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Continental tech chief works toward more AI

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2018

Continental's technology chief grapples with how to bring AI and connectivity together for a seamless auto experience.... Read More »

OPERATION AIRLIFT

Tesla scrambles jets to boost Model 3 battery output

2:37 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2018

Tesla has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for the Model 3 electric sedan. The move underscores Tesla CEO Elon Musk's urgency to get a grip on manufacturing problems that have hobbled the launch of the high-volume Model 3.... Read More »

Siemens backs Northvolt's Swedish battery plant

May 25, 2018 15:20 CET

German engineering company Siemens has become the latest company to contribute to the Northvolt project to build Europe's largest lithium ion factory in northern Sweden.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Google

May 25, 2018 06:01 CET

A few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned.... Read More »

BMW will boost capacity at i3 factory in Germany

May 25, 2018 14:05 CET

BMW will invest over 300 million euros to increase production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, the automaker's fifth-largest, laying the foundation for production of future models. BMW builds the i3 and i8 models in Leipzig.... Read More »

Bosch opens new infotainment, component plant in China

May 25, 2018 10:39 CET

Bosch opened a second plant in the east China city of Wuhu this week to expand output of infotainment and other connectivity systems for vehicles produced in China.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Skoda's strong growth brings major challenges

May 25, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda may be one of the most successful brands in VW Group's sprawling empire as it posts record sales and profits, but the automaker must balance ambitious growth plans with the pay demands of Czech workers in its two overstretched factories.... Read More »

China said to back private investment in state automakers

May 25, 2018 10:26 CET

China is considering encouraging state-owned automakers to bring in private car manufacturers as investors as it seeks to create an industrial champion to compete with global companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Iran ties could dent European automakers' U.S. business

May 24, 2018 06:01 CET

PSA and Renault have spent hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild their businesses in Iran. Those investments are at risk following the U.S. decision to withdraw from a nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on companies that do business in both Iran and the U.S.... Read More »

Novelis expands in China amid trade friction

10:52 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2018

Novelis is investing about $180 million to double its automotive aluminum body sheet capacity in China, as it seeks to tap demand from the country's growing electric vehicle market.... Read More »

France pledges strategic contract with automakers, suppliers in EV push

May 24, 2018 13:50 CET

The French government has pledged to work with automakers and suppliers to increase sales of EVs sharply and build up the network of charging stations, as part of a new "strategic contract" with the automotive sector.... Read More »

UAW president shows support for U.S. plan to explore import duties

1:17 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2018

UAW President Dennis Williams is supportive of the Trump administration's efforts to launch a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs.... Read More »

Volvo will expand XC40 output; promises to widen compact family

May 24, 2018 10:00 CET

Volvo will expand output of its XC40 in Belgium and start production of the compact SUV in China next year. The automaker also said it will widen its compact family with a range of new models to replace the current V40.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: U.S. mulls new auto-import tariffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2018

U.S. mulls new auto-import tariffs; Musk vs. the media; Report: Apple to convert VW vans into AVs; Volvo to make more XC40s; Startup to make EVs at old Mitsubishi plant.... Read More »

U.S. auto import probe threatens European automakers

May 24, 2018 10:18 CET

European automakers could be in for a bumpy ride after President Donald Trump's administration started an investigation into whether car imports threaten national security. The move could lead to new U.S. tariffs on foreign vehicles and it would also impact Japanese and South Korean automakers.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Renault-Nissan gains on merger talks

May 24, 2018 06:01 CET

The prospect of Renault and Nissan consolidating their alliance with a full merger boosted the shareholder value of the French company by 17.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices.... Read More »

Apple turns to VW for self-driving tech after being spurned by BMW, Mercedes, paper reports

May 24, 2018 08:21 CET

Apple signed a deal with VW for self-driving cars after failing to get an agreement with BMW and Mercedes, the New York Times reported.... Read More »

Trump's 'big news' for U.S. auto workers is China cut in tariffs

10:12 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

President Donald Trump's tweet that “big news” is on the way for American auto workers refers to China's plans to slash tariffs on imported passenger cars, according to an aide.... Read More »

GST AutoLeather emerges from bankruptcy with new owner, leadership

4:39 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2018

Car seat leather supplier GST AutoLeather emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new private equity ownership and leadership.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Continental appoints chief technology officer for China

May 22, 2018 14:51 CET

Continental has named veteran executive Ming Jing to fill the newly created post of head of innovation and technology for China.... Read More »

 
VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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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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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%
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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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Porsche Canada gets new marketing director with digital focus
Porsche Canada has tapped Colas Henckes to be its new marketing director. ...
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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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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
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
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