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Jay Amestoy, retired head of PR for Mazda, dies after lengthy illness

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2017

Jay Amestoy, who spent more than two decades at the public relations helm at Mazda North America and previously worked in public relations for Volkswagen Group of America, died late Thursday. He was 69.... Read More »

Musk reopens fundraising playbook to launch Semi, Roadster

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is turning to a tried-and-true source of financing for his unprofitable car company -- paying customers willing to wait years for delivery of shiny new wheels.... Read More »

MICHAEL WAYLAND

BLOG: Should Tesla stop building cars?

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2017

Could Tesla have avoided "manufacturing hell" by sticking with what it's good at like Apple and not producing its own products?... Read More »

VW to spend over $40 billion on EVs, autonomous cars

Nov. 17, 2017 14:56 CET

VW Group approved a five-year spending plan that will allow it to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) on EVs, autonomous driving and new mobility services by the end of 2022.... Read More »

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Toyota to re-enter EV sector starting in China from 2020

Nov. 17, 2017 09:56 CET

Toyota will introduce EVs in China starting in 2020 and is considering selling battery-powered models developed by its local partners under the Japanese marque as Beijing prepares to tighten environmental regulations. Toyota stopped sales of the RAV4 EV in 2014.... Read More »

NAFTA bargainers zero in on light-vehicle content rules

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017

NAFTA negotiators are set to give the most attention to rules for regional content, including light vehicles, in the latest round of trade talks, according to an agenda obtained by Bloomberg.... Read More »

Daimler launches Tel Aviv hub for auto technology

Nov. 16, 2017 15:34 CET

Daimler has opened a research and development center in Tel Aviv, one of a growing number of multinational firms seeking to tap into Israel's auto technology expertise as the industry moves towards self-driving cars.... Read More »

VW earmarks $12 billion to develop, build China EVs

Nov. 16, 2017 09:58 CET

VW Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as it seeks to comply with stringent new rules in China.... Read More »

VW taps Brazil growth with sedan to challenge Fiat, GM

Nov. 16, 2017 14:24 CET

VW is launching the new Virtus sedan to tap Brazil's highest-volume segment as part of a recovery plan that analysts said will help it regain ground on rivals GM and Fiat Chrysler in South America's largest car market.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Search for answers on exploding sunroofs

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017

Senators seek answers on exploding sunroofs; Elon Musk opens up in Rolling Stone interview; Daimler joins Israel's auto-tech rush; Why BMW's pumped about poo.... Read More »

8 things to watch as Tesla unwraps big rig

4:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised a truck that will “out-torque any diesel semi” and drive “like a sports car.”... Read More »

Lear CEO Simoncini resigns; seating boss Ray Scott is successor

7:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017

Lear CEO Matt Simoncini is stepping down, effective Feb. 28, ending a six-year run in the company's top job. Ray Scott, president of the supplier's seating unit, will replace Simoncini.... Read More »

Cordray to resign from CFPB, may run for Ohio governor

11:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017

Richard Cordray plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the controversial consumer watchdog created by President Obama following the 2008-09 financial crisis, amid growing speculation that he will run for governor of Ohio as a Democrat.... Read More »

Buffett-backed BYD to open electric-truck plant in Canada

6:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017

BYD, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Canada, anticipating a surge in demand for electric trucks.... Read More »

GM aims to sell 1M EVs annually by 2026; next-gen vehicles start in 2021

11:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017

GM expects its electrified vehicle business to be profitable with the launch of the next-generation EV platform in 2021 and with annual global EV sales of 1 million by 2026, CEO Mary Barra says.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Cordray to step down from CFPB

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017

Cordray to step down from CFPB; GM plans new EV platform, lower-cost batteries; Lincoln, Benz, Buick win in sales satisfaction; Hyundai light-truck blitz; Hard road for Tesla semi?... Read More »

U.S. House members oppose Trump administration auto trade rules proposal

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017

A bipartisan group of more than 70 House members urged the Trump administration not to boost current production requirements on vehicle content for autos produced in the region under NAFTA... Read More »

VW says works council payments legal after offices raided by prosecutors

Nov. 15, 2017 10:16 CET

VW said it had obeyed the law in the payment of its works council chief, whose office was raided along with those of the company's chairman, finance chief and head of personnel.... Read More »

Ford signals cost-cutting will avoid layoffs, plant closures

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2017

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said the company's latest effort to become more financially efficient won't involve major layoffs or plant closures.... Read More »

Tesla's new electric semi already has some rivals

6:35 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2017

Tesla's semi truck being unveiled Thursday is a major part of CEO Elon Musk's master plan in which he vowed to expand the company's lineup to "cover the major forms of terrestrial transport."... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Turkey surges ahead with hybrid electric national car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2017

Turkey's national car project gained momentum with the purchase of Saab 9-3 technology in 2015 and with Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent meeting with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... Read More »

Commerce chief Ross says 'some sort' of NAFTA deal will reach Trump

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2017

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he believes NAFTA negotiations will produce "some sort" of a deal for President Donald Trump to evaluate, but still warned the United States could walk away.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Ghosn's Renault plan downgrades Europe, counts on Russia, China

Nov. 14, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has laid out a relatively conservative strategy that counts on volume growth in international markets while reducing the automaker's reliance on Europe to drive profits until 2022.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs

Nov. 14, 2017 10:44 CET

Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division, giving the business a more diversified sales footprint by entering the booming global segment of midsize pickups.... Read More »

TOYOTA'S AKIO TOYODA: Taking the long view

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

Akio Toyoda is keeping his eyes on the future, the far, far future, as the Toyota Motor Corp. president pilots his company through a rapidly changing automotive landscape. The biggest risk, he says, is thinking 2050 is too far away and doing nothing.... Read More »

 
Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Luca Ciferri
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26 2017

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Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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