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Volkswagen can be sued anywhere in EU, says top court

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 AM

This is another setback for Volkswagen as it faces a wave of cases stemming from its emissions scandal

DIESELGATE. The logo of Volkswagen in Hanover, Germany, on September 22, 2015. File photo by Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/AFP

7 injured in car bombing at Mogadishu port

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:39 PM

'Two police officers and 5 civilians were wounded,' police officer Abdukadir Ahmed says. There is no immediate claim of responsibility.

Volkswagen scraps plans for new Turkey factory over virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Volkswagen will no longer build a new factory in Turkey which would have employed 4,000 people

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Volvo recalls over 2 million cars due to seat belt fatigue

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:35 PM

A steel cable connected to the front seat belts can 'suffer from fatigue' over time and affect the seat belt's 'restraint function'

VOLVO. The carmaker's headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo from Shutterstock

State aid helps French car sales bounce back from virus pain

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:30 PM

New car sales in France rise 1.2% in June 2020, a major rebound after the plunge during the coronavirus lockdown

PARTIAL RESUMPTION. An employee of Toyota works on an assembly line in Onnaing, France, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

P150 million worth of car parts smuggled from China seized

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:49 PM

The car parts which came from China, are repacked and mislabeled as 'made in Japan'

SEIZED. P150 million worth of smuggled car parts from China is seized by Philippine authorities during a raid on a warehouse on June 26, 2020. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Coronavirus confirms Fiat Chrysler-PSA merger a good idea – Elkann

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:25 AM

Fiat Chrysler chairman John Elkann says his company and Peugeot are on track to merge by the 1st quarter of 2021

MERGER. This combination of file pictures shows the logo of Italian automaker Fiat and the Peugeot logo. Photos by Marco Bertorello and Joel Saget/AFP

Italy to guarantee 6.3-billion-euro loan for Fiat Chrysler

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:15 AM

The loan for Fiat Chrysler is 'an operation that aims to preserve and reinforce the Italian auto industry,' says Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri

A picture taken on May 27, 2019 at a car dealer in Turin shows the logo of Italian carmaker Fiat, brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) company. - French and Italian-US auto giants Renault and Fiat Chrysler are set to announce talks on an alliance, with a view to a potential merger, informed sources said on May 26, 2019. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

UK car sector warns 1 in 6 jobs in virus danger

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Britain's carmakers are ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, with the sector already shedding more than 6,000 jobs in June 2020

New Jaguar cars are pictured on the forecourt of a Jaguar Land Rover new car show room in Tonbridge, south east England, on May 24, 2020. - Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), owned by India's Tata Motors, was on Sunday said to be in talks with Britain's government in the hope of to securing a loan following a drop in sales due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Europe 2020 auto sales to plunge record 25% – industry group

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association calls on governments to help the car industry recover and safeguard jobs

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Volkswagen names Ralf Brandstaetter brand CEO

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:15 AM

Ralf Brandstaetter will replace Herbert Diess as Volkswagen chief executive officer. Diess will remain CEO of the entire VW group.

Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Ralf Brandstaetter introduces the new VW Passat Variant R-Line Edition at the German carmaker booth on March 5, 2019 during a press day ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva. - The 2019 edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will be held from March 7 to March 17, 2019. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Luxury carmaker Bentley to axe 1,000 UK jobs

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Bentley says the coronavirus pandemic 'hastened' its move to cut almost a quarter of its workforce in the United Kingdom

UK car sector axes 2,000 jobs as sales slump

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:00 PM

British car dealership Lookers says it is cutting about 1,500 jobs, while carmaker Aston Martin is slashing 500

German car sales slashed in half in May 2020

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Just over 168,000 cars are registered in Germany in May 2020, down 49.5% compared with May 2019

CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES. Closed shops are pictured in the so-called Dutch district of Potsdam, eastern Germany, on April 4, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

