Volkswagen

VW mulls possible sale of motorbike brand Ducati, report says

April 26, 2017 18:20 CET

VW Group is considering a possible sale of Italian motorcycle maker Ducati as the automaker seeks to streamline operations to fund a strategic overhaul after its emissions-cheating scandal, Reuters reported.... Read More »

U.S. auto sales forecast to slip in April as retail demand slumps

2:00 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

It's becoming increasingly clear that U.S. new-vehicle sales have passed their peak, with April expected to mark the industry's fourth consecutive monthly decline.... Read More »

VW's charging station plan for Calif. faces objections from competitors

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way VW wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of VW's atonement for emissions cheating.... Read More »

Germany opposes EU vehicle testing reforms

April 25, 2017 14:13 CET

Germany opposes key elements of an EU proposal to overhaul how vehicles are licensed and tested following the VW emissions scandal, Reuters reported. Berlin is said to be against imposing fines on manufacturers for violations and also wants to maintain the system under which carmakers pay testing agencies.... Read More »

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

VW betting on I.D. CROZZ to boost EV volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

Volkswagen believes its new I.D. CROZZ crossover will deliver a sizeable share of the 1 million electric vehicles a year it hopes to sell.... Read More »

VW whistleblower was a U.S. executive

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

A new book on the VW diesel emissions scandal asserts that it was an American VW executive who first disclosed VW's criminal acts to regulators.... Read More »

Electric-car revolution faces its biggest test

6:56 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

Are electric cars ready to stand on their own? If you took a spin down to the New York auto show, the answer is probably a hard "no."... Read More »

Audi's A8 self-driving tech depends on regulatory changes

April 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi's upcoming A8 flagship sedan is expected to be the first production car capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, but the feature will not be immediately available because governments must first pass new laws that provide legal certainty.... Read More »

De Meo convinced VW that Seat needed a midsize SUV

April 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Seat CEO Luca De Meo pitched the case for a midsize SUV to VW Group by making the point that it would boost capacity utilization at VW's home plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. De Meo explained how the plan became a reality in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

VW diesel whistleblower identified in book

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2017

As Volkswagen's criminal case closed in federal court, a nagging question persists: Who blew the whistle and first admitted to regulators that VW was lying about its dirty diesels?... Read More »

VW sentenced to pay $4.3 billion in U.S. fines and penalties, cooperate with investigators

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2017

A federal judge sentenced Volkswagen AG to pay a total of $4.3 billion in fines and penalties and called on the automaker to continue to fully cooperate with federal and state investigators.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: $4.3 billion punishment for VW

3:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2017

VW hit with $4.3B in fines, penalties; book claims U.S. exec blew whistle; Plug-in hybrid Jeep; GM plans China-made EV; Crossing Antarctica in a Hyundai; Flying cars for sale.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GM: Venezuela plant illegally seized

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2017

GM says Venezuela plant illegally seized; Ex-Bush official expected to monitor VW; FCA offering gift cards, chargers to buyers awaiting Pacifica Hybrid; Cadillac's rise in China.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Foreign automakers embrace China as EV development hub

April 20, 2017 10:25 CET

China's crackdown on vehicle pollution will turn the country into a hub for cutting-edge electric-car technologies previously exported from Europe and the U.S., industry executives at the Shanghai auto show said.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

China's luxury market to grow to 3M a year, Audi, Mercedes predict

April 20, 2017 09:44 CET

China's premium market will grow to about three million cars a year, Audi and Mercedes executives predicted. Audi is China's best-selling luxury brand but is losing ground to Mercedes.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Audi electric sedan previews Jaguar I-Pace fighter

April 19, 2017 11:56 CET

Audi said it will launch a production version of the e-tron Sportback electric sedan, which debuted in Shanghai, in 2019.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

VW sees I.D. electric crossover as key to boosting EV sales

April 19, 2017 10:53 CET

VW's CROZZ concept previews a full-electric crossover that will be the third member of the brand's new family of purpose-built battery-powered vehicles.... Read More »

Former U.S. deputy attorney general to be named VW monitor, report says

4:30 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2017

The Justice Department is expected to name a former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush to serve as independent monitor of Volkswagen as part of a plea agreement over the company's diesel emissions violations, Reuters reported, citing a source briefed on the matter.... Read More »

VW brand helps boost parent company's Q1 profit

10:55 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Volkswagen reported a 28 percent jump in first-quarter operating profit, helped by earnings growth at its core VW brand which has struggled to recover from the carmaker's emissions scandal.... Read More »

VW aims to meet tough China green car quotas with big EV push

April 18, 2017 09:32 CET

VW Group aims to meet tough quotas in China for selling more green cars on its own and will not resort to purchasing credits from competitors. Under draft rules released in September, automakers must generate or buy credits equivalent to 8 percent of their overall sales by 2018.... Read More »

VW touts 'huge progress' in plan to roll out 4 affordable EVs

7:39 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Volkswagen has made “huge progress” in reducing production costs of its all-electric vehicles, Christian Senger, head of the VW marque's electric-car project, told reporters in Shanghai.... Read More »

PIECH AT 80

Despite losing VW power battle, Piech's achievements are indisputable

April 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Ferdinand Piech can look back at a lifetime of accomplishments that put Volkswagen Group on the path to becoming the world's largest automaker. An engineer, Piech rose to become VW Group's CEO and later chairman, along the way turning Audi into a rival to Mercedes and BMW. He rescued VW from the threat of bankruptcy and added brands such as Bentley and Bugatti.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL SCANDAL

VW has fixed or repurchased more than half of banned 2.0-liter diesels

1:04 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2017

VW said it repurchased or terminated leases on nearly 238,000 vehicles and repaired 6,200 after it admitted in 2015 to secretly installing software that let vehicles emit up to 40 times legally-allowable pollution levels.... Read More »

Marchionne says FCA not in a position to hold merger talks

10:37 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2017

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne rowed back on his search for a merger, saying the group was not in a position to seek deals and would focus instead on its own business plan.... Read More »

Volkswagen to build new 5-seat SUV in Tenn.

1:04 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Volkswagen plans to build another new SUV at its plant in Tennessee as demand surges for larger vehicles, the German company's top U.S. executive said on Wednesday.... Read More »

 
Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
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W. European sales edge up in February
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
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