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U.S. NAFTA briefing offers little reassurance to business community

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Lobbyists expressed concern that extreme U.S. positions could make a NAFTA deal impossible, with the potential that beneficial trading benefits for industries in all three countries could end.... Read More »

Industry resigned to life without NAFTA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Automakers and suppliers are starting to envision a world without the North American Free Trade Agreement. Signs are growing that the Trump administration is determined to gut the 23-year-old deal.... 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 »

Union calls for talks after PSA cuts Vauxhall jobs

Oct. 16, 2017 13:06 CET

Union leaders at PSA's Ellesmere Port factory, which builds Opel/Vauxhall Astras, are calling for talks with the French automaker after PSA said it would cut a quarter of the UK plant's workforce.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

If gas taxes vanish, 
there will be others

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

As a California resident, I have no problem believing that tax-and-spend legislators and governors will have no problem developing replacement tax schemes.... Read More »

Mexico’s crossover production adds to trade tensions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

A new generation of light trucks is being built and sold in Mexico, upending traditional notions of the country's place in the North American auto industry.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Auto industry should defend the Clean Power Plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

The auto industry should join the opposition to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap the agency's Clean Power Plan.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

Not much stock in UK joining NAFTA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Could the post-Brexit UK join NAFTA? There's talk about it across the pond, but don't count on it.... Read More »

Grim reality of NAFTA talks sets in after tough U.S. demands

7:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2017

Negotiators from Canada and Mexico grappled with U.S. demands to drastically alter NAFTA as talks over renewal of the pact vilified by President Donald Trump ran through a fourth straight day.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Dealer groups may step up expansion in the UK after Brexit

Oct. 15, 2017 06:01 CET

Big dealership groups could boost investments in Britain after the country's vote to leave the EU led to a weaker pound, making investments attractive.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 470,000 vehicles for restraint defect

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling 470,000 vehicles worldwide to replace a component that may inhibit deployment of the vehicles’ active head restraints in the event of a crash.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford offers fix to prevent Explorer CO leaks

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

Ford offers repair to prevent Explorer CO leaks; U.S. asks for more N.A. content in autos - report; Great Wall confirms BMW talks; Horsing around with Nissan, VW, FCA and Polestar.... Read More »

U.S. unveils proposal to boost autos content in NAFTA, report says

10:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

The United States has formally unveiled proposals to boost the amount of regional content that autos must contain to qualify for NAFTA tariff-free access, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

U.S. seeks to include steel, aluminum in NAFTA autos rules

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

The Trump administration is seeking to use NAFTA to boost the United States steel and other basic materials industries by proposing stricter automotive content rules.... Read More »

Ford offers repairs to prevent exhaust leaks in 1.4 million Explorers

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

Ford said it will offer free repairs to North American owners of more than 1.4 million Explorer SUVs to help ensure that carbon monoxide and other exhaust gases cannot get into the vehicles.... Read More »

BMW to recall 85,000 X3 crossovers in U.S. over airbag-related issue

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

BMW is recalling 85,300 X3 crossovers in the U.S. over a problem with a seat sensor that could result in the failure of the vehicle's airbags.... Read More »

Canada, Mexico pledge trade unity as Trump threatens NAFTA

8:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017

The leaders of Mexico and Canada presented a united front for trade talks with Donald Trump, committing to continued trilateral negotiations over NAFTA.... Read More »

Kobe Steel scandal expands to engines and tires

Oct. 13, 2017 11:47 CET

Kobe Steel's fake data scandal expanded after the company admitted "inappropriate actions" related to steel wire used in engines and to strengthen tires.... Read More »

Mercedes will recall over 350,000 vehicles in China with Takata airbags

Oct. 13, 2017 11:19 CET

Mercedes and its Chinese joint ventures will recall 351,218 vehicles due to potential issues with airbags made by Takata.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: China's Great Wall to make Minis?

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

China's Great Wall to make Minis?; Toyota said to mull scaling back Japan lineup; Trump open to trade deal excluding Mexico; Paris engine-ban plan; N.Y. dealer's 'first customer.'... Read More »

Oxford to become first UK city to ban gasoline and diesel cars

Oct. 12, 2017 13:09 CET

Oxford plans to ban gasoline and diesel cars from its center in the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.... Read More »

U.S. lawmakers propose making it easier to meet mpg rules

5:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill to make it easier for automakers to comply with federal fuel efficiency requirements, as the Trump administration weighs softening standards that require nearly doubling the fuel economy of the nation's new vehicle fleet by 2025.... Read More »

Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X crossovers for possible seat issue

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

Tesla is recalling about 11,000 Model X crossover vehicles due to possible issues with their second-row fold-flat seats.... Read More »

Ending NAFTA could cost U.S. up to 50,000 auto parts jobs, suppliers' study says

10:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017

The auto parts industry could lose up to 50,000 jobs in the United States if NAFTA is terminated and companies must pay higher tariffs to ship products to Mexico and Canada, according to a new study.... Read More »

Paris plans ban on combustion engine cars by 2030

Oct. 12, 2017 09:55 CET

Paris authorities plan to ban diesel and gasoline combustion engine cars by 2030 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... Read More »

 
No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

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

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

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

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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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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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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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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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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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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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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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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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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