Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Tue, 26 May 2015 06:00:00 EST Ford's Turkish unit halts output as labor dispute resumesTue, 26 May 2015 02:56:23 ESTThe Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again. Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin MartinTue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain. Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strikeMon, 25 May 2015 05:08:27 ESTOyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says Mon, 25 May 2015 13:24:12 ESTLamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. Lamborghini has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand. BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV salesMon, 25 May 2015 07:44:38 ESTThe South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market. Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik CantieniMon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia. European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'Sun, 24 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTEuropean automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions. GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chiefSat, 23 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTGeneral Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars. Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plantsFri, 22 May 2015 04:31:51 ESTProduction resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report saysFri, 22 May 2015 15:33:31 ESTJaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a new plant in eastern Europe that likely will build its next Defender SUV, reports said. Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new modelsFri, 22 May 2015 09:10:15 ESTDaimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models. Audi will add Q8 in 2019, electric SUV in 2018Fri, 22 May 2015 05:35:06 ESTAudi today said it will begin sales of the Q8 SUV in 2019 and launch an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment in 2018. The company will also add the subcompact Q1 crossover next year. Winterkorn says it will take time to replace Piech on Audi boardFri, 22 May 2015 10:10:05 ESTAudi Chairman Martin Winterkorn said finding a board replacement for Ferdinand Piech will take time. Piech quit his Audi board role along with other VW Group posts last month after a public showdown with Winterkorn. Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unitFri, 22 May 2015 09:34:52 ESTAudi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Automotive News Europe salutes Armin PrommersbergerFri, 22 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Harman's Armin Prommersberger. Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with BaiduFri, 22 May 2015 06:32:55 ESTAudi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance... Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recallFri, 22 May 2015 05:04:52 ESTMazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata. Fiat unveils new model for key compact segment Thu, 21 May 2015 07:31:55 ESTFiat unveiled the first model in its new compact car family - the Aegea sedan. The car will go on sale in Turkey starting in November followed by a rollout in 40 countries in the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strikeThu, 21 May 2015 09:02:14 ESTRenault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week. PSA, Dongfeng plan to start production in VietnamThu, 21 May 2015 05:12:43 ESTPSA/Peugeot-Citroen and its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group will open an assembly plant in Vietnam and have already begun production in Malaysia. PSA plans factory in low-cost Morocco, report saysThu, 21 May 2015 11:05:16 ESTPSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to build a car factory in Morocco to help increase sales in Africa, a report said. German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report saysThu, 21 May 2015 10:48:23 ESTMercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. VW works council boss calls for cuts to management boardThu, 21 May 2015 09:40:26 ESTThe head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman. Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EUThu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTA UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euroThu, 21 May 2015 05:41:51 ESTGerman supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro. Citroen creates Trip Advisor-style Web forumThu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTCitroen has launched a website where customers can rate their experiences at dealerships and workshops in France, the UK and Germany. JLR sees big potential in tapping into drivers' subconsciousThu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTJaguar Land Rover may change the way it engineers its models as data from connected cars gives the automaker an insight into drivers' subconscious actions. Automotive News Europe salutes Virginie MaillardThu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Renault's Virginie Maillard. Citroen names former BMW exec as China directorWed, 20 May 2015 07:06:33 ESTFormer BMW executive Sabine Scheunert is the new head of Citroen in China. Scheunert is the first woman to become director of a European brand in China and is responsible for Citroen's largest single market. Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recallWed, 20 May 2015 05:10:52 ESTSwedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators. Ford's Turkish plant cancels shift as labor unrest hits suppliersWed, 20 May 2015 02:27:30 ESTFord Otosan, the Turkish arm of Ford, cancelled an extra working shift, citing supply chain problems amid widening labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector. Renault bets on cheap car with high-end features in IndiaWed, 20 May 2015 04:24:07 ESTRenault hopes to succeed where Nissan's Datsun brand has stumbled by introducing the Kwid minicar in India. Automotive News Europe salutes Massimo FrascellaWed, 20 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Design is Massimo Frascella of Jaguar Land Rover. Borgward revival led by former Daimler China bossTue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTBorgward named former Daimler China boss Ulrich Walker as its CEO as the company prepares to resurrect the German brand with Chinese backing. Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous techTue, 19 May 2015 05:07:39 ESTContinental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology. Supercar makers neglect women at their perilTue, 19 May 2015 09:49:59 ESTSupercar makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin are seen by some industry observers as failing to communicate properly with female customers. European car sales rose nearly 7% in April as market recovers faster than expectedTue, 19 May 2015 02:58:57 ESTEuropean car sales rose for a 20th consecutive month in April, bolstered by a reviving economy and new models. Registrations increased 6.9 percent to 1.21 million vehicles, industry association ACEA said. Four-month sales jumped 8.1 percent to 4. Automotive News Europe salutes Alessio FrancoTue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Communications is Ford of Europe's Alessio Franco. Price cutting by VW, GM and Ford threatens automakers' rich margins in ChinaTue, 19 May 2015 06:57:01 ESTAutomakers including VW, GM and Ford are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins. Aston Martin CEO says Alabama 'obvious choice' for U.S. plantTue, 19 May 2015 06:01:29 ESTAston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the U.S state of Alabama is the 'obvious choice' for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover. BMW approves launch of X2 crossover, report saysTue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTBMW has approved the launch of a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said. Automotive News Europe announces the 2015 Rising StarsMon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTFourteen young and talented automotive executives have been chosen as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. Automotive News Europe salutes Olivier RabillerMon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Aftersales and Service is Olivier Rabiller of Honeywell. Audi rules out entry into Formula OneMon, 18 May 2015 10:06:42 ESTAudi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company has said, seeking to end speculation that the carmaker was tempted to broaden its commitment to motor racing. Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor disputeMon, 18 May 2015 04:59:05 ESTProduction was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened. Ghosn sees no need to change Renault-Nissan alliance after French gov't stake increaseMon, 18 May 2015 02:36:44 ESTCarlos Ghosn sees no need to change Nissan's capital alliance with Renault after France raised its stake in the French automaker. Some analysts had expected Ghosn to reduce Renault's stake in Nissan to below 40 percent. Turin's past as global design hub inspire new eventSun, 17 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTTwo Italian design companies will unveil high-performance sports coupes at an event that aims to recall the glamor of auto shows held in Turin when the city was a global design hub. Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term successSat, 16 May 2015 00:01:00 ESTMaking a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal. Fiat, Renault production in Turkey halted by protestsSat, 16 May 2015 04:26:53 ESTProduction at the Turkish factories of Renault and Fiat stopped as workers protested wages and other employment conditions. VW Group sales fall for first time in yearsSat, 16 May 2015 04:45:36 ESTVW Group sales fell for the first time in at least four and a half years in April, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the ouster of Ferdinand Piech as chairman.%]