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Renault sales rise 25% on new models, Lada consolidation

April 27, 2017 18:05 CET

Renault's first-quarter revenue rose 25 percentas the company launched new models and production deals, and began consolidating Lada sales by Russian affiliate AvtoVAZ.... Read More »

UK's first-quarter production hits 17-year high on exports

April 27, 2017 09:29 CET

UK car production increased by 7.3 percent in March, helping first-quarter output rise 7.6 percent, its highest level since 2000, as robust exports helped offset a fall in domestic demand.... Read More »

PSA's tough double: Fixing China slump while also absorbing Opel

April 27, 2017 10:56 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares already has a big job ahead of him as he focuses on integrating the operations of Opel/Vauxhall into the French automaker. Now he has another worry: fixing PSA's retail network in China.... Read More »

Schaeffler's growth outpaces global car market, but supplier warns of headwinds

April 27, 2017 10:44 CET

German supplier Schaeffler said growth at its automotive division continues to outpace global car markets, but the company warned that it would find it difficult to sustain strong margins in the unit given rising steel prices, high r&d costs and heightening competition.... Read More »

Valeo sales rise 22% on fuel-saving, self-driving tech

April 27, 2017 10:13 CET

Valeo's quarterly sales rose 22 percent to outpace global vehicle production in all regions as the French supplier reiterated its upbeat 2017 goals on strong demand for its fuel-saving and automated-driving technology.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Q1 profit increases on Europe rebound, Maserati surge

April 26, 2017 14:38 CET

Fiat Chrysler earnings rose 11 percent in the first quarter as the automaker shifted to building more profitable SUVs. In Europe, profit at the group's once-struggling operations almost doubled to 178 million euros.... Read More »

VW mulls possible sale of motorbike brand Ducati, report says

April 26, 2017 18:20 CET

VW Group is considering a possible sale of Italian motorcycle maker Ducati as the automaker seeks to streamline operations to fund a strategic overhaul after its emissions-cheating scandal, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Hyundai's Q1 profit slides on China tension, U.S. recall

April 26, 2017 09:43 CET

Hyundai posted a 21 percent fall in quarterly net profit, dragged down by a U.S. recall and sales declines in China stemming from political tensions.... Read More »

Daimler says U.S. diesel probes could result in penalties

April 26, 2017 09:32 CET

Daimler reiterated that recent steps by U.S. authorities to investigate diesel-emissions pollution and so-called auxiliary emission control devices could lead to significant penalties and vehicle recalls.... Read More »

Daimler raises earnings forecast on Mercedes profit

April 26, 2017 08:20 CET

Daimler raised its outlook for 2017 on surging profit from its Mercedes cars unit and improving commercial-vehicle operations. The return on sales for Mercedes rose to 9.8 percent in the first quarter.... Read More »

BMW uses fear factor to rally staff in move to EVs

April 26, 2017 11:16 CET

BMW has started putting staff through day-long events in Germany intended to warn them of the perils of not taking the electric-car revolution seriously. The message is that BMW must adapt, but the subtext is a recognition that the company has gone from leader to laggard in the technology.... Read More »

Grammer sees way clear to getting new strategic partner in China's Ningbo

April 26, 2017 13:28 CET

German supplier Grammer said a court had lifted the enforcement of a temporary injunction on the exercise of a convertible bond, allowing it to issue shares to strategic partner China's Ningbo Jifeng. Grammer is making the move to counter activist shareholders the Hastor family.... Read More »

PSA first-quarter revenue rose 5% on new models, higher pricing

April 26, 2017 07:53 CET

PSA's first-quarter revenue rose nearly 5 percent, boosted by new models such as the Citroen C3 and Peugeot 3008. The company said its joint vehicle programs with Opel would help to lift its second-half revenue.... Read More »

Google will begin testing autonomous cars in self-driving service

April 25, 2017 11:59 CET

After almost a decade of research, Google's autonomous car project is close to becoming a real service as it begins testing its vehicles with consumers.... Read More »

Germany opposes EU vehicle testing reforms

April 25, 2017 14:13 CET

Germany opposes key elements of an EU proposal to overhaul how vehicles are licensed and tested following the VW emissions scandal, Reuters reported. Berlin is said to be against imposing fines on manufacturers for violations and also wants to maintain the system under which carmakers pay testing agencies.... Read More »

China to loosen JV ownership restrictions for foreign automakers

April 25, 2017 10:00 CET

China plans to lift the cap on how much foreign automakers can own of their local joint ventures, opening the prospect of companies such as VW Group and GM owning all of their operations in the country. The move would put pressure on local automakers to speed up the building of their own brands.... Read More »

France's Bollore backs away from EV ambitions

April 25, 2017 15:03 CET

Vincent Bollore, the French billionaire who helped build Paris's auto-sharing network, is backing off on ambitions for his electric cars to compete with models from VW Group and Renault.... Read More »

Continental will increase investment in EV technology

April 25, 2017 10:28 CET

Continental will invest an additional $326 million in electric-car technology as customers including VW Group and Ford raise their investment in electric and ultimately self-driving vehicles.... Read More »

China targets 35 million vehicle sales by 2025, NEVs to make up one-fifth

April 25, 2017 09:36 CET

China is targeting 35 million vehicle sales by 2025 and wants new energy vehicles (NEVs) to make up at least one-fifth of the total. Automakers in the country are pushing into electric and plug-in hybrid cars to meet stringent new government quotas.... Read More »

Ghosn wants Mitsubishi to reform, rules out Nissan merger

April 25, 2017 11:08 CET

Nissan and Mitsubishi CEO Carlos Ghosn ruled out a full merger of the two automakers, but said he wants changes at the smaller company. The executive repeated comments made previously by the alliance that it was likely the carmakers will cross-manufacture in areas where it makes sense.... Read More »

French prosecutors open formal probe into PSA emissions

April 24, 2017 19:32 CET

French prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into suspected emissions test-cheating by PSA. Three judges have been assigned to lead the investigation into alleged consumer fraud offenses. PSA strongly denied any wrongdoing.... Read More »

Tesla's Model 3 bet rides on risky assembly line strategy

April 24, 2017 10:27 CET

Elon Musk took many risks with the technology in Tesla's cars on the way to surpassing Ford's market value. Now the CEO is pushing boundaries in the factory as he skips "beta" production testing in a bid to launch the Model 3 sedan quickly.... Read More »

How Volvo helped to electrify the London black cab

April 24, 2017 12:27 CET

Volvo helped to make London's iconic black taxis more environmentally friendly by supplying an electrified drivetrain to the UK company that builds the famous cabs.... Read More »

Audi's A8 self-driving tech depends on regulatory changes

April 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi's upcoming A8 flagship sedan is expected to be the first production car capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, but the feature will not be immediately available because governments must first pass new laws that provide legal certainty.... Read More »

Renault expects big benefits from its expanded alliance

April 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault sees big benefits working with Nissan and the two newest members of their alliance, AvtoVAZ and Mitsubishi. Top Renault strategist Jeremie Papin gave an overview of the alliance's strategy for growth markets such as China and new business areas such as autonomous cars and mobility services.... Read More »

 
Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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