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EU electrified car push is driven by rules, not market demand

Sept. 22, 2018 06:01 CET

Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche and VW are among automakers electrifying their lineups in what looks like an enthusiastic move to the new technology. The reality is different because automakers are responding to legislation rather than consumer demand.
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Opel to further scale back output at Ruesselsheim plant
Sept. 21, 2018 09:26 CET

Opel is planning to further scale back production at its Ruesselsheim plant in Germany to 35 from 42 vehicles per hour, having lowered the output to 42 vehicles only last ...

 

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Aston Martin will expand hypercar lineup
Sept. 20, 2018 16:56 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 21 14:38 CET - adds pricing details

Aston Martin plans to expand its hypercar lineup with a coupe code-named the 003. Sales of the 003 will be limited to 500 units and its price is expected to be below that ...

 

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Frankfurt diesel ban challenged by regional government
Sept. 20, 2018 12:44 CET

A looming ban of older diesel vehicles in Frankfurt faces a legal challenge from the state government, deepening the controversy over how to handle rising air pollution i ...

 

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JLR faces fresh Brexit dilemma over UK-built parts
Sept. 20, 2018 10:15 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is facing a fresh Brexit dilemma as it aims to boost the proportion of parts made in the UK to simplify its supply chains and save costs. But the prospe ...

 

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VW rejects Trump envoy's take on Iran pullout
Sept. 20, 2018 08:24 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 20 17:30 CET - new story

VW rejected a report suggesting it had decided against doing business in Iran after coming under pressure from Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany, saying its position h ...

 

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Calsonic lines up $5.9 billion for Magneti takeover, report says
Sept. 21, 2018 19:39 CET

Calsonic Kansei has lined up about 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) in financing from Japanese banks to help fund its proposed acquisition of Fiat Chrysler's Magneti Marell ...

 

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2018 PARIS AUTO SHOW
Peugeot E-Legend hints at electric, autonomous future
Sept. 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Peugeot's E-Legend concept showcases future autonomous technologies and a full-electric drivetrain while evoking the Pininfarina-styled 504 Coupe that debuted in 1969. ...

 

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Renault, VW Group, FCA sales surge 30% in August
Sept. 19, 2018 10:51 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 19 18:41 CET -- correction

Renault, VW Group and Fiat Chrysler led a 30 percent surge in European car sales last month, data from industry association ACEA showed, as automakers used discounts to c ...

 

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Mini moves plant shutdown as hedge on no-deal Brexit
Sept. 18, 2018 15:35 CET

Mini's plant in Oxford, England, will move its annual maintenance shutdown to April next year when Britain is due to leave the EU. ...

 

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French minister optimistic over buyer for Ford's Blanquefort plant
Sept. 21, 2018 15:02 CET

French Economy minister Bruno Le Maire said that talks with Belgian transmissions supplier Punch Powerglide over the purchase of Ford's Blanquefort gearbox plant in south ...

 

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Ferrari's Icona retro line aimed at top of the market
Sept. 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Ferrari's limited-edition, retro-styled Monza supercars are part of the automaker's new Icona line. The line's models, which are inspired by iconic past Ferraris, are exp ...

 

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Ferrari seeks profit boost from retro-styled Monza
Sept. 18, 2018 11:20 CET

Ferrari's latest special-edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's offering of models costing more than $1 million that earn high margins ...

 

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Seat counts on Tarraco to retain rich customers
Sept. 18, 2018 06:01 CET

Seat expects its new Tarraco flagship SUV to further boost the company's profitability by retaining customers who are looking to move up to a bigger, more high-end model. ...

 

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GM suspends work on Chevrolet Niva replacement
Sept. 21, 2018 06:01 CET

GM has suspended work on a planned replacement of its last remaining Russian-built vehicle, the Chevrolet Niva SUV. The Niva is built by Russia's AvtoVAZ. ...

 

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Aston Martin plans October IPO worth up to $6.7 billion
Sept. 20, 2018 10:55 CET

Aston Martin says it is seeking a valuation of up to 5.07 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) from a stock market flotation in October. The automaker will publish a prospectus ...

 

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Renault's vision: e-vans that play 'follow the leader'
Sept. 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault's EZ-PRO concept reimagines the delivery van as a group of connected, autonomous electric pods circulating around cities and helping reduce pollution and congesti ...

 

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2018 IAA COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW PREVIEW
Renault, Daimler to showcase self-driving tech
Sept. 18, 2018 06:01 CET

The future of vehicles will be electrified, autonomous and connected but trucks and vans might get there before passenger cars because the technologies will offer cost-sa ...

 

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Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features
Sept. 18, 2018 06:01 CET

The Audi e-tron will offer a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of interconnected features to make owning the automaker's first series full-el ...

 

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Tesla goes from 'production hell' to 'logistics hell'
Sept. 17, 2018 12:51 CET

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has acknowledged that the electric-car maker's problems have now shifted to delivery logistics from production delays, the latest speed bump in its ef ...

 

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JLR cuts production at UK plant on slow demand
Sept. 17, 2018 16:04 CET | UPDATED: Sept 17 16:45 CET - adds JLR comment

Jaguar Land Rover is cutting production to three days at one of its UK plants as it deals with the fallout from the Brexit vote and the drop in diesel demand. ...

 

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GREEN CARS
Germany to reach EV target later than planned
Sept. 20, 2018 08:07 CET

Germany will likely have to delay its target of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by two years to 2022, according to a government-sponsored report. ...

 

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Magna selling fluid pressure, controls unit to S. Korean supplier for $1.23 billion
Sept. 20, 2018 14:12 CET

About 4,200 Magna employees at 10 operations in North America, Europe and Asia will transition to Hanon Systems in one of the biggest acquisitions of an overseas supplier ...

