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Renault-Nissan names veteran exec Philippe Brunet as new powertrain chief

Dec. 7, 2016 10:50 CET

Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and transmissions. The change comes as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace of integration between the powertrain divisions of the alliance partners.... Read More »

S. Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue execs over emissions ads

Dec. 7, 2016 09:25 CET

South Korea will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at VW Group's local unit and fine the automaker a record $32 million for false advertising on vehicle emissions.... Read More »

Opel counts on high-tech to give new Insignia a lift

Dec. 7, 2016 11:50 CET

The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will be the most high-tech car in its segment, the automaker said today after releasing the first pictures of the Volkswagen Passat rival.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse seals victory in Haldex takeover battle

Dec. 7, 2016 11:52 CET

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Sweden's Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems firm's shares before its offer expired on Dec. 5. Knorr's offer is still conditional upon the company obtaining clearance from antitrust regulators.... Read More »

PSA plans new factory in Argentina

Dec. 6, 2016 19:14 CET

PSA plans to invest $320 million in Argentina with the aim of producing cars from a new plant starting in 2019, the automaker's head of Latin America, Carlos Gomes, told President Mauricio Macri.... Read More »

BMW will pay $57 million for irresponsible lending in Australia

Dec. 6, 2016 15:25 CET

Australia's corporate regulator said BMW has to pay $57 million to compensate customers who received loans they could not afford, in what is Australia's largest ever consumer credit remediation program.... Read More »

Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience.... Read More »

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Why Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth changed his view on EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 11:50 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth gave the impression last year that the automaker would be one of the last premium brands to add an EV. Last month, Jaguar previewed the I-Pace electric SUV. Speth explained to Automotive News Europe why he changed his mind on battery-powered cars.... Read More »

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Dec. 6, 2016 09:36 CET

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-electric hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emissions engines. The automaker will increase the size of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent through 2021.... Read More »

Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales

Dec. 6, 2016 10:33 CET

Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

Audi extends job guarantees for German workers until 2020

Dec. 5, 2016 15:32 CET

Audi has extended employment guarantees for its 61,000 workers in Germany until 2020, even as it grapples with the fallout from parent VW Group's emissions scandal.... Read More »

BMW sees battery costs weighing on EVs

Dec. 5, 2016 13:52 CET

BMW sees no quick way to boost profit from electric cars, with battery capacity and cost set to weigh on EV development for the foreseeable future. With driving ranges limited by current technology, the company expects it to take about seven years to double the amount of energy stored in batteries.... Read More »

VW's Moia brand will challenge Uber

Dec. 5, 2016 09:40 CET

VW Group will challenge ride-hailing company Uber with a new mobility services brand called Moia that eventually will have its own electric passenger vehicle. Establishing Moia, the group's 13th brand, is part of VW Group's aggressive push into electric vehicles and new technology services as it emerges from its diesel emissions scandal.... Read More »

VW's German executives said to hire lawyers as U.S. justice officials gather evidence

Dec. 5, 2016 12:48 CET

Dozens of VW Group executives in Germany have hired U.S. criminal defense lawyers as the Justice Department ramps up meetings with managers to gather evidence that may lead to charges, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

BMW's ride-hailing project takes on Uber with autonomous cars

Dec. 5, 2016 09:44 CET

BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Germany as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms such as Uber. The automaker will test self-driving functions in Munich before expanding the project to other cities.... Read More »

Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says

Dec. 5, 2016 10:12 CET

Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported today.... Read More »

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Chinese cars could shake up European sales

Dec. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers failed to establish themselves in Europe in the past because of outdated designs and technology. New brands such as Borgward and Lynk & CO are tapping into European automakers and executives to avoid making the same mistakes as their Chinese predecessors.... Read More »

BMW accelerates EV, self-driving strategy

Dec. 4, 2016 20:43 CET

BMW will accelerate its shift toward autonomous and electrified vehicles by developing flexible platforms for conventional, plug-hybrid and all-electric cars.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce previews its first SUV as road tests start

Dec. 2, 2016 14:19 CET

Rolls-Royce released pictures of the prototype that will be used to develop the brand's first SUV-styled vehicle due to launch in 2018. The prototype will now be tested under winter and desert conditions.... Read More »

China slaps 10% tax on supercars to curb luxury

Dec. 1, 2016 09:54 CET

China is introducing a 10 percent tax on cars such as Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DB9 in a bid to combat conspicuous consumption and promote more fuel-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

Porsche expects 20,000 annual sales for EV

Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche expects its Mission E electric car to account for about 10 percent of its vehicle sales after the car is launched in 2019.... Read More »

PSA will open Tunisia factory to build new pickup

Dec. 1, 2016 10:58 CET

PSA will open a factory in Tunisia in 2018 to build a Peugeot-badged pickup. The automaker joins Renault and VW Group in boosting North Africa production to meeting rising demand.... Read More »

BMW begins 7 series production in Indonesia

Dec. 1, 2016 09:34 CET

BMW will begin assembling its flagship 7-series sedan in Indonesia as the automaker seeks to tap into the long-term demand for luxury vehicles in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.... Read More »

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GKN Driveline sees big gains for awd business on global success of SUVs

Dec. 1, 2016 14:10 CET

The automotive arm of British engineering firm GKN is in an enviable position as profits rise and growing global sales of SUVs boost demand for its all-wheel-drive systems. CEO Phil Swash expects business to continue thriving, as he explained to Automotive news Europe.... Read More »

Peugeot lobbied to replace Audi in Le Mans series, source says

Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Peugeot is being asked to re-join the World Endurance Championship to fill the hole left by Audi's departure from the race series, whose showcase event is the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans. Currently, only two automakers -- Porsche and Toyota -- have committed to participating in the WEC next season.... Read More »

 
Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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Renault-Nissan names veteran exec Philippe Brunet as new powertrain chief
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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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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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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