Europe

Netherlands Will Lower Speed Limit to Cut NOx

By: Bill Hampton - November 13, 2019 at 8:04 AM

The Netherlands is preparing to lower its national speed limit to 100 kph (62 mph) next year in an effort to lower emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Tesla Picks Berlin for European Factory

By: Bill Hampton - November 12, 2019 at 6:03 PM

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says the company will erect its first European assembly plant outside Berlin.

Daimler Warns Analysts About Earnings Hit

By: Bill Hampton - November 12, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Daimler AG has cautioned brokerage houses that its earnings outlook for 2020 will be slashed by billions of euros by slowing sales and rising costs of electrification.

Ex-VW Board Members Charged with Overpaying Labor Reps

By: Bill Hampton - November 12, 2019 at 2:46 PM

Two former Volkswagen Group board members have been charged by German prosecutors of overpaying several members of the carmaker’s powerful works council.

VW, HP Test 3D Printing on Miniature Cars

By: Steve Plumb - November 12, 2019 at 12:59 PM

Hewlett-Packard Co. has 3D-printed more than 10,000 tiny scale models of Volkswagen AG’s upcoming ID.3 electric car to demonstrate the technology for potential use in high-volume production vehicles.

Report: Tata in Talks about JLR Sale

By: Steve Plumb - November 12, 2019 at 9:37 AM

India’s Tata Group has made overtures to other carmakers—including BMW AG and Geely—about divesting at least part of its struggling Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. unit, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Bentley Drop-Top Adds Tweed Look

By: Steve Plumb - November 11, 2019 at 10:34 AM

Volkswagen AG’s high-end Bentley unit has added an optional tweedlike material for the roof of its Continental GT Convertible.

SEAT to Launch Electric Motorcycle in 2020

By: Steve Plumb - November 11, 2019 at 9:23 AM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit plans to introduce an electric motorcycle next year as part of the brand’s micromobility efforts.

Daimler to Cut Manager Staff by 10%

By: Steve Plumb - November 08, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Daimler AG plans to shed about 1,100 managers worldwide, including 10% of its management staff in Germany.

Mercedes to Build Electric G-Class SUV

By: Steve Plumb - November 08, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit is planning an all-electric variant of its G-Class SUV.

Mahle Touts Improved Mild-Hybrid Battery

By: Steve Plumb - November 08, 2019 at 10:15 AM

Germany’s Mahle GmbH has developed a prototype 48-volt battery the company claims can boost fuel efficiency by 12% to 15% in mild-hybrid vehicles.  

Merged FCA-PSA Would Maintain Current Brands

By: Steve Plumb - November 08, 2019 at 9:12 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group plan to maintain all current brands under their proposed merger, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares tells French television station BMF Business.