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Cars in Europe: diesel's not dead yet
New self-driving vehicle could be mobile store, hotel
2018 Volvo XC40 Doesn’t Try To Be Sporty And That’s Cool
Audi Delivers A Selection Of Vehicles To Real Madrid Players
Gran apuesta del Grupo Volkswagen por los motores eléctricos en China
Italy breaks up a Libyan gang smuggling low quality fuel into Europe
European car sales at highest level in 10 years
2018-01-18 04:46:31 MILAN (AP) -- Car sales in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the fourth straight year of higher registrations, the association of European carmakers said Wednesday. Registrations of new cars were up 3.4 percent from 14.6 million in 2016, said the association, ACEA. That brings sales to the highest level since before a record-long six-year slump started in 2007   Read More ...
Nissan Goes Airborne After Being Hit By An Audi R8
2018-01-17 18:17:59 On New Year's Eve, an out-of-control Audi R8 rear-ended a parked Nissan in Bradford, West Yorkshire, launching it off the ground. According to The Sun, there were three kids inside the family car, one of them requiring medical attention after the incident. "We got a call at 15:33 yesterday to a three-car road traffic collision," said a spokesman for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service   Read More ...
European car sales at highest level in 10 years
2018-01-17 16:01:00 MILAN — Car sales in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the fourth straight year of higher registrations, the association of European carmakers said Wednesday. Registrations of new cars were up 3.4% from 14.6 million in 2016, said the association, ACEA. That brings sales to the highest level since before a record-long six-year slump started in 2007   Read More ...
European car sales at highest level in 10 years
2018-01-17 14:12:16 MILAN (AP) — Car sales in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the fourth straight year of higher registrations, the association of European carmakers said Wednesday. Registrations of new cars were up 3.4 percent from 14.6 million in 2016, said the association, ACEA. That brings sales to the highest level since before a record-long six-year slump started in 2007   Read More ...
European car sales increase for 4th straight year
2018-01-17 10:37:45 MILAN (AP) — Car sales in Europe rose for the fourth straight year in 2017, topping 15 million units for the first time in a decade. The ACEA association of European carmakers said Wednesday that car sales rose by 3.4 percent last year, from 14.6 million in 2016. Italy and Spain tallied the strongest gains, nearing 8 percent, followed by France at nearly 5 percent and Germany at nearly 3 percent   Read More ...
Mercedes 'can't guarantee' meeting EU carbon goals: CEO
2018-01-15 17:47:07 DETROIT (Reuters) - Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz faces a tough challenge to meet the next round of European CO2 goals and may fall short, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday. The German luxury carmaker still aims to hit its target of 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, Zetsche told reporters at the Detroit auto show. “I can’t guarantee we will be compliant,” he said   Read More ...
2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV deliveries start in Europe this fall
2018-01-13 12:33:06 The first member of Audi's forthcoming wave of electric cars is expected to start landing in European driveways this fall, possibly neck and neck with the Jaguar I-Pace. The all-electric Audi e-tron SUV will have dimensions similar to the Audi Q5 SUV and should offer enough charge from its 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack to drive roughly 300 miles. Is this the Tesla Model X competitor we've all been waiting for? According to , the e-tron is just one of eight new SUVs Audi will bring to market over the next few years   Read More ...
Toyota und Mazda bauen 1,6 Milliarden teures US-Werk in Alabama
2018-01-11 14:02:28 Newsticker Toyota und Mazda bauen 1,6 Milliarden teures US-Werk in Alabama Die japanischen Autoriesen Toyota und Mazda sind bei der Suche nach einem Standort für ihr neues US-Werk fündig geworden. Den Zuschlag für die 1,6 Milliarden Dollar (1,3 Mrd Euro) schwere Investition habe die Stadt Huntsville im US-Bundesstaat Alabama erhalten, teilten die Konzerne am Mittwoch (Ortszeit) mit.   Read More ...
Cars in Europe: diesel's not dead yet
2018-01-10 17:45:31 France is the European country with the most diesel cars. And yet, it is one of the few countries where diesel has begun to decline. In 2017, more petrol cars were sold than diesel (48% of sales). It’s a big change for the country and a telling sign for the change of the trend across the continent. Diesel car sales had been rising steadily for 30 years In Europe as a whole, 52% of the cars are still fuelled by petrol   Read More ...
2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid SUV: first drive review
2018-01-10 00:26:26 But what is the aristocracy to do when its high-end luxury SUVs are banned from city streets in central London? Enter the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid SUV, the brand’s first proper plug-in hybrid vehicle—joined by the smaller Range Rover Sport P400e that shares its powertrain. With a claimed 31 miles of electric range from a 13.1-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the P400e can travel through and around congested urban centers without tailpipe emissions   Read More ...
