Europe

Volvo to Standardize “Care Key” Speed Limiter

March 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Volvo Cars plans to standardize a device that allows users to limit the top speed of their vehicle, starting in the 2021 model year.

VW, Northvolt Form European Battery Consortium

March 22, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Volkswagen AG and Swedish battery startup Northvolt AB have agree to form a consortium to accelerate battery research in Europe.

Opel’s Union Okay Employee Transfers at German Tech Center

March 22, 2019 at 12:22 AM

As many as 2,000 workers at PSA Group’s Opel engineering center in Russelsheim, Germany, will be allowed to transfer to a French engineering company.

U.S.-EU Trade Talks Stall Over Scope

March 21, 2019 at 5:37 PM

Trade negotiators for the European Commission still haven’t agreed on the scope of their talks with the U.S., prompting new Trump administration threats of hefty import tariffs on cars from Europe, Reuters reports.

Porsche Adds Sporty Cayenne Variant

March 21, 2019 at 5:21 PM

Today Porsche AG took the wraps off a fastback version of its Cayenne crossover vehicle.

Volvo Aims to Triple Output of Plug-In Hybrids

March 21, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Volvo Car Corp. hopes to triple the combined production of its four plug-in hybrid models by year-end to meet greater than expected demand.

Renault Tests Vehicle-to-Grid Energy Scheme

March 21, 2019 at 1:52 PM

Renault SA is launching a pilot program that will allow electric vehicles to provide energy back to the grid.

Volvo Plans Cameras to Monitor Bad Drivers

March 21, 2019 at 1:15 AM

Volvo Car Corp. plans a system that monitors the driver for signs of intoxicated or distracted behavior and slows or stops the vehicle if necessary to prevent a crash.

Toyota, Suzuki Expand Partnership for India, Europe

March 20, 2019 at 2:05 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. have agreed to further their cooperative efforts with new initiatives to share compact cars and electrified vehicles in Europe and India.

VW, FAW Form Connectivity JV in China

March 20, 2019 at 12:55 PM

Volkswagen AG’s namesake brand and Chinese partner FAW Group are forming a joint venture in Chengdu, China, that will focus on connectivity and other digital services for the local market.

BMW Will Step Up Cost Cutting as Earnings Sag

March 20, 2019 at 12:43 PM

BMW AG hopes to lower its costs by €12 billion ($13.6 billion) between now and the end of 2022 after reporting its net profit fell 17% to €7.2 billion ($8.2 billion) in 2018.

Skoda Readies 30-Model Product Offensive

March 20, 2019 at 11:34 AM

Volkswagen AG’s Skoda unit plans to launch 30 new models by 2023, one-third of which will have all-electric or hybrid powertrains.