Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST French state will keep stake in PSA GroupThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:43:37 ESTThe French government will keep its stake in PSA Group, the office of president Francois Hollande tweeted. VW plans to build first EVs with China's Jianghuai Auto by next yearThu, 19 Jan 2017 08:54:36 ESTVW Group plans to build its first cars with China's Jianghuai Auto by next year. VW and JAC signed a preliminary deal to explore making electric vehicles in September. Winterkorn denies early knowledge of VW diesel emissions cheatingThu, 19 Jan 2017 05:10:37 ESTFormer VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told German lawmakers he did not know about the company's systematic emissions cheating earlier than VW has officially admitted. Kia Stinger aims for halo effect in Europe Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:58:52 ESTKia will launch its Stinger four-door fastback model in Europe in the fourth quarter. The brand hopes the rwd Stinger will serve as a halo model and will offer the car with a 3.3-liter engine variant that will be Kia's fastest production car to date. Germany's Merkel seen putting EU values ahead of car lobby in Brexit talksThu, 19 Jan 2017 03:34:21 ESTChancellor Angela Merkel is likely to put EU principles ahead of the German car industry's interests in her dealings with the UK over Brexit, the head of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce said. Renault-Nissan's Ghosn intent on staying ahead in electric carsWed, 18 Jan 2017 12:03:45 ESTRenault-Nissan has sold more than 400,000 electric cars globally and is planning further investment to maintain its market lead, the alliance's CEO Carlos Ghosn. Nissan, Toyota back UK plants despite 'hard Brexit' planWed, 18 Jan 2017 12:09:47 ESTToyota and Nissan say they will continue to build cars in the UK despite Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU's single market, which could make exporting from British factories less lucrative. Opel will unveil Crossland X next monthWed, 18 Jan 2017 06:59:04 ESTOpel/Vauxhall will debut the Crossland X, a small crossover that replaces its Meriva minivan, in Berlin on Feb. 1 as part of the General Motors unit's latest product offensive. Germany's auto industry warns 'hard Brexit' will stifle UK investmentWed, 18 Jan 2017 10:14:43 ESTGermany's automakers warned that uncertainty about future tariffs in the wake of a "hard Brexit" could deter investment in Britain over a number of years, hampering their largest export market. VW delays bid to boost Audi's China sales with SAIC dealWed, 18 Jan 2017 03:22:50 ESTVW Group says it will not produce or sell any Audi cars with SAIC in China until at least 2018, seeking first to strengthen ties with existing Audi partner FAW. Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault techWed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTSmart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with help from Renault. VW Group ordered to take back emissions-cheating Skoda by German courtWed, 18 Jan 2017 04:33:16 ESTVolkswagen Group has been ordered by a German court to take back a Skoda Yeti caught up in its emissions scandal and pay the buyer the full price of his car. Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins LookersWed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTFormer Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has joined the UK car dealership Lookers as managing director. Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall AstraWed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTAssembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Ellesmere Port, England, in October the same year. BMW urges Britain to retain tariff-free access to EU single marketTue, 17 Jan 2017 09:57:24 ESTBMW said it was best for business for the UK to be in the EU single market and urged London to ensure the country retained tariff-free access to the bloc. VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVsTue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A class and SUVs from all brands steal market share from the volume players in Europe's third-largest segment. Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:14:54 ESTEuropean car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was driven by growth across the region's key markets. December registrations were up 3.2 percent. Audi to expand EV range in China with FAWTue, 17 Jan 2017 06:52:22 ESTAudi said it will expand its model portfolio in China to include five additional electric e-tron models in the next five years that will be built by FAW VW. Volkswagen will copy Apple's User-ID strategyTue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTVW brand is copying a strategy from tech companies such as Apple by introducing its own "Volkswagen User-ID." VW charges in U.S. breach German constitution, says defendant's lawyerTue, 17 Jan 2017 06:18:14 ESTA lawyer for Heinz-Jakob Neusser, one of the VW executives charged last week by U.S. Citroen C4 diesel exceeds emissions limits, report saysTue, 17 Jan 2017 06:47:30 ESTA Citroen C4 Cactus diesel model produced emissions that are much higher than allowed under EU law, according to a study by the Joint Research Center, a French newspaper reported. Renault reports record 2016 sales, expects further growthTue, 17 Jan 2017 06:35:53 ESTRenault Group sales rose 13 percent in 2016 to a record 3.18 million vehicles thanks to growth in Europe and in overseas markets such as India and Iran as the automaker expects more progress this year. Italy rejects Germany's emissions allegations against Fiat ChryslerTue, 17 Jan 2017 05:10:11 ESTTests conducted on Fiat Chrysler vehicles show they are compliant with regulations and contain no emissions defeat devices as alleged by Germany, Italy's transport ministry said. UK to test Jeep model after U.S. emissions accusationsMon, 16 Jan 2017 05:25:55 ESTThe UK will carry out tests on the Jeep Grand Cherokee following U.S. accusations that Fiat Chrysler mislead regulators on diesel emissions. BMW to push on with Mexico plant despite Trump tariff threatMon, 16 Jan 2017 03:38:45 ESTBMW plans to finish construction of a new $1 billion plant in Mexico undeterred by threats from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on cars imported into the U.S. from its southern neighbor. French emissions probes could widen beyond Renault, minister saysSun, 15 Jan 2017 03:46:09 ESTA judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen beyond