007 carmaker Aston Martin targets London float: report
2018-01-09 23:31:38 LONDON (AFP) - British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, fictional spy James Bond's favourite model of transport, is mulling a London stock market flotation, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Aston Martin is mulling an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the iconic sports car manufacturer at as much as £5.0 billion ($6.8 billion, 5.7 billion euros), according to the report which cited people familiar with the matter   Read More ...
New self-driving vehicle could be mobile store, hotel
2018-01-09 13:45:15 It's a truck, it's a taxi, it's a mobile hotel. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Toyota today announced that it is developing a driverless electric vehicle in partnership with Amazon, Uber, and Pizza Hut. Called e-Palette, the concept vehicle has no windshield and no fixed seats but is designed for use as a passenger-carrying minivan, a parcel-delivery truck, or even a mobile office or hotel room   Read More ...
New cars may let you steer with brain waves
2018-01-06 23:45:08 Driverless cars may be our future, but that doesn't mean automakers have turned their backs on flesh-and-blood motorists. Now Nissan has come up with a technology designed to make driving more fun for the folks behind the wheel: a "brain decoding" system that gives automobiles the ability to anticipate a driver's action — hit the brakes or gas or make a turn — and then initiate the action before he or she does   Read More ...
One Of 99 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volantes Spotted In London
2018-01-05 06:07:10 It's not often you get to see such a rare and expensive car sitting so nonchalantly in an alley, of all places, yet there's why this Vanquish Zagato Volante was spotted. The images were taken in London by ErikG_NL, showing the convertible version of the gorgeous Vanquish Zagato wearing a red, carbon fiber-infused exterior and a dual tone red and black leather interior   Read More ...
Nissan reveals predictive brain-to-vehicle technology
2018-01-03 21:05:00 Although completely self-driving cars have yet to enter common use, we are already seeing semi-autonomous driving assistance technologies. Nissan announced one such system this Wednesday, which determines what the driver is about to do, a split-second before they actually do it. It's known as Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, technology. In order for the system to work – in its current prototype form, at least – the driver has to be wearing a headset equipped with electrodes that measure and "decode" their brain's motor cortex activity   Read More ...
Europe takes the lead in very fast electric-car charging
2018-01-03 00:22:40 Europeans will soon have the opportunity to enjoy quiet, emission-free, long-distance motoring with far shorter charge times when driving electric cars along Germany's autobahns. The charging network Allego has rolled out its first 175-kilowatt ultra-fast charging stations—dubbed "Ultra E"—at its first location in The four fast-charging stations represent the first ultra-fast chargers publicly available in Europe, and Allego plans to upgrade half of them to 350-kilowatt service later this year   Read More ...
Mercedes A-Class Scooped By A Reader In Stuttgart
2017-12-28 00:09:41 The redesigned Mercedes A-Class has been caught in Stuttgart, Germany by CarScoops reader Vasilis. Expected to debut early next year at the Geneva Motor Show, the A-Class will have a familiar design but adopt a more aggressive front fascia with a single-bar grille that is flanked by angular headlights. The car is also larger than its predecessor and this will give the model a more spacious and airy cabin   Read More ...
Lamborghini Centenario Is One Heck Of A Way To Celebrate Christmas
2017-12-27 06:20:52 London has more than its fair share of supercars, but most, if not all, were eclipsed over the past weekend by a Lamborghini Centenario. Shipped to England's capital for the Lamborghini Christmas party, the extremely rare Centenario was parked outside a nightclub, where it caused quite a stir. Built in just 40 examples (20 coupes and 20 roadsters) to commemorate Ferruccio Lamborghini's 100th birthday, the Centenario was sold out even before the Italian automaker pulled the cover off its body last year, in the Geneva Auto Show, despite its eye-watering €1   Read More ...
Ford Boosts Fiesta Production In Europe To Meet Increased Demand
2017-12-23 15:09:49 Ford has ramped up production of the new Fiesta supermini in order to meet the increased demand in European markets. Specifically, the automaker has extended the existing shifts and added new ones on Saturdays during November and December in order to increase daily production of the new Fiesta to 1,500 cars. “The previous Fiesta was already a much-loved car, and if you add to that the many improvements offered with the new model, including our unique pedestrian detection system, this success is not altogether a surprise   Read More ...
New Nissan Leaf Scores More Than 10,000 Orders In Europe
2017-12-21 21:10:39 Nissan was pleasantly surprised with the customer interest on the new electric Leaf as more than 10,000 people in Europe have already placed an order. It’s been two months since the company has opened the order books for the second generation Leaf, with Nissan reporting a strong and consistent demand for it across European markets. “We are delighted by the tangible customer interest we have received for the new Leaf as it confirms the leadership Nissan has in electric vehicles,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Director, Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe   Read More ...
