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Solidarity among Opel/Vauxhall unions frays after German workers resist cuts

April 21, 2018 09:07 CET

German Opel workers' resistance to pay curbs and other concessions demanded by new parent PSA Group has angered unions in other European markets including France and the UK.
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■ PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union
■ PSA wants 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

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Top Porsche engineer said to be arrested over VW emissions-rigging
April 20, 2018 12:31 CET | UPDATED: April 20 14:35 CET - adds Porsche CEO comments

German police have arrested Porsche's powertrain development boss, Joerg Kerner, in connection with parent VW Group's diesel scandal, sources said. Porsche management boa ...

 

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PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union
April 20, 2018 09:16 CET

PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of man ...

 

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PSA wants 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says
April 20, 2018 16:02 CET

PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, O ...

 

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Nissan will cut jobs at UK plant as diesel demand slides, report says
April 20, 2018 15:43 CET

Nissan will cut hundreds of jobs at its factory in Sunderland, England, as it tackles declining demand for diesel models across Europe, Reuters reported. ...

 

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EU strengthens regulatory power over automakers after VW scandal
April 19, 2018 16:50 CET

The European Commission won the power to fine automakers up to 30,000 euros ($37,131) per faulty car and order recalls as part of more centralized market oversight approv ...

 

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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as Europe sales fall 5%
April 18, 2018 09:42 CET

Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide registrations fell by 5 percent, hit by drops in three of the region's five ...

 

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VW brand will get new logo for EV era
April 16, 2018 18:34 CET

Volkswagen plans to tweak the namesake VW brand's logo for the first time since 2012, as it prepares for the electric-vehicle era and tries to burnish an image tarnished ...

 

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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
April 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing customers to SUVs and crossovers. ...

 

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Mercedes will preview Maybach SUV aimed at China's billionaires
April 19, 2018 12:34 CET

Mercedes looks ready enter the ultraluxury SUV segment and join rivals Bentley and Rolls-Royce in targeting wealthy buyers who are choosing high-riding crossovers instead ...

 

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BMW plans different sized battery cells to preserve design of future models
April 18, 2018 06:01 CET

BMW has found a solution to ensure that fitting battery cells into its future full-electric models does not compromise their design. ...

 

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VW, BMW, Daimler could gain from China removing ownership caps
April 17, 2018 15:51 CET | UPDATED: April 17 23:24 CET - adds comments

VW, BMW and Daimler welcomed China's decision to allow foreign automakers to own more than 50 percent of local ventures but said the move will not affect their existing p ...

 

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VW aims to consolidate global marketing spending
April 16, 2018 20:37 CET

VW Group plans to centralize global marketing for its namesake brand as it seeks to improve its image. The group is the world's sixth-largest advertiser. ...

 

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Seat boss outlines how Cupra will rev up brand's profits
April 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Seat's Cupra unit will soon have seven models in its lineup. The automaker's chief, Luca De Meo, expects the subbrand to account for 10 percent of Seat's sales within fou ...

 

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German politics split over diesel refit burden
April 20, 2018 15:47 CET

The question of how to deal with the fall-out from VW Group's diesel scandal continues to divide the German political class as transport minister Andreas Scheuer urges au ...

 

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Skoda's China SUV keeps family look
April 19, 2018 11:19 CET

After record sales in China last year, Skoda aims for a further boost in its biggest single market by introducing what it calls a "mainstream urban SUV." ...

 

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Ghosn confirms review of Renault-Nissan capital structure
April 17, 2018 09:35 CET

Carlos Ghosn said he is open to all options as Renault and Nissan explore deeper ties. The two automakers are in talks to merge, according to reports. ...

 

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Ending VW's U.S. losses is high on Diess to-do list
April 16, 2018 06:01 CET

Elevated to the top job at VW Group, Herbert Diess has a reputation for delivering on his restructuring targets — and high on his to-do list is ending losses in the ...

 

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At Nissan-Renault, the hunt for an 'irreversible,' sustainable future
April 20, 2018 10:34 CET

The alliance between Renault and Nissan needs to come up with a sustainable plan -- something "irreversible" -- for a future when Carlos Ghosn is no longer around as chai ...

 

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Daimler may buy small stake in Volvo Cars, report says
April 19, 2018 15:24 CET

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish automaker, a report said, raising the possibility of increased cooperatio ...

 

    
 
Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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Jeep overshadows Fiat brand with bigger Geneva spotlight

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2018

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Fiat Chrysler's display at this year's Geneva auto show highlights how diminished the once-dominant ...
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