Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Bosch sues S. Korea's Mando in U.S. on alleged patent infringementsFri, 30 Sep 2016 08:38:21 ESTBosch lodged a lawsuit in the U.S. against South Korean peer Mando alleging infringement of patents, a claim Mando later said was groundless. After Nissan ultimatum, Jaguar Land Rover says Brexit must be fair for allFri, 30 Sep 2016 07:23:18 ESTJaguar Land Rover said it will "realign its thinking" on investment after Britain's vote to leave the EU. The automaker also said that If Nissan gets a Brexit compensation deal, then other automakers would need a level playing field. VW brand boss Diess sees several tough years of restructuring aheadFri, 30 Sep 2016 04:15:24 ESTVW Group will need years to repair its namesake brand's tarnished image following its emissions-cheating scandal, VW brand chief Herbert Diess said. Despite this, he expects sales of VW-brand cars to rise this year. Volvo plans to offer fully self-driving car to luxury buyersFri, 30 Sep 2016 05:22:36 ESTThe self-driving car that Volvo plans to offer in five years will be sold with autopilot features that add about $10,000 to the vehicle's cost, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. Tesla says Autopilot not to blame in German crash Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:16:11 ESTA Tesla car operating under Autopilot collided with a bus in Germany, but the automaker said a collision was unavoidable because the bus swerved into the vehicle's lane. Renault seeks to build on design success with TrezorFri, 30 Sep 2016 04:41:08 ESTRenault launched the first step in a fresh design direction with the Trezor concept for a Grand Tourer-style electric coupe. ANE's October issue goes live MondayFri, 30 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Oct. 3. Nissan sets 'hard Brexit' compensation condition for new UK investmentThu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:21 ESTNissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants Britain to pledge compensation if a "hard Brexit" results in tariffs to export UK-built cars to EU markets. Without this, the automaker could scrap future investment in the country's biggest car plant. BMW appoints European sales chief to replace retiring CFOThu, 29 Sep 2016 06:19:07 ESTBMW Group appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who will retire, extending a management change that began when Harald Krueger took over as CEO last year. Renault defends EV headstart with 400 km range for Zoe EVThu, 29 Sep 2016 09:13:48 ESTRenault is nearly doubling the range of the battery-powered Zoe subcompact to keep ahead of competitors as they ramp up electric-vehicle offerings. BMW says China sales have improved while U.S. sales remain slowThu, 29 Sep 2016 12:47:23 ESTBMW Group is seeing positive signs in China demand while growth in the U.S. remains slow, Ian Robertson, the automaker's sales chief, said. PSA targets 150,000 vehicle sales in Iran in second halfThu, 29 Sep 2016 08:50:23 ESTPSA Group said it plans to sell more than 150,000 Peugeot vehicles in Iran in the second half of this year as the carmaker seeks to reclaim the leading position it once enjoyed in the country. Toyota drops new diesel for C-HR crossoverThu, 29 Sep 2016 05:41:29 ESTToyota has decided not to sell a new diesel engine it is developing in its C-HR crossover because demand for the powertrain technology is falling. Daimler confirms EQ subbrand for electric carsThu, 29 Sep 2016 06:09:33 ESTMercedes will launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2025 under a new subbrand called EQ. The automaker aims to become the global leader in EV technology, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Skoda CEO says U.S. launch not a priorityThu, 29 Sep 2016 02:57:53 ESTSkoda may take another year before deciding whether to sells its cars in the U.S. Volkswagen Group's value brand plans first to enter the South Korean and Iranian markets next year. Nissan debuts 'revolutionary' new MicraThu, 29 Sep 2016 05:01:49 ESTNissan said its new Micra will compete against the best subcompacts in the segment because it will offer class-leading technology, more space and low-emissions engines. Mercedes-AMG will add hybrid 'hypercar'Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:09:13 ESTMercedes-Benz's AMG unit said it will build a hybrid "hypercar" that uses Formula One technology. Mercedes will join F1 rivals Ferrari and McLaren in using hybrid technology to offer a very high-performance road car. Ferrari sells out open-top Aperta before public debutThu, 29 Sep 2016 04:36:43 ESTFerrari sold out an open-top version of the 1 million euro ($1.1 million) LaFerrari supercar before its public debut, underscoring the marque's allure even as the former unit of Fiat Chrysler widens its lineup with more affordable models. PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investmentsThu, 29 Sep 2016 04:16:54 ESTPSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. Automotive News Europe salutes Hildegard WortmannThu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European automotive industry. Every day through today one of the 25 winners has been featured. Today's winner is Hildegard Wortmann of BMW. EVs and SUVs set to dominate in ParisWed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomakers will focus on electric cars and the booming market for SUVs/crossovers at the Paris auto show. VW, Mercedes and Opel will be among companies showing battery-powered cars with long driving ranges. Automotive News Europe honors the 2016 Eurostars winners Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:00 ESTEurope's top-performing automotive executives have been honored for their work with Eurostar awards from Automotive News Europe. VW mulls robo-taxi service as part of new mobility brandWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:00 ESTVW Group is considering launching a fleet of robo-taxis for ride-hailing in the future as part of plans to expand its mobility services business, which will become the group's 13th brand. VW previews long-range electric carWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:45:49 ESTVW has previewed an electric car due in 2020 that it says will have a range of between 400 to 600km (250 to 370 miles). The automaker said the model, called the ID, "starts the countdown to a new era" for the