Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST Lamborghini to double output by 2019 on SUV launch Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:31:15 ESTLamborghini expects to at least double annual production to 7,000 vehicles by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, CEO Stefano Domenicali said. The VW Group brand will cap annual production of its sports cars at 3,500 units to maintain exclusivity. VW's crippling supplier feud shows limits of cost-cutting pushWed, 24 Aug 2016 04:51:19 ESTVolkswagen Group's agreement to end a standoff with a resistant supplier shows the limits of the automaker's push to reduce spending in the wake of record fines over its emissions-cheating scandal. VW said to pay nearly $15 million compensation to supplier to end standoffWed, 24 Aug 2016 03:10:12 ESTVW will compensate Prevent Group as part of a deal to end a supply dispute that stopped Golf and Passat production in Germany, sources said. The agreed-upon figure is $14.7 million, a German newspaper said. Kia gives new Rio a sporty lookWed, 24 Aug 2016 05:58:56 ESTKia is giving its Rio subcompact hatchback a sporty look to help it compete better against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208. Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTBorgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring. VW says production will resume after deal agreed with suppliersTue, 23 Aug 2016 03:08:20 ESTVW said the two suppliers with which it has been at loggerheads over a contract dispute had agreed to start delivering parts again and that plants hit by production stoppages would gradually resume output. VW production stoppages caused by defiant Bosnian supplierTue, 23 Aug 2016 04:50:09 ESTIn a year of almost non-stop crises following revelations of cheating on emissions tests, the force that brought VW factories to a halt wasn't regulators or a court ruling, but a defiant parts supplier from Bosnia-Herzegovina protesting at the... Suppliers to the new VW TiguanTue, 23 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTVW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 250,000 units in 2017. Bosch calls VW owners' diesel-cheating claims in U.S. 'wild and unfounded'Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:24:33 ESTBosch rejected as "wild and unfounded" car owners' claims in the U.S. that 38 of its employees conspired with VW Group to develop technology that enabled diesel vehicles to evade pollution-control tests. PSA-Dongfeng's China sales plunge 17% through JulyTue, 23 Aug 2016 05:59:41 ESTSales of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles built by PSA Group's China joint venture, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co., slumped 17 percent in the first seven months, a report said. Daimler fights $45M compensation claim from supplier in VW disputeMon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:22 ESTDaimler is fighting a $45 million compensation claim from the supplier Prevent Group, which is also seeking damages from Volkswagen Group. Mercedes says China H2 sales may slow as new E-class output is raisedMon, 22 Aug 2016 09:35:38 ESTMercedes says sales in China may slow in the second half of 2016 while the company ramps up production of its new E-class long-wheelbase model. VW says 6 plants hit by production stoppagesSun, 21 Aug 2016 14:28:48 ESTVW is extending production cuts to six factories in Germany after a supplier dispute halted delivery of car seats and transmission parts. Golf and Passat production has been hit by the dispute. Aston Martin launches Vanquish Zagato Volante roadsterSat, 20 Aug 2016 06:36:44 ESTAston Martin will build only 99 units of the Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible, a sister car to the Vanquish Zagato coupe that debuted earlier this year. VW says talks to end supplier dispute will resume on MondaySat, 20 Aug 2016 17:15:09 ESTVW is seeking a negotiated settlement with suppliers in a dispute over contracts that is halting production at some of its plants. The automaker said talks will resume on Monday. VW plans to suspend Golf production in Oct., Dec.Sat, 20 Aug 2016 06:15:18 ESTVolkswagen plans to suspend production of its Golf model at its Wolfsburg factory in October and December to balance earlier over production. BAIC to tap old Mercedes platform to develop vehicles, report saysFri, 19 Aug 2016 08:20:10 ESTChina's BAIC Motor won approval from partner Daimler to develop vehicles using an old Mercedes E-class platform, according