Europe

Norway denies slowing Tesla move to improve service

July 9, 2018 19:39 CET
Norway has rejected a suggestion it is holding up Tesla's efforts to improve service in its third-biggest market, saying the EV maker has not yet applied to use the mobile service vans it says it needs to solve its problems.

UK plans investment boost for EV charging

July 9, 2018 10:18 CET
The UK will boost investment in EV infrastructure, including a 400-million-pound ($531 million) fund for companies that produce and install charging points, as it seeks to encourage consumers to move away from fuel-powered vehicles.

BMW, China's CATL agree to $4.7 billion battery cell deal

7:52 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2018
$1.76 billion in battery cells will come from a new CATL plant in Erfurt, Germany. The rest will come from China.

BMW races to get suppliers ready for Brexit

July 9, 2018 11:57 CET
BMW Group makes cars that can accelerate to 100 kph in 3.4 seconds, but as Brexit approaches the German automaker is working on something far more mundane: teaching suppliers to fill out customs forms.

France says EU united against U.S. tariffs

July 8, 2018 14:17 CET
The French government has insisted that Washington should expect united retaliation from Europe to further tariff increases after Germany signaled it was prepared to negotiate.

Daimler halts truck engine deliveries on NOx issue

July 8, 2018 14:22 CET
Daimler has temporarily halted deliveries of a truck engine after finding that, in certain driving conditions, its emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) could exceed legal limits, the company said.

France urges united EU front if U.S. raises more tariffs

12:10 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2018
The French government is insisting that Washington should expect united retaliation from Europe to further tariff increases, notably on light vehicles, after Germany signaled it was prepared to negotiate.

Opel workers reach deal on investments, job protections

July 6, 2018 17:25 CET
Opel has reached an agreement with workers on investments at German sites and job protection measures.

VW loses legal bid to keep diesel-scandal report secret

July 6, 2018 11:02 CET
VW Group lost a suit at Germany's top court seeking to ban Munich prosecutors from using a report they seized from Jones Day, the U.S. law firm the automaker hired to investigate the roots of its diesel-emissions scandal.

JUNE SALES

Russia sales growth slows during World Cup

July 5, 2018 14:31 CET
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in June, down from an 18 percent leap in May, an industry lobby group said, with analysts blaming the country's hosting of the soccer World Cup for the dip in demand.

Musk says Norwegians are 'right to be upset' with Tesla

July 5, 2018 15:47 CET
Elon Musk said that the frustrations of Tesla owners in Norway, one of the automaker's biggest markets are justified. "Norwegians are right to be upset with Tesla," the CEO said in a tweet. "We are having trouble expanding our service facilities in Oslo especially."

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Opel's labor boss is ready for a fight

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 5, 2018
Opel's works council boss has spent most of the past six years quietly settling labor conflicts behind closed doors. PSA's latest move caused him to change tactics.

Merkel would back cutting EU tariffs on U.S. car imports

July 5, 2018 15:51 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would back lowering EU tariffs on U.S. car imports, responding to an offer from Washington to abandon threatened levies of 20 percent on European cars in return for concessions.

London's electric black cabs are coming to Berlin

July 5, 2018 15:56 CET
The London EV Company plans to start selling an electric version of the iconic black cab in Germany, targeting a slice of the nation's taxi business -- dominated for decades by Daimler's diesel vehicles.

JLR warns UK of $106 billion 'bad Brexit' toll

July 5, 2018 09:29 CET
JLR CEO Ralf Speth has warned Theresa May's government that a "bad Brexit" deal would jeopardize as much as 80 billion pounds ($106 billion) in investments over the next five years and could force the automaker to leave the UK.

Russia car market could slow after tax hike

July 5, 2018 09:38 CET
The Russian government's plan to increase value added tax to compensate for President Vladimir Putin's ambitious new economic goals is set to hit car sales that have only just started to recover from four years of stagnation, sellers say.

U.S. car tariff plan faces concerns from 40 countries at WTO meeting

July 5, 2018 10:03 CET
Major U.S. trading partners including the EU, China and Japan voiced deep concern at the World Trade Organization about possible U.S. measures imposing additional duties on imported cars and parts.

Opel unions blast possible break up of tech center

July 4, 2018 11:37 CET
Opel's unions condemned the possible partial sell-off of the automaker's Ruesselsheim-based r&d arm, demanding management explain itself at a town hall meeting this week.

German automakers meet Trump envoy on trade threat, sources say

July 4, 2018 19:10 CET
German auto industry leaders are making the case to the Trump administration that a trade feud with the U.S. will cause irreparable damage to global business.

VW to launch car-sharing in Germany with EVs next year

July 4, 2018 19:26 CET
VW plans to start offering car-sharing services using full-electric vehicles in German cities next year. The automaker added that the service would be expanded to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020.

Renault to debut Paris car-sharing scheme in September

July 4, 2018 11:07 CET
Renault will launch a ride-hailing and car-sharing scheme in Paris in September. The French automaker and rival PSA are competing to offer mobility services in the capital to replace Autolib, the car-sharing scheme run by the Bollore Group that was recently dropped by local authorities after a dispute.

JUNE SALES

VW Group brands gain as German market rises 4%

July 4, 2018 15:13 CET
VW Group brands were among the winners last month as the German market rose 4.2 percent. Through June, sales were up 2.9 percent to 1.83 million.

Lotus taps Aston Martin exec for newly created post

July 4, 2018 13:30 CET
Lotus has hired a top Aston Martin executive as its commercial director -- a new job for the UK sports car maker -- as it prepares for increased growth under the ownership of China's Geely Holding Group.

JUNE SALES

Italy market decline accelerates in June

July 3, 2018 15:20 CET
Sales of new cars in Italy declined 7.3 percent in June, according to figures published by the country's transport ministry. The decrease follows a 2.8 percent drop in May. Last month's loss was attributed to declines in self-registrations and short-term rentals.

JUNE SALES

Spanish car sales rise 8 percent in June

July 3, 2018 06:01 CET
New-car registrations in Spain increased 8 percent in June to 142,376 despite one fewer selling day compared with the same month last year. A dealer association official said that “thanks to the positive first half, we now estimate a 7 percent increase in sales in 2018.”

 
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