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UK's Pendragon warns on profit as new-car demand falls

Oct. 23, 2017 10:51 CET

UK car dealership Pendragon issued a warning on full-year profit as the company said demand was suffering on falling sales of new cars and a consequent price correction in the used-car market. Through September, British new-car registrations fell 3.9 percent, data showed earlier this month.... Read More »

Getting employees on board is the hardest part

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

E-contracting doesn't require much training, but getting employees on board can be a sizable hurdle.... Read More »

Nissan's Diaz takes Mitsubishi role

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Fred Diaz has moved below the radar screen to Nissan's new partner Mitsubishi where he will be in charge of performance optimization.
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Ex-Saturn exec takes over sales at Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

Christian Meunier takes a global No. 2 post at Infiniti, while a former Saturn executive steps in to lead Nissan's U.S. sales and marketing.... Read More »

Fast recon boosts high-quality used inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017

As profit margins for new vehicles shrink, dealerships are looking to make more money from selling used cars and trucks. The number of U.S. vehicles coming off lease represents a treasure trove of potential inventory.... Read More »

Hyundai hires Toyota veteran Brian Smith as COO

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

Hyundai Motor America on Monday named longtime Toyota and Lexus executive Brian Smith as its COO. Smith will report to Hyundai Motor America's new CEO, Kenny Lee. They will have a lot on their plate.... Read More »

BMW, Nissan, others set aside rivalry to promote EVs in multibrand showroom

Oct. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Automakers have set aside marketplace rivalries to open a multi-brand electric car showroom where staff don’t sell vehicles but instead explain EV technology to visitors.... Read More »

Mitsubishi plans for U.S. growth -- alone, for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2017

Mitsubishi's new three-year business plan identifies a United States resurgence as a key target. But lingering antitrust concerns under Nissan's new control will mean doing it alone.... Read More »

Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief

Oct. 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of global marketing and sales.... Read More »

Daimler's Q3 profit falls 14% on diesel costs

Oct. 20, 2017 09:36 CET

Daimler's profit slumped 14 percent to 3.46 billion euros ($4.1 billion) in the third quarter as earnings at the Mercedes unit dropped on costs to fix the emissions systems of older diesel cars.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs at the UK factory that builds Astra cars, which would make sense if customers were turning away from cars such as the Astra Sports Tourer built there. But the fact is they are not.... Read More »

VW's Seat drops plans to enter Iranian market

Oct. 18, 2017 13:25 CET

VW's Seat brand is no longer looking to enter the Iranian market. The brand said it needs to concentrate on boosting growth in Europe, northern Africa and Latin America.... Read More »

Alfa Romeo, Maserati production cut after China sales blow

Oct. 18, 2017 09:20 CET

Fiat Chrysler has cut production at Italian factories building the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and Giulia sedan and the Maserati Levante SUV after new Chinese import rules hit sales, according to union sources.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alternative if the country crashes out of the EU in 2019 without a trade deal with the bloc. In practice, the idea is a nonstarter.... Read More »

New Mitsubishi plan targets 30% jump in revenue

Oct. 18, 2017 08:28 CET

Mitsubishi unveiled a three-year plan to boost global vehicle sales by 40 percent and revenue by more than 30 percent as it rebounds from a fuel economy scandal by strengthening its utility vehicle lineup and targeting rapid growth in the U.S., China and Southeast Asia.... Read More »

BMW mulls new plant in Russia

Oct. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW is considering opening a factory in Russia as the country's new-car sales recover after years of decline.... Read More »

Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand

Oct. 17, 2017 09:54 CET

European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offset gains in France, Italy and Spain. PSA and Ford were among automakers whose sales dropped while Alfa Romeo and Seat had double-digit gains.... Read More »

Dealer Don Flow: We must retool retail

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Dealers can reshape auto retailing by embracing new business models and developing value propositions that meet the needs of today's consumers, says Don Flow, CEO of Flow Automotive Cos.... Read More »

Hyundai borrows from 2009 marketing playbook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Hyundai Motor America CMO Dean Evans predicts that with new vehicles luring first-time Hyundai shoppers and the Shopper Assurance program promoting loyalty, Hyundai could post a 10 percent sales gain over 2017.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins

Oct. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers such as VW, Ford and Nissan boost sales and improve their bottom lines by selling more expensive versions of their subcompacts, data shows.... Read More »

Compacts outselling midsize cars in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Compact cars are outselling midsize cars this year because five compacts are actually doing well.... Read More »

With strong sales, low inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Automakers reduced auto stocks during September, starting October with stocks only a bit higher than normal for this time of year.... Read More »

DALE POLLAK

2 proposals for managing used-car inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2017

In this excerpt from his new book, Dale Pollak, founder of vAuto, offers two alternatives to managing the age of a dealership's used-car inventory.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Dealer groups may step up expansion in the UK after Brexit

Oct. 15, 2017 06:01 CET

Big dealership groups could boost investments in Britain after the country's vote to leave the EU led to a weaker pound, making investments attractive.... Read More »

Mercedes firms up luxury lead over BMW and Audi

Oct. 14, 2017 11:43 CET

Mercedes widened its lead in global luxury-car sales as the revamped E-class sedan and a range of fresh SUVs fueled growth that outpaced BMW and Audi.... Read More »

 
Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20 2017

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Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is comp ...
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Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2017

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Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs ...
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Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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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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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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