Most dangerous A-roads targeted by new plan to cut 1,450 road casualties

Safety chiefs say Government’s £100 million scheme will dramatically cut road deaths and injuries over next 20 years

Road safety bosses are aiming to prevent around 1,450 deaths and serious injuries over the next 20 years thanks to a Government scheme aimed at improving the most dangerous A-roads in England.

The Department for Transport’s £100 million Safer Roads Fund will target 436 miles of road, improving 300 dangerous bends, 225 junctions and 135 pedestrian crossings. A further Continue reading “Most dangerous A-roads targeted by new plan to cut 1,450 road casualties”

First official images of the Skoda Kodiaq GT revealed

Skoda has released official images of its upcoming China-only BMW X4 rival – the Skoda Kodiaq GT.

Skoda is readying a new coupe shaped variant of the Kodiaq SUV called Kodiaq GT and it’s been officially revealed for the first time in these sketches.

A pre-production version of the GT was previously spied showing the telltale lower roofline of the coupe SUV model but our understanding is that there are currently no plans to sell this sportier version of the Kodiaq in the UK. Continue reading “First official images of the Skoda Kodiaq GT revealed”

German luxury brands face twin hurdles in USMCA and Brexit

October 16, 2018 06:01 CET

PARIS — President Donald Trump’s new North American trade pact may have brought greater planning certainty for global auto executives, but another front risks opening up as the UK prepares to leave the European Union early next year.

Both have the potential to redraw the map when it comes to the complex web of vehicle and component production. Carmakers such as Daimler are contemplating everything from sourcing more engines locally for its U.S. operations Continue reading “German luxury brands face twin hurdles in USMCA and Brexit”

Trump rhetoric unhelpful for tariff talks, says EU’s trade chief

October 16, 2018 09:51 CET

BERLIN — The EU’s trade chief said on Tuesday that some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was unhelpful while she was trying to make progress in tariff talks and said the bloc would have to respond if Washington imposed tariffs on EU cars.

The EU is trying to avert a tariff war with the U.S. and Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom stressed that the two sides were still only at an early stage in talks, working on issues such as how to cooperate on regulations. Continue reading “Trump rhetoric unhelpful for tariff talks, says EU’s trade chief”

Skoda names new compact the Scala

October 16, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda says it will rename its Rapid compact hatchback the Scala when the new model goes on sale next year. The car’s name comes from the Latin word for “ladder,” Skoda said in a statement.

The Scala was previewed as the Vision RS concept that was unveiled at the Paris auto show this month.

The name change signifies the step up Volkswagen Group’s Czech subsidiary has made with the new car, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier explained in the Continue reading “Skoda names new compact the Scala”

VW CEO says German automakers have only 50% chance of staying ahead

October 16, 2018 08:15 CET

FRANKFURT — Germany’s carmakers only have a 50 percent chance of remaining leading players in the auto industry unless they transform to meet new regulations and adapt their supply chains, Volkswagen CEO

Herbert Diess said on Tuesday.

The need to produce batteries and electric cars, rather than combustion engines, and the emergence of new geopolitical threats, is forcing automakers to accelerate deep-seated reforms that pose an existential threat to some Continue reading “VW CEO says German automakers have only 50% chance of staying ahead”

Opel faces recall of about 100,000 cars in diesel probe

October 15, 2018 13:17 CET
UPDATED: Oct 15 21:21 CET — adds Opel comment

FRANKFURT — Germany’s Transport Ministry said on Monday it would order the recall of about 100,000 Opel vehicles as part of a diesel-emissions probe. The announcement came after prosecutors searched the carmaker’s offices earlier in the day.

Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority found four software programs capable of altering vehicle emissions in 2015 and ordered Opel to implement a software update in cars to Continue reading “Opel faces recall of about 100,000 cars in diesel probe”

BMW, Northvolt, Umicore team up on battery recycling

October 15, 2018 13:38 CET

STOCKHOLM — BMW will team up with Northvolt, which is building Europe’s largest battery factory in Sweden, and Belgium’s Umicore to develop a process for electric car batteries to be recycled, the automaker said in a statement.

BMW had a funding investment of undisclosed size in the venture, the Swedish startup, which plans to build a factory in Sweden to produce 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity a year by 2023, said on Monday.

The Continue reading “BMW, Northvolt, Umicore team up on battery recycling”

Which countries are Europe’s EV leaders

October 13, 2018 06:01 CET

Europe’s automotive market is being electrified as EU regulators push automakers to add EVs to cut high CO2 emissions blamed for climate change and also reduce NOx pollutants that are choking cities such as Paris and London.

The speed with which electrified vehicles in European markets varies tremendously.

Germany, Europe’s biggest market is falling behind its EV goals while the UK, France, Italy and Spain are prioritizing electric vehicles and EV Continue reading “Which countries are Europe’s EV leaders”

Borgward losses spur majority stake sale by Foton

October 12, 2018 10:35 CET

China’s Beiqi Foton Motor plans to sell a 67 percent stake in Borgward as losses escalate at the German brand it revived four years ago escalate.

The move is intended to attract new Borgward investors, Shanghai-listed Foton said in a statement.

Borgward, once Germany’s third-largest automaker, was liquidated in 1961. Foton, a truck subsidiary of state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC Group, acquired the rights to the brand in 2014.

In the past two years, Continue reading “Borgward losses spur majority stake sale by Foton”