Europe

VW Agrees to Buy Back a Few Cheater Diesels in Europe

June 23, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Volkswagen AG has agreed to buy back an unspecified number of diesel-powered vehicles in Germany that had been rigged to evade emission standards, Reuters reports.

Researchers Tout Contact Lens Polymer for EV Supercapacitors

June 23, 2017 at 6:33 AM

Researchers at the University of Surrey in England are developing a plastic based on soft contact-lens technology that could allow supercapacitors to be used in place of batteries to boost the performance of electric vehicles.

PSA Accelerates Autonomous-Vehicle Plans

June 23, 2017 at 3:13 AM

PSA Group plans to debut new driver-assist features on select Citroen, Peugeot and DS-badged models next year and introduce a Level 3 autonomous vehicle in 2020. Models with Level 4 and Level 5 capabilities will follow in 2025 and 2030, respectively.

Truck Sales in Europe Rise 9%

June 23, 2017 at 2:13 AM

Registrations of commercial vehicles across Europe grew 9% year on year to 212,600 units in May, reversing the market’s 7% decline in April, trade group ACEA reports.

Land Rover Targets All-New Buyers with Next-Gen Defender

June 23, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Land Rover says it will replace its venerable Defender SUV with a model designed to appeal to an entirely different generation of buyers.

Accuride to Acquire Germany’s Mefro Wheels

June 22, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Commercial vehicle wheelmaker Accuride Corp. has agreed to buy privately held competitor Mefro Wheels GmbH, a German supplier of original-equipment steel wheels for cars, trucks and vehicles used in agriculture and construction.

Study: “Hard” Brexit Could Threaten 18,000 Auto Jobs in Germany

June 22, 2017 at 12:19 PM

If the U.K. leaves the European Union without securing favorable trade deals, the resulting slump in car sales in England could jeopardize 18,000 auto factory jobs in Germany, say consultants Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Harley-Davidson May Bid for Rival Ducati

June 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is preparing a bid for Italian motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA., sources tell Reuters.

Entry-Level Jag to Start Under $40,000

June 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Jaguar Ltd. says its upcoming E-Pace compact crossover/SUV will have a base price of $39,600 when it’s launched in the U.S. early next year.

EU Fines Hella, Automotive Lighting for Price Fixing

June 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

The European Commission has fined Hella and Magneti Marelli's Automotive Lighting unit a combined €27 million ($30 million) for their participation in fixing prices for headlamps and other lighting products.

Volvo Bullish About Exceeding 2020 Sales Goal

June 21, 2017 at 2:53 PM

CEO Hakan Samuelsson says Volvo Car Corp. “probably” will surpass its goal of selling 800,000 vehicles worldwide by 2020.

Volvo to Relaunch Polestar as a Stand-Alone EV Brand

June 21, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Volvo Car Corp. will relaunch its Polestar performance unit as a separate brand that markets high-performance electrified vehicles under its own name.