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Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience....
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Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal....
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Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence....
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Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal....
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BLOG: Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by outselling Toyota last year. But Nissan's total was nearly 100,000 less than Toyota's. So which automaker won?...
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EU seeks more powers over car regulations after VW scandal

Jan. 27, 2016 14:44 CET

The EU is seeking sweeping powers over national car regulations, aiming to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions rigging. Under proposed new rules, Brussels would be able to order spot checks on vehicles, order recalls and impose penalties for failure to comply with environmental laws....
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EU regulators fine Japanese suppliers 138 million euros for price fixing

Jan. 26, 2016 13:09 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Ltd. a total of 137.8 million euros ($149.8 million) for fixing prices of car alternators and starters. Supplier Denso avoided a fine after alerting officials to the existence of the cartel....
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Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change....
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VW CEO calls for new emissions tests

Jan. 25, 2016 22:44 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller called for emissions tests in Europe to be reworked to close the gap between laboratory and real-world results, an issue brought to public attention by the German car manufacturer's cheating scandal....
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PSA, Renault, FCA eye deals as Iran president tours EU

Jan. 25, 2016 16:14 CET

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Italy on Monday for the first stop of a European tour that may see him explore manufacturing partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, PSA and Renault. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said he sees opportunities in Iran....
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Renault CEO Ghosn sees need for new rules amid emissions scrutiny

Jan. 22, 2016 10:54 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators need to determine new rules for checking vehicle emissions after probes sparked by VW Group's test cheating exposed differences between laboratory results and on-street performance....
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VW refuses to offer emissions scandal compensation in Europe

Jan. 21, 2016 18:09 CET

Volkswagen said there were no grounds to replicate in Europe a compensation program it plans for U.S. drivers affected by its diesel emissions scandal, rejecting a demand from the European Union's industry commissioner....
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GUEST COMMENTARY

Renault raid exposes EU's flawed plan on clean diesel

Jan. 15, 2016 14:50 CET

The raid on Renault premises over emissions tests highlights Europe's flawed emissions-testing system. Largely at the behest of Germany, the European regulators are moving to severely water down tighter emissions limits....
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EU Parliament delays vote on car pollution limits

Jan. 14, 2016 14:46 CET

The European Parliament has delayed a vote, due next week, on whether new car pollution testing rules are too lax....
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European Investment Bank puts loans to VW on hold

Jan. 14, 2016 13:41 CET

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has stopped loans to Volkswagen Group pending an investigation into whether some of its previous funding could been used by the German carmaker to cheat diesel emissions tests....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

Facing U.S. storm, VW set for easier ride in Europe on emissions scandal

Jan. 9, 2016 10:52 CET

Volkswagen is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany's determination to protect its car industry, EU sources and legal experts say....
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Czech new-car sales jump to record in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 12:17 CET

Czech new-car sales rose 20 percent in 2015 to a record number on the back of a fast-growing economy....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW investigated by EU over loans amid diesel scandal

Dec. 16, 2015 14:43 CET

The European Union's anti-fraud office is investigating loans Volkswagen Group received from the European Investment Bank to produce cleaner engines....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW gets approval for diesel fixes in Europe

Dec. 16, 2015 15:23 CET

German authorities signed off on Volkswagen Group's proposed fixes for about 8.5 million diesel engines in Europe that contain software designed to cheat emissions tests, with repairs set to start early next year....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

European Parliament will investigate car industry regulation, VW emissions scandal

Dec. 16, 2015 17:32 CET

The European Parliament voted to set up a committee to investigate Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal and whether regulators failed to prevent cheating by the car industry in vehicle pollution tests....
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Germany calls EU accusations over car refrigerant row 'groundless'

Dec. 11, 2015 13:58 CET

The German government said the European Commission's accusations against Berlin and Daimler in a row over a banned refrigerant were “groundless.” The EU is taking Germany to court for failing to stop the automaker using the R-134a refrigerant in Mercedes cars....
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Germany taken to court by EU over Daimler's use of banned refrigerant

Dec. 10, 2015 13:07 CET

The European Union will take Germany to court for permitting Daimler to use a refrigerant for car air-conditioning systems that is banned because of its global warming potential....
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Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU

Nov. 25, 2015 11:04 CET

The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc....
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EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says

Nov. 24, 2015 09:54 CET

The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group....
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EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET

Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said....
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