Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unitThu, 26 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTFiat'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. Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous carsThu, 26 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTVolvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords. VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recallWed, 25 Nov 2015 06:50:29 ESTVW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8. France opposes changes to Renault-Nissan structureWed, 25 Nov 2015 15:52:07 ESTFrance'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. VW scandal offset by refugee boost in German economyWed, 25 Nov 2015 09:36:06 ESTThe 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. Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EUWed, 25 Nov 2015 05:04:20 ESTThe 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. PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next yearWed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTPSA 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. Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safeWed, 25 Nov 2015 06:10:06 ESTToyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plantWed, 25 Nov 2015 05:28:52 ESTContinental 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. EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed laxTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:59:23 ESTMembers of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests --... VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levelsTue, 24 Nov 2015 06:48:16 ESTGerman prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified. Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plantTue, 24 Nov 2015 08:16:01 ESTJaguar 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. Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's testTue, 24 Nov 2015 05:59:37 ESTRenault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:14:13 ESTThe German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source saysTue, 24 Nov 2015 03:54:18 ESTThe 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. Spain to extend car subsidy scheme to mid-2016Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:47:49 ESTThe 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. PSA, TandE to co-publish real-world fuel-use dataMon, 23 Nov 2015 14:45:18 ESTPSA will cooperate with Brussels-based green lobby group Transport and Environment to measure and publish the real-world fuel consumption of its vehicles, CEO Carlos Tavares said. 2016 Rising Star nominations soughtMon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions. Industry execs see era of slower sales growth in ChinaSun, 22 Nov 2015 17:34:20 ESTExecutives 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. VW mulls ending support for German soccer clubsSun, 22 Nov 2015 09:24:55 ESTGerman soccer clubs Hannover 96, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 are on the list of sponsorship deals VW Group is considering dropping to cut costs amid its emissions scandal, a German weekly newspaper reported. VW said no decisions have been made. VW denies report of big sales slump on CO2 confessionSun, 22 Nov 2015 09:54:16 ESTVW 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. Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTProduction of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it. VW refuses compensation for European owners of rigged dieselsSat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTVW will not offer compensation to European customers who bought a diesel car with "cheat" software, taking a different tack from in the U.S. where the automaker will provide a goodwill package worth $1,000 to affected owners. VW wins EU deadline extension to detail false CO2 dataFri, 20 Nov 2015 06:37:18 ESTThe European Union has given VW until the end of the year to clarify its admission that 800,000 of its cars were sold to customers with false CO2 emissions data. The original deadline was Thursday. VW trims 2016 investment budget due to scandal costsFri, 20 Nov 2015 07:36:59 ESTVolkswagen responded to the mounting costs from its emissions scandal by halting work on a design center in Germany and a paint shop in Mexico, and delaying the next Phaeton. Citroen will take a year off from rally championshipFri, 20 Nov 2015 05:56:36 ESTCitroen said it will not compete in next year's World Rally Championship as a works team in order to come back stronger under new regulations in 2017. UK should consider diesel scrappage program, lawmakers sayFri, 20 Nov 2015 08:38:33 ESTThe 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. Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showroomsFri, 20 Nov 2015 05:18:34 ESTVolvo and Microsoft are working together to bring the tech company's augmented-reality goggles to Volvo showrooms next year to improve safety-feature demonstrations, car customization #8211; and even to offer test drives using a hologram. VW diesel recall may cost much less than expected, magazine saysFri, 20 Nov 2015 05:51:05 ESTVW will probably incur much lower costs than expected for recalling 1.6-liter diesel cars fitted with illegal emissions-control software, a German business magazine said. VW names compliance commissionerThu, 19 Nov 2015 03:28:01 ESTVW Group has appointed a compliance commissioner from its Porsche business as the automaker faces increasing pressure from regulators in the U.S. and Europe over its emissions scandal. VW mulls closure of showpiece Phaeton plant, report saysThu, 19 Nov 2015 11:46:15 ESTVW may close its so-called "transparent factory" in Germany that builds the Phaeton sedan as the embattled automaker seeks to reduce costs, a report said. VW set to cut investments by 10% to help meet scandal costsThu, 19 Nov 2015 13:32:58 ESTVW is set to announce cuts in capital spending as it prepares for the huge bill to address its emissions-cheating crisis. Analysts expect VW to cut annual spending on factories, models and equipment by 10 percent. VW will shorten investment program timing, report saysThu, 19 Nov 2015 09:06:51 ESTVW will abandon its practice of setting a rolling five-year investment budget as it grapples with its emissions-cheating scandal, Bloomberg reported. VW will delay China JV stake increase due to scandal costsThu, 19 Nov 2015 06:43:43 ESTVW is delaying its plan to boost its stake in its joint venture with China's FAW Group after reviewing the investment in the wake of its emissions-cheating scandal. VW faces $72 million lawsuit in Australia over emissions scandalThu, 19 Nov 2015 05:46:54 ESTVW is facing a class action lawsuit in Australia from people who own diesel vehicles caught up in the group's emissions scandal. Lawyers are seeking total damages in excess of $72 million. UK production fell 1% in October but 10-month output highest since 2005Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:41:43 ESTUK car production slipped 0.7 percent in October but output after 10 months is still at its highest level since 2005. VW takes apology tour to L.A. show, readies U.S. repair plan Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:05:05 ESTVW made even more public acts of contrition at the Los Angeles auto show. VW of America CEO Michael Horn apologized again to customers and dealers for its diesel emissions deception. Toyota Prius gets big fuel efficiency boost Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTToyota expects to improve fuel economy in its latest Prius hybrid car by 20 percent. The fourth-generation Prius will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. early next year following its December launch in Japan. Infiniti foresees Europe, China sales boost from QX30 crossoverWed, 18 Nov 2015 03:33:27 ESTInfiniti today unveiled the QX30, a crossover variant from its new range of Mercedes-based compact cars. Nissan's premium brand hopes the QX30 will attract more younger buyers, especially in Europe and China where compact crossovers are popular. Daimler reviews leadership model as industry changes loomWed, 18 Nov 2015 05:36:21 ESTDaimler plans a new leadership model to better react to market shifts and brace for competition as Silicon Valley giants Google and Apple plot inroads into the auto industry. European car sales rise 3% in Oct.Tue, 17 Nov 2015 02:58:02 ESTVW Group limited the effect of its emissions scandal in October with its European sales declining by just 0.8 percent in a total market where volume rose by 2.7 percent. Tesla in talks with Germany over possible battery factoryTue, 17 Nov 2015 10:17:39 ESTTesla is in discussions with the German government about building a battery factory in the country. Tesla has said that Germany is a key market for its household battery-storage systems. VW's fix for rigged 1.6-liter engines waits for German approvalTue, 17 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTVW Group is a step closer to finding a fix for diesel engines with "cheat" software. The automaker has given German authorities an update on its technical solution for cars with 1.6-liter diesels that may need an expensive hardware fix. Renault, PSA join mourning for victims of Paris attacksMon, 16 Nov 2015 09:20:48 ESTRenault and PSA joined three days of national mourning called by the French government in memory of victims of the Paris terror attacks on Friday. UK launches inquiry into vehicle type approval after VW scandalMon, 16 Nov 2015 07:21:52 ESTBritain will launch an inquiry into the system used to approve vehicles, including their emissions levels, in the wake of the scandal engulfing Volkswagen. BMW will build X3 in South Africa to ease pressure on U.S. plantMon, 16 Nov 2015 06:48:32 ESTBMW will build its X3 in South Africa to ease pressure on its U.S. factory that specializes in SUV output. The automaker will invest $417 million in its South African operations to start production of the X3, replacing 3-series production locally. 2016 Rising Star nominations soughtMon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions. Ford, Fiat Chrysler benefit as Turkey production set to hit recordSun, 15 Nov 2015 00:01:00 ESTFord, Fiat Chrysler and Renault are set to benefit further after Turkey's automotive industry association raised its production and export forecasts to record highs. VW's CO2 deception spreads to more gasoline enginesFri, 13 Nov 2015 16:52:51 ESTVW Group's scandal over false CO2 emissions data affects more gasoline engines than previously disclosed. VW released a list of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles where CO2 emissions were understated. Audi faces German emissions probeFri, 13 Nov 2015 06:41:37 ESTGerman prosecutors opened another criminal investigation into the VW Group diesel-emissions scandal, this time looking at the company's Audi unit.%]