Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST VW Group names Porsche exec as strategy chiefTue, 17 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTVW Group named Porsche executive Juergen Rittersberger as its new head of strategy. He replaces Thomas Sedran, who will lead the group's commercial vehicles division. BMW gets right for potential stake in Chinese battery giant Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:45:26 ESTBMW is the first overseas automaker to get a potential toehold in Chinese electric-car battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology, obtaining the right to make an equity investment of as much as $427 million. European electric-car sales slowed in first halfTue, 17 Jul 2018 10:00:52 ESTSales growth of electric cars slowed across the European Union's major markets during the first half because of limited driving ranges and a patchy charging network Japanese automakers set for European sales boost from trade pactTue, 17 Jul 2018 08:49:56 ESTThe EU and Japan signed a trade pact that will remove European tariffs of 10 percent on Japanese cars and 3 percent on most car parts. Germany lures auto companies to less-developed east with incentivesTue, 17 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTGermany's multi-year strategy of encouraging projects to invest in its less developed regions continues to fan economic development in the auto industry. EU demands VW guarantee that diesel emissions fix does not impair carsTue, 17 Jul 2018 06:39:36 ESTThe EU criticized VW Group for failing to guarantee that emissions fixes required in the wake of the automaker's diesel scandal would not impair the performance of the affected vehicles. In Europe, 8.5 million VW cars were fitted with cheat software. Jeep, Volvo, VW among winners as SUVs boost European demandTue, 17 Jul 2018 03:43:30 ESTEurope's continuing boom in SUV/crossover sales boosted registrations in June despite slumping demand in the UK, where uncertainty over Brexit is hitting consumer confidence. Citroen aims to lure SUV fans with cozy C5 AircrossTue, 17 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTCitroen aims to make the C5 Aircross stand out in Europe's crowded compact SUV sector by emphasizing the vehicle's driver and passenger comfort. Ford's LCV leader details strategy to build on strong sales startTue, 17 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTFord claims leadership in Europe's van segment because of the popularity of its four-vehicle Transit model range. The division is led by Dutchman Hans Schep, who spoke with Automotive News Europe about the automaker's plans for the unit. Ex-Apple engineer pleads not guilty in trade secret theft caseMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:10:05 ESTA former Apple engineer charged with stealing driverless car secrets for a Chinese startup pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court. UK market 'stabilizing' despite sales falling nearly 4% on diesel plungeMon, 16 Jul 2018 08:48:18 ESTUK registrations fell 3.5 percent in June as demand for diesels plunged. VW Group's Seat had the biggest rise among brands, followed by BMW. Losers included Nissan, Dacia, Fiat, Renault, Ford and Vauxhall. Suspected fraud at China's BYD entangles London soccer club ArsenalMon, 16 Jul 2018 10:26:21 ESTBYD, China's biggest maker of new-energy vehicles, asked police to investigate a person who allegedly posed as an employee and signed unauthorized marketing contracts in the company's name. Fiat union's Ronaldo strike flopsMon, 16 Jul 2018 06:15:23 ESTA strike called by a small Fiat union to protest the $117 million purchase of soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo by Juventus FC, which is controlled by the Agnelli family, has fallen flat after only five workers participated in the action. Renault raises outlook after first-half sales increase 10% Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:46:36 ESTRenault increased vehicle sales by nearly 10 percent in the first half, helped by rebounding markets in Russia and South America, and solid demand in Europe. BMW, Mercedes-Benz boxed in by tariff battlesMon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTMercedes and BMW stand to lose most from tariffs imposed first by the U.S. on China and then reciprocated. Unfortunately for both companies, there isn't much they can do to shield themselves from the fallout. BMW thrust into political battle over tradeSun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTHow did BMW, whose U.S. plant has been acclaimed as a symbol of America's resurgence as an auto manufacturer and exporter, become a symbol of the threat to America's manufacturing base instead? BMW is wondering the same thing. Germany probes shut-off devices in three Opel model linesSun, 15 Jul 2018 13:24:34 ESTThe German federal motor vehicle authority is conducting an official hearing into emissions technology that is claimed to allow Opel Cascada, Insignia and Zafira diesel models to exceed NOx emissions limits more than tenfold. Automobili Pininfarina unveils photos of electric hypercar, the PF0Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomobili Pininfarina is stoking the fires of its first vehicle, the PF0. The brand revealed new teaser photos of its full-electric hypercar's exterior last week. Germany's Knorr-Bremse to decide on IPO in SeptemberSat, 14 Jul 2018 06:16:01 ESTGerman brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse will decide on a possible stock market flotation in September, Chief Financial Officer Ralph Heuwing told a German newspaper. Automakers bristle at U.S. demand for sensitive data under tariff probeSat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTThe U.S. Commerce Department has asked automakers to reveal some of their most closely held secrets as part of its investigation of whether tariffs on imported cars and components are needed to safeguard national security. EV batteries of the future hit the trackFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomakers have long used racing to nurture new consumer technology, and the Formula E racing series is no different when it comes to advancing EV batteries -- on and off the track. Bosch told to hand over emails in VW emissions suitFri, 13 Jul 2018 09:15:35 ESTBosch must hand over emails in connection with lawsuits brought by investors against Porsche SE linked to VW Group's diesel scandal, a German court ruled. BMW, Tesla seek to bypass China's retaliatory tariffs Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:04:20 ESTLess than a week into President Trump's trade war with China, global automakers have shown there are ways to bypass the battle. Volvo randd boss vows to turn quality hiccup into a winFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTVolvo received a wake-up call after it finished third to last in a key quality study. McLaren plans $2.1 billion, electric-heavy product push Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTMcLaren Automotive plans to invest $2.1 billion as it prepares to launch 18 new cars by 2025, with