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BILLIONS AT RISK

A split heard round the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2016

The United Kingdom's stunning decision to abandon the European Union could slash automakers' profits by billions of dollars and cut new-vehicle sales by nearly a million units over the next three years, analysts warned.... Read More »

Penske Automotive, Group 1 shares plunge after Brexit vote

12:41 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2016

Shares of Penske Automotive Group and Group 1 Automotive, two of the three largest U.S. dealership groups, fell Friday to their lowest levels since February on concerns over the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union.... Read More »

UK 'Leave' vote deflates hopes for U.S.-EU trade deal

2:59 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2016

Britain's looming exit from the European Union is another huge setback for negotiations on a massive U.S.-EU free trade deal that were already stalled by deeply entrenched differences and growing anti-trade sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic.... Read More »

Norway's wealth fund files complaint against VW over emissions scandal

June 24, 2016 14:08 CET

Norway's $850 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has filed a complaint against Volkswagen as part of a joint legal action over the automaker's emissions scandal.... Read More »

Automakers call for tariff-free trade between UK and EU after Brexit win

June 24, 2016 09:01 CET

Automakers today called for tariff-free trade to be maintained between Britain and the EU after the UK voted for a Brexit, amid warnings that sales and production will be hit in Europe's second-biggest auto market.... Read More »

German auto industry warns Brexit could lead to production shift

June 23, 2016 13:22 CET

Germany's auto industry warned that a potential trade dispute between Europe and the UK in the aftermath of a Brexit could put British production sites at risk.... Read More »

German investor group to push for independent VW emissions probe

June 23, 2016 14:46 CET

German investors' association DSW will go to court to push for an independent investigation of the diesel emissions test-rigging scandal at Volkswagen after its motion for a probe was voted down at VW's annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday.... Read More »

MG aims first SUV at budget buyers

June 23, 2016 06:01 CET

MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budget vehicle.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2016

As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting patiently to get into the hall at what promises to be an extraordinary and very lengthy gathering, during which the automaker is expected to face some acrimonious questioning.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2016

As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting patiently to get into the hall at what promises to be an extraordinary and very lengthy gathering, during which the automaker is expected to face some acrimonious questioning.... Read More »

VW gets approval for fixes on another 1 million diesel cars

June 22, 2016 12:07 CET

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 1 million diesel cars, mainly Golf models, and expects the number to keep growing.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover could face $1.47 billion Brexit hit, report says

June 21, 2016 16:15 CET

Jaguar Land Rover estimates its annual profit could be cut by $1.47 billion if the UK leaves the EU, Reuters reported. The automaker has also looked into opening a continental European office and has delayed starting major work on a plant in Slovakia because of uncertainty about tomorrow’s vote, sources said.... Read More »

Lawyers for VW shareholders, bondholders file lawsuits in Germany, U.S.

June 21, 2016 14:56 CET

Law firm Quinn Emanuel has filed one of two lawsuits in Germany against Volkswagen Group for institutional funds in claims that could run into billions of euros over the carmaker's emissions scandal. VW was also hit with a lawsuit from bondholders filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least because one of the executives on the podium is the official target of an investigation into criminal misconduct.... Read More »

PSA will build new Citroen SUV at French plant

June 21, 2016 09:36 CET

PSA will build a new SUV for Citroen in Rennes, France, giving the brand a more distinct offering in a booming segment.... Read More »

VW board chief Diess in probe over market manipulation, reports say

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

VW brand chief Herbert Diess and former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn are under investigation over suspected market manipulation related to the automaker's diesel-emissions scandal, reports said.... Read More »

ANALYSIS

Investors seeking VW reform may be disappointed at annual meeting

June 20, 2016 14:08 CET

Investors hungry for reform at Volkswagen Group after its emissions scandal may be disappointed at the carmaker's annual meeting on Wednesday.... Read More »

Toyota says Brexit may lead to 10% duties on UK-built cars

June 20, 2016 10:50 CET

Toyota warned that a withdrawal by the UK from the EU may lead to levies of as much as 10 percent on the cars it builds in Britain. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth also warned about a so-called Brexit, saying leaving the EU would be "highly damaging."... Read More »

Nissan to take legal action against Brexit campaign for logo use

June 20, 2016 16:19 CET

Nissan said it would take legal action against the official campaign for the UK to leave the EU after the group used the automaker's logo in leaflets calling for voters to back Brexit on June 23.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Italian-made Dodge Journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Dodge Journey output moving to Italy, Jeep Compass and Patriot get reprieve; Toyota's Brexit warning; Mercedes plans EV push in U.S.; Toyota exec's goal: Turn robotics into safety results.... Read More »

Is Dodge taking Journey to Italy?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will shift Dodge Journey production from Mexico to Italy when the compact crossover is redesigned for the 2019 model year, supplier sources say.... Read More »

Toyota pitches hybrids in diesel country

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Automakers have plenty to fret about in Europe. Toyota Motor Corp. is coping with it all by focusing on building market share, selling more hybrids and boosting production to give its European dealers more locally built products.... Read More »

Digital world requires collaboration

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Automakers will have to collaborate more and adapt to change faster as pressure from companies such as Tesla, Apple and Google increases the need to offer connected, electrified, autonomous cars, executives said.... Read More »

Ford small-car strategy in Europe overhauled

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Ford Motor is repositioning itself in Europe's small-car market by abandoning the minicar segment and focusing on subcompact customers with a larger Ka and a more upscale Fiesta.... Read More »

Pickups with a French accent

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2016

This month, Faurecia added to its growing list of pickup seat jobs when it launched a factory in Simpsonville, Ky., to make seats for the Ford Super Duty pickup.... Read More »

 
Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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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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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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