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VW labor boss suggests taking stakes in suppliers

Aug. 26, 2016 12:52 CET

Volkswagen Group should consider taking stakes in key suppliers, VW's labor boss said. His comments came after two parts makers caused production stoppages at six of the automaker's German factories by refusing to deliver components.... Read More »

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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales will be relatively small. The Ioniq will be offered as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or a full-electric car, the first time an automaker has offered those three green drivetrains in one body style.... Read More »

German prosecutors review stolen Bosch data for VW diesel scandal clues

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2016

Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are examining stolen Bosch data to see whether it contains clues about how Volkswagen cheated diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit

Aug. 25, 2016 12:40 CET

Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electronics. Mueller succeeds Ricky Hudi, who is leaving Audi to lead his own technology and consulting firm.... Read More »

UK production rises nearly 8% in July, but growth slows

Aug. 25, 2016 11:10 CET

UK car production rose 7.6 percent in July, which was a slower pace than the month before, as the industry contemplates the repercussions of a vote in Britain to leave the EU.... Read More »

NSX returns to Japan as an American hybrid import

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

The NSX sports car is making a long-awaited homecoming in Japan that underscores the global ambitions of a halo hybrid that must do double duty for the Acura and Honda brands.... Read More »

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles

Aug. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Borgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW production stoppages caused by defiant Bosnian supplier

Aug. 23, 2016 10:50 CET

In a year of almost non-stop crises following revelations of cheating on emissions tests, the force that brought VW factories to a halt wasn't regulators or a court ruling, but a defiant parts supplier from Bosnia-Herzegovina protesting at the cancellation of a contract.... Read More »

Ssangyong considers U.S., China as Brexit hits U.K. sales

6:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor Co. will look to markets such as the U.S. and China to make up for an expected decline in shipments to the U.K. following the Brexit referendum.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 250,000 units in 2017.... Read More »

Daimler fights $45M compensation claim from supplier in VW dispute

Aug. 22, 2016 16:19 CET

Daimler is fighting a $45 million compensation claim from the supplier Prevent Group, which is also seeking damages from Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

VW ready to seize withheld parts from supplier plants, report says

Aug. 19, 2016 15:56 CET

VW Group is preparing to seize components from two suppliers that are withholding parts in a contract dispute, Germany's Bild newspaper reported. VW faces production stoppages at four German factories after the suppliers halted deliveries of transmission and seat parts.... Read More »

VW to halt Golf production as supplier dispute hits 4 German plants

Aug. 19, 2016 11:23 CET

VW Group is stopping Golf production at its main German factory in Wolfsburg as a dispute with two key suppliers escalates, reports said. The automaker is also cutting working hours in three other plants across Germany.... Read More »

Opel cuts working hours at two German plants following Brexit vote

Aug. 19, 2016 11:54 CET

Opel is cutting working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for its Corsa and Insignia models after the UK's vote to leave the EU. The UK is the biggest market for the two cars.... Read More »

VW gets German approval for another 140,000 diesel-car fixes in Europe

Aug. 19, 2016 11:13 CET

Volkswagen has received approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority for technical fixes on another 140,000 2.0-liter diesel cars with illegal emissions control software.... Read More »

VW to cut hours at 3 German plants amid dispute with supplier, report says

Aug. 18, 2016 15:57 CET

VW will cut working hours for more than 10,000 staff at its Wolfsburg base and reduce output at two more German sites, Reuters reported. VW's production is being hit by a dispute with a key supplier.... Read More »

VW's Wolfsburg plant hit by parts shortage in supplier row

Aug. 18, 2016 10:55 CET

VW said production at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, had been affected by a components shortage caused by a supplier refusing to keep to delivery commitments. The factory builds Golf, Tiguan and Touran cars.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2016

Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. Output is expected to peak at more than 5,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

UK car sales holding up despite Brexit vote, dealer group Lookers says

Aug. 17, 2016 11:32 CET

UK car dealership Lookers said Britain's vote to leave the EU has had little impact on demand for new and used cars.... Read More »

Norway denies report that it plans to ban gasoline and diesel cars

Aug. 16, 2016 16:47 CET

Norway denied a media report that the country planned to outlaw the sale of all gasoline and diesel cars starting 2025.... Read More »

Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fire

11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

Tesla Motors is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive in Biarritz, it said on Tuesday.... Read More »

Wiring supplier Leoni defrauded of 40 million euros

Aug. 16, 2016 15:47 CET

German wiring systems maker Leoni has been the subject of a fraud which has cost the supplier 40 million euros ($45 million). Leoni said fraudsters had used falsified documents and identities to funnel company funds abroad.... Read More »

Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fire

Aug. 16, 2016 17:25 CET

Tesla is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive.... Read More »

VW cuts working hours at Passat plant on seat supply problem

Aug. 15, 2016 13:49 CET

VW plans to reduce working hours at a German plant making Passat cars because of problems with supplies from its in-house seat manufacturer Sitech.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

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

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Confessions of a diesel junkie


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

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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
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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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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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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
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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
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
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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
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
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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
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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