Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EST Audi quits Le Mans to focus on electric car racingWed, 26 Oct 2016 10:19:46 ESTAudi will end its involvement in Le Mans next year after almost two decades to focus on racing electric cars. The move marks a shift in strategy as parent company Volkswagen Group battles to recover from its diesel-emissions scandal. Alfa will add a Giulia wagon to boost European salesWed, 26 Oct 2016 08:06:07 ESTAlfa Romeo will launch a station wagon version of its Giulia sedan in Europe late next year to help boost sales of the key model, people briefed on the matter said. PSA's Q3 revenue falls 5% as Europe wobble follows China weaknessWed, 26 Oct 2016 05:40:38 ESTPSA Group reported a 5 percent drop in third-quarter revenue, hurt by plunging sales in China and a weaker performance in Europe, where deliveries fell 4.3 percent. Toyota recalls nearly 1.5 million cars in Europe over Takata airbagsWed, 26 Oct 2016 05:14:01 ESTToyota is recalling about 5.8 million cars worldwide, including 1.47 million in Europe, over potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata. The recall includes the Yaris and Corolla. Germany's VW probe hasn't implicated leading execs, prosecutors sayTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:57:43 ESTGerman prosecutors investigating Volkswagen Group say they have a "fairly good" picture of how the diesel-cheating scandal evolved and that doesn't include any clear-cut link between the automaker's top executives and decisions to implement the... Mercedes X class will target families, outdoor enthusiastsTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:37:02 ESTMercedes unveiled two concepts for its first pickup that will go on sale next year called the X class. The midsize vehicle will target families, outdoor enthusiasts and commercial customers in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia. Renault Q3 revenue rises 13% on new models, European recoveryTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:21:37 ESTRenault recorded a 13 percent increase in third-quarter revenue, as a recovering European market lifted sales of its new Megane and Kadjar models. GM narrows Q3 loss in Europe but takes Brexit hitTue, 25 Oct 2016 08:20:10 ESTGM narrowed its third-quarter loss in Europe but warned that achieving its target to break even in Europe this year would be "very challenging" after the UK's vote to quit the EU. The collapse of the pound has hit the automaker's European operations. VW, BMW, Ford, Nissan seek Africa car-industry fixesTue, 25 Oct 2016 03:56:45 ESTVW, BMW, Ford and Nissan are among automakers seeking to work with Kenyan authorities to develop an auto-manufacturing industry in the east African country, building on talks with Nigerian lawmakers about their own market. Nissan-Renault open to partnerships to develop new car technologiesTue, 25 Oct 2016 07:45:14 ESTNissan and Renault are open to partnerships with other companies to develop new technologies as automakers race to develop the cars of the future, Ogi Redzic, the automakers' connected vehicles chief said. Schaeffler launches new engine-parts operation in ChinaTue, 25 Oct 2016 04:29:56 ESTGerman supplier Schaeffler has launched an operation to manufacture engine parts at its factory complex in the east China city of Nanjing. Map provider Here forms partnership with AlibabaTue, 25 Oct 2016 04:16:31 ESTHere, a major automotive provider of maps for onboard navigation systems owned by BMW, Mercedes and Audi, says it has formed a partnership with China's Alibaba to offer maps, traffic updates and navigation to Alibaba's customers. Tata management shake-up could slow group's debt reduction processTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:07:34 ESTTata Sons' shock move to oust Cyrus Mistry and his core team of advisors and bring back Ratan Tata as chairman of the conglomerate could lead to delays in the group's bid to reduce its debt load across its businesses, analysts say. EU official urges VW to do more for European customers hit by emissions scandalMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:07:30 ESTEU consumer champion Vera Jourova has sought to ramp up pressure on VW Group to compensate European owners of diesel vehicles rigged to cheat pollution controls. She has asked VW for guarantees that its technical fix will work. Geely's Lynk brand targets Germany as key European marketMon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 ESTGeely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk and CO, has picked Germany as its key target market in Europe. Piech, Porsche families say they are united behind VW managementSun, 23 Oct 2016 05:25:46 ESTThe Piech and Porsche families, which control more than 52 percent of Volkswagen Group, have vowed to back the automaker's senior management, setting aside past disputes as the company struggles to overcome its emissions-cheating scandal. Opel Meriva successor to be 'soft' crossoverSun, 23 Oct 2016 00:01:00 ESTOpel/Vauxhall's Meriva replacement will ditch the minivan looks of the current model for crossover styling but it won't be an SUV. Tesla faces industry scrutiny over the best way forward for autonomous carsSat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 ESTTesla's decision to equip all of its vehicles with self-driving hardware has intensified competition over what equipment will be on board cars of the future. Nissan will decide next month whether to build next Qashqai in UKFri, 21 Oct 2016 04:59:51 ESTNissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the automaker will make a decision next month on whether to build the new Qashqai in the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU. Jaguar Land Rover, Ford test connected cars in UKFri, 21 Oct 2016 05:37:48 ESTJaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing connected cars that can communicate with each other using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents, the first such trials in the country. Daimler quarterly profit jumps 10% on Mercedes car demandFri, 21 Oct 2016 02:59:29 ESTDaimler reported a 10 percent rise in third-quarter profit, buoyed by robust demand for Mercedes cars in China as the brand rolls out the new E-class sedan. Dutch prosecutors settle bribery case with Pon AutomotiveThu, 20 Oct 2016 09:12:33 ESTDutch prosecutors have settled a corruption investigation into Pon Automotive, a leading car importer in the Netherlands, for 12 million euros ($13 million). German transport minister calls for tougher rules to stop automakers gaming emissions regulationsThu, 20 Oct 2016 10:39:14 ESTGerman Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told an EU inquiry that legislation should be made clearer to prevent automakers from gaming emissions regulations by installing switch-off devices. Fiat Chrysler tech boss defends defeat-device claims before EU inquiryThu, 20 Oct 2016 00:01:00 ESTFiat Chrysler Chief Technical Officer Harald Wester defended the automaker before an EU inquiry against German government claims that its Fiat 500X diesel car cheated emissions tests. Nissan takes control of Mitsubishi with Ghosn as chairmanThu, 20 Oct 2016 05:04:27 ESTCarlos Ghosn officially folded troubled Mitsubishi into the Renault-Nissan alliance and put himself at the helm while installing British executive Trevor Mann as Mitsubishi's chief operating officer. Continental tried to buy stake in Osram, report saysThu, 20 Oct 2016 10:03:48 ESTContinental tried to buy Siemens' stake in lighting group Osram in the summer but was turned down, a German business magazine reported, citing company sources. VW said to target $4B savings in turnaround planThu, 20 Oct 2016 03:17:42 ESTVW Group wants to cut costs by about $4.1 billion at its core VW brand by 2021, leaving it at odds with labor leaders over the automaker's turnaround plan, sources said. Geely's Lynk brand sets 2018 Europe debut, seeks to redefine car ownership Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:00:00 ESTGeely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk and CO, will start European sales of its first model, an SUV developed with Volvo Cars, in 2018. VW challenges sister brand Audi with new China-only modelWed, 19 Oct 2016 04:34:28 ESTVW will launch the Phideon sedan in China on Friday. The $53,273 model will compete directly with sister brand Audi. The sedan is aimed at buyers looking for luxurious yet less-flashy cars amid a nationwide crackdown on conspicuous consumption. Ghosn set to add Mitsubishi chairman role, reports sayWed, 19 Oct 2016 04:41:23 ESTRenault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is set to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors when Nissan takes a controlling stake in the smaller automaker, reports said. Audi, Mercedes face labor shortage in HungaryWed, 19 Oct 2016 08:40:51 ESTAudi and Mercedes executives say a shortage of labor in Hungary is presenting problems for the automakers, which have both invested heavily to build cars in the country. VW works council denies it has agreed to cost-cutting dealWed, 19 Oct 2016 05:36:17 ESTVolkswagen labor leaders said they had not yet struck a deal with management on cost cuts at the VW brand, denying a report in a German business magazine. VW suppliers keen to avoid disputes despite price squeezeWed, 19 Oct 2016 05:12:59 ESTVolkswagen suppliers seem keen to avoid more disputes with the company even as they face growing pressure from the automaker to accept price cuts in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal. VW said to seek final approval of U.S. emissions deal without agreed fix Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:05:01 ESTVolkswagen Group is asking for a final signoff on its $14.7 billion U.S. Infiniti mulls first EV with eye on ChinaTue, 18 Oct 2016 09:17:55 ESTInfiniti is mulling when to introduce a pure electric vehicle to its lineup and says the model will be designed with the Chinese market in mind. Volkswagen avoids UK consumer probe over emissions scandalTue, 18 Oct 2016 06:10:47 ESTThe UK's antitrust watchdog said it won't pursue VW Group over its diesel-emissions scandal, joining European regulators in being more reluctant to extract concessions from the carmaker than counterparts in the U.S. VW labor boss demands commitment to battery production, report saysTue, 18 Oct 2016 05:38:47 ESTVW should commit to investing in the development and production of batteries for electric cars, the automaker's works council chief Bernd Osterloh said. VW is said to be mulling an $11 billion battery plant to rival Tesla's "Gigafactory." Audi said to delay tech projects as it cuts costsTue, 18 Oct 2016 03:23:42 ESTAudi will delay technology projects to cut costs, sources at the company said, as it grapples with parent Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal and the need for big investments in electric cars and autonomous driving. Volvo sees Microsoft HoloLens speeding up car developmentMon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 ESTVolvo says it is the first automaker to test Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality goggles as a tool. PSA aims to double used-car sales to 800,000Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:55:38 ESTPSA is creating a used-car business unit and buying a stake in a French online retailer as it seeks to double its second-hand car sales to 800,000 within five years. Dutch regulator weighs Tesla's use of 'Autopilot' nameMon, 17 Oct 2016 10:08:53 ESTThe Dutch agency that approved Tesla's "Autopilot" driver assistance system for use throughout Europe is considering what action to take on the name after several German organizations said it could be misleading. VW plants to raise efficiency by up to 8%, report saysMon, 17 Oct 2016 08:50:38 ESTVolkswagen wants to improve productivity at its factories by between five and eight percent per year and eliminate shifts as it deals with the fallout from its emissions-cheating scandal, a German daily reported, citing company sources. PSA plans 2,000 job cuts amid Brexit, diesel decline fearsMon, 17 Oct 2016 05:23:33 ESTPSA plans to cut more than 2,000 jobs in France next year, which would be about 3 percent of its total workforce, amid uncertainty over the effects of Brexit and falling diesel sales, a French radio station said. VW will accelerate savings in wake of diesel scandalMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:19:55 ESTVolkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller is accelerating cost cuts at the embattled automaker to cope with its emissions-cheating scandal and to finance VW's shift toward electric vehicles and digital services. German car industry warns UK that 'hard Brexit' could trigger shift eastMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:49:19 ESTParts of the UK's car industry could move to central and eastern Europe if the country loses access to the single market after quitting the EU, Germany's VDA auto industry association said. Conti autonomous driving chief cautious about tech's rolloutSun, 16 Oct 2016 00:01:00 ESTContinental's systems and technology chief, Ralph Lauxmann, says fully automated driving will be available by 2020 but its use will be severely restricted. He explained why in an interview with Automotive News Europe. Tesla told by German gov't not to use 'Autopilot' in advertisingSun, 16 Oct 2016 12:56:44 ESTGerman Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked Tesla to stop advertising its vehicles as having an Autopilot function because this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed. Europe could be leader in EVs, lobby group saysSat, 15 Oct 2016 00:01:00 ESTEurope is "well placed" to take a leading position in electrified vehicles, a green transport group said. Ghosn's Brexit fears ease after meeting with Britain's PMFri, 14 Oct 2016 09:06:22 ESTNissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said he was confident the UK would remain a competitive place to do business after meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May. Europe car sales grow 7% but VW fails to end share declineFri, 14 Oct 2016 03:03:51 ESTNew-car sales in Europe grew by 7.3 percent last month with most major automakers except PSA Group gaining volume. VW Group, hit by its diesel-emissions scandal, continued to lose market share.