Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST China's BAIC in talks to take Daimler stake, report saysThu, 27 Aug 2015 05:09:34 ESTChinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, Reuters reported. If a deal is completed BAIC will become one of Daimler's top shareholders after Kuwait and Renault-Nissan. Ferrari considers appointing Marchionne as CEO, report saysThu, 27 Aug 2015 09:10:32 ESTFerrari is considering appointing Sergio Marchionne as CEO after Amedeo Felisa retires from the post in the coming months, sources told Bloomberg. Marchionne is already chairman of Ferrari and CEO of Ferrari owner Fiat Chrysler. Renault touts Talisman wagon's upscale featuresThu, 27 Aug 2015 05:40:26 ESTRenault is touting upscale features and a roomy interior for the wagon version of its new Talisman midsize model line. The Talisman wagon is a key launch for Renault because 54 percent of sales in Europe's midsize segment are that bodystyle. Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South AfricaThu, 27 Aug 2015 09:52:53 ESTVolkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, which also include Toyota, BMW and Mercedes, are stepping up exports, helped by the weak rand, as the local market shrinks. Global carmakers rework India plans Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:01:03 ESTLeading global carmakers including VW, GM, Nissan and Renault are reviewing their plans in India as they seek to boost sales, avoid more cutbacks, and better compete against market leaders Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Mahindra. Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debutThu, 27 Aug 2015 04:30:45 ESTKia released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the model's debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it boost its competitiveness in the tough compact SUV segment. ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdownThu, 27 Aug 2015 07:01:35 ESTZF Friedrichshafen said the integration of rival TRW is progressing well and it expected full-year sales and profits to remain stable despite a slowing Chinese economy. Unlisted ZF released its first-half results for the first time in its history. VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumpsWed, 26 Aug 2015 12:50:00 ESTVolkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow. Jaguar touts F-Pace's driving dynamicsWed, 26 Aug 2015 04:37:37 ESTJaguar said its new F-Pace will offer driving dynamics "unlike anything else in the segment" as the UK brand, which is known for its sports cars, takes aim at the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 with its first SUV-styled crossover. Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentialsWed, 26 Aug 2015 05:07:19 ESTHyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an 'ultimate concept car' at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design. Ferrari returns to India with California T, new dealersWed, 26 Aug 2015 05:40:07 ESTFerrari is renewing its Indian market push with two new dealers and the introduction of the California T convertible after terminating earlier dealerships for reasons including dissatisfaction with service levels. Suzuki will add Baleno hatchback to its European lineupTue, 25 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTSuzuki plans to expand its European lineup with the Baleno subcompact hatchback that will be sold as a slightly larger and more practical alternative to its Swift, the company's top-seller in the region. VW Group July vehicle sales fall 3.7% on weak China, RussiaTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:31 ESTVolkswagen's group vehicle sales fell 3.7 percent in July, hurt by weak markets in China, Russia and Brazil and falling volume at the core VW brand. Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflatorsTue, 25 Aug 2015 04:54:52 ESTToyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles. VW's Seat brand will drop Altea minivan in move to SUVsTue, 25 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTVolkswagen Group's Seat unit will discontinue its Altea and Altea XL compact minivans as the brand begins to add a family of SUVs. Mercedes GLC seeks to widen appeal with tech, right-hand driveTue, 25 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTMercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will sell more than the GLK it replaces thanks to a softer design, more comfort features and availability in right-hand-drive markets. Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market routMon, 24 Aug 2015 09:36:07 ESTMercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. Europe sales advance 9% in July as economies reboundMon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTEuropean new-car registrations rose 9.1 percent in July as recession-hit countries such as Portugal and Ireland, along with the major markets of Germany, the UK, France and Italy, performed strongly. VW trims Chinese plant workload as new sites go on streamFri, 21 Aug 2015 06:46:01 ESTVW said average utilization at its Chinese factories will fall as overall production capacity increases with the opening of new plants. The automaker denied it plans to reduce output of key models in China by between 10 percent and 20 percent. Jaguar Land Rover assesses damage to vehicles caught in blasts at China portFri, 21 Aug 2015 07:35:06 ESTJaguar Land Rover owner Tata said that 'many' of the 5,800 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles it had at Tianjin port in China were likely to have been damaged in the recent chemical explosions that killed more than a hundred people. VW delays revamp of Phaeton flagship in profit push, report saysFri, 21 Aug 2015 04:51:40 ESTVolkswagen is delaying the introduction of the new Phaeton as the automaker seeks to improve returns on the upscale sedan by lowering production and material costs, Bloomberg reported. Citroen will debut Mehari-inspired concept Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTCitroen will preview a potential new model inspired by its iconic Mehari utility vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show. The concept will be based on the C4 Cactus. Renault-Nissan will cut jobs, production in IndiaThu, 20 Aug 2015 06:32:42 ESTRenault-Nissan plans to cut several hundred jobs in India and reduce production at its plant near Chennai. UK car output falls 11% as plants retool for new modelsThu, 20 Aug 2015 05:34:14 ESTUK car production fell by 11 percent in July as changes to holiday patterns and upcoming new launches such as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra resulted in early annual shutdowns at some plants. Toyota said to seek supplier price cutsThu, 20 Aug 2015 05:38:40 ESTToyota plans to ask suppliers to cut prices for the first time in about a year in an effort to boost competitiveness, Nikkei reported. A recent drop in raw material prices has increased suppliers' ability to cut prices, the paper said. Schaeffler will cut 500 jobs as first-half earnings drop nearly 