Green Car

German solar battery maker Sonnen to link up EV users

Feb. 23, 2018 09:43 CET

German solar battery maker Sonnen is giving away EV charging plugs to new household customers, seeking to attract drivers frustrated by the slow rollout of shared charging points and link them up to better manage power demand.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Why Aston Martin is mulling risky move into F1

Feb. 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer envisions the automaker entering Formula One as an engine supplier by 2021. It's a risky move, but the company needs the F1 marketing to promote its upcoming mid-engine supercar, as Palmer explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Lexus testing new hybrid math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2018

Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Battery-swapping for urban dwellers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2018

I agree with Keith Crain that the electric vehicle industry “will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.”... Read More »

Tesla's China dream threatened by standoff over Shanghai factory

10:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2018

Tesla is in danger of being relegated to an expensive niche in China because Elon Musk can't clinch a deal to open a factory there.... Read More »

London not ready for driverless cars before 2030s, report says

Feb. 14, 2018 10:04 CET

London is ill-prepared to become an early adopter of driverless cars and retail deliveries by drone, a report from the city's lawmakers said. The UK government has said such transport technology will be available by 2021, but the report predicts that infrastructure and connectivity issues mean this will likely happen much later.... Read More »

Tesla's scramble for lithium

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2018

Tesla's talks to invest in a lithium supplier indicate automakers have a long road ahead to secure a steady supply of the metal to support the mass production of electric vehicles.... Read More »

Porsche mulls production increase for Mission E

Feb. 12, 2018 09:53 CET

Porsche says it may increase the annual production capacity of its Mission E model beyond 20,000 cars when it launches next year. The brand will also decide shortly whether to electrify its Macan SUV.... Read More »

Q&A: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic exec: More EV battery plants are coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2018

Panasonic Corp. is ready to add battery capacity as automakers announce new EVs.... Read More »

2018 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Hyundai preps hybrid, plug-in hybrid Sonata

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2018

The estimated fuel economy of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE variant is 39 mpg city/45 highway/42 combined, the automaker said.... Read More »

Electric cars threaten to leave behind East European suppliers

Feb. 8, 2018 09:50 CET

Slovakia makes more cars per person than anywhere else in Europe, yet the only EVs being built in the country are e-Up minicars at VW's Bratislava plant. Now there's a growing sense that the country needs to keep up or it will lose out.... Read More »

Porsche doubles green car investment to $7B

Feb. 7, 2018 06:01 CET

Porsche will double spending on greener vehicles to $7.4 billion as competition in the electrified-vehicle space grows.... Read More »

New global player CATL sets EV battery sights on Europe, U.S.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2018

The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in southeast China, where an unheralded EV battery maker is planning a substantial factory with capacity to surpass Tesla.... Read More »

To electrify, Subaru leans on its friends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2018

To move faster into electrification, Subaru is relying on friends -- old and new -- for the needed products.... Read More »

Toyota hybrids find receptive home in Latin America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2018

With Americans turning their back on hybrids, Toyota has rapidly repositioned its quirky Prius as a tech-forward alternative in Latin American countries where gas-electric vehicles have been rare.... Read More »

Six EVs headed to Nissan, Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2018

The Nissan brand will get four full electric vehicles and Infiniti will receive two over the next five years, a top Nissan executive says. The six vehicles include only full EVs, not hybrids.... Read More »

European sales of greener cars jumped 39% in 2017

Feb. 1, 2018 10:34 CET

European sales of cars powered by alternative powertrains rose 39 percent last year as Toyota pushed hybrid models and Renault extended the driving range on the latest version of its battery-powered Zoe.... Read More »

BP invests $5 million in mobile EV charging company

Jan. 30, 2018 15:32 CET

BP has invested $5 million in U.S. mobile EV charging company FreeWire, helping the oil company provide rapid charging at its retail sites in the UK and Europe, as demand for greener vehicles is expected to soar.... Read More »

Daimler focuses on battery EVs, keeps hand in fuel cells

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018

Daimler is hedging its bets by keeping hydrogen fuel cell technology in development.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

