automotive

Peugeot chief: We want to keep Opel German

The head of French carmaker PSA Group, currently in talks to buy Opel from General Motors, said that Opel should remain German if the deal goes through.

Stuttgart to issue bans on high-polluting diesel vehicles from 2018

Most diesel vehicles will be banned from roads in the southern German city of Stuttgart during times of heavy pollution, a bid to clean up the city's air, the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg decided Tuesday.

Chinese prefecture requires all cars to install tracking devices

A prefecture in China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking devices, a move that comes just weeks after authorities warned against cars being used for terrorist attacks.

Ford set to invest in artificial intelligence company Argo AI

Motor company Ford announced Friday it would invest 1 billion dollars in new artificial intelligence company Argo AI over the next five years, as it seeks to get ahead in the autonomous vehicles market.

Auto industry growth in Europe to slow to 1 per cent in 2017

Growth in the European car industry is expected to slow to 1 per cent in 2017 but remain stable amid market uncertainties that include Britain's pending exit from the EU, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said Wednesday.

Trump meets with US carmakers to push for jobs

US President Donald Trump met with US carmakers Tuesday, part of his effort to pressure the manufacturers to build their products for the US market inside that country.

General Motors announces 1-billion-dollar investment in US workforce

General Motors will join other carmakers in opting to invest and hire inside the United States, the company announced on Tuesday, days before the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.

Auto workers sceptical of Trump but hopeful for tougher trade policy

Donald Trump's vow to cancel or renegotiate US trade agreements helped him win votes from union members in key states. But auto workers in Toledo, Ohio, remain wary.

Trump hails auto industry "finally" bringing jobs to US

US president-elect Donald Trump kept up the pressure Monday on the auto industry, as global carmakers were gathered in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show.

BMW, Porsche, Nissan hit with South Korea fines, sales bans

South Korea handed out fines to two German and one Japanese carmaker Monday as it announced bans on a series of 10 import models because of faulty documentation, as part of a probe into vehicle emissions standards.

Cars in Europe pump out more CO2 than advertised, says tester

Vehicles on European roads pump out far more carbon dioxide (CO2) than advertised, the team of scientists who uncovered Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal reported in a study released Thursday.

EU car sales flat in October, as demands falls in Germany and France

The market for new cars was flat in the European Union last month, as demand fell in the bloc's two biggest countries, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reported Thursday.

US judge: "Substantial" progress towards VW 3-litre settlement

The US judge in the Volkswagen emissions test scandal said Thursday that the company had made progress in addressing remaining legal challenges involving its three-litre diesel engine vehicles.

China-owned Volvo Cars moves more production from Europe to China

China-owned Volvo Cars announced Wednesday it is moving more of its production from Europe to the Asian powerhouse where it is expanding capacity amid growing sales.

Volkswagen files recall plan for 3-litre cars in emissions case

Volkswagen on Monday met a deadline for submitting a revised recall plan for 3-litre engine diesel cars caught up in its emissions scandal, but no details were released.

Final decision on VW settlement expected within week

Volkswagen seems well on the way to get final approval on a proposed settlement in the emissions test scandal, but the judge in the case said at a court hearing on Tuesday it could take up to another seven days before his definite order.

Volkswagen to explore electric car partnership with China's Jianghuai

German automaker Volkswagen, whose biggest market is in China, signed a memorandum of understanding with Jianghuai Automobile Co (JAC) Wednesday to push forward negotiations on joint development of electric vehicles.  

Report: Uber to offer rides in self-driving cars

Ride service Uber will begin offering passengers trips in self-driving cars later this month, the Bloomberg financial news agency reports.

Ford, Baidu invest in maker of laser sensors for autonomous cars

In a bid to further technology for autonomous vehicles, US automaker Ford and Chinese internet company Baidu have invested a combined 150 million dollars in a California-based supplier, the company said Tuesday.

Security flaw found in auto-locking of 100 million cars: German media

Researchers in Germany and Britain have found a security flaw in remote controlled car locking systems of 100 million vehicles worldwide that could leave them vulnerable to hackers, German media reported Thursday.

EU car sales up 6.9 per cent in June; Fiat-Chrysler slips in ranking

New car sales in the European Union were up 6.9 per cent year-on-year in June, an industry group said Friday, meaning sales had almost reached the pre-crisis sales levels of June 2007.

Opel lashes back at critics, says emissions system up to snuff

German carmaker Opel went on the defensive Friday, laying out arguments explaining how its technology is effective at reducing auto emissions and pushing back at recent criticism that its diesel cars put out more pollutants than advertised.

