Green Car

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops.

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Panasonic sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Japanese electronics giant has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile.... Read More »

Fisker boasts 400-mile range for his new EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

The Fisker EMotion will boast a 400-mile range and a nine-minute charge, with autonomous and connected capabilities, Henrik Fisker says.... Read More »

BMW 5-series plug-in hybrid will be built by Magna Steyr

June 19, 2017 14:40 CET

Magna International's Magna Steyr unit will build BMW's new 5-series plug-in hybrid at its Austrian factory. Magna sees contract manufacturing of electrified vehicles as a "near-term opportunity" as automakers invest heavily in fully-electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.... Read More »

Bosch aims for a top spot in EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Bosch wants to use its muscle as the world’s biggest supplier to become the world biggest electromobility supplier.... Read More »

VW told by California legislators to build EV charging stations in poor areas

June 16, 2017 10:05 CET

California legislators tightened rules requiring VW to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in disadvantaged communities as part of an agreement for the automaker to distribute $800 million in the state to atone for its diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

The pope's white ride is green

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

The push to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in Vatican City got a helping hand last week from Opel.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Let automakers find
 way to cut emissions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2017

No amount of subsidy is going to overcome the shortcomings of lithium ion batteries, a reader writes.... Read More »

China EV quotas will be tough for premium brands, BMW exec says

June 9, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW may need to rapidly ramp up production of electrified models in China to meet a tougher target for new-energy vehicles as the government clamps down on combustion engines.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan plans to enter energy market with battery plant, report says

June 8, 2017 09:42 CET

Renault-Nissan plans a 100-megawatt power storage plant in Europe, hoping to give electric-car batteries a second life, Reuters reported. Makers of electric cars would benefit from a market for used lithium ion batteries because higher second-hand battery values could help bring down the cost of EVs.... Read More »

Electric-car market rises to 2 million in five years

June 7, 2017 14:37 CET

The number of plug-in hybrid and full-electric vehicles on the world's roads rocketed to 2 million in 2016, the International Energy Agency said.... Read More »

China agrees to adjust pace of EV quotas, Daimler says

8:53 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2017

The Chinese government had proposed that EV or plug-in hybrids account for 8 percent of automakers' sales by 2018, sparking protests from domestic and international automakers.... Read More »

Denmark 'kills' Tesla and other EV sales with tax move

June 1, 2017 06:01 CET

Electric-car sales have plunged in Denmark after the government began phasing out subsidies for EVs. One of the hardest hit automakers is Tesla, whose Model S once dominated the market.... Read More »

Audi's new A8 flagship will get 48-volt tech to boost economy, performance

June 1, 2017 09:24 CET

Audi will become the latest automaker to use a 48-volt mild hybrid system in its cars to improve fuel economy and lower emissions. The technology will be standard on all of the latest-generation A8 models.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Panasonic's auto business is the real driving force

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2017

Panasonic, indelibly associated with televisions, audio equipment and microwave ovens, now makes more money from auto parts than home appliances.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

EV column not based in reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2017

The reality is that last year, of the over 17 million new vehicles sold in the United States, 99.5% were not electric, a reader writes.... Read More »

Valeo bets on 48-volt mild-hybrid tech for growth

May 27, 2017 06:01 CET

Valeo is making a big bet on 48-volt "mild hybrid" technology, which the supplier sees as a cost-effective way for automakers to meet tightening emissions standards and to deliver power to new energy-consuming components such as electric superchargers.... Read More »

Electric cars will become cheaper than gasoline models within a decade

6:41 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2017

Battery powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows.... Read More »

VW's clean vehicle push has shortcomings, Calif. says

1:17 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2017

California regulators say VW's spending plan on clean vehicle infrastructure has shortcomings and lacks details on how the program, Electrify America, will help disadvantaged communities as well as promote hydrogen fuel cells.... Read More »

Renault sees wireless charging as answer to EV range anxiety

May 25, 2017 06:01 CET

As automakers and governments work to add more charging stations to ease electric vehicle range anxiety, Renault is touting dynamic wireless charging as a technology that could eliminate that fear. Renault has partnered with Qualcomm and French research consortium Vedecom to develop the technology.... Read More »

BMW aims to be electrification, connectivity leader

May 20, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW will focus on leadership in electric drivetrains and connectivity rather than increasing vehicle sales, CEO Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Uber threatens to fire engineer

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2017

Uber threatens to fire engineer at center of Waymo suit; Automakers' choice: Wall St. or White House?; Where Toyota, Honda, Nissan agree; Aston Martin IPO?; VW CEO talks succession.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Incentives are a must in ZEV states

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2017

Government mandates have led manufacturers to build an exciting lineup of EVs and other clean cars.... Read More »

Karma airs first TV commercial for Revero plug-in hybrid

10:11 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2017

Karma Automotive aired its first TV commercial on Sunday, ahead of the start of deliveries of the Chinese-owned automaker's $130,000 Revero car this month.... Read More »

Tesla is most painful stock for short sellers in 2017

3:32 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

Traders short selling Tesla's soaring stock have lost $3.7 billion this year, eclipsing the combined losses of traders shorting Apple, Amazon.com and Netflix.... Read More »

Ex-Ferrari exec Lanzone hired by autonomous car start-up Zoox

8:55 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

Autonomous vehicle start-up Zoox said Corrado Lanzone, former operations director of Ferrari's racing division, has joined the company as its vice president of manufacturing operations.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

image
Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
 Read More ›

Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

image
Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
 Read More ›

Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

image
VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
 Read More ›

China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

image
VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
 Read More ›

How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

image
Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
 Read More ›

Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

image
The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
 Read More ›

Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

image
Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
 Read More ›

Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

image
Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
 Read More ›

Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

image
Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
 Read More ›

After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

image
Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
 Read More ›

Newsletters & Alerts
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
image
European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
 Read More ›
image
VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
 Read More ›
image
German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
 Read More ›
image
Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
 Read More ›
image
VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
 Read More ›
image
French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
 Read More ›
image
European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
 Read More ›
image
VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
 Read More ›
image
Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
 Read More ›
image
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 ...
 Read More ›
image
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 ...
 Read More ›
image
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 ...
 Read More ›
image
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 ...
 Read More ›
image
SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
 Read More ›
image
VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
 Read More ›
image
Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
 Read More ›
image
Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
 Read More ›
image
Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
 Read More ›
image
Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
 Read More ›
image
Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
 Read More ›
image
McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
 Read More ›
image
Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
 Read More ›
image
Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
 Read More ›
image
Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
 Read More ›
image
VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
 Read More ›
image
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 ...
 Read More ›
image
Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
 Read More ›
image
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 ...
 Read More ›
image
Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
 Read More ›
image
Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
 Read More ›
image
Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
 Read More ›
image
Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
 Read More ›
image
Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
 Read More ›
image
Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
 Read More ›