VW knew fuel use in some cars was too high a year ago, report says

Nov. 29, 2015 19:28 CET

VW Group 's top executives knew a year ago that some of the company's cars were markedly less fuel efficient than had been officially stated, a German newspaper reported Sunday. A VW spokesman declined to comment on the accuracy of the report.... Read More »

Audi evolves into a favorite among women in China

Nov. 28, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the more prosperous eastern regions.... Read More »


Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015

Assembly of the sixth-generation BMW 7 series began in July 2015 at the automaker's factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 70,000 units next year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's surreal fix turns diesel scandal into a comedy

9:54 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its diesel scandal woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic.... Read More »

Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit

Nov. 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand.... Read More »

PSA stakeholder Dongfeng removes president after gov't graft probe

Nov. 26, 2015 11:41 CET

Dongfeng said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position after the government launched an investigation into the executive for suspected graft earlier this month. Dongfeng owns a 14.1 percent stake in France's PSA and has joint ventures with PSA, Renault, Nissan and Honda.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's surreal fix turns Dieselgate drama into a comedy

9:54 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

VW says it has found a silver-bullet solution to most of its Dieselgate woes. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a plastic tube that looks more like something a plumber might install rather than a mechanic.... Read More »

Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017

Nov. 26, 2015 11:52 CET

Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories.... Read More »

PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says

Nov. 26, 2015 16:40 CET

PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.... Read More »


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.... Read More »


BLOG: On the road in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn’t entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years.... Read More »

France opposes changes to Renault-Nissan structure

Nov. 25, 2015 21:52 CET

France's decision to secure double voting rights in Renault should not result in any changes to the structure of the automaker's partnership with Nissan, the country's economy minister said. Sources say Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to give Nissan more say over the alliance.... Read More »


VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy

Nov. 25, 2015 15:36 CET

The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth.... Read More »

Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU

Nov. 25, 2015 11:04 CET

The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc.... Read More »

Chinese automaker Dongfeng removes president under graft suspicion

7:43 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Dongfeng Motor Group said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position, after the government launched an investigation on him for suspected graft earlier this month.... Read More »

PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next year

Nov. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant

Nov. 25, 2015 11:28 CET

Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.... Read More »

VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors

Nov. 24, 2015 11:14 CET

The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers.... Read More »

EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says

Nov. 24, 2015 09:54 CET

The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016

Nov. 24, 2015 09:47 CET

The Spanish government, facing an election next month, plans to extend a car purchase subsidy scheme that has massively boosted sales until the middle of next year, a source at the Industry Ministry said.... Read More »

Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in China

Nov. 22, 2015 23:34 CET

Executives gathered last week at the Guangzhou auto show were unanimous in their view that the days of exponential growth are over, underscoring how a sharp economic slowdown has tempered expectations in the world's largest car market.... Read More »


VW denies report of big sales slump on CO2 confession

Nov. 22, 2015 15:54 CET

VW denied a report on Saturday that its sales have slumped since this month's admission that it had understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions for some cars.... Read More »

UK should consider diesel scrappage program, lawmakers say

Nov. 20, 2015 14:38 CET

The UK government should consider subsidies for motorists who scrap their diesel cars and switch to vehicles that produce fewer nitrogen-dioxide emissions, a panel of lawmakers said.... Read More »

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