Manufacturing

Tata Steel seeks more takers for tailored blanks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

Under pressure from low-cost imported steel, Tata Steel is stepping up its European production of higher-margin tailored blanks.... Read More »

CHIPPING AWAY

Rebounding Renesas sets up for growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

Japanese chipmaker Renesas bottlenecked much of the auto industry when its plant was damaged by Japan's 2011 killer earthquake. It now plans big growth thanks to its takeover of an American rival.... Read More »

Japanese carmakers seek trade peace with Trump

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

Japan's auto market is open, says Hiroto Saikawa, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, but its carmakers, including Toyota, Nissan and Honda, are willing to work with governments in Tokyo and Washington to smooth out disputes over access.... Read More »

Georgia’s winning streak with suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

Georgia has tapped a vein of small to midsize privately owned German parts companies that are ready to build their first American factory.... Read More »

Delphi: How to get paid, even when parts didn't get made

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

Delphi says in an SEC filing that a number of suppliers have negotiated contracts to be compensated by automakers irrespective of actual volumes. And why not?... Read More »

Renault aims for profit from Alpine sports car

March 19, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault says its Alpine A110 sports car is more than an exercise in nostalgia. The company expects the mid-engine coupe to be profitable and it could be the first in a new line of vehicles for the revived Alpine brand.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

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

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially those in Europe -- will have a powerful say in which powertrains will rule the road because they can dictate which types of vehicles will be allowed inside their metropolitan areas.... Read More »

How PSA plans to succeed in India

March 18, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA believes it has a key to succeed in India. The country is a tantalizing prize for foreign automakers, who see an upwardly mobile, rapidly urbanizing and technologically savvy country that could pass Germany this year as the world's fourth-largest auto market.... Read More »

Chassix plans $50 million expansion in Czech Republic

8:20 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

U.S. auto supplier Chassix said it plans to invest $50 million to expand its operations to the Czech Republic in 2018.... Read More »

Trump predicts fantastic trade deal with Germany

7:31 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

After a high profile meeting at the White House, President Trump said he expected the United States to do "fantastically well" in trade talks with Germany, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped the United States and the European Union could resume discussions on a trade deal.... Read More »

Tesla raises $1.2 billion to pad cash reserve, help launch Model 3

9:57 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

The share and convertible debt offering on Friday demonstrates once again the unflagging ability of Tesla and its high-profile head, Elon Musk, to tap Wall Street for sorely needed cash.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: What the auto chiefs told Trump

2:45 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

What the auto chiefs told Trump: GM, Ford, Toyota, VW on fuel-standards review; Piech in talks to sell stake in VW; Porsche plans EV variants; Musk's all-or-nothing offer.... Read More »

Magna may open Slovenia car plant as it adds Jaguar EV to BMW, Mercedes output

March 17, 2017 10:57 CET

Magna may invest up to $1.3 billion in Slovenia to open a car plant. The company's current European plant in Austria, which builds Mercedes and BMW models, is running out of capacity as Magna gears up to add output of two Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Hands-on way to keep service customers?

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

Service customers like text updates, study finds; Green-car funds at risk; BMW chief to join Merkel in Trump meeting; LeEco bailing on Calif. site?; Porsche's banner year.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Trump vows fight for auto jobs

8:15 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2017

Trump in Detroit: A fight for jobs, 'Painful adjustment' ahead?, Environmental groups defend mpg targets; Marchionne: 'Zero interest' in VW merger; Audi Q4 confirmed; Tesla cash hunt.... Read More »

Hyundai recalling nearly 1 million Sonata cars in U.S. for seat belts

7:50 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2017

Hyundai will recall about 978,000 Sonata cars in the U.S. because of a seat belt glitch that has led to one minor injury.... Read More »

Toyota will invest $294 million in UK car plant

March 16, 2017 13:03 CET

Toyota will invest 240 million pounds ($294 million) in its UK car plant to prepare it to build vehicles on a new platform, but the automaker warned that continued tariff-free access to the European single market after Brexit remained a crucial point.... Read More »

Audi offices, plants in Germany raided by prosecutors amid VW diesel scandal

March 15, 2017 10:33 CET

German prosecutors searched Audi's two biggest plants and other sites in connection with the emissions scandal still rocking parent Volkswagen Group, adding to pressure on the luxury division and its CEO Rupert Stadler.... Read More »

EPA will reopen review of 2025 emissions rules

2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2017

President Donald Trump said his administration will reopen a review of Obama-era emissions mandates, welcome news for automakers that argue the strict standards are costly and out-of-touch with market realities. The president promised to bring back manufacturing jobs to bolster the industry in the U.S.... Read More »

Audi aims to make EVs a 'must have'

March 15, 2017 15:21 CET

Audi offered more details of its plans to launch three full-electric cars by 2020, starting with the e-tron SUV, as CEO Rupert Stadler outlined the automaker's plans to make EVs a "must have."... Read More »

Trump courts Detroit's divided union

6:25 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2017

President Donald Trump returned to one of American labor's last remaining strongholds with a message that could drive a wedge between long Democratic-leaning union leadership and members that are breaking ranks.... Read More »

GM will rehire 500 workers in Michigan slated for layoff

9:08 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2017

General Motors said it plans next year to rehire 500 workers at a Michigan assembly plant who are to be laid off in May, citing increased demand for larger vehicles.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Trump's gift to Detroit?

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2017

Trump expected to re-open mpg review, roll back climate-change rules, retain Calif. autonomy; Sage dealerships settle FTC charges; Audi, VW raided; 'Promising' battery breakthrough.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Why tougher EU emissions rules put the combustion engine's future in doubt

March 15, 2017 06:01 CET

The EU is set to reshape the industry later this year when it agrees on stringent emission targets for the next decade that could mark the beginning of the end for traditional combustion-powered vehicles in the world's largest economic bloc.... Read More »

Ford sees further UK price increases after Brexit vote

March 14, 2017 15:11 CET

Ford says UK car prices will have to rise again to offset the fall in value of the pound following the country's vote to leave the EU. Numerous automakers have already increased prices at least once after the pound lost almost 20 percent of its value compared with the euro after the Brexit vote last June.... Read More »

 
Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

Yang Jian
4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24 2017

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At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
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Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Christiaan Hetzner
8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
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Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

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PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
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How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
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Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
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As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
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Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
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Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2017

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The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
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Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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