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BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

Audi China dealers demand $4 billion to cover sales losses

Feb. 17, 2017 11:37 CET

Audi dealers in China are demanding 28 billion yuan ($4 billion) to cover losses over the past three years that they blame on the automaker adding too many distributors, potentially worsening a sales decline that saw BMW and Mercedes overtake the luxury brand last month.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Layoffs slated for Toledo Jeep plant

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2017

Layoffs at Toledo Jeep plant; PSA, Opel/Vauxhall lag rivals in sales growth; Audi name on D.C. soccer field; Jaguar, Shell launch in-car payment app; FCA's Gilles in Netflix series.... Read More »

VW said to reduce Passat output in Germany due to parts shortage

Feb. 16, 2017 12:06 CET

VW has been forced to reduce production of Passat cars at its Emden plant in Germany because of a shortage of components caused by a fire at one of its suppliers, a report said.... Read More »

Audi said to get naming rights to D.C. United soccer stadium

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

Audi will have its name on the new home of Major League Soccer's D.C. United. The agreement, which runs at least a decade, will be one of the three richest naming-rights deals in MLS, according to a person familiar with the contract.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: What suppliers want from Trump

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

What suppliers want from Trump; Plug-in to outpace original Prius?; Barra: PSA purchase of Opel, Vauxhall mutually beneficial; Hyundai teases '18 Accent; Lambo recalls $4M car.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Barra visits Opel amid sale talks

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

Barra visits Opel amid sale talks; VW, Bosch deals win preliminary OK; Toyota recalls fuel-cell Mirai; Ford Focus, Audi A6 spied; 194-day supply of Buicks; Musk, man and machine.... Read More »

Dozen $4 million supercars recalled along with 5,900 Lamborghinis

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

The dozen owners of Lamborghini Venenos -- an ultra-rare supercar that cost $4 million and up -- will be receiving some bad news via registered mail: their Italian dream machines are being recalled along with 5,900 other Lamborghinis around the world.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: For GM, a clean exit from Europe?

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

GM's chance for clean exit from Europe; Automakers make case for more autonomous cars; VW, Mobileye team up on maps; Pay too good at Google?; End of a Klan-confusion nightmare.... Read More »

VW, Bosch diesel settlements receive preliminary court approval

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a VW settlement to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting 3.0 liter diesel-engine vehicles. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer also granted preliminary approval to Robert Bosch's settlement to pay $327.5 million to VW diesel owners.... Read More »

Audi's 2018 A6 styling stands apart from A4, A8

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

Spy shots taken in Germany of the redesigned 2018 Audi A6 show that the sedan will largely keep true to its current form, but become further differentiated from the smaller A4 and larger A8 sedans.... Read More »

VW plans to use Mobileye sensing and localization technology

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

VW said it would use Mobileye's camera sensors and localization technologies on upcoming vehicles, allowing both companies to collect road data, like lane markings and construction signs, for cloud-based realtime maps.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Mueller 'irritated' at VW infighting

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Volkswagen chief Mueller 'irritated' at infighting; At 52 mpg, Cruze diesel carries political message; Hyundai hires GM autonomy expert; Lexus in need of CUVs; No Alfa Giulia wagon.... Read More »

VW talks with union break down, leaving costs deal in limbo

Feb. 13, 2017 10:02 CET

VW Group's talks with unions over the implementation of its turnaround plan were broken off on Monday, leaving in limbo a deal on cost-cutting following the automaker's damaging diesel emissions scandal.... Read More »

VW CEO slams infighting as spat escalates over worker agreement

Feb. 13, 2017 15:15 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller sought to calm nerves at the automaker as festering disputes with labor leaders and allegations from former Chairman Ferdinand Piech threatened to disrupt efforts to overcome its diesel-cheating scandal.... Read More »

Audi reaches two-year wage deal with Hungary workers

Feb. 13, 2017 10:41 CET

Audi's Hungarian unit has reached an agreement with workers on wage rises for the next two years. Audi builds A3 and TT cars in Hungary.... Read More »

Automakers press Trump to review 2025 mpg targets

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

The chief executives of 18 major automakers and their U.S. arms are urging President Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration to lock in light-vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025. In a letter sent late Friday, the companies warned thousands of U.S. jobs could be at risk if the 54.5 mpg target is not revisited.... Read More »

Ex-VW chairman Piech refuses to testify in German emissions inquiry

Feb. 12, 2017 11:24 CET

Former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech has refused to testify to German lawmakers investigating a possible government role in the VW emissions scandal.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Blog ignites Musk-UAW spat

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Musk, UAW trade jabs over worker's blog; Ford invests $1B in artificial intelligence startup; Bernhard leaves Daimler; Takata projects loss; VW offers windshield warmth without wires.... Read More »

EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says

Feb. 9, 2017 10:55 CET

Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year's 6.8 percent gain, said European auto industry association ACEA. "Uncertainty is expected to overshadow 2017," ACEA said, citing political developments such as elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands.... Read More »

VW's U.S. comeback faces roadblock from Trump tax on Mexican Beetles

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

After agreeing to spend more than $23 billion to clean up its diesel-cheating scandal, Volkswagen risks staying in Washington's crosshairs as it tries to start fresh with American consumers.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan profit drops in Q3

8:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Nissan profit drops in Q3; VW board spared probe over Piech remarks; Tesla idles plant to prep for Model 3; Uber's next Calif. clash?; Kid power fuels Honda ad.... Read More »

Piech returns to settle old scores in diesel scandal

Feb. 9, 2017 13:11 CET

Ferdinand Piech abruptly departed Volkswagen Group nearly two years ago. Now the former VW chairman is looking to settle old scores and has rekindled accusations that top managers knew about falsified emissions tests months before publicly admitting to it.... Read More »

VW top execs accused of undermining cost-cuts deal

Feb. 8, 2017 16:48 CET

VW Group's works council has accused executives including brand chief Herbert Diess of undermining a cost-cutting deal forged late last year. Labor leaders said the managers had breached the November pact by ruling out possible hirings in the first half of 2017 and cutting temporary jobs more quickly and deeply than agreed.... Read More »

 
Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Why China's new EV policy could cause a rift with Germany

Yang Jian
3:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 2017

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Germany's ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, is a vocal opponent of Beijing's environmental plans ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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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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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
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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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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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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
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
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