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Female execs make big gains in Europe's auto sector

Sept. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

The European automotive industry has also undergone big changes since 2008, especially when it comes to the rise of female executives. Eight years ago no woman ran a European automotive brand – now there are two – and there were just a handful of females on management boards at the region's leading automotive companies – now nearly every brand has women in key positions.... Read More »

MG will end UK production

Sept. 23, 2016 17:19 CET

MG will stop making cars in the UK this year after its owner, SAIC, decided to move final assembly of the MG3 to China from Longbridge, England. SAIC will continue to design and engineer MG cars in Longbridge.... Read More »

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Kia sees new Rio as its potential No. 1-seller in Europe

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Kia expects its new Rio subcompact hatchback to become one of its best-selling models in Europe after it goes on sale next year. With an anticipated volume of more than 100,000 in its full year on the market, the Rio would challenge Kia's current top-seller in Europe, the Sportage crossover.... Read More »

VW should reduce bosses' pay, activist investor says

Sept. 23, 2016 11:27 CET

VW Group should reduce the "huge sums of money" paid to executives and any bonuses should be given in shares, activist investor TCI Fund Management said in a letter to the car company seen by Reuters.... Read More »

PSA, Renault, Suzuki eye stake in Malaysia's Proton

Sept. 23, 2016 10:57 CET

PSA, Renault and Suzuki have signaled interest in a deal with ailing Malaysian automaker Proton, Reuters reported. The brand's owner is seeking to sell a stake in a company that once commanded a 74 percent market share in the country.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's new CEO takes softer line on job cuts

Sept. 23, 2016 15:14 CET

AvtoVAZ has a civic responsibility to preserve Russian jobs, the company's new CEO, Nicolas Maure, told Reuters, rowing back on a politically sensitive policy of redundancies in the face of plummeting sales and record losses.... Read More »

VW emissions inquiry has found no evidence against Audi CEO, report says

Sept. 23, 2016 15:36 CET

Investigators looking into Volkswagen Group's diesel-emissions scandal have found no suspicious facts against Rupert Stadler, the head of Audi, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse raises Haldex stake to nearly 15%

Sept. 23, 2016 14:09 CET

German braking systems firm Knorr-Bremse says it has raised its stake in competitor Haldex to 14.9 percent, further intensifying an on-going bidding war over the Swedish firm with Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen. ZF owns a 21.2 percent stake in Haldex.... Read More »

Bentley's first diesel to debut in early 2017

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Bentley's first diesel-powered car – which arrives in early 2017 – will also be the most affordable and most economical version of its new Bentayga SUV. The Bentayga diesel will start at 146,500 euros in Germany, well below the 208,500 euro starting price for the gasoline version of the SUV.... Read More »

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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models from Audi, Jaguar and BMW. The sector is likely to remain hot for years to come, according to a top analyst.... Read More »

VW vows to fix all diesels with defeat device in Europe by '17

Sept. 22, 2016 10:46 CET

VW Group pledged to fix all diesel cars equipped with illicit engine software in Europe by autumn 2017, the European Commission said after talks with the carmaker. VW has repaired less than 10 percent of the 8.5 million affected models in Europe since admitting it rigged engines to cheat emissions tests.... Read More »

UK car output rises 9%, but Brexit worries remain

Sept. 22, 2016 11:40 CET

UK car production rose 9.1 percent in August, but a leading industry group has cautioned that future growth will depend on Britain continuing to trade competitively after its vote to leave the European Union on June 23.... Read More »

Chinese automakers stalled by EU emissions rules

Sept. 22, 2016 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers are facing a sales roadblock in western Europe because they don't have diesels that can meet the region's tough emissions standards.... Read More »

ZF says offer for Haldex might not be its last

Sept. 22, 2016 11:14 CET

German Supplier ZF has not ruled out a further improvement in its offer for Swedish braking systems maker Haldex in view of German rival Knorr-Bremse's higher bid, CEO Stefan Sommer said.... Read More »

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 »

 
Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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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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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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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
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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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
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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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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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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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
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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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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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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