rate losses sent operating profit plunging 35 percent in the latest quarter.... Read More »

South Korea wants to dispel 'misunderstanding' on U.S. trade pact

7:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

South Korea's trade minister said his country will seek to explain the benefits of its free-trade agreement with the United States to the Trump administration, as the pact enacted in 2012 comes under fresh scrutiny.... Read More »

Toyota, Suzuki outline plans to deepen collaboration

4:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Toyota and Suzuki announced Monday that they have agreed to start concrete talks about collaborating in environmentally friendly technologies, safety systems, information technology and the mutual supply of products and components.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Words of caution to Trump: Toyota Cavalier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2017

When President Donald Trump complains it is "impossible to sell cars in Japan" and promises action, it may be wise to remember two words: Toyota Cavalier.... Read More »

Automakers enlist dealers in border tax fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2017

Foreign automakers are placing new urgency on asserting their role as pillars of the U.S. manufacturing economy.... Read More »

Toyota, Suzuki near technology partnership agreement, report says

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2017

Toyota and Suzuki are nearing a partnership agreement to develop technology for a variety of functions, including for self-driving vehicles, the Nikkei business daily reported.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Tata's Tamo brand said to unveil halo sports car to help shed budget image

Feb. 3, 2017 11:05 CET

Tata Motors will unveil a concept at the Geneva auto show next month that could preview a halo sports car to be sold under its new, upscale Tamo brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mitsu takes hit from mileage scandal

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2017

Mitsu takes profit hit from mileage scandal; Toyota winding down in Australia; Car2Go adds Benz cars; Saab buyer gets OK to make EVs in China; Snyder: Solid start to '17 sales.... Read More »

Mitsubishi fined $4.2 million over mileage cheating by Japan watchdog

Jan. 27, 2017 11:54 CET

Japan's consumer watchdog ordered Mitsubishi to pay a $4.2 million fine for false advertising of its vehicles sold in the domestic market, after the automaker last year admitted to overstating their mileage readings.... Read More »

Abe has a Trump problem: How to get Japan to buy U.S. cars

9:47 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2017

As Japan races to preserve trade ties with the United States after President Donald Trump withdrew from a Pacific trade pact, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a dilemma that has plagued Japanese leaders since the 1980s: How to convince his citizens to buy American cars?... Read More »

PSA's return to India after 20 years will have modest start

Jan. 25, 2017 09:24 CET

PSA will return to India by 2020, the automaker said after unveiling a modest production investment with CK Birla Group, the New Delhi-based conglomerate.... Read More »

 
Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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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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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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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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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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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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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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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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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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