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VW will open software development center in Portugal

April 19, 2018 09:33 CET

VW Group will set up a software development center in Lisbon employing 300 software engineers, web developers and other specialists to develop cloud-based solutions for corporate processes and online services for its vehicles.... Read More »

German government must help in Opel dispute, Merkel says

April 18, 2018 18:52 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected PSA to stick to the commitments it made during its takeover of Opel last year after a magazine reported that PSA plans to cut 800 jobs at Opel's Eisenach plant.... Read More »

Continental lowers outlook due to exchange rate effects

April 18, 2018 14:52 CET

Continental lowered its full year outlook after exchange rate and inventory valuation effects resulted in a 150 million euros ($185.22 million) negative hit to earnings in the first half.... Read More »

German prosecutors investigate Porsche board member over emissions

April 18, 2018 10:48 CET

German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Volkswagen Group-owned Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations.... Read More »

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Plastic Omnium prepares to shift from diesels toward hybrids, fuel cells

April 18, 2018 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium, a leading maker of systems that clean up emissions from diesel, says it is preparing for a future of sharply reduced demand for the powertrain.... Read More »

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BMW plans different sized battery cells to preserve design of future models

April 18, 2018 06:01 CET

BMW has found a solution to ensure that fitting battery cells into its future full-electric models does not compromise their design.... Read More »

Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as European sales fall 5%

April 18, 2018 09:42 CET

Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide registrations fell by 5 percent, hit by drops in three of the region's five biggest markets, Germany, the UK, and Italy.... Read More »

Smaller Opel/Vauxhall dealer network will focus on performance, customer satisfaction

April 17, 2018 10:00 CET

Opel/Vauxhall may lose up to a third of its dealerships in Europe after new owner PSA cancelled dealer contracts as part of a performance review.... Read More »

VW, BMW, Daimler could gain from China removing ownership caps

April 17, 2018 15:51 CET

VW, BMW and Daimler welcomed China's decision to allow foreign automakers to own more than 50 percent of local ventures but said the move will not affect their existing partnerships.... Read More »

Audi joins quest for biofuels that don't challenge food supply

April 17, 2018 11:41 CET

Audi has joined forces with a French biotech company to solve the two big problems that have been holding back biofuels. The aim is to prove large-scale biofuel production is possible without major deforestation or the use of food or animal feeds.... Read More »

Ghosn confirms review of Renault-Nissan capital structure

April 17, 2018 09:35 CET

Carlos Ghosn said he is open to all options as Renault and Nissan explore deeper ties. The two automakers are in talks to merge, according to reports.... Read More »

Daimler investor Li says automakers must talk or face oblivion

April 16, 2018 16:09 CET

Geely owner Li Shufu, who in February became Daimler's biggest shareholder, said traditional automakers need a business model based more on sharing technology to generate acceptable returns in future.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover confirms 1,000 jobs to go as diesel sales slump

April 16, 2018 12:36 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two UK factories as demand for diesel cars slumps because of higher taxes and a regulatory crackdown.... Read More »

Europe's automakers want EU help to avoid CO2 fines

April 16, 2018 10:33 CET

Europe's automakers are not looking to challenge fines if they fail to meet the EU's 2020 CO2 emissions goals, but want governments to do more to help them hit targets.... Read More »

VW trucks chief gears up for 'next level' after step toward IPO

April 16, 2018 09:47 CET

VW Group's trucks chief, Andreas Renschler, wants to take his division to "the next level," with the manufacturer considering a stock listing that would catapult the $37-billion unit into the blue-chip ranks of Europe's largest economy.... Read More »

EVs appeal to Italy's sense of fashion, energy firm says

April 14, 2018 06:01 CET

Italians know trendy when they see it, and a growing number think EVs fit the bill, according to the head of Europe's biggest energy provider.... Read More »

Automobili Pininfarina plans EV rival to Bentley SUV

April 13, 2018 16:09 CET

India's Mahindra & Mahindra launched Automobili Pininfarina, a Europe-based electric SUV brand whose vehicles will challenge models such as the Bentley Bentayga and high-spec Range Rovers.... Read More »

Magna Steyr to engineer EV architecture for BAIC

April 13, 2018 10:37 CET

Magna Steyr will develop a next-generation EV architecture for state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC.... Read More »

Kia Europe names Herrera new COO

April 12, 2018 21:29 CET

Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chief operating officer following the promotion of Michael Cole.... Read More »

