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VW could benefit most in U.S. from Ford alliance

Posted 7:59 am U.S. ET, June 25
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Nick Gibbs is a UK correspondent for Automotive News Europe.
NICK GIBBS :  Volkswagen Group and Ford have said they are exploring a development and production alliance for commercial vehicles, and possibly other projects. Where would it make sense for the two auto giants to join forces? Ford doesn't break out commercial vehicle sales but claims to be the world's biggest van manufacturer thanks to its Transit range. The company also has a stranglehold on the U.S. pickup ...
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis

Posted 5:30 am U.S. ET, June 20
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Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
:  Corporate governance is relatively straightforward when you boil it down to the essentials: safeguard the company’s future, protect its reputation and at all times abide by the law. When crisis strikes, a board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence. So when Audi's Rupert Stadler made history as the first German chief executive to be arrested, denied bail and ...
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Posted 9:23 am U.S. ET, June 18
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Christiaan Hetzner Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel crisis is not yet over for us." Seven days after being named a suspect in an ongoing investigation for the first time, he was taken into custody on Monday by Munich prosecutors and ordered by a judge to remain behind bars until his trial for fraud and false testimony on the suspicion he could destroy e ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 15
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The Porsche 356 pictured in a 1952 review by the U.S. magazine "Mechanix Illustrated."
RICHARD JOHNSON :  Even the well-versed in automotive history sometimes fail to grasp that Porsche, the sports car manufacturer, was not the handiwork of VW Beetle creator Ferdinand Porsche but rather his son, Ferry. The son, who died in 1998, was quiet and unassuming (at least on the one occasion I met him) and brilliant and unwavering. He is perhaps the least appreciated of the industry's all-time stalwarts. Sev ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Posted 3:34 pm U.S. ET, June 13
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VW will launch its first three I.D. electric models starting in 2020. Shown, from left, are the I.D. Buzz minivan, I.D. hatchback and I.D. Crozz crossover.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE :  Herbert Diess, Volkswagen Group's new CEO, has a lot on his plate -- especially for a guy who's new in the job and has been at VW for less than three years. But with that caveat, I'd like to suggest to Professor Doctor Diess a potential industry-altering -- maybe world-altering -- strategy that, if implemented, might go a long way toward restoring Volkswagen's good name in the wake of sweeping di ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Posted 11:42 am U.S. ET, June 12
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A door on a Land Rover Defender is inspected on the line at Jaguar Land Rover's assembly plant in Solihull, UK, in Nov. 2015. (BLOOMBERG)
RICHARD TRUETT :  The stars are starting to align for the upcoming Land Rover Defender. Absent from Monday's news about Jaguar Land Rover transferring production of the Discovery to the company's new plant in Slovakia early next year is any mention of the Defender. Land Rover has not said where it will build the next-generation Defender or if the body will be made of aluminum, like the original 1948-2016 model. B ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 9
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The Polestar 1's panoramic roof has the company's guiding light logo projected onto the glass.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC :  Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the new Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design feature found in its debut model to at least the next two cars in its lineup. “We definitely think that we will able to do so,” Ingenlath told me when asked about giving the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 the star-shaped logo that is projected onto the Polestar 1’s panoramic glass roof. ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 8
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Lapo Elkann with KC Crain, Automotive News Europe Group Publisher.
ANDREA MALAN :  Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ferrari, showed at the Automotive News Europe Congress on Wednesday that he has not lost his knack for provocation. “Let’s be sincere. Everybody now speaks about sustainability because it’s good for marketing,” Elkann told Automotive News Europe Group Publisher KC Crain. As evid ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 6
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A spy shot of the next-generation BMW 3-series sedan.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  BMW's new 3 series needs to restore the model's appeal to driving enthusiasts after the current model strayed from its sporty roots. The seventh-generation of BMW's brand shaper is expected to debut at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of its market launch in Europe and the U.S. early next year with China following later. Internally referred to as G20, it will be based on BMW's flexible, lightw ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 2
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Chinese on a roll: 10 domestic vehicles tested in 1 day. (Internet Info Agency, Beijing)
LUCA CIFERRI :  A day spent at a test track near Beijing driving 10 vehicles from local brands convinced me that European volume automakers should be aware of some passenger cars and compact crossovers that could be coming soon from China’s automakers. Models such as the Geely X1 small car, the Luxgen U5 and Northeast DX3 compact crossovers and the Changan Eado midsize sedan are on par with products from E ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 24
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Like Martin Winterkorn (left), Herbert Diess is CEO of both the VW Group and VW brand. (Reuters)
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  When Matthias Mueller took over as CEO in September 2015, Volkswagen Group faced an "existential crisis" in the words of company Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch. With VW facing enormous fines, many industry pundits anticipated the company would need a taxpayer bailout to survive if it couldn't raise enough cash by selling some key assets. While the scandal resulted in overall charges of 25.8 billion ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 23
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BMW's sketch of the iNext concept shows the long roofline and boxy wheel arches typical of an SUV.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes-Benz's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size SUV, the heart of the premium EV market, when the iNEXT debuts in 2021. A design sketch of the model BMW was teased at its annual meeting on May 17. It showed the silhouette of a vehicle with an extended, downward sloping roofline common to sporty off-roaders. Although its name would indicate ...
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Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 14
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Many suppliers and automakers, such as BMW, are developing autonomous systems.
DAVE GUILFORD :  Back on March 18, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, when she was struck and killed by an Uber autonomous vehicle. Her death is the greatest tragedy in the incident. But it also has sent shock waves across the global community of autonomous-vehicle developers, researchers and regulators, even consumers. Those waves rippled through the Canadian ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Posted 4:31 am U.S. ET, May 11
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Porsche has opened its first Experience Center in Asia based outside Shanghai's Formula One circuit.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  China may be Porsche's biggest market but there is one core weakness that executives say is a concern: poor 911 sales. The sports coupe is coveted by fans across the world, except China where it is brand's least popular model by far. Porsche sold 1,674 units of the 911 in China last year, just 2.3 percent of its Chinese volume. In its German home market Porsche sold 7,500 examples of the 911 for ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Posted 8:50 am U.S. ET, May 9
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Every merger or acquisition is a learning opportunity for the auto industry, but no deal serves up as many lessons as DaimlerChrysler. That's why the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the now defunct and debunked "merger of equals" is an occasion worth noting. Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler Corp. failed because of a clash of cultures. But that's an over ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 1
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The I.D. hatchback, shown here as a concept, wil be the first vehicle from VW's I.D. electric family.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  Volkswagen doesn't want to rely on product advertising alone for its game-changing I.D. battery-powered hatchback, the first in a family of I.D. models that the brand hopes will make it the world’s No. 1 seller of full-electric vehicles. VW will support the I.D. launch with a marketing overhaul symbolic of what it calls "New Volkswagen," hoping to wipe away the shame associated with its die ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Posted 8:50 am U.S. ET, April 27
blogs Peter Sigal is a France-based correspondent with Automotive News Europe.
 
