Europe

MUNICH — Germany has overtaken Norway for sales of full-electric cars since the start of the year, putting Europe’s biggest auto market in position to become the regional leader on an annual basis for the first time. Through November, 57,533 new EVs were registered in Germany, compared with 56,893 for Norway, according to statistics published
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Another Tesla vehicle operating on the automakers’s Autopilot driver-assistance system has crashed into a emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads. A Tesla Model 3 sedan hit a parked police cruiser with its hazard lights flashing on a major highway near Norwalk,
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Volkswagen is looking for a partner for its Sitech seating business to share development costs for new technologies.  Thomas Schmall, head of VW Group Components division, sees a chance for Sitech to develop seating solutions for autonomous cars, where occupants may not be in the conventional position facing forward when a crash occurs. “It sounds
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PSA CEO Carlos Tavares explained why he is pursuing a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and whether General Motors racketeering lawsuit will derail merger talks Tavares also shared his thoughts on former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne’s call for industry consolidation and on FCA brands. Tavares spoke with Jason Stein, publisher of Automotive News, a sister
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BERLIN — BMW AG is suing two of its suppliers over price fixing on air conditioning components, the German carmaker said on Wednesday. The case was first reported in the Handelsblatt newspaper, which said that BMW was suing France’s Valeo and Japan’s Denso for damages of 141 million euros ($155.4 million). A BMW spokesman confirmed
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, was raided by public prosecutors on Tuesday in the latest investigation into the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. Prosecutors said investigators aimed to confiscate documents. VW said it was fully cooperating with the authorities but the company views the investigation as unfounded. The raids were linked to an
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PARIS — Renault’s marketing chief, Francois Renard, is quitting the automaker after just over a year in the post. Company veteran executive Xavier Martinet will replace Renard, Renault said in a statement. Renard joined Renault in November 2018 under previous CEO Thierry Bollore after working for non auto companies including Unilever and skin care products
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Many in the automotive industry are talking about the need to consolidate to overcome the challenges of emissions regulations and autonomous cars, but Carlos Tavares is doing something about it. In 2017, PSA acquired Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors and within 18 months the money-losing German/British brands were recording 5 percent operating margins. This year, Tavares
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BERLIN — Germany’s VDA car industry association has appointed Hildegard Mueller, a former conservative politician and utilities lobbyist, as its new president. Mueller, 52, takes on the role from former Ford Germany boss Bernhard Mattes as German automakers face tougher emissions rules which are forcing them to invest heavily in electrified vehicles. Mueller was a
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General Motors’ surprise racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has raised the risks for FCA’s plan to combine with Peugeot-maker PSA Group. The suit filed in federal court in the U.S. alleges Fiat Chrysler inflicted billions of dollars in damages by bribing United Auto Workers’ officials for competitive advantages that the union denied to GM.
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DETROIT — General Motors on Wednesday filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and three former FCA executives who have pleaded guilty in an ongoing federal corruption probe involving the United Auto Workers union. GM says FCA engaged in a “multiyear pattern of corruption … to undermine the integrity of the collective bargaining
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WASHINGTON — Uber Technologies’ self-driving vehicle unit lacked an effective safety culture at the time when one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, last year, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Tuesday. “The inappropriate actions of both the automatic driving system as implemented and the vehicle’s
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Bugatti Automobiles is looking to broaden its appeal by flanking the 2.5 million-euro ($2.7 million) Chiron supercar with a slightly more accessible alternative. The potential second model line would be an electric-powered grand tourer or crossover that could seat up to four people and would cost between 500,000 and 1 million euros. The French boutique
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As recently as March, Daimler promised to put 10,000 autonomous taxis on the streets by 2021.  But this week, Daimler chairman Ola Kallenius announced that the company was taking a “reality check” on the project and focusing on self-driving long-haul trucks instead. It’s fine that self-driving cabs aren’t coming as fast as some expected –
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Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving taxis, acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Daimler will “rightsize” its spending level on robotaxis and self-driving technology will more likely be applied to commercial vehicles for freight companies on long haul routes, CEO Ola
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