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Renault will tap Pakistan market to boost growth

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:50:28 EST

Renault has signed an agreement to assemble and sell passenger vehicles in the fast-growing Pakistan market by 2019, as the automaker seeks to expand its presence in developing countries.

Aston Martin reshapes Vantage to appeal to younger buyers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:05:36 EST

Aston Martin is pitching the new-generation Vantage to a younger customer group, helped by a radical redesign that gives the coupe greater differentiation compared with current models.

VW, Daimler, BMW set for record production on demand from Asia

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:26:11 EST

German automakers including VW, Daimler and BMW may increase output in significantly this year from record 2016 levels, powerd by Asian demand, the VDA said.

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou look to deepen China tie-up

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:56:41 EST

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile are in talks to deepen their joint venture in China. This comes as officials in the world's largest car market look to relax some regulations and Guangzhou prepares to sell its Trumpchi brand in the U.S.

Global EV sales jump 63% as China demand surges

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:25:19 EST

Global EV sales surged 63 percent in the third quarter, largely driven by strong demand in China. The world's No.1 market accounted for more than half of sales, while Europe was the second-biggest market with 24 percent, followed by North America.

ZF's partnerships help it keep pace with megatrends

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

ZF has spent the year aggressively building up expertise and partnerships to help it capitalize on the move toward autonomous driving. Board member Peter Lake explained to Automotive News Europe how the company has been progressing.

China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plant

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:53:13 EST

China's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market.

Giugiaro luxury EV concept shuns speed for comfort

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:14:10 EST

Giorgetto Giugiaro, famous for styling sports cars, is putting comfort before speed for his latest project, an electric four-seat sedan he is developing with a Chinese company.

Volvo wins Uber's first robotaxi order

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo has signed a deal to sell Uber up to 24,000 cars that will become part of the ride-sharing giant's first robotaxi fleet.

Volvo CEO credits 'safety and speed' for Uber deal

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo's deal to supply ride-hailing company Uber with XC90 SUVs that can be become fully autonomous gives the automaker an early leader in the robotaxi sector. It will benefit Volvo on many levels, CEO Hakan Samuelsson says.

VW reorganizes German production for EVs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:56:55 EST

VW Group is reorganizing production at its German factories to further its goal of transforming itself into a leading force in EVs.

Skoda will build EVs in Czech Republic

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:36:52 EST

Skoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup

Mercedes steps up e-van push to counter Ford's StreetScooter

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:18:07 EST

Mercedes is ramping up its offering of electric delivery vans to counter the StreetScooter, a no-frills competitor from Deutsche Post and Ford.

VW raises 2020 outlook on emerging-market growth, SUVs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:30:39 EST

VW Group raised its midterm revenue outlook on demand for new SUVs in emerging markets. The automaker also upgraded its pretax profit goal.

UK plans regulatory boost for driverless cars

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:31:41 EST

The UK's finance plan this week could include measures that will see fully self-driving cars to be on British roads in as little as three years.

German court releases on bail ex-Audi manager in emissions inquiry

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:40:22 EST

Former Audi manager Giovanni Pamio is being released following his arrest on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal.

Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:15:00 EST

Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more popular in Europe than sedan and wagon versions of the Mercedes E class and BMW 5 series.

VW to spend over $40B on EVs, autonomy push

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:56:44 EST

VW Group approved a five-year spending plan that will allow it to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) on EVs, autonomous driving and new mobility services by the end of 2022.

Ford will spend $885 million to build next Kuga in Spain

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:43:33 EST

Ford will invest more than 750 million euros in its factory in Valencia, eastern Spain, to produce the next-generation Kuga SUV.

VW board discusses 70 billion euro spending plan, report says

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:37:51 EST

VW Group's supervisory board is discussing a five-year spending plan totaling more than 70 billion euros ($82.5 billion) to transform the automaker into a leader in EVs, Reuters reported.

Toyota to re-enter EV sector starting in China from 2020

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:56:35 EST

Toyota will introduce EVs in China starting in 2020 and is considering selling battery-powered models developed by its local partners under the Japanese marque as Beijing prepares to tighten environmental regulations.

Daimler to invest $755 million in China EV, battery output

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:38:25 EST

Daimler will invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China for factory capacity to manufacture EVs and their batteries, Hubertus Troska, the automaker's China boss, said.

Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:37:55 EST

European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand leading the gains among volume automakers.

Racecar specialist Dallara's Stradale inspired by Lotus

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:56:58 EST

Italian racecar specialist Dallara says its first street legal car, a lightweight roadster called the Stradale, was inspired by affordable sports cars pioneered by Lotus. The Stradale's first customers include former F1 drivers.