France approves 5-billion-euro emergency loan for Renault

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire approves the loan after a meeting with executives, labor representatives, and local officials concerned by a sweeping overhaul unveiled by Renault

RENAULT. The Renault headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on November 19, 2018. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Thousands protest mass Renault job cuts

May 31, 2020 - 12:55 AM

'We need these jobs, otherwise it's a whole territory that will die,' says a Renault union member in Maubeuge, France

Protester holds a banner reading " don't touch MCA its our plant" as they demonstrate against the Renault automaker's decision to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France, in Maubeuge, on May 30, 2020, following the announcement of the Renault plant in Val de Sambre which is threatened by the savings plan. - The management of the manufacturer plans to transfer production of Kangoo electric utilities to the city of Douai 70 km away, which would inherit a new platform. Â  (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

May 29, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Volkswagen will take a 50% stake in JAG – the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors – and a 26% share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Renault to cut 15,000 jobs in 'vital' cost-cutting plan

May 29, 2020 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) French carmaker Renault says nearly 4,600 jobs would be cut in France and more than 10,000 in the rest of the world – some 8% of the company's global workforce

RENAULT. This picture taken on May 7, 2020, shows the plant of Renault in Sandouville, France. Photo by Lou Benoist/AFP

Nissan reports heavy losses, to shut Barcelona plant

May 28, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Nissan logs a net loss of 671.2 billion yen ($6.2 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 2020, and announces it is closing its Barcelona plant that employs 3,000 people

The logo of Nissan is covered by smoke columns as employees burn tyres in front of the Japanese cars manufacturer's plant in Barcelona on May 28, 2020, to they protest against the factory closure. - Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed, the Spanish government said today. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi deepen their alliance

May 27, 2020 - 8:45 PM

As the auto industry faces an existential crisis from the coronavirus pandemic, Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi pledge to work together to 'enhance efficiency and competitiveness'

ALLIANCE. A new logo showing Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi is pictured ahead of a press conference at the Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, on March 12, 2019. File photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Aston Martin CEO steps down as 007 carmaker hits skids

May 26, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Andy Palmer is replaced by Tobias Moers, head of Mercedes-AMG, at the helm of Aston Martin

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer speaks at the world premiere of the Aston Martin DBX SUV in Beijing on November 20, 2019. - Aston Martin launched its first ever SUV in the Chinese capital on November 20. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Top German court grants buybacks for Volkswagen diesel car owners

May 25, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Almost 5 years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests, the ruling is the first real legal setback for VW in its home country

EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

After Ghosn and coronavirus, Renault and Nissan weigh future

May 24, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The outlook for the Renault-Nissan alliance already looked bleak enough in 2019. Then along comes the coronavirus.

Volkswagen pulls 'racist' ad after outcry

May 20, 2020 - 10:55 PM

'Without question: the video is wrong and tasteless,' says Volkswagen, as it draws flak for an ad it posted on Instagram

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 29, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen at a dealership in Woodbridge, Virginia. A US judge on August 25, 2016 gave German automaker Volkswagen until October 24 to come up with a fix for three-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat emissions tests, or face trial. Meanwhile, Volkswagen indicated it has reached a settlement deal in principle with US dealerships over diesel-cheat losses.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS

Volkswagen bosses avoid market manipulation trial with settlement

May 20, 2020 - 11:55 AM

German car giant Volkswagen is paying a 9-million-euro settlement over market manipulation charges faced by CEO Herbert Diess and supervisory board chief Hans Dieter Poetsch

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. auto plants get back to work after coronavirus halts

May 19, 2020 - 7:25 AM

Some workers express concerns about the risks of assembly line activity, but automakers say they will be able to work with safety measures in place

WARREN, MICHIGAN - MAY 18: United Auto Workers members leave the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Plant after the first work shift on May 18, 2020 in Warren, Michigan. Fiat Chrysler along with rivals Ford and General Motors Co., restarted the assembly lines on Monday after several week of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Taliban claims bomb attack as it pushes for Afghan talks

