Nick Gibbs

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Recent articles

German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22
German automakers and suppliers fear that America's audacious tech companies are grabbing the initiative within the auto industry as cars become more about software and s ...

Emissions harmony, finally?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16
As the next head of global engineering group FISITA, GM powertrain boss Dan Nicholson wants to push for emissions regulation harmonization while the topic is high on gove ...

Renegade success lifts Jeep's hopes for new crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9
The success of the Jeep Renegade has increased sales expectations of a larger crossover due next year, a senior executive with the brand said. ...

Infiniti flagship plug-in hybrid in the works to battle S class

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9
Infiniti has begun development of a flagship plug-in hybrid, a source within the premium brand's parent company Nissan said. ...

Tougher EU emissions tests likely to hit sales of smaller diesels

Oct. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
Tougher pollution controls for diesel cars in Europe will hit sales of smaller models, analysts say. ...

Tough tasks ahead for new Skoda chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23
New Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier inherits a brand in good shape but he must deal with cooling China and Russia markets, and address the problem of Skodas fitted with VW Group ...

Aston Martin wins Chinese investment for Rapide electric sports car

Oct. 21, 2015 15:50 CET
Aston Martin has signed a deal worth 50 million pounds ($77.2 million) with a Chinese investor to build an electric version of its Rapide four-door sedan. ...

Ford names new Europe manufacturing boss

Oct. 20, 2015 18:01 CET
Ford promoted company veteran Linda Cash to lead its European manufacturing operations in a management reshuffle that will also see its European sales boss, Peter Fleet, ...

Bentley's diesel crossover will get e-charging boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Bentley will use electrically boosted turbocharging to lift power in the forthcoming diesel version of its Bentayga luxury crossover, a lead engineer in the company confi ...

How digital prototyping is cutting development time and costs for new models

Oct. 17, 2015 06:01 CET
The move to “digital prototyping” has helped reduce the development time of a new model to 24 months from 36 months, resulting in lower costs and a fresher pr ...

Nissan will stay out of Europe's growing minicar segment

Oct. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Nissan has no plans to sell in Europe a minicar based on the Kwid, which has just been launched by alliance partner Renault in India. ...

How Andy Palmer is rebooting Aston Martin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is streamlining outdated development practices inherited from Ford as part of a long-overdue reboot of the supercar maker. ...

How Andy Palmer is rebooting Aston Martin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is streamlining outdated development practices inherited from Ford as part of a long-overdue reboot of the supercar maker. ...

Audi CEO Stadler remains bullish on China

Oct. 14, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says China's car sales slowdown is temporary and believes that volumes will start increasing again soon. ...

Europe's dealer groups adopt U.S. model to better handle downturns

Oct. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Dealer groups in Germany and the Nordic countries are starting to adopt the same centralized U.S. model that has helped make large auto retailers in the UK so resilient t ...

Wagons give lift to Europe's severely weakened volume midsize segment

Oct. 12, 2015 06:01 CET
The VW Passat and Ford Mondeo wagons are helping to stabilize sales in Europe's volume midsize segment which is being hit by stronger competition from SUVs and premium mi ...

Jaguar's leaner XF takes aim at BMW 5 series

Oct. 9, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar has its sights on the BMW 5 series with its new lighter, smaller XF sedan, which it says is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment. ...

Range Rover plans limited run of Evoque cabrios

Oct. 9, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans a limited run of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which will debut at the Los Angeles auto show next month and go on sale next spring. ...

So long side mirrors, hello cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8
Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras ...

Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's rebound

Oct. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
New Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley is bullish about the brand's chances of making a profit again soon despite a huge slump in Russia, where the automaker has invested hea ...

Design differentiation tricky for luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Premium brands have some of the narrowest design differentiation between their models, often to the point they're hard to tell apart on the road. Audi is a good case in p ...

Why VW needed to cheat on emissions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
The problem for VW was that cutting NOx is expensive. ...

Chinese automakers MG, Great Wall, Qoros will use SUVs to challenge in Europe

Sept. 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Chinese automakers hope to revive their European sales ambitions by targeting the region's booming SUV market. ...

Infiniti plans a pair of small crossovers in next 2 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Infiniti will significantly strengthen its underperforming compact crossover lineup with two new models arriving within the next two years. ...

Why Infiniti will offer Q30 with different heights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18
Infiniti will offer its new Q30 compact with two different ride heights: the Premium and SE versions of the five-door hatchback are 20mm taller than the Sport model. But ...
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