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PSA said to demand refund from GM over Opel emissions

Nov. 29, 2017 15:44 CET

PSA, which paid General Motors 1.3 billion euros for GM's European operations, now wants about half of the money back because Opel's engines are too inefficient to meet CO2 emissions reduction targets, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

Volvo may build Lynk & CO cars in Belgium, U.S.

Nov. 29, 2017 08:13 CET

Geely and its Volvo unit are considering building vehicles from the new Lynk & CO brand at Volvo's plant in Belgium. U.S. production is also a possibility, a senior Lynk & CO executive said.... Read More »

Ford may rethink UK investment on hard Brexit

Nov. 29, 2017 10:40 CET

Ford warned that a hard Brexit could cost the company $1 billion a year in tariffs and force it to reconsider investments in the UK.... Read More »

German gov't releases $1.19B in funds to tackle diesel pollution in cities

Nov. 28, 2017 14:39 CET

Germany's federal government released 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) of promised funding to help municipalities tackle diesel pollution but environmentalists doubt the move will help to avert bans on polluting vehicles.... Read More »

Audi will build two new electric SUVs in Germany

Nov. 28, 2017 17:37 CET

Audi will build two full-electric cars at its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, as part of a labor deal with unions.... Read More »

VW fined by Dutch regulator over diesel ads

Nov. 28, 2017 16:59 CET

The Dutch markets watchdog has fined Volkswagen 450,000 euros ($534,000) for misleading consumers who bought its diesel cars between 2009 and 2015.... Read More »

VW 'malicious deception' lawsuit from seafood company rejected by court

Nov. 28, 2017 12:11 CET

German seafood company Deutsche See has appealed against a court's rejection of its complaint against VW over the carmaker's emissions cheating. Deutsche See had tried to sue the automaker over malicious deception for leasing diesel vehicles VW had said were environmentally friendly.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler could face big diesel-cheat fines in France, paper reports

Nov. 27, 2017 16:38 CET

Fiat Chrysler could face billions in euros in fines in France if the automaker is found to have committed fraud by cheating on diesel emissions tests, Le Monde reported. The company said its vehicles comply with the law.... Read More »

Shell joins BMW, VW, Daimler, Ford to offer charging stations across Europe

Nov. 27, 2017 10:00 CET

Shell is linking up with BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW to open charging stations in 10 European countries.... Read More »

Automakers fear 'rules of origin' Brexit hit

Nov. 27, 2017 10:13 CET

Automakers in the UK are concerned that after Brexit they will fall foul of the 'rules of origin' which demand a high proportion of a car's content must be made locally. Typically, free-trade deals require 60 percent local parts content by value, but the average for cars built in Britain is currently 44 percent.... Read More »

UK diesel tax is not what automakers expected

Nov. 24, 2017 15:02 CET

The UK government came under fire this week from automakers after announcing it was linking the taxation of diesel cars from next year to their ability to hit the new real driving emission standards (RDE), which is not what they were expecting.... Read More »

BMW will invest $237 million in battery cell center

Nov. 24, 2017 12:39 CET

BMW will invest 200 million euros ($237 million) over the next four years in a battery cell competence center in Munich, the automaker's home city.... Read More »

Key VW shareholder Lower Saxony will maintain stake

Nov. 23, 2017 09:24 CET

VW Group's second-largest shareholder, Lower Saxony, said it would retain its stake in the automaker despite one of the German state's two main political parties calling for changes in the way the company is managed. The state owns an 11.8 percent share in VW and controls 20 percent of its voting rights.... Read More »

Exports boost UK car output nearly 4% in October

Nov. 23, 2017 10:59 CET

UK car production rose by 3.5 percent in October as an increase in demand from abroad offset a decline in output for domestic buyers. However, falling UK sales and model changes mean manufacturing will remain flat this year, the SMMT said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Hyundai outlines electrification plans for Europe

Nov. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai has big plans to electrify its European lineup. Along with battery-powered models and plug-in hybrids, the automaker's product offensive will include an additional twist: fuel cell vehicles.... Read More »

EU fines 5 airbag, seat belt suppliers over cartel

Nov. 22, 2017 12:23 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined five suppliers including Autoliv and Takata a total of 34 million euros ($40 million) for taking part in cartels to fix prices for seat belts, airbags and steering wheels sold to Japanese automakers.... Read More »

Uber hack raises 'huge concerns' with UK data regulator

Nov. 22, 2017 12:40 CET

A major hack of Uber's user data involving 57 million customers and drivers globally is being examined by the UK regulator in charge of data privacy, who said the breach raised "huge concerns."... Read More »

VW, Daimler, BMW set for record production on demand from Asia

Nov. 21, 2017 15:26 CET

German automakers including VW, Daimler and BMW may increase output significantly this year from record 2016 levels, powered by Asian demand, the VDA said.... Read More »

VW reorganizes German production for EVs

Nov. 20, 2017 10:56 CET

VW Group is reorganizing production at its German factories to further its goal of transforming itself into a leading force in EVs.... Read More »

Mercedes steps up e-van push to counter Ford's StreetScooter

Nov. 20, 2017 12:18 CET

Mercedes is ramping up its offering of electric delivery vans to counter the StreetScooter, a no-frills competitor from Deutsche Post and Ford.... Read More »

UK plans regulatory boost for driverless cars

Nov. 20, 2017 09:31 CET

The UK's finance plan this week could include measures that will see fully self-driving cars to be on British roads in as little as three years.... Read More »

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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment

Nov. 18, 2017 06:15 CET

Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more popular in Europe than sedan and wagon versions of the Mercedes E class and BMW 5 series.... Read More »

Ford will spend $885 million to build next Kuga in Spain

Nov. 17, 2017 11:43 CET

Ford will invest more than 750 million euros in its factory in Valencia, eastern Spain, to produce the next-generation Kuga SUV.... Read More »

Racecar specialist Dallara's Stradale inspired by Lotus

Nov. 16, 2017 10:56 CET

Italian racecar specialist Dallara says its first street legal car, a lightweight roadster called the Stradale, was inspired by affordable sports cars pioneered by Lotus. The Stradale's first customers include former F1 drivers.... Read More »

EU will fine seat belt, airbag cartel, report says

Nov. 16, 2017 11:54 CET

The EU is set to fine a group of car seat belt and airbag makers in the coming weeks, Reuters reported, in the latest regulatory crackdown on price fixing in the sector.... Read More »

 
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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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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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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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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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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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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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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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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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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