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Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales

Dec. 6, 2016 10:33 CET

Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

Putting leather to the smell test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

For most Americans, that rich, sweet, musky smell of new-car leather is a big part of its enduring appeal. Not so for the Chinese. They can't stand it. And the problem has become so frustrating for premium automakers there that one U.K. supplier of the most luxurious hides employs a Chinese leather technician to help sniff out the problem.... Read More »

Making cars? Simple, Li says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, whose Zhejiang Geely Holding Group owns Volvo, Geely and Lynk & CO, says there is “no magic in car production.” The usually media-shy mogul explained why during a roundtable interview in Shanghai last month.... Read More »

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Chinese cars could shake up European sales

Dec. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers failed to establish themselves in Europe in the past because of outdated designs and technology. New brands such as Borgward and Lynk & CO are tapping into European automakers and executives to avoid making the same mistakes as their Chinese predecessors.... Read More »

In China, Honda passes Toyota, setting up photo finish for 2016

10:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Honda's sales in China surpassed those of Toyota in the first 11 months of 2016 as new models lured consumers and set the Japanese rivals up for a photo finish in their rankings for full-year sales in the world's top market.... Read More »

China slaps 10% tax on supercars to curb luxury

Dec. 1, 2016 09:54 CET

China is introducing a 10 percent tax on cars such as Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DB9 in a bid to combat conspicuous consumption and promote more fuel-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

All-American pickups aimed at China's wealthy

7:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors are aiming the pickup, a staple in the United States, at upmarket buyers in China, where most associate trucks with farmers and construction workers.... Read More »

GM to export Chevy Silverado, Colorado to China

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

General Motors plans to sell the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado pickups in China starting next year to explore the country's small, local market for trucks.... Read More »

Daimler terminates China manager after parking dispute

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Daimler apologized today for an incident in China that local media said involved a senior company executive making disparaging comments to people in a parking dispute. While the dispute was a private matter which was eventually resolved amicably, the company said later the executive had been "relieved ... of his position."... Read More »

BMW, Baidu end joint project on self-driving cars

Nov. 18, 2016 14:26 CET

BMW Group and Chinese internet giant Baidu will end their joint research on self-driving cars, executives for the two firms said.... Read More »

VW plans big push for low-CO2 cars in China

Nov. 17, 2016 08:46 CET

VW Group aims to boost sales of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China to 400,000 units a year by 2020 and increase that number to 1.5 million annually by 2025, said the automaker's China chief, Jochem Heizmann.... Read More »

Michigan signs deal with Chinese auto manufacturing hub for connected vehicles

12:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration has signed a cooperation agreement with a Chinese auto production facility for connected vehicle development.... Read More »

China's NextEV will unveil electric supercar next week

Nov. 15, 2016 10:33 CET

China's NextEV will unveil its first product, a high-performance electric car, in London next week. With 1,360 hp, the supercar matches the performance of top hybrid supercars such as the La Ferrari and McLaren P1, the company says.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2016

Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marque's independence so that its image would not be tarnished. But in private, he soon started pushing the two brands to work together.... Read More »

Audi in talks for second China tie-up, dealers uneasy

Nov. 14, 2016 10:43 CET

Audi said it was in talks with China's SAIC Motor for a long-term collaboration, which dealers for its existing joint venture with FAW say would cause them "potentially fatal damage."... Read More »

Audi will expand in China with Shanghai Motor deal, report says

Nov. 12, 2016 10:37 CET

Audi and SAIC Motor have signed an agreement that will likely pave the way for the automaker to produce cars in China with SAIC, Reuters reported. The move would allow Audi, which already builds cars with FAW Group, to significantly expand China production.... Read More »

VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China

Nov. 11, 2016 11:52 CET

VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven by a 19 percent gain in sales in China, which offset drops in Europe and the U.S.... Read More »

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Audi sales chief outlines how digitalization is changing the rules of the game

Nov. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi is in third place in premium car sales behind Mercedes and BMW, in part due to its model cycles. Audi sales boss Dietmar Voggenreiter expects new products to help change this, but says success for automakers today is more than just volume, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

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Zetsche credits better design, product offensive for Mercedes' rise

Nov. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says there are three key elements to Mercedes' success. He discussed these in an interview while also explaining why he's bullish about electric cars, autonomous vehicles and the diesel engine.... Read More »

Buick-badged Chevy Volt may be coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is about to gain a Buick badge -- in China at least.... Read More »

U.S. marshals raid Chinese aftermarket parts booths at SEMA

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2016

Federal marshals raided the booths of two Chinese companies at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday, seizing parts, displays and communications equipment after allegations of copyright infringement. The booths of six other Chinese aftermarket parts manufacturers also were shut down at a nearby expo.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan's Ghosn eyes $8,000 EV for China

Nov. 3, 2016 13:10 CET

Renault-Nissan's low-cost electric-car program aims to sell an EV in China for about $8,000, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. The alliance plans to launch an affordable EV in China because its current offering, the rebadged Nissan Leaf, is too expensive for the local market.... Read More »

China eases German automakers' fears on EV quotas

Nov. 2, 2016 16:32 CET

China has promised that German automakers will not be discriminated against in the electric-car market as the country readies plans to set quotas for EVs.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: U.S. to get China-made Volvo S90

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2016

Volvo to export China-made S90 to U.S.; Lower Subaru, Mazda profit; GM-Uber surprise move; KKR said to drop out of Takata bidding; Why Volvo's keeping autonomous cars anonymous.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Buick set to rebadge the Chevy Volt for China

9:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is about to gain a Buick badge. A Reddit user spotted what appears to be a Buick-badged, second-generation Volt. And GM says it will unveil a Buick plug-in hybrid concept at the Guangzhou auto show in China this month.... Read More »

 
Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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