France’s top administrative court has overturned the French government’s decision last year to ban the sale of certain Mercedes vehicles in a dispute over air conditioning refrigerant. Monday’s decision by France’s Conseil d’Etat cements the temporary injunction it granted in August to end a two-month freeze on sales of the German carmaker’s A-class, B-class, CLA and SL models after parent Daimler refused to stop using the R134a refrigerant that is being phased out by the EU.
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has decided to turn Alfa Romeo into a stand-alone company — like Maserati and Ferrari — as part of his latest plan to revive the struggling brand, people familiar with the matter told Automotive News Europe.
European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound boosted demand at automakers including Renault, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen.
BMW is recalling 489,000 vehicles worldwide due to a possible engine-bolt defect, widening a repair program that was initiated in China. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the fault in some six-cylinder engines, said Bernhard Santer, a BMW spokesman.
Russia’s falling ruble, shrinking car demand and threat of additional economic sanctions are hitting automakers such as Ford and General Motors’ Opel division just as their European operations are recovering from a six-year slump.
Toyota Motor Corp. this week issued a massive recall of 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for a range of glitches, from faulty airbags and seat rails to defective windshield wipers. The action covers five separate recalls, affecting about 2.34 million vehicles in North America and 810,000 in Europe.
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