Nick Gibbs

UK-based correspondent for Automotive News Europe

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SW16 5PE London
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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. ...


Jaguar prices XE's volume version above BMW 3 series
Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 27 12:13 CET - Adds details from Jaguar
The Jaguar XE's likely best-selling model, the XE 2. ...


Hyundai Europe mulls i20 subcompact wagon
Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 27 14:10 -- Corrects competitor models
Hyundai says it is considering adding new body styles for the i20 subcompact that could include a station wagon to compete against cars such as wagon variants of the Skod ...


Renault sees frugal Eolab concept matching Clio's price
Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault could sell the Eolab ultra fuel-efficient concept for a similar price to a diesel-powered Clio, if it decided to build the car, said Thierry Bollore, the company' ...


GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory
Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop. ...


Land Rover production will continue to boom in UK despite new China plant
Oct. 23, 2014 09:39 CET
Range Rover Evoque production in China will not reduce output at the UK factory where the SUV is also built. The Evoque is the first model produced in Jaguar Land Rover's ...


Lotus names Carr as new design chief
Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. ...


Land Rover will build Discovery Sport as second model in China plant
Oct. 20, 2014 12:49 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will build the Discovery Sport midsize SUV as a second model in its new China factory after the Range Rover Evoque. The Discovery Sport is based on the ...


Jaguar Land Rover is in talks for U.S. plant, report says
Oct. 20, 2014 13:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with several southern U.S. states about building a factory that would eventually produce 200,000 vehicles a year, a UK newspaper reported. J ...


Renault's China vehicle sales could reach 800,000 a year, Ghosn says
Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. ...


Ford may join VW in selling plug-in hybrids in Europe
Oct. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford may join rival Volkswagen by introducing plug-in hybrid models in Europe. Ford already sells plug-in versions of its Fusion and C-Max in the U.S., but the company ha ...


Honda says it's committed to hybrids in Europe
Oct. 15, 2014 11:10 CET
Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid l ...


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