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U.S. authorities seeking Kobe Steel documents related to data scandal

6:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2017

U.S. authorities are seeking Kobe Steel documents related to the company's data cheating scandal, the Japanese steelmaker said.... Read More »

Industry braces for Kobe Steel scandal fallout

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Global automakers and suppliers are scrambling to learn how much trouble they face after the revelation that Kobe Steel falsified inspection data on metals they used.... Read More »

India's Motherson climbs out of obscurity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Motherson Sumi is India's largest auto parts supplier. It's rapidly becoming one of North America's.... Read More »

Kobe scandal shows cost of race to keep improving metals

10:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

Behind the scandal engulfing Kobe Steel over the falsification of data for some of the materials it supplied is a harsh reality for Japanese steel companies: the need to provide higher quality metals to compete.... Read More »

Kobe Steel scandal expands to engines and tires

Oct. 13, 2017 11:47 CET

Kobe Steel's fake data scandal expanded after the company admitted "inappropriate actions" related to steel wire used in engines and to strengthen tires.... Read More »

Toyota seeking to halve Japan car models as domestic market shrinks, report says

6:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

Toyota is aiming to halve the number of car models it sells at home by 2025, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

GM joins Toyota, others checking impact of Kobe Steel data cheating

Oct. 12, 2017 10:18 CET

GM said it is checking whether its cars contain falsely certified parts or components sourced from Kobe Steel, the latest major automaker to be dragged into the widening scandal.... Read More »

India's order for 10,000 EVs highlights hurdles facing nation's market

8:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off India's race to turn all new light-vehicle sales electric by 2030. The largest order has gone to a company that hasn't commercially started producing the vehicles.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan among automakers checking parts hit by metals scandal

Oct. 10, 2017 10:28 CET

Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are investigating whether falsely labelled products supplied by Kobe Steel have impacted the safety of their cars.... Read More »

Nissan recall shows how strict Japan is

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017

Nissan recalls every passenger vehicle it has sold in Japan over the past three years, thanks to an administrative gaffe. The misstep shows how the heavy regulations that foreign automakers often cite as hurdles in Japan can come back to bite local players too.... Read More »

U.S. to pressure Seoul to buy cars amid tensions on Korean peninsula

7:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

Trump administration officials are set to push South Korea to buy more American cars even as tensions run high on the Korean peninsula.... Read More »

Honda to close Japan plant amid refocus on EVs

6:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2017

Honda is taking the rare step of shuttering a Japanese assembly plant as it rearranges its domestic factory footprint to shift manufacturing toward electrified cars.... Read More »

Japan offers proof of Jeep's global appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2017

Jeep's success in Japan is testimony to global brand power that is attracting acquisition interest from China and beyond. It also counters the notion that it's impossible to sell American vehicles there.... Read More »

Honda's packs N-Box with surprises

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2017

Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar .... Read More »

Ford explores strategic alliance with India's Mahindra

7:03 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2017

Ford Motor Co. and Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. are exploring forming a strategic alliance as the U.S. automaker tries to gain a foothold in a country that's set to become the world's third-biggest car market.... Read More »

Skoda still open to partnerships on India low-cost car

Sept. 14, 2017 14:00 CET

Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier says the company remains open to teaming up with other automakers to build a low-cost car for emerging markets such as India, despite the collapse of talks with prospective partner Tata last month.... Read More »

India approves tax rise on luxury cars that could hit BMW, Mercedes, Audi, others

Aug. 30, 2017 12:49 CET

India has approved raising the maximum levy on luxury cars and SUVs, in a move that could impact sales of automakers such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover in the market.... Read More »

Toyota pushes deeper into ride-sharing with Grab investment

Aug. 30, 2017 09:25 CET

Toyota is making an investment in Grab, Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing operator. The deal comes after the automaker bought a stake in Uber as part of alliances it is establishing to explore new revenue models.... Read More »

Aston Martin trying to mitigate Brexit risk with U.S. sales drive

Aug. 28, 2017 10:12 CET

Aston Martin says it is trying to boost its market share in the U.S. and Japan to mitigate against any risks from Brexit, which could add costs and delays to sales to the EU.... Read More »

South Korea rejects U.S. request to revise trade agreement

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2017

South Korea rejected a United States proposal to revise a five-year-old trade deal as the Trump administration pushed for major changes it says will cut its trade gap with the Asian nation.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Hyundai counts on SUV push to pass Toyota in Europe

Aug. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai will double the number of SUVs it offers in Europe to four by 2019 and is expected to boost its crossover lineup even further by 2021, which is when it aims to pass Toyota and Nissan to become the region's top-selling Asian brand.... Read More »

Toyota to showcase autonomous mettle at 2020 Games

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2017

As a top global sponsor of the Olympics and the country's flagship automaker, Toyota sees the Tokyo games as a turning point for its image.... Read More »

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 »

 
How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 2017

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BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. ...
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will li ...
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. ...
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertaint ...
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
New-car sales in Italy rose 6.8 percent in November, despite a slump in market leader Fiat brand's v ...
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
Renault and Peugeot were among the winners as sales of new cars in Spain rose 12 percent in November ...
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
Skoda and Peugeot were among winners as French new-car registrations increased 10 percent in Novembe ...
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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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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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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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Toyota Europe sets up mobility, connectivity units; shuffles r&d, purchasing leadership
Toyota Europe will establish two business divisions to focus on mobility services and connectivity a ...
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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
PSA has shuffled its digital leadership by appointing veteran executive Christophe Rauturier as chie ...
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. ...
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
Marc Ouayoun will become CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, moving from his current role heading the autom ...
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand. ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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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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