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VW's BIG SHIFT

VW allows 'American-style name' for new crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2016

Hinrich Woebcken, head of the Volkswagen brand's new North American Region, says he sees early signs that headquarters in Wolfsburg is willing to give the region more autonomy.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: '17 Fords to get Apple, Android

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2016

'17 Fords to get Apple, Android; Sources: FCA sales-reporting practices uncovered in 2015 review; GM rethinks India spending; VW tries new way to name crossover; Rosekind's plea.... Read More »

Audi plans three electric models by 2020, CEO tells paper

July 24, 2016 09:53 CET

Audi aims to have three electric models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25 to 30 percent of its sales by 2025, CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper.... Read More »

Next Range Rover could move upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2016

A new version of the Land Rover Discovery due in the first quarter of 2017 could give the automaker an opportunity to move the next Range Rover further upmarket, perhaps to compete with the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

VW will halt sales of most vehicles in S. Korea amid emissions probe

July 22, 2016 11:31 CET

Volkswagen will suspend sales of most of its vehicle models in South Korea, as pressure builds on the automaker over its falsified emissions tests.... Read More »

VW labor chief expects tough talks over savings, strategy

July 21, 2016 16:27 CET

Volkswagen Group's efficiency drive at its namesake brand is paying off, but talks over further savings and strategy changes will be tough, said Bernd Osterloh, the automaker's labor boss, who added that the talks, which are due to resume next week, will not be without "tensions."... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW taking another financial hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2016

Double hit on VW: As cost of scandal rises, 'deep' cover-up alleged; FCA compliance czar; Report: Benz, Ferrari recalls needed; Honda, Buick, Jag spy shots; Look son, no hands!... Read More »

VW diesel scandal costs rise to 18B euros as new provision hits earnings

July 20, 2016 11:56 CET

VW made additional provisions for costs associated with its diesel scandal as the company announced that first-half earnings rose 7 percent to 7.5 billion euros ($8.25 billion). VW set aside another 2.2 billion euros to help cover U.S. legal risks.... Read More »

BMW's 2017 diesels delayed by more stringent EPA emissions tests

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2016

The EPA's crackdown on diesels has delayed the certification and sale of four BMW models. BMW confirmed it is still awaiting production certification of all 2017 diesels and would not say now long this would take.... Read More »

EU steps up pressure on VW for bigger consumer payouts

July 20, 2016 16:18 CET

The European Commission is working with consumer groups and regulators in the EU's 28 nations to pressure Volkswagen Group to give payouts to customers caught in its emissions scandal.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: BMW diesels hit snag in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2016

BMW diesels hit snag in U.S., VW rethinks role of diesels in market; Fastback Honda Accord spied; Feds mull regulating self-driving tech; Crossovers at heart of Cadillac product plan.... Read More »

VW Group emissions-rigging claims reach back further

July 20, 2016 08:46 CET

VW Group's emissions rigging dates back to 1999 when Audi engineers developed software to cheat emissions tests, U.S. lawsuits allege. Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and other top company executives developed six generations of defeat devices, the lawsuits allege. Winterkorn's successor, Matthias Mueller, was 'in the loop,' according to New York's top lawyer.... Read More »

VW execs covered up diesel cheating, state lawsuits allege

11:48 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2016

Senior VW executives including former CEO Martin Winterkorn covered up evidence that the German automaker cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, three U.S. states charged on Tuesday in civil lawsuits against the company.... Read More »

VW done with diesel push in U.S., exec says

2:54 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2016

Volkswagen will take a step back from the diesel powertrains that defined its U.S. vehicle lineup for the better part of a decade amid a repositioning of the brand in the aftermath of the company's emissions scandal, VW's top U.S. official says. Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, told Automotive News that VW won't relaunch “clean diesels” as a core element of its brand identity in the U.S.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Three states sue Volkswagen

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2016

3 states sue VW for environmental violations, NY alleges cover-up; 'All-nighter' for Musk, new web address for Tesla; GM, Ford and the Brexit effect; Ford teams up with Jose Cuervo.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why we shouldn't let the VW scandal kill diesel powertrains

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2016

Volkswagen's travails aside, modern diesel engines such as Fiat Chrysler's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 still deserve a seat at the main table of automakers' fuel economy strategies.... Read More »

Audi plans electric car push to put heat on Tesla

July 19, 2016 09:16 CET

Audi will aim for electric cars to account for a quarter of its sales by 2025 as part of a strategic overhaul following the emissions scandal at parent VW Group, company sources said, in a move that could step up the challenge to Tesla.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GMC to take on Jeep?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2016

GMC to take on Jeep?; Takata manipulated test results in reports to Honda, audit finds; States plan to sue VW; Audi to boost EV spending - report; Ford Super Duty towing boast.... Read More »

VW's dirty diesels won't meet U.S. air standards even after recall

July 19, 2016 12:17 CET

VW Group's $15.3 billion U.S. settlement for cheating on emissions tests fell short in one key respect: Even after the cars are recalled and repaired they won't be fully compliant with clean-air laws.... Read More »

VW seeks settlement with Canadian diesel owners, paper says

July 19, 2016 11:00 CET

Volkswagen Group is seeking a settlement with Canadian diesel vehicle owners similar to the one reached in the U.S., a German newspaper reported. VW agreed to pay as much as $15.3 billion in the U.S. after admitting it cheated on diesel-emissions tests.... Read More »

VW to face suit from U.S. states over diesel emissions, Maryland attorney general says

4:04 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement that the state and others plan to sue Volkswagen AG over environmental damage from the company's so-called defeat devices designed to skirt pollution-control tests.... Read More »

VW brands will get Porsche's V-8 engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

STUTTGART — Volkswagen’s stable of a dozen brands will source all V-8 gasoline engines in the future from Porsche, meaning high-powered vehicles such as the Bentley Mulsanne and Audi’s revamped A8 flagship due next year will come equipped with a Porsche engine.
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VIDEO: First Shift: Steep hike in CAFE fines

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

NHTSA plans steep hike in CAFE fines; Update coming to Tesla's Autopilot?; GM pickup truck incentives more than double; Redesigned Enclave, next-gen Regal in Buick pipeline.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Diesel forum was just doing its job

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

I think News Editor James B. Treece was a little hard on the Diesel Technology Forum ("What's the VW settlement about? Heavy-duty trucks, of course," autonews.com, July 3).... Read More »

Steady Audi hits 80 months of sales gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Audi's run of year-on-year sales increases reached a remarkable 80 months in June.... Read More »

 
PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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Volvo defies gravity

Luca Ciferri
8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5 2016

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Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. ...
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BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal

Christiaan Hetzner
10:40 am U.S. ET | July 2 2016

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Led by CEO Harald Krueger, BMW's strong push into autonomous driving with Intel and Mobileye could b ...
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Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | July 1 2016

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Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. ...
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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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UK's June car sales fall; gov't asked for support
UK car sales fell for only the second time in more than four years in June, prompting an industry bo ...
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W. Europe car sales up 6% in June despite UK decline
Western European car registrations increased nearly 6 percent in June as demand rose last month in G ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Former Audi, Mercedes exec named new Cadillac Europe boss
GM has appointed former Audi and Mercedes executive Felix Weller as head of Cadillac Europe as it tr ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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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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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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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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