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Trump threatens to tax car exports to U.S. from Europe

March 11, 2018 11:49 CET
President Donald Trump threatened to tax cars exported from Europe to the U.S. unless the EU drops "horrific" barriers and tariffs on U.S. products.

Automakers and their allies call for more breaks in Trump tariff plan

March 10, 2018 10:21 CET
Global automakers and vehicle suppliers are pressing the Trump administration and U.S. Congress to exempt the EU and other allies from new steel and aluminum tariffs set to take effect later this month.

Automakers may seek to water down Trump tariffs

March 9, 2018 10:01 CET
The U.S. trade group that represents GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler hinted that automakers will seek to water down President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum by carving out exceptions for imports from some countries.

Ford calls for Brexit clarity to help it make UK investment decision

March 6, 2018 09:24 CET
Ford of Europe boss Steve Armstrong says the company needs clarity on post-Brexit trading conditions before it decides positively or negatively on future UK investment.

PSA needs clarity on Brexit to make UK Vauxhall plant decision

March 6, 2018 18:43 CET
PSA has joined Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in calling on the UK government to clear up uncertainty around Brexit, before the French automaker can make decisions over the future of its Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, northern England.

VW predicts 'renaissance' for embattled diesel cars

March 6, 2018 10:12 CET
VW Group, whose global emissions-cheating scandal has put the future of diesel engines in doubt, expects consumers to return to the embattled technology -- and soon.

Diesel collapse gives automakers CO2 headache

March 6, 2018 12:09 CET
The accelerating demise of diesel, long used by automakers to boost fuel-efficiency, is undermining their plans to meet looming EU CO2 goals, and avoid big annual fines.

German automakers warn of 'only losers' in Trump's trade talk

March 5, 2018 15:40 CET
Germany's auto industry pushed back on President Donald Trump's threat to levy tariffs on automakers including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, warning he risks creating a lose-lose situation for everyone.

Trump threatens to tax European auto imports

March 3, 2018 22:01 CET
U.S. President Donald Trump kept up pressure on trading partners, threatening European automakers with a tax on imports if the EU retaliates against his plan to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel.

UK auto industry's only Brexit option is damage control, lawmakers say

March 1, 2018 09:10 CET
There is nothing good to come from exiting the EU for the UK auto industry, leaving the government and automakers only one option: limiting the damage, according to a British lawmakers' report.

Brexit is influencing over 60% of UK car buyers, survey says

March 1, 2018 09:39 CET
Just over 60 percent of recent or prospective UK car buyers have had their decision-making influenced by Britain's future exit from the EU, according to a survey done by a vehicle buying and selling website.

German court ruling likely to accelerate diesel's demise

Feb. 28, 2018 09:28 CET
VW, BMW and Daimler shares fell after a German court allowed cities to ban heavily polluting diesel cars. Proposed bans in cities could force automakers to make costly upgrades to emissions systems.

German gov't aims to avert diesel bans despite court ruling

Feb. 27, 2018 15:36 CET
German government ministers said they would seek to avoid bans on diesel cars in cities where NOx emissions exceed EU limits. Hamburg said it would begin to restrict diesel vehicles starting next month after a court ruled to allow diesel bans.

Li Shufu's Daimler investment increases focus on Germany's China challenge

Feb. 27, 2018 10:07 CET
Chinese businessman Li Shufu's accumulation of a $9 billion stake in Daimler exposes a long-standing dilemma for Chancellor Merkel's incoming German administration: which outside investments are welcome, and what to do about those that are not?

Germany could impose limited diesel car bans

Feb. 24, 2018 17:11 CET
Germany's government, which has steadfastly opposed barring heavily polluting diesel cars from cities, is working on changes to allow driving bans on certain routes on an emergency basis, documents seen by Reuters showed.

UK will align auto regulations with EU after Brexit

Feb. 23, 2018 10:58 CET
The UK will align its regulations with the EU in some areas, including the automotive sector, after it leaves the bloc in 2019, a British government minister said.

Bosch, Conti among suppliers fined by EU over anti-competitive behavior

Feb. 21, 2018 14:47 CET
Bosch and Continental are among suppliers and car shipping firms fined a total of 546 million euros ($673.49 million) by the EU for anti-competitive behavior.

Ford aims to set up German bank this year to offset Brexit risk

Feb. 21, 2018 09:47 CET
Ford hopes to set up a bank in Germany in the second half after applying for a license in the country as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from the UK leaving the EU.

Automakers fear potential drop in diesel values after German court ruling

Feb. 19, 2018 10:48 CET
A court will decide later this week on whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country's roads.

Brexit shock begins to hit the UK car industry

Feb. 17, 2018 06:01 CET
Brexit shock has begun to hit the UK's car industry as Vauxhall starts to cut its workforce and Jaguar Land Rover readies production curbs. But for some industry observers, there is worse to come.

Sweden's Northvolt battery plant gets financing approval from EIB

Feb. 12, 2018 06:01 CET
The European Investment Bank has approved 52.5 million euros ($64 million) in financing, alongside Sweden's government, for a Swedish plan to build Europe's biggest battery cell plant as part of a EU push to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers.

European sales of greener cars jumped 39% in 2017

Feb. 1, 2018 10:34 CET
European sales of cars powered by alternative powertrains rose 39 percent last year as Toyota pushed hybrid models and Renault extended the driving range on the latest version of its battery-powered Zoe.

German suppliers could lose thousands of jobs over hard Brexit, study says

Jan. 11, 2018 11:46 CET
German suppliers could be forced to cut thousands of job if the UK opts for a hard Brexit, which would result in tariffs and a lasting devaluation of the pound, a study by accounting firm Deloitte said.

EU will scrap tariffs on Japan-built cars in trade deal

Dec. 8, 2017 14:10 CET
The EU and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal that will remove EU tariffs of 10 percent on Japanese cars and the 3 percent rate typically applied to car parts.

EU gains powers to check up on new car approvals

Dec. 7, 2017 14:46 CET
EU negotiators agreed to new rules that give Brussels the power to check up on national car approval authorities and set targets for emissions checks. Germany and Italy dropped their resistance to the EU having greater control.

 
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

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