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JLR Aims to Reshape Seat Fitness

In the middle of a long trip, motorists often feel the need to “stretch their legs” to relieve stiffness.

VW Chief Call for “Radical Overhaul”

Volkswagen's CEO says the company will fade away without "radical" overhaul.

Europe’s Car Sales Eke Out 1% Gain

New-car sales in Europe advanced 1% last year but could stall in 2020.

Russia’s Sales Recovery Expires

Russia’s promising car sales revival ended in December after only two years, leaving the market 40% below its all-time high reached seven years earlier.

6 More VW Employees Charged in Diesel Scandal

Prosecutors in Germany have filed criminal charges against six more Volkswagen executives for their roles in the company’s never-ending diesel emission cheating scandal.

TomTom Integrates Map Tech with ADAS

Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards

Geely Ponders Stake in Aston Martin

Geely Holdings reportedly has joined the list of investors eyeing stakes in financially struggling Aston Martin.

Mercedes Defends Sales Crown, Again

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand is still the global sales champ among luxury car brands.

Geely, Daimler Finalize EV Venture

Daimler and Geely are ready to revive the German company’s Smart minicar brand as a global electric car company.

Investors Sue Daimler Over Diesel Cheating

Daimler is the latest European carmaker to be sued by investors over its alleged use of illegal software to evade diesel emission tests.

Nissan Goes Light on Insulation

Meta-material cuts weight by 75%

Tesla Clarifies Details for German EV Plant

Tesla says its next electric-car factory, due to open in Germany 18 months from now, eventually will be able to make 500,000 EVs per year.

Car Sales in U.K. Skid to a 6-Year Low

Retail sales of new cars in the U.K. slid 2% to a six-year low as the British auto industry continues to implode.

Mercedes Recalls Nearly 745,000 Faulty Sunroofs

Daimler is calling back 744,900 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to check for glass sunroof panels that could blow off while the vehicle is moving.

Ghosn Joins Interpol’s “Wanted” List

Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is now on Interpol’s wanted list as a fugitive from justice in Japan. The request is unenforceable in Lebanon, where he fled.

VW in Talks to Settle German Diesel Claims

Volkswagen has shelled out billions of dollars in the U.S. over its diesel cheating scandal. Now it’s in talks to settle claims by more than 400,000 disgruntled customers in Germany.

Turkey Plans $3.7 Billion EV Production Complex

The Turkish government is backing a $3.7 billion bid to establish the country's first domestic carmaker.

VW Steps Up EV Production Plan, Yet Again

The Volkswagen Group, which is getting more bullish about electric cars by the month, now predicts its namesake brand will build 1 million EVs by 2023, two years sooner than previously forecast—and 1.5 million more in 2025 alone.

Australia Fines VW $1.5 Million Per Car for Diesel Cheating

Volkswagen’s 4-year-old diesel cheating scandal may be just getting started as a wave of consumer fraud complaints grows.

Will Minivans Be the Next Victim of SUV Mania?

Sales of traditional cars have taken a beating as consumers opt for SUV/crossover vehicles instead. Will minivans be the next casualty?

Truck Sales in Europe Take Another Dive

European sales of commercial trucks skidded 9% to 205,000 vehicles in November, their third decline in as many months.

Merger to Put Most FCA Cars on PSA Platforms

PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles say two PSA platforms will carry two-thirds of all small cars made by the companies after they merge.

Waymo Adds AI Testing Smarts

The company’s acquisition of U.K.-based Latent Logic aims to make self-driving cars act more like human drivers. 

PSA, Fiat Chrysler Agree to Merge

The auto industry contemplates its biggest merger ever, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group formally agree to $47 billion deal.