to a media report, which said the first vehicle based on the technology, a midsize sedan, will hit the domestic market in 2018. VW eyes transportation deals to boost self-driving car plansFri, 19 Aug 2016 09:44:21 ESTVolkswagen Group is planning further acquisitions in the market for new transportation technologies and services, said Johann Jungwirth, the automaker's digital chief and a former Apple exec. VW ready to seize withheld parts from supplier plants, report saysFri, 19 Aug 2016 09:56:46 ESTVW Group is preparing to seize components from two suppliers that are withholding parts in a contract dispute, Germany's Bild newspaper reported. VW to halt Golf production as supplier dispute hits 4 German plantsFri, 19 Aug 2016 05:23:19 ESTVW Group is stopping Golf production at its main German factory in Wolfsburg as a dispute with two key suppliers escalates, reports said. The automaker is also cutting working hours in three other plants across Germany. Opel cuts working hours at two German plants following Brexit voteFri, 19 Aug 2016 05:54:53 ESTOpel is cutting working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for its Corsa and Insignia models after the UK's vote to leave the EU. The UK is the biggest market for the two cars. VW gets German approval for another 140,000 diesel-car fixes in EuropeFri, 19 Aug 2016 05:13:14 ESTVolkswagen has received approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority for technical fixes on another 140,000 2.0-liter diesel cars with illegal emissions control software. Europe's auto sector slips again in Q2Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe values of Europe's automakers, suppliers and retailers fell during the second quarter of this year, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices. Bosch had key role in VW emissions fraud, lawyers claimThu, 18 Aug 2016 02:55:15 ESTBosch began playing a key role in developing Volkswagen's emission-cheating technology as early as the late 1990s, lawyers for VW owners said in a U.S. court filing that includes detailed allegations against the German supplier. VW to cut hours at 3 German plants amid dispute with supplier, report saysThu, 18 Aug 2016 09:57:19 ESTVW will cut working hours for more than 10,000 staff at its Wolfsburg base and reduce output at two more German sites, Reuters reported. VW's production is being hit by a dispute with a key supplier. Audi replaces top exec ahead of new Mexico plant opening, reports sayThu, 18 Aug 2016 09:32:47 ESTAudi has replaced Mattias Rust, the human resources chief at its new Mexico factory, shortly before the plant's opening, German media reports said. Rust was replaced because of "irregularities," the reports said. VW's Wolfsburg plant hit by parts shortage in supplier rowThu, 18 Aug 2016 04:55:35 ESTVW said production at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, had been affected by a components shortage caused by a supplier refusing to keep to delivery commitments. The factory builds Golf, Tiguan and Touran cars. Mercedes, BMW hit as Korea widens emissions probe after VW scandal Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:39:48 ESTSouth Korea expanded an investigation into the fabrication of emissions and noise-level test results to 23 foreign automakers, including Mercedes and BMW, after fining VW Group $16 million for violations. Suppliers to the new Bentley BentaygaThu, 18 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTBentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. Output is expected to peak at more than 5,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive. Daimler's top electric mobility exec moving to Bosch, report saysWed, 17 Aug 2016 10:21:34 ESTDaimler's top electric mobility executive, Harald Kroeger, is joining Bosch, Reuters reported. Bosch is building up its EV and autonomous car expertise and has worked with Google and Tesla. Nissan to export more Rogue SUVs from S. Korea on post-Brexit yen surgeWed, 17 Aug 2016 08:53:15 ESTNissan wants to increase the output of its Rogue model at alliance partner Renault's factory in South Korea this year, as a stronger yen makes exports from Japan less competitive. Former Volvo exec seeks to raise $1 billion at China EV startupWed, 17 Aug 2016 06:02:19 ESTFreeman Shen, a former top Volvo executive, aims to raise $1 billion in an initial fundraising round for the latest China electric-vehicle startup to challenge Tesla. AvtoVAZ's Togliatti plant to move to shorter weekWed, 17 Aug 2016 06:41:40 ESTAvtoVAZ said