2%Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:04:30 ESTSchaeffler plans to cut up to 500 jobs in Europe at its industrial division. Earnings at the unit, which makes ball bearings for cars, airplanes and industrial tools, fell 1.7 percent to 171 million euros ($190 million) in the first six months. Audi teases Tesla Model X fighter, says launch planned for 2018Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:06:51 ESTAudi issued a teaser picture and some details of an all-electric SUV that it will launch to rival the upcoming Tesla Model X. Volvo first-half profit rises 71% as Europe offsets China, U.S. slowdownWed, 19 Aug 2015 02:28:45 ESTVolvo boosted its earnings goal for the year after operating profit rose 71 percent in the first half as strong demand in Europe offset slower development in China and North America. Global automakers divert shipments from China's Tianjin port after blastsWed, 19 Aug 2015 06:52:22 ESTBMW, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault are among global automakers switching to ports in Shanghai and other locations from Tianjin after massive explosions last week disrupted operations indefinitely at China's largest auto import hub. Mazda makes new MX-5 lighter, more agile Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 represents the biggest step to date in the roadster's development. The car's program manager said the new MX-5 is smaller, safer, lighter, more agile and more efficient than its predecessor. U.S. watchdog joins German investigation of Ford, report saysTue, 18 Aug 2015 12:07:04 ESTThe United States' securities watchdog is helping German prosecutors to investigate the alleged payment of bribes by Ford to speed the passage of containers through Russian customs, Reuters reported. Kia gives Sportage sleeker look, upscale interiorTue, 18 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTKia has given its Sportage a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help the model compete better in the tough compact SUV segment. The new Sportage will have Kia's "most refined, highest-quality cabin to date," the automaker said. Toyota ends Land Cruiser production in Russia but remains bullish on market's prospectsTue, 18 Aug 2015 06:31:08 ESTToyota has ended production of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV in Russia but will not pull out of the crisis-hit market. The company said its plan to double annual output at its St. Petersburg plant is still on track. Skoda purchasing boss sees sourcing EV parts as a challengeTue, 18 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTVeteran Volkswagen Group executive Dieter Seeman became Skoda's purchasing boss last year, moving from a similar position at sister brand Seat. Automakers in Russia left with nowhere to turn as economic woes deepenTue, 18 Aug 2015 05:08:33 ESTAutomakers building cars in Russia such as VW and Ford have been hit as the ruble's steep decline increases the cost of foreign parts they import. Audi launches special sales service for R8 and RS buyersTue, 18 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTAudi is rolling out dedicated space in selected showrooms for buyers of its R8 supercar and high-performance RS models. The automaker plans to have 200 so-called Audi Sport dealers in place by the year-end. Former Porsche communications chief charged with aiding market manipulationMon, 17 Aug 2015 10:17:03 ESTA German prosecutor charged Porsche's former communications chief, Anton Hunger, with aiding market manipulation related to the purchase of Volkswagen Group shares, after dropping identical charges against Porsche's supervisory board. Germany's Mann + Hummel will buy U.S. peer Affinia's auto filter unitMon, 17 Aug 2015 04:42:06 ESTGerman industrial filter maker Mann + Hummel has agreed to buy U.S. peer Affinia to boost its annual sales by $1 billion, or by more than a third, and gain access to the U.S. market for heavy-duty and hydraulic filters. Saab owner will develop green cars with China's DongfengMon, 17 Aug 2015 06:50:41 ESTChina's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. Ford exec says Google, Apple collaborations won't impact brand's identityMon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTFord doesn't feel threatened by Google and Apple's growing interest in the auto industry, said Christof Kellerwessel, the automaker's electrical engineering chief. VW says 2,700 cars damaged in China port blastsMon, 17 Aug 2015 06:15:17 ESTVW said about 2,700 of its imported cars were damaged in last week's blasts at China's largest port for vehicle imports. Toyota said evacuation orders in the area have halted three of its production lines. Siemens CEO sees German car industry slowing in 2016Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTGermany's exporter-heavy auto industry could be poised for a slowdown next year as demand in foreign markets slows, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in a newspaper interview. BMW boosts the 'X-ness' of baby SUVFri, 14 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTBMW set out to make the second-generation X1 look, feel and perform more like its bigger SUV siblings. The automaker says the new crossover is larger but uses up to 17 percent less fuel than its predecessor. Fiat Chrysler poised to keep momentum after Ferrari spinoffFri, 14 Aug 2015 11:22:37 ESTA recovering European car market, improving margins and well-received new models have made some analysts more bullish that Fiat Chrysler's shares will continue to rise even after it spins off Ferrari. German prosecutors drop case against Porsche boardFri, 14 Aug 2015 12:20:17 ESTGerman prosecutors have dropped a case against members of Porsche Automobil's supervisory board, which includes Ferdinand Piech and Wolfgang Porsche, for suspected market manipulation. Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in JulyFri, 14 Aug 2015 05:55:10 ESTMercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Auto sector takes hit in Q2Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTAs European stock markets retreated in the second three months of this year automakers and suppliers relinquished some of the strong gains they had recorded in shareholder value in the first quarter. Audi develops 500km-range battery for electric SUVsThu, 13 Aug 2015 10:59:46 ESTAudi said it will develop batteries for electrically powered SUVs that can run more than 500km per charge. Audi said it will get cell modules for the batteries from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. Autoliv, ZF TRW gain from Takata's recall troublesThu, 13 Aug 2015 04:33:10 ESTBy March, Autoliv, Daicel and ZF TRW Automotive will make about 68 percent of the inflators used to repair faulty Takata airbags behind a record vehicle-safety recall. Mazda fears capacity constraints for new CX-3 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:01:00 ESTMazda executives believe the CX-3's responsive handling, distinctive design and segment-first equipment will make it tough to keep up with expected demand in Europe.%]