Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST Mueller's employee meetings aim to soften VW imageFri, 22 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTDuring an exchange with employees, VW CEO Matthias Mueller indicated that the company is working on a new division of board responsibilities. He also hinted that VW will use fewer consultants and rely on internal expertise. How EVs could create the biggest disruption since the iPhoneFri, 22 Sep 2017 03:53:15 ESTWith a little help from ride-hailing and self-driving technology, electric cars could be about to change the auto industry in a similar way to Apple's upending of the mobile phone world 10 years ago. Volvo packs XC40 with firsts, takes aim at BMW, AudiThu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 ESTThe Volvo XC40 breaks a lot of new ground for the automaker. It's Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends. PSA will launch EV versions of Peugeot 208, 2008 and DS 3 CrossbackThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:21:26 ESTPSA will launch full-electric versions of its Peugeot 208 and DS 3 Crossback cars in 2019. The Peugeot 2008 will get an EV option in 2020. Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chiefThu, 21 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTHyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. Hofmann joins Hyundai Europe as the automaker seeks to become the region's best-selling Asian brand by overtaking Toyota and Nissan. Greenpeace activists board ship in bid to stop UK-bound VW dieselsThu, 21 Sep 2017 06:34:01 ESTGreenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests. VW, Audi production hit by Mexico earthquakeWed, 20 Sep 2017 11:29:10 ESTVW and Audi halted production at their Mexico plants to inspect buildings and allow workers to check on family after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck near Mexico City. China may relax restrictions on foreign EV makersWed, 20 Sep 2017 03:24:03 ESTChina may allow foreign automakers to set up wholly owned EV businesses in its free-trade zones, Bloomberg reported. Croatian automaker plans second electric supercarWed, 20 Sep 2017 03:51:44 ESTCroatian automaker Rimac, which lays claim to the world's fastest electric car, is close to completing a $60 million financing package to give it the cash it needs to expand and develop a new model. Mitsubishi will present electric crossover conceptWed, 20 Sep 2017 04:38:32 ESTMitsubishi called the e-Evolution Concept for a flagship SUV a "beacon" of renewed ambition for the automaker, which is now controlled by Nissan. Germany's VDA and IG Metall union seek gov't support for EV shiftWed, 20 Sep 2017 06:14:27 ESTGermany's VDA industry association and the country's biggest union, IG Metall, urged politicians to help with a shift to EVs and not force a phasing out of the combustion engine. Swiss tech company ABB will supply EV charging stations for German autobahnsWed, 20 Sep 2017 05:33:41 ESTSwiss company ABB will deliver 117 EV charging stations to help boost Germany's electric infrastructure. The units will be installed at service station operator Tank and Rast locations on German autobahns by the end of the year. Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply EV boomWed, 20 Sep 2017 09:01:30 ESTRussia's state-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush as it seeks to profit from the boom in EVs whose batteries use the metal. Petrochemicals giant's Land Rover Defender-style SUV could go into production in 2020Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:20:23 ESTPetrochemicals giant Ineos plans to build 25,000 units a year of a model inspired by the Land Rover Defender but it may be thwarted because JLR is seeking trademark protection for its iconic off-roader. Tata seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeover bids, report saysTue, 19 Sep 2017 03:34:51 ESTTata Sons is buying as much as 20 billion rupees ($312 million) of Tata Motors shares, as India's biggest conglomerate seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeovers, Bloomberg reported. Citroen's Jackson says C5 will return in 2020Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:11:55 ESTCitroen CEO Linda Jackson says the brand will bring out a third generation of the C5 in 2020. The model has not been built in Europe since June. Ratan Tata moves to secure his JLR prizeTue, 19 Sep 2017 05:24:27 ESTRatan Tata's move to consolidate power at Tata Sons and secure ownership of Jaguar Land Rover looks like one of those boring shareholder resolutions that would go unremarked upon in an ordinary, closely held firm. Aston Martin CEO Palmer calls for Brexit clarityTue, 19 Sep 2017 03:48:33 ESTAston Martin CEO Andy Palmer wants clarity on the UK government's Brexit negotiations within six months as the automaker seeks to avoid possible trade tariffs and difficulties in recruiting skilled labor following Britain's departure from the EU. Pioneer teams up with digital mapping company HereTue, 19 Sep 2017 08:46:50 ESTElectronics giant Pioneer and digital mapping group Here said they had agreed to invest in one another so the companies can develop maps for autonomous driving services. Knorr-Bremse drops bid for HaldexTue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:05 ESTGerman supplier Knorr-Bremse has dropped its 5.5-billion-crown ($692 million) bid for smaller Swedish rival Haldex, ending for now a heated bidding process that has lasted more than a year. VW Group's August sales up 8% despite flat Europe Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:29:08 ESTVW Group said its global vehicle registrations rose 8 percent last month as flat sales in Europe were offset by growth across all other major markets, particularly South America. Pirelli CEO says core shareholders have no plans to sell stakesMon, 18 Sep 2017 09:09:47 ESTPirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti says key shareholders have not expressed an intention to sell their remaining stakes in the firm after it returns to the stock market next month. Aston Martin wants to be more involved in F1 racingMon, 18 Sep 2017 04:38:22 ESTAston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the British automaker is looking to get more engaged in Formula One, amid speculation of a title partnership with Red Bull and future engine involvement. France plans new incentives to phase out polluting vehicles, report saysMon, 18 Sep 2017 04:18:52 ESTThe French government is planning a series of new incentives to phase out polluting vehicles, including offering up to 2,000 euros to those choosing to swap a gasoline or diesel car for a less polluting model and 2,500 euros for owners trading up