Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plantTue, 21 Nov 2017 04:53:13 ESTChina's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market. Giugiaro luxury EV concept shuns speed for comfortTue, 21 Nov 2017 03:14:10 ESTGiorgetto Giugiaro, famous for styling sports cars, is putting comfort before speed for his latest project, an electric four-seat sedan he is developing with a Chinese company. Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou look to deepen China tie-upTue, 21 Nov 2017 03:56:41 ESTFiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile are in talks to deepen their joint venture in China, as the world's largest car market looks to relax some regulations and Guangzhou prepares to sell its Trumpchi brand in the U.S. Volvo wins Uber's first robotaxi orderMon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTVolvo has signed a deal to sell Uber up to 24,000 cars that will become part of the ride-sharing giant's first robotaxi fleet. Volvo will supply XC90s with autonomous driving technologies that Uber needs to add its own self-driving features. VW reorganizes German production for EVsMon, 20 Nov 2017 04:56:55 ESTVW Group is reorganizing production at its German factories to further its goal of transforming itself into a leading force in EVs. Skoda will build EVs in Czech RepublicMon, 20 Nov 2017 04:36:52 ESTSkoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup Volvo CEO credits 'safety and speed' for Uber dealMon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTVolvo's deal to supply ride-hailing company Uber with XC90 SUVs that can be become fully autonomous gives the automaker an early leader in the robotaxi sector. It will benefit Volvo on many levels, CEO Hakan Samuelsson says. Mercedes steps up e-van push to counter Ford's StreetScooterMon, 20 Nov 2017 06:18:07 ESTMercedes is ramping up its offering of electric delivery vans to counter the StreetScooter, a no-frills competitor from Deutsche Post and Ford. VW raises 2020 outlook on emerging-market growth, SUVsMon, 20 Nov 2017 06:30:39 ESTVW Group raised its midterm revenue outlook on demand for new SUVs in emerging markets. The automaker also upgraded its pretax profit goal. UK plans regulatory boost for driverless carsMon, 20 Nov 2017 03:31:41 ESTThe UK's finance plan this week could include measures that will see fully self-driving cars to be on British roads in as little as three years. German court releases on bail ex-Audi manager in emissions inquirySun, 19 Nov 2017 16:40:22 ESTFormer Audi manager Giovanni Pamio is being released following his arrest on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal. Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segmentSat, 18 Nov 2017 00:15:00 ESTLast year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more popular in Europe than sedan and wagon versions of the Mercedes E class and BMW 5 series. VW to spend over $40B on EVs, autonomy pushFri, 17 Nov 2017 08:56:44 ESTVW Group approved a five-year spending plan that will allow it to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) on EVs, autonomous driving and new mobility services by the end of 2022. Ford will spend $885 million to build next Kuga in SpainFri, 17 Nov 2017 05:43:33 ESTFord will invest more than 750 million euros in its factory in Valencia, eastern Spain, to produce the next-generation Kuga SUV. VW board discusses 70 billion euro spending plan, report saysFri, 17 Nov 2017 04:37:51 ESTVW Group's supervisory board is discussing a five-year spending plan totaling more than 70 billion euros ($82.5 billion) to transform the automaker into a leader in EVs, Reuters reported. Toyota to re-enter EV sector starting in China from 2020Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:56:35 ESTToyota will introduce EVs in China starting in 2020 and is considering selling battery-powered models developed by its local partners under the Japanese marque as Beijing prepares to tighten environmental regulations. Daimler to invest $755 million in China EV, battery outputFri, 17 Nov 2017 03:38:25 ESTDaimler will invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China for factory capacity to manufacture EVs and their batteries, Hubertus Troska, the automaker's China boss, said. Daimler launches Tel Aviv hub for auto technologyThu, 16 Nov 2017 09:34:49 ESTDaimler has opened a research and development center in Tel Aviv, one of a growing number of multinational firms seeking to tap into Israel's auto technology expertise as the industry moves towards self-driving cars. VW earmarks $12 billion to develop, build China EVsThu, 16 Nov 2017 03:58:01 ESTVW Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as it seeks to comply with stringent new rules in China. VW taps Brazil growth with sedan to challenge Fiat, GMThu, 16 Nov 2017 08:24:38 ESTVW is launching the new Virtus sedan to tap Brazil's highest-volume segment as part of a recovery plan that analysts said will help it regain ground on rivals GM and Fiat Chrysler in South America's largest car market. Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi'sThu, 16 Nov 2017 09:46:41 ESTDriving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its autonomous features are among the most advanced in a car on the road. Renault touts Alaskan's comfort featuresThu, 16 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTRenault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, a model it hopes will appeal to buyers because of a comfortable interior and driver assistance features more commonly found in SUVs. EU will fine seat belt, airbag cartel, report saysThu, 16 Nov 2017 05:54:20 ESTThe EU is set to fine a group of car seat belt and airbag makers in the coming weeks, Reuters reported, in the latest regulatory crackdown on price fixing in the sector. Racecar specialist Dallara's Stradale inspired by LotusThu, 16 Nov 2017 04:56:58 ESTItalian racecar specialist Dallara says its first street legal car, a lightweight roadster called the Stradale, was inspired by affordable sports cars pioneered by Lotus. The Stradale's first customers include former F1 drivers. Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gainThu, 16 Nov 2017 02:37:55 ESTEuropean car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand leading the gains among volume automakers. Opel puts dealer network under scrutinyWed, 15 Nov 2017 06:17:14 ESTOpel plans to change the incentive system used by its European dealers to promote sales of higher-priced vehicles. The plan includes introducing a new top trim line called Ultimate. Pope gets $200,000 Lamborghini to auction for charityWed, 15 Nov 2017 11:42:37 ESTPope Francis was given a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan, which will be auctioned to raise money for charity. The Vatican said the money would go to projects to help Christians rebuild their homes in Iraq. Honda, Aston Martin warn of production snags after BrexitWed, 15 Nov 2017 03:44:04 ESTHonda and Aston Martin have warned British lawmakers that automakers in the UK could endure "semi-catastrophic" production interruptions if the EU stops accepting the nation's vehicle certification program after Brexit. Formula E may leave Britain if there is no Brexit dealWed, 15 Nov 2017 10:29:16 ESTThe London-based Formula E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, CEO Alejandro Agag said. Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe presidentWed, 15 Nov 2017 08:05:11 ESTKia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been appointed president of the automaker's European operations. VW says works council payments legal after offices raided by prosecutorsWed, 15 Nov 2017 04:16:56 ESTVW said it had obeyed the law in the payment of its works council chief, whose office was raided along with those of the company's chairman, finance chief and head of personnel. Older cars could get Wi-Fi hotspot with Deutsche Telekom offerWed, 15 Nov 2017 04:32:22 ESTDeutsche Telekom is offering owners of cars built in 2006 or later a service that will monitor driving data and turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot, as the company taps into demand for connected devices. VW board likely to back further EV investment in Germany, report saysTue, 14 Nov 2017 09:49:32 ESTVW's board will likely approve more investment in Germany in a production shake-up to fill underutilized factories and ramp up production of EVs, Reuters reported. PSA partners with Huawei in connected-car softwareTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:50:55 ESTPSA will develop a secure connected vehicle system in partnership with Chinese telecoms company Huawei Technologies. Global vehicle sales will decline as ride-hailing services boom, study saysTue, 14 Nov 2017 03:34:52 ESTAnnual vehicle sales in the U.S., Europe, China and India will decline to 54 million in 2040 from 67 million, an IHS Markit study said. Ghosn's Renault plan downgrades Europe, counts on Russia, ChinaTue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTRenault CEO Carlos Ghosn has laid out a relatively conservative strategy that counts on volume growth in international markets while reducing the automaker's reliance on Europe to drive profits until 2022. Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVsTue, 14 Nov 2017 04:44:38 ESTDaimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division, giving the business a more diversified sales footprint by entering the booming global segment of midsize pickups. Turkey moves ahead with plans for electric national carMon, 13 Nov 2017 08:32:39 ESTTurkey, is on course with its national car project. The country's five major suppliers and tech giants have just signed on to produce the still-unnamed car. Continental may invest in solid-state batteriesMon, 13 Nov 2017 06:12:06 ESTContinental is considering investing in battery production to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers. Challenges loom for Opel recovery planMon, 13 Nov 2017 03:57:13 ESTOpel's plan to return to profit has similar goals to PSA's recovery road map. But Opel may have a hard time bouncing back as it faces weak demand in key markets and the high costs of funding new technologies. Opel's production shift to Europe worries S. Korean workersMon, 13 Nov 2017 03:32:53 ESTOpel's plan to stop importing cars from South Korea is worrying workers at GM's Korean unit, which is already grappling with slumping sales. PSA expands in North Africa with plant in AlgeriaSun, 12 Nov 2017 09:23:38 ESTPSA has signed a joint venture with three partners to build cars in Algeria, joining Renault and VW in producing vehicles locally. VW re-registers Cayman Islands company planes in Germany, denies trying to avoid taxSun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTVW has re-registered six company jets in Germany that were previously registered in the Cayman Islands. The automaker has denied that the planes were registered in the Cayman Islands for tax-avoidance reasons. Kia Europe looks to expand hybrid, EV optionsSun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTKia Europe plans to adjust its hybrid and plug-in offerings to compensate for falling sales of diesel cars in the region. French startup launches $290,000 robotaxiSat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTFrench startup Navya Technologies hopes to beat automotive and tech giants such as GM and Alphabet with a robotaxi that will be part of a lineup of autonomous vehicles. Opel's ambitions put China, Russia, even U.S., on radarFri, 10 Nov 2017 00:01:00 ESTOpel's global export push could mean production of its cars in PSA's plants in China, Russia and Iran and even sales in the U.S., home market of former owner GM. PSA CEO defends Vauxhall but says Brexit adds pressure on UK plantsFri, 10 Nov 2017 03:37:37 ESTPSA CEO Carlos Tavares defended the Vauxhall brand against suggestions that it should be axed but said the UK factories acquired by PSA as part of its deal for GM's European operations need to make a leap in competitiveness to offset the potential... Opel teases new SUV that will come with 7 seats and plug-in hybrid versionFri, 10 Nov 2017 04:46:57 ESTOpel teased a new SUV that will go into production in 2019 with seven-seat and plug-in hybrid variants. VW invests in new SUV for South America as it devolves power to regionsFri, 10 Nov 2017 10:54:39 ESTVW is investing $650 million to build a new SUV in Argentina for South American markets. The move is part of VW's strategy to cede more responsibility from its Wolfsburg headquarters to regions. BMW loses appeal against fine for blocking shipments to SwitzerlandFri, 10 Nov 2017 08:57:07 ESTBMW has lost an appeal in Switzerland against a fine imposed after it banned Swiss customers from buying its cars elsewhere in Europe where they are 20 to 25 percent cheaper.