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Autonomous testing in Europe faces fewer gov't hurdles

May 15, 2018 13:13 CET

Self-driving technology is facing fewer hurdles in the UK, Germany, South Korea and Singapore than in the U.S., because national governments have enacted legislation allowing public road testing, Bloomberg said in a report.... Read More »

Russia ties stall Wolf's entry on to Porsche board

May 15, 2018 06:01 CET

U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Russia will postpone former Magna International boss Siegfried Wolf from joining Porsche SE's supervisory board. Wolf cited risks related to his role as chairman of Russian van maker and contract manufacturer GAZ.... Read More »

Swedish road project could slash cost of EVs

May 14, 2018 20:28 CET

An electrified road in Sweden that is the first in the world to charge vehicles as they drive along is showing promise and could potentially help cut the high cost of EVs, project backers Vattenfall and Elways said.... Read More »

Moscow mulls support for Deripaska's GAZ

May 14, 2018 20:16 CET

Russia is considering providing support to some of tycoon Oleg Deripaska's businesses, including GAZ Group, which is Russia's biggest van maker as well as a contract manufacturer that builds models for the Mercedes, VW and Skoda brands in Nizhny Novgorod.... Read More »

German supplier Hella in talks to sell wholesale unit

May 14, 2018 20:48 CET

German supplier Hella is holding talks with potential investors over a sale of its wholesale activities. "The Hella management will take an unprejudiced decision in regard to the wholesale activities after the submission of final bids," the company said.... Read More »

JLR sticks to Brazil on promise of luxury rebound

May 14, 2018 15:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover can churn out 24,000 cars a year in Brazil, but last year fewer than 5,000 rolled out of its Rio de Janeiro factory. Despite this, the automaker isn't leaving anytime soon.... Read More »

Making Winterkorn pay for VW's scandal could backfire

May 14, 2018 11:43 CET

Forcing former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn to pay for at least some of the 25 billion euros ($29.9 billion) stemming from the diesel scandal could backfire on the automaker and even drag other top executives -- Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch and new CEO Herbert Diess -- into the fray.... Read More »

Volkswagen sees Nigeria sales recovering on economy

May 14, 2018 12:13 CET

VW Group expects a rebound in vehicle sales in Nigeria as the economy in Africa's biggest oil producer recovers, the head of the company's South African operations Thomas Schaefer, said.... Read More »

Disclosure of Geely's Daimler stake under scrutiny

May 13, 2018 16:28 CET

German markets regulator BaFin is reviewing whether to impose fines after it found that transactions to buy a 9.69 percent stake in Daimler on behalf of Li Shufu, chairman of Chinese automaker Geely, should have been disclosed earlier.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP

Wolfgang Porsche: The legend must be maintained

May 13, 2018 06:01 CET

In a rare interview, Wolfgang Porsche, spokesman for the influential Porsche-Piech family that controls VW Group, talked about VW's leadership and the future of the Porsche brand.... Read More »

Talks for Mini's China output are 'going well,' BMW CEO says

May 11, 2018 14:33 CET

BMW's talks with Great Wall over building electric Minis in China are "going well," BMW CEO Harald Krueger said. But it could be autumn before a decision is reached, Krueger said.... Read More »

Opel halts staff buyouts as engineers quit for BMW, JLR

May 11, 2018 21:11 CET

Opel has suspended voluntary buyouts after staff representatives warned that a wave of departures following PSA's takeover could leave it short of skilled workers.... Read More »

VW, Seat cars recalled over rear seatbelt problem

May 11, 2018 21:40 CET

VW Group will recall VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Seat Arona models due to a problem with the rear seatbelt lock.... Read More »

Audi aims to double China sales, boosted by second JV

May 11, 2018 15:22 CET

Audi hopes a second joint venture and new SUVs will help it to remain China's top luxury brand, fighting off strong challenges from BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

Japan's automakers have a problem with women engineers

May 11, 2018 11:43 CET

Japan's automakers are facing the worst labor shortage in decades and they believe they have found the solution: hire more women. The only problem is that the country has the world's smallest pool of female engineering graduates.... Read More »

Softening North America hits profits at Subaru

May 11, 2018 09:24 CET

Subaru profits declined in the latest quarter amid steeper U.S. competition and falling sales at home where the company was engulfed in a faulty vehicle inspection scandal.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce's 'superluxury' Cullinan will be priciest SUV