May 18, 2020 - 4:40 PM

At least 7 intelligence personnel are killed by a car bomb in the eastern province of Ghazni, Afghanistan

CAR BOMBING. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of a car bomb targeting the National Directorate of Security unit in Ghazni on May 18, 2020. Photo by Zakeria Hashimi/AFP

China car sales begin recovery after virus plunge

May 13, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The uptick in car sales comes as China emerges from months of lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus

Cars are seen on a road in Beijing on May 12, 2020. - Auto sales in China, which experienced a record low due to the coronavirus outbreak, are recovering as some Chinese seek an alternative to public transportation, but the upturn remains fragile. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

UK car sales crash to 1946 low as virus slams economy

May 05, 2020 - 8:55 PM

New registrations for cars sold in Britain collapse to 4,321 in April 2020, the worst performance since February 1946 or just after World War II

LONDON. A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of London in the background on March 11, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Coronavirus crisis 'devastating' jobs, output – ILO

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Tourism and car manufacturing are especially hard-hit, says the International Labour Organization

A group of visitors, wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing on April 18, 2020. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

Coronavirus calls into question PSA-Fiat Chrysler merger

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Preparations continue on the planned merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler, but the financial terms reportedly need to be reevaluated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) This combination of file pictures created on October 31, 2019 shows the logo of Italian auto maker Fiat (L) in a cars dealer on January 12, 2017 in Saluzzo, near Turin, and the Peugeot logo pictured at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 3, 2014 in Paris. - Will they or won't they? On top of massive economic damage, the coronavirus pandemic now is casting doubt over the pending merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler (FCA), financial sources told AFP. The tie-up, announced at the end of October 2020 and due to be finalized in early 2021 at the latest, would create the world's fourth-largest automaker, bringing under one roof brands like Peugeot, Citroen, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. (Photos by MARCO BERTORELLO and Joël SAGET / AFP)

Volvo Cars halts Europe, U.S. production

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:15 PM

Volvo Cars cites the need for 'social distancing' in order to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further

VOLVO. The carmaker's headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo from Shutterstock

Wealthy Indonesians use names of low-income people to avoid paying tax

Mar 04, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Registering a car, a company or other property in the names of low-income people and subordinates is a common scheme used by wealthy Indonesians to avoid paying tax

This picture taken on January 14, 2020 shows Dimas Prayitno standing at his home in Jakarta. - No one was more surprised to learn that Dimas Prayitno owned a Rolls-Royce than the 21-year-old Indonesian himself, who was baffled when told he owed 15,000 USD in taxes on the luxury vehicle. (Photo by HAERIL HALIM / AFP) / To go with AFP story Indonesia-taxation-economy-crime, FOCUS by Haeril Halim

[ANALYSIS] Why Nokia, Wells Fargo, and Honda are leaving the PH

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Although global factors are at play, the Philippines’ business climate and government policies are also partly to blame

Horror crash mars end of Daytona 500

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:19 PM

The crash leaves veteran driver Ryan Newman seriously injured and hospitalized

UNFORTUNATE. Celebrations in the Daytona 500 are muted by a last-lap crash that left Ryan Newman hospitalized. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Israel troops wounded in Jerusalem car-ramming as violence flares

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:26 PM

A manhunt is underway for the driver in the car-ramming, who fled the scene in the heart of west Jerusalem after the attack

CAR-RAMMING. Israeli policemen inspect the site of a car-ramming attack targeting Israeli troops in Jerusalem that wounded several people on February 6, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/AFP

Tesla value hits $100 billion, triggering payout plan for Musk

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:05 AM

Under a compensation plan approved by Tesla's board in 2018, Musk is to be paid in stock awards based on the value of the company, which could be worth as much as $50 billion if Tesla reaches $650 billion

ELON MUSK. Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. leaves the US District Court, Central District of California through a back door in Los Angeles, U.S. on December 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Apu Gomes/Getty Images/AFP

2 Filipino OFWs in Singapore car crash now in stable condition

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Arceli Nucos and Egnal Limbauan 'are now stable and have been moved to the normal wards,' says Yeo Guat Kwang, Center for Domestic Employees chairman

RECUPERATING. A photo of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital from August 2006. Photo by user Sengkang on Wikimedia commons.

