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Reining in the robots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

Automakers are trying to find the right balance of human and robot workers.... Read More »

VW gets German regulator's approval to fix 460,000 diesel vehicles

10:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2016

Volkswagen received German regulatory approval to carry out technical fixes on 460,000 diesel cars fitted with software that skirts emissions tests.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe

Aug. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Renault and Toyota lift the sector. The upward trend is likely to be halted as SUVs become more popular.... Read More »

VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July

Aug. 12, 2016 11:33 CET

VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to suffer from its emissions-rigging scandal. Other automakers including Opel, Renault and Fiat posted sales gains in the month. Total sales declined by 2 percent in the markets.... Read More »

VW eyes SMA Solar storage systems in cooperation talks

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2016

Volkswagen is in early talks with German solar power equipment maker SMA Solar about working together, the companies said, as the automaker pushes ambitious electric car plans to overcome its diesel emissions scandal.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman

6:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2016

Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. Output is expected to peak at more than 53,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Keyless systems of older VW cars can be hacked, researchers say

11:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2016

Tens of millions of vehicles sold by Volkswagen AG over the past 20 years are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked using cheap technical devices, according to European researchers.... Read More »

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Nissan Europe sales boss sees SUVs outselling traditional body styles before 2020

Aug. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Nissan is one of the big winners in Europe from booming demand for SUVs and crossovers. Nissan Europe sales boss Guillaume Cartier believes the body style will soon outsell traditional models.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Hyundai gives the i30 a fresh look

Aug. 10, 2016 15:27 CET

Hyundai has taken a fresh design direction with the new i30 compact car, one of the brand's key models in Europe. The latest-generation i30 will debut at the upcoming Paris auto show with sales starting early next year.... Read More »

Toyota expands European r&d

Aug. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Toyota is expanding its development and engineering in Europe to help launch cars that are better suited to local tastes. The automaker plans to add a second styling center and expand the engineering capabilities of its r&d center in Belgium.... Read More »

With new Panamera, Porsche's Leipzig plant pushes against its capacity limits

Aug. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche plans to build up to 30,000 units of its new Panamera during 2017, its first full sales year. The added output at VW group's Liepzig plant is expected to put pressure on a factory.... Read More »

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MG's planned mainland Europe sales start in doubt after UK's vote to quit EU

Aug. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

MG has struggled for years to convince UK buyers to take a chance on the Chinese-owned brand. Now it has a new problem: Britain's exit from the EU could hit its long-delayed plan to expand sales into mainland Europe.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Unifor: Invest or we may strike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

Unifor stands firm on Detroit 3 factory investments; BMW pokes fun at Tesla in ad campaign; Volkswagen Group fined in Italy; Trump on trade issues.... Read More »

PSA increases UK car prices after Brexit vote

Aug. 9, 2016 10:51 CET

PSA has increased prices for its new cars in the UK after the pound plunged following the country's decision to leave the EU. Other automakers including Fiat and Nissan have warned that car prices will have to rise.... Read More »

German court to speed up VW investor lawsuits

Aug. 9, 2016 10:37 CET

A German court will adopt a rarely used class-action style procedure to more efficiently process up to 170 claims by investors seeking damages from VW Group over the automaker's emissions scandal.... Read More »

VW fined $5.5 million by Italy over emissions results

Aug. 8, 2016 19:37 CET

Italy's anti-trust agency fined VW Group $5.54 million for misinforming car buyers about diesel emissions results. VW said it plans to challenge the fine at an administrative court.... Read More »

Beer, a brass band -- and now the bill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler has been ordered to reimburse the company for the costs of a party that featured a beer-drinking competition.... Read More »

Renault's new SUVs push brand past Ford to become No. 2 in Europe

Aug. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault's push into hot-selling SUV/crossover segments has paid off after the brand overtook Ford to become Europe's No. 2 brand by vehicle sales.... Read More »

Nissan says Brexit deal will determine future UK plant investment

Aug. 5, 2016 09:40 CET

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said future investment decisions about Britain's biggest car plant will depend on the terms of a Brexit deal struck with the EU on customs, trade and free movement of goods.... Read More »

Germany's new electric car discount scheme draws nearly 2,000 applicants

Aug. 5, 2016 09:21 CET

Nearly 2,000 people in Germany have applied for the government's electric car discount scheme, introduced on July 1, and a third of them are buyers of BMW models.... Read More »

UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown

Aug. 4, 2016 10:21 CET

British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to confidence after the country's vote to leave the EU.... Read More »

Haldex board recommends ZF takeover offer

Aug. 4, 2016 09:36 CET

Swedish brake systems supplier Haldex has recommended shareholders approve a $515 million cash offer by ZF, which said it plans to develop and expand Haldex technologically and regionally.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Confessions of a diesel junkie

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career as a motoring journalist may no longer be realistic. Why? Because by 2030, diesel sales are forecast to plunge to 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe from about 50 percent today as automakers increasingly rely on EVs to meet tougher emissions rules.... Read More »

Continental predicts European production slowdown, lower UK car demand on Brexit

Aug. 3, 2016 11:17 CET

Continental predicted a slowdown in European car production and a fall in UK demand in the second half due to the British vote to leave the EU.... Read More »

VW to be sued by German state of Bavaria over emissions scandal

Aug. 2, 2016 13:46 CET

The German state of Bavaria will sue VW for damages caused by the automaker's emissions scandal, making it the first regional government in VW's home country to take legal action against the company.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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