Volkswagen liefert erstmals drei Millionen Autos in China aus 
2017-12-21 13:41:06 Newsticker Als erster Autohersteller hat die Marke Volkswagen in China drei Millionen Autos in einem Jahr in einem einzigen Markt an die Kunden ausgeliefert. "China entwickelt sich weiter in einem enormen Tempo, so wie die Marke Volkswagen", sagte der China-Chef für VW-Passagierwagen, Stephan Wöllenstein, am Mittwoch in Peking.   Read More ...
Volkswagen Golf Beats Renault Clio To Become Europe’s Best-Selling Car In 2017
2017-12-21 13:02:59 Volkswagen Golf is all set to become the best-selling car in Europe for 2017. It beats Renault Clio to get to the top spot on the list, which has been compiled by automotive business intelligence company JATO Dynamics. VW Golf took 11 months to sell 445,206 units in Europe, despite the ongoing diesel scandal associated with the company. Volkswagen Golf finishes on top in various European countries like Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway and Austria   Read More ...
Tehran proposes 50% increase in domestic fuel prices
2017-12-19 17:45:21 Iran's government is proposing a 50% increase in domestic fuel prices, warning that current levels are unsustainable. Petrol and diesel have traditionally been heavily subsidised in the oil-rich nation, with a litre costing 10,000 rial, or €0.24. Under the latest plans, which require approval from the country's parliament, that would rise to 15,000 rial or €0.36. For the past few days, Tehran has been stifled by a cloud of pollution that has prompted schools to close   Read More ...
Nissan Kicks Off Leaf Production In Europe, First Deliveries In February
2017-12-19 15:25:39 The all-new Nissan Leaf has officially gone into production at the automaker's plant in Sunderland, UK, as the first European customers will be receiving their cars in February 2018. Nissan has been building the Leaf nameplate in the UK since 2013, selling over 85,000 units on the Old Continent, including those built at the Oppama plant in Japan, since 2011   Read More ...
China's automakers finally poised to sell cars in U.S., Europe
2017-12-16 00:05:08 BEIJING — After a decade of development, often through buying or benchmarking foreign technology and know-how, Chinese automakers are looking with greater ambition at selling their cars in major Western markets. Improvements in car design, technology and marketing at firms including Geely, GAC Motor and Great Wall Motor have brought them a bigger share in their home market, the world's largest, and give them a better chance of survival in competitive markets in Europe and the United States   Read More ...
PSA, Toyota lead European car sales gain, helped by extra selling day
2017-12-14 08:40:29 BERLIN (Reuters) - European car sales rose 5.8 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day as PSA Group () and Toyota () posted the strongest gains among the region’s major automakers, industry data published on Thursday showed. Registrations rose to 1.26 million cars last month in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, Brussels-based industry body ACEA said, from 1   Read More ...
I'll Be Back, Maybe: GM Open To Returning To Europe
2017-12-14 03:27:27 General Motors has a long and tumultuous history in Europe as the company announced plans to phase out the Chevrolet brand in 2013. The company then focused on Opel and Vauxhall but those brands were sold to Groupe PSA earlier this year. Given its track record of huge and consistent losses, many felt the sale of Opel and Vauxhall sealed the fate of General Motors in Europe   Read More ...
Energy bills, petrol and diesel prices set to rise after massive explosion at plant in Europe
2017-12-14 02:26:30 A blast at a major European gas plant has killed one person and forced the closure of a key North Sea pipeline. Energy bills and petrol costs for Brits are set to hike as a result of the supply disruption.   Read More ...
VW CEO: European subsidies for diesel should end
2017-12-13 00:28:32 One of the most powerful automotive CEOs in the industry at a company that once found monumental success in diesel-powered cars has delivered a commandment to European governments from atop his throne in Wolfsburg. Thou shalt not subsidize diesel. That commandment, from VW CEO Mattias Müller, is about as predictable as one might expect from an executive working for a company amid reinvention after it cost itself and shareholders some $20 billion for gaming diesel emissions regulations   Read More ...
European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-Oct 2017
2017-12-09 00:33:35 The more things change, the more they stay the same. Europe's October electric vehicle sales saw significant growth versus a year ago as 56 percent more battery-electric and plug-in hybrid hybrid vehicles found new homes and the Volkswagen e-Golf shot up the standings. But, atop that growing mountain of change remains a familiar face: the Renault Zoe claimed yet another monthly victory with 2,205 sales   Read More ...
