Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 25 May 2018 06:00:00 EST Siemens backs Northvolt's Swedish battery plantFri, 25 May 2018 09:20:12 ESTGerman engineering company Siemens has become the latest company to contribute to the Northvolt project to build Europe's largest lithium ion factory in northern Sweden. VW CEO counts on diplomacy to ease trade spat with U.S.Fri, 25 May 2018 06:23:42 ESTVW CEO Herbert Diess is hopeful that diplomacy can help defuse trade tensions with the United States, which is exploring putting tariffs on auto imports. In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, GoogleFri, 25 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTA few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned. Daimler faces recall of over 600,000 Mercedes diesel models, report saysFri, 25 May 2018 07:50:31 ESTDaimler faces a recall of more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including Mercedes C-class and G-class models because of suspected emissions manipulation, a German magazine reported. Citroen seeks to repeat C5 Aircross's China success in EuropeFri, 25 May 2018 04:59:28 ESTCitroen is hoping the European launch of the new C5 Aircross will repeat the SUV's success in China, where it helped boost sales by 48 percent in the first four months. BMW will boost capacity at i3 factory in GermanyFri, 25 May 2018 08:05:39 ESTBMW will invest over 300 million euros to increase production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, the automaker's fifth-largest, laying the foundation for production of future models. BMW builds the i3 and i8 models in Leipzig. Bosch opens new infotainment, component plant in ChinaFri, 25 May 2018 04:39:20 ESTBosch opened a second plant in the east China city of Wuhu this week to expand output of infotainment and other connectivity systems for vehicles produced in China. Skoda's strong growth brings major challengesFri, 25 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTSkoda may be one of the most successful brands in VW Group's sprawling empire as it posts record sales and profits, but the automaker must balance ambitious growth plans with the pay demands of Czech workers in its two overstretched factories. China said to back private investment in state automakersFri, 25 May 2018 04:26:23 ESTChina is considering encouraging state-owned automakers to bring in private car manufacturers as investors as it seeks to create an industrial champion to compete with global companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported. Automotive News Europe salutes Niclas PfuellerFri, 25 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Niclas Pfueller, who is general manager of Brose's factory in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Daimler ordered to recall Mercedes Vito diesel van over emissionsThu, 24 May 2018 09:56:32 ESTGermany's road vehicle authority has ordered Daimler to recall Mercedes Vito vans with 1.6-liter diesel engines, saying two of the van's engine control features to reduce exhaust emissions were in breach of regulations Iran ties could dent European automakers' U.S. businessThu, 24 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTPSA and Renault have spent hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild their businesses in Iran. Those investments are at risk following the U.S. VW rapped in U.S. for slow pace of culture changeThu, 24 May 2018 12:50:02 ESTA top U.S. official says he is not satisfied with Volkswagen's efforts to improve accountability after the company's diesel-emissions fraud and violations, a German newspaper reported. France pledges strategic contract with automakers, suppliers in EV pushThu, 24 May 2018 07:50:43 ESTThe French government has pledged to work with automakers and suppliers to increase sales of EVs sharply and build up the network of charging stations, as part of a new "strategic contract" with the automotive sector. Porsche Canada gets new marketing director with digital focusThu, 24 May 2018 10:53:05 ESTPorsche Canada has tapped Colas Henckes to be its new marketing director. The executive, who arrives from the same role in France, will focus on Porsche digitalization plans in the market. Daimler's Car2Go ending Toronto operations, citing parking regulationsThu, 24 May 2018 12:06:00 ESTDaimler's Car2Go is suspending its Toronto operations at the end of the month because of forthcoming parking regulations and new licensing fees. Uber self-driving car failed to recognize pedestrian, brake in Ariz. fatality, U.S. findsThu, 24 May 2018 10:05:03 ESTAn Uber autonomous vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify the pedestrian or to brake, raising serious questions about its performance, the National Transportation Safety Board said. PSA 'cautious' about Iran business after successful Citroen C3 launchThu, 24 May 2018 09:13:25 ESTPSA remains cautious about its Iran business, Citroen CEO Linda Jackson said, after the launch of the C3 model in the market. Volvo will expand XC40 output; promises to widen compact familyThu, 24 May 2018 04:00:00 ESTVolvo will expand output of its XC40 in Belgium and start production of the compact SUV in China next year. The automaker also said it will widen its compact family with a range of new models to replace the current V40. U.S. auto import probe threatens European automakersThu, 24 May 2018 04:18:16 ESTEuropean automakers could be in for a bumpy ride after President Donald Trump's administration started an investigation into whether car imports threaten national security. The move could lead to new U.S. U.S. auto import probe borders on 'provocation,' German trade group saysThu, 24 May 2018 06:01:48 ESTA U.S. Renault-Nissan gains on merger talksThu, 24 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe prospect of Renault and Nissan consolidating their alliance with a full merger boosted the shareholder value of the French company by 17. McLaren's Mike Flewit is still in love with LotusThu, 24 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTHow the head of McLaren fell for a Lotus when he was a young man. AMG boss Tobias Moers, a former racer, pushes motorsports expansionThu, 24 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTUnder Tobias Moers, AMG has expanded its racing program. For the head of Mercedes;Benz' performance division, the investment is a proof point that AMG is serious about developing sports cars. Apple turns to VW for self-driving tech after being