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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales

March 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid sales grew 30 percent in Europe last year but new mild hybrids with cheaper and less complex 48-volt systems will reduce the region's diesel dependency in future, according to automakers such as VW and Renault.
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SEGMENTS ANALYSIS
SUVs capture 25% of European market
March 24, 2017 06:01 CET

SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai continue to tempt bu ...

 

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VW's Seat plans to expand in N. Africa, Latin America
March 24, 2017 10:01 CET

Spanish automaker Seat will lead VW Group's expansion in North Africa as part of internationalization plans that may also include building cars in Mexico. ...

 




 
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VW to launch T-Roc in U.S. in '19
March 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen will launch the T-Roc compact crossover in the United States in 2019 after dealers gave a firm commitment they can sell enough of the vehicle to make it profit ...

 

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VW's Seat will get a midsize SUV built in Wolfsburg
March 23, 2017 13:17 CET | UPDATED: March 23 20:45 CET - adds 2016 profit

VW Group's Seat brand will add a midsize SUV that will be built at VW's factory in Wolfsburg. The SUV will help Seat, which reported its first annual operating profit sin ...

 

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Mercedes faces complaint from China's Chery over EQ name
March 23, 2017 10:33 CET

Chinese automaker Chery has filed a complaint with the country's trademark regulator over Mercedes' use of the "EQ" name for a subbrand of electric vehicles, presenting a ...

 

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UK car production hits 17-year high in February
March 23, 2017 12:34 CET

UK car production rose by 8 percent in February to its highest level in 17 years as a strong rise in exports helped by a weaker pound compensates for a slump in demand at ...

 

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France likely would reduce Renault 20% stake at right price
March 23, 2017 10:53 CET

France does not rule out reducing its stake in Renault under the best possible market conditions, its finance minister said. The country has increased its stake in the au ...

 

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VW Group's retail company to sell 275 dealerships
March 23, 2017 11:20 CET

Volkswagen Group's retail chain, Porsche Holding Salzburg, one of Europe's biggest dealers, is selling 275 sales locations to independent group Emil Frey to concentrate o ...

 

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Tata Steel looks to expand key product beyond BMW to volume brands
March 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Hurt by rising steel imports from China, Tata Steel in Europe is aggressively pushing its higher-margin tailored blanks business to generate more income. Tailored blanks ...

 

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BMW chases volume growth in large cars, less so in small ones
March 22, 2017 14:01 CET | UPDATED: March 23 11:44 - corrected

BMW is chasing volume growth mainly in the large car and SUV segments, while the less profitable small car segment is not being pushed as hard, CEO Harald Krueger said. ...

 

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Daimler employees investigated for potential emissions fraud
March 22, 2017 17:24 CET | UPDATED: March 22 17:40 CET - adds details

German prosecutors have opened an investigation against employees at Daimler. The employees are being investigated over diesel-manipulation allegations, Bloomberg reporte ...

 

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Stadler in spotlight as Audi board to meet over emissions raids, report says
March 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Top officials at Audi will meet next week to discuss the standing of its embattled CEO Rupert Stadler and a raid by German prosecutors on the automaker's premises in conn ...

 

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UK lawmakers demand more answers from VW over diesel scandal
March 22, 2017 13:08 CET

UK lawmakers have written to VW Group seeking more answers from the automaker over its diesel-emissions scandal, after criticizing the firm for failing to adequately resp ...

 

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VW brand has no budget-car plans with Tata in India
March 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's core VW brand currently has no plans to develop a small budget car for India and other low-cost markets with Tata Motors. ...

 

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Toyota gets license to Microsoft's connected vehicle patents
March 22, 2017 23:00 CET

Microsoft will license all of its connected vehicle patents to Toyota in its most wide-ranging intellectual property agreement with an automaker. ...

 

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London black cab company starts electric taxi production
March 22, 2017 13:35 CET

The London Taxi Company has opened a new factory in central England to produce an electric verion of the iconic black cab. The company hopes to sell its cabs overseas for ...

 

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Magna sharpens focus on camera production for autonomous vehicles
March 22, 2017 14:20 CET

Magna International sees onboard cameras as a significant segment for growth in the supply chain, projecting camera-based driver assistance systems to be worth US $10 bil ...

 

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China's Geely doubles earnings as Volvo tech boosts sales
March 22, 2017 10:43 CET

China's Geely Automobile posted its biggest profit growth in eight years in 2016, as improved product design and engineering following its 2010 purchase of Volvo helped t ...

 

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Sogefi will open first Africa plant in Morocco
March 22, 2017 12:36 CET

Sogefi plans to open a new factory in Morocco to build engine filtration systems. Moroccan car output has grown as foreign automakers invest in a market that Sogefi predi ...

 

    
 
Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

Yang Jian
4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24 2017

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At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
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Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Christiaan Hetzner
8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
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Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

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PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
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How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
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Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
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As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
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Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
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Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2017

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The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Hybrid and plug-in hybrid sales grew 30 percent in Europe last year but new mild hybrids with cheape ...
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SUVs capture 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
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Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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