Volkswagen

Tesla, VW remain only Takata airbag users without recalls

6:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Volkswagen and Tesla are the only automakers that have avoided U.S. recalls while continuing to use Takata Corp. airbag inflators, which have triggered a global safety crisis....
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Skoda purchasing boss sees sourcing EV parts as a challenge

Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Veteran Volkswagen Group executive Dieter Seeman became Skoda's purchasing boss last year, moving from a similar position at sister brand Seat. Seeman, 57, spoke to Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri about purchasing synergies, supplier consolidation and the rise of EVs....
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Audi launches special sales service for R8 and RS buyers

Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is rolling out dedicated space in selected showrooms for buyers of its R8 supercar and high-performance RS models. The automaker plans to have 200 so-called Audi Sport dealers in place by the year-end....
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VW faces NHTSA probe after Takata airbag incident

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

NHTSA is widening its Takata airbag probe after a Takata side airbag in a Volkswagen SUV ruptured in June....
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Former Porsche communications chief charged with aiding market manipulation

Aug. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

A German prosecutor charged Porsche's former communications chief, Anton Hunger, with aiding market manipulation related to the purchase of Volkswagen Group shares, after dropping identical charges against Porsche's supervisory board....
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VW says 2,700 cars damaged in China port blasts

Aug. 17, 2015 12:15 CET

VW said about 2,700 of its imported cars were damaged in last week's blasts at China's largest port for vehicle imports. Toyota said evacuation orders in the area have halted three of its production lines....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

China's currency move a setback, not a calamity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

China's devaluation of the yuan will certainly squeeze global automakers' profits -- and it should give a mild boost to Chinese auto exports -- but it's not going to blow up automakers' long-term strategy....
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Toyota says more than 50 staff injured in China port explosions

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Toyota said today more than 50 of its employees were injured by Wednesday night's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin that killed 56 people. Several other automakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai scrambled to assess damage to their cars and facilities at China's largest auto import hub....
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VW spent two years trying to hide a security flaw

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Thousands of cars from a host of manufacturers have spent years at risk of electronic car-hacking, according to expert research that Volkswagen has spent two years trying to suppress in the courts....
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Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in July

Aug. 14, 2015 11:55 CET

Mercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Mercedes' surge left it just 272 units behind Audi after seven months for second place in the global premium-car sales race....
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VW recalls 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix airbags

8:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

VW is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident. The recall affects seven models, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat....
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Thousands of vehicles burned in fatal blast at China port

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Thousands of vehicles made by at least four automakers were destroyed by a fiery factory explosion in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Chinese media reported. About 50 deaths and 700 injuries were reported. VW, Hyundai-Kia, Renault, and Toyota all lost cars in the explosion, reports said....
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Audi develops 500km-range battery for electric SUVs

Aug. 13, 2015 16:59 CET

Audi said it will develop batteries for electrically powered SUVs that can run more than 500km per charge. Audi said it will get cell modules for the batteries from LG Chem and Samsung SDI....
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Former FAW Group boss expelled from Communist Party

Aug. 13, 2015 11:21 CET

Xu Jianyi, the former chairman of China's FAW Group Corp., which makes cars with VW Group, Toyota and GM, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party, an anti-graft agency said on Thursday....
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OLIVE KEOGH

BLOG: Skoda is poised to profit from protecting dogs in cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Skoda is one of the first automakers to offer a range of safety accessories to attract dog-loving motorists to the brand. The move could become a worthwhile moneymaker for the Czech brand....
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How the elderly became the future of the U.S. auto industry

10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

American seniors have never been healthier or wealthier. At the same time, cars have never been crammed with more features to safeguard drivers with fuzzy vision, slow reactions, and stiff necks. This might just be the first time ever that one of the most promising demographics for U.S. automakers is represented by Social Security recipients....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Audi is introducing an even more powerful version of the S8 sedan unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus....
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Jaguar Land Rover plans new plant in Slovakia

Aug. 11, 2015 10:39 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a letter of intent to build a new car plant in Nitra, western Slovakia. JLR will carry out a feasibility study for the factory, which is expected to open in 2018 and reach an annual output of up to 300,000 vehicles by 2025....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: CTS-V sticker reflects shift in Cadillac pricing

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

If you squint hard at the label on the Cadillac CTS-V high-performance sedan that hits showrooms soon, you will see a subtle but telling shift in Cadillac's pricing strategy....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi makes Q7 more agile, frugal

Aug. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi has packed its new Q7 with a rich mix of advanced technologies that improve safety, comfort and connectivity while simultaneously reducing the large SUV's fuel consumption....
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China car sales dip to 17-month low in July

Aug. 11, 2015 11:09 CET

New-car registrations in China fell 2.5 percent in July, the lowest monthly sales level since February 2014 despite deep price cuts. China's near 2 percent devaluation of the yuan today put additional pressure on profits at foreign carmakers....
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Automakers fear profit hit as China's price cuts worsen

Aug. 10, 2015 14:53 CET

Recent price cuts -- which some are calling the worst in China's auto history -- were unexpected and are now causing the industry to worry that a damaging price war will ravage profit margins....
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Galloping toward a big sales finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

As the industry awaits a wave of new and updated product, July's U.S. sales performance is lifting hopes that 2015 could near the industry's all-time sales record....
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BENTLEY'S HANDCRAFTING WEAPON

Lavishing leather, wood to defend ultraluxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Bentley Motors hopes to distance the British brand from competitors creeping into its ultra-luxury turn with a strategy of handcraftsmanship vs. machines....
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VW Jetta to get new 1.4-liter turbo engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

A downsized, turbocharged engine will replace the aging four-cylinder in the entry-level Volkswagen Jetta....
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