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Mayors, industry press Congress to keep EV rebate in final tax bill

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2017

Electric vehicle and clean-energy proponents are urging Congress to preserve a consumer tax credit they insist is critical to mass adoption of the technology.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford plans city test of AV tech

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2017

Ford plans city test of autonomous vehicle; Lentz's focus: Getting Toyota's team in Plano up to speed; Can Toyota teach EPA?; Saab successor plans EV output in '18; A Mitsu memory.... Read More »

ZF CEO Sommer steps down after losing power struggle

Dec. 7, 2017 18:57 CET

ZF said CEO Stefan Sommer is leaving the company. Sommer's departure likely signals the end of an expansion strategy that drove the German supplier's $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive, creating the industry's second-largest partsmaker.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions scandal. That wasn't the face seen in court on Wednesday.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions scandal. That wasn't the face seen in court on Wednesday.... Read More »

PSA CEO Tavares will succeed Zetsche as ACEA president

Dec. 7, 2017 11:12 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares will succeed Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche as president of ACEA, the European auto industry's lobbying body. Tavares said safety and reducing CO2 emissions would be priorities.... Read More »

German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says

Dec. 7, 2017 09:31 CET

New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will likely decline next year because of falling demand for diesels, the VDA industry association said.... Read More »

Average U.S. fuel economy falls 0.1 mpg in November

2:56 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

The average fuel economy of new light vehicles in the U.S. in November fell to 25.0 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from October.... Read More »

Ford Performance boss moves to new role at Ford

11:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

Dave Pericak, the head of Ford Performance who played key role in the development of the GT supercar, will change jobs to focus on engineering for unibody and Lincoln programs.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

How Volvo's repositioned Polestar brand plans to lure BMW i and Tesla buyers

Dec. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Volvo's race-inspired Polestar brand is positioning itself to attract customers who want high-performance vehicles that emit little to no emissions. That means luring them away from BMW's i subbrand and Tesla, the only brands currently offering those two features in the premium segment.... Read More »

Volkswagen Mexico executive sees scope to boost NAFTA auto content

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

An executive at VW's Mexico unit said there is room to boost regional tariff-free content for autos made in North America, a central plank of the Trump administration's plan to overhaul NAFTA.... Read More »

Ford, Alibaba sign deal that could allow automaker to sell cars online in China

4:18 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

Ford and China's Alibaba have signed a deal to explore cooperation in areas such as cloud computing, connectivity and retail which could involve the sale of Ford cars on Alibaba's online retail platform.... Read More »

Former Honda store manager sentenced to prison for kickbacks

4:46 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

The former general manager of a Honda store in Missouri was sentenced to prison for 18 months for a scheme that allegedly cost the store more than $1.8 million.... Read More »

Toyota's Lentz: There's work to do in Plano

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz is finally comfortable that he's got his people where he wants them to enable better communication and faster decision-making.... Read More »

Ex-VW exec Schmidt gets max 7 years, $400,000 fine for U.S. emissions violations

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Oliver Schmidt, the former executive who spearheaded Volkswagen's multiyear efforts to keep its conspiracy to cheat on diesel emissions a secret from U.S. regulators, received the maximum sentence possible from a federal judge in Detroit.... Read More »

Cordray announces bid for Ohio governor after leaving CFPB

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Richard Cordray, whose resignation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sparked a battle over the agency’s leadership, said he’s running for governor of Ohio.... Read More »

Former Volvo exec faces growth challenge as supplier CEO

Dec. 6, 2017 15:41 CET

Former Volvo executive Lena Olving faces a challenge generating growth as head of Mycronic, whose technology is built into 4 billion smartphone, TV and tablet displays every year, giving the company a 100 percent market share. While market dominance might be a dream for many executives, for Olving, it's a hurdle.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Mini boss predicts new sales high; calls EV move 'natural evolution' for brand

Dec. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

Mini is gearing up to launch an electric variant in 2019 and predicts record sales once again this year. The brand's boss, Peter Schwarzenbauer, discussed this and other subjects in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Electric black cabs with WiFi, USB charging start operation in London

Dec. 6, 2017 10:33 CET

London's iconic black cab now has an electric variant that has just begun picking up passengers in the UK capital. The TX5 taxi offers passengers internet access, USB charging and even a sunroof, but fares still match those of its diesel rivals.... Read More »

BMW denies diesel cars have 'shut-off' device to mask high NOx emissions

Dec. 5, 2017 15:30 CET

BMW denied allegations that engine management software shuts off a system filtering emissions in some of its diesel cars. A German environmental group alleged that the NOx emissions from a variant of the 3-series diesel wagon are seven times above the legal limit.... Read More »

SpaceX seen by analyst as potential suitor if Tesla struggles, Musk wanders

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

A Morgan Stanley analyst said Tesla could struggle on its own and that Elon Musk's attention may wander more toward his other-worldly endeavors, potentially leading to a combination with SpaceX.... Read More »

Cadillac gives dealers reprieve after 'many' miss Pinnacle sales goals

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

Cadillac, acknowledging "many" dealerships fell short of their targets this year due to a lack of fresh products, will calculate dealer compensation for 2018 based more on customer-satisfaction scores and compliance with brand standards than on meeting sales targets.... Read More »

Kia continues its Super Bowl streak

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

Kia is coming back to the Super Bowl for the ninth straight year, as the automaker establishes itself as one of the most loyal advertisers in the game.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

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

VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. Small, impractical two-doors coupes are losing favor with buyers, so the solution for the next Beetle may be an electric-only model.... Read More »

Ford's China blitz: 50 new vehicles by 2025

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

Ford will launch 50 new vehicles in China by 2025, including 15 electrified vehicles, the automaker said at an event in Shanghai.... 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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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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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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