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VW, Skoda, Audi and Seat take big WLTP sales hits

UPDATED: Oct. 12 11:05 CET - adds group sales

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 sales fall 31% on WLTP

German registrations plunged 31 percent last month as sales dried up following the introduction of the WLTP testing regime.

VW moves toward mass production of 3D printed metal parts

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.

Russia sales rise 11% ahead of tax hike

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 sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP

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 starts production of Tesla-fighting SUV

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 names former Bentley, JLR exec as product strategy chief

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, China battery giant CATL speed growth of Europe's e-plant network

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 takes to the air to promote iNext electric flagship

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 names new N. America boss

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 design boss Rice quits

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 July sales rise 1% in Europe on SUV demand

UPDATED: Aug. 17 14:44 CET - corrected

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.

VW owners in Germany risk de-registration if they don't fix cheat diesels

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 Stadler remains in jail after court rejects appeal

Audi's Rupert Stadler will remain in custody after a Munich court rejected an appeal by the executive to be released.

Skoda, BMW among winners as Russia sales rise 11%

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 appoints Porsche exec as strategy chief

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 market 'stabilizing' despite sales falling nearly 4% on diesel plunge

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 names Brunet as new finance chief

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 gain as German market rises 4%

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.

German market down 6% but VW bucks trend with new SUV

UPDATED: June 6 10:23 CET - adds details

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 promotes veteran exec Fleischer to lead Europe business

Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

VW Group's April sales up 10% on Europe, China gains

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, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April

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.

Ex-VW exec Hatz appeals detention to top German court

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 continues to recover in German market up 8%

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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