May 10, 2018 11:11 CET

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan will become the world's most expensive production SUV when it goes on sale. The Cullinan is expected to start at about 250,000 pounds ($340,000) in the UK.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales

May 10, 2018 06:01 CET

Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize segment to keep customers engaged as buyers increasingly opt for SUVs.... Read More »

Ford chairman says 'fairly large' changes in store; Europe, S. America in sights

May 10, 2018 10:32 CET

Ford shareholders should expect "fairly large" changes in the coming year, Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said, building on the automaker's moves to discontinue some North American models and boost electric vehicle investment.... Read More »

German experts advise against forced retrofits for diesels

May 9, 2018 15:14 CET

German automakers cannot be forced to retrofit polluting diesel cars unless excessive emissions are caused by deliberate fraud, said an expert report that is being reviewed by Germany's transport ministry.... Read More »

VW could face class action from 2 million German owners after law change

May 9, 2018 17:05 CET

About 2 million diesel car owners in Germany could join class action lawsuits to seek compensation from VW after the German cabinet approved a draft law that aims to make it easier for people to join a legal test case.... Read More »

Aston Martin's revived Lagonda will debut with an SUV

May 9, 2018 13:43 CET

Aston Martin said the first vehicle from its all-electric Lagonda brand will be an SUV arriving in 2021.... Read More »

PSA pins hopes on EU after Trump quits Iran deal

May 9, 2018 09:40 CET

European leaders sought to salvage the nuclear pact with Iran after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord, threatening investments in the Iranian market by companies including PSA and Renault.... Read More »

Toyota quarterly profit jumps 43% on cost cutting, lower expenses

May 9, 2018 10:38 CET

Toyota profit surged 43 percent in the latest quarter as cost cutting, lower incentives and falling warranty expenses offset unfavorable foreign exchange rates and helped pilot the automaker to a record full-year net income.... Read More »

Audi will present upgrade for diesels suspected of having 'defeat' device

May 9, 2018 11:33 CET

Audi, which is facing a new investigation into suspected emissions cheating, said it will shortly present a software upgrade for A6 and A7 diesels.... Read More »

 
Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that gre ...
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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UK sales increase 10% amid diesel slump
UK registrations rose 10 percent in April, reflecting a poor performance in the same month last year ...
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VW brand continues to recover in German market up 8%
VW brand continued to recover in its German home market last month with a 15 percent increase in reg ...
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Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among winners as Spanish sales rise 12%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 12 percent in April, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among the ...
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Private demand drives Italy's 7% growth
New-car sales in Italy rose 6. ...
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Hyundai, Fiat, Dacia gain as French sales rise 9%
French registrations rose 9 percent in April, led by strong gains at Dacia, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat and D ...
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Mercedes leads China luxury car sales despite Audi surge
Mercedes brand retained its lead as China's top-selling luxury brand so far this year despite a surg ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as Europe sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Adient pick veteran exec Fleischer to lead EMEA unit
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe ...
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PSA has new heads for Russia, purchasing; sends sales expert to Opel
PSA has appointed executives to accelerate growth in Russia, boost sales at Opel, and improve purcha ...
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Aston Martin recruits veteran VW Group exec to lead exterior design
Aston Martin has recruited Tobias Suehlmann from VW Group's Bugatti brand as its chief exterior desi ...
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Mazda names Americas head Marumoto next CEO
Mazda named Americas chief Akira Marumoto its new CEO as the automaker -- with its limited r&d budge ...
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Rolls-Royce's former engineering chief joins Borgward
Borgward appointed Philip Koehn, former director of engineering at Rolls-Royce, as its chief technol ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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VW's Electrify America subsidiary replaces CEO
VW of America has cut the cord with its former head of sales in the U.S. ...
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Ex-Opel CEO Neumann will join California-based EV startup
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will join California-based EV startup Evelozcity, which is run b ...
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Tesla's Autopilot chief steps down after two years
Tesla's Autopilot chief, Jim Keller, has left the company, the latest in a rash of executive departu ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
Hyundai sees Europe as a key market for its Nexo fuel cell car because the region has more advanced ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior ...
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
McLaren has added practical features to its 720S supercar in response to research that showed that m ...
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to ...
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
Assembly of the all-new Seat Ateca began in April 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group's plant in Kvasiny ...
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Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman
Assembly of the third-generation Porsche Cayman began in July 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group’ ...
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Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra
Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner RenaultR ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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