Western Europe

U.S. said to review allegations that German automakers colluded

July 25, 2017 10:00 CET

U.S. Justice Department officials are looking into allegations that BMW, VW Group and Daimler colluded on technology, strategy and parts to gain an advantage over rivals, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German industry fears image blow over cartel probe

4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authorities said they would investigate claims that BMW, Daimler and VW Group operated a cartel for parts such as emissions treatment systems and convertible roofs.... Read More »

Autoliv Q2 net income drops 13.5%

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2017

Autoliv said its net income dropped 13.5 percent during the company's second quarter from a decline in North American and Chinese auto production.... Read More »

Diesel rescue plan reached in Germany, report says

July 21, 2017 12:26 CET

Automakers and politicians in Germany have agreed to clean up diesel vehicles through software updates as part of a rescue plan for avoiding diesel bans in cities, Reuters reported, citing industry and government sources.... Read More »

Driverless shuttles tested in Paris in training for U.S. push

July 20, 2017 11:09 CET

Navya Technologies, a French maker of driverless shuttles, is training its robot-driven machines to navigate around bankers and corporate directors in Paris, ahead of a push to sell vehicles in the U.S.... Read More »

Audi confident new A8 will hold lead in race to offer Level 3 driving

July 19, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi believes it will be the first automaker to launch a self-driving car even though its first model with that capability, the new A8, still needs to undergo lengthy government approvals that could allow a competitor to pass the automaker in the race to market.... Read More »

Combustion engine ban would put 600,000 German jobs at risk, study says

July 18, 2017 22:24 CET

More than 600,000 jobs could be at risk in Germany from a potential ban on combustion engine cars by 2030, the Ifo economic institute said in a study commissioned by Germany's VDA car industry lobby.... Read More »

Germany wrestles with diesel's future as large cities plan bans

July 18, 2017 12:46 CET

Germany is wrestling over the future of the diesel, with local courts considering action to compel cities to enact driving bans as pollution limits are breached. Diesels accounted for 46 percent of German new-car sales last year.... Read More »

PSA resists government bailout demands for French supplier

July 18, 2017 15:33 CET

PSA is resisting government demands that it raise a bailout offer to struggling supplier GM&S, which makes parts such as brackets and bumper supports.... Read More »

Honda will import SUVs into Europe from Japan

July 18, 2017 10:07 CET

Honda will import the two SUVs it sells in Europe, the CR-V and the HR-V, from Japan to help boost capacity utilization at factories in its home market.... Read More »

Hyundai wants i30 Fastback to jolt 'boring' compact segment

July 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai hopes its new i30 Fastback will ignite a passion for coupe-styled four-door compact cars in Europe at a time when many car buyers are switching to SUVs.... Read More »

Germany says its plans 'effective' measures to cut diesel pollution

July 15, 2017 20:16 CET

Germany is considering "effective measures" to cut pollution from diesel engines, the transport ministry said, reacting to a media report saying planned goals were unambitious.... Read More »

Daimler ready to fight cheating accusations

July 14, 2017 12:48 CET

Daimler said it will push back against allegations that it manipulated emissions in its Mercedes-Benz engines, as a German government probe into the premium automaker deepens.... Read More »

VW in, Mercedes out as German soccer team sponsor

July 14, 2017 13:32 CET

Volkswagen is replacing Mercedes as the main sponsor of Germany's national soccer team. VW has signed a five-year contract that start in January 2019.... Read More »

Europe car sales growth slows on Brexit effect

July 14, 2017 09:35 CET

European car demand rose at a slower pace in June as fewer selling days in Germany and Brexit-related concerns in the UK weighed on a peaking vehicle market. Industrywide registrations increased 2 percent from a year earlier to 1.54 million vehicles last month.... Read More »

Daimler to make batteries at German Mercedes plant

July 13, 2017 14:37 CET

Daimler has struck a deal with workers to make EV components and batteries at a Mercedes factory in Germany. Employees at the Untertuerkheim plant went on strike this month over worries that jobs could be at risk as the automaker moves toward EVs.... Read More »

PSA's Europe, China sales decline offset by Iran

July 13, 2017 08:43 CET

PSA said first-half sales dipped in Europe and continued to plunge in China, although the carmaker's return to the Iranian market kept its global numbers in positive territory, with a 2.3 percent overall sales gain.... Read More »

Daimler accused of selling over 1 million cars with excess emissions, report says

3:06 pm U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

Daimler has been accused of selling over a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the U.S., a German newspaper reported, citing a search warrant issued by a Stuttgart court.... Read More »

VW, ex-engine chief reach deal over bonus

July 12, 2017 06:01 CET

VW has agreed to pay former engine chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser an undisclosed sum after he took the automaker to court over his unpaid 2015 performance bonus, the DPA news agency reported.... Read More »

Valeo eyes selling unit to win EU OK for FTE deal

July 12, 2017 10:29 CET

Valeo is considering selling a hydraulic actuator business to Italian company Raicam to get regulatory clearance for its planned takeover of German clutch maker FTE.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry.... Read More »

Nissan Europe exec sees 20% EV share by 2020

July 11, 2017 12:13 CET

Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan's European electric vehicle chief, expects that zero-emissions cars will make up to 20 percent of the automaker's sales in the region by 2020.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

DS CEO Bonnefont sends dealers to 'boot camp'

July 11, 2017 06:01 CET

DS CEO Yves Bonnefont aims to revitalize the marque by creating separate showrooms for the brand and sending dealers to a "DS boot camp" as he strives to stem slumping sales ahead of a product offensive.... Read More »

BMW's UK workers end pension dispute

July 11, 2017 09:50 CET

British workers at BMW's Mini and Rolls-Royce operations have overwhelmingly accepted a new offer from the carmaker over the closure of its final salary pension scheme, ending a disagreement which had led to strikes.... Read More »

Renault, partner seek to fix highway trouble spots for self-driving cars

July 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault is partnering with Sanef, a French highway operator, to develop a communications network between autonomous vehicles and the road infrastructure, starting with a pilot project to help self-driving cars navigate through construction and toll zones.... Read More »

 
German industry fears image blow over cartel probe


4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

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Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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Continental's speaker-less solution slashes weight, satisfies the ear

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30 2017

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Continental's speaker-less car audio solution reduces weight by up to 90 percent compared with today ...
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Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
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UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
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Italy June sales surge 13%
Italy's new-car registrations increased 13 percent in June to 187,642 units, according to figures fr ...
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French sales rise nearly 2% in June
Registrations of new cars in France rose 1.6 percent to 230,940 vehicles in June, with Daimler, Toyo ...
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Spain sales rise 7%; troubling trends seen
New-car sales in Spain were up 6.5 percent last month to 131,797 units, according to industry associ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe
Former GM purchasing chief and CEO of AvtoVAZ Bo Andersson has returned to the industry to lead Euro ...
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
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BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter No ...
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Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
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KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
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Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV
Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. ...
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VW names veteran Europe exec to steer N. America sales, marketing
VW Group named Werner Eichhorn, a longtime executive from its European operations, as the new head o ...
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PSA hires Renault-Nissan exec to lead push in Africa
PSA Group has picked veteran Renault-Nissan executive Samir Cherfan to lead its sales and marketing ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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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 ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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