Electric cars in Europe, CA engine ban, EV100 pledge, new battery cooling: Today's Car News
2017-12-09 00:33:29 Today, European electric-car sales, another proposed ban on sales of cars with engines, a new battery-pack cooling approach, and a relocated future Ford electric model. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've resumed our monthly European plug-in electric car sales report, and there's a new runner-up after the usual winner. A bill to ban sales of new cars with combustion engines in California by 2040 will be introduced in the state legislature next month   Read More ...
New car sales in Britain drop off
2017-12-05 23:45:15 New figures reveal car sales in Britain have now fallen five percent so far this year, on track for the first yearly drop since 2011. Amid lower consumer confidence and question marks over the future of diesel, data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that overall sales fell just over 11 percent in November, with diesel cars heavily hit   Read More ...
Ford Performance Parts Launched In Europe For ST, RS And Mustang
2017-12-01 15:14:14 Coinciding with the start of the 2017 Essen Motor Show, Ford has presented various parts that enhance the look, sound, and driving attributes of their performance models. Developed together with specialists such as Borla, KW, Remus, and Roush, they're available to order across Europe from December 1 for the Focus ST, RS, and Mustang models. Adjustable coilover strut and shock absorbers, with up to 40mm (1   Read More ...
PSA seeks Opel refund from GM over CO2 emissions
2017-11-30 00:06:45 PARIS - Peugeot maker PSA Group, which paid General Motors 1.3 billion euros for Opel, now wants about half of the money back after discovering the full extent of its CO2 emissions challenges and exposure to European fines, sources told Reuters. PSA, which completed the acquisition in late July, said earlier this month it will need to move Opel models onto its own more fuel-efficient technology faster than planned, in order to cut carbon dioxide emissions before new EU limits are phased in from 2020-21, backed by hefty penalties   Read More ...
Driverless buses to be tested in Jelgava and Aizkraukle in 2019
2017-11-29 18:08:24 JELGAVA - Zemgale Planning Region has launched a new project to popularize autonomous vehicles and introduce solutions so such vehicles could be used in public transport, and driverless buses will be tested in Jelgava and Aizkraukle in 2019 as part of the project, Zemgale Planning Region's public relations officer Aigars Ievins told LETA. The Sohjoa Baltic project will be a major step toward popularization of autonomous vehicles and practical tests to start using autonomous driverless electric buses in public transport   Read More ...
Fiat holds the most European Car of the Year titles
2017-11-28 18:17:33 Since 1964, 54 different vehicles have been crowned with the title of Europe's Car of the Year. Italian manufacturer Fiat has the most titles to its name, with nine wins for its Fiat 124 (1967), 128 (1970), 127 (1972), Uno (1984), Tipo (1989), Punto (1995), Bravo/Brava (1996), Panda (2004) and 500 (2008) models. Car manufacturers with the most European Car of the Year titles: Nine wins: Fiat   Read More ...
Hyundai Dealers Furious Over Genesis Split
2017-11-28 15:14:37 Hyundai has big plans for its Genesis brand – not only a slate of new models, but a completely new dealer network. And its current dealers are hopping mad over the prospect of being excluded. Genesis models are currently sold out of mainstream Hyundai dealers across America, roughly a third of which (totaling some 352 dealers) have invested in staff and facilities upgrades in order to sell the top-of-the-line G90   Read More ...
Shell partners with carmakers to bring ultra-fast electric car chargers to European highways
2017-11-27 13:30:14 (Reuters) — Royal Dutch Shell has partnered with top carmakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on Europe’s highways, stealing a march on rivals in the race to remove one of the biggest obstacles facing the electric car sector. Shell’s agreement with IONITY – a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen – will initially bring high-powered docks to 80 highway sites in 2019, it said in a statement   Read More ...
2018 Volvo XC40 Doesn’t Try To Be Sporty And That’s Cool
2017-11-24 21:11:29 Volvo has begun launching the compact XC40 in Europe and as usual, the first driving impressions are in to let us know what it is like. The new Swedish SUV will initially be offered in Europe with two 2.0-liter engine options and all-wheel drive: the 247hp T5 petrol and the 190hp D4 diesel, both of them paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox   Read More ...
Audi Delivers A Selection Of Vehicles To Real Madrid Players
2017-11-24 15:13:43 In what has become a yearly tradition for Real Madrid players, these extremely talented footballers have just taken delivery of a host of new vehicles from team sponsor Audi. Given free rein to choose from Audi’s fleet, no less than 14 players opted for the ever-popular Q7, three of which selected the Q7 e-tron quattro variant while one player, Kiko Casilla, picked up the keys to an SQ7 TDI   Read More ...