electrification a cornerstone of the engineering and product push. Mercedes plans more pop-up stores to entice new buyersFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTMercedes wants to give U.S. consumers a no-pressure shopping environment where they can simply see what a Mercedes is. Auto shoppers in the United States favor trucks more and moreFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTJust five years ago, U.S. vehicle sales were evenly split: 50 percent cars and 50 percent light trucks. Now, trucks outsell cars by a ratio of more than 2-to-1, and there's no sign of a car rebound anytime soon. Opel names Brunet as new finance chiefFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTOpel has appointed Frederic Brunet as its new chief financial officer, replacing Phillipe de Rovira, who has moved to parent PSA Group as head of finance. Graphic shows declining cars, rising light trucks in the United StatesFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTAutomakers are on pace to sell about 5.3 million cars this year, which would be the fewest since 1958. Here are graphic illustrations of how light-truck popularity in the United States is eating away at new-car sales. Suppliers invited to apply for 2019 PACE AwardsFri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTSuppliers have until Sept. 5 to apply for the 2019 Automotive News PACE Awards, which identify and honor game-changing and commercialized innovations in technology and processes. Audi team trains German cars to speak AmericanThu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTAudi has learned that consumer expectations in America differ widely from those in the rest of the world. Here's what the brand does before launching a new vehicle. Daimler, BMW, VW EVs will catch Tesla soon, study findsThu, 12 Jul 2018 19:19:20 ESTEV pioneer Tesla no longer has the road to itself. By 2021, German automakers including Daimler, BMW and VW Group are expected to pass their U.S. rival in a number of areas relating to the technology, a study said. Gestamp boss eyes growth in outsourcing, hot stamping Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTGestamp expects the expanding trend of automakers' outsourcing to suppliers will continue to help the Spanish metal parts supplier. Trump: U.S. will restrict EU cars without new trade talksThu, 12 Jul 2018 08:28:25 ESTPresident Trump warned the EU that the U.S. would act to restrict entry for European light vehicles if the bloc failed to treat America fairly on trade. BMW will up stake in key China JV above 50%, report saysThu, 12 Jul 2018 03:19:20 ESTBMW will become the first foreign automaker to own a majority stake in a Chinese joint venture when the automaker increases its share of a JV with Brilliance, Bloomberg reported. Panasonic plans to halve cobalt in car batteries Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:49:44 ESTPanasonic plans to halve the cobalt content of its mass-produced automotive batteries "in two to three years" as the supplier looks to reduce costs. The mineral has leapt in price in recent years as demand for electric vehicles gains traction. Audi tops 2018 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index studyThu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTAudi, for the first time, landed atop an annual U.S. dealership study that evaluates brands based on how effective salespeople are at handling consumers and closing deals. Alpine will boost A110 output to reduce wait timesThu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTRenault's Alpine brand is raising production of its A110 coupe to 20 cars a day from 15 to try to reduce waiting times that stretch more than a year. VW Beetle EV awaits approval, report saysThu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTVW design boss Klaus Bischoff has done sketches for a four-door, Beetle-style electric vehicle. DS shrinks lineup to distance brand from Citroen tiesThu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTDS Automobiles will halt sales of the DS 4 and DS 5 by year-end as PSA Group's upscale brand continues efforts to shed its former identity as a Citroen subbrand. PSA posts 38% sales gain on Opel/Vauxhall additionThu, 12 Jul 2018 02:10:19 ESTPSA's global vehicle deliveries increased 38 percent in the first half largely because of last year's acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall. Excluding the former GM brands, PSA's sales rose a more modest 1.9 percent. Italian union plots FCA strike for spending on Ronaldo Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:19:52 ESTA small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler's plant in Melfi, Italy, to protest against the huge sums of money spent by the Juventus soccer club to sign up star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Stuttgart to start ban of older diesels in 2019Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:50:26 ESTStuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche, will bar diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 or older emissions standards starting next year and may be forced to ban Euro 5 vehicles by 2020 if measures to improve air quality fail, a state ministry said. Deutsche Post explores options for StreetScooterWed, 11 Jul 2018 10:04:35 ESTGerman postal services group Deutsche Post has hired Goldman Sachs to evaluate options for its electric van business, StreetScooter, as it seeks to expand the unit and tap an expected surge in demand, Reuters reported. Tata calls time on the Nano minicarWed, 11 Jul 2018 06:26:04 ESTTata has said that the Nano, the world's cheapest car that was aimed at luring India's masses away from motorbikes, will be phased out by the end of the year. Daimler, Bosch to deploy self-driving taxis in U.S.Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTDaimler and Robert Bosch plan to deploy self-driving taxis in California's Silicon Valley region next year as part of a test program of vehicles designed for city driving, the two companies said. Renault prepares to double output of Zoe EVWed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTRenault is preparing to double production of the full-electric Zoe at its Flins factory outside Paris. The increase in output is part of a billion-euro investment by the French automaker in EVs. New Subaru chief aims to shore up profits, sales -- and trustWed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 ESTNewly appointed Subaru President Tomomi Nakamura has unveiled a five-year business plan that aims to boost U.S. VW names Sedran as head of commercial vehiclesTue, 10 Jul 2018 07:49:33 ESTVW has named Thomas Sedran to lead its commercial vehicles division. Currently VW's head of strategy, Sedran will assume his new post on Sept. 1. He replaces Eckhard Scholz. Jeep could get advertising boost as soccer star Ronaldo moves to Italy Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:04:20 ESTItaly's Juventus Football Club is paying more than $130 million to sign star player Cristiano Ronaldo from Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid Football Club.