spurned by BMW, Mercedes, paper reportsThu, 24 May 2018 02:21:53 ESTApple signed a deal with VW for self-driving cars after failing to get an agreement with BMW and Mercedes, the New York Times reported. China sees potential in AI, self-driving, digitalization cooperation with GermanyThu, 24 May 2018 03:46:47 ESTChina's commerce ministry said it sees good potential in cooperation with Germany in sectors such as digitalization, new energy cars, artificial intelligence and driverless cars. Toyota will build fuel cell stack plant in bid to ramp up sales of hydrogen-powered carsThu, 24 May 2018 03:22:08 ESTToyota plans to build a plant to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to increase global annual sales of the vehicles to at least 30,000 from 3,000 now. Automotive News Europe salutes Monika Gutenschwager Thu, 24 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Monika Gutenschwager, who is executive director of quality at Adient. Uber shutters self-driving program in ArizonaWed, 23 May 2018 13:30:56 ESTUber said it shut down its self-driving car operations in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles. Tesla slammed over 'deceptive' Autopilot name in letter to U.S. regulatorsWed, 23 May 2018 07:50:36 ESTTwo consumer advocacy groups urged the FTC to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology. U.S. launches probe to weigh tariffs on car, truck importsWed, 23 May 2018 16:49:35 ESTThe Trump administration started an investigation into whether car and light-truck imports threaten national security, a move that could lead to new U.S. tariffs on foreign vehicles similar to those proposed for imported steel and aluminum in March. PSA Psa North America CEO Larry Dominique taking a clean-slate approach for barnd's return to North AmericaWed, 23 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTIn its return to North America, PSA is rethinking how it will retail vehicles, which brands it will sell and how it will tackle mobility, says the company's CEO for the region, Larry Dominique. Jaguar Land Rover will spend $5.3 billion on new models, techWed, 23 May 2018 09:34:04 ESTJaguar Land Rover will spend about 4.5 billion pounds ($5.3 billion) in the current financial year on new models and technologies as the UK-based automaker looks to spur slow vehicle sales. Donald Trump does a favor for BMW and MercedesWed, 23 May 2018 03:26:29 ESTThe biggest beneficiaries of President Donald Trump's drive to get China to "play fair" on trade are automakers such as BMW and Mercedes, which export expensive sedans and SUVs from Germany and the U.S. Diesel fears become reality with first driving ban in GermanyWed, 23 May 2018 05:11:10 ESTHamburg, Germany's second-largest city, will restrict older diesel vehicles from selected urban areas starting next week, marking the first driving ban in the country for the embattled technology. Renault-Nissan invests in China, U.S., French startupsWed, 23 May 2018 03:51:28 ESTThe Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance's new venture capital fund is backing autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and solid-state battery startups. Ghosn cautions it'll take time to get Renault-Nissan deal rightWed, 23 May 2018 06:37:39 ESTCarlos Ghosn tamped down expectations of a quick deal to combine Nissan and Renault, saying the specter of failed mergers in his industry loomed large. Ford will add second model at Romania plantWed, 23 May 2018 04:47:02 ESTFord won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV. Renault-Nissan invests in China, U.S., French startupsWed, 23 May 2018 03:51:28 ESTThe Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance's new venture capital fund is backing autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and solid-state battery startups. Tesla trims up to $14,000 off Model X in China after tariff cutsWed, 23 May 2018 05:29:19 ESTTesla has cut the price of the Model X in China by up to $14,000 after Beijing announced tariff cuts for imported cars. Automotive News Europe salutes Mohamed ChakibWed, 23 May 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Mohamed Chakib, who is plant manager for IAC Group's factory in Opole, Poland. Tesla hires Snapchat exec to head engineering Tue, 22 May 2018 17:49:22 ESTTesla hired Snapchat maker Snap's vice president of monetization engineering, Stuart Bowers, as head of engineering to work on its Autopilot software and other projects. Why China's EV drive is helping Swedish bearings makerTue, 22 May 2018 09:35:25 ESTSweden's SKF is seeing increasing demand for its bearings from China, where demand for EVs means it is winning at least one new contract a month, as suppliers adapt to changing automobile technology. Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fixTue, 22 May 2018 07:49:58 ESTTesla CEO Elon Musk admitted there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it can be fixed with a firmware update. VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demandTue, 22 May 2018 06:22:47 ESTVolkswagen Group's China sales rose nearly 12 percent in April, led by demand at the Audi and Skoda brands. China cuts car import duty to 15% in boost for BMW, Tesla, Mercedes, PorscheTue, 22 May 2018 04:58:15 ESTChina will cut the import duty on passenger cars to 15 percent. The move will boost automakers that import high-end cars including BMW, Tesla, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Germany's Grammer buys U.S. supplierTue, 22 May 2018 15:40:23 ESTGerman supplier Grammer is more than doubling its presence in North America with the $271 million acquisition of Toledo Molding and Die. BP invests in tech to charge cars as quickly as filling fuel tankTue, 22 May 2018 07:26:20 ESTBP will invest $20 million in Israeli firm StoreDot, a developer of ultrafast charging for batteries, a technology that may be key for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. Daimler is also a StoreDot strategic partner. Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential U.S. tariff retaliation to $3.5 billionTue, 22 May 2018 08:25:06 ESTJapan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum. EU hunts for ways to avoid U.S. steel, aluminum tariffsTue, 22 May 2018 08:20:34 ESTThe European Union scrambled to come up with a strategy to avoid American tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, signaling a readiness to accept American import quotas and to slash some EU duties in return for a permanent waiver.