Western Europe

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

France's Environment Ministry on Wednesday denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles

Aug. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Borgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW production stoppages caused by defiant Bosnian supplier

Aug. 23, 2016 10:50 CET

In a year of almost non-stop crises following revelations of cheating on emissions tests, the force that brought VW factories to a halt wasn't regulators or a court ruling, but a defiant parts supplier from Bosnia-Herzegovina protesting at the cancellation of a contract.... Read More »

Ssangyong considers U.S., China as Brexit hits U.K. sales

6:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor Co. will look to markets such as the U.S. and China to make up for an expected decline in shipments to the U.K. following the Brexit referendum.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is expected to peak at more than 250,000 units in 2017.... Read More »

Daimler fights $45M compensation claim from supplier in VW dispute

Aug. 22, 2016 16:19 CET

Daimler is fighting a $45 million compensation claim from the supplier Prevent Group, which is also seeking damages from Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

VW ready to seize withheld parts from supplier plants, report says

Aug. 19, 2016 15:56 CET

VW Group is preparing to seize components from two suppliers that are withholding parts in a contract dispute, Germany's Bild newspaper reported. VW faces production stoppages at four German factories after the suppliers halted deliveries of transmission and seat parts.... Read More »

VW to halt Golf production as supplier dispute hits 4 German plants

Aug. 19, 2016 11:23 CET

VW Group is stopping Golf production at its main German factory in Wolfsburg as a dispute with two key suppliers escalates, reports said. The automaker is also cutting working hours in three other plants across Germany.... Read More »

Opel cuts working hours at two German plants following Brexit vote

Aug. 19, 2016 11:54 CET

Opel is cutting working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for its Corsa and Insignia models after the UK's vote to leave the EU. The UK is the biggest market for the two cars.... Read More »

VW gets German approval for another 140,000 diesel-car fixes in Europe

Aug. 19, 2016 11:13 CET

Volkswagen has received approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority for technical fixes on another 140,000 2.0-liter diesel cars with illegal emissions control software.... Read More »

VW to cut hours at 3 German plants amid dispute with supplier, report says

Aug. 18, 2016 15:57 CET

VW will cut working hours for more than 10,000 staff at its Wolfsburg base and reduce output at two more German sites, Reuters reported. VW's production is being hit by a dispute with a key supplier.... Read More »

VW's Wolfsburg plant hit by parts shortage in supplier row

Aug. 18, 2016 10:55 CET

VW said production at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, had been affected by a components shortage caused by a supplier refusing to keep to delivery commitments. The factory builds Golf, Tiguan and Touran cars.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga

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

Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. Output is expected to peak at more than 5,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

UK car sales holding up despite Brexit vote, dealer group Lookers says

Aug. 17, 2016 11:32 CET

UK car dealership Lookers said Britain's vote to leave the EU has had little impact on demand for new and used cars.... Read More »

Norway denies report that it plans to ban gasoline and diesel cars

Aug. 16, 2016 16:47 CET

Norway denied a media report that the country planned to outlaw the sale of all gasoline and diesel cars starting 2025.... Read More »

Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fire

11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

Tesla Motors is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive in Biarritz, it said on Tuesday.... Read More »

Wiring supplier Leoni defrauded of 40 million euros

Aug. 16, 2016 15:47 CET

German wiring systems maker Leoni has been the subject of a fraud which has cost the supplier 40 million euros ($45 million). Leoni said fraudsters had used falsified documents and identities to funnel company funds abroad.... Read More »

Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fire

Aug. 16, 2016 17:25 CET

Tesla is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive.... Read More »

VW cuts working hours at Passat plant on seat supply problem

Aug. 15, 2016 13:49 CET

VW plans to reduce working hours at a German plant making Passat cars because of problems with supplies from its in-house seat manufacturer Sitech.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability

Aug. 15, 2016 06:01 CET

Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen its balance sheet by launching the Ateca into Europe's booming SUV/crossover market.... Read More »

VW gets approval for another 460,000 diesel-car fixes in Europe

Aug. 15, 2016 10:50 CET

VW Group has won German regulatory approval for fixes on another 460,000 diesel cars with illicit emissions software. The agreement, covering vehicles fitted with 1.2-liter engines, raises the number of vehicles cleared for repair to over 5 million in Europe from a total of 8.5 million affected cars.... Read More »

Reining in the robots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

Automakers are trying to find the right balance of human and robot workers.... Read More »

VW gets German regulator's approval to fix 460,000 diesel vehicles

10:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2016

Volkswagen received German regulatory approval to carry out technical fixes on 460,000 diesel cars fitted with software that skirts emissions tests.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe

Aug. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Renault and Toyota lift the sector. The upward trend is likely to be halted as SUVs become more popular.... Read More »

VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July

Aug. 12, 2016 11:33 CET

VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to suffer from its emissions-rigging scandal. Other automakers including Opel, Renault and Fiat posted sales gains in the month. Total sales declined by 2 percent in the markets.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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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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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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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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