 

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Europe should develop its own EV battery production, Germany's Merkel says
Sept. 19, 2018 15:03 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany should work with other European countries to develop the region's own battery-cell production for electric cars. ...

 

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Renault-Nissan alliance lets Google into its dash
Sept. 18, 2018 10:01 CET

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashb ...

 

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VW Group plans 10 million EVs in 'first wave'
Sept. 17, 2018 18:13 CET

Volkswagen plans to build 10 million electric cars based on its new MEB platform as it targets the launch of worldwide mass production toward the end of 2022. ...

 

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Aston Martin joins Jaguar in calling out Brexit risk to industry
Sept. 16, 2018 06:01 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said that Brexit is "a disaster for the industry on both sides of the Channel if there is no negotiated exit." ...

 

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PSA urges France to revive incentives for plug-in hybrids
Sept. 21, 2018 10:36 CET

PSA is pressing the French government to revive sales incentives on plug-in hybrid vehicles. France currently offers a 6,000-euro ($7,000) subsidy on EVs, but an earlier ...

 

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Tesla reaches lithium deal with Chinese supplier
Sept. 21, 2018 12:51 CET

China's top producer of lithium, a metal used in EV batteries, said it reached a deal with Tesla to supply the automaker, highlighting the push for supply pacts. ...

 

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Total buys French EV charging company
Sept. 20, 2018 13:19 CET

Total has completed its acquisition of French electric-vehicle charging provider G2mobility. ...

 

    
 
Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. ...
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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. ...
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Tesla readies a surprise in Europe

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel auto show, according to an invitation s ...
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Moving out of Sergio's shadow

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marc ...
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ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Richard Truett
1:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28 2018

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Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ram ...
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Why domestic automakers will not dominate China's luxury EV market

Yang Jian
7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24 2018

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Beijing realizes that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional combus ...
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W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover
Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear sto ...
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UK sales increase 23% on WLTP
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the ne ...
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Italy sales rise 10% on smooth WLTP changeover
Contrary to what happened in France, Spain, Germany and the UK, Italian registrations did not rise d ...
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German sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP
German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to re ...
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Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out
Registrations in Spain jumped 49 percent in August as automakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ...
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French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test
Registrations in France increased by 40 percent in August, with gains largely due to the effects of ...
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Western European sales jump 9% ahead of WLTP tests
Automakers pushing to sell cars before WLTP vehicle-testing rules come into effect helped to boost w ...
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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 pla ...
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Europe's first-half sales surged on strong SUV demand
Jeep, Seat, Dacia and VW outperformed all other brands sold in Europe in the first half, as overall ...
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BMW sees 5%-10% sales growth in China despite tariffs
BMW expects its China sales to rise between 5 percent and 10 percent this year, despite the introduc ...
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Europe's crossover craze drives market gains
SUVs and crossovers accounted for one-third of European sales through June for the first time. Their ...
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Peugeot, Toyota commit to midsize sector despite slump
Peugeot and Toyota are the latest automakers to commit to Europe's volume midsize segment despite cu ...
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European electric-car sales growth slowed in first half
Sales growth of electric cars slowed across the EU's major markets during the first half because of ...
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CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-deca ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Hyundai Motor promotes heir apparent Chung Euisun as succession looms
Euisun Chung moves a step closer to succeeding his 80-year-old father, Chung Mong-koo, who has presi ...
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Adient names DelGrosso CEO, succeeding interim chief Fritz Henderson
Seating supplier Adient named turnaround veteran Douglas DelGrosso as its next CEO, replacing former GM chief Fritz Henderson. ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Aston Martin names Penny Hughes chairman ahead of London listing
Aston Martin is moving ahead with a plan to list shares in London, naming Penny Hughes as chairman i ...
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Musk elevates Tesla's little-known fixer to steer past drama
In Jerome Guillen, Elon Musk has promoted a skilled multitasker who's proven able to operate at the ...
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Tesla accounting chief, HR head resign
Tesla's top accountant gave notice he's resigning one month into the job, citing the level of scruti ...
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VW Group names finance exec as new sales chief
VW Group appointed Christian Dahlheim as its new head of group sales. Dalheim replaces Fred Kappler, ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Former Land Rover designer Phil Simmons joins Great Wall
Great Wall appointed former Land Rover stylist Phil Simmons as design director for the Haval brand. ...
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Lotus names former Bentley, JLR exec as product strategy chief
Lotus, the UK sports-car maker that is set for a $1. ...
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Peugeot touts Rifter's space and tech features
Peugeot has designed the new Rifter, the passenger variant of the automaker's small cargo van, to ap ...
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Seat counts on Tarraco to retain rich customers
Seat expects its new Tarraco flagship SUV to further boost the company's profitability by retaining ...
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Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features
The Audi e-tron will offer a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of inter ...
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Mercedes gives new GLE semi-autonomous tech
The Mercedes GLE gets semi-autonomous technologies and all-new engines including a plug-in hybrid. ...
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Renault's revived Alpine races to keep pace with demand
Since Renault launched the Alpine A110, the new brand has taken 5,000 reservations, resulting in a 1 ...
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BMW returns to roadster market with Z4
BMW is returning into the roadster market with the revival of the Z4 -- a car whose predecessor help ...
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Peugeot aims sleek 508 at SUV buyers
Peugeot has transformed the 508 midsize sedan into a hatchback to add versatility and attract SUV an ...
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Jaguar showcases I-Pace's SUV skills
The Jaguar I-Pace's versatility shows it is much at home tackling tough terrain as it is blazing aro ...
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Audi adds connectivity features to bigger Q3
Audi has made its Q3 bigger and added more tech and connectivity equipment for the compact SUV's sec ...
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Porsche gives updated Macan improved handling
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