Europe

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany....
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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker....
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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin....
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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market....
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Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant....
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Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. "I learned about homologation and the tax breaks for different engine displacements. I learned the hard way, and we built that product plan from the bottom up."...
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Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said....
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UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said....
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Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan....
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Europe car sales rebound continues in October

Nov. 18, 2014 08:39 CET
European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as volume- and premium-brand leaders including VW and BMW recorded strong gains in key markets. Year-to-date deliveries increased by 6 percent to more than 11 million vehicles....
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VW will stop selling Seat cars in Russia next year

Nov. 18, 2014 15:36 CET
Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary, Seat, will stop selling cars in Russia by early next year because of the country's economic downturn and weakening ruble....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe....
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China's Qoros will add compact SUV to growing lineup

Nov. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Qoros will unveil a compact SUV at the Guangzhou auto show. The Qoros 3 City SUV will give the Chinese brand a model aimed at Europe's fourth-largest segment as it prepares for a regionwide rollout in 2016....
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Jaguar Land Rover's UK staff rejects pay deal

Nov. 13, 2014 15:46 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the Unite union says the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action....
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Ford's European sales up 8% on UK, Italy gains

Nov. 13, 2014 15:07 CET
Ford increased European car sales by 8 percent in October, its fifth straight monthly gain, as it benefited from double-digit growth in the UK and Italy. Overall 10-month sales also rose 8 percent....
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Weak ruble, gov't subsidy slow Russia's sales decline

Nov. 12, 2014 15:14 CET
Russian car sales fell 10 percent last month, slowing from a 20 percent drop a month earlier, as the weak ruble and a government subsidy started to provide benefits....
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Hella shares rise 4% in stock market debut

Nov. 12, 2014 12:59 CET
Shares in German automotive lighting supplier Hella rose 4 percent during their stock market debut in Frankfurt....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to humanize autonomous driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. That's why experts already envision a world in which drivers pick the kind of self-driving experience they want....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla, BMW, Nissan help boost EV sales in Europe

Nov. 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Helped by new entries such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe may rise to 150,000 with a "high scenario" of 250,000 by 2020 in a total global market forecast to be 19.3 million, analysts LMC Automotive predicts....
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VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources....
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PICTURE GALLERY

Audi begins production of TT roadster in Hungary

Nov. 10, 2014 12:27 CET
Audi has begun production of its third-generation TT roadster at its plant in Gyor, Hungary. The roadster is the fourth model to be built at the plant after the A3 sedan and convertible and the TT coupe....
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BRUCE GAIN

Suzuki seeks BMW-like success -- on the seas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Suzuki is trying to emulate BMW's and Volvo's success on the seas by associating its brand with one of the world's most famous sailboat races. Partnering with Route du Rhum can only help Suzuki boost its small presence in Europe...
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Europe's auto recovery continues without France

Nov. 6, 2014 12:24 CET
Western European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as demand picked up in all major markets except France. Registrations increased despite deepening uncertainties over the region's economic outlook....
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Lada sales rise in Russia as scrappage program helps to counter Western sanctions

Nov. 6, 2014 10:57 CET
AvtoVAZ said Russian sales of its Lada brand increased in October, the first rise in 19 months, as a scrappage program to counter Western sanctions over Ukraine helps to boost demand....
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UK car sales boosted by cheap credit, but growth forecast to slow

Nov. 6, 2014 12:47 CET
UK car sales in October rose 14 percent but will likely slow as consumers brace for a rise in interest rates next year. Total new registrations are heading toward 2.46 million for this year, a return to pre-recession levels....
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