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VW's Passat plant in Germany extends production stop

Jan. 24, 2017 18:29 CET

VW will halt production at its factory in Emden, Germany, on more days than originally planned because of shrinking demand for Passat sedans and wagons.
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Audi workers threaten strike at A3, TT plant in Hungary
Jan. 24, 2017 09:47 CET

Audi workers at a plant in Hungary that builds the A3 and TT have set up a strike committee to push for higher salaries. It is the latest sign of how labor shortages in t ...

 

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Fire at Recticel's Czech plant may impact suppliers globally
Jan. 24, 2017 15:32 CET

A serious fire at Recticel's factory in Most, Czech Republic, has forced the company to halt production of a urethane auto interior skin product used by global auto suppl ...

 




 
German auto supplier SHW plunges on loss of electric car order
Jan. 24, 2017 15:41 CET

German automotive supplier SHW Automotive said a maker of electric cars had cancelled a $107 million order, sending its shares down to a four-month low. ...

 

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Ford's new Omnicraft brand will sell parts to fix competitors' vehicles
Jan. 24, 2017 06:01 CET

Ford is expanding its customer service division by launching the new Omnicraft brand of aftermarket parts to cover non-Ford vehicles. Omnicraft parts will be sold at 10,5 ...

 

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Paris introduces color-coded stickers to reduce car pollution
Jan. 24, 2017 10:44 CET

Paris launched a new color-coded sticker scheme to restrict diesel car use in its latest attempt to reduce air pollution many citizens blame for coughing fits, eye irrita ...

 

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VW EVs will debut 5G connectivity services
Jan. 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen plans to equip its family of I.D. electric cars with next-generation 5G mobile connectivity and vehicle-to-everything communication standards as the brand prep ...

 

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PSA said to return to India through joint venture
Jan. 23, 2017 17:10 CET

PSA Group will announce a return to India this week through a manufacturing joint venture with New Delhi-based CK Birla Group, a French press report said. The deal will i ...

 

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Automakers, others battle for position in lucrative connected car sector
Jan. 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Cars are rapidly being transformed into connectivity centers constantly linked to the outside world as automakers, suppliers and service providers try to benefit from a m ...

 

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Mitsubishi crossover expected in Geneva
Jan. 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Mitsubishi will launch a compact crossover at the Geneva auto show, according to reports. The vehicle may be styled after the XR-PHEV concept first shown at the 2013 Toky ...

 

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VW's $1.21 billion emissions settlement with U.S. dealers OK'd by judge
Jan. 24, 2017 00:42 CET

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer granted final approval to VW's settlement worth up to $1.21 billion with 650 U.S. dealers over diesel emissions violations. VW's dealer ...

 

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Bosch, Mahle to bail out of turbochargers JV
Jan. 23, 2017 21:19 CET

Mahle and Bosch plan to sell their turbocharger partnership, citing a failure to achieve economies of scale despite strong sales growth. Their joint venture, Bosch Mahle ...

 

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PSA's China sales fall 16% in 2016 on lack of crossovers
Jan. 23, 2017 10:30 CET

PSA Group's deliveries in China declined 16 percent last year, as the company's two Chinese joint ventures were hobbled by a lack of crossovers. ...

 

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Ford, London partner to test plug-in hybrid commercial vans
Jan. 20, 2017 17:00 CET

Ford is teaming up with city officials in London to launch a year-long test of 20 Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans. The vans will be available for commercial purchase i ...

 

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Ghosn says Nissan will review UK investment once Brexit terms clear
Jan. 20, 2017 15:02 CET

Nissan will review the case for future investment in the UK when the terms of the country's departure from the European Union finally become clear, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. ...

 

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BMW design boss Habib is quitting automaker
Jan. 20, 2017 11:56 CET

BMW's design boss, Karim Habib, is leaving the automaker, a company source said. Habib's departure follows the exit of two other key designers, exacerbating a period of u ...

 

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Daimler will begin building Russia plant in 2018, report says
Jan. 20, 2017 12:23 CET

Daimler will begin building a Mercedes car plant in Russia next year, the country's trade and industry minister told a business publication. The automaker confirmed last ...

 

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BMW said to plan more purchasing with Daimler
Jan. 20, 2017 09:18 CET

BMW plans to expand its cooperation with Daimler in purchasing components, the automaker's new head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, told a German newspaper. BMW will have ...

 

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VW joins Ford, BMW to offer Amazon's 'Alexa' voice service
Jan. 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen will offer the first embedded application of Amazon's Alexa voice service in a vehicle, as the growing focus on network-connected appliances and other home dev ...

 

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Bollore's EV venture hits investors
Jan. 20, 2017 09:47 CET

French billionaire Vincent Bollore's push into electric vehicles has been a huge success, at least in terms of publicity and eye-catching contracts. For investors, it has ...

 

    
 
VW raises stakes in fight to dominate China SUV market

Yang Jian
4:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2017

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Chinese consumers have an insatiable demand for crossovers and SUVs, but despite this, Volkswagen Gr ...
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VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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