Western Europe

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

 

Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market.... Read More »

 

Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant.... Read More »

 

Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. "I learned about homologation and the tax breaks for different engine displacements. I learned the hard way, and we built that product plan from the bottom up."... Read More »

 

UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said.... Read More »

 

Europe car sales rebound continues in October

Nov. 18, 2014 08:39 CET
European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as volume- and premium-brand leaders including VW and BMW recorded strong gains in key markets. Year-to-date deliveries increased by 6 percent to more than 11 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover's UK staff rejects pay deal

Nov. 13, 2014 15:46 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the Unite union says the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action.... Read More »

 

Ford's European sales up 8% on UK, Italy gains

Nov. 13, 2014 15:07 CET
Ford increased European car sales by 8 percent in October, its fifth straight monthly gain, as it benefited from double-digit growth in the UK and Italy. Overall 10-month sales also rose 8 percent.... Read More »

 

Hella shares rise 4% in stock market debut

Nov. 12, 2014 12:59 CET
Shares in German automotive lighting supplier Hella rose 4 percent during their stock market debut in Frankfurt.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to humanize autonomous driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. That's why experts already envision a world in which drivers pick the kind of self-driving experience they want.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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 total global market forecast to be 19.3 million, analysts LMC Automotive predicts.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Marelli helps optimize Alfa 4C's transmission

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Magneti Marelli supplies the Alfa Romeo 4C roadster with the technology that helps optimize the performance of its six-speed dual-clutch transmission.... Read More »

 

VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Suzuki seeks BMW-like success -- on the seas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Suzuki is trying to emulate BMW's and Volvo's success on the seas by associating its brand with one of the world's most famous sailboat races. Partnering with Route du Rhum can only help Suzuki boost its small presence in Europe... Read More »

 

Europe's auto recovery continues without France

Nov. 6, 2014 12:24 CET
Western European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as demand picked up in all major markets except France. Registrations increased despite deepening uncertainties over the region's economic outlook.... Read More »

 

UK car sales boosted by cheap credit, but growth forecast to slow

Nov. 6, 2014 12:47 CET
UK car sales in October rose 14 percent but will likely slow as consumers brace for a rise in interest rates next year. Total new registrations are heading toward 2.46 million for this year, a return to pre-recession levels.... Read More »

 

Mercedes worst manipulator of EU fuel-economy test, report says

Nov. 6, 2014 12:04 CET
Mercedes is the worst offender in manipulating European fuel-efficiency tests, a move that costs the average car owner thousands of euros over the lifetime of a vehicle, green lobby group T&E said in a report.... Read More »

 

Spain will extend scrappage program to lift car sales

Nov. 5, 2014 13:59 CET
Spain will extend a subsidy program for the acquisition of new cars to the end of the year. The country has been hit hard by a near six year economic downturn but scrappage subsidies have helped to lift car sales.... Read More »

 

German car sales rise 4% in October, boosted by demand from business customers

Nov. 4, 2014 16:33 CET
Car sales in Germany rose 4 percent in October, extending the increase seen so far this year in Europe's largest auto market despite a weakening domestic economy.... Read More »

 

Italy car sales increase 9% in October

Nov. 3, 2014 18:16 CET
New-car sales in Italy rose 9 percent in October. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' share of the market dropped slightly.... Read More »

 

Spain sales rise for 14th month in a row

Nov. 3, 2014 12:50 CET
Spain's new-car sales rose 26 percent in October -- the country's 14th consecutive month of growth -- as a government subsidy program continued to stimulate demand. The subsidy program was extended for the sixth time in June.... Read More »

 

French sales dip 4% on economic gloom

Nov. 3, 2014 10:44 CET
French car sales fell 4 percent in October as consumers put off big purchases amid weakening economic confidence. The CCFA industry body says it will review its 2 percent full-year growth forecast.... Read More »

 

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