Frankfurt Motor Show

Honda EV hops back in time

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2017

Honda made waves last week at the Frankfurt auto show by unveiling an electric car that at first glance appears to be a 1970s Volkswagen Rabbit.... Read More »

Bugatti's single model could be a four-door

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2017

The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024.... Read More »

Frankfurt photo booth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2017

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.... Read More »

Frankfurt's best and wurst

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2017

Spread out over an area roughly the size of Delaware but with better currywurst, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show is the perfect place to take in the sights and flavors of the German auto industry while bleeding through your loafers from all the walking. Our man David Undercoffler loves walking — and Delaware. Here's what he saw:... Read More »

Smart leaves door open for dealers to return

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2017

Smart is discontinuing its gasoline-powered models and losing two-thirds of its U.S. dealers, but the brand's CEO believes sales won't fall very much.... Read More »

Mentally preparing for an 'armada of EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2017

While electrified vehicles account for a tiny fraction of global auto sales today, few industry leaders are concerned about whether consumers will ever truly want to own battery electrics and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

Interiors reconceived for the self-driving era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2017

Interior suppliers at the Frankfurt auto show signal a growing consensus about how cockpits of the future will look -- with preference for armrest controls, no knobs and no center consoles.... Read More »

Merkel says German car industry must work to rebuild trust

Sept. 15, 2017 15:33 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's car industry should do everything in its power to repair its damaged reputation, pointing to the combustion engine's uncertain future as she opened the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Facebook won't make cars, Sandberg assures Germans

10:26 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg went on a charm offensive in Germany, telling the country's powerful automakers that the world's biggest social network does not want to compete with them.... Read More »

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Chery will focus on electrified models in Europe

Sept. 14, 2017 15:29 CET

Chery will sell its Exeed TX compact SUV in Europe with three electrified powertrains.... Read More »

Hyundai readies Kona EV debut

Sept. 14, 2017 10:27 CET

Hyundai will launch sales of a full-electric version of its new Kona small SUV after a debut at the Geneva show in March.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2017

Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is once again fully engrossed in cars after a self-imposed exile from the automotive styling studio.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2017

Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is once again fully engrossed in cars after a self-imposed exile from the automotive styling studio.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: What's sparking renewed drive toward EVs

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2017

From Frankfurt: Consumer pull, Tesla threat spark renewed EV drive; Another top manager leaves Tesla; Honda-Toyota pump project; Recalled VW diesels stolen, sold; Barra talks STEM.... Read More »

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Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines

Sept. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines to its fuel-saving gasoline-electric models. The new engines be fitted to the core hybrid models in the automaker's current range. Toyota will reveal more details about its high-performance hybrids early next year.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Honda concept EV, Toyota power hybrid

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2017

In Frankfurt: Honda electric city-car concept, Toyota power hybrid, Hyundai i30 compacts, Lighter Bentley; A call to keep VW whole; Teamsters' robo-truck fight; Audi product preview.... Read More »

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Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019

Sept. 13, 2017 10:45 CET

Honda said it will launch a production version of the Urban EV concept in Europe in 2019.... Read More »

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Ferrari's entry-level Portofino faces $2.5 million Mercedes

Sept. 13, 2017 09:21 CET

Ferrari has introduced its new "entry-level" Portofino supercar that costs 196,000 euros ($234,000), while Mercedes has revealed the Project One concept, which will have a sticker price of 2.2 million euros ($2.5 million), as the two automakers vie for the world's wealthiest customers.... Read More »

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Borgward seeks to draw on 1950s heritage with modern Isabella

Sept. 12, 2017 15:45 CET

Borgward unveiled a modern take on its 1950s Isabella sedan that could become a flagship model. The China-backed German brand plans to start Europe sales by the end of the year.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on the EV bandwagon?... Read More »

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BMW electric sedan will give i subbrand a boost

Sept. 12, 2017 10:18 CET

BMW has unveiled the i Vision Dynamics concept, previewing an upcoming third model for its i subbrand that will be a rival to the Tesla Model 3.... Read More »

AMY WILSON

BLOG: With X7, BMW ditches the 'very humble' face

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

The massive grille on BMW's X7 concept is meant to draw attention for a brand late to the market for big SUVs.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on the EV bandwagon?... Read More »

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Opel Grandland X will be brand's first mainstream model with plug-in hybrid

Sept. 12, 2017 14:36 CET

Opel's Grandland X will be the brand's first mainstream model to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain variant. The compact crossover will go on sale this month in Europe.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Feds ease path to self-driving cars

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

Feds reveal 'path forward' for self-driving cars; NTSB: Autopilot design a factor in fatal Tesla crash; At Frankfurt: Benz fuel-cell hybrid, 'Entry-level' Ferrari, Smart all-EV plan.... Read More »

 
No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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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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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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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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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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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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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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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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