Automakers and Suppliers

VIDEO: First Shift: Auto shows still a good marketing bet?

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

Auto shows still a good marketing bet? Kia, Acura execs weigh in; Tesla slashing prices as China prepares to ease tariffs; Ghosn: No quick merger deal; FCA media agency review.... Read More »

Musk's stock option tweet may invite U.S. labor board complaint

7:35 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

The UAW has been Elon Musk's target for days of derision on Twitter, and his posts may open Tesla up to trouble with federal labor regulators... Read More »

Tesla slammed over 'deceptive' Autopilot name in letter to U.S. regulators

7:50 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

Two consumer advocacy groups urged the FTC to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology.... Read More »

In Trump vs. California, Mary Nichols unlike any other negotiator

7:18 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

As the head of CARB, Mary Nichols is arguably California's most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the state's plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line.... Read More »

Ghosn: It'll take time to get Renault-Nissan deal right

6:37 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

Carlos Ghosn tamped down expectations of a quick deal to combine Nissan and Renault, saying the specter of failed mergers in his industry loomed large.... Read More »

Hamburg will ban older diesel vehicles in some areas

May 23, 2018 11:11 CET

Hamburg will introduce a ban on old diesel vehicles on some streets starting May 31 as German cities take action to meet clean air targets.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Donald Trump does a favor for BMW and Mercedes

May 23, 2018 09:26 CET

The biggest beneficiaries of President Donald Trump's drive to get China to "play fair" on trade are automakers such as BMW and Mercedes, which export expensive sedans and SUVs from Germany and the U.S. to wealthy customers in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

Ford will add second model at Romania plant

May 23, 2018 10:47 CET

Ford won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan invests in China, U.S., French startups

May 23, 2018 09:51 CET

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance's new venture capital fund is backing autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and solid-state battery startups.... Read More »

Tesla trims up to $14,000 off Model X in China after tariff cuts

May 23, 2018 11:29 CET

Tesla has cut the price of the Model X in China by up to $14,000 after Beijing announced tariff cuts for imported cars.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Mohamed Chakib

May 23, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Mohamed Chakib, who is plant manager for IAC Group's factory in Opole, Poland.... Read More »

Musk admits Tesla Model 3 braking issue, promises fix

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it can be fixed with a firmware update.... Read More »

Why China's EV drive is helping Swedish bearings maker

May 22, 2018 15:35 CET

Sweden's SKF is seeing increasing demand for its bearings from China, where demand for EVs means it is winning at least one new contract a month, as suppliers adapt to changing automobile technology.... Read More »

VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demand

May 22, 2018 12:22 CET

Volkswagen Group's China sales rose nearly 12 percent in April, led by demand at the Audi and Skoda brands.... Read More »

China cuts car import duty to 15% in boost for BMW, Tesla, Mercedes, Porsche

May 22, 2018 10:58 CET

China will cut the import duty on passenger cars to 15 percent. The move will boost automakers that import high-end cars including BMW, Tesla, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler launches U.S. media agency review

7:37 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is beginning a media agency review in the United States. The incumbent is Interpublic's UM.... Read More »

Tesla hires Snapchat exec to head engineering

5:49 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Stuart Bowers has a passion for robotics and will be working on Tesla's semi-autonomous driving program, Autopilot.... Read More »

Bracken retiring from Lexus, to be succeeded by deputy David Christ

2:45 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

David Christ, who switched from the Toyota Division to Lexus at the start of this year, will succeed his boss, Jeff Bracken, who is retiring as head of Lexus' United States operations after 40 years with Toyota.... Read More »

Germany's Grammer buying Toledo Molding & Die in $271 million deal

3:40 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

German auto supplier Grammer AG is more than doubling its presence in North America with the $271 million acquisition of Toledo Molding & Die Inc.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Crashes raising angst about AVs, AAA finds

3:30 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Crashes raising angst about AVs, AAA finds; Lexus exec Bracken to retire; BP backs battery venture; BMW unit gives chargers designer touch; Jeep fire risk; McLaren's new showrooms.... Read More »

GRAHAM KOZAK

BLOG: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: A lighter, more powerful Vanquish successor

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

The Aston Martin Vanquish, the marque's muscular super-GT, is riding off into the sunset, but fear not: Its replacement will be here shortly.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Performance, not size, will determine 2.7-liter I-4's success in Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, GM will have Ford to thank.... Read More »

Russia, Japan, Turkey warn of tariff retaliation against U.S.

8:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around $3.5 billion annually.... Read More »

BP invests in tech to charge cars as quickly as filling fuel tank

7:26 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

BP agreed to invest $20 million in a developer of ultrafast charging for batteries, a technology the oil company believes is key for accelerating the adoption of EVs.... Read More »

BMW becomes first foreign automaker to gain China approval for autonomous testing

May 22, 2018 15:07 CET

BMW became the first foreign automaker to be approved to test its automated vehicles in China after it was granted two licenses from the city of Shanghai last week.... Read More »

 
BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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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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VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demand
Volkswagen Group's China sales rose nearly 12 percent in April, led by demand at the Audi and Skoda ...
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that gre ...
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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UK sales increase 10% amid diesel slump
UK registrations rose 10 percent in April, reflecting a poor performance in the same month last year ...
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VW brand continues to recover in German market up 8%
VW brand continued to recover in its German home market last month with a 15 percent increase in reg ...
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Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among winners as Spanish sales rise 12%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 12 percent in April, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among the ...
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Private demand drives Italy's 7% growth
New-car sales in Italy rose 6. ...
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Hyundai, Fiat, Dacia gain as French sales rise 9%
French registrations rose 9 percent in April, led by strong gains at Dacia, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat and D ...
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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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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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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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Tesla hires Snapchat exec to head engineering
Tesla hired Snapchat maker Snap's vice president of monetization engineering, Stuart Bowers, as head of engineering to work on its Autopilot software and other projects. ...
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Continental appoints chief technology officer for China
Continental has named veteran executive Ming Jing to fill the newly created post of head of innovati ...
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Ex-AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson is reborn as a supplier
Bo Andersson has been dispatched by the president of Japan's giant family-owned wiring supplier, Yaz ...
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Seating supplier Adient promotes veteran exec Fleischer to lead Europe business
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe ...
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PSA has new heads for Russia, purchasing; sends sales expert to Opel
PSA has appointed executives to accelerate growth in Russia, boost sales at Opel, and improve purcha ...
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Russia ties stall Wolf's entry on to Porsche board
U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Russia will postpone former Magna International boss Siegfried Wo ...
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Aston Martin recruits veteran VW Group exec to lead exterior design
Aston Martin has recruited Tobias Suehlmann from VW Group's Bugatti brand as its chief exterior desi ...
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Mazda names Americas head Marumoto next CEO
Mazda named Americas chief Akira Marumoto its new CEO as the automaker -- with its limited r&d budge ...
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Rolls-Royce's former engineering chief joins Borgward
Borgward appointed Philip Koehn, former director of engineering at Rolls-Royce, as its chief technol ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
Hyundai sees Europe as a key market for its Nexo fuel cell car because the region has more advanced ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
Assembly of the all-new Seat Ateca began in April 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group's plant in Kvasiny ...
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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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