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German motor authority sued over VW scandal by environmental lobby

March 24, 2017 12:32 CET

A German environmental group has filed a suit against the country's KBA motor authority, accusing it of failing to act robustly enough over VW Group's diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

SEGMENTS ANALYSIS

SUV sales rise to 25% of European market

March 24, 2017 06:01 CET

SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai continue to lure buyers from minivans, wagons and hatchbacks.... Read More »

VW finance arm makes record 2016 profit

March 24, 2017 13:44 CET

VW Group's finance division reported record earnings of $2.3 billion last year despite the automaker's emissions scandal. The division, which handles dealer and customer financing, said the residual values of the automaker's leased cars had held up.... Read More »

VW's Seat plans to expand in N. Africa, Latin America

March 24, 2017 10:01 CET

Spanish automaker Seat will lead VW Group's expansion in North Africa as part of internationalization plans that may also include building cars in Mexico.... Read More »

VW Group's retail company to sell 275 dealerships

March 23, 2017 11:20 CET

Volkswagen Group's retail chain, Porsche Holding Salzburg, one of Europe's biggest dealers, is selling 275 sales locations to independent group Emil Frey to concentrate on selling cars only from VW's 12 brands.... Read More »

VW's Seat will get a midsize SUV built in Wolfsburg

March 23, 2017 13:17 CET

VW Group's Seat brand will add a midsize SUV that will be built at VW's factory in Wolfsburg. The SUV will help Seat, which reported its first annual operating profit since 2007, to build on its recovery.... Read More »

Mercedes faces complaint from China's Chery over EQ name

March 23, 2017 10:33 CET

Chinese automaker Chery has filed a complaint with the country's trademark regulator over Mercedes' use of the "EQ" name for a subbrand of electric vehicles, presenting a potential obstacle for the German carmaker in the world's largest EV market.... Read More »

UK car production hits 17-year high in February

March 23, 2017 12:34 CET

UK car production rose by 8 percent in February to its highest level in 17 years as a strong rise in exports helped by a weaker pound compensates for a slump in demand at home.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Tata Steel looks to expand key product beyond BMW to volume brands

March 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Hurt by rising steel imports from China, Tata Steel in Europe is aggressively pushing its higher-margin tailored blanks business to generate more income. Tailored blanks are primarily used by premium automakers such as BMW Group to save weight in vehicles.... Read More »

France likely would reduce Renault 20% stake at right price

March 23, 2017 10:53 CET

France does not rule out reducing its stake in Renault under the best possible market conditions, its finance minister said. The country has increased its stake in the automaker in recent years, currently holding just under 20 percent of the company's share capital.... Read More »

BMW chases volume growth in large cars, less so in small ones

March 22, 2017 14:01 CET

BMW is chasing volume growth mainly in the large car and SUV segments, while the less profitable small car segment is not being pushed as hard, CEO Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

Daimler employees investigated for potential emissions fraud

March 22, 2017 17:24 CET

German prosecutors have opened an investigation against employees at Daimler. The employees are being investigated over diesel-manipulation allegations, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

UK lawmakers demand more answers from VW over diesel scandal

March 22, 2017 13:08 CET

UK lawmakers have written to VW Group seeking more answers from the automaker over its diesel-emissions scandal, after criticizing the firm for failing to adequately respond to their queries so far.... Read More »

London black cab company starts electric taxi production

March 22, 2017 13:35 CET

The London Taxi Company has opened a new factory in central England to produce an electric verion of the iconic black cab. The company hopes to sell its cabs overseas for the first time to cities keen on the famous brand and concerned about pollution.... Read More »

Sogefi will open first Africa plant in Morocco

March 22, 2017 12:36 CET

Sogefi plans to open a new factory in Morocco to build engine filtration systems. Moroccan car output has grown as foreign automakers invest in a market that Sogefi predicts will reach a production volume of about 1 million vehicles annually by 2025.... Read More »

VW brand has no budget-car plans with Tata in India

March 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's core VW brand currently has no plans to develop a small budget car for India and other low-cost markets with Tata Motors.... Read More »

China's Geely doubles earnings as Volvo tech boosts sales

March 22, 2017 10:43 CET

China's Geely Automobile posted its biggest profit growth in eight years in 2016, as improved product design and engineering following its 2010 purchase of Volvo helped to propel it to record sales.... Read More »

BMW fights back against Mercedes with biggest model launch to date

March 21, 2017 11:26 CET

BMW plans the biggest rollout of new and revamped models in its history as the automaker fights back after losing the luxury sales crown to Mercedes. Over the next two years, BMW will unveil 40 variants as CEO Harald Krueger seeks to revitalize growth after profitability fell to a six-year low in 2016.... Read More »

Porsche SE posts profit as owner family plans to buy out Piech

March 21, 2017 12:29 CET

Porsche Holding SE, Volkswagen Group's majority shareholder, returned to profit last year after a loss in 2015 triggered by VW's emissions scandal. A buyout of Ferdinand Piech's stake would have no impact on the holding company's ownership structure, CEO Hans Dieter Poetsch said.... Read More »

VW hurries new EVs to meet CO2 targets

March 21, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen must have the first of its I.D. purpose-built electric cars on sale by 2020 to achieve CO2 reduction targets in Europe and China, company executives said. VW plans to approve in August the design of the first vehicle, a Golf-sized hatchback based on the I.D. concept.... Read More »

BMW reviews UK options post-Brexit but presses ahead with Mexico plant

March 21, 2017 11:52 CET

BMW said it is reviewing its UK factories ahead of Brexit and that construction of its new Mexico plant is "proceeding according to plan."... Read More »

VW clan aims for quick deal over Ferdinand Piech's shares, report says

March 20, 2017 16:55 CET

The Porsche and Piech families are looking to strike a swift deal to buy Ferdinand Piech's shares in Porsche SE, the holding company that controls 52 percent of VW Group's shares, Reuters reported.... Read More »

French watchdog clears Opel of cheating on diesel emissions

March 20, 2017 10:55 CET

France's consumer fraud watchdog cleared Opel of suspected diesel-emissions cheating. The watchdog has previously sent files to prosecutors detailing suspected emissions fraud by Fiat Chrysler, Renault and PSA. Its probe is part of a wider investigation launched after VW's diesel scandal erupted.... Read More »

Peugeot family says Opel deal paves way for global expansion

March 19, 2017 15:45 CET

PSA Group's acquisition of Opel gives the French automaker greater scale to pursue global expansion plans, family shareholder Jean-Philippe Peugeot told a German newspaper.... Read More »

Piech may sell Porsche SE stake by end May, paper says

March 19, 2017 10:14 CET

Former Volkswagen Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech may sell his stake in the holding company that is VW's majority shareholder to other members of the Porsche and Piech clans before May 30, Bild am Sonntag said.... Read More »

 
Lithium next German power play?

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28 2017

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BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so wi ...
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Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

Yang Jian
4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24 2017

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At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
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Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Christiaan Hetzner
8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
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Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

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PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
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How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
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Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
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As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
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Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
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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
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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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
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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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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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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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
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Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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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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