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2016 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Marcin Palmer

May 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Delphi Automotive's Marcin Palmer.... Read More »

Germany to retest 30 cars showing 'inexplicably high' CO2 levels

May 24, 2016 06:01 CET

A German government committee has asked for further tests on 30 cars it says have "inexplicably high" CO2 emissions. The results came to light after officials tested cars from most major brands for defeat devices.... Read More »

VW's financing arm targets big growth in used-car market

May 24, 2016 14:56 CET

Volkswagen's financing arm is targeting growth in the used-car market as the unit believes development opportunities in the new-car market are slowing and now plans to offer the same mix of financing products for used cars as it does for new cars.... Read More »

MG will start GS crossover sales in UK in second half

May 24, 2016 06:01 CET

China's SAIC Motor will launch sales of the locally built MG GS compact crossover in the UK in the second half.... Read More »

2016 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Carolin Gleichmann

May 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Carolin Gleichmann of Hilite International.... Read More »

Alfa expects to unveil crossover by end of year

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

Alfa Romeo likely will reveal its new crossover by year end, brand chief Harald Wester said.... Read More »

2016 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Ingo Fleischer

May 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Ingo Fleischer of Johnson Controls.... Read More »

Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows

May 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation and in-car entertainment.... Read More »

Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China

May 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, effective June 1.... Read More »

Campaign for zero facalities started in safety-conscious Sweden

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

The notion that traffic fatalities can be eliminated is a Swedish import. The initiative, known as Vision Zero, was written into Sweden's road safety law in 1997.... Read More »

London taxi maker raises $400 million for plug-in fleet

May 22, 2016 06:01 CET

The maker of London's iconic black cabs has raised $400 million to help finance production of a plug-in hybrid taxi. Sales are set to start in 2017 in time for a Jan. 1, 2018 deadline, when London will require all new taxis to be zero-emission capable.... Read More »

Fiat's snub of Germany over emissions backed by Italy

May 20, 2016 09:22 CET

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt criticized Fiat for not showing up for a meeting to discuss emissions irregularities in its diesel vehicles. However, Fiat won the backing of Italian authorities.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: May U.S. sales drop predicted

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

Power, LMC predict drop in May U.S. sales; FCA chided for no-show; Daimler sets aside recall funds; Legal spat ends at newly acquired GM venture; Toyota exec's forecast frustration.... Read More »

VW agrees to lift wages for German workers despite scandal costs

May 20, 2016 10:45 CET

Volkswagen agreed to raise German workers' pay by nearly 5 percent after labor leaders vowed that employees won't foot the multi-billion-euro bill to resolve its diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

2016 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Martin Fischer

May 20, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Martin Fischer of BorgWarner Turbo Systems.... Read More »

PSA to invest $785 million in Spain; build new model in Vigo plant

May 19, 2016 13:55 CET

PSA Group will invest $785 million in its Vigo and Madrid plants in Spain. It will also build a new model in Vigo starting in 2020.... Read More »

Vauxhall will recall some Zafiras in UK on fire risk

May 19, 2016 11:27 CET

Vauxhall will recall about 235,000 Zafira minivans for repair in the UK to prevent a possible risk of fire caused by a soldered fuse resistor in the vehicles.... Read More »

2016 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Luka Trapic

May 19, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Luka Trapic of Ferrari.... Read More »

VW promises to lift profit, review management pay

May 18, 2016 11:27 CET

VW Group promised to improve profitability and review management pay, seeking to defuse growing investor criticism in the wake of the emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

UK plans new insurance laws to help driverless cars

May 18, 2016 16:12 CET

The UK announced plans for new motor insurance laws designed to encourage investment in driverless cars, as the government looks to capture a leading role in the developing technology.... Read More »

Opel admits using shut-off device, German minister says

May 18, 2016 22:11 CET

Opel has admitted that its Zafira minivan has engine software that switches off exhaust treatment systems under certain circumstances but says this is legal, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said.... Read More »

German gov't approves EV and plug-in hybrid incentives

May 18, 2016 11:57 CET

The German cabinet approved incentives to boost demand for electric cars. EV buyers will receive a 4,000-euro subsidy while those choosing plug-in hybrid cars will receive 3,000 euros.... Read More »

2016 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Richard Candler

May 18, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Connected Car Management is Nissan's Richard Candler.... Read More »

Ghosn salary debate intensifies in France

May 17, 2016 12:52 CET

The Renault board's decision to defy shareholder rejection of CEO Carlos Ghosn's 7.2 million euro payout for 2015 has caused the French government to take action. France may make shareholder votes on executive pay binding, President Francois Hollande said today.... Read More »

Geely design boss gets Volvo's sister brand to think big

May 17, 2016 15:11 CET

The Briton who smoothed out Volvo's boxy lines is aiming to give China's Geely global appeal by ditching its utilitarian image. Peter Horbury is central to efforts by Volvo's sister brand to push upmarket and go international by tapping European design and technology.... Read More »

 
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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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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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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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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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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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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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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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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