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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 »

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK

Nov. 25, 2016 14:41 CET

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK in what would be a further boost to Britain's automotive sector after the Brexit vote. The automaker previewed its first EV, the I-Pace SUV, at the Los Angeles auto show this month. The I-Pace will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria.... Read More »

France has not ruled out banning some diesel sales

Nov. 25, 2016 09:58 CET

France will seek more information from criminal investigations into Renault and VW diesel emissions before deciding whether to ban any of their cars from sale, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said.... Read More »

Daimler to invest 10 billion euros in EVs, r&d boss says

Nov. 25, 2016 23:35 CET

Daimler is planning to invest up to 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in developing electric vehicles, r&d head Thomas Weber told a German daily newspaper. German firms are investing heavily in EVs, which are benefiting from recent advances in battery technology and a backlash against diesels.... Read More »

Marchionne urges Italians to back constitutional reform referendum

Nov. 25, 2016 03:23 CET

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne warned that Italy could face serious damage to its image if voters rejected constitutional reform in a forthcoming referendum. "Italy is a country that deserves better," Marchionne said, adding that a "No" vote might scare off foreigner investors.... Read More »

Audi picks Volvo exec for top r&d job

Nov. 24, 2016 14:46 CET

Audi has picked Volvo executive Peter Mertens to lead its r&d. Audi looked outside the VW Group to fill the post after losing its previous two technical development chiefs in the fallout from the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

UK gov't to fund autonomous car, EV development

Nov. 24, 2016 09:49 CET

The UK government has announced 390 million pounds ($484 million) of funding to boost the development of electric and autonomous vehicles. The money also will be used to support the country's EV infrastructure.... Read More »

Mercedes' Hungarian plant hit by brief wage strike

Nov. 24, 2016 14:09 CET

Mercedes' plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, was hit by a two-hour strike on Wednesday involving 80 workers demanding higher wages and threatening a further walk-out if a deal is not agreed.... Read More »

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VW adapts key design center for autonomous driving

Nov. 24, 2016 06:15 CET

VW Group is restructuring one of its most important design centers to prepare for the rapid move toward autonomous vehicles. The automaker wants designers at its massive facility in Potsdam, Germany, to focus on improving in-car user experience and enhancing the human machine interface.... Read More »

UK car output falls 1% on slower domestic demand

Nov. 24, 2016 10:41 CET

The UK made fewer cars last month for the first time in more than a year as output fell 1 percent, driven by slower domestic demand. The drop prompted the industry's lobby group, the SMMT, to renew its call for the government to maintain free trade as Britain prepares to leave the EU.... Read More »

VW challenges Ford, Fiat, Mercedes with new Crafter

Nov. 24, 2016 06:15 CET

VW aims to grab a greater share of the lucrative segment for large cargo vans dominated by Ford, Fiat and Mercedes after investing a record 800 million euros in a new Polish plant to make its Crafter.... Read More »

Toyota works to develop advanced EV battery

Nov. 24, 2016 11:09 CET

Toyota says it aims to develop a more advanced electric-car battery "in a few years" that will allow it to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range than they currently have. The automaker has said it plans to launch its first EV by the end of the decade.... Read More »

Infineon reports 2% fall in quarterly operating profit

Nov. 23, 2016 11:56 CET

German chip maker Infineon reported a 2 percent drop in quarterly profit today, but raised its medium-term operating margin target to 17 percent from 15 percent as the company expects to benefit from favorable currency conditions and the acquisition of the U.S. company International Rectifier.... Read More »

Takata narrows buyer bids to Autoliv, Key Safety Systems

Nov. 22, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata has narrowed a list of bidders to Autoliv and Key Safety Systems for a final round of negotiations, moving the airbag maker a step a closer to securing a buyer to steer it through biggest safety recall crisis in automotive history, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Nissan suspends production at Fukushima engine plant

Nov. 22, 2016 10:37 CET

Nissan said it would suspend production at its engine factory in Fukushima at least until a tsunami warning is lifted after a powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early today.... Read More »

 
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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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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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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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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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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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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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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