Automotive News Europe

Audi fires 4 engineers from diesel division

Feb. 20, 2017 14:40 CET

Audi, which has been caught up in parent VW Group's emissions-cheating scandal, has fired four engineers from its diesel division. The dismissed engineers include the automaker's engine development chief and a former head of emissions in the U.S., a report said.... Read More »

VW, unions make headway in talks over turnaround plan

Feb. 20, 2017 17:12 CET

VW's labor bosses and top executives are making headway in talks to resolve a dispute over the implementation of a turnaround plan. Labor leaders earlier this month halted cooperation with management on issues including overtime work and accused executives of trying to squeeze greater savings than previously agreed.... Read More »

UK union fears grow over future of GM's Vauxhall plants, report says

Feb. 20, 2017 14:34 CET

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares will meet union chiefs amid growing concerns over the future of Vauxhall plants if the French automaker buys the business from GM, Reuters reported. German media reports suggested PSA will continue production at Opel's German sites, adding to concern in the UK about Vauxhall.... Read More »

China's Geely to bid for Lotus owner Proton, report says

Feb. 20, 2017 15:05 CET

Chinese automaker Geely is expected to bid as early as this week for a strategic partnership with Malaysian carmaker Proton, owner of the UK sports-car maker Lotus, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Ford's big Russia gamble pays off as sales finally rise

Feb. 20, 2017 10:06 CET

Ford has become the first major foreign automaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously volatile market after rival GM decided to quit.... Read More »

VW Group sales rise 5% in January despite China, Brazil losses

Feb. 20, 2017 12:26 CET

VW Group's global vehicle sales rose 5 percent last month as growth in Europe and the U.S. helped offset steep declines in China and Brazil.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.... Read More »

PSA may vow to maintain Opel sites as CEO Tavares tours for support

Feb. 19, 2017 14:15 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares will meet with UK Prime Minster Theresa May, as well as French officials, this week to discuss the potential purchase of GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands. To win support for the takeover, PSA will pledge to maintain Opel's independence and continue to invest in its German plants until at least 2020, a report said.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares will meet British PM about planned Vauxhall takeover

Feb. 18, 2017 14:08 CET

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the automaker's planned acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall. Vauxhall plants in the UK are at risk if the takeover goes ahead and Britain has offered PSA assurances on post-Brexit trade and supply chains in a bid to protect the factories, the Financial Times reported.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Nissan gives Micra a diesel to better battle VW Polo, Ford Fiesta

Feb. 18, 2017 06:01 CET

Despite falling demand for diesels, Nissan decided to offer the powertrain in its new Micra in Europe. Nissan's head of planning, Philippe Klein, explained why in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Opel CEO sees PSA takeover as creating 'European champion,' paper says

Feb. 17, 2017 17:11 CET

A takeover of GM's European arm, Opel, by PSA would make sense from an industrial point of view, a German newspaper reported, citing comments by Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann in a letter to employees.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

GM, PSA said to value Opel at $2 billion as talks advance

Feb. 17, 2017 18:42 CET

GM and PSA are discussing a valuation for GM's Opel unit of about $2 billion as the automakers push to reach an agreement as soon as the end of next week, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

PSA's bid for Opel offers chance to thrive in tough Europe

Feb. 17, 2017 15:06 CET

PSA's bid to create a European auto giant by acquiring GM's European unit may be the best chance Peugeot, Citroen and Opel have to thrive as high-volume, low-margin manufacturers.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

PSA will be allowed to license GM's EV technology, report says

Feb. 17, 2017 12:36 CET

General Motors will make its electric-car technology available to PSA if a deal to sell GM's Opel/Vauxhall business to the French automaker goes through, a German magazine reported.... Read More »

Kia steps up product offensive in Europe

Feb. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Kia is stepping up its product offensive in Europe with the launches of new models such as a small SUV, a sporty sedan and replacements for its Rio and Picanto cars. The brand plans to introduce 22 new or replacement models, face-lifts and derivatives in Europe through 2020.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

PSA wishes to build on Vauxhall's success, UK gov't says

Feb. 17, 2017 09:22 CET

PSA has told the UK government it would seek to build on the strengths of the Vauxhall business if the company buys it. However two sources close to PSA told Reuters that plant cuts were part of the company's discussions to buy GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands, with UK sites in the front line.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

France pledges daily contacts with UK, Germany on PSA-Opel deal

Feb. 17, 2017 12:15 CET

France says it will evaluate the proposed sale of General Motors' Opel division to PSA in close daily consultation with the German and UK governments after saying it too learned of the announcement in the press.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Vauxhall future uncertain after GM-PSA deal and Brexit vote

Feb. 17, 2017 10:56 CET

Less than 12 months after the UK's vote to leave the EU, Vauxhall's future is uncertain as GM mulls the sale of its European arm to PSA -- a move that may have been triggered by the Brexit vote.... Read More »

Audi China dealers demand $4 billion to cover sales losses

Feb. 17, 2017 11:37 CET

Audi dealers in China are demanding 28 billion yuan ($4 billion) to cover losses over the past three years that they blame on the automaker adding too many distributors, potentially worsening a sales decline that saw BMW and Mercedes overtake the luxury brand last month.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old idea -- becoming one-stop cockpit integrators.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2017

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost

Feb. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 years and to improve the hatchback's competitiveness in the compact segment, the automaker has added so many extras to the latest model that it claims the compact has the best range of active safety technology in its class.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil fastest series car

Feb. 16, 2017 14:26 CET

Ferrari will debut the 812 Superfast, its most powerful series production car to date. The mid-engine sports car is an updated version of the F12 Berlinetta fitted with an enlarged variant of that model's naturally aspirated V-12 engine that produces 789 hp.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Germany expects PSA-Opel deal to go through

Feb. 16, 2017 18:27 CET

Germany expects PSA Group's proposed acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall business to go ahead. Politicians welcomed the creation of a potential "European champion."... Read More »

GM tries to reassure UK, Germany over PSA-Opel talks

Feb. 16, 2017 18:43 CET

GM played down the possibility of large-scale factory closures in Germany and Britain following any deal to sell its European brands to PSA, according to officials in both countries. However, PSA sources said plant closures were part of the automaker's discussions to buy GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands, with UK sites in the front line.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
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BMW names new CEO for North America
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
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