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Subaru weighs Sweden's Autoliv as camera supplier, report says

3:28 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Subaru is considering Autoliv's stereo cameras for its driver-assist system as the Japanese automaker looks for options beyond longtime supplier Hitachi, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

German industry welcomes self-driving vehicles law

May 15, 2017 11:11 CET

Germany's auto industry praised its government as the first worldwide to broadly legalize self-driving cars, while cautioning that this was just an initial, but crucial, step in rolling out the technology on roads across the country.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Japanese automakers in truck scramble

1:30 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Japanese automakers in truck scramble; GM inventory up 37%; Volvo getting Android; Delphi plans self-driving taxi in U.S.; Lambo's 650-hp SUV; Ultraluxury vending machine.... Read More »

Lyft partners with Waymo for self-driving cars

May 15, 2017 09:31 CET

Ride services company Lyft and Waymo, an automotive business owned by Google parent Alphabet, have launched a self-driving vehicle partnership, bringing together two rivals to dominant ride-sharing service Uber.... Read More »

In new automotive era, even Toyota struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

A lackluster test drive of an EV prototype underscores for Akio Toyoda the new challenges posed by an evolving auto industry. His reaction has Toyota in crisis mode as it grapples with next-generation technologies and plunging profits.... Read More »

Nvidia, Intel battle to supply autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Toyota's self-driving vehicles will carry Nvidia's platform, making the chipmaker the dominant supplier of the brains of autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

How to fund road upgrades for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2017

Congress should initially tax automated-vehicle travel at a penny per mile to help fund necessary infrastructure improvements, a leading think tank suggests.... Read More »

Renault, Nissan European operations deal with global cyber attack

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2017

Renault stopped production at several European sites on Saturday to prevent the spread of a global cyber attack that hit its computer systems. Nissan's plant in England also was impacted.... Read More »

Germany passes law allowing self-driving car tests

May 12, 2017 13:43 CET

Germany cleared the way for its automotive industry to test self-driving cars when the upper house of its parliament approved a law setting out the conditions under which they could take to German roads.... Read More »

VW's Seat will add Waze navigation on its entire range

May 11, 2017 13:24 CET

VW Group's Seat brand will make Waze's navigation system available on its entire range in the coming weeks.The Waze app works on all major smartphone operating systems and has a large community of users who share information on real time traffic conditions.... Read More »

Robo-Taxi rise won't slow global auto demand, Renault exec says

May 11, 2017 12:48 CET

Automakers can expect rising global demand over the coming decades, even if "dramatic" changes to the industry mean fewer people actually own their cars, said Gilles Normand, Renault's head of electric vehicles.... Read More »

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Continental re-thinks HMI to prepare for move to autonomous cars

May 11, 2017 06:01 CET

The role played by HMI technology is changing as vehicles process more information in the autonomous age. This is just one of the challenges faced by Continental systems and technologies boss Karsten Michels, who shared his views on the self-driving revolution with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Jenoptik set to open Michigan tech campus

4:02 pm U.S. ET | May 10, 2017

Jenoptik, a German company that specializes in metrology and laser machines for the auto industry, expects to be fully operating its 16-acre technology campus in suburban Detroit by Monday.... Read More »

Roush opens engineering center for electric, autonomous vehicles

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2017

Automotive supplier Roush Industries has opened an engineering center in suburban Detriot that will create about 150 jobs, mostly in engineering and data science.... Read More »

Daimler in talks to launch Facebook Connect rival for online purchases

May 9, 2017 12:21 CET

Daimler has joined other German firms in talks to form a European company to store personal data securely so customers can make purchases online from different outlets without punching in their details each time. The plan mirrors an initiative by Facebook.... Read More »

Mitsubishi profit plunges after fuel economy scandal

May 9, 2017 10:55 CET

Mitsubishi's profit plunged 94 percent in the latest fiscal year, hit by falling vehicle sales, foreign exchange losses and the costs of a fuel economy scandal. CEO Osamu Masuko pledged a recovery, aided by Nissan.... Read More »

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Continental reshapes human-machine interface

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2017

The role played by HMI technology is changing as vehicles process more information in the autonomous age.... Read More »

Magna panel of outsiders looks at future technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2017

Magna seeks high-level advice on all things technical as it plans its future.... Read More »

Fuel economy rules drive innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2017

Consumers now enjoy more choices in vehicles than ever before precisely because of fuel economy standards.... Read More »

The cost of life-saving tech: Totaled cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2017

Safety features such as lane-departure warning systems and multiple airbags prevent deaths and injuries from vehicle crashes. But they're also driving up the number of vehicles deemed to be total losses following accidents.... Read More »

Ford supplier's boardroom drama zeros in on aluminum patent

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2017

In the shareholder tussle over aluminum giant Arconic, critics say the supplier erred in sharing its technology with the competition.... Read More »

'OK, Google, tell Mercedes Me to start my car'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2017

Owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now ask Google's or Amazon's in-home digital assistants to help them handle car-related tasks.... Read More »

Porsche opens digital center in Silicon Valley

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2017

Porsche said it is opening a digital technology center with 100 staff in Silicon Valley to forge new partnerships, cooperate with venture-capital companies and invest in new companies.... Read More »

Toyota opens $154 million r&d center expansion in Mich.

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2017

Toyota opened its expanded North American r&d center in Michigan, completing a $154 million project started in 2014. The r&d center expansion is part of a reorganization of Toyota's North American corporate footprint.... Read More »

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Average fuel economy for vehicles sold in April edges up

4:21 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2017

The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the U.S. in April rose to 25.3 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from March's level.... Read More »

 
Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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Lotus can thrive under Geely

Nick Gibbs
5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24 2017

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Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving... ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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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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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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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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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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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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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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