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LONDON — MG Motor is expanding to all major markets in Europe including Germany as it broadens its range of electrified vehicles. The British brand, which is owned by SAIC Motor of China, is advertising senior sales positions in Germany, Spain and Italy. MG did not give a detailed timeline for the expansion but its
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BEIJING — Volkswagen Group plans to invest about 15 billion euros ($17.44 billion) in electric mobility with three local joint ventures in China. The investment will allow VW and FAW Group, SAIC Motor and JAC to build 15 different full-electric or plug-in hybrid models in China by 2025. VW will start making EVs based on
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BERLIN — Tesla said it will build battery cells and battery packs at its new factory in Germany. Earlier this year, Tesla submitted revised planning documents for the plant in Brandenburg, near Berlin, with changes include eliminating facilities for battery-pack production. The automaker said on Thursday that it still intends to build battery cells and
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STOCKHOLM — Volvo Cars expects to hit its forecast of roughly flat sales year-on-year in the second half of 2020 even as a recent a surge in coronavirus cases across Europe makes the outlook more uncertain, CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Reuters. The Swedish automaker notched a sixth straight annual global sales record in 2019, with
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BERLIN — Tesla’s push to build its first European car factory is facing a key test this week at a public hearing near Berlin, where local residents have filed hundreds of complaints about a range of issues from water usage to noise pollution. Authorities in the state of Brandenburg, where Tesla is building a plant
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LONDON — Rolls-Royce is developing a standalone electric car to prepare for the closing of some city centers to combustion engine cars. At least 20 major cities globally have said they plan to ban diesel or gasoline powered cars from their centers by 2030. Rolls-Royce will offer the first full electric Rolls-Royce “within this decade,”
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ACEA has refuted claims made in an explosive report that described plug-in hybrids a “con” for producing far more emissions than officially recorded. The report by green pressure group Transport & Environment collated evidence from a series of studies and concluded that the average overall CO2 emissions from plug-in hybrids was 117 grams per km,
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Nissan said that its new sports car based on the Z Proto prototype will not come to Europe, citing dwindling sales in the segment and tough emissions regulations. The Z Proto, unveiled in Japan on Tuesday, takes its design cues from the original 240Z launched in 1969 that help established Nissan’s credentials in the sports
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The COVID-19 pandemic may have reinforced the industrial logic of the merger between PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but it has also made the original financial terms of the agreement unsustainable.  In what was presented as a pragmatic move, the two automakers on Monday announced a revision of those terms “to address the liquidity
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PARIS — Renault’s new sports division Alpine will enter the 2021 World Endurance Championship with an LMP1 car, in a series that contains the Le Mans 24 Hours race, the brand said in a statement on Monday. Renault’s new CEO, Luca de Meo, sees Alpine as central to the automaker’s recovery and this month announced
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LONDON — McLaren will sell their state-of-the-art Formula One headquarters and lease it back long-term to raise cash and reduce the company’s debt, the team’s chief executive Zak Brown said. Brown told reporters on Saturday in a Zoom call ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, Italy, that it was a straightforward financial exercise.
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Delayed from late April, the Beijing auto show is set to begin on Sept. 26, making it the sole survivor, so far, of all the major international auto exhibitions canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether anyone attends is another matter. The pandemic has remained largely contained inside China since mid-March, and no
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Volkswagen Group’s truck unit, MAN, plans to cut up to 25 percent of its workforce and potentially close three factories in a restructuring plan to improve earnings and finance investment in new vehicles. Two German factories, in Plauen and Wittlich, and one in Steyr, Austria, are “up for negotiation,” the Munich-based compay  said in a
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