6 Germans killed as car plows into pedestrians in Italy

Jan 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Eleven other people are injured, including two from the South Tyrol region where the incident happened

ROAD INCIDENT. This handout photo taken and released on January 5, 2020 by the Italian Department of firefighters, the Vigili del Fuoco, shows rescuers intervening after a road accident at the ski resort of Lutago. Photo handout by Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Body of OFW killed in Singapore car crash arrives in La Union

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Her family in San Carlos, Caba, La Union, will hold a wake for Arlyn Nucos for two weeks

Photo from Arlyn Nucos' Facebook

Lucky Plaza Singapore car crash survivor: 'Even if we wanted to run, we could not'

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:42 PM

'It came down, curved, seemed to have lost brakes and was coming to us,' Laila Laudencia recounts of the fatal car crash she was lucky to have survived

SURVIVOR. Laila Laudencia is among the two who were discharged from the hospital after the fatal car crash in Lucky Plaza Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from her Facebook account

2 Filipino workers discharged from hospital after Singapore car crash

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:36 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our deepest sympathies go out to all the families of the 6 affected helpers, and to Ms Abigail Leste and Ms Arlyn Nucos who died from the impact of the accident,' says Low Yen Ling, Mayor of the South West District

TREATMENT. Mayor Low Yen Ling and members of her staff visit one of the recovering victims of the Lucky Plaza car crash incident. Image from Low Yen Ling's Facebook page.

PH to bring home Filipino victims in Singapore car crash

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Singapore are now working on the repatriation of the remains of the Filipino casualties

CAR CRASH. Two Filipinos die after a car crashes outside the Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from Twitter/@Glaizaechevarr2

PSA, Fiat Chrysler join to create world's 4th largest carmaker

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The combined PSA-Fiat Chrysler group will have total revenues of nearly 170 billion euros ($190 million) and annual unit sales of some 8.7 million vehicles

PSA, Fiat Chrysler unveil merger of equals

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The PSA-Fiat Chrysler merger will be achieved via the creation of a parent company in the Netherlands, which would be the world's 4th largest automaker in terms of sales

End of the road: Dyson quits race to make electric cars

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

James Dyson laments, 'Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply cannot make it commercially viable'

JAMES DYSON. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2018, British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses during a photo session at a hotel in Paris. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Taliban car bomb flattens hospital as Afghan violence surges ahead of vote

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The surge in violence, with civilians paying the heaviest price, comes after US President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban

AFGHAN VIOLENCE. An Afghan security personnel looks on as he investigates the site where a Taliban car bomb detonated near an intelligence services building in Qalat in Zabul province on September 19, 2019. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP)

Ric Ocasek, visionary frontman of The Cars, dies at 75

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Ric is known as the singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the group

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 6, 2015 US musician Ric Ocasek attends the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. - Ric Ocasek, frontman and lead singer of New Wave innovators The Cars, was found dead on September 15, 2019, police said. Under Ocasek's leadership, The Cars brought quirky electronic effects of New Wave to classically structured pop songs, generating a string of hits such as "You Might Think," "Shake It Up," and "Drive" in the 1980s. (Photo by Frazer Harrison / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Budget officer of Apayao town killed in car crash

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Aside from Reynaldo Bugnay Sr, budget officer of the municipality of Conner, two more persons are reported killed in motorcycle crashes in the Cordilleras the past few days

Taliban kill at least 10 in 'horrifying' Kabul bombing

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The car bomb blast shakes Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and home to several important complexes

AFTER THE BOMBING. A wounded man receives treatment at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul on September 5, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP