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Volvo's Drive Me takes detour on road to full autonomy

Dec. 12, 2017 11:54 CET

Volvo's Drive Me autonomous driving project is taking some detours compared with promises the automaker made when it announced the program four years ago, but Volvo says the changes will make its first Level 4 vehicle even better when it arrives in 2021.... Read More »

Audi drops plan to sell Ducati motorcycle brand

Dec. 12, 2017 10:38 CET

Audi has dropped plans to sell Ducati in a sign of confidence that it expects to be able to carry the costs of its strategic overhaul following parent VW Group's emissions scandal.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2017

In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking and mining in a bid to cut costs, develop new products and turn a profit. Now it's the turn of the auto industry as three companies seek to create a global auto giant.... Read More »

GM could re-enter Europe with self-driving tech or mobility services

Dec. 12, 2017 09:36 CET

GM could return to Europe by offering self-driving technology or mobility services, CEO Mary Barra said. GM has been investing more in self-driving cars, electric vehicle technology and ride-sharing services.... Read More »

Autoliv expects to complete spinoff of electronics business next year

Dec. 12, 2017 11:23 CET

Autoliv expects the spinoff of its electronics business, which makes radars, visions systems and driver assistance software, to be completed next year. Its airbags and seat belts business will continue to operate under the Autoliv name.... Read More »

PSA, Renault sign deals to increase local sourcing in Morocco

Dec. 12, 2017 10:05 CET

Morocco has signed deals for 26 auto industry projects, including several with Renault and PSA, as it seeks to build its position as an international hub for the sector.... Read More »

VW expects diesel scandal costs will drop to as low as $4.7B in 2018

Dec. 11, 2017 17:06 CET

VW expects cash outflows of 4 billion to 5 billion euros ($4.7 billion to 5.9 billion) next year in relation to the diesel scandal, down from 17 billion euros this year.... Read More »

First round of VW pay talks end without deal

Dec. 11, 2017 15:43 CET

IG Metall said a first round of wage talks at Volkswagen failed to produce a result. The union said it was disappointed VW did not present a counter-offer to its demand for a 6-percent wage hike.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard

Dec. 5, 2017 11:04 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. Diesel sales fell by 17 percent.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline

Dec. 5, 2017 12:11 CET

UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the future of diesel put the market on course for its first annual fall since 2011.... Read More »

BMW may expand EV range with iX-badged SUVs

Dec. 5, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW may expand its EV range with iX-badged SUVs as it seeks to benefit from the industry shift toward battery-powered cars.... Read More »

Mercedes expects successful 2018 in China after edging out Audi

Dec. 5, 2017 13:02 CET

Mercedes expects 2018 to be another bumper year in China after the brand edged past Audi in vehicle sales in the first 10 months.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. Small, impractical two-doors coupes are losing favor with buyers, so the solution for the next Beetle may be an electric-only model.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Lamborghini bets on power with Urus SUV

Dec. 4, 2017 06:01 CET

Lamborghini says its new Urus SUV will stand out from rivals because of its high performance. The 650-hp Urus outpowers the 608-hp Bentley Bentayga and the 629-hp Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for December

Dec. 4, 2017 19:00 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks why what makes Lamborghini so bullish about its first SUV, a product that marks a big shift for a company best known for building two-seat supercars.... Read More »

Hyundai workers stop building Kona over job cuts fears

Nov. 28, 2017 11:05 CET

Hyundai workers in South Korea have stopped building the Kona SUV this week ahead of a U.S. launch - a protest against what the automaker's labor union says are plans to trim assembly line headcount.... Read More »

Volkswagen's talks with cobalt producers for EV battery materials end without a deal

Nov. 28, 2017 11:32 CET

Volkswagen's meetings last week with major cobalt producers to supply the automaker with the material used to make batteries for EVs ended without a deal, cobalt industry sources said.... Read More »

Mercedes plans more drone deliveries after 100 flights

Nov. 28, 2017 12:52 CET

Mercedes plans more drone deliveries after using Vito vans and mini aircraft to ship goods ordered online to customers in Zurich. Mercedes is testing drone deliveries to bypass congested roads amid a boom in e-commerce.... Read More »

Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand

Nov. 28, 2017 10:24 CET

Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. Brungs led the prelaunch marketing campaign for the Chiron.... Read More »

VW 'malicious deception' lawsuit from seafood company rejected by court

Nov. 28, 2017 12:11 CET

German seafood company Deutsche See has appealed against a court's rejection of its complaint against VW over the carmaker's emissions cheating. Deutsche See had tried to sue the automaker over malicious deception for leasing diesel vehicles VW had said were environmentally friendly.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler could face big diesel-cheat fines in France, paper reports

Nov. 27, 2017 16:38 CET

Fiat Chrysler could face billions in euros in fines in France if the automaker is found to have committed fraud by cheating on diesel emissions tests, Le Monde reported. The company said its vehicles comply with the law.... Read More »

PSA increases Chinese gasoline engine shipments to Europe amid diesel slump, report says

Nov. 27, 2017 19:31 CET

PSA is increasing shipments of Chinese-made gasoline engines to Europe as it adapts to a consumer shift away from diesel, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

VW, China's JAC may form light commercial vehicles JV

Nov. 27, 2017 14:57 CET

VW and China's JAC are considering setting up a joint venture for light commercial vehicles, expanding their cooperation beyond electric cars.... Read More »

Aston Martin's new Vantage aimed at younger buyers

Nov. 21, 2017 13:05 CET

Aston Martin is pitching the new-generation Vantage to a younger customer group, helped by a radical redesign that gives the coupe greater differentiation compared with current models.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou look to deepen China ties

Nov. 21, 2017 09:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile are in talks to deepen their joint venture in China. This comes as officials in the world's largest car market look to relax some regulations and Guangzhou prepares to sell its Trumpchi brand in the U.S.... Read More »

 
Rising Stars finish year with a flourish

Douglas A. Bolduc
1:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2017

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Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success. ...
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How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

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

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In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking ...
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BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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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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European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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European light-vehicle sales rise in November
European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toy ...
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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. ...
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will li ...
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. ...
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertaint ...
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
New-car sales in Italy rose 6.8 percent in November, despite a slump in market leader Fiat brand's v ...
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
Renault and Peugeot were among the winners as sales of new cars in Spain rose 12 percent in November ...
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
Skoda and Peugeot were among winners as French new-car registrations increased 10 percent in Novembe ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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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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Toyota Europe sets up mobility, connectivity units; shuffles r&d, purchasing leadership
Toyota Europe will establish two business divisions to focus on mobility services and connectivity a ...
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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
PSA has shuffled its digital leadership by appointing veteran executive Christophe Rauturier as chie ...
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. ...
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
Marc Ouayoun will become CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, moving from his current role heading the autom ...
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand. ...
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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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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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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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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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