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Renault strives to keep Zoe competitive in growing EV market

Jan. 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault's Zoe has been Europe's top-selling EV for three years in a row, but the automaker is anticipating that the competition will get much tougher, and quickly.
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Toyota will build second model at French plant, paper says
Jan. 19, 2018 17:45 CET

Toyota will announce a second model for its factory in Valenciennes, France, on Monday, a paper said. Toyota builds the Yaris at the plant. ...

 

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PSA targets Atlanta for North American headquarters
Jan. 19, 2018 18:00 CET

PSA is poised to put its North American headquarters in the greater Atlanta area, Automotive News has learned. ...

 

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Ford may export to Europe from Russia
Jan. 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Ford's Russian factories are busy now that the market is recovering but the company may still export vehicles to Europe from its local joint venture. ...

 

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DETROIT AUTO SHOW
Lexus, Infiniti test ways to fight BMW, Mercedes, Audi
Jan. 19, 2018 10:17 CET

Lexus and Infiniti are testing ways to regain momentum against German luxury automakers with concepts that present connectivity and self-driving technologies. ...

 

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Bosch to meet French gov't over diesel injectors plant
Jan. 19, 2018 11:51 CET

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will hold talks with Bosch to address concerns about the future of the supplier's diesel injectors factory in Rodez, which is heavi ...

 

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Thyssenkrupp pledges to refine strategy amid investor concerns
Jan. 19, 2018 13:21 CET

Thyssenkrupp will adapt its strategy following a planned steel tie-up with Tata Steel, CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said, responding to investor criticism that the group is too ...

 

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PSA wins union backing for 1,300 domestic job cuts
Jan. 19, 2018 14:54 CET

PSA said it has won the backing of several unions for plans to eliminate 1,300 jobs using a new form of voluntary cuts introduced by President Emmanuel Macron. ...

 

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BASF aims to be major player in EV battery materials
Jan. 19, 2018 11:31 CET

BASF is prepared to dig deep, pouring money and expertise into developing materials for electric-vehicle batteries to catch up with rivals like Tesla supplier Sumitomo. ...

 

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PSA increases van production in Portugal
Jan. 19, 2018 10:49 CET

PSA will add a third production team at its plant in Mangualde, Portugal, in response to increased demand for the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans. ...

 

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PSA's Tavares says UK plants uncompetitive, open to S. America alliance
Jan. 18, 2018 18:34 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said he planned to meet next week with UK unions and government officials to discuss the future of the automaker's Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port ...

 

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Audi outsells BMW, Mercedes in China's luxury race
Jan. 18, 2018 09:41 CET

Audi is still China's top luxury vehicle seller after outselling both BMW and Daimler in the world's biggest market. ...

 

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Land Rover Defender returns briefly
Jan. 18, 2018 06:01 CET

Land Rover has taken its utilitarian Defender and turned it into high-performance limited-edition rival to the most expensive versions of the similarly rugged but costly ...

 

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VW will build Polo, Passat in Rwanda in sub-Saharan expansion
Jan. 18, 2018 15:14 CET

VW will begin assembling the Polo and Passat models at a new plant in Rwanda in May for local sale and use in its new ride-sharing service. ...

 

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Continental aims for split before year-end, report says
Jan. 18, 2018 12:29 CET

Continental aims to float part of its business on the stock exchange before the end of the year, a German business publication reported. ...

 

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PSA will electrify global product lineup by 2025
Jan. 18, 2018 03:38 CET

PSA plans to bring electrified options to its full car and light-truck lineup by 2025, joining other automakers in pledging to widely deploy partial or fully electric pow ...

 

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Opel is latest automaker hit by German pay strikes
Jan. 17, 2018 17:05 CET

German industrial workers including more than 8,000 from Opel took part in strikes, continuing a series of walkouts in support of union demands for an industrywide 6 perc ...

 

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Ghosn hints he may leave Renault CEO role
Jan. 17, 2018 17:28 CET

Carlos Ghosn opened the door to stepping down as Renault CEO, as he focuses on the Franco-Japanese alliance he built with Nissan and Mitsubishi. Renault is said to be sea ...

 

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Renault-Nissan claims to be biggest global automaker despite rival VW's record sales
Jan. 17, 2018 19:15 CET

Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn said the alliance is now the world's leading automaker by unit sales despite rival VW Group delivering a record 10.7 million vehicles ...

 

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VW Group reports record 2017 global sales
Jan. 17, 2018 10:22 CET

VW Group's global deliveries rose 4.3 percent to 10.7 million last year as the recovering markets of Russia and Brazil helped to offset weak demand in western Europe. ...

 

    
 
Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Yang Jian
5:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2018

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Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them ha ...
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How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3 2018

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Nissan has turned to NASA to help it with what could be a challenging task in the future: remotely p ...
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Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29 2017

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant. ...
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Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23 2017

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Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed. ...
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Conti exec learns when art tops science

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22 2017

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Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Western European registrations fell 5% in December
Western European registrations fell 5 percent in December, which had two fewer selling days than a y ...
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UK sales drop most since recession on Brexit, diesel fears
UK registrations fell nearly 6 percent in 2017 in their biggest annual slide since the global recess ...
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Spain's 2017 sales get big boost from discounting
Spanish new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent last year, although dealers said the increase was helped ...
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German sales rose nearly 3% in 2017 as diesel demand plunged
German new-car sales rose nearly 3 percent last year but fell 1 percent in December on fewer selling ...
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Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability
Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russia ...
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Incentives push Italy's 2017 sales to eight-year high
Italian new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent in 2017 as incentives helped push demand to its highest ...
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EVs and hybrids accounted for more than half of Norway's new-car sales in 2017
Sales of electrified cars exceeded half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by ge ...
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French 2017 sales rise nearly 5% but diesel share falls below 50%
French registrations rose by nearly 5 percent in 2017, led by increases of more than 10 percent at S ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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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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Schaeffler names former BMW exec as new e-mobility chief
Schaeffler has appointed Jochen Schroeder, a former BMW executive, to lead the group's newly establi ...
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Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue oth ...
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Industry veteran Norman tasked with Vauxhall turnaround
PSA named industry veteran Stephen Norman to lead its UK Vauxhall brand, just days after the automak ...
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PSA promotes Germany boss Chopelin to lead global sales and marketing
PSA promoted its Germany boss, Alberic Chopelin, to head global sales and marketing operations, incl ...
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VW brand accelerates push to be EV leader with new e-mobility division
VW brand is creating an e-mobility division as it seeks to be the leader in mass-market electric car ...
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VW taps Skoda's UK boss to lead U.S. sales
VW of America has tapped Skoda's UK boss Duncan Movassaghi to take over sales operations for the VW brand in the U.S. ...
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VW brand loses U.S. sales chief amid sales decline
Ron Stach, who has headed U.S. sales for the VW brand for nearly two years, has left the automaker. ...
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BMW names former Mini boss Goller as new China chief
BMW named former Mini boss Jochen Goller as its new head of China operations. ...
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PSA replaces China chief amid sales slump
PSA named new chiefs for its China and Latin America regions as part of a management shuffle. The mo ...
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Gestamp elevates CFO Pena to CEO
Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp said it named Francisco Lopez Pena as CEO. ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
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