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Valeo says Audi will use its supercharger to reduce lag and save fuel

April 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Valeo says other automakers likely will follow Audi in using its electric supercharger that boosts an engine's acceleration while also saving fuel. The supplier said Audi will launch a production car with the supercharger next year.... Read More »

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Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

April 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from purchasing vehicles that use the fuel because of air pollution concerns.... Read More »

VW board members back Winterkorn after Piech criticism creates crisis

April 12, 2015 16:47 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech faces resistance within the automaker's supervisory board to his criticism of CEO Martin Winterkorn, deepening a leadership crisis at the automaker. Piech publicly withdrew his confidence in Winterkorn but major VW power players including the powerful works council, the state of Lower Saxony and Piech's cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, rallied to Winterkorn's side.... Read More »

Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

April 10, 2015 11:58 CET

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year.... Read More »

VW will expand Slovak plant for Bentley SUV production

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

VW Group will invest 500 million euros to expand its Bratislava, Slovakia, factory as it prepares to add production of bodies for Bentley's new SUV. The factory builds minicars for VW, Skoda and Seat, along with the VW Touareg and Audi Q7 large SUVs and bodies for the Porsche Cayenne.... Read More »

EVs under pressure as plug-ins rise in Europe

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

More full-electric vehicles were sold in Europe last year than plug-in hybrids, but plug-ins are poised to overtake EVs soon. The biggest market for EVs was Norway while the Netherlands was the biggest market for plug-ins.... Read More »

Citroen mulls new naming structure for its lineup

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen is considering a new naming structure to help better distinguish its cars within parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's range of vehicles.... Read More »

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BMW's tech chief ready to meet changing consumer demands

April 10, 2015 06:15 CET

Klaus Froehlich’s recent promotion to BMW Group r&d boss comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group’s evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Opel CEO affirms goal of posting Europe profit in 2016

April 9, 2015 17:05 CET

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann affirmed that the European arm of General Motors will return to profit in 2016, as continued growth in southern and central Europe would help offset a slump in Russia sales.... Read More »

Daimler nearing decision on Russian Mercedes plant, report says

April 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler has narrowed down potential sites for a Mercedes car plant in Russia to three locations, according to a Russian media report. Daimler will likely make a decision next month on whether to build Mercedes cars in the country where its vehicle sales are increasing despite the market's steep downturn, the report said.... Read More »

Former FAW-VW exec sentenced to life for accepting $5.3 million in bribes

April 9, 2015 11:32 CET

A former top executive at Volkswagen's China joint venture with FAW Group, Shi Tao, was sentenced to life in prison for accepting $5.3 million in bribes. The sentence is the latest development in corruption investigations involving FAW.... Read More »

Skoda unions issue strike threat over pay demands

April 9, 2015 12:53 CET

Unions at Skoda, Volkswagen's Czech unit, warned that they may strike after rejecting the company's offer for a 3 percent pay rise.... Read More »

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Aston CEO calls crossover, Daimler deal keys to revival

April 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Aston Martin will develop two new platforms, add a crossover, refresh its supercar lineup and leverage its technology alliance with Daimler to help make the brand consistently profitable. CEO Andy Palmer outlined his plans in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

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Mercedes r&d chief aims to make automaker faster

April 8, 2015 06:15 CET

Mercedes r&d boss Thomas Weber says the automaker needs to react faster to emerging trends if it wants to rise to No. 1 in premium car sales by 2020. He explained the shift in his team's focus toward areas such as connectivity, autonomous driving and zero emissions to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

New Alfa Romeo engines will be built in Italy

April 8, 2015 17:27 CET

Fiat Chrysler said two high-performance engines that will play an important role in Alfa Romeo's global relaunch will be built at the automaker's plant in Termoli, Italy.... Read More »

Mercedes sales increase 16% to monthly record

April 8, 2015 12:03 CET

Mercedes sales rose 16 percent in March to a monthly record, powered by robust demand in Europe, China and the U.S. and strong sales of the automaker's C class, compacts and SUVs.... Read More »

France increases Renault stake in challenge to Ghosn

April 8, 2015 08:28 CET

The French government increased its stake in Renault, boosting its influence as the automaker's biggest shareholder in a challenge to CEO Carlos Ghosn that risks destabilizing the Renault-Nissan alliance.... Read More »

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Citroen hints at new compact SUV with Aircross concept

April 8, 2015 11:43 CET

Citroen released details of its Aircross concept that likely previews the brand's next compact SUV. The concept is a further evolution of the C4 Cactus's bold, rounded styling that emphasizes Citroen's new market positioning as a functional brand.... Read More »

Mercedes, Nissan expand cooperation to build midsize pickup

April 7, 2015 16:50 CET

Daimler said it will expand its cooperation with strategic partner Nissan to develop a midsize pickup truck for Mercedes. The pickup will be built by the Renault-Nissan alliance at its plants in Spain and Argentina.... Read More »

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PSA CEO reveals the next steps in automaker's revival

April 7, 2015 06:15 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares discussed the challenges the automaker needs to overcome to complete its turnaround, including boosting scale, improving net pricing and giving customers options they really value.... Read More »

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Bold moves, positive results highlight Tavares' 1st year as PSA boss

April 6, 2015 06:15 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has succeeded in putting the automaker back on track a year after its 3 billion euro bailout. He has returned PSA to France’s benchmark CAC-40 stock index and implemented cost cuts that helped the automobile division record its first operating profit in three years in 2014.... Read More »

Toyota's Leroy defies doubters, prepares for VW challenge

April 4, 2015 14:00 CET

When Toyota hired Didier Leroy, headhunters told the Frenchman he would never get far as a foreigner at the world's largest automaker. Starting this month, Leroy oversees the planning, building and selling of Toyotas in half the world.... Read More »

Mercedes plans Audi TT, Porsche Panamera rivals, report says

April 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes may launch rivals to the Audi TT roadster and Porsche Panamera sedan, a German auto magazine said. Mercedes aims to pass BMW as the world's top-selling premium automaker by 2020.... Read More »

Ford unveils new Galaxy minivan with fresh styling, advanced safety features

April 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford unveiled its latest Galaxy large minivan with a fresh design, fuel-efficient engines and advanced safety systems. The Galaxy will join the new S-Max large minivan in the automaker's freshened people-mover lineup. The seven-seat Galaxy is aimed at families while the S-Max has a broader appeal with its sporty styling.... Read More »

Honda confirms Civic hatchback exports to U.S. from UK

April 2, 2015 10:36 CET

Honda confirmed it will export Civic hatchbacks to the U.S. from the UK, including the high-performance Civic Type R. The hatchback will join the Civic sedan in the automaker's North American lineup.... Read More »

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