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Austrian Automotive Industry Headlines

First Lawsuit Filed Against Austrian VW Car Dealers

The first lawsuit has been filed against VW car dealers in Austria. The Austrian car owner has based his claim on misconception and demands a refund of his money, in return for the car. He bought a VW Touran in May 2014 for nearly EUR 32,000 (USD 0.034m). He had been convinced by the dealer’s talk about the Blue-Motion technology used in the car, allowing to reduce fuel use and emissions.

November 23, 2015

Palfinger Invests 15.3 Mln Euro in Bulgarian Plant

Austrian crane manufacturer Palfinger said it is investing 15.3m euros in the expansion of its plant in the town of Cherven Bryag, in northern Bulgaria.

November 6, 2015

Catharina Pappas Acquires Car Dealer Frey

Catharina Pappas with her company CP Auto GmbH has taken over Frey Autohaus GmbH in Salzburg. Pappas, which holds almost a half of Pappas Holding (among others, Mercedes and Jeep, as well as utility vehicles) thus now has four car dealerships with the BMW, Mini, Jaguar and Land Rover brands with branches in Salzburg, Hallwang, St. Veit im Pongau and Villach.

November 3, 2015

BMW Automotive Stands by Plans for Steyr Plant Development

German car maker BMW stands by its plan for a EUR 90 million (USD 99 million) expansion of diesel engine development plant in Steyr, Upper Austria, despite the VW scandal, the company's spokesman told the magazine trend.

October 26, 2015

Siemens to Keep Urban Transport Competence Centre in Vienna

Industrial giant Siemens will keep its competence centre for urban transport in Vienna, despite the plan to build another tram plant in Turkey by 2018, Siemens Austria said.

October 20, 2015

VW Scandal: Austrian Transport Ministry Recalls Affected Diesel Cars

Austria ordered diesel cars of German VW to be returned to garages for review in connection with the recent scandal related to tampering with emission norms, Transport Minister Alois Stöger announced.

October 15, 2015

City of Munich Orders More Trams from Siemens Austria

Munich has ordered more trams from Siemens Austria. Siemens is going to make 22 trams for EUR 70 million (USD 78 million) for the municipality. The city has also options to order another 124 tram units worth up to EUR 300 million.

October 2, 2015

General Motors Engine Production in Aspern to End in 2018

The Opel factory of General Motors (GM) in Vienna Aspern is going to halt the production of engines in 2018, but all jobs shall be maintained, it was agreed with the employee council, Salzburger Nachrichten (SN) daily reports. The GM did not want to confirm or comment the news though.

October 2, 2015

Austrian Industry: Sentiment Worse Than Ever

"The worries over the industry haven’t been that strong since I have been active. Also, the sentiment among companies is worse than everything I have experienced over the past two decades” Christoph Neumayer, general secretary of Industriellenvereinigung (IV) told journalists in Vienna.

October 1, 2015

Volkswagen Recalls 363.400 Vehicles in Austria

Automotive giant VW is recalling 11 million cars of various brands of the Volkswagen group in connection with the recent emission scandal, thereof 363.400 in Austria, the group announced.

September 30, 2015