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U.S. said to review allegations that German automakers colluded

July 25, 2017 10:00 CET

U.S. Justice Department officials are looking into allegations that BMW, VW Group and Daimler colluded on technology, strategy and parts to gain an advantage over rivals, Bloomberg reported.
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■ Daimler directors to meet over alleged German cartel, report says
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■ VW calls crisis meeting to discuss EU cartel probe, report says
■ BMW denies diesel cheating as EU probes emissions cartel

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VW exec Oliver Schmidt expected to plead guilty in emissions cheating case
July 25, 2017 17:23 CET | UPDATED: July 25 18:00 CET - adds details

Oliver Schmidt, one of the eight VW executives charged in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, plans to plead guilty on August 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a ...

 

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VW Group diesel cars lacking refit will lose their registration, report says
July 25, 2017 08:06 CET

Owners of VW Group cars with rigged diesel engines in Germany including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models will have their vehicles de-registered if they refuse to get a sof ...

 




 
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BMW will build Mini EV in UK despite Brexit risk
July 25, 2017 15:10 CET

BMW will build a full-electric Mini in Oxford, England, despite risks associated with Brexit. The car will be a variant of the brand's core three-door model, BMW said. ...

 

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GM Q2 net drops 42% on Europe exit
July 25, 2017 13:30 CET

General Motors said its net income dropped 42 percent to $1.66 billion in the second quarter, primarily because of the pending sale and restructuring of its European oper ...

 

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VW CEO raps Porsche labor boss over Audi criticism
July 25, 2017 07:50 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller criticized Porsche's labor chief over public remarks about Audi's management in a sign of growing tensions within the automaker. ...

 

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Mitsubishi quarterly operating profit rebounds following scandal
July 25, 2017 12:46 CET

Mitsubishi's operating profit surged nearly fivefold in the latest quarter, rebounding from a year earlier when earnings were broadsided by a fuel economy scandal. ...

 

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Toyota plans long-range, fast-charging electric cars, paper says
July 25, 2017 08:34 CET

Toyota is working on an electric car that will use solid-state batteries to significantly increase driving range and reduce charging time, a Japanese newspaper reported. ...

 

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Fiat, unions agree on wage rise at 500L plant in Serbia
July 24, 2017 12:08 CET

Fiat Chrysler's Serbian unit has reached an agreement to increase wages following a strike that hit production of Fiat 500L models. ...

 

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EU regulators to investigate Knorr-Bremse, Haldex deal
July 24, 2017 18:11 CET

EU antitrust authorities opened an investigation into Knorr-Bremse's bid for Haldex, saying the deal would remove a major competitor from a market with few players. ...

 

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Opel defends inclusion of employee leases in sales data
July 23, 2017 12:23 CET

Opel defended the inclusion in its sales data of cars pre-registered by the company and leased by company workers, retirees and their families. ...

 

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Four Audi board members face dismissal, report says
July 21, 2017 15:30 CET | UPDATED: July 21 19:05 CET - corrected

Audi is considering dismissing four top executives including its sales and production chiefs as it wrestles with an emissions-cheating crisis, German newspaper Handels ...

 

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Audi to recall 850,000 diesel cars to update emissions software
July 21, 2017 11:48 CET | UPDATED: July 21 13:10 CET - adds BMW comment

Audi will recall up to 850,000 diesel cars to update software controlling emissions in a bid to avoid potential driving bans. Porsche and VW cars with Audi engines are al ...

 

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Diesel rescue plan reached in Germany, report says
July 21, 2017 12:26 CET

Automakers and politicians in Germany have agreed to clean up diesel vehicles through software updates as part of a rescue plan for avoiding diesel bans in cities, Reuter ...

 

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Jaguar Land Rover opens first overseas engine plant
July 21, 2017 08:09 CET

Jaguar Land Rover opened its first overseas engine plant, picking China for the investment. China was JLR's fastest growing market in 2016, accounting for 20 percent of g ...

 

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Valeo profit up 20% on LED lights, thermal systems
July 20, 2017 20:51 CET | UPDATED: July 21 10:44 CET - adds analysts comments

Valeo's first-half profit rose 20 percent as demand for LED lighting and fuel-efficient engine systems helped sales to outpace global auto markets ...

 

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Volvo to take stake in Lynk & CO
July 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Volvo will take a stake in sibling brand Lynk & CO, which will rely heavily on Volvo as it prepares to start European and U.S. sales. Volvo also will set up a joint ventu ...

 

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Driverless shuttles tested in Paris in training for U.S. push
July 20, 2017 11:09 CET

Navya Technologies, a French maker of driverless shuttles, is training its robot-driven machines to navigate around bankers and corporate directors in Paris, ahead of a p ...

 

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Lynk & CO's quest to build a brand from scratch
July 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Former GM and Toyota executive Alain Visser has been tasked with building Lynk & CO from scratch. The new brand intends to focus on connectivity and sharing as core featu ...

 

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Volvo posts best first-half profit in 6 years on new models
July 20, 2017 06:01 CET | UPDATED: July 20 9:00 CET - adds CEO comments

Volvo reported its biggest operating profit and best operating margin for a first half since 2011. Profit increased 21 percent to $820 million while its margin improved t ...

 

    
 
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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Continental's speaker-less solution slashes weight, satisfies the ear

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30 2017

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Continental's speaker-less car audio solution reduces weight by up to 90 percent compared with today ...
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Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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