#EUROPE

Production

Chinese Battery Maker Ramps Up Plans

Cobalt-free units due next year, $2.4 billion European plant to open in 2023

Assembly

U.K. Electric Van Startup Plans U.S. IPO

Using a micro-factory to make 10,000 vans for UPS

Business

Valeo Scales Up Tech Plans

CTO Guillaume Devauchelle on the future of electrification, automation and in-vehicle health systems

Interiors & Electronics

New EV Heating Concept is on the Money

Partners aim to extend driving range by supplementing HVAC system

Sales

U.S., China Drive Global Car Sales Revival

October sales pace topped year-ago level.

Mobility

Conti Taps Auto Chief as New CEO

Company veteran Nikolai Setzer succeeds the retiring Elmar Degenhart at critical juncture

Economics

VW Board Okays Navistar Purchase

Deal gives Traton unit access to huge N. American truck market.

Batteries

Electrification, ADAS Drive Semiconductor Growth

Demand expected to jump more than 75% by 2026

Batteries

Bentley Commits to an All-Electric Future

Goal is to be electric-only by 2030

Assembly

PSA-FCA to Hit “Reset” in China

Merger plans will include a new marketing strategy

Hybrid

Carmakers Scramble to Meet Europe’s CO2 Targets

Pooling stats with "cleaner" manufacturers pays off, usually.

Production

Volvo to Develop Electric Motors Itself

Shanghai lab will support vehicles built on new EV platform

Business

Daimler Truck Buys Stake in Lidar Startup Luminar

Aim is to quickly commercialize robo highway trucks

Sales

EV/Hybrid Sales Surpass Diesels in Europe

Government incentives drives adoption. But consumers are increasingly more open to the technology.

Production

U.K. Auto Output Slumps as Exports to U.S. Plunge

Outlook grim as "no-deal" Brexit looms

Business

Mercedes May Raise Stake in Aston Martin to 20%

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit is further opening its tech candy store to British luxury car maker Aston Martin.

F1 Superstar Hamilton Notches Record Race Victory

Surpasses Schumacher's wins, takes aim at championship record.

Business

Conti Studies Sale of Its Turbocharger Unit

Report says company thinks unit is no longer "strategically important"

Economics

Report: Uber Wants BMW-Daimler Ride-Hailing Service

Ready to pay $1.2 billion to bolster market share in Europe, South America.

Economics

Tesla Posts 3Q Profit, Affirms 2020 Sales Target

Company sheds startup status, moves into full-fledged carmaking

Batteries

Next-Gen ZF Tech Steers Further to the Rear

New all-wheel steering system targets electric vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles

Putting Level 3 Automation to the Test

Foretellix and Mobileye team up on verification tools

Batteries

MAN Fuels Up with Hydrogen

Truckmaker eyes fuel cell and hydrogen ICE applications