Daimler launches Tel Aviv hub for auto technology

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:34:49 EST

Daimler has opened a research and development center in Tel Aviv, one of a growing number of multinational firms seeking to tap into Israel's auto technology expertise as the industry moves towards self-driving cars.

VW earmarks $12 billion to develop, build China EVs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:58:01 EST

VW Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as it seeks to comply with stringent new rules in China.

VW taps Brazil growth with sedan to challenge Fiat, GM

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:24:38 EST

VW is launching the new Virtus sedan to tap Brazil's highest-volume segment as part of a recovery plan that analysts said will help it regain ground on rivals GM and Fiat Chrysler in South America's largest car market.

Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:46:41 EST

Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its autonomous features are among the most advanced in a car on the road.

Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, a model it hopes will appeal to buyers because of a comfortable interior and driver assistance features more commonly found in SUVs.

EU will fine seat belt, airbag cartel, report says

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:54:20 EST

The EU is set to fine a group of car seat belt and airbag makers in the coming weeks, Reuters reported, in the latest regulatory crackdown on price fixing in the sector.

Opel puts dealer network under scrutiny

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:17:14 EST

Opel plans to change the incentive system used by its European dealers to promote sales of higher-priced vehicles. The plan includes introducing a new top trim line called Ultimate.

Pope gets $200,000 Lamborghini to auction for charity

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:42:37 EST

Pope Francis was given a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan, which will be auctioned to raise money for charity. The Vatican said the money would go to projects to help Christians rebuild their homes in Iraq.

Honda, Aston Martin warn of production snags after Brexit

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:44:04 EST

Honda and Aston Martin have warned British lawmakers that automakers in the UK could endure "semi-catastrophic" production interruptions if the EU stops accepting the nation's vehicle certification program after Brexit.

Formula E may leave Britain if there is no Brexit deal

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:29:16 EST

The London-based Formula E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, CEO Alejandro Agag said.

Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:05:11 EST

Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been appointed president of the automaker's European operations.

VW says works council payments legal after offices raided by prosecutors

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:16:56 EST

VW said it had obeyed the law in the payment of its works council chief, whose office was raided along with those of the company's chairman, finance chief and head of personnel.

Older cars could get Wi-Fi hotspot with Deutsche Telekom offer

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:32:22 EST

Deutsche Telekom is offering owners of cars built in 2006 or later a service that will monitor driving data and turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot, as the company taps into demand for connected devices.

VW board likely to back further EV investment in Germany, report says

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:49:32 EST

VW's board will likely approve more investment in Germany in a production shake-up to fill underutilized factories and ramp up production of EVs, Reuters reported.

PSA partners with Huawei in connected-car software

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:50:55 EST

PSA will develop a secure connected vehicle system in partnership with Chinese telecoms company Huawei Technologies.

Global vehicle sales will decline as ride-hailing services boom, study says

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:34:52 EST

Annual vehicle sales in the U.S., Europe, China and India will decline to 54 million in 2040 from 67 million, an IHS Markit study said.

Ghosn's Renault plan downgrades Europe, counts on Russia, China

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has laid out a relatively conservative strategy that counts on volume growth in international markets while reducing the automaker's reliance on Europe to drive profits until 2022.

Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:44:38 EST

Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division, giving the business a more diversified sales footprint by entering the booming global segment of midsize pickups.

Turkey moves ahead with plans for electric national car

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:32:39 EST

Turkey, is on course with its national car project. The country's five major suppliers and tech giants have just signed on to produce the still-unnamed car.

Continental may invest in solid-state batteries

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:12:06 EST

Continental is considering investing in battery production to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers.

Challenges loom for Opel recovery plan

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:57:13 EST

Opel's plan to return to profit has similar goals to PSA's recovery road map. But Opel may have a hard time bouncing back as it faces weak demand in key markets and the high costs of funding new technologies.

Opel's production shift to Europe worries S. Korean workers

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:32:53 EST

Opel's plan to stop importing cars from South Korea is worrying workers at GM's Korean unit, which is already grappling with slumping sales.

PSA expands in North Africa with plant in Algeria

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:23:38 EST

PSA has signed a joint venture with three partners to build cars in Algeria, joining Renault and VW in producing vehicles locally.

VW re-registers Cayman Islands company planes in Germany, denies trying to avoid tax

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

VW has re-registered six company jets in Germany that were previously registered in the Cayman Islands. The automaker has denied that the planes were registered in the Cayman Islands for tax-avoidance reasons.

Kia Europe looks to expand hybrid, EV options

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Kia Europe plans to adjust its hybrid and plug-in offerings to compensate for falling sales of diesel cars in the region.

French startup launches $290,000 robotaxi

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

French startup Navya Technologies hopes to beat automotive and tech giants such as GM and Alphabet with a robotaxi that will be part of a lineup of autonomous vehicles.