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Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test

Nov. 24, 2015 11:59 CET

Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. A German environmental lobby group said the excess emissions were detected under new European testing cycles.... Read More »

EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET

Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said.... Read More »


VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels

Nov. 24, 2015 12:48 CET

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified.... Read More »

VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors

Nov. 24, 2015 11:14 CET

The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.... Read More »

EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says

Nov. 24, 2015 09:54 CET

The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016

Nov. 24, 2015 09:47 CET

The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.... Read More »

PSA, T&E to co-publish real-world fuel-use data

Nov. 23, 2015 20:45 CET

PSA will cooperate with Brussels-based green lobby group Transport & Environment to measure and publish the real-world fuel consumption of its vehicles, CEO Carlos Tavares said. "In these troubled times for the industry, we must keep the trust of our consumers," Tavares added.... Read More »

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Nov. 22, 2015 23:34 CET

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.... Read More »


VW mulls ending support for German soccer clubs

Nov. 22, 2015 15:24 CET

German soccer clubs Hannover 96, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 are on the list of sponsorship deals VW Group is considering dropping to cut costs amid its emissions scandal, a German weekly newspaper reported. VW said no decisions have been made.... Read More »


VW denies report of big sales slump on CO2 confession

Nov. 22, 2015 15:54 CET

VW denied a report on Saturday that its sales have slumped since this month's admission that it had understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions for some cars.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.... Read More »


VW refuses compensation for European owners of rigged diesels

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

VW will not offer compensation to European customers who bought a diesel car with "cheat" software, taking a different tack from in the U.S. where the automaker will provide a goodwill package worth $1,000 to affected owners.... Read More »

VW wins EU deadline extension to detail false CO2 data

Nov. 20, 2015 12:37 CET

The European Union has given VW until the end of the year to clarify its admission that 800,000 of its cars were sold to customers with false CO2 emissions data. The original deadline was Thursday.... Read More »


VW trims 2016 investment budget due to scandal costs

Nov. 20, 2015 13:36 CET

Volkswagen responded to the mounting costs from its emissions scandal by halting work on a design center in Germany and a paint shop in Mexico, and delaying the next Phaeton.... Read More »

UK should consider diesel scrappage program, lawmakers say

Nov. 20, 2015 14:38 CET

The UK government should consider subsidies for motorists who scrap their diesel cars and switch to vehicles that produce fewer nitrogen-dioxide emissions, a panel of lawmakers said.... Read More »

Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showrooms

Nov. 20, 2015 11:18 CET

Volvo and Microsoft are working together to bring the tech company's augmented-reality goggles to Volvo showrooms next year to improve safety-feature demonstrations, car customization – and even to offer test drives using a hologram.... Read More »

UK production fell 1% in October but 10-month output highest since 2005

Nov. 19, 2015 10:41 CET

UK car production slipped 0.7 percent in October but output after 10 months is still at its highest level since 2005.... Read More »

Toyota Prius gets big fuel efficiency boost

Nov. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota expects to improve fuel economy in its latest Prius hybrid car by 20 percent. The fourth-generation Prius will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. early next year following its December launch in Japan.... Read More »

Infiniti foresees Europe, China sales boost from QX30 crossover

Nov. 18, 2015 09:33 CET

Infiniti today unveiled the QX30, a crossover variant from its new range of Mercedes-based compact cars. Nissan's premium brand hopes the QX30 will attract more younger buyers, especially in Europe and China where compact crossovers are popular.... Read More »

Daimler reviews leadership model as industry changes loom

Nov. 18, 2015 11:36 CET

Daimler plans a new leadership model to better react to market shifts and brace for competition as Silicon Valley giants Google and Apple plot inroads into the auto industry.... Read More »

Tesla in talks with Germany over possible battery factory

Nov. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

Tesla is in discussions with the German government about building a battery factory in the country. Tesla has said that Germany is a key market for its household battery-storage systems.... Read More »


VW's fix for rigged 1.6-liter engines waits for German approval

Nov. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

VW Group is a step closer to finding a fix for diesel engines with "cheat" software. The automaker has given German authorities an update on its technical solution for cars with 1.6-liter diesels that may need an expensive hardware fix.... Read More »

Renault, PSA join mourning for victims of Paris attacks

Nov. 16, 2015 15:20 CET

Renault and PSA joined three days of national mourning called by the French government in memory of victims of the Paris terror attacks on Friday.... Read More »


UK launches inquiry into vehicle type approval after VW scandal

Nov. 16, 2015 13:21 CET

Britain will launch an inquiry into the system used to approve vehicles, including their emissions levels, in the wake of the scandal engulfing Volkswagen.... Read More »

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