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Volkswagen is now under scrutiny of former leading U.S. law official

Aug. 19, 2017 06:01 CET

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson has started his role as Volkswagen Group's independent monitor, working from offices at the automaker's headquarters in Wolfsburg.
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Why Webasto wants to become key battery systems firm
Aug. 19, 2017 06:01 CET

German roof specialist Webasto is aiming to become a leader in battery systems in order to capitalize on the forthcoming wave of EVs from automakers. Chairman Holger Enge ...

 

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Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts
Aug. 19, 2017 06:01 CET

The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel: wood. ...

 




 
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VW's modern Bus will be the Buzz
Aug. 19, 2017 21:00 CET

At the Concours d'Elegance car show in Pebble Beach, Volkswagen confirmed plans for an electric-powered modern version of its iconic Bus from the 1960s. ...

 

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Supervolcanoes unlikely helper as EV sales grow, study says
Aug. 19, 2017 14:00 CET

Scientists have found an unexpected new source for lithium, a key component in battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes. ...

 

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Audi exec sought for extradition by U.S., report says
Aug. 18, 2017 18:00 CET

American authorities asked Germany to keep an Audi executive in custody to prepare for his extradition while offering him a guilty-plea deal, Bloomberg reported. ...

 

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Diesel Porsche Cayenne registrations banned by Swiss
Aug. 18, 2017 14:18 CET

Switzerland's road agency imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of 3.0-liter Porsche Cayenne SUVs equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software. ...

 

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Porsche forges carbon fiber in the wheel
Aug. 18, 2017 19:03 CET

Porsche has developed an all-carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic wheel and says it will be the first global automaker to offer the wheel when it debuts in early 2018 as an op ...

 

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BMW remaps the roadster with Concept Z4
Aug. 17, 2017 18:45 CET

BMW is returning to the roadster market and previews the styling with the Concept Z4 -- the automaker's vision of a modern, small and sporty car. The next Z4, due in 2019 ...

 

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Ford CEO: Robots won't own the road anytime soon
Aug. 18, 2017 01:09 CET

Ford CEO Jim Hackett doesn't foresee a robot takeover when it comes to the advent of autonomous vehicles. He says technology will gradually augment current challenges, ea ...

 

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Hyundai plans premium electric car in strategic shift
Aug. 17, 2017 12:19 CET

Hyundai said it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy -- one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car. ...

 

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BMW, Daimler discuss car-sharing pact, Sixt CEO hints
Aug. 17, 2017 13:15 CET | UPDATED: Aug 17 20:00 CET - adds BMW comment

Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, hinted Erich Sixt, the CEO of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt. The ...

 

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New Aston Vantage shares design details with Bond's DB10
Aug. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

It turns out that the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 built purely for the James Bond film Spectre was a sneak preview of the new Vantage sports car. ...

 

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ZF exec looks for help to reduce traffic deaths
Aug. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Torsten Gollewski, ZF's head of advanced engineering and a former Audi manager, is determined to reduce the 1.25 million traffic deaths that occur globally each year. He ...

 

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Fiat Chrysler is not an acquisition target, Dongfeng says
Aug. 17, 2017 10:19 CET

Dongfeng has no current plans to acquire all or part of Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reported. The company was one of several cited in an Automotive News report that sai ...

 

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Aston Martin loses another exec to Dyson
Aug. 17, 2017 11:00 CET

Aston Martin has lost its second executive to Dyson in a year as the carmaker's director of purchasing, David Wyer, will become Dyson's head of procurement. The latest hi ...

 

Belgian buyers push gasoline cars past diesels
Aug. 18, 2017 02:47 CET

For the first time in 20 years, the sale of gasoline-powered cars topped diesels in Belgium in the first half, industry federation Febiac said. New cars with gasoline eng ...

 

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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving alliance
Aug. 16, 2017 10:05 CET

Fiat Chrysler is joining the self-driving alliance led by BMW, Intel and Mobileye, becoming the second automaker in the year-old group to opt to partner in developing an ...

 

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Hyundai counts on SUV push to pass Toyota in Europe
Aug. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai will double the number of SUVs it offers in Europe to four by 2019 and is expected to boost its crossover lineup even further by 2021, which is when it aims to pa ...

 

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VW to reveal more details on EV microbus, source says
Aug. 16, 2017 17:01 CET

VW brand CEO Herbert Diess is expected to announce on Saturday more details regarding the production of the battery-powered I.D. Buzz microbus slated to debut in 2022, a ...

 

    
 
A peek inside's VW's secret fortress

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10 2017

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VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg where the company's brightest ...
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German diesel summit must succeed in restoring confidence in fuel

Christiaan Hetzner
5:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2017

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What VW Group's emissions fraud failed to achieve, Stuttgart Mayor Fritz Kuhn may accomplish: turn G ...
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German industry fears image blow over cartel probe


4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

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Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12 2017

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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