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Former VW engine chief told to stay in Germany or risk being detained in U.S.

June 24, 2017 09:59 CET

Germany is the only safe place for former VW Group executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the highest-ranking manager indicted in the U.S. in connection with the automaker's diesel-rigging scandal.
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VW agrees to buy back some 'cheat' diesels in Germany
June 23, 2017 10:13 CET

VW agreed to buy back diesel cars with rigged software from a handful of customers in Germany who took the automaker to court. VW played down the significance of the ruli ...

 

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Alfa Romeo won't use incentives to boost U.S. sales
June 23, 2017 18:24 CET

Alfa Romeo's chief says he won't cut prices to meet lofty U.S. sales goals because his focus is on building out the dealer network and reestablishing the brand as a true ...

 




 
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Mercedes production may be hit by EV dispute
June 23, 2017 10:43 CET

Workers at a Mercedes plant near Stuttgart may refuse to work overtime unless management allocates electric powertrain work to the factory to offset the loss of orders fo ...

 

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Lotus cars may be built in China, Geely owner says
June 23, 2017 09:32 CET

Geely hopes to help Lotus to penetrate the global market, Geely owner Li Shufu said, after his company finalized a deal to buy the UK sports-car maker as part of its acqu ...

 

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Daimler's Uber rival expands into Romania
June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Mytaxi, Daimler's Germany-based ride-hailing app, is expanding into eastern Europe. Daimler and rivals are investing in ride-hailing companies to ensure they do not becom ...

 

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VW's Slovak workers continue strike after talks fail
June 23, 2017 11:36 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory will continue to strike to win a higher pay rise after talks with management failed. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the ...

 

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2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS
Land Rover Defender will appeal to new generation, design chief says
June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

The launch of the new Land Rover Defender is "not far away," the brand's design boss, Gerry McGovern, said. ...

 

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Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops
June 23, 2017 13:31 CET

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Japanese electronics giant has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of ...

 

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Interpol seeks five ex-VW managers over emissions fraud, report says
June 22, 2017 19:21 CET

The U.S. has issued international arrest warrants for five former VW managers accused of wrongdoing in connection with the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal, a ...

 

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Renault-Nissan plans driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services
June 22, 2017 12:45 CET

Renault-Nissan plans to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services as the alliance looks beyond making and selling cars. The alliance is testing a system wi ...

 

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Hard Brexit will put 18,000 German jobs at risk, study says
June 22, 2017 12:18 CET

Slumping new-car sales in the UK after a hard Brexit could put 18,000 German auto industry jobs at risk, a Deloitte study said. ...

 

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UK seeks to be world leader in autonomous and electric vehicles
June 22, 2017 10:23 CET

The UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emissions vehicle technology as it seeks to become a leader in the fiel ...

 

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Takata will file for bankruptcy on Monday, report says
June 22, 2017 10:55 CET

Takata will seek bankruptcy protection from creditors on Monday, Reuters reported. The supplier faces billions of dollars in liabilities stemming from the biggest recall ...

 

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2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS
Ford sees LCVs as key to European profit despite Brexit headwinds
June 22, 2017 09:28 CET | UPDATED: June 23 11:55 CET - corrected

A strong sales performance in light commercial vehicles will help Ford be profitable in Europe this year, the automaker's regional boss, Steve Armstrong, said. ...

 

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2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS
BMW exec says brands need to take more risks
June 22, 2017 11:19 CET

Automakers must be prepared to take more risks to reach digital natives and not shy away from edgy subject matter, BMW marketing executive Hildegard Wortmann said. Millen ...

 

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2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS
Lamborghini boss uses F1 experience to push brand further
June 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali is trying to instill a sense of urgency in the supercar maker that he says helped keep him sharp when he was head of Ferrari's Formula ...

 

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Tesla exploring China car plant with Shanghai government
June 22, 2017 17:47 CET

Tesla said it is exploring the possibility of establishing a Chinese manufacturing plant with the Shanghai municipal government. ...

 

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2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS
Automakers can overcome industry disruptors, Seat president says
June 22, 2017 14:12 CET

Tech companies may have an advantage as innovators in the battle for leadership of the future market for mobility but only automakers have the industrial scale to make ne ...

 

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EU fines Automotive Lighting and Hella over cartel but Valeo escapes punishment
June 21, 2017 14:12 CET

The EU has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella 27 million euros ($30.1 million) for operating a cartel. Valeo escaped a fine because it revealed the cartel's existence. ...

 

    
 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

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

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
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French sales rise 9% in May
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
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McLaren names Melville design chief
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
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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
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
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