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VW's Seat delays naming new SUV amid Spain's Catalonia crisis

Oct. 17, 2017 11:30 CET

With Spain focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, VW Group's Spanish division, Seat, has decided to delay announcing the name of its new midsize SUV.... Read More »

Daimler recalls over 1M vehicles for airbag fix

Oct. 16, 2017 17:39 CET

Daimler is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes cars and SUVs worldwide to address potential unintended airbag deployments. Most of the affected models are in the U.S. and UK.... Read More »

VW plans to shrink dealer network, launch online sales

Oct. 10, 2017 12:10 CET

Volkswagen plans to reduce the size of its European dealer network and introduce online sales as it adjusts to changing buying habits.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler pushes back on tie-up with Great Wall

Oct. 10, 2017 09:35 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he was not sure a tie-up with Great Wall was the answer to his quest for consolidation to reduce costs, pushing back against the Chinese automaker's earlier expressed interest in his company.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan among automakers checking parts hit by metals scandal

Oct. 10, 2017 10:28 CET

Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are investigating whether falsely labelled products supplied by Kobe Steel have impacted the safety of their cars.... Read More »

Nvidia, ZF, Deutsche Post to launch autonomous delivery trucks

Oct. 10, 2017 12:00 CET

Nvidia, ZF and Deutsche Post DHL have partnered to deploy a test fleet of autonomous electric delivery trucks starting in 2018. The trucks will feature ZF's ProAI self-driving system, which based on Nvidia's Drive PX technology.... Read More »

New VW Brazil boss sees market growing 40% in 4 years

Oct. 10, 2017 11:12 CET

The Brazilian auto market should grow 40 percent in the next four years as Latin America's largest economy emerges from its deepest recession in a century, Pablo Di Si, the new head of VW Group in Brazil, said.... Read More »

Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.

Oct. 9, 2017 16:23 CET

Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last month thanks to an improving economy. Kia and Ford were among the monthly winners, while Toyota lost ground.... Read More »

ANDREA MALAN

BLOG: Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles could be catastrophic.... Read More »

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Audi exec shares views on EV push

Oct. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi is striving to take the early lead in the race to offer self-driving technology with the Level 3-capable A8 sedan and also plans to debut one EV each year from 2018 until 2020. Development chief Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe how the automaker plans to achieve its goals.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2017

The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissions has been to blame others. Now the target is the legislation itself.... Read More »

Home state of Mercedes, Porsche appeals diesel ban

Oct. 3, 2017 10:43 CET

The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to Mercedes and Porsche, said it would appeal a court ruling obliging it to ban diesel cars from the streets of its capital, Stuttgart. That means the ban will not come into force at the start of 2018 as planned.... Read More »

FCA will press on with Marelli spinoff, Marchionne says

Oct. 2, 2017 15:12 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will push ahead with a plan to separate auto parts unit Magneti Marelli next year, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said. The CEO added that it was still premature to spin off the company's Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands.... Read More »

Nissan looks to lift Leaf with infrastructure expansion

Oct. 2, 2017 16:14 CET

Nissan will expand its fast-charging infrastructure in Europe by 20 percent in the next 18 months. The automaker hopes that adding 1,000 quick chargers to its network of 4,600 charge points will help boost sales of the second-generation Leaf full-electric car.... Read More »

French sales rise 1% in September

Oct. 2, 2017 11:34 CET

New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed results for both domestic and foreign automakers.... Read More »

VW, FCA, others could face big fines for missing EU emissions targets

Sept. 26, 2017 10:13 CET

VW Group, Fiat Chrysler, PSA, BMW and Ford could be fined for falling short of the EU's 2021 regulatory target to reduce CO2 emissions from their new-car fleets.... Read More »

EV push could lead to copper shortage

Sept. 26, 2017 10:52 CET

A global push by automakers toward electric vehicles could lead to shortages in raw materials, including copper, mining group BHP said. EVs need four times as much copper as combustion-engine cars.... Read More »

VW moves to secure cobalt supplies in shift to EVs

Sept. 26, 2017 11:56 CET

Volkswagen is moving to secure supplies of cobalt for up to 10 years from 2019, as the automaker accelerates its ambitious shift to EVs. Cobalt, a byproduct of copper and nickel output, boosts energy density and extends battery life.... Read More »

Swiss tech company ABB joins Northvolt to build Europe battery plant to rival Tesla's Gigafactory

Sept. 26, 2017 09:32 CET

Swiss tech company ABB has joined Northvolt's project to build Europe's largest lithium ion battery plant to challenge Tesla's U.S. Gigafactory as the demand for EV batteries rises in the next few years.... Read More »

Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company

Sept. 25, 2017 19:46 CET

Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. Mueller is the second leading executive to quit Opel since PSA acquired the automaker from GM.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2017

Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who is joining German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO.... Read More »

Automakers may suffer if Greens join German coalition

Sept. 25, 2017 14:03 CET

The Green party's emergence as likely powerbrokers in a future German government coalition could be bad news for the country's car industry because the party wants to ban the sale of new combustion-engine cars in 2030, a decade earlier than countries such as France and Britain.... Read More »

Ukrainians use workaround to avoid high taxes on car imports

Sept. 25, 2017 15:13 CET

The traffic on Kiev's streets includes a lot of cars that aren't registered in the Ukraine. This isn't due to tourism but rather a workaround by local drivers who crave foreign-made vehicles but refuse to pay restrictively high import duties to buy them at home.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover said to scout for luxury brand, tech company deals

Sept. 25, 2017 14:53 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is scouting to buy rival luxury brands to diversify the range of vehicles it sells, and tech companies to help it boost its move into EVs and autonomous driving systems, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Tata seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeover bids, report says

Sept. 19, 2017 09:34 CET

Tata Sons is buying as much as 20 billion rupees ($312 million) of Tata Motors shares, as India's biggest conglomerate seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeovers, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

 
Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Luca Ciferri
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26 2017

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Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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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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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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