Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EST Seat unveils Arona, its second SUV, as it seeks to profit from SUV boomMon, 26 Jun 2017 12:50:21 ESTVW Group's Seat unit unveiled the Arona, the second model in the brand's plan to ride the SUV/crossover boom to sustainable profitability. Berlin demands costly German recall of 12 million diesel cars, report saysMon, 26 Jun 2017 08:27:27 ESTThe German government is in talks with automakers about updating the engine management software of up to 12 million diesel vehicles to cut NOx pollution, Reuters reported. VW's Slovak workers end strike after wage dealMon, 26 Jun 2017 03:47:20 ESTWorkers at VW Group's Slovak factory reached a pay increase deal with management to end a six-day strike. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white. Audi top management criticized in internal dossier, paper saysSun, 25 Jun 2017 03:38:12 ESTAudi's executive board, including CEO Rupert Stadler, shows no signs of being ready for a fresh start after the brand became embroiled in VW Group's diesel scandal, company managers say, according to a German newspaper report. Former VW engine chief told to stay in Germany or risk being detained in U.S. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:59:27 ESTGermany is the only safe place for former VW Group executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the highest-ranking manager indicted in the U.S. in connection with the automaker's diesel-rigging scandal. Land Rover Defender will appeal to new generation, design chief saysFri, 23 Jun 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe launch of the new Land Rover Defender is "not far away," the brand's design boss, Gerry McGovern, said. VW's Slovak workers continue strike after talks failFri, 23 Jun 2017 05:36:08 ESTWorkers at VW Group's Slovak factory will continue to strike to win a higher pay rise after talks with management failed. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white. Lotus cars may be built in China, Geely owner saysFri, 23 Jun 2017 03:32:03 ESTGeely hopes to help Lotus to penetrate the global market, Geely owner Li Shufu said, after his company finalized a deal to buy the UK sports-car maker as part of its acquisition of Proton. VW agrees to buy back some 'cheat' diesels in GermanyFri, 23 Jun 2017 04:13:51 ESTVW agreed to buy back diesel cars with rigged software from a handful of customers in Germany who took the automaker to court. VW played down the significance of the ruling, saying its decision stemmed from the low value of the vehicles in question. Mercedes production may be hit by EV disputeFri, 23 Jun 2017 04:43:43 ESTWorkers at a Mercedes plant near Stuttgart may refuse to work overtime unless management allocates electric powertrain work to the factory to offset the loss of orders for conventional engines and transmissions. Daimler's Uber rival expands into RomaniaFri, 23 Jun 2017 00:01:00 ESTMytaxi, Daimler's Germany-based ride-hailing app, is expanding into eastern Europe. Daimler and rivals are investing in ride-hailing companies to ensure they do not become providers of low-margin commoditized hardware to companies such as Uber. Ford sees LCVs as key to European profit despite Brexit headwindsThu, 22 Jun 2017 03:28:22 ESTA strong sales performance in light commercial vehicles will help Ford be profitable in Europe this year, the automaker's regional boss, Steve Armstrong, said. Automakers can overcome industry disruptors, Seat president saysThu, 22 Jun 2017 08:12:44 ESTTech companies may have an advantage as innovators in the battle for leadership of the future market for mobility but only automakers have the industrial scale to make new developments a reality for the masses, Seat President Luca de Meo says. UK seeks to be world leader in autonomous and electric vehiclesThu, 22 Jun 2017 04:23:28 ESTThe UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emissions vehicle technology as it seeks to become a leader in the field, which it believes may be worth 28 billion pounds to the economy by 2035. Renault-Nissan plans driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing servicesThu, 22 Jun 2017 06:45:48 ESTRenault-Nissan plans to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services as the alliance looks beyond making and selling cars. The alliance is testing a system with a Japanese software company and French public transport operator. Hard Brexit will put 18,000 German jobs at risk, study saysThu, 22 Jun 2017 06:18:21 ESTSlumping new-car sales in the UK after a hard Brexit could put 18,000 German auto industry jobs at risk, a Deloitte study said. BMW exec says brands need to take more