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Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says

June 19, 2018 06:01 CET
It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its chief operating officer. Mann is already seeing positive results at the brand, as he told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

Volvo sets goal of 25% recycled plastics in cars from 2025

June 18, 2018 10:55 CET
Volvo says at least 25 percent of the plastics used in its new cars will be from recycled materials starting in 2025.

Opel will develop PSA's 4-cylinder engines for Europe, China, N.A.

June 15, 2018 06:01 CET
Opel's engineering center in Ruesselsheim will develop PSA's new 4-cylinder gasoline engines for use in Europe, China and North America.

Renault will invest $1.2B in French EV production

June 14, 2018 16:05 CET
Renault will invest more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to increase EV production capacity in France and add new models.

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Musk's Model 3 miscalculation culminates in Tesla job cuts

2:57 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2018
Tesla is cutting 9 percent of its work force in a turnabout that underscores the mounting pressure CEO Elon Musk faces to show the EV maker can one day turn a profit.

BMW puts Brazil plans on hold over country's lack of industry policy

June 12, 2018 13:56 CET
BMW says although Brazil's luxury vehicle segment is growing, the country is failing to implement industry policies that would help the automaker plan for the future.

JLR will cut more UK jobs as it moves Discovery output to Slovakia

June 11, 2018 15:12 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut more jobs in Britain as it moves all production of the Land Rover Discovery to lower-cost Slovakia before building its new Range Rover at an English factory.

Horizon watch: Aguascalientes, Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
With the Trump administration putting the heat on automakers relying on Mexican assembly plants, the Nissan and Daimler joint-venture auto factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico has had a low profile for the past year.

China's CATL seen choosing Germany for EV battery plant

June 7, 2018 12:15 CET
China’s biggest EV battery cell maker is nearing a decision to build a factory in Germany as part of a major push into Europe, Bloomberg reported.

VW will shut down production at main German plant in switch to WLTP emissions testing

June 6, 2018 15:24 CET
VW plans to shut down production at its Wolfsburg, Germany, factory during September because of the switch to WLTP emissions-testing standards. VW builds the Golf, Tiguan and Touran models in the plant.

Daimler, BYD to recapitalize China EV partnership

June 5, 2018 16:14 CET
Daimler and its China partner BYD will each invest 400 million yuan ($62.5 million) to help speed a turnaround at their unprofitable EV joint venture.

Daimler says EVs on target after report of launch delays

June 5, 2018 11:46 CET
Daimler said planned launches of electrified vehicles were on schedule following a report that they were facing delays because of battery shortages and other technical problems.

Renault discussing car assembly in Kenya, local contractor says

June 1, 2018 13:10 CET
Renault is among four automakers in discussion with Simba, a Kenyan contract manufacturer, about assembling their vehicles in East Africa's biggest economy, the African company said.

UK production rises 5% in April, boosted by new models

May 31, 2018 10:10 CET
British car production overturned several months of declines to rise 5.2 percent in April, boosted by new and updated models and a comparatively poor performance in the same month last year due to the timing of Easter.

PSA increases SUV capacity in production shuffle

May 30, 2018 16:49 CET
PSA is increasing and reallocating its European production capacity to meet higher demand for SUV models and to increase plant utilization rates.

PSA's decision to move Opel Grandland X production angers French unions

May 30, 2018 16:11 CET
PSA's decision to move production of the Opel Grandland X from France to Germany has angered French workers' representatives.

Nissan to cut N.A. output up to 20% to shore up U.S. profitability, report says

5:52 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2018
Nissan is slashing vehicle production by as much as 20 percent in North America to cope with falling profitability in the United States, Japan's Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.

VW expects to beat EV sales goal on China, Europe demand

May 29, 2018 12:36 CET
VW brand expects to beat its target of selling 1 million electric vehicles by 2025, said EV chief Christian Senger, citing demand in China and Europe, as well as untapped potential in the southern hemisphere.

BMW will boost capacity at i3 factory in Germany

May 25, 2018 14:05 CET
BMW will invest more than 300 million euros to increase output in Germany at its Leipzig plant, the automaker's fifth-largest factory globally, laying the foundation for production of future models. BMW builds the i3 and i8 models in Leipzig.

Bosch opens China infotainment, component plant

May 25, 2018 10:39 CET
Bosch opened a second plant in the east China city of Wuhu this week to expand output of infotainment and other connectivity systems for vehicles produced in China.

Siemens backs Northvolt's Swedish battery plant

May 25, 2018 15:20 CET
German engineering company Siemens has become the latest company to contribute to the Northvolt project to build Europe's largest lithium ion factory in northern Sweden.

Ford will add second model at Romania plant

May 23, 2018 10:47 CET
Ford won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV.

Fiat Chrysler said to plan huge production shift in Italy

May 18, 2018 13:36 CET
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is preparing to unveil a sweeping transformation of production in Italy that will see the automaker stop building the Fiat Punto and Alfa Romeo MiTo small cars in favor of Maserati and Jeep models, Bloomberg reported.

Tesla plans 6-day stoppage at factory for assembly line fixes, report says

2:55 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2018
Tesla will pause production at its California factory for six days at the end of the May to work on fixes to its assembly line for its new Model 3 sedan, sources inside the company told Reuters.

Northvolt signs battery MOU with Japan's Marubeni

May 15, 2018 14:05 CET
Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese trading house Marubeni to collaborate on lithium ion battery production.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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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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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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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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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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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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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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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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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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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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China in control as industry enters new era
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European sales flat in May on fewer sales days
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Jeep is biggest winner as Spain sales rise 7%
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German market down 6% but VW bucks trend with new SUV
VW brand was among the few brands that gained new volume as German vehicle sales fell nearly 6 perce ...
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UK sales rise 3% in May on private demand
UK registrations increased 3.4 percent in May as growing demand from individual consumers offset a d ...
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Italy sales decline 3% on political uncertainty, diesel slump
Sales of new cars in Italy declined 2.8 percent in May, with political uncertainty after recent elec ...
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French May sales flat despite strong gains by Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda
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VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demand
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
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Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo
Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit in a sign that the iPhone ...
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GM names first female finance chief
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Former GM chief Henderson named interim CEO of seating supplier Adient
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Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker
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Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker
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Lotus CEO Gales steps down, replaced by top Geely executive
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Daimler's Winkler to step down as Smart CEO
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Kia Motors America names Michael Cole as COO
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Porsche Canada gets new marketing director with digital focus
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Tesla hires Snapchat exec to head engineering
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BMW 8 series will offer 320-hp diesel in Europe
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Kia shakes up Ceed family
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Ford gives new Focus multiple personalities
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BMW X5 gains space, off-road package
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Audi Q8 debuts with plans for autonomous parking system
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
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Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman
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