Automotive News Europe News Feed http://europe.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 27 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes Stephane Alber Fri, 27 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Stephane Alber of Valeo Wiper Systems. Apple explores EV charging stations, report saysThu, 26 May 2016 09:35:31 ESTApple is said to be investigating how to charge electric cars as the company appears to be laying the groundwork for a charging infrastructure ahead of plans to build an EV. BMW to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs, report saysThu, 26 May 2016 10:22:25 ESTBMW plans to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs as CEO Harald Krueger builds a younger management team to lead the automaker into the future, a German business magazine reported. VW targets $1 billion in savings from MAN, Scania integrationThu, 26 May 2016 06:53:37 ESTVW Group boosted its target for cost cuts at its trucks division to $1.12 billion as cooperation between its Scania and MAN units makes progress after years of tepid results. Apple's next big moneymaker could be carsThu, 26 May 2016 07:28:02 ESTApple's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing startup Didi is unlikely to be its last in the auto industry. The tech giant is burning more cash than the top 14 automakers combined, say Morgan Stanley analysts. PSA may lift Europe forecast as sales reboundThu, 26 May 2016 05:12:53 ESTPSA may lift its forecast for the size of the European car market this year, CEO Carlos Tavares said. UK motoring show 'Top Gear' returns with new lineupThu, 26 May 2016 05:51:20 ESTThe UK motoring show "Top Gear" will return to television screens this weekend with a new line-up of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programs. Takata said to holds talks with possible buyersThu, 26 May 2016 05:35:53 ESTTakata, the airbag maker facing billions in possible costs for the biggest recall in automotive history, is said to be in talks with potential buyers including the U.S-based fund KKR. Automotive News Europe salutes Peter HillThu, 26 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Marketing is Peter Hill of Honeywell Transportation Systems. German power firms to partner automakers in electric futureWed, 25 May 2016 09:58:55 ESTGerman power companies are likely to partner with automakers to tap into a 1 billion euro government incentive scheme for electric cars that will offer subsidies to green car buyers and funds to expand the country's charging infrastructure. UK production rises 16% in April on strong exportsWed, 25 May 2016 06:54:06 ESTUK car production rose 16 percent in April, boosted by strong overseas demand. The SMMT industry group said the numbers support its opposition to a so-called "Brexit." PSA to develop five EVs, plug-in hybrids for ChinaWed, 25 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTPSA and its Chinese partner Dongfeng will introduce five electric cars and plug-in hybrid models in China over the next five years to help meet tougher fuel-economy standards. VW, Toyota invest in ride-sharing servicesWed, 25 May 2016 03:08:14 ESTVW and Toyota are investing in ride-sharing companies in the latest in a wave of high-profile moves by automakers to embrace their potential upstart rivals as partners, customers and sources of valuable data. Mitsubishi names new randd chief, restates earningsWed, 25 May 2016 05:15:41 ESTMitsubishi said Nissan executive Mitsuhiko Yamashita will become its randd chief, part of a management overhaul in the wake of a fuel-economy scandal that also prompted the automaker to restate its annual earnings. VW argues penalties sought by U.S. over diesel scandal are excessiveWed, 25 May 2016 04:50:22 ESTVolkswagen argued in a court filing that fines sought by the U.S. government to penalize the company for rigging diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests are excessive. Automotive News Europe salutes Marcin PalmerWed, 25 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Delphi Automotive's Marcin Palmer. French government mulls PSA stake sale, paper saysTue, 24 May 2016 15:05:12 ESTThe French government is weighing a possible sale of part or all of its 14 percent stake in PSA Group, a French newspaper reported. VW's financing arm targets growth in used-car marketTue, 24 May 2016 08:56:10 ESTVolkswagen's financing arm is targeting growth in the used-car market as the unit believes development opportunities in the new-car market are slowing and now plans to offer the same mix of financing products for used cars as it does for new cars. Germany to retest 30 cars showing 'inexplicably high' CO2 levelsTue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTA German government committee has asked for further tests on 30 cars it says have "inexplicably high" CO2 emissions. The results came to light after officials tested cars from most major brands for defeat devices. Nissan may sell Calsonic Kansei stake to help fund EV research, report saysTue, 24 May 2016 04:51:04 ESTNissan is mulling selling its 41 percent stake in supplier Calsonic Kansei to raise cash for research and development in electric cars and artificial intelligence, the Nikkei newspaper reported. MG will start GS crossover sales in UK in second halfTue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTChina's SAIC Motor will launch sales of the locally built MG GS compact crossover in the UK in the second half. Automotive News Europe salutes Carolin GleichmannTue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Carolin Gleichmann of Hilite International. Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study showsMon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAudi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation... Peugeot gives the 3008 a radical restylingMon, 23 May 2016 08:01:32 ESTPeugeot has completely changed the look of its new 3008, giving the car a more aggressive design to help the model stand out in the compact SUV/crossover segment. VW board tried to dilute Lower Saxony influenceMon, 23 May 2016 03:10:26 ESTA power struggle erupted on VW's supervisory board after the owning Porsche and Piech families joined representatives from Qatar in an attempt to dilute the voting power of Lower Saxony, German magazine Der Spiegel said. Fiat Chrysler falls on report of German sales ban threatMon, 23 May 2016 05:16:36 ESTShares in Fiat Chrysler fell more than 5 percent after Germany's Bild newspaper reported that the carmaker could be prohibited from selling cars in Germany if evidence is found that the company disregarded emissions rules. BMW pays homage to 2002 turboMon, 23 May 2016 05:53:33 ESTBMW created a design study to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 2002 coupe, which the automaker says was one of the most significant models in its history. Automotive News Europe salutes Ingo FleischerMon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Ingo Fleischer of Johnson Controls. London taxi maker raises $400 million for plug-in fleetSun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe maker of London's iconic black cabs has raised $400 million to help finance production of a plug-in hybrid taxi. Sales are set to start in 2017 in time for a Jan. Fiat's snub of Germany over emissions backed by ItalyFri, 20 May 2016 03:22:14 ESTGerman Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt criticized Fiat for not showing up for a meeting to discuss emissions irregularities in its diesel vehicles. However, Fiat won the backing of Italian authorities. VW preps new strategy to become 'mobility provider'Fri, 20 May 2016 07:54:59 ESTVW, aiming to become a "mobility provider," will introduce a new strategy in mid-June, CEO Matthias Mueller told senior company managers. Auto sector stumbles in Q1Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe European auto industry began 2016 on a low note, with sharp falls in shareholder value for all automakers, all retailers and most partsmakers. VW agrees to lift wages for German workers despite scandal costsFri, 20 May 2016 04:45:19 ESTVolkswagen agreed to raise German workers' pay by nearly 5 percent after labor leaders vowed that employees won't foot the multi-billion-euro bill to resolve its diesel-emissions scandal. Volvo's China sales chief Fu Qiang resignsFri, 20 May 2016 05:03:04 ESTVolvo's China sales chief, Fu Qiang, has resigned "for personal reasons." The automaker hasn't said who will replace Fu in its largest single market. Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo GiuliaFri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAssembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile's factory in Cassino, Italy. Output is expected to peak at more than 55,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive. Automotive News Europe salutes Martin FischerFri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Martin Fischer of BorgWarner Turbo Systems. PSA, Kia forecast higher production in SlovakiaThu, 19 May 2016 11:48:21 ESTPSA and Kia forecast higher production at their plants in Slovakia this year. The country is home to three car factories and will see a Jaguar Land Rover plant open in 2018. PSA to invest $785 million in Spain; build new model in Vigo plantThu, 19 May 2016 07:55:49 ESTPSA Group will invest $785 million in its Vigo and Madrid plants in Spain. It will also build a new model in Vigo starting in 2020. Vauxhall will recall some Zafiras in UK on fire riskThu, 19 May 2016 05:27:35 ESTVauxhall will recall about 235,000 Zafira minivans for repair in the UK to prevent a possible risk of fire caused by a soldered fuse resistor in the vehicles. Automotive News Europe salutes Luka TrapicThu, 19 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Luka Trapic of Ferrari. Volvo previews new compact car rangeWed, 18 May 2016 11:01:11 ESTVolvo previewed its new compact-car range by unveiling concepts for an XC40 crossover and a vehicle that hints at the next V40 hatchback. The cars will include battery and hybrid variants alongside versions with gasoline and diesel engines. VW promises to lift profit, review management payWed, 18 May 2016 05:27:53 ESTVW Group promised to improve profitability and review management pay, seeking to defuse growing investor criticism in the wake of the emissions-cheating scandal. UK plans new insurance laws to help driverless carsWed, 18 May 2016 10:12:45 ESTThe UK announced plans for new motor insurance laws designed to encourage investment in driverless cars, as the government looks to capture a leading role in the developing technology. Opel admits using shut-off device, German minister saysWed, 18 May 2016 16:11:39 ESTOpel has admitted that its Zafira minivan has engine software that switches off exhaust treatment systems under certain circumstances but says this is legal, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said. Fiat Chrysler shares jump, then dip as Guangzhou Auto denies stake interest Wed, 18 May 2016 03:58:10 ESTShares in Fiat Chrysler retraced earlier gains to turn negative after China's Guangzhou Auto Group denied a report it had an interest in taking a stake in FCA. German gov't approves EV and plug-in hybrid incentivesWed, 18 May 2016 05:57:55 ESTThe German cabinet approved incentives to boost demand for electric cars. EV buyers will receive a 4,000-euro subsidy while those choosing plug-in hybrid cars will receive 3,000 euros. Suzuki says it used wrong fuel efficiency tests on 16 models in JapanWed, 18 May 2016 02:37:16 ESTSuzuki said it had used fuel efficiency and emission testing methods that were different from Japanese regulations on 16 models now sold in the country, but that proper testing showed no need to amend the data. Automotive News Europe salutes Richard CandlerWed, 18 May 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Connected Car Management is Nissan's Richard Candler. Ghosn salary debate intensifies in FranceTue, 17 May 2016 06:52:45 ESTThe Renault board's decision to defy shareholder rejection of CEO Carlos Ghosn's 7.2 million euro payout for 2015 has caused the French government to take action. Geely design boss gets Volvo's sister brand to think bigTue, 17 May 2016 09:11:05 ESTThe Briton who smoothed out Volvo's boxy lines is aiming to give China's Geely global appeal by ditching its utilitarian image.