Europe

Mercedes Adds In-Car Infotainment Orders

January 30, 2019 at 10:49 AM

Buyers of select Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe are now able to purchase additional infotainment services directly through their vehicles’ audio system.

Freudenberg Increases Stake in Battery Company

January 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has increased its stake in Xalt Energy LLC, a Midland, Mich.-based supplier of lithium-ion batteries, from 31% to more than 50%. 

Nissan, Renault Hire Auditor to Head Alliance Probe

January 30, 2019 at 1:48 AM

Nissan Motor Co. and Renault Group have hired Mazars Group, the French auditor, to look for possible financial misconduct within their 20-year-old alliance.

Geely’s Lynk & Co Unit to Launch Sales in Europe in 2020

January 29, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Geely Automobile Holding Co.’s Lynk & Co brand says it will open retail outlets in five European cities next year.

Audi Factory in Germany Idled by Strike in Hungary

January 29, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Audi AG hopes to resume operations at its assembly plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, tomorrow after a strike in Hungary late last week caused a parts shortage.

Faurecia Makes Tender Offer for Nav System Supplier Clarion

January 29, 2019 at 1:42 PM

French auto supplier Faurecia SA says it will make a tender offer tomorrow to buy audio and nav system supplier Clarion Co. from Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd.

Swedish Carmakers Form JV

January 29, 2019 at 11:24 AM

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB is acquiring a 20% stake in Koenigsegg AB for €150 million ($171 million) and is forming a joint venture with the supercar company.

Mercedes Readies Safety Demonstration Vehicle

January 29, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit is developing an Experimental Safety Vehicle and will unveil it this summer.

France Weighs in on Ghosn’s Treatment

January 29, 2019 at 1:13 AM

The French government, which owns 15% of Renault SA, has warned the company against awarding an “exorbitant” severance package to ex-Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Lotus, Williams Confirm Hypercar Project

January 28, 2019 at 3:09 PM

Group Lotus plc says it is collaborating with Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd. to develop an all-electric hypercar.

Volvo Gets Okay to Test Autonomous Cars on Swedish Roads

January 28, 2019 at 2:05 PM

Sweden’s transport agency has granted permission to the Volvo Car Group to test self-driving-vehicle systems on public highways in Sweden.

VW Will Trim Workforce at Slovakia Factory

January 28, 2019 at 1:44 PM

Volkswagen AG says it will shed about 500 jobs and reduce its use of contractors at the company’s assembly complex in Bratislava, Slovakia, to help meet its goal of hiking efficiency 30% by 2025.