Western Europe

Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. With prices starting at $18,990, including shipping, the first Italian-made Jeep should help the brand thrive in the competitive subcompact market.... Read More »

 

Honda axes Accord in Europe

Jan. 23, 2015 16:33 CET
Honda will end sales of the Accord midsize sedan in Europe after the car failed to make headway against German rivals.... Read More »

 

GM sees Europe turnaround on track even if local economy isn't

Jan. 23, 2015 10:34 CET
General Motors' efforts to restore European operations to profitability are on track even as the region's economy fails to revive, GM President Dan Ammann said. However, Russia is big "wild card," he said.... Read More »

 

UK 2014 car production rises to highest since 2007

Jan. 23, 2015 09:48 CET
UK car production rose to its highest level since 2007 last year, up 1 percent to 1.53 million cars. The UK is a major center for manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and GM.... Read More »

 

Ghosn lifts European car market forecast on eurozone stimulus plan

Jan. 22, 2015 22:41 CET
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn upgraded his European car market growth forecast after the European Central Bank unveiled a bond purchase program to boost the continent's flagging economy. Ghosn now expects Europe's auto market to grow by at least 2 percent in 2015.... Read More »

 

Daimler offers 'currency rebate' on Mercedes, Smart cars in Switzerland

Jan. 20, 2015 13:26 CET
Daimler is cutting Mercedes and Smart car prices in Switzerland after the central bank's surprise abandonment of a minimum exchange rate caused the franc to surge versus the euro.... Read More »

 

Ford will launch new Galaxy minivan as brand pushes upscale in Europe

Jan. 19, 2015 11:28 CET
Ford of Europe will start sales of its new-generation Galaxy large minivan this year as part of a wider product offensive that includes the launches of its Vignale upscale trim line and new Mustang sports car.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. off-road brand says it is considering partnering with the event this year after gaining “positive feedback” at last year's show in December.... Read More »

 

Europe 2014 sales rise on low-cost brands shift

Jan. 16, 2015 10:14 CET
European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years, thanks to government incentives, tax breaks and a consumer shift to cheaper brands such as Dacia and Skoda.... Read More »

 

Ford will raise German production as demand rebounds

Jan. 16, 2015 12:34 CET
Ford will increase production of its Fiesta and three other models in Germany to meet growing demand in some of the region's key markets.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Crossover craze takes hold in Europe

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
SUVs and crossovers will feature heavily in the launch of new models in Europe this year. Audi, VW, Renault and Fiat are among carmakers planning to launch updated or new models in this hotly contested segment.... Read More »

 

Opel prices new Karl to win former Chevrolet customers

Jan. 15, 2015 11:31 CET
Opel said its new Karl minicar will cost 9,500 euros in Germany. The Karl will offer safety and driver systems not common in the segment including lane departure warning, Opel said.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

European sales of compact cars forecast to dip after strong 2014

Jan. 14, 2015 06:01 CET
Europe's volume compact segment may become a victim of its own success this year as compact car sales, which were on track to reach nearly 3 million in 2014, are forecast to dip below 2.9 million on a lack of new volume models in 2015.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

12:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker's 80-year history.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

12:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker's 80-year history.... Read More »

 

Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET
Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work.... Read More »

 

Vandalized Toyotas stall car-sharing program in France

Jan. 11, 2015 06:01 CET
Toyota's electric car-sharing experiment in Grenoble, France, hit problems after several of the carmaker's i-Road vehicles were vandalized. The difficult start illustrates some of the challenges automakers face as they enter the electric-car market, where local support for infrastructure is key.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla seeks solutions in 'fragmented' Europe

Jan. 9, 2015 06:01 CET
Tesla expects Europe to play a big part in its bid to hit production targets by the end of 2015, but the region presents unique challenges, as the electric carmaker's global sales boss, Jerome Guillen, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

ZF provides Maserati Quattroporte with leaner, smarter transmission

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
ZF supplies the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte's eight-speed automatic transmission, which is 4kg lighter than the six-speed transmission used in the car's predecessor.... Read More »

 

Renault, PSA halt production as France falls silent for terror victims

Jan. 8, 2015 20:51 CET
Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen stopped production lines during a nationwide minute's silence in remembrance of the victims of a terror attack on a Paris-based newspaper.... Read More »

 

W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015

Jan. 8, 2015 13:21 CET
New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but growth will slow this year, according to forecasters LMC Automotive. The region's car sales grew thanks to a strong UK market and rebounds in Germany, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

 

Opel's Europe sales rise 3% in 2014

Jan. 7, 2015 12:25 CET
Opel/Vauxhall sales rose 3 percent in Europe last year, boosting market share for GM's European unit by 0.1 percentage points to 5.74 percent. The carmaker plans to launch new models this year including the Karl entry-level minicar.... Read More »

 

PSA will move out of Paris headquarters

Jan. 7, 2015 14:26 CET
PSA will move out of its Paris headquarters in 2017 to a location in the city's suburbs as part of a cost-cutting drive under its new part-Chinese ownership structure.... Read More »

 

UK new-car sales increase 9% in 2014 to 10-year high

Jan. 7, 2015 10:58 CET
UK new-car sales rose 9 percent last year to hit their highest level in 10 years at 2.47 million, cementing the UK's place as Europe's second-largest car market after Germany, industry body SMMT said.... Read More »

 

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