Nick Gibbs

UK-based correspondent for Automotive News Europe

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SW16 5PE London
E-Mail: ngibbs@crain.com

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Recent articles
In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21
Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there. ...


AvtoVAZ blames supplier woes for Lada's loss of No. 1 spot
Dec. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
AvtoVAZ blamed supplier problems for Ladas failure to have the No. 1-selling car in Russia last month after the Kia Rio outsold the Lada Granta. ...


Nissan offers rare peek into battery making
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 elect ...


Nissan doubles output at Russian plant
Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan is boosting production in Russia as the collapse in the ruble hits its profits. The company started production of its X-Trail SUV at its St. Petersburg factory thi ...


VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth
Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers ad ...


Honda counts on new models to help end Europe woes
Dec. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda says new models and a leaner organization will help it rebound in Europe in 2015 after seven years of falling sales. ...


Europe's retailers shrank less than car sales, report says
Dec. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's dealer network has contracted less than the market since the start of the last economic crisis, a report says. ...


Aston Martin's next Bond car hints at future design
Dec. 5, 2014 11:49 CET
Aston Martin says that James Bond's next car also previews the brand's new look. ...


Ford will add Fiesta output in Russia as Focus slides
Dec. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford will build the Fiesta subcompact in Russia next year as it scrambles to replace sales lost by collapsing demand for its Focus compact. ...


Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese
Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and ...


Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China
6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers. ...


Bentley unveils potential range-topping convertible to take on Rolls-Royce
Nov. 19, 2014 13:16 CET
The Bentley Grand Convertible concept previews a possible production car to take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Grand Convertible would be Bentley's most ...


Car2Go poised to top 1-million users
Nov. 13, 2014 10:19 CET
Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing unit will have more than 1 million registered users by the end of the year, a company executive said, up from 900,000 now. ...


Supplier competition intensifies for infotainment software
Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The battle for the dashboard will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems in a western Eur ...


Tesla, BMW, Nissan help boost EV sales in Europe
Nov. 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Helped by new entries such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe may rise to 150,000 with a "high scenario" of 250,000 by 2020 in a tota ...


How Renault is cutting costs through more synergies with Nissan
Nov. 10, 2014 06:15 CET
Thierry Bollore has the task of boosting synergies with alliance partner Nissan in his role as chief competitive officer and joint No. 2 at Renault. ...


Nissan touts Pulsar's roominess
Nov. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan believes the sizeable rear-seat space of its new Pulsar compact hatchback will be the car's biggest selling point. The Pulsar is the same length as its rivals but ...


Mitsubishi mulls Renault-Nissan based compact for Europe
Nov. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
A new Mitsubishi compact based on a Renault-Nissan platform could be sold in Europe, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said. The automaker's current compact for Europe, the Lan ...


New CO2 rules may benefit car design
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6
Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugly side mirrors and other design changes on cars. ...


Lotus boss will add dealers, cut costs to return struggling brand to profit
Nov. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has launched a cost-cutting plan at the money-losing automaker that will include axing over a quarter of employees. The former No. 2 at PSA ...


Mercedes G-Code concept previews Audi Q1 rival, reports say
Nov. 4, 2014 14:20 CET
Mercedes unveiled the G-Code concept at the opening of its new product engineering center in Beijing. Reports say the design could preview the look of a subcompact SUV to ...


Infotainment software is center of attention
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
The battle for the center stack will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems. ...


JLR picks Discovery Sport to lead Brazil output
Oct. 29, 2014 16:00 CET
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model Jaguar Land Rover produces at its new plant in Brazil, the automaker said. Output will begin in 2016. ...


Mazda readies CX-3 for Europe's hot small SUV segment
Oct. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda will join Europe's hot subcompact SUV segment early next year with the CX-3, a company spokesman said. Mazda will sell more than 25,000 CX-3s in Europe next year, a ...


Hyundai Europe to add ix25 small SUV, source says
Oct. 28, 2014 15:36 CET
Hyundai will sell a version of the ix25 subcompact SUV in Europe and the U.S. starting in 2017, a company source told Automotive News Europe. ...


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