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Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Dealertrack plans to pay just over $190 million in cash for publicly traded incadea, the companies said today.... Read More »

 

Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant

Dec. 18, 2014 15:12 CET
Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years.... Read More »

 

UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weaken

Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 CET
British car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 test in Berlin lead to 'range panic'

Dec. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's i3 is still rare enough to turn heads in Berlin, one of four cities chosen by the German government to promote electric cars, but finding a place to recharge the battery powered hatchback can be a challenge, meaning that range anxiety can turn to panic.... Read More »

 

Ford elects former FCC chairman Kennard to its board

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Ford elected William Kennard, former US ambassador to the European Union and FCC chairman, to its board of directors.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler says it has no plan to move Ferrari's tax base from Italy

Dec. 11, 2014 16:07 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denied a report that it is considering moving the tax residence of its Ferrari supercar unit outside Italy. The possibility of the move to save on corporate taxes caused an outcry in its home country.... Read More »

 

Mahindra nears deal to buy Saab maker, report says

Dec. 11, 2014 10:37 CET
India's Mahindra is close to sealing a deal to buy NEVS, the investment group that bought the assets of Saab Automobile, a report said. Mahindra wants Saab so it can accelerate its expansion into Western markets and into premium and electric cars.... Read More »

 

PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET
PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said.... Read More »

 

Ferrari said to mull moving fiscal residence outside Italy

Dec. 10, 2014 13:02 CET
Ferrari is considering moving its fiscal residence outside Italy to save on corporate taxes as the supercar maker prepares for its spinoff from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, sources said.... Read More »

 

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VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth

Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

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Honda counts on new models to help end Europe woes

Dec. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda says new models and a leaner organization will help it rebound in Europe in 2015 after seven years of falling sales.... Read More »

 

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Europe's retailers shrank less than car sales, report says

Dec. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's dealer network has contracted less than the market since the start of the last economic crisis, a report says. New-car registrations are 20 percent below their pre-recession peak, but the number of dealerships has fallen by 12 percent.... Read More »

 

BMW tackles car sharing in London after Daimler's exit

Dec. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has launched its car-sharing service in London, barely six months after Daimler said it was quitting the city with its service. A strong culture of private car ownership and parking problems make London difficult for car-sharing schemes.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

 

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Seat CEO counts on revised lineup to end losses

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Seat's reliance on Europe and a weak brand image have led the VW unit to rack up big losses over the years. CEO Juergen Stackmann told Automotive News Europe how new products and cost cuttings are now changing this.... Read More »

 

Western Europe car sales lifted by UK as France, Germany falter

Dec. 4, 2014 15:07 CET
Western Europe new-car sales rose 1 percent in November as strong demand in the UK and Spain helped offset falls in Germany and France, emphasizing the patchy nature of Europe's sales recovery. The annualized selling rate fell to 12.3 million cars.... Read More »

 

VW names veteran exec Schmall as components chief

Dec. 4, 2014 10:06 CET
VW named Thomas Schmall as the new core brand board member responsible for components – a key post that carries with it the potential for political friction with the carmaker's powerful German unions over a shakeup of parts production.... Read More »

 

UK car sales hit highest level since 2007

Dec. 4, 2014 11:19 CET
UK car registrations rose 8 percent last month, driven by cheap credit deals and an economic recovery. The result takes sales in 2014 to just over 2.3 million, the highest level for any year since 2007.... Read More »

 

Germany's Merkel backs incentives to reach EV goal

Dec. 2, 2014 12:45 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will need to provide more incentives to meet a goal of having 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. About 7,600 EVs were sold in Germany last year.... Read More »

 

Renault, PSA criticize France's about-face on diesels

Dec. 2, 2014 12:23 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault have criticized the French government's plans to end its diesel-friendly policy for new cars. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said the policy change will hurt its competitiveness against German rivals.... Read More »

 

German November car sales fall 2%

Dec. 2, 2014 11:22 CET
Car sales in Germany fell by 2 percent in November, mirroring a drop in France, in a sign that the European auto-market recovery remains fragile amid weakening economic growth in the region.... Read More »

 

Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET
Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries.... Read More »

 

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