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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40
Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Sept. 21
Kettle says his XC40 drawing succeeded because he didn't create a scaled-down version of Volvo's bigger SUVs.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
With the XC40 Volvo achieved a rare feat because the SUV's look is the same as the day it was first drawn.
“We were convinced we had something in our hands with this car,” Volvo Chief Design Officer Thomas Ingenlath said of the day four years ago he saw that early image of the car.
“We took it from a tiny sketch to this,” he added at a press event ahead of the compact SUV ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers
Posted 3:00 am U.S. ET, Sept. 19
| Peter Sigal is a France-based correspondent with Automotive News Europe.|
FRANKFURT -- These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry.
Fallout from the VW Group emissions scandal continues to weigh on consumer confidence, and has placed executives in the uncomfortable position of defendants.
Antitrust regulators are investigating accusations that automakers secretly discussed parts, suppliers and standards and even Chancellor Angela Merkel, a s ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales
Posted 8:49 am U.S. ET, Sept. 15
Ghosn said that most of the alliance's growth will come from emerging economies. (Reuters)
PARIS -- Carlos Ghosn has always been careful to say that the success of the Renault-Nissan alliance should be measured in synergies among the partners, not sales growth.
Even so, Ghosn said last Friday that the alliance that he chairs, which now includes Mitsubishi, would be selling 14 million vehicles annually by 2022, a 33 percent increase over this year. The alliance was the world's No. 1 aut ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'
Posted 1:01 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 13
Chris Bangle at a presentation of the lalest BMW 7 Series in Moscow's Red Square in July 2008. (BMW)
FRANKFURT -- Chris Bangle is back!
Back at the Frankfurt auto show. Back in the car business. Back in the groove.
The famed former BMW boy wonder who talks really, really fast, but perhaps not as fast as he thinks, pointedly avoided automotive clients at Chris Bangle Associates, the consultancy he formed in 2009 after 17 years as BMW Group's chief of design.
Operating in a small town in Italy, ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?
Posted 5:49 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 12
BMW's Z4 electric concept at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday. (BLOOMBERG)
FRANKFURT -- After the electric parade that was the 2009 Frankfurt auto show (where the term "electrification" became a household word, believe it or not ) the EV dream flickered and appeared to die.
With its legion of battery electric and plug-in hybrid concepts, this show eight years ago was a sign of things not to come.
So what happened around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world rec ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 12
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so loath to embrace electric cars until now, years after Elon Musk founded Tesla and Carlos Ghosn pushed electrification at Nissan and Renault.
The German automaker on Monday acknowledged that a roll out of EVs, even those with its iconic three-pointed star on the hood, will cannibalize sales from the ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 11
Zetsche, left, and Ghosn will not have a joint press conference to discuss their alliance with reporters this year.
The "Carlos and Dieter Show" will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show, which could be a sign of trouble.
Hearing Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche update the progress of their strategic alliance has been a highlight of Europe's big autumn car show since 2011.
Whether the show took place in Paris or Frankfurt, you could count on Ghosn and Zetsche's new ...
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Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 9
| Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.|
How things have changed. At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was the unchallenged CEO of Volkswagen Group and General Motors was boldly predicting that its chronic money-loser Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable.
Neither Winterkorn nor GM will be in the Frankfurt spotlight this year.
Today, Winterkorn’s name only comes up in relation to ongoing litigation relat ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 9
The Jaguar I-Pace concept.
Jaguar Land Rover said on Thursday that it will offer electrified variants of all its new models starting 2020. Curiously, the company is not following up the announcement by unveiling the production version of Jaguar's first battery-powered vehicle, the I-Pace crossover, at the Frankfurt auto show.
The car's absence looks like a missed opportunity.
Jaguar will be the first of the premium Europe ...
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Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 9
The Mercedes Project One road car will have the same engine that Mercedes uses in its F1 racer.
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill his promise to transfer his company’s Formula One technology to a road-ready vehicle.
It’s taken 60 years to see this happen, but the Mercedes-AMG Project One supercar, which will debut at the Frankfurt auto show, appears to be the closest thing to a F1 racecar that money can buy.
Racing business insiders tell me the produ ...
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The Level 3 autonomous driving technology in the new Audi A8, which will be on display at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show, has some interesting highlights. That was my takeaway after getting an in-depth look at how Traffic Jam Pilot works.
First of all, it only functions on two-lane highways separated from oncoming traffic by some physical barrier. When the car’s brain, the zFAS motherboar ...