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Autoliv sees annual sales growth of 7% after robust Q1 earnings

April 29, 2016 12:43 CET

Autoliv, continuing to generate new business in the wake of the Takata airbag recall crisis, reported a bigger than expected rise in first-quarter earnings and raised its forecast for like-for-like sales this year while affirming its margin outlook.... Read More »

French probe highlights gap between real-world and lab test emissions

April 29, 2016 10:47 CET

French officials found that some cars they tested had higher CO2 and NOx emissions on the road than in laboratory tests but discovered no "cheat" devices.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. Output is expected to peak at more than 75,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

April 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 2. This month's edition looks at how CEO Carlos Tavares plans to turn PSA Group the world's most efficient carmaker.... Read More »

VW CEO eyes solid 2016 growth despite crisis

April 28, 2016 13:00 CET

VW Group has a chance to post solid growth in its operating business this year even as it grapples with its emissions-cheating scandal and a strategic repositioning, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Cost reductions are "in full swing" at individual brands and across the group, he added.... Read More »

VW to pay top execs $72 million for 2015

April 28, 2016 10:14 CET

VW Group said it plans to pay the 12 current and former members of its management board $71.8 million for 2015, a year when Europe's largest carmaker posted a record loss due to legal and compensation costs for cheating on emissions tests.... Read More »

Supplier Tower International cancels plan to sell European unit

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Tower International, which makes heavy metal components and assemblies for cars and trucks, said today it will not sell its European division, citing the industry's growth in the region.... Read More »

Why the Porsche-Piech clan is not rushing in to fix VW

April 27, 2016 10:41 CET

The Porsche-Piech clan, led by Wolfgang Porsche, that controls scandal-hit VW Group has the voting power to muscle through change at the automaker, but family members are not acting on it. That has left a power vacuum even as VW faces costs that could top $30 billion.... Read More »

Germany to offer 4,000 euro subsidy to boost EV sales

April 27, 2016 12:25 CET

Germany announced a plan today to invest about 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to promote electric cars, which will include subsidies of 4,000 euros ($4,524) for buyers of EVs and 3,000 euros for those choosing to purchase a plug-in hybrid.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A drop-off in drop-tops

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Can Buick counter the drop-off in drop-tops?; Ford issues 5 recalls; Getting Germany to go green; Volvo to test autonomous cars in U.K.; GM plant investments; May I rent your Mini?... Read More »

VW said to hire McKinsey to address diesel scandal

April 27, 2016 18:05 CET

VW Group has hired external advisers McKinsey & Co. to better react to the turmoil caused by its emissions cheating and help draft a strategy to move beyond the scandal, people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

PSA Q1 revenue falls as car sales decline in China

April 27, 2016 09:36 CET

PSA's first-quarter revenue fell 1.4 percent as Europe's second-biggest carmaker struggled to increase sales outside its home market and contended with currency shifts. Sales amounted to 13 billion euros ($14.7 billion). That compares with a restated 13.2 billion euros a year earlier.... Read More »

VW's diesel scandal should not affect workers' wage increase, union says

April 26, 2016 15:19 CET

Volkswagen has no right to use the crisis over its emissions test cheating to deny workers a reasonable wage increase, the IG Metall union said, reiterating its call for a 5 percent pay hike for about 120,000 VW staff in western Germany.... Read More »

VW has not fixed a single diesel car in UK, minister says

April 26, 2016 11:05 CET

Volkswagen has not fixed any of the 1.2 million cars in the UK affected by its diesel-emissions scandal, the British transport minister said, despite the company having said it had begun software modifications to some models.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Premium compact SUV sales in Europe to double by 2020

April 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Sales of premium compact SUVs and crossovers are expected to rebound this year, after falling 5 percent last year, and double by 2020 as automakers such as Volvo and Infiniti join the segment, analysts forecast.... Read More »

German regulators hunting for defeat device find thermal window

April 23, 2016 10:46 CET

German regulators looking for illegal emissions test cheating software found carmakers make use of other techniques to tweak engine performance in a way that raised emission levels, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said.... Read More »

Daimler establishes task force to evaluate Brexit risk

April 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler has set up a task force to assess the potential impact of a UK exit from the EU. The automaker believes a so-called "Brexit" could lead to a rise in market volatility.... Read More »

VW, Opel, Audi, Mercedes to recall 630,000 diesel cars to fix emissions

April 22, 2016 13:43 CET

VW, Opel, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche will recall 630,000 vehicles to tweak diesel engine software technology blamed for causing high NOx emissions.... Read More »

VW's European customers frustrated as automaker reaches U.S. diesel deal

April 22, 2016 10:55 CET

Lawyers say VW owners in Europe deserve a similar deal to a U.S. agreement that includes buybacks, fixes and "substantial" compensation for cars fitted with emissions-cheating software. About 8.5 million of 11 million VW Group cars equipped with rigged engines were sold in Europe.... Read More »

UK says cars it tested exceeded NOx limits but only VW used 'defeat' device

April 21, 2016 18:05 CET

The UK transport ministry said all car models it tested after the Volkswagen scandal emerged exceeded the laboratory limits for NOx emissions during real-world driving, but only VW had used "defeat" devices to cheat tests.... Read More »

VW begins recall of rigged Audi, Seat diesel cars

April 20, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group has begun recalling Audi and Seat models in Germany to fix rigged diesel engines and may now accelerate plans to bring VW Golfs into workshops.... Read More »

Apple sets up lab in Germany to help develop iCar, paper says

April 20, 2016 10:19 CET

Apple has established a team of "young, progressive" automotive experts in Berlin to work on its electric iCar and may build the vehicle with Magna Steyr in Austria, a German paper said.... Read More »

German gov't seeks tax break for EV buyers

April 20, 2016 11:37 CET

Germany's government plan to boost demand for electric cars by exempting them from vehicle tax, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault's new motorsports chief wants more cross fertilization

April 17, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault has chosen Jerome Stoll, a former chief performance officer at the automaker, to head the transfer of technology from the automaker's successful racing teams to its production vehicles, most notably the recently revived Alpine sporty subbrand. Stoll will also leverage the brand's return to Formula One to boost its global brand awareness, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips

April 15, 2016 09:22 CET

European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's core brand and fewer trading days in March due to Easter.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales ros ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced conne ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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