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BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW’s Vorstand, or supervisory board, announced the appointment of Oliver Zipse to the position of chief executive officer.
The appointment is effective on August 16, 2019, the Munich-based automaker said following a meeting of the Vorstand in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW has a plant. Mr. Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, who in July told the Vorstand he would not seek a second term of office.
Oliver Zipse is “a decisive strategic …

Hertz to Accept Debit Cards in Europe

Hertz to Accept Debit Cards in Europe

Hertz Europe announced that its Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty rental-car locations in Europe will now accept debit cards in addition to credit cards.
The list of countries where debit cards are now accepted includes Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Hertz said that the reason for the change was because many customers don’t have credit cards.
“A significant number of people do not have …

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the plant’s museum.
The original Beetle, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, was suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler …

Euro Heat Wave Report: France Experiences Hottest Day in its History

Euro Heat Wave Report: France Experiences Hottest Day in its History

As Europe’s June heat wave drew to a close, Villevielle, a small town in France on Friday reported the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature, 113.2° F (45.1° C). Just a few hours later, that record was surpassed by the temperature in Gallargues-le-Monteueux, which reached 114.6° F (45.9° C).
Meanwhile, Germany recorded a new high temperature for June, just days after the early heat wave toppled a 72-year-old record.
The Deutscher Wetterdienst reported that …

Extreme European Heat Wave Sets Records: ‘Hell is Coming’

Extreme European Heat Wave Sets Records: ‘Hell is Coming’

A heat wave in much of Europe is causing record temperatures in multiple countries.
“El infierno,” which translates to hell, “is coming,” a Spanish meteorologist said on Twitter.
France, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic logged record highs and the extreme heat is forecast to continue for the remainder of the week. Large swaths of western and central Europe have seen temperatures that neared or surpassed 100° F (37.8° C).
Germany recorded its …

Europe Awaits Record-Breaking Heat Wave

Europe Awaits Record-Breaking Heat Wave

Much of Europe will feel the effects of a major heat wave next week, forecasters warned.
The intense heat will first reach Spain over the weekend before continuing into France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Czechia. The continent will see high temperatures of 100° F (38° C) by the middle of the week.
The elevated temperatures, while still a rarity for the Continent, are particularly unusual for the month of June.
The Deutscher …

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW Z4, Mercedes-AMG GT, Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-door coupe, Porsche 718 Boxster, Porsche Macan S, and Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. All of …