Europe

The European Union has sent perhaps its strongest signal yet that it intends to tighten 2030 greenhouse gas emissions standards further, increasing the pressure on automakers to electrify their lineups. The EU released its proposals for a “Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy” on Wednesday, the bloc’s plan to cut transport emissions to reach its overall goals
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HAMBURG — Volkswagen Group’s top committee failed to give CEO Herbert Diess the vote of confidence he is demanding but it said talks on his future were “constructive.” VW Group’s supervisory board, which comprises its key stakeholders, met Wednesday to seeks ways to defuse a leadership crisis at the automaker. The meeting was convened after
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HAMBURG — Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board is due to discuss a reshuffle of the company’s management board on Thursday, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, as the automaker seeks to defuse a leadership crisis. CEO Herbert Diess this month demanded a vote of confidence in his reform efforts by asking stakeholders to
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BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse will be the new president of ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers’ association, replacing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley. Zipse will serve a one-year term at the head of the organization, which represents 16 Europe-based car and truck manufacturers. He can be re-appointed for another yearlong term. His appointment comes
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BERLIN — Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess expects autonomous vehicles to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030. Diess cited the improving performance of computer chips needed in autonomous cars while developments in artificial intelligence are also speeding the process. “It is foreseeable that the systems will soon be able to master even the
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen brand has solved the software glitches that affected the launch of its key ID3 battery-powered hatchback. VW is now ready to start delivering the ID3 to European customers with fully functioning software, spokespersons for the automaker told Automotive News Europe. VW began ID3 deliveries in September, but without key functions such as
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Automakers say they are looking to reduce the size of their dealer networks in Europe, but in many cases they don’t follow through, said automotive experts who took part in the Automotive News Europe Shift panel discussion, “Sizing the Dealer Network in the New Normal.” The experts also discussed the pros and cons of moving
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Registrations in Spain fell 19 percent in November compared with the same month in 2019, as a resurgence of the coronavirus depressed spending and partial lockdowns affected business in a number of areas. There were 75,708 passenger vehicles registered in the month, which had 21 selling days, one more than in November 2019, according to
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Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark discussed the automaker’s closer cooperation with sibling Volkswagen Group brands Audi and Porsche and the UK automaker’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit in an interview with Automobilwoche, a German-language sister publication of Automotive News Europe. Bentley had a good 2019 and you were confident about this year. How has it been
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The merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker by volume has taken more than two years to negotiate, according to documents filed with regulatory authorities this month. The deal was discussed over a series of international meetings, in Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Detroit, Turin and elsewhere. Major players included:
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Hydrogen-fuel cell technology has been touted as a best-of-both-worlds mobility solution, combining the short fill-up time and longer range of an internal-combustion engine with zero CO2 emissions.  But it’s been slow to catch on, and the cost of the components is a significant barrier. Plastic Omnium, which is pursuing a comprehensive fuel-cell strategy that it hopes
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Renault will convert its factory in Flins, France, into a facility for recycling, retrofitting and research by 2024, as the money-losing automaker moves to trim its global production by 20 percent. The automaker said Wednesday in a news release that it aims to employ 3,000 people at the revamped site by 2030, including staff from its nearby Choisy-le-Roi reconditioning
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Elon Musk briefed a European battery conference on Tesla’s efforts to bring longer-range electric cars to market in the coming years, though he broke little new ground with regard to timing or other specifics. The factory Tesla is building near Berlin will make cars tailored for European buyers, including smaller models that can park in
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