Europe

CHENNAI — An Indian court on Monday ordered officials to inspect coronavirus-related safety protocols at Renault-Nissan’s Tamil Nadu car plant, where workers are on strike over allegations that social distancing rules are not being followed. Workers at the southern Indian factory, jointly owned by Renault and alliance partner Nissan, did not report for duty on
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Kia said its new Sportage will have a specific model for Europe for the first time since the SUV was launched 28 years ago. The fifth-generation Sportage will be unveiled in July in Korea, with the European variant arriving in September, the automaker said in a statement. The Sportage was Kia’s best-selling model in Europe
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Automakers in the Indian automobile hub of Chennai will be allowed to keep operating, the state government said, amid protests by workers who fear catching COVID-19 in one of the country’s hardest-hit states. Tamil Nadu’s government on Friday extended a near-total lockdown as coronavirus infections and deaths rise in the southern state, where average cases
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YOKOHAMA — Nissan will standardize and share electric-vehicle components with alliance partner Renault, the Japanese automaker’s Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta said, describing electrification as the partnership’s new linchpin. The Franco-Japanese alliance, which also includes junior member Mitsubishi Motors, was strained in the aftermath of the arrest and ouster of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Since
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Wejo Ltd., the British automotive-data startup backed by General Motors, is in talks to go public through a merger with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp., a blank-check firm, people with knowledge of the matter said. Virtuoso is seeking to raise new equity to support a transaction with a combined enterprise value of more than $1 billion, according
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MILAN — Alfa Romeo has continued the tradition of providing police cars to the Italian authorities by beginning the handover of 1,770 Guilia hatchbacks to the country’s Carabinieri Italian military police. The first model from the fleet was delivered during a ceremony at the Turin Alfa Romeo headquarters attended by Stellantis Chairman John Elkann and
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MEXICO CITY — German electric-car startup e.Go Mobile said it plans to enter the Mexican market and open a production plant in Latin America’s second-biggest economy. e.Go will enter Mexico with “strategic and technology partner” Questum, a subsidiary of Monterrey-based industrial consortium Grupo Quimmco, the company said. e.Go is positioning itself at the lower end
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European passenger-car registrations soared in April, recovering from the low level reported in the same month last year when coronavirus lockdowns dragged down sales. New-car sales rose by 256 percent year-on-year to 1.04 million vehicles in the European Union, UK and EFTA markets, industry association ACEA said in a statement on Wednesday. Sales were about
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For perhaps the first time in the high-performance brand’s 58-year history, Lamborghini is effectively saying not so fast — at least when it comes to joining the full-electric vehicle wave. The Volkswagen Group brand on Tuesday said it will spend 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) over four years to hybridize its lineup of supercars beginning
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MILAN — Stellantis and iPhone assembler Foxconn will announce a strategic partnership on Tuesday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now part of Stellantis, said in January it planned to set up a joint venture with Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s parent company, to build electric cars and develop Internet-connected vehicles, initially focused on the Chinese market. Efforts
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For many car enthusiasts, attending the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a bucket-list occasion. Since 1950, the annual event in Carmel, California, has hosted the world’s most beautiful and expensive collectible cars for a week of lavish parties, blue-chip auctions, glamorous rallies, and exclusive high-roller meetings. It was canceled last year because of the coronavirus
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Agency said it is opening a safety probe into a fatal May 5 Tesla crash in California amid growing concerns about the automaker’s driver assistance systems. A Tesla crashed into an overturned truck on a highway near Fontana, California, killing the driver and injuring the truck driver
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Marelli and supplier Punch are forming a joint venture to develop and manufacture e-axles. The joint venture, named Marelli Electric Powertrain Strasbourg, will bolster both companies as they seek to supply integrated systems to EV markets in Europe and the Americas, Marelli and Punch said Tuesday. Marelli, the Japanese-Italian supplier formed from heating, AC and
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SAO PAULO — Volkswagen Group has finalized a commitment to launch a new investment cycle in Brazil, its CEO for South America told Reuters in an interview on Friday. “We have defined (the investment) and we already stopped production at our factory in Taubate to prepare the new platform,” Pablo Di Si said. Di Si
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LONDON — McLaren Group has appointed an executive from the telecommunications sector as chief financial officer overseeing its road car, racing and engineering divisions. Kate Ferry, 48, took over the role on April 1 from Paul Buddin, 40, who has resigned as a director, according to company records filed in the UK. Ferry joins McLaren
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Skoda has increased the size of the new Fabia small hatchback and expanded safety and comfort equipment, but it will not offer a hybrid version to keep down costs. Skoda unveiled the Fabia online on Tuesday ahead of its sales launch in Europe in September. A station wagon version will follow later. The fourth-generation Fabia
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The HR-V will become the second vehicle offered in Europe by Honda only with a full-hybrid drivetrain. The crossover will use the same drivetrain as the Jazz small-segment hatchback with two electric motors and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that make a combined output of 129 hp, Honda said in a statement. The e:HEV powertrain has
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