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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Mulally meeting with Trump

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Mulally meeting with Trump; Audi gets connected in Vegas; Ford tech remembers to put car in 'park'; Germany probes Porsche; BMW-Magna deal.... Read More »

VW's Porsche focus of widened German car emissions probe

6:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says

Dec. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand will swing to an 8 percent drop from a modest gain this year as Britain's decision to quit the EU starts to impact the economy.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse wins Haldex takeover battle against ZF

Dec. 7, 2016 11:52 CET

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems firm's shares. Knorr's offer is still conditional on the company obtaining clearance from antitrust regulators.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. He fears a so-called “digital divide” between cities and rural areas could stall the technology.... Read More »

Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience.... Read More »

Audi extends job guarantees for German workers until 2020

Dec. 5, 2016 15:32 CET

Audi has extended employment guarantees for its 61,000 workers in Germany until 2020, even as it grapples with the fallout from parent VW Group's emissions scandal.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases

Dec. 5, 2016 11:36 CET

UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for record sales in 2016, although demand from retail customers fell and sales are expected to drop by 5 percent next year.... Read More »

BMW's ride-hailing project takes on Uber with autonomous cars

Dec. 5, 2016 09:44 CET

BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Germany as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms such as Uber. The automaker will test self-driving functions in Munich before expanding the project to other cities.... Read More »

Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says

Dec. 5, 2016 10:12 CET

Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported today.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for December

Dec. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high

Dec. 2, 2016 12:23 CET

German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their strongest growth in six years, the VDA industry association said.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

Rental company demand boosts Spain sales

Dec. 2, 2016 10:37 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car rental companies.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

Italian sales jump 8% on business demand

Dec. 2, 2016 10:14 CET

Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax breaks ending in December.... Read More »

ANE's December issue goes live Monday

Dec. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 5. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures.... Read More »

Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer

Dec. 1, 2016 19:33 CET

Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley executive from McDonald's, where he built the fast food giant's digital unit from scratch. Rafiq, who starts Jan. 2, will succeed Klas Bendrik.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%

Dec. 1, 2016 11:42 CET

French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among brands showing big gains.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

European auto sector surges in Q3

Dec. 1, 2016 14:35 CET

Europe's automakers, suppliers and retailers rebounded in the third quarter after a dismal six-month stretch for their shareholder values, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices... Read More »

Ford seeks level terms with Nissan over Brexit

Nov. 30, 2016 13:58 CET

Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley will call for a level playing field for automakers when he meets with the British chancellor this week to discuss the financial implications of the UK's exit from the EU.... Read More »

Brexit tariffs could lift UK car prices by 1,500 pounds, trade group says

Nov. 30, 2016 09:27 CET

Brexit could lift the average price of imported cars in the UK by as much as 1,500 pounds (1,762 euros) if the country loses tariff-free access to the EU, an industry group said.... Read More »

Ford's $1 billion profit so far in Europe surpassed annual goal

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Ford has already surpassed a $1 billion profit in Europe through the first three quarters of 2016, well over the company's annual goal and nearly four times as much as it earned there in all of 2015.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK

Nov. 25, 2016 14:41 CET

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK in what would be a further boost to Britain's automotive sector after the Brexit vote. The automaker previewed its first EV, the I-Pace SUV, at the Los Angeles auto show this month. The I-Pace will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria.... Read More »

France has not ruled out banning some diesel sales

Nov. 25, 2016 09:58 CET

France will seek more information from criminal investigations into Renault and VW diesel emissions before deciding whether to ban any of their cars from sale, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said.... Read More »

Marchionne urges Italians to back constitutional reform referendum

Nov. 25, 2016 03:23 CET

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne warned that Italy could face serious damage to its image if voters rejected constitutional reform in a forthcoming referendum. "Italy is a country that deserves better," Marchionne said, adding that a "No" vote might scare off foreigner investors.... Read More »

UK gov't to fund autonomous car, EV development

Nov. 24, 2016 09:49 CET

The UK government has announced 390 million pounds ($484 million) of funding to boost the development of electric and autonomous vehicles. The money also will be used to support the country's EV infrastructure.... Read More »

 
Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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