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EU industry chief seeks faster action on emissions tests despite German objections

Oct. 7, 2015 10:43 CET

The EU's industrial policy chief urged an acceleration of work on tougher EU emissions tests for new vehicles despite objections from Germany. A proposed timetable to introduce real-driving emission tests is too strict for the car industry, Germany argues....
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VW says 8 million cars in EU are affected by cheat software

Oct. 6, 2015 11:00 CET

VW has told lawmakers that 8 million diesel vehicles in the EU were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests. Vehicles with 1.2-, 1.-6 and 2.0-liter diesel engines of the type EA 189 are affected....
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VW scandal may force faster EU move to tougher emissions tests, Spain minister says

Oct. 1, 2015 16:16 CET

Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said the EU should consider accelerating a plan to toughen car-pollution tests after VW Group admitted to rigging diesel engines to bypass emission controls....
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VW emissions scandal will curb Czech, Hungarian growth, report says

Sept. 30, 2015 15:02 CET

The Czech and Hungarian economies will be hit hard by Volkswagen's diesel-emissions scandal, analysts say. VW owns the Czech Republic's biggest carmaker, Skoda, and produces engines in Hungary....
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EU regulators work on reforming type approval system

Sept. 29, 2015 10:47 CET

The EU aims to agree on an outline to reform the system for vehicle type approval by the end of the year. The new rules will streamline cooperation and information exchange among the 28 EU nations....
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Automakers should explain gap in real-word and lab tests for CO2 emissions

Sept. 28, 2015 16:30 CET

A campaign group said automakers should explain why new cars in Europe have CO2 emissions on the road that are far higher than laboratory tests show....
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VW’s Diess to meet EU industry chief over emissions-test cheating

10:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

European Union Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska plans to meet Volkswagen AG executive Herbert Diess this week to discuss the German carmaker’s cheating on emission tests....
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PSA, Renault, Opel and Fiat may be hit by fallout from VW's diesel test cheating

Sept. 25, 2015 13:17 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Fiat and Opel could be hit by Volkswagen's admission that it rigged diesel engines to fool U.S. regulators as the revelations help to accelerate the technology's decline in Europe....
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EU urges all member states to investigate emissions rigging devices

Sept. 25, 2015 11:10 CET

The European Union wants all member states to investigate how many cars use illegal defeat devices to cheat emissions tests in light of the scandal at Volkswagen, which the automaker says could involve 11 million diesel cars globally....
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BMW did not manipulate emissions data, German magazine says

Sept. 25, 2015 10:50 CET

German magazine Auto Bild said it has no indication that BMW Group manipulated diesel emissions tests, clarifying its earlier report that an X3 had produced emissions more than 11 times the European limit when road-tested by the International Council on Clean Transportation....
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Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says....
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Flawed EU engine tests highlighted by VW's cheating in U.S.

Sept. 23, 2015 16:26 CET

Volkswagen Group's outing as an emissions test cheat in the U.S. has cast an unflattering light on regulatory failings closer to home, adding momentum to a push underway to close gaping European loopholes....
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German government denies it knew of diesel-rigging technology

Sept. 23, 2015 12:19 CET

Germany's transport ministry denied that it had known about the technology Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests despite acknowledging only months ago that it knew of a gap between test and on-road emissions....
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European lawmakers vote to speed tougher car emissions regime

Sept. 23, 2015 11:35 CET

European politicians voted to speed up rules to tighten compliance with pollution limits on cars, adding to pressure for reform after U.S. regulators caught Volkswagen Group rigging the performance of vehicles in tests....
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Pressure builds on Winterkorn as emissions-cheating probe spreads

Sept. 22, 2015 09:38 CET

The diesel cheating scandal engulfing VW spread as a French minister called for an EU-wide probe and South Korea said it would conduct its own investigation. A VW board member said heads are certain to roll once it becomes clear who was responsible for allowing a results-altering device to be installed in the automaker's vehicles....
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EU in contact with VW, U.S. authorities on emissions tests

Sept. 22, 2015 15:51 CET

EU regulators said they are in contact with Volkswagen and U.S. authorities following the automaker's admission it had rigged emissions tests, and called on member states to rigorously enforce the relevant law....
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UK's pro-EU carmakers say plants not at risk from Brexit

Sept. 17, 2015 13:02 CET

The UK's foreign-owned carmakers say they would not shut their plants if the country leaves the EU, though future investment could be at risk....
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Latest Greek drama threatens frail auto sales recovery in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

A fragile recovery in Europe's auto market could be undermined by Greece's chaotic last-ditch attempt to secure a bailout before its economy implodes....
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Fiat Chrysler, PSA could be at risk from Greek euro turmoil

July 6, 2015 16:52 CET

Industry watchers say a Greek exit from the euro after the country's no vote to austerity terms could impact southern European markets, along with Fiat Chrysler and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, the automakers most exposed to those markets....
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European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target....
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EU urged to set 'challenging' 2025 car emissions goal

June 19, 2015 09:19 CET

Four EU nations and European politicians from across the political divide called on the European Commission to publish next year a challenging 2025 emissions standard for new cars....
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European carmakers urge change of tack on CO2 rules

June 12, 2015 20:39 CET

European carmakers warned that further tightening of carbon emission rules for new vehicles risked damaging their global competitiveness, as EU officials begin work on a new wave of CO2 targets....
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German automakers fear possible UK exit from EU

May 29, 2015 10:42 CET

As the UK prepares to make a decision on its future within the EU, German companies are beginning to count the cost of a possible exit, with automakers such as BMW possibly having the most to lose....
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Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EU

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET

A UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. The comments add to concerns expressed by automakers such as Ford, BMW and Nissan about the UK quitting the 28-nation economic and political union....
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Automakers seek to delay tougher EU emissions testing

May 6, 2015 14:59 CET

European carmakers want a three-year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, a report says. The EU wants to tighten vehicle testing to close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth surface and taping up car doors and windows....
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