Nick Gibbs

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Jaguar F-Pace teaser picture shows SUV's shape

UPDATED: Sep. 4 13:29 CET - Adds video
Jaguar's latest teaser picture of its F-Pace shows that the SUV/crossover has stayed faithful to the 2013 C-X17 concept. ...

Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari

Sept. 3, 2015 11:18 CET
Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand's iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus. ...

New Fiat 500, Italy's rebound poised to boost minicars

Aug. 10, 2015 06:01 CET
Italy's economic rebound and the arrival of the refreshed Fiat 500 will help pull European minicar sales out of a slump that caused the segment to drop to a five-year low ...

Honda positions HR-V as compact SUV to justify higher price

UPDATED: Aug. 11 11:45 CET - corrected
Honda is positioning and pricing its new HR-V in Europe to compete in the compact SUV segment, even though it is built on the same subcompact platform as the Jazz hatchba ...

AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. ...

Citroen CEO Jackson explains how quirky C4 Cactus is changing brand's 'spirit'

Aug. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen has sold 90,000 C4 Cactus models since its debut last year. ...

Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said. ...

Aston Martin looks at more than 10 sites for new factory

July 28, 2015 06:01 CET
Aston Martin is reviewing more than 10 sites in Europe, the U.S. and other global locations for a new factory to build its first crossover. ...

Infiniti Q30 will be powered by Mercedes engines

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Infiniti's Q30 compact car will be powered by two gasoline Mercedes engines, likely the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units used in the A-class compact car, a source said. ...

Land Rover Defender production to be extended

July 17, 2015 10:43 CET
Jaguar Land Rover could extend production of its current-generation Land Rover Defender in Solihull, England, into early next year as it mulls where to build the iconic S ...

Jaguar Land Rover criticizes new UK tax aimed at expensive cars

July 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover said premium automakers will be unfairly penalized by a new UK vehicle tax scheme that is expected to hit sales of large SUVs and big sedans. ...

Lotus plans roadster for U.S., CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Lotus Cars will add a roadster version of the Evora 400 six months after it launches the coupe in the U.S. in December this year, its CEO said. ...

VW's Seat brand puts brakes on sportiness to lure family buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12
VW's Spain-based Seat brand is no longer the “Spanish Alfa Romeo” after moving away from its sporty image, CEO Juergen Stackmann said. Nowadays, the marque ai ...

VW's Seat mulls China sales with new SUV

July 10, 2015 06:01 CET
VW's Seat brand could sell its forthcoming compact SUV in China in one of the few segments still posting growth in the world's largest auto market. ...

Small SUV sales forecast to nearly double in Europe's top markets

July 9, 2015 06:15 CET
Small SUV sales in Europe's five largest car markets are forecast to nearly double to 931,000 units by 2018, led by fast-rising demand in France, the UK and Italy, accord ...

Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3
Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong? ...

Citroen will drop hydropneumatic suspension

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen will stop selling cars equipped with its once-renowned hydropneumatic suspension system. ...

Citroen CEO sees positive changes for women in auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2
One year into her role as Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says she hasn't encountered any prejudice as a woman working a man's world. In fact, she says it's an advantage. ...

Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in ...

McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET
McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 b ...

Jaguar r&d chief shuns driverless cars; says customers aren't 'cargo'

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will never make a driverless car, r&d boss Wolfgang Epple said. “We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers t ...

Renault says new motor will cut EV losses

June 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault's losses on EV sales will be reduced after the automaker introduced a version of its Zoe electric car powered by a motor built in-house, a company executive said. ...

AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET
AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the countr ...

Citroen will boost C4 Cactus production, add new markets

June 22, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen will increase annual production of the C4 Cactus and expand sales outside Europe after the unconventionally designed compact model proved more popular than planne ...

Jaguar Land Rover CEO foresees continued struggles for EVs

June 19, 2015 06:01 CET
Car buyers continue to shun full-electric cars but that could change with the next generation of battery technology, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said. “Custome ...
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