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Porsche gives Macan customers in China a head start

In a first for a German automaker, Porsche is starting sales of its refreshed Macan SUV in China ahead of other markets.

Germany seeks to create self-driving infrastructure

Germany became the first country worldwide to legalize the use of a highly autonomous driving system last year, with a few stipulations.

Porsche raises full-year sales forecast on China

Porsche expects to increase its vehicle sales this year thanks to higher demand in China after previously forecasting flat volume.

VW Group aims Seat at Alfa Romeo once again

VW Group believes its Seat unit can now compete against Alfa Romeo in Europe, an ambition that failed in the past because the Spanish brand lacked Alfa's aspirational appeal.

Europe may fall behind in self-driving cars

Rules that restrict the use of driverless cars on public roads in Europe may give the U.S. and China an advantage in the race to launch fully autonomous vehicles.

Audi adds connectivity features to bigger Q3

Audi has made its Q3 bigger and added more tech and connectivity equipment for the compact SUV's second-generation.

Porsche gives updated Macan improved handling

Porsche has updated its Macan crossover with a fresher design, improved handling, as well as more comfort and connectivity features.

VW's Diess wins praise but big moves still need to be made

Herbert Diess' initial efforts to slim down VW Group's sprawling empire have earned him praise as he surpasses his first 100 days as CEO this week, even as the automaker's core strategic direction remains unchanged.

How Mercedes Vans transformed into an 'end-to-end solutions provider'

Mercedes-Benz Vans enjoyed a record sales year in 2017 based on solid demand for the large van segment, particularly the Sprinter. Volker Mornhinweg discussed the division's outlook with Automotive News Europe.

BMW, Mercedes boxed in by tariff battles

Mercedes-Benz and BMW stand to lose most from tit-for-tat import tariffs imposed first by the U.S. on China and then reciprocated. Unfortunately for both, there isn't much they can do to shield themselves from the fallout.

How I became a diesel believer again

Like many other people, my faith in diesel has been challenged by revelations of emissions cheating.

VW T-Cross: Too small for North America

It's not coming to the U.S. or Canada, but Volkswagen hopes its T-Cross small crossover will appeal to young families in urban areas almost everywhere else in the world.

VW T-Cross: Too small for North America

It's not coming to the U.S. or Canada, but Volkswagen hopes its T-Cross small crossover will appeal to young families in urban areas almost everywhere else in the world.

VW aims T-Cross small SUV at city-dwelling families

VW hopes its new T-Cross subcompact SUV will appeal to young families in urban areas that want a maximum amount of rear legroom and trunk space in a small package.

Opel's labor boss is ready for a fight

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.

Opel unions blast possible break up of tech center

UPDATED: July 4 14:40 CET - adds German gov't comment

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.

VW sees new German dealer pact as Europe blueprint

VW believes it has a blueprint that could pave the way for a renegotiation of its more than 3,000 European auto dealers contracts.

VW releases first image of T-Cross small crossover

VW released the first image of its forthcoming T-Cross, a small crossover that is expected to round out the automaker's SUV range. The T-Cross will make its world debut this autumn.

VW ends German diesel fleet renewal subsidies

VW Group let its diesel fleet renewal program in Germany expire at the end of June, a company source said, deciding against extending the incentive for a third time.

Audi's Stadler unlikely to return to CEO post

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, who is being held in prison in connection with parent VW Group's diesel scandal, likely will not return to his post even if he clears his name, according to company insiders.

VW invests $20 million in Rwanda's first car plant

Volkswagen has opened Rwanda's first car plant as it seeks to benefit from expected increased demand for mobility in the East African nation.

Audi's vehicle testing will be reviewed by German regulator

Germany's KBA vehicle regulatory agency is examining Audi's vehicle development at the automaker's headquarters in Ingolstadt for irregularities in its emissions testing in the latest sign that authorities no longer trust...

Audi may unveil Tesla rival in U.S. after CEO arrest

Audi cancelled a marketing event in Brussels where it was due to launch its first purpose-built electric vehicle after the arrest of CEO Rupert Stadler put a shadow over the brand in Europe.

Dramatic arrest of Audi's CEO is a first — and a bit of a shock

It would have been just another busy week at Audi were it not for a little matter of the arrest and imprisonment of CEO Rupert Stadler.

VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis

When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence.

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