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Tesla fixes software bug that exposed hacking vulnerabilities

7:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2016

Tesla released a software update to fix bugs that allowed Chinese "white-hat hackers" to remotely break into the Model S' control system and disrupt actions including turn signals, seat positions, displays and the door lock system.... Read More »

Chinese web-video tycoon raises $1.08 billion for electric car

7:26 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2016

China's Le Holdings Co. has raised $1.08 billion to develop its electric sports car that has drawn comparisons to the Batmobile, the latest in a series of alternative energy vehicle investments even as the industry is set for a Chinese government shake-up.... Read More »

Leoni buys Chinese harness maker

Sept. 20, 2016 11:58 CET

Germany's Leoni acquired a 51 percent stake in Wuhan Hengtong Automotive Wiring Harness Co., a Chinese manufacturer of wire harnesses.... Read More »

BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV

Sept. 19, 2016 14:19 CET

BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 joint venture between BMW and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.... Read More »

Lawsuit adds to scrutiny of Tesla's Autopilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

News of a second crash involving Tesla Motors' semiautonomous driving system has raised questions about how early Tesla knew drivers may have been misusing the technology.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler said to explore China JV with BAIC

Sept. 15, 2016 10:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler and BAIC are exploring a joint venture in China that would allow FCA to broaden its locally built models beyond the Jeep and Fiat brands, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

China's BYD expands U.S. manufacturing plant

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

Chinese automaker BYD, which is backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, said it launched its second of three phases of construction at its manufacturing plant in Lancaster, Calif., on Tuesday.... Read More »

Nvidia shows off smaller AI computer for Baidu car

7:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

U.S. chipmaker Nvidia showed off on Monday a smaller and more efficient artificial intelligence computer for self-driving cars, saying it would power Baidu's mapping and autonomous vehicle technology.... Read More »

Audi steps up collaboration with Chinese tech groups

Sept. 12, 2016 11:41 CET

Audi has agreed to deepen collaboration with Chinese internet-technology companies to offer more digital services in the market. The automaker and FAW-Volkswagen, Volkswagen Group's joint venture with FAW, have signed letters of intent with Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan's Mitsubishi rescue delayed

8:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2016

Nissan's Mitsubishi rescue behind schedule; China adds Hyundai, Nissan to probe; Ford lowers profit forecast after expanding recall; J.D. Power changes hands; Dodge future product.... Read More »

Nissan, Hyundai named in China's green-car subsidy scandal

Sept. 9, 2016 10:42 CET

China has accused more than 20 additional carmakers, including Nissan and Hyundai, of breaking rules on green-car subsidies, widening a scandal over a program to promote electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.... Read More »

China auto sales rise 25% on rush to beat expiring tax cut

7:31 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

China's passenger-vehicle sales climbed for a sixth consecutive month as consumers rushed to buy ahead of a tax cut due to expire at year-end and General Motors and Great Wall Motor emerged from stiff pricing competition with rising deliveries.... Read More »

PSA plans Southeast Asia factory as its global push widens

Sept. 8, 2016 11:47 CET

PSA plans to build a factory in Southeast Asia as it widens its international reach to reduce its reliance on a challenging European home market. The automaker is looking for local partners in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.... Read More »

PSA CEO praises China's 50% foreign stake limit

Sept. 7, 2016 09:42 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said he wouldn't increase the company's stake in its Chinese joint venture even if the 50 percent foreign ownership cap is lifted, signaling international manufacturers aren't united in seeking the policy change.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Calif. dealers vs. Cadillac

8:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2016

Calif. dealers push back on Cadillac plan; Bosch-VW allegations; Volkswagen, Daimler explore EVs for China; Mazda6 recall; Icahn's Federal-Mogul buy; Chrysler, Fiat future product.... Read More »

Daimler will sell Mercedes EVs in China, market boss says

Sept. 7, 2016 10:15 CET

Daimler plans to sell Mercedes EVs in China as the automaker seeks to capitalize on government initiatives aimed at expanding the market for new-energy vehicles, Hubertus Troska, its market chief, said. Daimler is due to unveil a long-range EV concept at the Paris auto show later this month.... Read More »

VW, JAC sign preliminary JV deal on electric cars in China

Sept. 7, 2016 09:50 CET

VW Group has signed a preliminary deal with China's Jianghuai Automobile to explore making electric and plug-in hybrid cars in a new joint venture. The two sides aim to sign a formal agreement within five months.... Read More »

Volvo to export Chinese-built S90 sedan to Europe, U.S.

Sept. 6, 2016 11:49 CET

A Volvo executive said that the automaker will export the Chinese-built, long-wheelbase S90 sedan to Europe and the U.S. while also offering it in the domestic market. Volvo already ships the stretched S60 from China to the U.S.... Read More »

China carmakers urge foreign ownership cap to remain for 5 years

1:19 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2016

China should keep the 50 percent cap on foreign ownership in local passenger-vehicle joint ventures for at least another five to eight years to ensure Chinese carmakers are ready for full-fledged competition, according to the country's state-backed auto association.... Read More »

PSA seeks to revive China fortunes with SUV factory

Sept. 5, 2016 14:16 CET

PSA will inaugurate a seventh factory in China this week focused on producing SUVs and minivans. PSA's sales in China dropped more than 19 percent in the first half despite a tax cut boosting overall industry demand.... Read More »

Chinese consumers, once averse to debt, embrace credit to stoke car sales

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2016

Chinese households, traditional savers with an aversion to debt, are rapidly warming to the idea of borrowing to buy a car, as automakers push financing deals to boost sales and margins in an increasingly competitive market.... Read More »

Ford shelves compact car program for emerging markets, report says

8:22 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2016

Ford has shelved plans to produce a new compact vehicle family designed mainly for emerging markets such as India and China, industry sources told Reuters, reflecting disappointing sales of mainstream models in the world's fastest growing car markets.... Read More »

VW to build pickups with JAC in China, report says

Sept. 2, 2016 08:41 CET

Volkswagen Group will partner with Jianghuai Auto to produce pickups in China, according to a Chinese media report.... Read More »

Audi names FAW exec as deputy sales chief for China

Sept. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi has appointed Jing Qingchun, an executive with parent VW Group's joint venture partner China FAW Group, to be executive vice president of its sales unit in China.... Read More »

China's BAIC to open South Africa plant that could export to Europe

Aug. 31, 2016 12:17 CET

China's BAIC plans a $759 million plant in South Africa, the biggest investment in a vehicle-production facility in the country in four decades. Vehicles could be exported to Europe from the factory, which will have an annual capacity of 100,000 and will build four models.... Read More »

 
Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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