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is betting that growth outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. But, following flat growth in the first full quarter since Ghosn unveiled Renault’s Drive the Future midterm plan, it's not yet clear whether that strategy will pay off. Ghosn says Renault will double its sales outside Europe and triple revenues by 2022. The company has invested bi ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 23
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Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
YANG JIAN :  The Chinese government has announced that it will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domestic automakers by 2020. The move bodes well for foreign automakers' future in China as it will allow them to part from joint venture partners and gain full control of local operations. But a complete separation will be hard for nearly all global brands that manufacture in Chin ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Posted 4:52 am U.S. ET, April 19
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The Schaeffler Mover concept is an electric chassis that can take different bodies such as a robotaxi, shown, or a small cargo van. (Schaeffler)
PETER SIGAL:  Schaeffler is looking toward the future with new products and projects that might be considered unconventional for a company whose roots lie in ball bearing production. The German supplier's four focus areas in its 2020 strategic plan are urban mobility; environmentally friendly drivetrains; interurban transportation (trains and airplanes); and the energy chain (sustainable and conventional). Sc ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Posted 7:13 am U.S. ET, April 13
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Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  If Volkswagen wanted to explain why it just reorganized itself into brand groups that supposedly will better drive forward the company's transformation process, then they did a poor job of it. But there were some key takeaways from Friday’s press conference that answered other open questions including why Matthias Mueller was dismissed from his post as CEO. Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch went ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 13
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The H500 features a fastback profile and a generous rear passenger compartment. The most unique aspect of this fairly conservative shape: fins on the front fenders that flow into the windowsills.
JAY RAMEY :  Pininfarina is giving the world an early peek at a sedan concept set for reveal this month at the Beijing auto show, one of two concepts that the design house will showcase there. The Mahindra-owned consultancy has joined with Hybrid Kinetic Group of Hong Kong with the goal of developing "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla competit ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 12
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The J-Pace will slot above the F-Pace, shown, in Jaguar's lineup.
WESLEY WREN:  It looks like Jaguar’s got another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights. According to Autocar, the bigger Jaguar crossover will be called J-Pace and will borrow parts and pieces from Land Rover's component bins. As for the sheet metal, designer Ian Callum will pen a new shell for Jaguar's fourth crossover in half a de ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 5
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Chris Bangle stands in front of the REDS minicar. The tall, boxy model was created by the former BMW executive's Italy-based design consultancy. (Chris Bangle Associates)
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC :  Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals. This includes doing away with something he was once in charge of at his former employer: establishing a common design language for the entire brand. "I would say that was my main job, to maintain that phenomenon for my years at BMW. ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 22
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Scheider wants to leverage ZF's deep and diverse product portfolio.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC :  New ZF Friedrichhafen CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider's biggest question after fewer than 40 workdays at the supplier is: "How do we push this forward?" He wants to leverage ZF's deep and diverse product portfolio. "No one else has what we have," Scheider said. ZF produces everything from driveline and chassis technology to active and passive safety solutions. Scheider, 55, became CEO on Feb. 1  ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 16
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BMW opened a driving center in South Korea in 2014.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for two of Germany's major premium brands the hunt for gold in South Korea continues. BMW's and Mercedes-Benz's sales are booming and, unlike Europe, diesels have been a major driver of the success. Models such as the BMW 520d or Mercedes-Benz E 220d routinely rank as the best-selling imports. Typically ...
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