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VW's Skoda and Tata end cooperation talks after failing to hit cost targets

Aug. 10, 2017 11:46 CET

The collapse of alliance talks between VW Group's Skoda brand and Tata Motors is a further blow to VW's efforts to develop a cheap platform for Asian markets, after an earlier tie-up with Suzuki also fell apart.... Read More »

Mercedes warns India's luxury car tax hike could hit expansion

Aug. 8, 2017 10:42 CET

Mercedes said India's proposal to increases taxes on luxury cars and SUVs could impact the carmaker's expansion plans in the country and hurt sales.... Read More »

Detroit wants Trump to play offense in trade talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2017

The game plan: get U.S. negotiators to aggressively push other nations to accept U.S. safety and performance standards, alongside European Union or domestic standards.... Read More »

India's Motherson pushes for U.S. growth

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2017

Indian conglomerate Samvardhana Motherson Group has gobbled up companies and production capacity as it capitalizes on growing customer interest in the United States.... Read More »

Toyota and Nissan diverge on road to autonomy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2017

The next Lexus LS opens up a fight over self-driving technology between Japan's two biggest automakers.... Read More »

Aisin Seiki says quarterly net profit fell 25%

8:26 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2017

Aisin Seiki's net fell in the quarter ended June 30, compared with the year-earlier period when the supplier's earnings were inflated by a special item.... Read More »

KKR to acquire auto assets from S. Korea's LS Group for $943 million

6:40 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2017

Corporate buyout firm KKR said it agreed to buy auto parts and materials businesses from South Korea's LS Group for 1.05 trillion won ($943 million).... Read More »

Mazda lifts veil on CX-8 crossover for Japan

2:22 pm U.S. ET | July 26, 2017

Mazda has given a better idea of what its Japan-only, three-row crossover is going to look like.... Read More »

Mitsubishi quarterly operating profit rebounds following scandal

6:46 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

Mitsubishi's operating profit surged nearly fivefold in the latest quarter, rebounding from a year earlier when earnings were broadsided by a fuel economy scandal.... Read More »

Australian man likely 18th death from faulty Takata airbags

10:39 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2017

An Australian man who died in a Sydney car crash may be the 18th death linked to faulty Takata airbags, after police said he was killed when hit in the neck by shrapnel from an airbag.... Read More »

Autos loom large in U.S.-Korea trade talks

10:54 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2017

The Trump administration is attempting to rewrite the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, much as it is doing through other means with NAFTA.... Read More »

Victims' lawyers say unjust to halt U.S. airbag cases vs. carmakers

4:42 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2017

Lawyers for people injured by Takata's defective airbags told a judge there was "no basis" for an "unjust" request by the company's U.S. unit to halt hundreds of consumer lawsuits.... Read More »

Honda will import SUVs into Europe from Japan

July 18, 2017 10:07 CET

Honda will import the two SUVs it sells in Europe, the CR-V and the HR-V, from Japan to help boost capacity utilization at factories in its home market.... Read More »

VW's budget car project tests decentralization plan

July 15, 2017 06:01 CET

Skoda has been authorized to take "incremental" decisions as the Czech brand leads VW Group's project to build a low-cost car for India. The move is a key test of VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller's plans to decentralize power following the automaker's emissions scandal.... Read More »

Asia's new car hubs fueled by rising incomes

July 15, 2017 06:01 CET

The Philippines and Vietnam will be the two fastest-growing auto production hubs from 2017 to 2021, according to BMI Research. PSA and Toyota are among automakers swooping in to take advantage of both nations' increasingly richer populations.... Read More »

GM Korea chief steps down amid sales slump

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

General Motors' global South Korean business unit loses its CEO as sales fall and labor talks loom.... Read More »

U.S. cars a tough sell in S. Korea even as Trump targets trade

6:03 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2017

Imports from the Detroit 3 must become more chic, affordable or fuel-efficient to reap the rewards of President Trump's attempts to renegotiate a trade deal with South Korea, officials and industry experts in Seoul say.... Read More »

EU, Japan hail trade deal as response to Trump's stance

July 6, 2017 14:39 CET

EU and Japanese leaders endorsed a preliminary free-trade agreement as they seek to counter Donald Trump's protectionist stance during his second trip to Europe as U.S. president.... Read More »

EU, Japan hail trade deal as response to Trump's protectionism

July 5, 2017 19:52 CET

EU and Japanese leaders endorsed a preliminary free-trade agreement as they seek to counter Donald Trump's protectionist stance during his second trip to Europe as U.S. president.... Read More »

GM Korea head resigns

7:25 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2017

After a year and a half at the helm, the CEO of GM's massive South Korean business is resigning to lead the nation's American Chamber of Commerce.... Read More »

Trump demands 'fair shake' for U.S. automakers in South Korea

1:04 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2017

South Korea must give American automakers "a fair shake" to sell more cars there and stop exporting "dumped steel," President Trump told his counterpart Moon Jae-in during talks Friday.... Read More »

China's SAIC plans to build MG cars in India

June 28, 2017 16:22 CET

SAIC Motor will build cars in India, using its MG brand. It will set up a local business unit headed by a former GM executive.... Read More »

Japan's automakers say it will be difficult to recoup billions spent recalling Takata airbags

10:39 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi said Takata's filing for bankruptcy protection will make it difficult for them to recoup billions of dollars they have spent to recall defective airbag inflators.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler denies it is pulling Chrysler brand from Japan

June 19, 2017 11:40 CET

Fiat Chrysler denied it has decided to pull its Chrysler brand out of Japan after the Nikkei reported the automaker was planning to stop selling the cars in the country as early as next year following years of poor sales.... Read More »

EU ready to scrap tariffs on Japanese car parts in trade deal, paper says

June 16, 2017 09:47 CET

The EU will propose scrapping import tariffs on most Japanese car parts in trade negotiations, Nikkei reported. In return, the EU is pushing for Japan to cut or scrap import tariffs on some agricultural products.... Read More »

 
Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2017

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Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs ...
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Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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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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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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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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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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