Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Fiat clears Chrysler merger hurdle Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:39:12 ESTFiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close. Ford to halt B-Max production again in September, report saysFri, 29 Aug 2014 05:22:07 ESTFord will halt production of the B-Max at its Romanian plant for nine days in September, a report said. The automaker has halted output in Romania several times since September 2013 on poor sales of the minvan in Europe. Infiniti readies dedicated design centersFri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:00 ESTInfiniti will open design studios in the UK., U.S. and China to separate its luxury-vehicle designers from Nissan stylists. Infiniti will open a London studio next month in a separate building only a few steps from its Nissan studio. Suzuki gives the Vitara SUV a sleeker look to broaden its appealFri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:00 ESTSuzuki is giving is new Vitara a more mainstream look to broaden the subcompact SUV's appeal. The five-door Vitara will go on sale in Europe early next year. Mercedes to bridge gap with midlevel AMGsFri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:00 ESTDaimler plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives. JLR intensifies efforts to meet tough EU CO2 targetFri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:00 ESTJaguar Land Rover will 'turn over every stone' including launching plug-in hybrids to bring its high average CO2 emissions down to an EU-approved level by 2021, JLR head of product development Wolfgang Ziebart said. ANE's September e-magazine goes live MondayFri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:00 ESTThe latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 1. This month's edition looks at why European automakers have struggled to gain a foothold in India and what they are doing to turn things around. Global price-fixing crackdown threatens supply chain's 'business model'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:58:04 ESTAs antitrust regulators, most recently in China, go after auto suppliers in what has become a worldwide probe into price fixing, parts makers can no longer collude to keep prices relatively high for new components they supply to car manufacturers. Court rejects creditor protection for Saab owner NEVSThu, 28 Aug 2014 05:56:10 ESTA Swedish court rejected an application from China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which bought bankrupt Saab in 2012, for protection against creditors while it concludes funding talks. Russia pledges 207 million euros to resume car scrappage schemeThu, 28 Aug 2014 06:19:27 ESTRussia will reintroduce a scrappage scheme to help stimulate car sales after deliveries in the market fell 23 percent in July as the crisis in Ukraine continues to hit consumer confidence.%]