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Chinese cars could shake up European sales

Dec. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers failed to establish themselves in Europe in the past because of outdated designs and technology. New brands such as Borgward and Lynk & CO are tapping into European automakers and executives to avoid making the same mistakes as their Chinese predecessors.... Read More »

BMW accelerates EV, self-driving strategy

Dec. 4, 2016 20:43 CET

BMW will accelerate its shift toward autonomous and electrified vehicles by developing flexible platforms for conventional, plug-hybrid and all-electric cars.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce previews its first SUV as road tests start

Dec. 2, 2016 14:19 CET

Rolls-Royce released pictures of the prototype that will be used to develop the brand's first SUV-styled vehicle due to launch in 2018. The prototype will now be tested under winter and desert conditions.... Read More »

China slaps 10% tax on supercars to curb luxury

Dec. 1, 2016 09:54 CET

China is introducing a 10 percent tax on cars such as Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DB9 in a bid to combat conspicuous consumption and promote more fuel-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

Porsche expects 20,000 annual sales for EV

Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche expects its Mission E electric car to account for about 10 percent of its vehicle sales after the car is launched in 2019.... Read More »

PSA will open Tunisia factory to build new pickup

Dec. 1, 2016 10:58 CET

PSA will open a factory in Tunisia in 2018 to build a Peugeot-badged pickup. The automaker joins Renault and VW Group in boosting North Africa production to meeting rising demand.... Read More »

BMW begins 7 series production in Indonesia

Dec. 1, 2016 09:34 CET

BMW will begin assembling its flagship 7-series sedan in Indonesia as the automaker seeks to tap into the long-term demand for luxury vehicles in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.... Read More »

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GKN Driveline sees big gains for awd business on global success of SUVs

Dec. 1, 2016 14:10 CET

The automotive arm of British engineering firm GKN is in an enviable position as profits rise and growing global sales of SUVs boost demand for its all-wheel-drive systems. CEO Phil Swash expects business to continue thriving, as he explained to Automotive news Europe.... Read More »

Peugeot lobbied to replace Audi in Le Mans series, source says

Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Peugeot is being asked to re-join the World Endurance Championship to fill the hole left by Audi's departure from the race series, whose showcase event is the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans. Currently, only two automakers -- Porsche and Toyota -- have committed to participating in the WEC next season.... Read More »

ZF to sell 20% Haldex stake to Knorr-Bremse

Dec. 1, 2016 10:35 CET

ZF said it had agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Swedish brake systems firm Haldex to rival German bidder Knorr-Bremse. ZF and Knorr-Bremse have been locked in a bidding war over Haldex but ZF failed to win a majority and has been reviewing its options.... Read More »

Ford will expand Active crossover trim across lineup

Nov. 30, 2016 10:50 CET

Ford will roll out SUV-styled variants of its cars under the label Active to attract customers looking for high-riding vehicles. The new Fiesta will be the first Ford to have an Active variant with a raised ride height, roof bars and additional cladding. Other Active variants will be launched over the next few years.... 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 »

Toyota President Akio Toyoda will head EV division

Nov. 30, 2016 11:41 CET

Toyota appointed its president, Akio Toyoda, to lead the automaker's newly formed electric car division, underlining its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace.... 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 packs new Fiesta with advanced tech; adds Vignale, crossover variants

Nov. 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford is adding upscale and crossover versions of its new Fiesta, along with advanced safety technologies, to boost the car's competitiveness in the tough subcompact segment.... Read More »

Ford, BMW, Daimler, VW Group plan fast-charging EV network

Nov. 29, 2016 09:48 CET

Ford, VW Group, BMW and Daimler plan to set up charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. The move will be an important step toward facilitating the mass-market adoption of EVs, the companies said in a joint statement.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to build Discovery in Slovakia

Nov. 29, 2016 16:05 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will build its next-generation Land Rover Discovery in Slovakia, the first model chosen for a $1.25 billion plant that is due to open in 2018.... Read More »

Fiat heir Lapo Elkann arrested in New York over false reporting of incident

Nov. 29, 2016 10:23 CET

Lapo Elkann, grandson of the late Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli, was arrested and charged in New York with falsely reporting an incident. Media reported that he was suspected of faking his own kidnapping.... Read More »

BMW hides tech under the hood in tepid 5-series revamp

Nov. 29, 2016 14:33 CET

BMW's new 5-series sedan can drive itself at speeds as fast as 210 kph (130 mph) per hour, turn up the radio with the wave of a hand and warn other cars of fog. But despite all that gadgetry, its looks have changed very little.... Read More »

VW stake in carbon-fiber maker SGL will fall after new share issue

Nov. 29, 2016 11:11 CET

Volkswagen Group will not buy into a new share issue by SGL, reducing its stake in the German carbon-fiber maker and allowing rival BMW Group more control over one of its key materials suppliers.... Read More »

BMW, Porsche, Nissan face sales ban on some models in S. Korea

Nov. 29, 2016 10:44 CET

South Korea plans to disallow sales of some Porsche, BMW and Nissan models after finding errors in certification documents for the carmakers' imported vehicles. The country's environment ministry also plans to fine the automakers a combined $5.56 million.... Read More »

VW extends 20-billion-euro loan to weather diesel fallout

Nov. 28, 2016 17:22 CET

VW Group has agreed to extend a 20-billion-euro ($21.2 billion) bank credit line, which is part of the automaker's efforts to maintain its financial strength while it counts the full cost of its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW says CC successor Arteon will debut new design language

Nov. 28, 2016 16:43 CET

VW brand said its new top model, the Arteon, will introduce its new "progressive" design language. The four-door, coupe-like car will be positioned above the Passat midsize sedan and will replace the Passat-based CC.... Read More »

VW Group's Porsche and Audi brands battle for EV jobs

Nov. 28, 2016 10:52 CET

Porsche and Audi are known as fierce competitors on the racetrack, but now the VW Group brands are also locked in a battle to develop and manufacture the next generation of electric cars. Porsche appears in the ascendant as Audi struggles with the group's diesel-scandal fallout.... Read More »

VW forms JV in Algeria to make Golf, other models starting in 2017

Nov. 27, 2016 16:00 CET

VW Group has formed a joint venture to assemble cars in Algeria, aiming for production capacity of more than 100 vehicles a day starting next year. The models that will be made include the VW Golf, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Octavia.... 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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