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VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat took big sales hits in September after demand was hit by the introduction of the WLTP testing regime in Europe.
German registrations plunged 31 percent last month as sales dried up following the introduction of the WLTP testing regime.
Volkswagen is working with GKN to integrate the mass production of 3D metal parts into its vehicle manufacturing, using a new "Metal Jet" printer from HP, the world's largest maker of personal computers.
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in August as demand continued to grow ahead of a tax rise that will come into force in January, the AEB lobby group said.
German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to reduce stocks ahead of the new WLTP testing regime.
Audi has begun production of its e-tron electric SUV, which will compete with models such as the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC.
Lotus, the UK sports-car maker that is set for a $1.9 billion revival under its new Chinese owners, named former Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover and GM executive Uday Senapati as its product strategy chief.
VW, Renault and China's leading battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology, have made big moves to expand Europe's network of plants that will support the shift to vehicles with electrified powertrains.
BMW is teaming up with Lufthansa to promote its Vision iNext autonomous, electric flaghship on a five-day tour through Europe, the United States and China.
Rolls-Royce said BMW executive Martin Fritsches will head its operations in North America. He succeeds Pedro Mota, who is returning to Porsche to head its North American marketing.
Mazda Europe's design boss, Kevin Rice, has left the automaker. Rice, who has worked for BMW, Opel and Ford, quit to pursue a career outside of the automaker, Mazda said.
Ford's new-car sales in Europe rose 1.4 percent to 74,300 last month as strong demand for the EcoSport and Kuga SUVs helped lift the brand.
Germany's federal motor vehicle authority has warned that owners of some VW Group diesel vehicles who fail to have manipulated emissions software fixed could have their cars taken off the road. Authorities in Hamburg and Munich have already de-registered several vehicles.
Audi's Rupert Stadler will remain in custody after a Munich court rejected an appeal by the executive to be released.
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in July, buoyed by strong consumer confidence ahead of a planned tax rise in the market next year.
VW Group named Porsche executive Juergen Rittersberger as its new head of strategy. He replaces Thomas Sedran, who will lead the group's commercial vehicles division.
UK registrations fell 3.5 percent in June as demand for diesels plunged. VW Group's Seat had the biggest rise among brands, followed by BMW. Losers included Nissan, Dacia, Fiat, Renault, Ford and Vauxhall.
Opel has appointed Frederic Brunet as its new chief financial officer, replacing Phillipe de Rovira, who has moved to parent PSA Group as head of finance.
VW Group brands were among the winners last month as the German market rose 4.2 percent. Through June, sales were up 2.9 percent to 1.83 million.
VW brand was among the few brands that gained new volume as German vehicle sales fell nearly 6 percent in Mayas dealers reduced commercial registrations, including dealer pre-registrations.
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
VW Group said its global vehicle registrations rose 10 percent last month on strong demand in all its major markets, including western Europe and China.
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that grew 9.6 percent on increased demand in the region's five biggest markets.
Wolfgang Hatz, VW Group's former top engineer, who has been in a German jail for nearly a year over his alleged involvement in the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal, is appealing to the country's highest court in a bid for his freedom, reports said.
VW brand continued to recover in its German home market last month with a 15 percent increase in registrations in a total market up 8 percent.
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