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UK car sales not hit by Brexit vote yet, industry group says

June 29, 2016 15:56 CET

UK car dealerships saw the same number of customers over the weekend as before Britons voted to exit the EU last week, Britain's car industry association said, adding that it would not change its forecast for sales to rise slightly this year.... Read More »

Renault may raise UK car prices to weather Brexit storm

June 29, 2016 15:20 CET

Renault may increase prices in the UK to counter the pound's slump following Britain's vote to leave the EU, Reuters reported. The UK accounted for 8 percent of Renault's sales in Europe last year.... Read More »

Brexit may cost carmakers 2.8 million global sales, IHS says

June 29, 2016 09:52 CET

The UK's vote to leave the EU may cost automakers about 2.8 million light-vehicle sales worldwide through 2018, researcher IHS Automotive said. The UK is expected to be hit hardest. Instead of expanding 3.2 percent this year, the UK may grow by just 1 percent followed by declines in the next two years.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover says 'short-term' Brexit impact will not affect Slovak plant

June 29, 2016 11:49 CET

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's biggest automaker, said the short-term effects of Britain's decision to leave the EU will not affect plans to build a new plant in Slovakia, where production is slated to begin in 2018.... Read More »

PSA, Dongfeng JV reshuffles China management amid sales slump

June 29, 2016 11:24 CET

PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng in China has appointed a new executive vice president and a new general manager after suffering a sales slump in the first five months of the year.... Read More »

Toyota recalls 3.4 million cars globally over airbags, fuel tanks

10:04 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2016

Toyota said it’s recalling about 3.4 million vehicles globally to repair separate flaws involving leaky fuel tanks and curtain airbags that may crack and injure occupants.... Read More »

Auto sector to gain from Brexit, business minister says

June 28, 2016 17:43 CET

There will be midterm and long-term opportunities from the UK's vote to leave the EU for the auto industry, business minister Sajid Javid said, adding that Britain should start "embracing" the opportunities provided by Brexit.... Read More »

VW owners to get buyback price plus at least $5,100 in U.S. deal

10:25 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2016

VW's decision to violate U.S. emissions rules on 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, a cornerstone of its vehicle lineup, will cost the company more than $15 billion under far-reaching settlements with car owners, the federal government and dozens of states.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler rollaway recall linked to 68 injuries, 266 crashes

10:49 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2016

U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday there were 68 reported injuries and 266 reported crashes in vehicles, including 2014-2015 Fiat Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee models with a type of gear-shifting control that has confused some consumers and led to rollaway incidents, prompting a recall.... Read More »

VW settlement promotes technologies sold by competitors

3:26 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2016

Volkswagen's $15 billion settlement with the U.S. and California over cheating on diesel emissions includes billions of dollars to support technologies sold by rivals such as General Motors and Toyota.... Read More »

U.S. underestimates cost of fuel and CO2 goals, automakers say

1:15 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2016

U.S. regulators have underestimated the cost and difficulty of achieving their vehicle fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas targets for 2025 and are giving California too much power to shape the country's policies on those issues, an automaker group said.... Read More »

Takata boss says he'll step down once 'new regime' is in place

June 28, 2016 11:12 CET

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said he will resign after a "new management regime" is found, finally heeding calls for change so that the auto parts supplier can move ahead in dealing with a multibillion dollar airbag recall.... Read More »

VW's U.S. settlement to grow to $15 billion in emissions scandal, report says

4:49 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

Volkswagen AG's settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday.... Read More »

UK will not get 'special treatment,' Merkel ally says

June 27, 2016 13:56 CET

The UK should not receive special treatment in negotiations over its EU exit, said the leader of the German Chancellor's CDU party. But Volker Kauder added that the UK's significance as a trading partner for Germany, especially in the auto industry, meant that both countries should maintain good relations.... Read More »

IIHS signals impatience on passenger protection

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is using its powerful megaphone to send a message to automakers: Don't slack off on passenger-side safety.... Read More »

EV country

ZEV mandates get harder to ignore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

California's air-quality regulations are slated to tighten in 2018 in a way that limits the impact of partial credits from sales of plug-in hybrids and low-emissions conventional vehicles, requiring more actual ZEV sales. That means automakers will have to be even more engaged in California's complex system of credits and sales-based quotas.... Read More »

Honda says Takata airbag ruptured in fatal crash in Malaysia

9:17 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

Honda said the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, possibly the third death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata.... Read More »

SHIFTING GEARS

Are shifters getting too complicated?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

The death of 27-year-old Star Trek actor who was pinned to his death by his own Jeep Grand Cherokee has brought scrutiny to a driving function that has changed with the advance of electronic controls. Putting a vehicle into park is more complicated than it used to be.... Read More »

EUROPEAN DISUNION

Supplier planning hits the brakes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

The U.K. vote to exit the European Union leaves suppliers in the dark on future investment until new EU trade deals can be adopted.... Read More »

Aston Martin's financial losses nearly double

June 27, 2016 11:54 CET

Aston Martin made a pre-tax loss of 127.9 million pounds in 2015, the fifth consecutive year the company has failed to make a profit, as the number of cars it sold fell and as it invests in expansion. Last year, the automaker reported a pre-tax loss of 71.8 million pounds.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Goodbye to the Europe I knew

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more.... Read More »

EUROPEAN DISUNION

Penske, Group 1 assess the damage

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

Penske Automotive and Group 1 Automotive took an immediate stock-price hit in the wake of Britain's vote to exit the European Union. Earnings will suffer from a collapsing British pound. But the longer-term impact remains unclear.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: Goodbye to the Europe I knew

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more.... Read More »

Service adviser overtime case ain't over

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

The Supreme Court stopped short of settling once and for all the broader question of whether exemptions in overtime rules should apply to dealership service advisers, leaving open the possibility that the dispute could surface again.... Read More »

RYAN BEENE

Auto industry faces fight for airwaves

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

An FCC commissioner's argument is a setback for the auto industry, which has struggled to defend its claim to a critical segment of the radio spectrum against competing claims from cable and Internet companies seeking more bandwidth for Wi-Fi services.... Read More »

 
Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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