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Carmakers to build Europe network of e-charging stations

Frankfurt Am Main - German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi and US competitor Ford said on Tuesday they would cooperate on a Europe-wide network of electric charging stations.

Daimler removes China executive over 'racist rant'

Bejing - German auto giant Daimler said Tuesday it removed a top executive of its China trucks and buses unit, after his allegedly racist remarks in a parking row became national news.

Five things to know about VW's 'dieselgate' scandal

Frankfurt - It has been 14 months since Volkswagen admitted to fitting millions of cars with cheating software to dupe emissions tests, plunging the German auto giant into one of the biggest scandals ever to hit the industry.

Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs in huge post-dieselgate revamp

Frankfurt Am Main - Volkswagen on Friday announced the biggest revamp in its history, cutting 30,000 jobs in a huge savings plan to help the German auto giant recover from the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal.

German prosecutors extend 'dieselgate' probe to VW chairman

Frankfurt - German prosecutors probing whether Volkswagen executives manipulated the markets in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal have widened their investigation to include the chairman of the group's supervisory board, the auto giant said Sunday.

Judge gives final approval in Volkswagen emissions settlement

San Francisco - A US judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

VW working hard to get through 'dieselgate'

Paris - Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller said Wednesday that the troubled German automaker is using "all available resources" to work its way through the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal which has engulfed it.

Truck with Takata airbag parts explodes, kills US woman

Toukyo - A woman has been killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball on a US highway, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

BMW powers through second quarter towards record year

Frankfurt - A favourable world auto market helped German carmaker BMW to post profits 11 percent higher in the second quarter than the same period last year, results released on Tuesday showed.The Munich-based firm said that it had made 1.95 billion euros ($2.

Connected, self-drive cars pose serious new security challenges

Detroit - In a world where motor vehicles can be weapons and cars increasingly depend on internal computers and internet connections, automakers are under increasing pressure to find ways to guard against cyber-attacks.

French carmaker to build Citroens in Iran

Paris - French automaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) said Thursday it had signed a preliminary agreement on creating a joint venture that plans to invest more than 300 million euros ($330 million) to build and sell Citroen vehicles in Iran.

Paris bans old cars from streets in pollution crackdown

Paris - Paris cracked down Friday on ageing polluting cars, with vehicles registered before 1997 no longer allowed on the streets from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays.

Fiat Chrysler suspected of emissions cheating: Report

Berlin - German regulators suspect that Italian-American auto maker Fiat Chrysler, like Volkswagen, used illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, a newspaper report said Sunday.

Honda says recalling millions more cars with Takata airbags

Toukyo - Honda said Friday it would recall millions more cars equipped with airbags made by crisis-hit supplier Takata, in a widening of a scandal that has already led to the biggest auto recall in US history.

Two more Takata-linked airbag deaths in Malaysia: Honda

Kuala Lumpur - Two people have died in Malaysia after airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata exploded, carmaker Honda announced, raising the global toll to 13 in a scandal that has led to the biggest auto recall in US history.

Mitsubishi Motors fuel-cheating scandal widens on fresh admission

Toukyo - Japan's Mitsubishi Motors said Tuesday it has been using dodgy fuel-efficiency testing for 25 years and admitted it has no idea of the scale of the cheating that has plunged it into crisis.

More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

Berlin - Major names in the auto industry found themselves caught in headlights of a global engine-rigging scandal on Friday as Volkswagen booked one of the biggest losses in its history over the scam.As VW announced it was setting aside 16.

German automakers to recall 630,000 cars after emissions probe

Berlin - Around 630,000 Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen cars are to be recalled in Europe owing to irregularities in their emission of pollutants, a German government source told AFP on Friday.

Fuel-cheating scandal wipes $2.5 bn off Mitsubishi stock

Toukyo - Mitsubishi Motors shares nosedived again Thursday as panic selling wiped about $2.5 billion off the automaker's market value in response to its shock admission that it cheated on fuel-efficiency tests.

Fuel-cheating scandal wipes $2.5 bn off Mitsubishi stock

Toukyo - Mitsubishi Motors shares nosedived again Thursday as panic selling wiped about $2.5 billion off the automaker's market value in response to its shock admission that it cheated on fuel-efficiency tests.

Fuel-cheating scandal wipes $2.5 bn off Mitsubishi stock

Toukyo - Mitsubishi Motors shares nosedived again Thursday as panic selling wiped about $2.5 billion off the automaker's market value in response to its shock admission that it cheated on fuel-efficiency tests.

Automaker Mitsubishi admits falsifying fuel-efficiency tests

Toukyo - Japanese automaker Mitsubishi on Wednesday admitted it falsified fuel-efficiency tests in more than 600,000 vehicles, after reports of misconduct sent its Tokyo-listed shares crashing.

US teen latest victim in exploding Takata airbag deaths

Washington - Honda has confirmed another death involving a Takata airbag, bringing the global total to 11 fatalities in a scandal that has set off the biggest auto recall in US history.

Tesla Motors unveils Model 3 — Electric cars for ordinary buyers

Hawthorne - Thousands of people lined up outside Tesla Motors dealerships across the country Thursday as its lower-priced Model 3 went on sale for the first time.

Volkswagen says CEO got diesel snag warning as early as May 2014

Frankfurt - Volkswagen's former chief executive may have been warned as early as May 2014 of possible anomalies dogging its diesel engines, 16 months before the scandal erupted worldwide, the company admitted.

Performance and power to mark new models at Geneva motor show

Ginebra - From ultra-luxury sports cars to 4x4 urban conquerors, the Geneva International Motor Show opens Tuesday as gas guzzlers see their popularity rebound during the oil price slide.

Record 32-million-euro auction sale for 1957 Ferrari

Paris - A legendary 1950s Ferrari has fetched a world record 32 million euros ($35 million) at auction, going under the hammer in Paris.

Paris entrepreneur's 2CV tours to go electric

Paris - The humble "Deux Chevaux", once ubiquitous in the French countryside, chugging down tree-lined roads -- cue accordion music -- is now more of a curiosity than a cheap and cheerful runabout.

Sweden opens fraud investigation against Volkswagen

Stockholm - Sweden's anti-corruption prosecutor announced Tuesday the opening of an "aggravated fraud" investigation against German automaker Volkswagen, which has acknowledged rigging its vehicles for environmental emissions tests.

VW scandal overshadows exuberant Detroit auto show

Detroit - The Volkswagen pollution-cheating scandal overshadowed an otherwise exuberant mood as the Detroit auto show opened Monday amid record US sales.
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