Automotive News Europe

Volvo will challenge Tesla, BMW i with stand-alone Polestar brand

June 21, 2017 07:40 CET

Volvo will challenge Tesla and BMW's i subbrand by turning its Polestar unit into a stand-alone brand for high-performance electrified models. The Swedish automaker has picked design chief Thomas Ingenlath to be CEO at Polestar.... Read More »

Uber CEO Kalanick quits under pressure from investors

June 21, 2017 10:32 CET

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-hailing service, ceding to investors' wishes that he step aside. Uber has been hit by scandals including allegations of sexual harassment and the use of "Greyball" software to bypass regulators.... Read More »

Kia says Stonic will be key conquest model

June 21, 2017 09:05 CET

Kia said its new Stonic will be a key conquest model for the brand in the booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment.... Read More »

Daimler begins construction of Mercedes plant in Russia

June 20, 2017 14:45 CET

Daimler has begun construction of a Mercedes plant in Russia. The factory will produce more than 20,000 Mercedes cars and SUVs a year.... Read More »

Automotive News Europe honors the 2017 Rising Stars winners

June 20, 2017 21:30 CET

Sixteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Ghosn sees Renault-Nissan passing VW, Toyota as global No. 1 this year

June 20, 2017 08:56 CET

Carlos Ghosn says the Renault-Nissan alliance, which added Mitsubishi last year, could soon pass VW Group and Toyota to become the best-selling global car company.... Read More »

UK car industry warns hard Brexit could permanently damage sector

June 20, 2017 11:23 CET

The UK's car industry has set out a list of Brexit demands to the British government, warning that a return to World Trade Organization rules following a possible departure from the single market could permanently damage the sector.... Read More »

Honda exec warns loss of EU customs union access could hit UK supply chains

June 20, 2017 12:06 CET

Honda's senior vice president in Europe, Ian Howells, says the UK's departure from the EU's customs union after Brexit would raise costs for small and medium-sized suppliers to such an extent that supply chains could seize up.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers strike over pay

June 20, 2017 11:46 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory have gone on strike to win a higher pay rise than the company has offered. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

Tata denies plan to list Jaguar Land Rover

June 20, 2017 09:34 CET

Tata Motors says it has no plans to list Jaguar Land Rover after Bloomberg reported that the company was considering an initial public offering of JLR.... Read More »

Continental joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye platform for self-driving cars

June 20, 2017 10:09 CET

Continental will join a self-driving platform developed by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye with the supplier handling integration of components and software. Continental said it would play a key role in commercializing the new platform, which is to be sold to other auto manufacturers.... Read More »

Citroen seeks global appeal with lineup renewal

June 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Citroen is thinking on a global scale as it embarks on a big renewal of its lineup, which started with the C3 subcompact hatchback last autumn and continues with the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross SUV/crossovers.... Read More »

Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China

June 19, 2017 10:46 CET

Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese company in his new role as design boss for German automotive engineering company Edag.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler denies it is pulling Chrysler brand from Japan

June 19, 2017 11:40 CET

Fiat Chrysler denied it has decided to pull its Chrysler brand out of Japan after the Nikkei reported the automaker was planning to stop selling the cars in the country as early as next year following years of poor sales.... Read More »

BMW 5-series plug-in hybrid will be built by Magna Steyr

June 19, 2017 14:40 CET

Magna International's Magna Steyr unit will build BMW's new 5-series plug-in hybrid at its Austrian factory. Magna sees contract manufacturing of electrified vehicles as a "near-term opportunity" as automakers invest heavily in fully-electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were too weak to compete with global giants. But in the past two years, several Chinese brands have snatched market share from foreign rivals.... Read More »

Europe's Vedecom, Israel's Karamba developing self-driving car

June 19, 2017 11:13 CET

European self-driving car company Vedecom and Israel's Karamba are partnering to develop fully autonomous cars that will be deployed for limited use in certain European cities within the coming year.... Read More »

2017 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Monika Mikac

June 19, 2017 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Startup is Monika Mikac, who is chief operating officer at Croatian electric vehicle maker Rimac Automobili.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to add 5,000 employees

June 18, 2017 08:51 CET

Jaguar Land Rover plans to add 5,000 employees including 1,000 electronic and software engineers as the auto industry adapts to develop autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.

10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2017

VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans.... Read More »

VW aims for top spot with bigger, roomier Polo

June 16, 2017 11:48 CET

Volkswagen unveiled its latest Polo, saying the car's bigger size, wide range of active safety equipment and clear design will help it outsell rivals in Europe's subcompact segment.... Read More »

VW brand chief sees new models driving profit and sales

June 16, 2017 14:12 CET

Volkswagen Group is making headway with efforts to raise profitability at its troubled core VW brand and expects strong business next year thanks to a raft of new models, the division's top executive, Herbert Diess, said.... Read More »

European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels

June 16, 2017 08:41 CET

European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sales increases. Winners included Toyota, Renault, VW and Fiat, while Opel's volume declined.... Read More »

Valeo will open a research center for artificial intelligence

June 16, 2017 16:26 CET

Valeo will open a research center for artificial intelligence and “deep learning” with the aim of developing technologies that can be applied to autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

EU ready to scrap tariffs on Japanese car parts in trade deal, paper says

June 16, 2017 09:47 CET

The EU will propose scrapping import tariffs on most Japanese car parts in trade negotiations, Nikkei reported. In return, the EU is pushing for Japan to cut or scrap import tariffs on some agricultural products.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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