Norway's sovereign wealth fund to sue VW over emissions scandal

One of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds on Monday said it was considering a lawsuit against German car giant Volkswagen over the emissions scandal related to its diesel cars.

EU car sales up 9.1 per cent in April, Fiat overtakes Ford and Opel

New car sales in the European Union in April posted a year-on-year increase of 9.1 per cent, as Fiat Chrysler (FCA) leapfrogged Ford and Opel to become the fourth-biggest player in the market, industry data showed Friday.

Scandal-hit VW seeks to rebuild trust with apology to Obama

Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller said Thursday he had apologized to US President Barack Obama for his company's emissions-rigging scandal, as the embattled German carmaker tries to rebuild trust after the turmoil that has engulfed the group.

VW head apologizes for delays in diesel recalls in Germany

Volkswagen's chief executive apologized on Thursday for delays in fixing vehicles in Germany equipped with software aimed at cheating on exhaust tests, underlining the hurdles facing the carmaker in its battle to overcome the emissions scandal.

VW chief apologizes to Obama for emissions scandal

Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller says he apologized to US President Barack Obama for his company's emissions-rigging scandal.

VW unions warn of breakdown in trust in carmaker's management

Volkswagen's unions warn of a breakdown in confidence in the carmaker's management in the wake of the exhaust emissions scandal, union officials tell dpa.

EU sees "alarming" stagnation in number of EU road deaths

Across the European Union, 26,000 people died in road accidents in 2015

EU car sales up 6.2 per cent in January, Italy and Spain lead growth

Car sales in the European Union posted an "encouraging" year-on-year increase of 6.2 per cent in January, a trade group reported Tuesday.

German green group says Fiat also breaking emissions limits

Italian carmaker Fiat is breaking EU safe limits for nitrogen dioxide emissions with one of its models, a German environmental protection NGO said Tuesday.

Land Rover rolls out last Defender after 68 years

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off a production line in central Britain on Friday, 68 years after the company began making the iconic off-road model.

EU seeks power to fine, supervise car sector in wake of VW scandal

The European Union should have the power to fine car manufacturers that violate environmental or safety regulations, the bloc's executive proposed Wednesday, as part of a bid to step up oversight of the automobile sector following the Volkswagen scandal.

Belgian government asks for probe of software updates at Opel

A spokesman for Belgium's Consumer Affairs Minister confirmed Friday that the ministry has asked the government's economic inspectorate to launch an investigation into software updates on Opel cars.

Renault to recall more than 15,000 cars over emissions tests

French carmaker Renault said Tuesday that it will recall 15,800 cars after government tests found some of their diesel models exceed emissions limits in real-world conditions.

French environment minister says Renault to recall 15,000 cars

French Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday that Renault will recall more than 15,000 cars after tests found their diesel models exceed emissions limits.

Germany's most polluted city calls on residents to leave cars at home

The south-western German city of Stuttgart has called on residents to leave their cars at home indefinitely to reduce harmful air pollution levels that have fallen foul of EU standards for years.

EU car sales swell by 16.6 per cent in December, but VW trails

Sales of new cars in the European Union surged by 16.6 per cent in December, new industry data showed Friday, carrying on a two-year growth spurt in the sector despite the scandal surrounding Volkswagen.

German push for Volkswagen damages gains momentum

Hundreds of people a week are joining a collective action against Volkswagen that already includes 60,000 consumers, German newspaper Rheinische Post reported Thursday citing the lawyer leading the effort.

Report: VW develops tech fix for rigged diesel cars to appease US

Volkswagen chief Matthias Mueller is expected to present a technical solution for diesel engines fitted with data-manipulating software in an attempt to appease US environmental authorities, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

German carmakers unprepared to give up on diesel in US without fight

German carmakers say they are not going to let a little thing like the Volkswagen emissions scandal stop them from trying to turn US markets onto diesel-powered cars.

Volvo sales surpass 500,000 cars for first time in history in 2015

Global car sales at China-owned Volvo Cars increased by 8 per cent last year compared to 2014, boosted by strong sales in the United States and Europe.

US slaps Volkswagen with civil lawsuit over emissions scandal

The US Justice Department on Monday filed an environmental lawsuit against Volkswagen over the automaker's cheating on emissions standards in diesel vehicles.

Volkswagen emissions scandal timeline

The fallout from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating software scandal has affected millions of vehicles worldwide and cost the company billions in revenue and costs related to ensuing investigations. A chronology of the scandal to date: