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Automakers say they will not be able to meet potentially more stringent CO2 emissions reduction targets in the European Union without a larger electric car charging infrastructure. In a “State of the Union” address on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised a new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Von der Leyen
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PARIS — Renault has hired Luciano Biondo, the head of Toyota Europe’s assembly operations in Valenciennes, northern France, to lead its factory network in the region, focusing on electric vehicles and light-commercial vans. Marvin Cooke, senior vice president for manufacturing at Toyota Motor Europe, will assume Biondo’s responsibilities as part of his current job, Toyota
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group named Porsche veteran Klaus Zellmer as the new head of sales and marketing at the automaker’s namesake brand. Zellmer succeeds Jürgen Stackmann, who is leaving the company, VW said in a statement on Tuesday. Zellmer, 53, moves to the new post from his role as head of Porsche North America. Kjell
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MODENA, Italy — Maserati will invest more than 2.5 billion euros ($2.96 billion) to launch a total of 13 new models and derivatives by 2025, with a goal of raising sales to 75,000 a year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley said. Manley, speaking at the launch of the MC20 supercar in Modena on Sept.
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PARIS — Chinese renewable energy group Envision is looking to build a battery factory in France to supply the growing electric vehicle market, a French newspaper reported. The company, which has battery production plants in Japan, the United States, Britain and in China, has identified around a dozen potential locations in France for the future
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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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BRUSSELS — The European Commission will propose that the European Union further tighten its auto emissions limits, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Friday, prompting a pushback from Germany’s powerful car industry. Under the proposal, by 2030 the average CO2 emissions from new cars should be 50 percent below 2021 levels. The
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Schaeffler will cut 4,400 jobs and close or sell several German plants as the automotive supplier joins peers in reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the reductions will take place at a dozen facilities in Germany and two sites elsewhere in Europe, the maker of engine, transmission and chassis components said in a statement
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The Renault Formula One team will be renamed Alpine F1 from 2021, competing in French colors to showcase the automaker’s sports-car brand, new company CEO Luca de Meo said. Alpine has a strong motorsport pedigree, in rallying and endurance racing, but has not previously featured in Formula One as a constructor. The Renault name will
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TIANJIN — China will roll out a new package of policies to support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to improve the industry’s supply chain and technologies, a government official said on Saturday. China is the world’s biggest market for new energy vehicles (NEVs), which include battery electric vehicles as well as plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel
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Before Tesla CEO Elon Musk returned to the U.S. after a three-day visit to Germany, he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors — Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess. The two auto executives met for about two hours on Thursday evening at a small airport in Brunswick, where Musk test-drove
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PARIS – Renault Group has announced a new corporate structure pegged to four brands rather than geographic regions, in the first move by new CEO Luca de Meo to turn around the struggling automaker. Alongside Renault, Dacia and Alpine, a fourth business unit will be formed for new mobility, according to a statement Thursday. Top executives
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PARIS — Symbio, the joint subsidiary of Faurecia and Michelin that focuses on hydrogen technology, has named Philippe Rosier, a veteran chemical and energy executive, as CEO. Rosier, who was most recently CEO of Cerdia, a Swiss company that makes cigarette filter materials, replaces Fabio Ferrari, who founded Symbio in 2010 as a startup. Ferrari
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German supplier Hella is planning a sale of its driver-assistance software unit, people familiar with the matter said. Hella is working with advisers to gauge interest in the business, the people said. It could fetch several hundred million euros, they said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. The unit may attract
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Veoneer will partner with Qualcomm Technologies on developing software for its driver assistance systems, the Swedish supplier said Thursday. The supplier of vision systems, radar and software for advanced driver-assistance systems said it had signed a non-binding letter of intent with the U.S. technology company and expected to finalize a definitive agreement in the second
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STUTTGART — Petrochemicals giant Ineos has submitted a binding purchase offer for Daimler’s Smart factory in France to build the Grenadier SUV, its rival to the Land Rover Defender. Negotiations for the sale were “positive and well advanced,” a Daimler spokesman told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe. Ineos plans to manufacture 25,000
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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will not revisit its June decision that would allow two counties to seek potentially billions in penalties from Volkswagen for violation of their laws prohibiting tampering with emission-control systems. VW plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel unanimously denied Volkswagen’s
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STUTTGART — The rebirth of the iconic German brand Borgward with Chinese backers appears to be foundering. Borgward began selling cars in China and Europe after Foton, the commercial vehicle subsidiary of Chinese state-owned Chinese group BAIC, acquired the rights to the brand in 2014. Foton hoped the Borgward name would help it to add
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The traditional minivan has been losing ground to SUVs and crossovers in recent years, and now another segment has caught up to it in sales: Car-derived vans. Car-derived vans are generally passenger versions of vans developed for the light-commercial vehicle market. Automakers including PSA Group and Daimler have been promoting them as alternatives to minivans
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LONDON — Former Formula One champions Williams team announced its sale to U.S.-based private investment firm Dorilton Capital on Friday, a deal that marked the end of an era for the struggling family-owned team. The team will continue to race under the Williams brand and remain at its Grove headquarters in England, Williams said. Williams
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A  judge on Thursday dismissed portions of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit accusing Volkswagen Group of defrauding American investors in connection with the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco granted VW’s motion to dismiss claims it misled investors when issuing more than $13 billion of bonds and asset-based
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Skoda will be the first Volkswagen Group brand to unveil a battery-powered SUV based on the automaker’s modular e-drive (MEB) platform when it unveils its Enyaq model next month. Skoda will premiere the Enyaq on Sept. 1 in Prague, three weeks ahead of the presentation of VW’s ID4 SUV. Skoda will start production of the
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