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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group on Wednesday said it was replacing software chief Christian Senger and moving the center of its groupwide software development from its Wolfsburg headquarters to Ingolstadt, where premium brand Audi is based. Senger, the current chief executive of Volkswagen Group’s Car.Software unit, will be replaced by Dirk Hilgenberg, who is former senior
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group will shift leadership for software development to the company’s premium Audi division, Herbert Diess, chief executive of the multi-brand group, said on Tuesday. “The center of gravity for software development will move from Wolfsburg to Ingolstadt,” Diess said at a virtual conference hosted by PwC in Germany on Tuesday. Earlier this
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BERLIN – Volkswagen is replacing its head of software development, a German business daily newspaper reported on Sunday, as the automaker wrestles with the transition to electric vehicles. Handelsblatt said Christian Senger, a former BMW manager who currently runs the recently founded Car.Software unit, would be replaced after clashes with the company and concern about
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Europe’s car market is performing better than expected as the region emerges from lockdowns imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Kia Europe Chief Operating Officer Emilio Herrera said. June was the first full month in which car buyers were able to return to showrooms across Europe and the results gave automakers hope for
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FRANKFURT — Audi will add the Q4 Sportback e-tron, a sportier-looking version of the upcoming Q4 e-tron compact electric SUV, to its expanding range of battery-powered cars. Both models will go on sale by next summer in the automaker’s global markets as entry-level full-electric cars. Audi unveiled pictures and details of the Q4 Sportback e-tron
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Volvo Cars and Swedish supplier Veoneer have completed the split of their automotive software joint venture Zenuity, the companies said Thursday. Under the agreement, Volvo will set up a new wholly owned company to take over Zenuity’s current development and commercialization of unsupervised autonomous driving software. As part of the agreement, Zenuity’s operations and people
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BERLIN — Tesla is scaling back plans for its first European car factory, which will no longer assemble batteries, according to revised planning documents for the site near Berlin. The changes include eliminating facilities for battery-pack production and plastic components, local authorities said Wednesday, citing documents filed by the U.S. maker of electric cars to
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The Geneva auto show will not be held in 2021, the organizers have announced. The reasons for the cancellation were lack of interest from automakers as well as the uncertain situation over the control of the coronavirus, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation said in a statement on Monday. The Geneva event is Europe’s
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BERLIN — BMW should shift course and establish a technology platform just for full-electric cars, moving away from developing cars that can be fitted with either electric or combustion engines, the head of the influential works council said. “Only with our own e-architecture can we fully exploit the advantages of an electric vehicle,” Manfred Schoch
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Waymo and Volvo Cars have agreed to develop a self-driving electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing use, as part of a new global partnership, the companies said Thursday. Waymo, a unit of Silicon Valley’s Alphabet Inc., said it will be the exclusive global partner for Volvo Cars for developing self-driving vehicles capable of operating safely without
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PARIS — PSA Group says that 5 percent of its small van sales next year will be battery-electric versions, a figure that will rise to 15 percent by 2025.  Xavier Peugeot, the head of PSA’s light-commercial vehicle unit, said that the expected growth is a result of stricter emissions regulations, especially in urban areas, where small
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BEIJING — China could temporarily ease quotas designed to boost production of electric cars in an attempt to help automakers to revive sales badly bruised by the coronavirus pandemic. China has some of the world’s strictest rules regarding the production of fossil-fuel vehicles, as it battles unhealthy levels of air pollution in its crowded cities.
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FRANKFURT — Painted in Portimao Blue, the last BMW i8 rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Leipzig, Germany, earlier this month, ending the plug-in hybrid sports car’s production run after six years and 20,500 vehicles. The i8 was BMW’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, laying the foundation for the brand’s current
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PARIS — Renault’s incoming CEO Luca de Meo said he was conscious that the automaker faced many problems, but he is confident the group could end up becoming a positive turnaround story. De Meo, addressing investors at the firm’s annual shareholder meeting on Friday before taking up his new job on July 1, said he
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The vehicle that started the luxury-SUV segment in 1970, the Range Rover, is getting a special 50th-anniversary edition this year. Land Rover said Tuesday it will build just 1,970 Range Rover Fifty models for all of its global markets. The Range Rover Fifty will be available in standard or long wheelbase and with a 5.0-liter
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BEIJING/SHANGHAI — Geely Automobile Holdings said on Wednesday its board had approved a preliminary proposal for the possible issue of renminbi shares and a listing on mainland China’s Nasdaq-like STAR board. The Zhejiang-based automaker, whose parent is Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is currently listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group will pay a 48 percent premium to buy out the minority shareholders of premium division Audi, Audi said on Tuesday. VW Group, which already holds 99.64 percent of Audi, announced the squeeze-out plans in February. “Volkswagen AG announced and specified that it has set the cash settlement to be paid to
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