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Valeo boss says strong portfolio trumps size

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Valeo is countering the trend toward ever-larger suppliers highlighted by ZF's planned acquisition of TRW. The right technology and implementing trends quickly are more important, says Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich.... Read More »

 

Skoda expects record 1 million sales in 2014

Dec. 8, 2014 14:52 CET
Skoda expects to sell a record 1 million vehicles this year on surging sales in China and stable business in Europe after global volume through November reached 955,300. Year-to-date sales already have exceeded Skoda's 2013 volume.... Read More »

 

VW brand suffers biggest drop in car sales this year

Dec. 8, 2014 17:41 CET
Sales of Volkswagen's core passenger-car brand fell 4 percent in November, the biggest monthly drop this year, as demand contracted in eastern Europe and Latin America and VW switched to a new-generation Passat.... Read More »

 

Russian auto market decline slows in November

Dec. 8, 2014 14:31 CET
Russian car sales fell 1 percent in November compared with 10 percent the month before as a state scrappage program and a rush to buy cars ahead of price increases helped the country's troubled auto market.... Read More »

 

Europe car sales will rise up to 4% in 2015, Fitch says

Dec. 2, 2014 09:05 CET
European automakers' credit profiles will be helped by a modest global increase in vehicle sales, including growth in Europe of up to 4 percent next year, Fitch Ratings says.... Read More »

 

Renault, PSA criticize France's about-face on diesels

Dec. 2, 2014 12:23 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault have criticized the French government's plans to end its diesel-friendly policy for new cars. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said the policy change will hurt its competitiveness against German rivals.... Read More »

 

German November car sales fall 2%

Dec. 2, 2014 11:22 CET
Car sales in Germany fell by 2 percent in November, mirroring a drop in France, in a sign that the European auto-market recovery remains fragile amid weakening economic growth in the region.... Read More »

 

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CEO Barra aims to change GM's corporate culture

Dec. 2, 2014 06:15 CET
CEO Mary Barra feels good about how GM handled a major restructuring of its product safety after millions of cars were recalled for an ignition fault. Now her sights are set on a broader cultural change.... Read More »

 

BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET
BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations.... Read More »

 

Mahindra will buy majority stake in Saab maker NEVS, report says

Dec. 1, 2014 16:48 CET
India's Mahindra & Mahindra has agreed to buy a majority stake in National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the investment group that bought the assets of Saab Automobile two years ago, a report said.... Read More »

 

Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET
Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries.... Read More »

 

Dongfeng faces corruption probe from Chinese authorities

Dec. 1, 2014 14:05 CET
Chinese authorities are investigating state-owned automaker Dongfeng Motor for possible corruption. Dongfeng is a local partner of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and earlier this year bought a 14 percent stake in the French automaker.... Read More »

 

BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories.... Read More »

 

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

 

PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV

Nov. 25, 2014 10:48 CET
PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6.... Read More »

 

Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker.... Read More »

 

Europe car sales rebound continues in October

Nov. 18, 2014 08:39 CET
European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as volume- and premium-brand leaders including VW and BMW recorded strong gains in key markets. Year-to-date deliveries increased by 6 percent to more than 11 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler targets 12%-13% margin over long term

Nov. 18, 2014 12:30 CET
Schaeffler says it aims to keep its operating margin in the region of 12 percent to 13 percent over the long term as it expects the economic environment in its key markets to remain positive.... Read More »

 

As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom.... Read More »

 

Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market.... Read More »

 

Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai

Nov. 17, 2014 04:12 CET
Toyota will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline.... Read More »

 

BMW sees popularity of sports cars waning as customer tastes change

Nov. 11, 2014 12:00 CET
BMW says sports car sales may never reach pre-recession levels again as changing tastes among rich customers in China and other emerging markets hits demand. In Europe and North America, sports car demand has been hit too by growing sales of SUVs and crossovers.... Read More »

 

VW brand sales fall on Latin America, Russia

Nov. 11, 2014 11:23 CET
Volkswagen said sales of its core passenger-car brand slipped 0.4 percent in October to 517,400 vehicles, weighed down by declines in Latin America and Russia.... Read More »

 

BMW Group deliveries rise 11% on China demand

Nov. 11, 2014 11:05 CET
BMW Group vehicle sales increased by 11 percent in October on strong demand from China, which helped 10-month deliveries rise 7 percent to 1.71 million, keeping the automaker on course to reach 2 million sales this year.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to humanize autonomous driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. That's why experts already envision a world in which drivers pick the kind of self-driving experience they want.... Read More »

 

 
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