GM is the real leader in EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018

When will it ever end? Tesla this, Tesla that ... Tesla, Tesla, Tesla! In fact, it is General Motors that is the leader in electric vehicles.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

EVs fall short of government goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018

I applaud Keith Crain's “Don't invest in steam engines” for pointing out the deficiencies of electric vehicles regarding the inability of the battery to store sufficient energy and long recharging times.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Infrastructure is real hydrogen barrier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018

I agree with Keith Crain’s comments regarding battery-electric vehicles (“Don’t invest in steam engines,” Jan. 15).... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

What bet? EV demand is clear

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018

Huge auto companies aren’t just betting on customer demand for electric vehicles, they are watching it happen.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Distance before recharge worrisome

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018

I am apprehensive about the fact that electric cars may soon be mandated by politicians or their regulatory counterparts.... Read More »

Porsche's sports cars will live on in electric era

Jan. 26, 2018 10:20 CET

Porsche will pursue a three-pronged strategy to tackle an industry shift toward electrification by offering plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles and traditional combustion-engine sports cars, CEO Oliver Blume said.... Read More »

 
Renault shows it's ready for autonomous future

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21 2018

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Anyone connected to the automotive business will tell you that in the not-so-distant future cars wil ...
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Why rival designers are talking up the Jaguar I-Pace

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19 2018

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It's intriguing when, without prompting, designers talk up a rival vehicle. And that's happening wit ...
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Renault follows Audi into the potentially lucrative e-sports world

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2018

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Renault is following other major corporate sponsors, including Audi, into the potentially lucrative ...
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VW has fixed its China operations and is now set to keep its lead

Yang Jian
5:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2018

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GM, Toyota, Honda, Geely and Great Wall have all had good starts to the year in China, posting stron ...
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Polestar CEO's challenge: embracing change

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath made the rare transition of from design boss to chief executive of his ...
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For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

Christiaan Hetzner
2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2018

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The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about th ...
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Jaguar XJ could be reborn as electric Tesla fighter

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2018

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Autocar reported this week that the Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is being rebuilt from the wheels ...
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Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs
Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automaker ...
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Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%
Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 perc ...
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French, Asian brands outstrip home rivals in rising German market
French and most Asian brands outstripped domestic rivals in sales growth in a German market up 12 pe ...
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UK sales fall 6% in January with diesel demand slumping
UK registrations fell 6 percent last month as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the fu ...
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Italy sales rise 3% on extra selling day
New-car sales in Italy rose 3.4 percent to 177,822 in January, according to figures published by Ita ...
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Spain sales surge 20% in January
New-car sales in Spain surged 20 percent in January on strong demand for the VW, Seat and Peugeot br ...
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France sales increase nearly 3% in January
New-car registrations in France rose 2.5 percent in January, with sales helped by strong gains at Pe ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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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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Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO
Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping do ...
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Ousted Ford North America boss Nair loses at least $5 million in bonuses
Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to h ...
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Toyota promotes female executive to top management level
Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. ...
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Rolls-Royce gets new engineering chief from BMW
Rolls-Royce named BMW veteran Mihiar Ayoubi as head of engineering at the British ultraluxury brand. ...
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Kuniskis' job: Fan excitement for Alfa, Maserati
Tim Kuniskis, the car-crazy U.S. sales guy handed control of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, knows somethin ...
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FCA names new global boss for Alfa, Maserati
Fiat Chrysler named Tim Kuniskis to be the new global head for Maserati and Alfa Romeo while trimmin ...
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New ZF CEO is former Bosch autos boss Scheider
ZF recruits mew CEO from Mahle, which had grabbed him from Bosch. Mahle promotes the man it recruite ...
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Nissan Europe promotes veteran alliance exec to top sales job
Nissan Europe has promoted Ken Ramirez to lead its sales and marketing operations in the region foll ...
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Valeo appoints new China president
Valeo has promoted Francois Marion to president of its China unit. ...
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Skoda veteran is Audi's new China sales boss
Audi has appointed Marco Schubert, Skoda's sales chief for Asia, as president of sales at VW's joint ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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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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