Europe

S. African Company Buys U.K.’s Pentagon Dealer Network

August 15, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Motus, the newly formed vehicle division of South Africa’s Imperial Holdings Ltd., has acquired British dealership chain Pentagon Motor Holdings for 493 million rand ($37 million).

Opel to Test Mall-Based Retail Store

August 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM

PSA Group’s new Opel brand is preparing to pilot test a retail format in Stuttgart, Germany, that will enable customers to buy a car at a shopping mall.

Germany to Test High-Wire Act for Hybrid Trucks on Autobahn

August 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Siemens AG says it has won a contract to build an overhead electrical contact line to test a system for hybrid commercial trucks on the autobahn.

Bimmer M3/M4 Cars Give Carbon Fiber the Shaft

August 15, 2017 at 12:20 PM

BMW AG’s M3 and M4 performance cars are shifting from lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) driveshafts to traditional steel units to allow the installation of particulate filters to help meet tougher emissions requirements.

Merkel: Piston Engines Will Be Phased Out

August 15, 2017 at 12:30 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the weekly Super Illu that Europe’s trend toward eliminating both gasoline and piston engines years from now is correct.

Swedish Startup Readies Fundraiser for Giant EV Battery Cell Plant

August 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Northvolt AB, a Stockholm-based battery maker, is preparing a fundraising effort to build a €4 billion ($4.5 billion) factory in Sweden with capacity to make 32 gigawatt-hours of battery cells per year.

Finland, Russia Partner on Autonomous-Vehicle Border Crossing

August 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. and ITS Russia have signed an agreement to jointly develop intelligent transport systems (ITS) that help enable vehicles equipped with autonomous vehicle technologies to cross international borders.

Electric Mini Concept to Get Frankfurt Reveal

August 14, 2017 at 7:47 AM

BMW AG will take the wraps off a concept version of its upcoming Mini electric hatchback at next month’s Frankfurt auto show, according to several media reports.

Merkel Blasts German Carmakers

August 14, 2017 at 1:20 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened her reelection campaign on Saturday by chastising much of the country’s auto industry for having “gambled away unbelievable amounts of trust.”

Report: SUVs to Capture 34% of Europe Car Market by 2020

August 11, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Europe’s love of SUV/crossovers has boosted the market share for such vehicles from 8% in 2009 to an expected 28% this year, according to market researchers LMC Automotive and JATO Dynamics.

VW Diesel Probe in Germany Expands to 38 Suspects

August 11, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Prosecutors in Germany say they had added another suspect to their criminal investigation into diesel emission cheating at Volkswagen AG.

SEAT Performance Sub-Brand in the Works?

August 10, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit has filed several trademarks that could signify the company is planning to expand its Cupra trim package into a performance sub-brand similar to Audi Sport, BMW M, Mercedes AMG and Volvo Polestar.