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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel crisis is not yet over for us."

Waymo passes a milestone

Waymo's vehicles have passed the 7-million-mile mark of fully autonomous driving on public roads, CEO John Krafcik says. The head of Alphabet's self-driving subsidiary also said Waymo wants to expand to Europe.

Waymo will expand self-driving services to Europe, CEO says

Waymo aims to expand beyond the U.S. by entering Europe, potentially offering a mobility service with a fully driverless car fleet in cooperation with a local partner, CEO John Krafcik said.

GM powertrain exec says diesels can be saved

Tumbling diesel sales in Europe do not signal a grim future for the technology, a senior GM powertrain executive said, citing new evidence suggesting nitrogen oxide emissions can be cut to an absolute minimum.

Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgoing 'F30' model largely failed to live up to expectations.

Daimler's Annette Winkler to step down as head of Smart

UPDATED: 5/29/18 9:42 am ET -- adds details

The CEO of Daimler's Smart business, Annette Winkler, is stepping down after eight years as head of the automaker's microcar brand.

Daimler's Winkler to step down as Smart CEO

The CEO of Daimler's Smart business, Annette Winkler, is stepping down after eight years as head of the automaker's microcar brand. Daimler said a successor will be appointed at a later date.

BMW sees its electric iNEXT as a crossover

BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron with a battery-powered full-size crossover, the heart of the premium EV market, when the iNEXT debuts in 2021.

BMW will boost capacity at i3 factory in Germany

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.

VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be concentrating too much authority in a single manager.

BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size SUV, the heart of the premium EV market.

VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features

VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imaging, a head-up display projected directly onto the windshield, and a fully digital cockpit with two large screens, making the...

VW CFO shares view on listing truck unit

VW Group is determined to turn VW Truck & Bus into a global champion, the company's finance chief, Frank Witter, explained in an interview with Automotive News Europe.

Russia ties stall Wolf's entry on to Porsche board

U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Russia will postpone former Magna International boss Siegfried Wolf from joining Porsche SE's supervisory board.

Talks for Mini's China output are 'going well,' BMW CEO says

BMW's talks with Great Wall over building electric Minis in China are "going well," BMW CEO Harald Krueger said. But it could be autumn before a decision is reached, Krueger said.

Audi aims to double China sales, boosted by second JV

Audi hopes a second joint venture and new SUVs will help it to remain China's top luxury brand, fighting off strong challenges from BMW and Mercedes.

Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. In a country where size not horsepower counts, Porsche is trying to make the Chinese love the iconic model.

VW CEO Diess supports alliance to build battery cells for EVs in Europe

VW Group CEO Herbert Diess backed a European industry alliance for battery cell production amid fears that the region will lose out to Asian rivals as EV sales take off and technology advances.

VW's Seat brand returns to China via backdoor

VW's Seat brand played a leading role in the development of the E20X electric crossover marketed in China under a new brand called Sol.

VW will get 'clear moral compass,' new CEO promises shareholders

UPDATED: May 3 12:31 CET - new story

VW will expand its internal whistleblower system to give the automaker a clear moral compass, its new CEO, Herbert Diess, said.

VW brand counts on SUVs, connectivity to keep China lead

VW brand is launching a strategic plan for China focused on SUVs, full online connectivity and low-emission vehicles to defend its lead in the lucrative market.

Daimler has plan in case new Chinese shareholder turns hostile

Daimler has a back-up plan in place to protect itself from any unsolicited takeover bid should its new Chinese investor, Li Shufu, turn unexpectedly hostile.

VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

VW will support the launch of its I.D.

BMW's iX3 concept heralds electric expansion

BMW previewed the expansion of full-electric cars into its core product lineup with the iX3 concept at the Beijing auto show.

Mercedes seeks to keep China luxury lead with stretched A class

Mercedes aims to widen the brand's appeal to Chinese buyers with a long-wheelbase version of its latest A class.


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