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2017 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Christian Ohm

May 30, 2017 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Brand Management is Christian Ohm, Mazda Europe's head of strategic brand management, media, insights, analytics and marketing performance.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

BLOG: After Fields, is anyone safe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2017

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. That he was fired begs the question: Is anyone safe?... Read More »

BMW to seek compensation from Bosch for production stoppage

May 29, 2017 15:09 CET

BMW will seek compensation from Bosch after missing parts for models including the best-selling 3-series sedan caused production stoppages in Germany, China and South Africa.... Read More »

VW's Mueller says culture change could take years

May 23, 2017 09:33 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller said some managers are resisting the automaker's push for a new era of accountability after its emissions fraud. "There are definitely people who are longing for the old centralistic leadership," Mueller said.... Read More »

Daimler, BYD to recapitalize EV joint venture

May 23, 2017 10:09 CET

Daimler and BYD will each invest 500 million yuan ($72.6 million) to shore up their debt-laden EV joint venture in China. The partnership has been unprofitable since 2014, when its sole model, the Denza EV compact sedan, hit the market.... Read More »

Ford's leadership reboot brings focus on Europe

May 23, 2017 11:42 CET

Ford's replacement of CEO Mark Fields with turnaround specialist Jim Hackett has put its European operations under scrutiny, with industry watchers speculating whether the company will exit the region like its rival, GM.... Read More »

VW electric-car venture approved by Chinese regulator

May 22, 2017 13:29 CET

Volkswagen and JAC have received approval from Chinese regulators to form a joint venture to build 100,000 EVs annually.... Read More »

VW's soccer sponsorship under threat

May 22, 2017 14:12 CET

Volkswagen's expensively assembled soccer team, VfL Wolfsburg, faces relegation from Germany's Bundesliga for the first time in 20 years, a move that could lead the automaker to reduce sponsorship as it grapples with its emissions crisis.... Read More »

FORD REBOOTS

Farley's wider role is a reward for success in Europe

May 22, 2017 18:00 CET

After a highly successful two years as head of Ford's European operations, Jim Farley moves back to the automaker's U.S. headquarters with a massively expanded set of responsibilities.... Read More »

BMW becomes China's No. 1 luxury brand

May 16, 2017 11:42 CET

Sales of BMW and Mini vehicles in China jumped 39 percent to 48,869 in April. The German automaker claimed bragging rights as China's No. 1 luxury brand after outselling Mercedes and Audi.... Read More »

European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump

May 16, 2017 09:10 CET

Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump in UK sales. VW, Ford and Opel saw large declines while Toyota and Kia boosted volume.... Read More »

French automakers push into Iran as rivals fear possible Trump sanctions

May 16, 2017 11:58 CET

PSA and Renault are turning their U.S. absence into an advantage in Iran by piling into a resurgent market still off-limits to foreign rivals fearful of sanctions under Donald Trump's administration.... Read More »

Germany likely to miss electric cars target, Merkel says

May 16, 2017 09:56 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany will likely miss the government's target of bringing 1 million electric cars onto the roads by the end of the decade.... Read More »

German industry welcomes self-driving vehicles law

May 15, 2017 11:11 CET

Germany's auto industry praised its government as the first worldwide to broadly legalize self-driving cars, while cautioning that this was just an initial, but crucial, step in rolling out the technology on roads across the country.... Read More »

UK says Brexit talks with Bentley must remain confidential

May 15, 2017 14:56 CET

Britain has declined to release details of talks held last year with Bentley about a new investment decision ahead of Brexit. Bentley is due to make a decision connected to the production of future models at the start of 2018.... Read More »

German supplier Schaeffler hit by explosion; 13 people injured

May 15, 2017 13:43 CET

Thirteen people were injured, four of them seriously, in an explosion at a German factory operated by ball-bearings maker Schaeffler, police said.... Read More »

Prosecutor's search of VW's law firm was legal, court rules

May 15, 2017 12:32 CET

Searching the offices of Volkswagen Group's law firm was not illegal, a German regional court. VW said it would lodge an appeal with Germany's Federal Constitutional Court.... Read More »

VW shareholders urged not to absolve boards at annual meeting

May 9, 2017 12:03 CET

Investment advisory firm Hermes has urged VW Group shareholders not to clear the automaker's management and supervisory boards from responsibility for actions taken in 2016, citing VW's failure to resolve long-standing corporate governance and transparency issues.... Read More »

Ghosn sees 'good news' in Macron's France victory

May 9, 2017 09:15 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn sees the embrace of globalization by French president-elect Emmanuel Macron as sign of faster growth for the country's economy. Macron won a significant victory over anti-EU politician Marine Le Pen in Sunday's election.... Read More »

VW sees China, scale as key to halting Tesla's advance

May 9, 2017 10:33 CET

VW brand is confident that it can become the global No. 1 seller of EVs -- leaving Tesla behind -- as the German automaker relies on its strength in China and scale to offer mass-market battery-powered vehicles at a lower price than the U.S. company's upcoming Model 3.... Read More »

Daimler in talks to launch Facebook Connect rival for online purchases

May 9, 2017 12:21 CET

Daimler has joined other German firms in talks to form a European company to store personal data securely so customers can make purchases online from different outlets without punching in their details each time. The plan mirrors an initiative by Facebook.... Read More »

Geely takes big stake in Denmark's Saxo Bank

May 9, 2017 11:43 CET

A co-founder of Denmark's Saxo Bank has agreed to sell his 26 percent stake in the company to a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely Holding, marking the group's first foray into financial services.... Read More »

Continental names new head of China operations

May 9, 2017 11:19 CET

Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China, as president of the company's China operations. Tang replaces Ralf Cramer, will leave the company after his contract expires in August.... Read More »

Mitsubishi profit plunges after fuel economy scandal

May 9, 2017 10:55 CET

Mitsubishi's profit plunged 94 percent in the latest fiscal year, hit by falling vehicle sales, foreign exchange losses and the costs of a fuel economy scandal. CEO Osamu Masuko pledged a recovery, aided by Nissan.... Read More »

Continental ups sales outlook, eyes strong Q2

May 9, 2017 10:10 CET

Continental has slightly raised its full-year sales guidance and expects business to stay strong in the second quarter despite further rising material costs.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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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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