European Union

Merkel hints at probes of U.S. tech giants as Trump threatens car tariffs

June 15, 2018 15:33 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted at a new front in the trade row with the U.S., warning that Europe's strategic interests rode on the future of the region's car industry and alluding to competition probes of U.S. internet giants.

EU says first steel, aluminum safeguard measures could come in July

June 5, 2018 10:42 CET
The EU could impose measures to safeguard its steel and aluminum industries from imports initially intended for the U.S. as early as July, the bloc's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said.

Britain wants to be a leader in self-driving cars

June 4, 2018 10:32 CET
The UK is stepping up plans to be a leader in self-driving cars by awarding 25 million pounds ($33 million) to new research projects.

VW urges dialogue on U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

June 1, 2018 10:19 CET
VW Group expressed "regret and concern" on Friday over the imposition by the U.S. of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the EU, urging a return to dialogue on a transatlantic trade deal.

EU, other allies hit back as U.S. revokes tariff reprieve

May 31, 2018 21:19 CET
Europe, Canada and Mexico plan to slap billions of dollars in tariffs on U.S. goods after the Trump administration said it is imposing steel and aluminum import duties, ending their temporary exemptions.

EU braces for U.S. metal curbs as hopes fade for Trump relief

May 30, 2018 10:53 CET
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom gave her clearest signal yet that the bloc will come up short in its bid for a permanent, unconditional waiver from U.S. metal tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed on national security grounds.

Diesels to die out in Tesla-like future, EU regulator says

May 27, 2018 09:37 CET
Consumers may do as much as regulators to propel the car sector into the electricity-powered age foreseen by Tesla, according to the EU's industrial-policy chief.

Diesel fears become reality with first driving ban in Germany

May 23, 2018 11:11 CET
Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city, will restrict older diesel vehicles from selected urban areas starting next week, marking the first driving ban in the country for the embattled technology.

EU hunts for ways to avoid U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

8:20 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018
The European Union scrambled to come up with a strategy to avoid American tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, signaling a readiness to accept American import quotas and to slash some EU duties in return for a permanent waiver.

The Brexit bottleneck: How freight could get stuck at the border

May 21, 2018 10:01 CET
Zeebrugge port calls itself the world's biggest hub for shipments of new cars. The threat of delays for freight shipped to and from Britain from the port highlights the economic risks of Brexit.

German cities free to ban older diesel cars immediately

May 19, 2018 10:52 CET
German cities are entitled to ban older diesel vehicles from streets with immediate effect to bring air pollution levels in line with EU rules, Germany's top administrative court confirmed.

PSA pins hopes on EU after Trump quits Iran deal

May 9, 2018 09:40 CET
European leaders sought to salvage the nuclear pact with Iran after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord, threatening investments in the Iranian market by companies including PSA and Renault.

VW CEO Diess supports alliance to build battery cells for EVs in Europe

May 7, 2018 09:48 CET
VW Group CEO Herbert Diess backed a European industry alliance for battery cell production amid fears that the region will lose out to Asian rivals as EV sales take off and technology advances.

EU strengthens regulatory power over automakers after VW scandal

April 19, 2018 16:50 CET
The European Commission won the power to fine automakers up to 30,000 euros ($37,131) per faulty car and order recalls as part of more centralized market oversight approved by EU lawmakers to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions scandal.

Europe's automakers want EU help to avoid CO2 fines

April 16, 2018 10:33 CET
Europe's automakers are not looking to challenge fines if they fail to meet the EU's 2020 CO2 emissions goals, but want governments to do more to help them hit targets.

EU plans more powers for consumers to sue companies

April 11, 2018 15:59 CET
The EU plans more powers for consumers to sue firms such as VW Group after its diesel-emissions scandal showed the limits of consumer protection authorities to curb corporate cheating. "Consumer authorities will finally get teeth to punish the cheaters," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said.

Ford wins approval for German banking license to offset Brexit risk

April 6, 2018 11:28 CET
Ford won approval from the European Central Bank to set up a bank in Germany as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from Britain leaving the EU.

Tavares says CO2 fines could boost Chinese brands

April 5, 2018 16:01 CET
EU fines for companies that miss tougher CO2 reduction targets could bring a major European automaker "to its knees," allowing a Chinese buyer to step in with its own electric vehicle technology, PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares said.

BMW, VW and Renault warn on new EU emissions-testing regime

March 23, 2018 11:50 CET
BMW, VW and Renault warned that new EU emissions-testing procedures will impact production and profits.

EU largely wins WTO challenge against Russian duty on vans

March 23, 2018 13:15 CET
The EU largely won a WTO appeal ruling in a dispute over Russia's anti-dumping duties on German and Italian light commercial vehicles.

Skoda ends UK type approval over Brexit uncertainty

March 21, 2018 15:27 CET
Skoda has joined Aston Martin in ceasing to approve its cars with the UK's Vehicle Certification Agency due to uncertainty over the agency's post-Brexit powers.

Automakers' group warns of post-Brexit customs, approvals mess

March 19, 2018 20:06 CET
European automakers said they want Britain and the EU to quickly establish how vehicle approvals, environmental targets and customs will work after Brexit to avert disastrous consequences for the automotive sector.

Europe sales rise 4% in Feb. on German, French, Spanish market demand

March 15, 2018 10:45 CET
European car sales edged up 4 percent in February, helped by strong gains in Germany, France and Spain and solid demand for mass-market brands including Dacia, Seat and Peugeot, according to data from the industry body ACEA.

EU dismisses Trump's car threats, vows to 'stand up to bullies'

March 12, 2018 15:22 CET
The EU's trade chief dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on car imports, and vowed to "stand up to bullies," adding to signs that a widening trans-Atlantic rift over protectionism could escalate into an all-out trade war.

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.

 
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9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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