to... London black cabs seek export boost amid Brexit uncertaintyMon, 18 Sep 2017 03:40:11 ESTThe London Electric Vehicle Company hopes Brexit negotiations will not jeopardize plans to export half of the black cabs it makes in England by 2020. PSA factories appear 'more efficient' than Opel plants, Tavares saysMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTPSA factories appear to be more productive than plants operated by the automaker's newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall business, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said. VW is 'second mover' after Tesla in electric commercial vehicles, executive tells paperSun, 17 Sep 2017 09:08:09 ESTVW is a "second mover" in electrified commercial vehicles, after lagging behind companies such as Tesla and Deutsche Post DHL in putting them on the road, the head of VW's trucks business, Andreas Renschler, told a German newspaper. PSA exec outlines risks and rewards from leap into mobility servicesSat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTThe head of PSA's new mobility unit, Brigitte Courtehoux, is leading the automaker into a demanding environment where customer relationships need to be nurtured around the clock. Merkel says German car industry must work to rebuild trustFri, 15 Sep 2017 09:33:22 ESTChancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's car industry should do everything in its power to repair its damaged reputation, pointing to the combustion engine's uncertain future as she opened the Frankfurt auto show. Ford expands Russian production on SUV demandFri, 15 Sep 2017 04:51:26 ESTFord's Russian joint venture plans to increase production to meet growing demand for SUVs and light commercial vehicles. Renault-Nissan deepens alliance with EV, savings pushFri, 15 Sep 2017 02:41:13 ESTThe Renault-Nissan alliance will expand its electric car range and increase savings from closer integration as part of a six-year strategic plan that also fully integrates Mitsubishi. PSA-Dongfeng China sales fall 38% in AugustFri, 15 Sep 2017 05:58:09 ESTPSA-Dongfeng's China sales fell 38 percent in August. PSA, which assembles Peugeot and Citroen cars and light trucks with the Chinese automaker, said demand at the JV has fallen 46 percent in the first eight months. Mazda plans electrification of all models after 2030, report sayFri, 15 Sep 2017 05:32:55 ESTMazda plans the electrification of all its vehicles by the early 2030s, a Japanese report said. Currently Mazda's lineup does not include any all-electric vehicles, though it sells one hybrid model, a version of its Mazda3. European sales rose 6% in AugustThu, 14 Sep 2017 02:30:10 ESTEuropean new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Skoda and Seat brands among the winners. Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chiefThu, 14 Sep 2017 03:23:53 ESTKia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move expected to help the automaker reverse its fortunes in China. Skoda still open to partnerships on India low-cost carThu, 14 Sep 2017 08:00:21 ESTSkoda CEO Bernhard Maier says the company remains open to teaming up with other automakers to build a low-cost car for emerging markets such as India, despite the collapse of talks with prospective partner Tata last month. Chery will focus on electrified models in EuropeThu, 14 Sep 2017 09:29:15 ESTChery will sell its Exeed TX compact SUV in Europe with three electrified powertrains. Samsung will form new business unit for self-driving to build on Harman buyThu, 14 Sep 2017 04:52:40 ESTSamsung plans to become a major player in autonomous driving following its $8 billion acquisition of supplier Harman. BMW calls Brexit an 'uncomfortable scenario'Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:38:56 ESTBMW became the latest carmaker after Toyota and PSA to weigh in on the Brexit debate. The introduction of tariffs between the EU and UK would have repercussions for the automaker's business, BMW's head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, said. Autoliv eyes split of business into two listed companiesThu, 14 Sep 2017 05:44:36 ESTAutoliv intends to create two publicly traded companies, one focused on passive safety equipment such as airbag systems and one focused on electronics. Hyundai readies Kona EV debutThu, 14 Sep 2017 04:27:59 ESTHyundai will launch sales of a full-electric version of its new Kona small SUV after a debut at the Geneva show in March. VW will recall nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbagsThu, 14 Sep 2017 04:26:32 ESTVW Group and its Chinese joint ventures will recall nearly 5 million vehicles in China due to potential issues with Takata airbags. Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid enginesWed, 13 Sep 2017 00:01:00 ESTToyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines to its fuel-saving gasoline-electric models. The new engines be fitted to the core hybrid models in the automaker's current range. EV focus risks handing jobs to China, EU suppliers warnWed, 13 Sep 2017 08:36:05 ESTA fixation on EVs risks damaging Europe's supplier industry and handing jobs to China, the region's component manufacturers warned at the Frankfurt auto show. Continental still interested in mapping firm HereWed, 13 Sep 2017 09:59:12 ESTContinental says it is still interested in working with digital mapping firm Here. A German report in July said the supplier was in talks to acquire an 8 to 10 percent stake in the company, which is controlled by BMW, Audi and Mercedes. European automakers offer conditional 20% cut in CO2 by 2030Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:55:59 ESTEuropean carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average CO2 emissions in the next round of EU targets currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. Jaguar to launch Formula E support series in 2018Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:07:52 ESTJaguar will launch an all-electric support series of races to accompany the Formula E championship late next year. VW's ruling Porsche-Piech clan against asset salesWed, 13 Sep 2017 05:19:06 ESTVW Group's controlling Porsche and Piech families are against selling any of the company's assets, the clan's most senior member, Wolfgang Porsche, said. VW has no plans to divide up group, Mueller saysWed, 13 Sep 2017 04:28:08 ESTVW Group CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker has no plans to follow rival Daimler in considering changing the company's legal structure. Such a move could unlock 50 billion euros in value, analysts said. Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:45:54 ESTHonda said it will launch a production version of the Urban EV concept in Europe in 2019.