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2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Analyst sees later peak, but 'limited upside' for auto sales

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2017

Automakers should begin preparing for a market downturn even as new-vehicle sales rise to 18 million units by 2018, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy said.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Honda's Mendel warns against rising incentives, fleet sales as market peaks

1:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2017

U.S. auto sales might have hit another record last year, but the soaring volume is a double-edged sword for squeezed retailers trying to move the metal.... Read More »

Auto finance forecast: Mostly sunny with a few dark clouds

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2017

The forecast for auto finance in 2017 is mostly sunny. But growth in longer-term loans, a corresponding increase in negative equity, declining used-car prices, a high level of incentives, and an uptick in interest rates are dark clouds to keep an eye on, analysts said.... Read More »

PSA sales rise 6% in 2016 on European recovery, Iran

Jan. 11, 2017 09:46 CET

PSA's global deliveries rose by nearly 6 percent last year, propelled by a European market recovery and strong sales of Peugeot cars in Iran. China and southeast Asia was a problem region for the automaker with sales falling 16 percent.... Read More »

Rising used-vehicle supply seen pushing prices down in 2017

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Used-vehicle prices could this year as the number of off-lease and other used vehicles is slated to increase, said Tom Webb, Cox Automotive's chief economist.... Read More »

VW posts record 2016 sales despite diesel-cheat crisis

Jan. 10, 2017 14:55 CET

VW Group's global sales, including its Audi and Porsche brands, jumped 3.8 percent last year to a record 10.3 million as higher demand in China and Europe offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The figure should put VW ahead of Toyota as the world's largest car producer by volume.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Despite global duties, Munoz stays focused on U.S.

6:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Jose Munoz's latest promotion gave Nissan's North America chairman the additional job of chief performance officer, giving him responsibility for every market in the world.... Read More »

Jeep on track to hit 2018 sales target of 1.9 million

Jan. 10, 2017 10:05 CET

Jeep chief Mike Manley said the brand is on track to meet a previously announced 2018 global sales target of 1.9 million vehicles.... Read More »

Mercedes takes luxury sales crown from BMW

Jan. 9, 2017 19:38 CET

BMW lost its crown as the world's biggest luxury-car brand to Mercedes, ending its reign after more than a decade amid a cluttered lineup of aging models.... Read More »

Mercedes set to overtake BMW as largest premium brand

Jan. 9, 2017 09:58 CET

Mercedes is expected to pass rival BMW to reach its goal of becoming the largest global premium brand four years early - a feat achieved after the automaker stopped chasing market share and focused on refreshing its lineup.... Read More »

Continental sees revenue gain as autonomous, electric cars drive growth

Jan. 9, 2017 14:25 CET

Continental expects revenue growth to outpace the overall auto industry's gains this year on rising demand for technology used in autonomous and electric cars.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover sales jump 20% in 2016

Jan. 9, 2017 12:04 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's global sales rose 20 percent to a record 583,312 cars last year, helped by a 77 percent leap in demand at the Jaguar brand.... Read More »

2016 sales scoreboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

The U.S. auto industry has chalked up seven straight annual sales increases, a streak of success (kept alive by a strong December) that hasn’t been seen in a century. Here are some notable numbers from another notable year.... Read More »

Will last year's binge lead to a sales hangover?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

The frenzied last weeks of a record 2016 could mean a bigger U.S. sales slowdown than usual in January, which has been the weakest month in each of the past eight years.... Read More »

Is Jeep past its peak?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Jeep posted its third consecutive U.S. sales record in 2016, but setting another record in 2017 will be an uphill climb. Last year, sales for Fiat Chrysler's SUV brand slipped in each of the final four months.... Read More »

BMW finance vet takes charge at luxe stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Former BMW executive Ed Robinson is taking the helm of a large Ohio dealership group with an ambitious plan to improve and expand it.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Porsche boss plans to push hard into EV niche

Jan. 8, 2017 06:01 CET

Porsche finished last year in position to retain the title of world's most profitable automotive brand. CEO Oliver Blume told Automotive News Europe about what comes next as the brand prepares to launch its first electric car.... Read More »

U.S. sales plateau has arrived, analysts say

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

The U.S. sales plateau is here. That’s the consensus of several auto analysts who spoke at automotive conferences Sunday ahead of press previews for the Detroit auto show. U.S. sales have grown seven straight years now since the severe downturn of 2008-09, though recent gains have been fueled by fatter discounts.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Former Ford, Volvo designer Horbury explains inspiration for Lynk & CO's first model

Jan. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Peter Horbury is a veteran car designer but he says his most recent undertaking – bringing Geely's Lynk & CO to life – was "incredibly challenging." Horbury has been Geely's head of design since 2011 after holding top jobs with Volvo and Ford's Premier Automotive Group.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Brexit, German and French elections forecast to stall Europe's auto growth

Jan. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Europe's auto market is expected to slow considerably after three consecutive years of strong gains due to Brexit and political uncertainty caused by elections in the key markets of Germany and France.... Read More »

Ford Fiesta and VW Polo set for high-tech battle for subcompact lead

Jan. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

Ford has packed its new Fiesta with advanced technology -- heralding a battle with the VW Polo for tech supremacy in Europe's subcompact segment.... Read More »

CPO buyers stay loyal, study finds

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2017

Certified pre-owned vehicle owners who buy another CPO vehicle down the line tend to stay loyal to the same brand, Experian Automotive found in a new study.... Read More »

Ford's China sales rise 14% in '16 to a record 1.27 million new vehicles

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2017

Ford sold a record 1.27 million new vehicles in China last year, increasing sales nearly 14 percent over a year ago in the world’s largest car market.... Read More »

Penske to buy U.K. used-only dealership group CarShop

7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2017

Penske Automotive Group has signed an agreement to buy CarShop, a retailer in the United Kingdom known for selling used cars at fixed retail prices.... Read More »

Annual western European car sales hit highest level since 2007

Jan. 6, 2017 10:18 CET

Car sales in western Europe rose 2.1 percent in December to take the total for the year to just under 14 million vehicles, the best result since 2007, according to industry data compiled by LMC Automotive.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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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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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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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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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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