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VW's Seat drops plans to enter Iranian market

Oct. 18, 2017 13:25 CET

VW's Seat brand is no longer looking at the possibility of entering the Iranian market, saying it needs to concentrate on boosting growth in Europe, northern Africa and Latin America.
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Tesla agrees to raise pay at German division
Oct. 18, 2017 17:26 CET

Tesla and labor leaders at its German engineering unit have agreed a new pay structure that will raise workers' salaries by about 30 percent from current levels, the divi ...

 

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Alfa Romeo, Maserati production cut after China sales blow
Oct. 18, 2017 09:20 CET

Fiat Chrysler has cut production at Italian factories building the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and Giulia sedan and the Maserati Levante SUV after new Chinese import rules hit ...

 




 
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New Mitsubishi plan targets 30% jump in revenue
Oct. 18, 2017 08:28 CET

Mitsubishi unveiled a three-year plan to boost global vehicle sales by 40 percent and revenue by more than 30 percent as it rebounds from a fuel economy scandal by streng ...

 

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2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW
Toyota to unveil fuel cell family cruiser and city bus
Oct. 18, 2017 11:17 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 18 17:00 CET - new story

Toyota is targeting a 1,000-km (620-mile) range for the Fine-Comfort Ride fuel concept that will be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show. ...

 

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Shell opens first fast EV charging stations in UK
Oct. 18, 2017 12:02 CET

Royal Dutch Shell has launched a fast-charging service for EVs at three UK service stations near London and in northern England. ...

 

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GM's Ammann says company moving 'really quickly' on autonomous cars
Oct. 18, 2017 11:47 CET

GM President Dan Ammann says the automaker has the building blocks it needs to deploy a large-scale fleet of robot cars and said the company could see some "interesting d ...

 

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Mitsubishi checking how Kobe Steel parts affected by false data
Oct. 18, 2017 10:49 CET

Mitsubishi is investigating how components from suppliers containing Kobe Steel parts have been affected by the steelmaker's falsified data on product quality. ...

 

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Magna to produce electric-drive powertrain with China's Huayu Automotive
Oct. 18, 2017 14:50 CET

Magna and Huayu, a subsidiary of SAIC Motor, plan to produce an electric-drive powertrain system for an unidentified German automaker. ...

 

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Nissan used uncertified inspectors in Japan even after misconduct found
Oct. 18, 2017 13:08 CET

Nissan said it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories. ...

 

Chinese 'white knight' to raise stake in Grammer, report says
Oct. 18, 2017 10:07 CET

Chinese supplier Ningbo Jifeng wants to increase its stake in German interiors maker Grammer to more than 25 percent, Reuters reported. Grammer has been at the center of ...

 

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Volvo's Polestar unveils long-range hybrid coupe
Oct. 17, 2017 11:25 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 17 17:30 CET - adds Volvo CEO comments

Volvo's Polestar will build electrified cars in China for global markets, starting with the Polestar 1 high-performance plug-in hybrid coupe. ...

 

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VW's Seat delays naming new SUV amid Spain's Catalonia crisis
Oct. 17, 2017 11:30 CET

With Spain focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, VW Group's Spanish division, Seat, has decided to delay announcing the name of its new midsize SUV. ...

 

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BMW mulls new plant in Russia
Oct. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW is considering opening a factory in Russia as the country's new-car sales recover after years of decline. ...

 

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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Oct. 17, 2017 15:04 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 17 15:35 CET - adds details

Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle charging network company Chargepoint. He will oversee the Silicon Valley ...

 

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields named senior adviser at TPG Capital
Oct. 17, 2017 23:00 CET

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields has been named a senior adviser at private equity firm TPG Capital, where he will be tasked with helping reinvent companies in the way that he ...

 

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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
Oct. 17, 2017 09:54 CET

European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offset gains in France, Italy and Spain. PSA and Ford were among automaker ...

 

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Union calls for talks after PSA cuts Vauxhall jobs
Oct. 16, 2017 13:06 CET

Union leaders at PSA's Ellesmere Port factory, which builds Opel/Vauxhall Astras, are calling for talks with the French automaker after PSA said it would cut a quarter of ...

 

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
Oct. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers such as VW, Ford and Nissan boost sales and improve their bottom line ...

 

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Daimler moves to separate Mercedes cars, trucks
Oct. 16, 2017 13:00 CET | UPDATED: Oct 17 7:50 CET - new story

Daimler is firming up plans for its biggest corporate overhaul in a decade, granting its car and truck operations more independence in a move that could pave the way for ...

 

    
 
Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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