Europe

Ford to Close Transmission Plant in France

December 14, 2018 at 12:36 AM

Ford Motor Co. intends to stop production at its transmission plant in Blanquefort, France, by the end of August.

France Begins Search to Replace Ghosn at Renault

December 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

The French government, which owns 15% of Renault SA, reportedly is looking for a replacement for Carlos Ghosn, the carmaker’s embattled chairman and CEO.

Daimler to Use Wind Energy at German Facilities

December 13, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit plans to use electricity generated from wind farms at three of its factories in Germany starting in 2021.

EU Ordered to Restore Tougher Diesel Emission Rules

December 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM

A European high court has reversed a European Union decision two years ago that allowed new diesel vehicles to emit “excessively high” nitrogen oxides.

BMW, Porsche Demo 450-kW Charging Station

December 13, 2018 at 12:10 PM

FastCharge, a German consortium that includes BMW AG and Porsche AG, opened a prototype charging station this week that can provide electric vehicles with a 62-mile range in three minutes and replenish a battery to 80% capacity in 15 minutes.

FCA Threatens to Trim Spending in Italy if Car Taxes Rise

December 13, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV tells Italy’s government it may revise its plans to spend more than €5 billion ($5.7 billion) in Italy if the country approves higher taxes on piston-powered vehicles.

Renault: No Irregularities with Ghosn’s Compensation

December 13, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Renault SA’s board says a preliminary audit has found nothing irregular about compensation payments to Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan to Repatriate $1.1 Billion Cash from China Unit

December 13, 2018 at 9:43 AM

Nissan Motor Co. reportedly will repatriate 7.5 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) from its joint venture in China as tensions rise with alliance partner Renault SA.

Renault to Phase Out Most Rebadged Dacia Models

December 13, 2018 at 12:51 AM

Renault SA intends to stop selling Dacia cars under its own name and enable the Romanian brand to establish its own distinctive produce lineup.

Renault to Nissan: Don’t Talk to Our Board Members

December 12, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Renault SA has cautioned alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. not to contact its directors to review evidence that former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn failed to declare €38 million ($43 million) in pay.

Audi Readies “Immersive” Entertainment System

December 12, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Audi AG is developing a next-generation infotainment technology that the carmaker hails as an “immersive” experience.

New SEAT SUV Brakes for Cyclists

December 12, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit is introducing a new safety system on the 2019 Tarraco SUV/crossover vehicle to help prevent collisions with bicyclists.