risks Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:19:40 ESTAutomakers must be prepared to take more risks to reach digital natives and not shy away from edgy subject matter, BMW marketing executive Hildegard Wortmann said. Millennials want brands that behave "like human beings," she said. Lamborghini boss uses F1 experience to push brand furtherThu, 22 Jun 2017 00:01:00 ESTLamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali is trying to instill a sense of urgency in the supercar maker that he says helped keep him sharp when he was head of Ferrari's Formula One team. Takata will file for bankruptcy on Monday, report saysThu, 22 Jun 2017 04:55:49 ESTTakata will seek bankruptcy protection from creditors on Monday, Reuters reported. The supplier faces billions of dollars in liabilities stemming from the biggest recall in automotive history. Volvo eyes even tougher sales targetWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:41:54 ESTVolvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the automaker has the potential to exceed its goal of selling 800,000 vehicles annually by 2020. EVs are 'clearly' the future despite slow start, Renault's Normand saysWed, 21 Jun 2017 05:36:04 ESTThe global market for electric cars has not grown as fast as Renault expected but EVs are "clearly" the future, the automaker's EV boss, Gilles Normand, told attendees of the 2017 Automotive News Europe Congress. Toyota knows it needs partners to meet mobility services challengeWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:23:21 ESTToyota is open to partnerships to counter the challenges posed by new mobility companies such as Uber, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy said. Lynk and CO boss says 'brutal' simplicity is key to brand's futureWed, 21 Jun 2017 09:19:49 ESTLynk and CO's boss believes the key for the upstart brand's future success is to be 'brutally simple.' The Zhejiang Geely subsidiary plans to limit model variations and harmonize prices across the euro area, Alain Visser said. Aston Martin recalls Vantage cars over transmission software problemWed, 21 Jun 2017 03:50:35 ESTAston Martin is recalling 1,658 Vantage cars after problems with a transmission software update led to incidents in China in which some cars stalled and lost power. Cooperation, customer focus key to mobility services successWed, 21 Jun 2017 10:05:37 ESTCooperation, customer focus and profitability should be priorities as traditional car companies expand into future mobility services such as car-sharing, industry experts said at the Automotive News Europe Congress. EU fines Automotive Lighting and Hella over cartel but Valeo escapes punishmentWed, 21 Jun 2017 08:12:50 ESTThe EU has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella 27 million euros ($30.1 million) for operating a cartel. Valeo escaped a fine because it revealed the cartel's existence. Volvo will challenge Tesla, BMW i with stand-alone Polestar brandWed, 21 Jun 2017 01:40:17 ESTVolvo will challenge Tesla and BMW's i subbrand by turning its Polestar unit into a stand-alone brand for high-performance electrified models. The Swedish automaker has picked design chief Thomas Ingenlath to be CEO at Polestar. Uber CEO Kalanick quits under pressure from investorsWed, 21 Jun 2017 04:32:40 ESTUber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-hailing service, ceding to investors' wishes that he step aside. Uber has been hit by scandals including allegations of sexual harassment and the use of "Greyball" software to bypass regulators. Kia says Stonic will be key conquest modelWed, 21 Jun 2017 03:05:25 ESTKia said its new Stonic will be a key conquest model for the brand in the booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment. Daimler begins construction of Mercedes plant in RussiaTue, 20 Jun 2017 08:45:58 ESTDaimler has begun construction of a Mercedes plant in Russia. The factory will produce more than 20,000 Mercedes cars and SUVs a year. Automotive News Europe honors the 2017 Rising Stars winners Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:30:00 ESTSixteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. Ghosn sees Renault-Nissan passing VW, Toyota as global No. 1 this yearTue, 20 Jun 2017 02:56:08 ESTCarlos Ghosn says the Renault-Nissan alliance, which added Mitsubishi last year, could soon pass VW Group and Toyota to become the best-selling global car company. UK car industry warns hard Brexit could permanently damage sectorTue, 20 Jun 2017 05:23:03 ESTThe UK's car industry has set out a list of Brexit demands to the British government, warning that a return to World Trade Organization rules following a possible departure from the single market could permanently damage the sector. Honda exec warns loss of EU customs union access could hit UK supply chainsTue, 20 Jun 2017 06:06:40 ESTHonda's senior vice president in Europe, Ian Howells, says the UK's departure from the EU's customs union after Brexit would raise costs for small and medium-sized suppliers to such an extent that supply chains could seize up. VW's Slovak workers strike over payTue, 20 Jun 2017 05:46:24 ESTWorkers at VW Group's Slovak factory have gone on strike to win a higher pay rise than the company has offered. