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VW investors seek 8.2 billion euros in damages

Sept. 21, 2016 11:16 CET

VW Group is facing claims for 8.2 billion euros ($9.14 billion) in damages in the legal district where the automaker is based. The company is being sued by investors who are angry at the drop in VW's stock price following the disclosure that the carmaker rigged U.S. diesel tests.... Read More »

Renault will shift some Dacia output to Morocco from Romania

Sept. 21, 2016 19:35 CET

Renault said it will move some production of its Dacia Logan MCV station wagon from Pitesti, Romania, to its plant in Tangiers, Morocco, starting in the first quarter of next year.... Read More »

France may seek compensation from automakers exceeding CO2 goals

Sept. 21, 2016 16:03 CET

France may seek compensation from automakers whose vehicles far exceed carbon dioxide emissions targets in normal driving, a government minister said. France currently offers subsidies for cars with lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.... Read More »

New U.S. self-driving car guidelines urge rivals to share data

Sept. 21, 2016 11:34 CET

The Obama administration's proposed U.S. guidelines for self-driving cars unveiled Tuesday will ask the world's automakers -- not to mention Google, Tesla and Uber -- to do something they are not likely to be thrilled about: share data.... Read More »

Takata receives 5 bids with Autoliv, Daicel among suitors, report says

Sept. 21, 2016 11:45 CET

Takata has received five bids from potential suitors including fellow suppliers Autoliv and Daicel and buyout firm KKR as the troubled company faces mounting liabilities related to its record recalls, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Mazda, Bentley, Lambo join list of brands skipping Paris show

Sept. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Mazda, Bentley and Lamborghini have joined Ford, Rolls-Royce and Volvo on the list of automakers that will skip the Paris auto show, which starts next week. The Japanese, British and Italian automakers will instead focus on smaller events that are less costly.... Read More »

Audi CEO risks being drawn into VW scandal, report says

Sept. 20, 2016 19:07 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler risks being pulled into the emissions crisis that has engulfed parent VW Group for the last year amid a report by a German weekly magazine that witnesses inside the company alleged the executive had known about the engine manipulation since 2010.... Read More »

VW has no plans for trucks unit IPO before 2019, report says

Sept. 20, 2016 19:18 CET

VW Group has no plans for a public listing of its trucks business until 2019, a German magazine reported, citing senior managers at the carmaker. Some analyst had speculated that VW might sell or float its truck operations to help raise funds as the carmaker is pushing to become a global force in trucks.... Read More »

Poland aims to have 1M EVs on its roads by 2025

Sept. 20, 2016 19:32 CET

Poland aims to have 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2025 as it seeks to cut carbon emissions from transport and will offer tax and other incentives, the energy ministry said. The country is one of the biggest polluters in Europe because of its reliance on coal-fueled power stations.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan buys French tech firm to develop mobility services

Sept. 20, 2016 11:36 CET

Renault-Nissan said today it would buy French software development company Sylpheo, a move that will help the alliance partners better compete with rival automakers and tech firms in areas such as ride-hailing and car-sharing.... Read More »

Brexit hit feared by Slovak gov't before auto-output boost in 2019

Sept. 20, 2016 11:07 CET

The UK's decision to leave the EU may curb some demand for Slovak exports and constrain the market's economic growth, but this will be offset by a boost in auto production due in 2019, the Slovak government said.... Read More »

VW has fixed less than 10% of rigged diesel cars in Europe

Sept. 19, 2016 15:59 CET

VW Group is making slow progress on fixing cars equipped with illicit engine software in Europe, having repaired less than 10 percent of the 8.5 million affected models, the company said.... Read More »

Audi tech chief faces suspension over emissions scandal, report says

Sept. 19, 2016 10:25 CET

Audi head of technical development Stefan Knirsch will be suspended this week as part of the investigation into VW Group's emissions-cheating scandal, Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported, citing sources.... Read More »

Takata pushes ahead with sale by taking bids this week, report says

Sept. 19, 2016 10:56 CET

Takata is said to be moving forward with an auction of the company as private equity groups and suppliers line up offers. Bidders for the troubled firm have been asked to submit their proposals by early this week, with Takata aiming to shortlist two to three candidates by October, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover drops Ford engine as it expands Ingenium family

Sept. 16, 2016 15:03 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has taken a big step in reducing its dependence on engines from Ford, its former owner, by launching its own new four-cylinder gasoline unit. The 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant is part of the Ingenium family of all-aluminum engines and will be built in the UK and China.... Read More »

Cost-cutting deal with unions key to VW's recovery

Sept. 16, 2016 15:43 CET

VW Group's ability to agree to a big cost-cutting plan with its powerful labor unions in the coming weeks could determine whether the automaker makes a full recovery from its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

EU plans action against states over car emissions

Sept. 16, 2016 17:35 CET

The EU will take legal action against some member states for failing to police car emission rules, Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said. Action would be taken in several weeks, she said, declining to name which EU nations would be affected.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW teases EV concept that it says heralds 'new era' for brand

Sept. 16, 2016 12:50 CET

Volkswagen today released teaser pictures of an electric car that it hopes will lead the automaker out of its diesel scandal and into an electrified future.... Read More »

VW sued by German states of Hesse, Baden-Wuerttemberg over diesel scandal

Sept. 16, 2016 12:15 CET

The German states of Hesse and Baden-Wuerttemberg will sue Volkswagen Group for damages caused by its emissions scandal after the states said a drop in VW's share price caused them to lose money.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW's year on the edge and how the automaker is clawing back

Sept. 16, 2016 11:44 CET

Volkswagen Group plunged into its worst business crisis a year ago after the automaker admitted rigging millions of diesel cars to cheat emissions tests. The company is showing surprising resilience even as it absorbs huge costs resulting from the scandal.... Read More »

Volvo touts V90 Cross Country's 'adventurous' spirit

Sept. 15, 2016 17:00 CET

Volvo unveiled the "adventurous" V90 Cross Country high-riding station wagon, the latest model in its $11 billion revival under Chinese ownership that has resulted in record global vehicle sales. It will compete against the Audi A6 allroad quattro and a new variant of the Mercedes E-class wagon.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler said to explore China JV with BAIC

Sept. 15, 2016 10:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler and BAIC are exploring a joint venture in China that would allow FCA to broaden its locally built models beyond the Jeep and Fiat brands, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Ford, Volvo, Rolls-Royce among automakers skipping Paris show as glitz fades in Web age

Sept. 15, 2016 11:38 CET

Ford, Volvo and Rolls-Royce are among the automakers skipping the Paris auto show as the once-unmissable event succumbs to changes sweeping the auto industry. Instead of spending millions to woo consumers to crowded exhibition centers, companies are reaching out to buyers where they like to spend time -- on Instagram and blogs.... Read More »

PSA signs 3-D printing deal aimed at cutting production costs

Sept. 15, 2016 12:10 CET

PSA Group has agreed a partnership with a 3-D printing startup to develop metal printing processes for the automaker's production lines. The deal could yield lighter, more profitable vehicles, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi to showcase plug-in SUV with long electric range

Sept. 15, 2016 14:12 CET

Mitsubishi's GT-PHEV concept showcases the automaker's latest ideas for a new family of SUVs with electrified powertrains.... Read More »

 
Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
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