company. Land Rover makes Discovery more high tech and roomierWed, 28 Sep 2016 07:35:49 ESTLand Rover expects to win more customers for its new Discovery SUV by offering high-tech gadgets, more interior room and a smaller diesel engine for European buyers. Automakers' EV plans will challenge early pioneersWed, 28 Sep 2016 05:31:28 ESTElectric-car pioneers including Renault, Nissan and Tesla are facing a challenge from their peers as EV concepts dominate the Paris auto show. VW faces continued scrutiny from EU on diesel fixesWed, 28 Sep 2016 12:19:37 ESTVolkswagen Group faces continued scrutiny from the European Union over how it implements a pledge to give consumers more information about repairs linked to its diesel-emissions scandal. Peugeot family to diversify further, invest outside FranceWed, 28 Sep 2016 10:43:44 ESTFrance's Peugeot family, which owns a 14 percent stake in automaker PSA Group, will further diversify its investments and expand outside of France to strengthen its holding company and offset the weight of its shareholding in the car manufacturer. ZF will walk away from Haldex bid unless it gets 50% stakeWed, 28 Sep 2016 09:10:45 ESTZF says it will walk away from its bid for Swedish braking systems firm Haldex if it fails to get a 50 percent stake at its current offer of 120 crowns per share. Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operationsWed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTFord of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operations. Herrmann will succeed Bernhard Mattes, who has held the role for 14 years. Automotive News Europe salutes Katherine WorthenWed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Katherine Worthen of Opel Group. BMW, Audi, Mercedes, tech firms form 5G alliance to accelerate self-driving carsTue, 27 Sep 2016 06:15:43 ESTBMW, Audi and Mercedes launched a 5G alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars. U.S. said to ponder what size diesel penalty VW can withstandTue, 27 Sep 2016 06:42:05 ESTThe U.S. Justice Department is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen Group over its emissions-cheating scandal without putting the automaker out of business, Bloomberg reported. VW scandal spreading to Audi risks hitting automaker's top profit generatorTue, 27 Sep 2016 03:35:24 ESTVolkswagen Group's attempts to contain the fallout from the emissions-cheating scandal suffered setbacks after Audi, the group's biggest profit generator, lost a key engineer tainted by the scandal and a media report suggested its CEO, Rupert... Renault targets 3.5% market share in ChinaTue, 27 Sep 2016 08:45:36 ESTRenault says it is targeting a 3.5 percent market share in China through its partnership with Dongfeng. S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revivalTue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTVolvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. It will be difficult to fulfill orders for the new cars while keeping pace with demand for the XC90. U.S. official says inadequate EU emissions testing was widely knownTue, 27 Sep 2016 04:07:21 ESTEurope's car-emissions tests have been seen as inadequate for decades, a top U.S. regulator told EU lawmakers. Much stronger enforcement will be needed to stop cheating by automakers such as Volkswagen Group, the European parliament was told. 2016 Eurostar winner Joachim MilbergTue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe executives chosen as 2016 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Joachim Milberg, who is the former CEO and chairman of BMW Group, is this year's Eurostar winner for Lifetime Achievement. Automotive News Europe salutes Annette WinklerTue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Annette Winkler of Daimler. Infiniti names Picello new Europe bossMon, 26 Sep 2016 05:45:47 ESTInfiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. He will move over from Infiniti's sister brand, Nissan, where he was vice president of sales for Europe. Renault, Nissan partner with Microsoft for connected car technologyMon, 26 Sep 2016 10:40:26 ESTRenault and Nissan are partnering with Microsoft to develop cloud-based services for cars, a step toward the automakers' plans to build self-driving automobiles by 2020. Skoda eyes South Korea entry in 2017Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTSkoda will "most likely" start sales in South Korea next year. VW Group's Czech subsidiary wants to expand its global footprint as it launches the new Kodiaq large SUV. Here, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditionsMon, 26 Sep 2016 05:32:25 ESTDigital map maker Here will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. Winterkorn more closely involved with VW's cheating, paper saysMon, 26 Sep 2016 04:56:23 ESTVolkswagen Group's former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, approved a plan to disclose only partial information on the automaker's software rigging to U.S. authorities, a German newspaper reported, citing newly uncovered documents. 2016 Eurostar winner Uwe ErnstbergerMon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe executives chosen as 2016 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Automotive News Europe salutes Sue SlaughterMon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Sue Slaughter of Getrag Ford Transmissions. Automakers tap new partners to bridge tech gapSun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomakers are increasingly turning to non-traditional suppliers to bridge the knowledge gap they face as they try to keep pace with rising demand for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving. Automotive News Europe recognizes Mouna SepehriSun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAutomotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Mouna Sepehri of Renault. Austrian trio aims to help BMW, VW, others tackle TeslaSat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTAuto executives from BMW, VW and McLaren are seeking advice from three Austrian brothers who are designing electric cars they say can go faster and further than anything made by Tesla. Female execs make big gains in Europe's auto sectorSat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe European automotive industry has also undergone big changes since 2008, especially when it comes to the rise of female executives.