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Audi tech strategy: Add EVs, cut big engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Audi is rethinking its whole engine lineup as it embraces electrification and works with Porsche to co-develop vehicle architecture.... Read More »

Mercedes firms up luxury lead over BMW and Audi

Oct. 14, 2017 11:43 CET

Mercedes widened its lead in global luxury-car sales as the revamped E-class sedan and a range of fresh SUVs fueled growth that outpaced BMW and Audi.... Read More »

Lamborghini retools for new type of customer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2017

As Lamborghini doubles capacity at its factory in Italy to build the new Urus crossover, it also is preparing dealers for sweeping operational and infrastructure changes.... Read More »

VW contract helps Sakthi Automotive expand in Detroit

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

Sakthi Group is building a 60,000-square-foot plant in Detroit to accommodate a new contract to build steering arms and knuckles for Volkswagen. The project is expected to generate 200 more jobs.... Read More »

VW's hippie ad includes classic Microbus and Beetle but no new cars

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

It's rare for an automaker to run a TV ad that does not include a single shot of a new car. But that is what VW is doing with a hippie-filled spot touting its new six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.... Read More »

VW Group seeks to reduce tensions among brands

Oct. 12, 2017 20:25 CET

Volkswagen Group will make its VW, Skoda and Seat brands more distinct to reduce overlaps and defuse tensions within the group, CEO Matthias Mueller said.... Read More »

VW will roll out electric trucks, buses

Oct. 11, 2017 15:57 CET

VW Group is expanding its push into electric cars with plans to roll out battery-powered commercial vehicles targeted at urban areas as growing public concerns about air quality boost demand.... Read More »

VW will bundle parts production in new business

Oct. 11, 2017 18:51 CET

VW plans to bring together the manufacturing of parts, including engines and transmissions, in a new business unit. Analysts like the move, saying it could build profits.... Read More »

Skoda will add jobs despite VW union fears

Oct. 11, 2017 09:47 CET

Skoda will only make use of parent VW Group's wider manufacturing network to cope with peaks in demand, CEO Bernhard Maier said, amid worries that the brand could lose some production to VW factories in Germany. Maier said Skoda's capacity is hitting its limit and the company is adding more jobs in its home country.... Read More »

VW plans to shrink dealer network, launch online sales

Oct. 10, 2017 12:10 CET

Volkswagen plans to reduce the size of its European dealer network and introduce online sales as it adjusts to changing buying habits.... Read More »

New VW Brazil boss sees market growing 40% in 4 years

Oct. 10, 2017 11:12 CET

The Brazilian auto market should grow 40 percent in the next four years as Latin America's largest economy emerges from its deepest recession in a century, Pablo Di Si, the new head of VW Group in Brazil, said.... Read More »

Porsche seeks damages from Audi over diesel scandal, report says

Oct. 9, 2017 09:30 CET

Porsche is seeking 200 million euros ($234 million) in damages from its luxury sibling brand, Audi, over costs related to manipulated 3.0-liter diesel engines used in its vehicles, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

German gov't wants hardware changes to combat diesel crisis

Oct. 8, 2017 18:18 CET

The German government wants carmakers to offer mechanical modifications to engine and exhaust systems for some models, Der Spiegel reported. The new position was agreed to by experts and civil servants of the German transport ministry to help prevent bans on diesels in some cities.... Read More »

VW brand seeks to curb competition from Skoda

Oct. 4, 2017 14:29 CET

VW managers and unions are seeking to curb competition from lower-cost sibling Skoda by moving some of its production to Germany and making the Czech brand pay more for shared technology, Reuters reported.... Read More »

EU, auto execs to discuss buildup of battery output

Oct. 3, 2017 17:19 CET

The EU will host executives from VW, Daimler and Renault as well as top officials from the chemical and engineering sectors to discuss developing battery manufacturing in Europe to compete against Asian and U.S. firms.... Read More »

VW/AUDI: Crossovers lift VW 33%; Audi up, too

11:10 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2017

Volkswagen brand sales shot up 33 percent in September, thanks in large part to its new pair of three-row crossovers.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Audi exec shares views on EV push

Oct. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi is striving to take the early lead in the race to offer self-driving technology with the Level 3-capable A8 sedan and also plans to debut one EV each year from 2018 until 2020. Development chief Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe how the automaker plans to achieve its goals.... Read More »

Audi resolves diesel-scandal dispute with engineer

Oct. 2, 2017 09:46 CET

Audi has resolved a legal dispute with a former engineer who sued the carmaker for wrongful dismissal, the automaker said. Ulrich Weiss was fired amid investigations into the company's diesel-emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for October

Oct. 2, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at whether the diesel powertrain has a long-term future.... Read More »

VW withdraws Ducati sale amid unions' opposition

Oct. 2, 2017 10:23 CET

VW Group halted the sale of its Ducati motorcycle unit amid opposition from its unions, an Italian labor leader said. The automaker considered selling Ducati as part of an asset review that started last year in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers

Sept. 29, 2017 10:51 CET

VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which its No. 2-selling vehicle was a catch-all model for customers who couldn't afford the larger Golf compact.... Read More »

VW's diesel damages approach $30 billion after U.S. hit

Sept. 29, 2017 10:18 CET

VW took a surprise charge of about 2.5 billion euros ($3 billion) in the third quarter as plans to buy back or retrofit tainted diesel cars in North America proves more complex than expected.... Read More »

VW boosts 2018 warranties to 6 years/72,000 miles

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2017

VW, looking to add momentum to a rebound in U.S. sales following emissions violations, is expanding warranties that will be twice the duration of those at most competitors.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: 2 officers, suspect shot at BMW dealership

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2017

3 shot at Ohio BMW dealership; VW's surprise charge; GM talks called 'constructive'; Self-driving trucks stranded?; Musk aims high, Aston runs deep; Wrangler workers go off-road.... Read More »

ANE's October issue goes live Monday

Sept. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, October 2. The new edition looks at whether the diesel powertrain has a long-term future.... Read More »

 
No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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