its Togliatti plant will move to a four-day week from October to February as the Russian market continues to be hit by sluggish demand. The factory builds Lada, Nissan and Renault cars. UK car sales holding up despite Brexit vote, dealer group Lookers saysWed, 17 Aug 2016 05:32:16 ESTUK car dealership Lookers said Britain's vote to leave the EU has had little impact on demand for new and used cars. Hyundai says it's discussing partnerships with GoogleWed, 17 Aug 2016 05:00:20 ESTHyundai is in discussions with Google about partnerships as the automaker seeks external expertise to remain competitive. The two companies have some common areas that may require cooperation, Hyundai Motor President Jeong Jin Haeng said. Norway denies report that it plans to ban gasoline and diesel carsTue, 16 Aug 2016 10:47:53 ESTNorway denied a media report that the country planned to outlaw the sale of all gasoline and diesel cars starting 2025. Wiring supplier Leoni defrauded of 40 million eurosTue, 16 Aug 2016 09:47:56 ESTGerman wiring systems maker Leoni has been the subject of a fraud which has cost the supplier 40 million euros ($45 million). Leoni said fraudsters had used falsified documents and identities to funnel company funds abroad. Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fireTue, 16 Aug 2016 11:25:08 ESTTesla is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive. Audi, China's luxury leader, continues to lose market share to BMW, MercedesTue, 16 Aug 2016 04:39:28 ESTAudi, the largest luxury brand in China, is losing market share to its two German rivals, BMW and Mercedes. VW Group outsells GM to regain top spot in Chinese marketTue, 16 Aug 2016 04:55:41 ESTVW Group outsold GM in July as well as in the first seven months of the year to reclaim its position as China's largest automaker. Infiniti will unveil gasoline engine that matches diesel for power and economyTue, 16 Aug 2016 03:15:16 ESTNissan's Infiniti brand will debut the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine at the Paris auto show next month. The automaker says the engine matches diesels for power and fuel efficiency. VW cuts working hours at Passat plant on seat supply problemMon, 15 Aug 2016 07:49:48 ESTVW plans to reduce working hours at a German plant making Passat cars because of problems with supplies from its in-house seat manufacturer Sitech. Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitabilityMon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTSeat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen its balance sheet by launching the Ateca into Europe's booming SUV/crossover market. VW gets approval for another 460,000 diesel-car fixes in EuropeMon, 15 Aug 2016 04:50:29 ESTVW Group has won German regulatory approval for fixes on another 460,000 diesel cars with illicit emissions software. The agreement, covering vehicles fitted with 1. Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in EuropeSat, 13 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTEurope's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Renault and Toyota lift the sector. The upward trend is likely to be halted as SUVs become more popular. VW Group sales fall nearly 1% in July on lower demand in Europe, U.S.Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:28:02 ESTVW Group's global sales fell 0.6 percent in July as volume gains in China failed to offset drops in Europe and the U.S. The automaker's VW and Porsche brands reported declines while sales rose at Audi, Skoda and Seat. VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in JulyFri, 12 Aug 2016 05:33:28 ESTVW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to suffer from its emissions-rigging scandal. Other automakers including Opel, Renault and Fiat posted sales gains in the month. Plastic Omnium gets OK to buy Faurecia's exteriors business but must sell factoriesFri, 12 Aug 2016 08:25:58 ESTFrench supplier Plastic Omnium won approval from EU regulators to acquire Faurecia's bumpers and front-end modules business on the condition that it sells seven Faurecia plants. Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brandFri, 12 Aug 2016 06:32:50 ESTVW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the VW brand in the Chinese market. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales says brand is poised to return to profit this yearFri, 12 Aug 2016 00:01:00 ESTJean-Marc Gales was forced to cut costs in a bid to achieve his goal of making Lotus profitable when he became CEO just over two years ago.