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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

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

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)

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

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

Sales of imported cars climb 13% in January-March

Apr 21, 2014 - 3:26 PM

The solid performance of pick up trucks vans and passenger cars in the first quarter gives distributors reason to expect double digit growth by end 2014