Renault after tests showed other carmakers had exceeded the authorized levels, the French environment minister said. Germany seeks recall of Fiat cars with 'illegal' shut-off devices, report saysSun, 15 Jan 2017 13:35:22 ESTGerman Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt wants the European Commission to ensure that Fiat cars that break pollution rules are taken off the market, a newspaper reported. VW pulled out of Daimler deal before embarking on diesel cheatSat, 14 Jan 2017 05:12:58 ESTVW Group might have stayed clear of the diesel cheating that led to the worst business crisis in its history had the company not pulled out of a promising deal with Daimler more than a decade ago. Diesel emissions inquiries widen to Renault and Fiat ChryslerFri, 13 Jan 2017 12:49:49 ESTEuropean carmakers were drawn into a widening probe of diesel emissions testing, with French prosecutors examining Renault and British authorities seeking answers from Fiat Chrysler. Fiat Chrysler, Italy face EU questions over diesel emissionsFri, 13 Jan 2017 03:30:05 ESTEuropean lawmakers called on Italy to provide proof against Germany's allegation that Fiat Chrysler used illegal exhaust emissions defeat devices. Renault emissions are being investigated by French prosecutors, report saysFri, 13 Jan 2017 06:11:31 ESTFrench prosecutors are investigating Renault over suspected cheating on vehicle exhaust emissions, a source at the Paris prosecutor's office told Reuters. Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTNew-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country's four-year slump will end in 2017. Tata names new chairman to stabilize groupFri, 13 Jan 2017 05:27:10 ESTFor Tata Group's new chairman, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, restoring order at India's largest conglomerate will be top of his agenda after the ouster of his predecessor Cyrus Mistry triggered one of the country's biggest corporate power struggles in... Nissan picks UK for first European on-road autonomous car testsFri, 13 Jan 2017 10:01:15 ESTNissan will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models in the country despite concerns over Brexit. The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyersThu, 12 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTBentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both. VW officials destroyed files, emails as cheating unraveled, U.S. prosecutors sayThu, 12 Jan 2017 04:15:07 ESTVolkswagen's plot to cheat U.S. emissions tests was quickly unraveling by 2015. VW faces reforms, oversight for 3 years under U.S. settlementThu, 12 Jan 2017 01:37:24 ESTVW Group agreed to sweeping reforms, new audits and oversight by an independent monitor for three years as part of a $4.3 billion settlement with U.S. regulators. Renault expects 30% production boost for Clio in SloveniaThu, 12 Jan 2017 05:17:34 ESTRenault's Slovenian unit will create 340 new jobs by the end of this month as it expects production of a face-lifted Clio model, which begins in March at the plant, to help boost annual output by 30 percent. Former VW CEO Winterkorn to appear before German parliamentary committeeWed, 11 Jan 2017 12:23:45 ESTFormer Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn will appear next week before a German parliamentary committee tasked with looking into whether the government had any role in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. Volkswagen executives indicted by S. Korea prosecutorsWed, 11 Jan 2017 04:07:28 ESTSouth Korean prosecutors indicted seven current and former executives and employees of Volkswagen Group's local unit for alleged violation of the Clean Air Conservation Act and other charges as part of a year-long investigation into emissions... BMW, VW, Daimler, Ford hope to catch Tesla with faster EV chargersWed, 11 Jan 2017 05:26:46 ESTBMW, VW, Daimler and Ford have begun talks with partners to build a network of ultra-fast charging stations in Europe that can charge vehicles in minutes rather than hours as they look to break Tesla's stranglehold on the EV market. PSA sales rise 6% in 2016 on European recovery, IranWed, 11 Jan 2017 03:46:49 ESTPSA's global deliveries rose by nearly 6 percent last year, propelled by a European market recovery and strong sales of Peugeot cars in Iran. China and southeast Asia was a problem region for the automaker with sales falling 16 percent. The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto showWed, 11 Jan 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and eye-popping concepts. That said, a few vehicles in the show are important and significant. VW's EV platform ready for Skoda, Seat brandsTue, 10 Jan 2017 06:05:12 ESTVolkswagen Group's core VW marque has finished developing the automaker's modular MEB architecture for electric vehicles, opening the door for other group brands to begin work on their own electric models. VW confirms $4.3 billion U.S. settlement over diesel emissionsTue, 10 Jan 2017 11:28:10 ESTVW confirmed it has negotiated a $4.3 billion concrete draft settlement with U.S. regulators to resolve its diesel emissions issues. The automaker also said it plans to plead guilty to criminal misconduct. VW managers warned to stay in Germany as U.S. charges nearTue, 10 Jan 2017 02:25:23 ESTVolkswagen Group's top executives may find it risky to leave Germany as U.S. prosecutors prepare to charge more company officials after VW manager Oliver Schmidt was arrested in Florida while returning from a vacation. VW posts record 2016 sales despite diesel-cheat crisisTue, 10 Jan 2017 08:55:02 ESTVW Group's global sales, including its Audi and Porsche brands, jumped 3.8 percent last year to a record 10.3 million as higher demand in China and Europe offset declines in the U.S. and South America. Lotus 'on track' for profit as losses declineTue, 10 Jan 2017 11:10:08 ESTBritish sports-car maker Lotus said it is still on track to make a profit this year despite a 41 million pounds ($50 million) loss during its most recent financial year. Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche MacanTue, 10 Jan 2017 05:41:29 ESTAudi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ride as comfortable as the Mercedes GLC. France's Le Pen says she would seek Trump-style repatriation of car plantsTue, 10 Jan 2017 05:02:04 ESTFrench presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she would seek to repatriate production of French vehicles and other industrial goods if she wins office, potentially threatening Renault and PSA plants in low cost countries.