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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology.... Read More »

 

Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September

Oct. 3, 2014 11:23 CET
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poor results in August. Sales in Germany rose 5 percent in September helping to lift nine-month registrations by 3 percent.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Tavares brings PSA back in the race

5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-losing automaker. So much so, that one analyst believes the operating targets Tavares has set for the automaker to hit by 2018 are way too conservative.... Read More »

 

Ford sees Europe growth but no profit until after 2015

Oct. 2, 2014 15:27 CET
Ford is forecasting sales growth in Europe next year as demand for new models helps narrow its losses in the region, but it has pushed back its profit forecast from next year until after 2015 as a slump in Russia continues to hit sales.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says

Oct. 2, 2014 09:17 CET
Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the brand's image and sales in Europe.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets.... Read More »

 

GM predicts Europe profit in '16, ending years of losses

Oct. 1, 2014 18:02 CET
GM said it expects its first profit in Europe in more than a decade in 2016. CEO Mary Barra said the target for Europe took into account steps to minimize the effect of the downturn in the Russia.... Read More »

 

Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2 emissions

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn warned EU regulators that it would be "fatal" to overburden the auto industry with tougher CO2 emission targets before a market can develop for electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other fuel-efficient models.... Read More »

 

Italy car sales rise 3% in September

Oct. 1, 2014 19:33 CET
New-car registrations in Italy rose 3 percent in September, according to data published by the country's transport ministry. Full-year sales are seen rising to about 1.35 million, up from the 1.3 million units sold last year.... Read More »

 

EU probes Portugal's MQB platform aid to Volkswagen

Oct. 1, 2014 12:37 CET
The European Union has launched an investigation into Volkswagen's planned receipt of 36.15 million euros ($45.6 million) of state aid for investing in its MQB platform technology at a plant in Portugal.... Read More »

 

Spanish new-car sales up 26% in September

Oct. 1, 2014 11:50 CET
New-car registrations in Spain rose 26 percent in September, the market's 13th consecutive month of growth, as continued support from a government subsidy program helped boost sales.... Read More »

 

PSA leads 6% gain in French car sales in September

Oct. 1, 2014 10:56 CET
PSA led a 6 percent gain in French car sales last month as registrations at the automaker jumped 17 percent. Sales were also boosted by an extra selling day, the CCFA industry association said.... Read More »

 

Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says

Sept. 30, 2014 13:13 CET
The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules.... Read More »

 

CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET
European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year.... Read More »

 

Fiat jobs matter more than HQ location, Italy prime minister says

Sept. 29, 2014 10:26 CET
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Fiat Chrysler's decision to have a home base in London matters less than the jobs and opportunities that the combined company will create in Italy.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

In Paris, excitement amid uncertainty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Europe has been happily seeing real signs of recovery, but the threat of interrupted energy supplies has to weigh heavily on minds there. Still, expect an upbeat mood in Paris this week.... Read More »

 

VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production.... Read More »

 

Opel says Adam, Corsa need checks for faulty steering

Sept. 26, 2014 22:16 CET
Opel has said that 8,000 of its Adam minicars and Corsa subcompacts delivered to customers in Europe since May 2014 need to be checked for faulty steering parts.... Read More »

 

Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers.... Read More »

 

Summer breaks pull UK car output 22% lower in August

Sept. 26, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production fell 22 percent in August because of the timing and length of holidays and repairs to a major plant. So far this year output has risen 1 percent and is expected to reach record levels by 2017.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault's new Espace gets major makeover

Sept. 25, 2014 16:46 CET
Renault's big, boxy Espace large minivan will be transformed into a sleek-looking crossover that's more in line with what European customers want. Renault released photos but provided few details about the next-generation Espace Thursday.... Read More »

 

EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally.... Read More »

 

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