Mitsubishi gets a lot more European
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 15
| Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.|
Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn continues to fill key positions at the Japanese automaker with trusted executives from Nissan and its budget brand, Datsun.
Starting next month Frenchmen Vincent Cobee and Guillaume Cartier will join British national Trevor Mann on the senior management team at the automaker, which is still reeling from its mileage manipulation s ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 8
The two storage pockets seamlessly blend into the back seat area of the second-generation XC60, which Volvo debuted at the Geneva auto show this week.
Volvo's new XC60 debuts a storage space that is perfect for the iPad, which is ironic considering that the original idea for the clever solution pre-dates the popular Apple device by three years.
Volvo's Christina Leinonen, who is a senior program director, envisioned two thin, wide pockets under the back seats of a Volvo model a decade ago, her boss, Magnus Olsson, who is vice president of ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 8
Richard Johnson is print editor of Automotive News.
GENEVA -- For some reason, the lights always seem brighter at the Geneva auto show.
So much luminosity poured down on the Volkswagen Arteon from the Palexpo's high ceilings that you could hardly make out the contours of the car. You had to squint.
Some people are perfect in this kind of spotlight. The real stars just seem to shine brighter.
Like the Giugiaros.
Indeed, it would not be ...
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Opel buy boosts PSA in German, UK markets
Posted 2:30 am U.S. ET, March 7
Vauxhall is the No. 2 brand in the UK after Ford. (Reuters)
PSA Group's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors immediately hands it a valuable prize it didn't have before. PSA now has a sizeable share of Europe's two biggest car markets of Germany and the UK.
Buyers in the two markets don't buy cars from PSA's Peugeot and Citroen in any great volume. Last year in Germany, Europe's largest market, Peugeot was the 16th biggest brand and Citroen 18th. ...
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For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel
Posted 2:55 am U.S. ET, March 7
An Opel GT Concept 2016 on display ahead of the 2016 Geneva auto show. Without Opel, will GM forget why European cars are engineered so differently than vehicles designed for the United States and Asia? (BLOOMBERG)
The sale, if you can call it that, of General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Group will have wide-ranging effects on General Motors as an engineering organization. And some will be positive.
GM and PSA agreed Monday on a deal that sees the French company pay GM 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) for Opel and Vauxhall, but GM has to sink 3 billion euros into Opel/Vauxhall’s pens ...
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Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 7
At first glance the Velar (shown) seems to fill what Land Rover calls the “white space” between the compact Range Rover Evoque and the Sport. But it also could be the next Range Over Sport.
The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover’s luxury lineup. Is this an error, or a clue as how the British brand will reposition the next Range Rover Sport and other models?
At first glance the Velar seems to fill what Land Rover calls the “white space” between the compact Range Rover Evoque and the Sport. The Velar is built on the same m ...
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Why Ford stands by its 'One Ford' philosophy
Posted 6:33 am U.S. ET, March 7
Ford's Joe Bakaj: "An example of a great global product is the Focus RS, which we now sell in the U.S."
One argument for selling Opel to PSA is that General Motors' global engineering demands suddenly get a lot less complex.
What's more, GM's Detroit bosses say there's far less overlap between Europe and the rest of the world these days.
Well, Ford of Europe product development chief Joe Bakaj isn't commenting on GM's retreat from Europe, but he's adamant that Ford sees no reason to step away ...
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XC60 forced Volvo designer to 'break free'
Posted 5:00 am U.S. ET, March 7
Volvo chief designer Thomas Ingenlath says the new XC60 "is such a big step when it comes to the improvement of a winning concept."
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
Volvo chief designer Thomas Ingenlath knew that creating a successor for the Swedish brand’s best-selling XC60 would be challenging. He needed to preserve the features that convinced nearly 1 million people to buy the first-generation car while still pushing to reach a higher level.
“At some point you just have to break free,” he told me at the pre-unveiling of the new XC60 in S ...
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PSA Group's agreement to buy General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.
When you dissect the numbers, it appears evident that PSA CEO Carlos Tavares actually won terms that are much be ...