Automakers and Suppliers

VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief

Nov. 24, 2017 10:38 CET

VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand.... Read More »

Jeep plans optional soft-top on Scrambler pickup

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

The Jeep Scrambler -- FCA's planned Wrangler-based pickup -- will come with an optional droptop, Automotive News has learned.... Read More »

BMW will invest $237 million in battery cell center

Nov. 24, 2017 12:39 CET

BMW will invest 200 million euros ($237 million) over the next four years in a battery cell competence center in Munich, the automaker's home city.... Read More »

BMW expands car-sharing program to China

Nov. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW says it is bringing premium element to car-sharing in China with its ReachNow program that uses a fleet of electric i3 models.... Read More »

Why Uber expects big gains from strong move into robotaxi market

Nov. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Uber has taken a big step toward offering robotaxis. They will be on the streets "sooner than most people think," said the ride-hailing company's head of automotive alliances.... Read More »

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How Bosch is preparing for autonomous cars

Nov. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

As Bosch seeks groundbreaking solutions for autonomous vehicles, the supplier's culture is changing to allow failure, as long as it provides a valuable lesson.... Read More »

SHAREHOLDER VALUE INDEX

Auto sector surges in Q3

Nov. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Europe's listed automakers gained 11.5 percent in shareholder value in the third quarter, the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices shows, a figure matched by the supplier sectors. Auto retailers were close behind, up 11.1 percent, during the quarter.... Read More »

Porsche aims to meet EU emissions targets with electrified lineup

Nov. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Porsche expects it won't have any trouble meeting the EU's next round of CO2 reduction targets because more than half of its sales by 2025 will come from electrified vehicles... Read More »

Off-lease trucks race toward market

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

A fresh surge of vehicles coming off leases in 2018 will include more light trucks and fewer cars. Increasingly, they'll have low mileage and higher price tags.... Read More »

Key VW shareholder Lower Saxony will maintain stake

Nov. 23, 2017 09:24 CET

VW Group's second-largest shareholder, Lower Saxony, said it would retain its stake in the automaker despite one of the German state's two main political parties calling for changes in the way the company is managed. The state owns an 11.8 percent share in VW and controls 20 percent of its voting rights.... Read More »

Aston Martin nearly sold out of Vantage's initial output

Nov. 23, 2017 10:05 CET

Aston Martin has already sold out almost all of its production capacity for the new Vantage for 2018. Since the automaker began selling the hand-built car to private customers this week, 80 percent of the Vantage's first year of output has been taken, CEO Andy Palmer said.... 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 »

Exports boost UK car output nearly 4% in October

Nov. 23, 2017 10:59 CET

UK car production rose by 3.5 percent in October as an increase in demand from abroad offset a decline in output for domestic buyers. However, falling UK sales and model changes mean manufacturing will remain flat this year, the SMMT said.... Read More »

EV sales process 'inconsistent' among brands, new study finds

3:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

As the auto industry prepares to introduce a wave of electric vehicles over the next few years, some dealerships are ill-prepared for the rollout, a new study says.... Read More »

Maserati's program changes 'unfair,' NY judge rules

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

A New York administrative judge ruled that proposed changes to Maserati's incentive program and franchise agreement were "unfair," confirming a previous decision.... Read More »

Aston Martin on track for first pretax profit since 2010

Nov. 22, 2017 18:17 CET

Aston Martin is on course to post its first annual pretax profit since 2010 as strong demand for the DB11 sports car boosts earnings.... Read More »

Britain will increase tax on most polluting diesel cars

Nov. 22, 2017 15:35 CET

Britain will increase the tax on new diesel cars that do not meet the latest emissions standards, providing another blow to the country's hard-pressed domestic auto industry.... Read More »

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Hyundai outlines electrification plans for Europe

Nov. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai has big plans to electrify its European lineup. Along with battery-powered models and plug-in hybrids, the automaker's product offensive will include an additional twist: fuel cell vehicles.... Read More »

BMW recalls all i3 electric vehicles

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

BMW is recalling all 2014-18 i3 electric vehicles for higher risk of neck injuries to smaller people in the driver's seat who aren't wearing seat belts, according to recall documents.... Read More »

VIDEO: Mazda CEO: U.S. plant, product blitz and customer satisfaction will revive brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai says the company is preparing for ‘a new era’ that begins with a product blitz in 2019 and follows with the opening of its joint U.S. plant with Toyota in 2021. Kogai believes those efforts, along with a renewed focus on customer loyalty, will stimulate Mazda’s U.S. sales.... Read More »

Trump nominates Michigan dealer David Fischer for ambassador to Morocco

8:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump nominated The Suburban Collection CEO David Fischer to be the U.S. ambassador in Morocco.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Tesla blows through $8,000 every minute amid Model 3 woes

8:18 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

Over the past 12 months, electric-car maker Tesla has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute (or $480,000 an hour), Bloomberg data show.... Read More »

Trump's hopes for quick NAFTA deal are dimming as talks slow

7:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2017

After three months of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico remain miles apart on a deal to update the region's flagship trade pact.... Read More »

EU fines 5 airbag, seat belt suppliers over cartel

Nov. 22, 2017 12:23 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined five suppliers including Autoliv and Takata a total of 34 million euros ($40 million) for taking part in cartels to fix prices for seat belts, airbags and steering wheels sold to Japanese automakers.... Read More »

Uber hack raises 'huge concerns' with UK data regulator

Nov. 22, 2017 12:40 CET

A major hack of Uber's user data involving 57 million customers and drivers globally is being examined by the UK regulator in charge of data privacy, who said the breach raised "huge concerns."... Read More »

 
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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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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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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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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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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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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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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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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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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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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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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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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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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