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Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

July 28, 2015 10:55 CET

When friendly hackers landed a Fiat Chrysler Jeep in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the premium automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower.... Read More »

Aston Martin looks at more than 10 sites for new factory

July 28, 2015 06:01 CET

Aston Martin is reviewing more than 10 sites in Europe, the U.S. and other global locations for a new factory to build its first crossover.... Read More »

VW passes Toyota for global sales lead in first half

July 28, 2015 08:26 CET

Volkswagen surpassed Toyota to become the biggest automaker by deliveries in the first half. VW benefited as car demand in Europe accelerated, softening the blow from a slowdown in China, its biggest market.... Read More »

Daimler in talks on truck partnership, Iran Khodro says

July 28, 2015 12:01 CET

Daimler is exploring a partnership with Iran Khodro as it weighs a return to Iran's market for trucks, vans and buses, the Iranian automaker's CEO said. European carmakers are planning their return to Iran after the country agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy.... Read More »

VW's MAN truck unit expects profit drop on restructuring costs

July 28, 2015 11:27 CET

Volkswagen Group's MAN truck unit expects costs to reorganize its European truck and bus unit will significantly lower operating profit this year, as a recession in Brazil also hits sales.... Read More »

Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market.... Read More »

Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Corporate sales are growing in the brand's German home market.... Read More »

Nokia nears agreement with BMW, Audi, Mercedes on maps unit, report says

July 21, 2015 12:55 CET

Nokia is nearing an agreement to sell its maps business to BMW, Audi and Mercedes, with a decision possible as early as next week, sources said.... Read More »

Bugatti names former Bentley, Ferrari exec as marketing boss

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Bugatti named Oliver Winkes as its new marketing chief. The VW Group veteran who started his career with Ferrari will be responsible for the supercar marque's marketing activities.... Read More »

VW will set up new truck business headquarters

July 21, 2015 12:14 CET

Volkswagen plans to set up its new truck business near its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The carmaker aims to build a heavy goods vehicle operation capable of taking on rivals Daimler and Volvo.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Auto plan joint venture for sales in China

July 21, 2015 10:41 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile will create a joint venture to integrate sales and marketing for the Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep brands in China. Fiat Chrysler aims to sell 850,000 locally built and imported vehicles annually in China in 2018, up from fewer than 195,000 in 2014.... Read More »

Faurecia explores sale of bumpers unit, report says

July 21, 2015 10:26 CET

Faurecia is exploring a sale of its bumpers business, sources said, as the supplier seeks to free up resources to fund expansion in China. The unit may fetch as much as $450 million, the sources said... Read More »

Renault mulls Iran launch for Kwid crossover

July 20, 2015 17:28 CET

Renault may sell its new Indian-built Kwid crossover in Iran in a bid to freshen its model lineup as it prepares to return to the market following a deal to lift economic sanctions.... Read More »

Volvo buys racecar maker's tuning arm to challenge BMW, Mercedes

July 14, 2015 10:58 CET

Volvo bought Swedish racecar maker Polestar's tuning division and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models.... Read More »

Ford expects Russian market to stabilize

July 14, 2015 11:35 CET

Russia's auto market could stabilize in the second half, said the head of Ford's Russian venture, Ted Cannis, halting a slide in sales fueled by the country's economic downturn.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Plastic Omnium boss foresees further gains from toughening emissions rules

July 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks. Much of the increase is expected to come from components that will help automakers meet tougher global emissions rules, Burelle told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Renault says strike at Spanish supplier has ended

July 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Renault said a 10-day strike at Spanish aluminum casting supplier Alumalsa had ended and had not significantly hit production.... Read More »

German premium brands hit by China stock market turmoil, slowing economy

July 13, 2015 15:15 CET

Prices for German luxury cars in China are tumbling as the country's stock market sell-off and worries about broader economic growth chill demand for auto brands that once commanded price premiums from affluent Chinese consumers.... Read More »

Brilliance China issues profit warning as slowing economy hits BMW sales

July 13, 2015 15:47 CET

Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, which makes BMW cars in China, issued a profit warning, citing slowing sales in the world's biggest car market.... Read More »

Bosch sees automated driving assistance systems generating 1 billion euros in sales

July 13, 2015 14:15 CET

Bosch expects the rapid growth of automated driving assistance systems to earn the supplier 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in annual sales by 2016.... Read More »

Greek sales slide amid broader European rebound

July 7, 2015 10:35 CET

New-car sales in Greece fell 22 percent last month, the sharpest drop of any western European car market, amid political uncertainty. Registrations across the region rose 14 percent to 1.31 million as the UK, Germany, France and Spain delivered double-digit percentage gains.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

BLOG: Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

4:56 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault China boss counts on SUVs, Nissan to help win in key market

July 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is convinced it can become a key player in China because of the addition of two locally built SUVs and its strong ties to alliance partner Nissan, which is well established in the market. Renault's China boss, Jacques Daniel, outlined the automaker's plans to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler, PSA could be at risk from Greek euro turmoil

July 6, 2015 16:52 CET

Industry watchers say a Greek exit from the euro after the country's no vote to austerity terms could impact southern European markets, along with Fiat Chrysler and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, the automakers most exposed to those markets.... Read More »

Renault taps Daimler expertise to boost Talisman quality

July 6, 2015 16:34 CET

Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. The Talisman is a "refined sedan with an assertive design," Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the car's unveiling.... Read More »

 
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