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VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors

Nov. 24, 2015 11:14 CET

The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.... Read More »

EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says

Nov. 24, 2015 09:54 CET

The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016

Nov. 24, 2015 09:47 CET

The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.... Read More »


VW denies report of big sales slump on CO2 confession

Nov. 22, 2015 15:54 CET

VW denied a report on Saturday that its sales have slumped since this month's admission that it had understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions for some cars.... Read More »

UK should consider diesel scrappage program, lawmakers say

Nov. 20, 2015 14:38 CET

The UK government should consider subsidies for motorists who scrap their diesel cars and switch to vehicles that produce fewer nitrogen-dioxide emissions, a panel of lawmakers said.... Read More »

UK production fell 1% in October but 10-month output highest since 2005

Nov. 19, 2015 10:41 CET

UK car production slipped 0.7 percent in October but output after 10 months is still at its highest level since 2005.... Read More »

European car sales rise 3% in Oct.

Nov. 17, 2015 08:58 CET

VW Group limited the effect of its emissions scandal in October with its European sales declining by just 0.8 percent in a total market where volume rose by 2.7 percent.... Read More »

Tesla in talks with Germany over possible battery factory

Nov. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

Tesla is in discussions with the German government about building a battery factory in the country. Tesla has said that Germany is a key market for its household battery-storage systems.... Read More »

Renault, PSA join mourning for victims of Paris attacks

Nov. 16, 2015 15:20 CET

Renault and PSA joined three days of national mourning called by the French government in memory of victims of the Paris terror attacks on Friday.... Read More »


UK launches inquiry into vehicle type approval after VW scandal

Nov. 16, 2015 13:21 CET

Britain will launch an inquiry into the system used to approve vehicles, including their emissions levels, in the wake of the scandal engulfing Volkswagen.... Read More »

German gov't denies it will give $5,360 incentive to EV buyers

Nov. 13, 2015 14:29 CET

Germany's transport ministry has denied a report that says the government plans to introduce a buyers' incentive of up to $5,360 for electric cars to encourage the uptake of battery-operated vehicles.... Read More »

GM powertrain boss will campaign for emissions harmonization

Nov. 13, 2015 07:13 CET

General Motors' powertrain chief, Dan Nicholson, intends to campaign for global harmonization of emissions standards, particularly between the U.S and Europe during his presidency of the automotive engineers' society, Fisita.... Read More »


VW's Seat brand in focus as group seeks cost cuts

Nov. 12, 2015 14:40 CET

Volkswagen has stood by its Seat brand through years of losses, but the spreading diesel-emissions scandal will test the group's loyalty to the Spanish unit as CEO Matthias Mueller seeks to make cuts.... Read More »


VW diesel-emissions scandal could have significant impact on Italian suppliers, Brembo says

Nov. 12, 2015 15:09 CET

Italian supplier Brembo says the diesel-emissions scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen Group could have a significant impact on Italian components manufacturers.... Read More »

Mini shifts convertible production to Dutch factory

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW Group's Dutch contract manufacturing partner has started production of the new Mini Convertible.... Read More »


Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia face tough battle against German rivals

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

The Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia will find it tough to win market share from German rivals in Europe's premium midsize class as competition from SUVs slowly shrinks one of Europe's core high-end segments.... Read More »

Germany in talks with automakers after probe finds elevated NOx levels

Nov. 11, 2015 12:14 CET

Germany's diesel pollution probe in the wake of the VW cheating scandal has found signs of higher emissions in some cars, the country's motor transport authority said. Regulators and automakers are in talks about "partly elevated" NOx levels, the KBA said.... Read More »

Tower explores sale of European business

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Auto parts supplier Tower International Inc. is considering selling its European operations. That would allow the structural metal components supplier, based in suburban Detroit, to strengthen its North American unit, Tower CEO Mark Malcolm said.... Read More »

EU emissions-test deal faces veto from lawmakers

Nov. 11, 2015 11:17 CET

European Parliament members objected to a watered-down plan for real-world testing of NOx emissions in the EU, increasing the risk of lawmakers vetoing the deal.... Read More »


BLOG: The reason Datsun is not for Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Datsun boss Vincent Cobee has no plans to offer his lineup in Europe because the brand's cars are not designed to meet stricter safety and emissions regulations.... Read More »

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 »

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