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France close to returning to 15% Renault stake, economy minister says

Nov. 10, 2015 11:15 CET

France is close to reducing its stake in Renault back to 15 percent and wants the governance structure in its alliance with Nissan to remain unchanged, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said.... Read More »

VW target of 'Das Problem' protest by Greenpeace

9:20 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

An environmentalist group protested at VW headquarters in Germany today in the wake of the automaker's emissions scandal by displaying a large banner reading “Das Problem,” a play on VW's “Das Auto” slogan.... Read More »


Ranks of women in the European auto sector are growing, but top female execs say the industry must do more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

The presence of women in the European auto industry is growing but the consensus among leading female executives is that more needs to be done.... Read More »

Renault and Nissan will share technology for autonomous driving

Nov. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault will benefit from the autonomous driving technology that Nissan is developing and vice versa. Renault plans to sell cars that can autonomously drive in traffic jams starting next year.... Read More »

VW engineers admitted rigging CO2 emissions, report says

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2015

Several Volkswagen engineers have admitted manipulating carbon dioxide emissions data because goals set by former CEO Martin Winterkorn were difficult to achieve, Bild am Sonntag reported.... Read More »


Germany is testing diesel cars of foreign automakers, minister says

Nov. 7, 2015 11:01 CET

Germany is testing all diesel vehicles including those from foreign automakers, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told a German newspaper.... Read More »


EU seeks wider probe after VW admits CO2 emissions irregularities

Nov. 6, 2015 10:48 CET

The European Commission has written to all 28 EU countries urging them to widen their investigations into potential breaches of vehicle emissions rules after VW Group admitted it had understated CO2 levels of about 800,000 vehicles.... Read More »

EU comes under mounting pressure to agree on Europewide type approval

Nov. 6, 2015 08:23 CET

The EU's industry commissioner, Elzbieta Bienkowska, said the European Commission should have oversight powers over type approval tests in the wake of the VW emissions scandal. Her comments came amid growing pressure from investors and environmental organizations for tougher testing before new cars are approved for sale in the EU.... Read More »

Volvo's Polestar unit expects big gains in sales, margins

Nov. 5, 2015 13:11 CET

Volvo's Polestar performance brand expects to double sales next year and quickly earn double-digit margins. It aims to do this by separating itself from rivals such as BMW M by emphasizing one of the Swedish brand's core values: safety.... Read More »

European car sales slow amid VW scandal

Nov. 5, 2015 13:11 CET

VW Group's emissions scandal began to hit vehicle sales in October, consultancy LMC Automotive said, with the automaker losing ground in Western Europe, where overall market growth slowed to 2.7 percent.... Read More »

Jeep, Fiat SUVs boost FCA's Melfi, Italy, plant

Nov. 5, 2015 15:13 CET

Fiat Chrysler has twice increased output at its plant in Melfi, Italy, in the last year to keep up with demand for the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X. The automaker invested 1 billion euros in Melfi to build the sibling subcompact SUVs.... Read More »

Maserati sales boom stalls as output cuts expose Fiat Chrysler's luxury limits

Nov. 5, 2015 15:52 CET

Maserati is deepening production cuts as a boom prompted by the Ghibli sedan fades. The brand's slowing sales volume raises questions about parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' ambitions to expand in the luxury-car segment.... Read More »

UK car sales fell 1% in October as diesel demand slips

Nov. 5, 2015 12:52 CET

UK new-car registrations dropped for the first time in more than three and a half years as market growth leveled off and demand for diesel vehicles fell, industry data showed.... Read More »


Toyota Europe's new boss tackles trouble spots

Nov. 5, 2015 06:01 CET

New Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl has the big task of reviving the automaker's slumping sales in Germany, the region's biggest market. He shared his plans on tackling this and other issues with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Renault directors defend support for Ghosn in power struggle with France

Nov. 5, 2015 10:56 CET

Renault's independent directors defended their support for CEO Carlos Ghosn in his standoff with the French government over the future of the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan.... Read More »

Italy joins France, Spain in reporting rise in October car sales

Nov. 3, 2015 11:15 CET

Italy joined Spain and France in reporting increases in October new-car sales. Italian registrations rose nearly 9 percent. In Spain, sales increased by 5 percent and French sales were up 1 percent.... Read More »

German car sales increased 1% in October

Nov. 3, 2015 11:56 CET

New-car sales in Germany increased by 1 percent in October, with 10-month registrations in Europe's biggest market up 5 percent.... Read More »

Renault, VW Group and Fiat gain ground as French October car sales rise 1 percent

Nov. 2, 2015 11:10 CET

French car sales rose by nearly 1 percent in October, with Renault recovering lost ground while rival PSA's volume dropped sharply. VW Group, Fiat and Toyota gained sales. Demand for Ford and Opel vehicles slipped.... Read More »

Nissan wary of French state's role as it seeks closer Renault alliance

Nov. 2, 2015 12:15 CET

Nissan is concerned about the French government's growing influence over Renault as it seeks to strengthen the automakers' alliance, said Hiroto Saikawa, the Japanese automaker's chief competitive officer.... Read More »


Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at the effect VW's Dieselgate scandal is having on the automaker, Made-in-Germany quality and the diesel engine.... Read More »

U.K. scientists create battery that may dramatically boost range of EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

U.K. scientists have created a lithium oxygen battery that could eventually replace lithium ion batteries in electric cars, giving them a much longer range between charges.... Read More »

UK scientists create battery that may dramatically boost range of EVs

Nov. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

UK scientists have created a lithium oxygen battery that could eventually replace lithium ion batteries in electric cars, giving them a much longer range between charges.... Read More »

Tougher EU emissions tests likely to hit sales of smaller diesels

Oct. 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Tougher pollution controls for diesel cars in Europe will hit sales of smaller models, analysts say.... Read More »

Ghosn says diesel sales have peaked in Europe

Oct. 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Demand for diesel-powered cars has peaked in Europe, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Sales of smaller cars with diesel engines were declining even before VW's rigging scandal, Ghosn said.... Read More »


VW must act in transparent manner, Merkel says

Oct. 31, 2015 20:24 CET

The Made in Germany brand has not been damaged by VW's diesel-emissions scandal, but the carmaker needs to deal with the matter in a transparent manner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.... Read More »

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