Marchionne's exit puts FCA in play for merger deal

April 12, 2018 15:02 CET

Sergio Marchionne spent the last 14 years transforming Fiat Chrysler through a series of spinoffs and mergers from a near-bankrupt Italian conglomerate into a top-performing automaker. His pending exit may open the door for the next big deal.... Read More »

Mercedes plans electric S class to challenge Tesla

April 12, 2018 09:51 CET

Mercedes is developing a battery-powered sedan about the size of its S class, dubbed the EQ S, which will challenge Tesla's Model S for high-end electric-car buyers.... Read More »

VW, Hino agree to a strategic truck partnership

April 12, 2018 11:58 CET

VW Group's Truck & Bus unit said it has agreed to form a strategic partnership with Japanese truck maker Hino to better compete in the commercial vehicle industry, which is undergoing transformation due to the need for lower-emission vehicles and automated driving capabilities.... Read More »

Merkel skeptical about hardware refits for diesel cars

April 11, 2018 16:04 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down the possibility of forcing automakers to make expensive modifications to diesel car exhaust systems, as her new government tries to avoid driving bans in cities with air quality problems.... Read More »

EU plans more powers for consumers to sue companies

April 11, 2018 15:59 CET

The EU plans more powers for consumers to sue firms such as VW Group after its diesel-emissions scandal showed the limits of consumer protection authorities to curb corporate cheating. "Consumer authorities will finally get teeth to punish the cheaters," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said.... Read More »

German minister warns that more diesel pain looms

April 10, 2018 15:09 CET

Germany's transport minister signaled that automakers including VW and BMW could be hit with more painful measures to reduce vehicle emissions, while pledging to protect jobs in the car industry.... Read More »

 
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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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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Jeep overshadows Fiat brand with bigger Geneva spotlight

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2018

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Fiat Chrysler's display at this year's Geneva auto show highlights how diminished the once-dominant ...
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Trump's tariff threat could impact PSA's U.S. return

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | March 7 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on European cars exported to the U.S. has worried PSA Group, which doesn't (yet) sell vehicles in North America. ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as European sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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W. Europe sales drop 6% on falling UK, German demand
Western European car sales fell 6 percent in March, weighed down by falling demand in the UK, German ...
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Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018
Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected ...
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Spain sales rise 2% despite accelerating diesel slump
New-car sales in Spain rose 2 percent in March, despite a big drop in diesel registrations and two f ...
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Italy sales fall 6% amid political uncertainty
New-car sales in Italy fell 6 percent in March, partly hit by customers postponing purchases as poli ...
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UK sales slump 16% as diesel demand plunges
Demand for new diesel cars in Britain plunged by more than a third in March, pushing down total regi ...
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German market falls 3% as diesel decline accelerates
Registrations in Germany fell 3 percent in March with the decline in diesel-car sales accelerating a ...
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Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%
French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording stro ...
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Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai make big gains in Spain as sales rise 13%
Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai and Dacia were among the big winners as Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent i ...
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Mitsubishi, Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rise 25%
Russian new-car sales rose 25 percent in February. Mitsubishi saw the biggest gain with sales soarin ...
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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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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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GM replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen
GM, seeking an accelerated turnaround at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle preside ...
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Renault shuffles Dacia, AvtoVAZ bosses
Renault has shuffled the leadership of its Dacia and Lada subsidiaries, appointing Antoine Doucerain ...
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Kia Europe names Herrera new COO
Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chie ...
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Bugatti names former Lambo exec as sales chief
Bugatti has named Christian Mastro, a former executive at Lamborghini, as its new sales and marketin ...
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VW names its top U.S. engineer to head new division
VW Group has picked Matthias Erb to lead a newly created interdisciplinary division that spans devel ...
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JLR lures Renault's Alpine boss to head its performance unit
Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Michael van der Sande, the head of Renault's sporty Alpine brand, to ...
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PSA creates new electric vehicle unit
PSA has created a new electric vehicle business unit as it prepares to launch electrified versions o ...
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Rolls-Royce appoints BMW Group veteran as sales chief
Rolls-Royce has appointed veteran BMW Group executive and current head of Mini in China, Henrik Wilh ...
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Nissan names de Ficchy new Europe boss
Nissan has picked finance expert Gianluca de Ficchy to lead its automotive business in Europe. ...
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Autoliv will get new CEO after electronics business spinoff
Autoliv CEO Jan Carlson will become head of the supplier's electronics business, Veoneer. ...
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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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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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