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EU will scrap tariffs on Japan-built cars in trade deal

Dec. 8, 2017 14:10 CET

The EU and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal that will remove EU tariffs of 10 percent on Japanese cars and the 3 percent rate typically applied to car parts.... Read More »

Hyundai workers resume production of Kona SUV after 2-day strike

11:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2017

Hyundai workers resumed production of the Kona SUV late Tuesday, ending a near two-day strike over the company's decision to expand the model's output ahead of its launch in the United States.... Read More »

Mitsubishi Materials says units falsified product data for cars

Nov. 23, 2017 10:06 CET

Mitsubishi Materials said its subsidiaries falsified data about products, including parts for cars, for at least a year. It is the latest in a series of quality assurance scandals involving Japanese manufacturers including Nissan, Subaru and Kobe Steel.... Read More »

Renault will tap Pakistan market to boost growth

Nov. 21, 2017 15:50 CET

Renault has signed an agreement to assemble and sell passenger vehicles in the fast-growing Pakistan market by 2019, as the automaker seeks to expand its presence in developing countries.... Read More »

Ford, Mahindra open to teaming up on EVs in India

7:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2017

Ford and its Indian partner Mahindra & Mahindra could create their own EV line in India to help battle pollution from the vehicles clogging the nation's roads.... Read More »

Subaru sees $177 million in costs linked to Japan inspection scandal

6:23 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017

Subaru said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and that it expected to incur about $177 million in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at domestic plants.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Turkey surges ahead with hybrid electric national car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2017

Turkey's national car project gained momentum with the purchase of Saab 9-3 technology in 2015 and with Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent meeting with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... Read More »

Turkey moves ahead with plans for electric national car

Nov. 13, 2017 14:32 CET

Turkey, is on course with its national car project. The country's five major suppliers and tech giants have just signed on to produce the still-unnamed car.... Read More »

Opel's production shift to Europe worries S. Korean workers

Nov. 13, 2017 09:32 CET

Opel's plan to stop importing cars from South Korea is worrying workers at GM's Korean unit, which is already grappling with slumping sales.... Read More »

BMW, Mercedes, Porsche face fines over breach of S. Korea emissions rules

Nov. 9, 2017 11:52 CET

South Korea plans to impose a combined fine of 70.3 billion won ($63.1 million) on BMW, Mercedes and Porsche, citing violation of emissions rules.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

Trump might have the right prescription for Toyota

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2017

COMMENTARY: President Donald Trump may have stumbled onto a useful home truth in his criticism of Japan's car industry.... Read More »

Nissan resumes Japan production as fresh inspection issues emerge

Nov. 7, 2017 11:43 CET

Nissan said it is resuming most domestic production suspended in the wake of a scandal over uncertified technicians signing off on final inspections. The automaker also said it has found new evidence that inspection staff had not been properly trained.... Read More »

Nissan to resume domestic production of vehicles for Japan

10:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

Nissan plans to resume production of vehicles for its home market at five of its domestic plants Tuesday after Japan's transport ministry approved changes to the improper final-inspection procedures that forced a major vehicle recall.... Read More »

Subaru says improper inspections conducted for over 30 years

Oct. 27, 2017 11:12 CET

Subaru has said it failed to follow proper inspection procedures for vehicles destined for the domestic market for more than 30 years. Rival Nissan made a similar admission last month and has been forced to recall 1.2 million vehicles.... Read More »

Nissan said to have conducted unauthorized checks since 1979

Oct. 27, 2017 10:48 CET

Nissan has been conducting its current inspection process for vehicles sold in Japan -- deemed faulty by the government last month-- since at least 1979, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Japan's automakers look beyond scandals to future

Oct. 24, 2017 09:29 CET

Japan's automakers will present their futuristic visions for electric and autonomous vehicles at the Tokyo auto show this week as the industry continues to reel from scandals that have hit automakers including Nissan and suppliers such as Kobe Steel and Takata.... Read More »

Kobe Steel plant under inspection by Japan ministry, report says

8:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

One of the Kobe Steel plants at the heart of a product data cheating scandal is being inspected by Japan's transport ministry, Kyodo News reported... Read More »

Subaru completes two new test tracks in Japan

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Subaru, looking to further strengthen its safety chops, has finished construction of two new test tracks in Japan.... Read More »

Nissan halts Japan-market output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Nissan has suspended production of Japan-market vehicles for two weeks after it concedes uncertified workers kept inspecting cars after earlier recall.... Read More »

Toyota resumes Japan production after typhoon

7:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

Toyota said it was operating second shifts as normal at its Japanese plants, after suspending first shifts as a typhoon precaution. Four people were reported killed in the wake of Typhoon Lan.... Read More »

Nissan's inappropriate inspections started at least 20 years ago, report says

Oct. 20, 2017 11:05 CET

Nissan's inappropriate inspection practices have been going for at least 20 years, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The report followed a decision by the automaker to suspend domestic vehicle production to address misconduct in its final inspection procedures, which has led to a recall of 1.2 million cars sold in Japan.... Read More »

END OF THE LINE DOWN UNDER

Death of Australian car output leaves chasm

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

GM closed its Holden factory in Australia on Friday, ending more than a century of car manufacturing in the country. Hundreds of workers will be left jobless, just weeks after Toyota shut a plant in neighboring Victoria state, where Ford closed two sites last year.... Read More »

Nissan suspends Japanese output for 2 weeks; exports to continue

Oct. 19, 2017 12:48 CET

Nissan will suspend all Japanese car production for about two weeks as the fallout from the company's lapse in vehicle quality inspection worsens.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Toyota to unveil fuel cell family cruiser and city bus

Oct. 18, 2017 11:17 CET

Toyota is targeting a 1,000-km (620-mile) range for the Fine-Comfort Ride fuel concept that will be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show.... Read More »

Nissan used uncertified inspectors in Japan even after misconduct found

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

Nissan said it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories.... Read More »

 
Rising Stars finish year with a flourish

Douglas A. Bolduc
1:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2017

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Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success. ...
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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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In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking ...
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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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European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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European light-vehicle sales rise in November
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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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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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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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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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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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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