Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 9 Oct 2015 06:00:00 EST Range Rover plans limited run of Evoque cabriosFri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTJaguar Land Rover plans a limited run of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which will debut at the Los Angeles auto show next month and go on sale next spring. Volkswagen's U.S. boss blames 'individuals' for cheatingFri, 9 Oct 2015 03:18:01 ESTVW's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said. Jaguar's leaner XF takes aim at BMW 5 seriesFri, 9 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTJaguar has its sights on the BMW 5 series with its new lighter, smaller XF sedan, which it says is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment. VW cheat software was switched on in Europe, report saysThu, 8 Oct 2015 03:08:25 ESTVolkswagen's software used to cheat emissions tests was switched on in diesel vehicles in Europe, a German newspaper reported. Audi picks ex-China boss to replace de Meo as sales chiefThu, 8 Oct 2015 05:42:23 ESTAudi has picked its former China boss, Dietmar Voggenreiter, as its new sales and marketing chief to succeed Luca de Meo. During Voggenreiter's nearly nine years of leadership, Audi's China sales grew sevenfold to 579,000. Volkswagen offices raided by German prosecutorsThu, 8 Oct 2015 09:28:13 ESTVW Group offices were searched by German prosecutors as authorities look for documents and data related to VW's manipulation of diesel emissions. The raid was carried out by three prosecutors and about 50 police officers. Audi's global sales rise 7% despite diesel-emissions scandalThu, 8 Oct 2015 08:44:55 ESTAudi's global sales rose nearly 7 percent last month despite the brand being caught up in a diesel emissions-rigging scandal that has rocked its parent, Volkswagen Group. France moves to end diesel tax breaks amid emissions scandalThu, 8 Oct 2015 05:28:32 ESTFrance plans to end tax breaks for diesel, ending the special status long enjoyed by the fuel in the wake of Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal. Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobsThu, 8 Oct 2015 04:58:09 ESTGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged members of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk. Aston Martin to cut jobs as part of turnaroundThu, 8 Oct 2015 04:54:48 ESTAston Martin is planning job cuts as part of a restructuring that will involve the money-losing automaker expanding into electric vehicles and crossovers. VW picks Skoda randd chief to run technical development, report saysThu, 8 Oct 2015 04:13:54 ESTVW Group will pick Skoda development chief Frank Welsch to replace suspended executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser as head of technical development at VW brand, a report said. So long side mirrors, hello cameras Thu, 8 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTAudi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras to make future models more aerodynamic and fuel efficient. Maserati trims production as Ghibli boom fades Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:27:02 ESTMaserati is cutting production as a boom that was fueled by the Ghibli fades. Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's reboundWed, 7 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTNew Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley is bullish about the brand's chances of making a profit again soon despite a huge slump in Russia, where the automaker has invested heavily in products and plants. New VW chairman says it will take time to clear up emissions scandalWed, 7 Oct 2015 10:15:01 ESTNew VW Group Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said it would take time to get to the bottom of the automaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests. VW board in crisis talks ahead of emissions scandal deadlinesWed, 7 Oct 2015 06:44:17 ESTVW Group's supervisory board held crisis talks, facing deadlines from German regulators and U.S lawmakers to explain its rigging of diesel emissions tests and what it is doing to tackle the scandal. EU industry chief seeks faster action on emissions tests despite German objectionsWed, 7 Oct 2015 04:43:28 ESTThe EU's industrial policy chief urged an acceleration of work on tougher EU emissions tests for new vehicles despite objections from Germany. Renault-Nissan said to discuss new structure as Ghosn seeks to counter French controlWed, 7 Oct 2015 03:21:12 ESTRenault and Nissan have entered discussions to reorganize their capital alliance structure in a bid to contain the growing influence of the French government, reports said. UK car sales rise 9% on strong demand for dieselTue, 6 Oct 2015 05:39:55 ESTUK car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in September as demand for diesels and VW Group vehicles remained strong despite the automaker's emissions scandal. Pischetsrieder, Bernhard deny involvement in VW diesel scandalTue, 6 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTFormer VW Group CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder and ex-VW brand chief Wolfgang Bernhard deny involvement in the automaker's use of software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests. VW CEO Mueller warns staff of 'painful' cutbacksTue, 6 Oct 2015 07:06:10 ESTVW Group CEO Matthias Mueller said the automaker will delay or cancel non-essential projects as pressure mounts to slash spending in the wake of its diesel-emissions crisis. VW says 8 million cars in EU are affected by cheat softwareTue, 6 Oct 2015 05:00:43 ESTVW has told lawmakers that 8 million diesel vehicles in the EU were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests. Vehicles with 1.2-, 1.-6 and 2.0-liter diesel engines of the type EA 189 are affected. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Speth says brand's 'heart and the soul' will remain in the UKTue, 6 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTJaguar Land Rover is branching out of the UK with a factory in China and plans to build cars in Brazil and Slovakia. Another big change is Jaguar's addition of its first SUV. PSA has no plans to return to India any time soonTue, 6 Oct 2015 09:32:18 ESTPSA says it has no plans to re-enter India's car market any time soon after a report said the carmaker is in talks with Tata to form a local partnership that could oversee production and distribution in the market and share technology. Mercedes sales jump 16% in September on China demandTue, 6 Oct 2015 06:38:50 ESTMercedes brand's global sales increased 16 percent in September, buoyed by a 53 percent jump in China deliveries. VW considers diesel fixes ranging from upgrade to new car, report saysTue, 6 Oct 2015 02:34:28 ESTVW Group is exploring options from a simple software upgrade to replacing cars as a fix for its rigged diesel vehicles. The automaker needs to upgrade cars from its namesake brand as well as the Audi, Seat and Skoda marques. Continental defends software caught up in VW emissions crisisMon, 5 Oct 2015 05:53:20 ESTContinental said software it supplied to VW Group cannot be used to manipulate emissions test results. Conti provided engine control system parts for 1.6-liter versions of the EA 189 engines caught up VW's emissions cheating scandal. Fiat, Ford offer incentives to win sales from VW in ItalyMon, 5 Oct 2015 09:14:59 ESTFiat Chrysler and Ford are offering incentives in Italy to encourage owners of Volkswagen Group models that may be affected by the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal to buy new models from their brands -- but some dealers are skeptical... VW rivals risk bigger blow as emissions scandal hits dieselMon, 5 Oct 2015 06:36:18 ESTVW Group's cheating on emissions tests has soured the European car industry's heavy bet on diesel, with Renault, PSA and Fiat Chrysler potentially facing bigger long-term setbacks than the company that sparked the crisis. Why Marchionne and his rivals disagree on the need for mass consolidationMon, 5 Oct 2015 00:15:00 ESTFiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the global auto industry will face 'disastrous consequences' if it ignores his call for more large-scale consolidation. But General Motors, his No. Check out the ANE e-magazine for OctoberMon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. VW's deep political ties in Germany seen as a key assetSat, 3 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTAt VW Group, political connections come already fitted. Germany, France, Italy, Spain continue sales reboundFri, 2 Oct 2015 08:09:04 ESTThe recovery in European car sales continued in September as registrations rose in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Daimler Chairman Bischoff has backing for another termFri, 2 Oct 2015 10:25:08 ESTDaimler's supervisory board will seek to have Chairman Manfred Bischoff re-elected for another term at its annual shareholders' meeting in April. Autoliv ready to cut more staff in China as car sales stallFri, 2 Oct 2015 08:47:23 ESTAutoliv is ready to cut more jobs in China as the supplier reacts to a decline in light vehicle production in the market in the past few quarters. Schaeffler pushes ahead with IPO amid VW scandalFri, 2 Oct 2015 07:31:21 ESTSchaeffler Group is sticking to plans for an initial public offering, shrugging off the market turbulence prompted by the Volkswagen Group diesel scandal. VW Group is the part supplier's biggest customer. Volvo sales rise 2.4% as U.S. surge offsets China dipFri, 2 Oct 2015 06:40:30 ESTVolvo said global sales of its cars rose 2.4 percent in September as an 18 percent jump in U.S. deliveries helped offset a fifth straight month of decline in China, where sales were down 5.7 percent. Berlin says no signs carmakers other than VW manipulated testsFri, 2 Oct 2015 06:56:44 ESTThe German transport ministry has no indications that any carmakers other than Volkswagen have manipulated emissions tests, a spokesman said today. Separately, authorities in France, Italy and Switzerland took further action again the automaker. Mercedes names new chief of China randd centerFri, 2 Oct 2015 06:10:25 ESTMercedes named Hans Georg Engel to run its randd center in Beijing where he will oversee the expansion of the unit, which is planned to almost double in size by the end of the year from when it opened in 2014. PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyaltyFri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTPSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's... Surging SUV sales put pressure on minivansFri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTOne clear trend emerged from Europe's six-month vehicle sales: Torrid demand for SUVs and crossovers such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke is putting increased pressure on minivans. ANE's October e-magazine goes live MondayFri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Oct. 5. VW scandal may force faster EU move to tougher emissions tests, Spain minister saysThu, 1 Oct 2015 10:16:16 ESTSpanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said the EU should consider accelerating a plan to toughen car-pollution tests after VW Group admitted to rigging diesel engines to bypass emission controls. BMW says emissions manipulation software is a 'no-go'Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:18:24 ESTBMW's development chief has echoed rival automakers Daimler and Volvo in saying that the so-called "defeat device" that VW Group used to cheat U.S. VW's workforce feels effects of emissions scandalThu, 1 Oct 2015 09:17:47 ESTVW Group's global workforce of 600,000 employees is starting to feel the effects of the diesel-emissions scandal as the carmaker cuts spending, drops shifts and freezes hiring in anticipation of fines, recalls and a drop in U.S. sales. Romania to recall VW Group cars, review emissions taxesThu, 1 Oct 2015 09:11:46 ESTRomanian dealerships will recall new and used cars involved in the VW Group diesel-emissions scandal for repairs after the German transport ministry sends its Romanian counterpart an action plan on Oct. 7, Romania's transport minister said. GM veteran Harvey to head VauxhallThu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTGM veteran Rory Harvey has been appointed head of the Vauxhall brand in the UK. Harvey, 47, succeeds Tim Tozer, who is leaving the company, GM said. German prosecutors backtrack on Winterkorn's role in VW probeThu, 1 Oct 2015 04:44:52 ESTGerman prosecutors have been forced to backtrack in their probe of former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. VW could face fines in Australia, sales halt in S. KoreaThu, 1 Oct 2015 05:42:33 ESTVW Group could face millions of dollars in fines in Australia and the suspension of sales in South Korea in the wake of the automaker's admission that it used emissions-cheating software in 11 million vehicles worldwide. Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance techThu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say.%]