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white. Tata denies plan to list Jaguar Land RoverTue, 20 Jun 2017 03:34:57 ESTTata Motors says it has no plans to list Jaguar Land Rover after Bloomberg reported that the company was considering an initial public offering of JLR. Continental joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye platform for self-driving carsTue, 20 Jun 2017 04:09:26 ESTContinental will join a self-driving platform developed by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye with the supplier handling integration of components and software. Citroen seeks global appeal with lineup renewalTue, 20 Jun 2017 00:01:00 ESTCitroen is thinking on a global scale as it embarks on a big renewal of its lineup, which started with the C3 subcompact hatchback last autumn and continues with the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross SUV/crossovers. Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for ChinaMon, 19 Jun 2017 04:46:30 ESTVolkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese company in his new role as design boss for German automotive engineering company Edag. Fiat Chrysler denies it is pulling Chrysler brand from JapanMon, 19 Jun 2017 05:40:36 ESTFiat Chrysler denied it has decided to pull its Chrysler brand out of Japan after the Nikkei reported the automaker was planning to stop selling the cars in the country as early as next year following years of poor sales. BMW 5-series plug-in hybrid will be built by Magna SteyrMon, 19 Jun 2017 08:40:37 ESTMagna International's Magna Steyr unit will build BMW's new 5-series plug-in hybrid at its Austrian factory. Europe's Vedecom, Israel's Karamba developing self-driving carMon, 19 Jun 2017 05:13:38 ESTEuropean self-driving car company Vedecom and Israel's Karamba are partnering to develop fully autonomous cars that will be deployed for limited use in certain European cities within the coming year. Automotive News Europe salutes Monika MikacMon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Startup is Monika Mikac, who is chief operating officer at Croatian electric vehicle maker Rimac Automobili. Jaguar Land Rover to add 5,000 employeesSun, 18 Jun 2017 02:51:10 ESTJaguar Land Rover plans to add 5,000 employees including 1,000 electronic and software engineers as the auto industry adapts to develop autonomous vehicles. VW aims for top spot with bigger, roomier PoloFri, 16 Jun 2017 05:48:59 ESTVolkswagen unveiled its latest Polo, saying the car's bigger size, wide range of active safety equipment and clear design will help it outsell rivals in Europe's subcompact segment. VW brand chief sees new models driving profit and salesFri, 16 Jun 2017 08:12:12 ESTVolkswagen Group is making headway with efforts to raise profitability at its troubled core VW brand and expects strong business next year thanks to a raft of new models, the division's top executive, Herbert Diess, said. European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levelsFri, 16 Jun 2017 02:41:29 ESTEuropean new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sales increases. Winners included Toyota, Renault, VW and Fiat, while Opel's volume declined. Valeo will open a research center for artificial intelligenceFri, 16 Jun 2017 10:26:46 ESTValeo will open a research center for artificial intelligence and 'deep learning' with the aim of developing technologies that can be applied to autonomous vehicles. EU ready to scrap tariffs on Japanese car parts in trade deal, paper saysFri, 16 Jun 2017 03:47:07 ESTThe EU will propose scrapping import tariffs on most Japanese car parts in trade negotiations, Nikkei reported. In return, the EU is pushing for Japan to cut or scrap import tariffs on some agricultural products. VW told by California legislators to build EV charging stations in poor areasFri, 16 Jun 2017 04:05:00 ESTCalifornia legislators tightened rules requiring VW to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in disadvantaged communities as part of an agreement for the automaker to distribute $800 million in the state to atone for its diesel-emissions... %]